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July 16, 2010

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July 16, 2010

This completely changed my outlook on rescue and made me feel like I was making a huge difference in many lives at once. I've learned skills that have made me more adaptable, hardy, smart, and determined. I've pulled those skills into running the local rescue I volunteer with. I've expanded my horizons far beyond where I was before I started this endeavor.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the emotional, intellectual, and physical levels by deploying for emergency sheltering operations.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

hold more volunteer training sessions

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the ability to make a huge difference all at once in so many lives with one deployment.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

wonderfully diverse, but all with the same heart-felt love and respect for animals' well-being.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

make a huge impact on animal care philosophy in our country.

Ways to make it better...

I could have stayed longer or or deployed more often instead of working at my blah normal job.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the huge demand that cruel people create by their actions.

One thing I'd also say is that...

if you care enough to volunteer for a rescue, working with UAN will triple that incentive you feel.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 16, 2010

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July 16, 2010

I attended their training in 2007 and had several opportunities to deploy. Finally all was alligned to allow me to deploy last week. From the moment you respond you are available, you have someone you may reach out to with questions. They direct you to an area on their website with helpful information about deployments. They have a manual to review. Once you arrive at the designated location, there is someone to direct you. Considering the circumstances, they are very organized. They also make decisions that are best for the animals, which is important. This orgnaization really appears to have the drill down to perfection and works well with other organizations. I was proud to be affiliated with them. I also learned about the other areas they help such as their H.E.A.R.S. PROGRAM, and their Lifeline program. Lifeline not only helps to pay for emergency vet bills, but I learned they help victims of domestic violence that need help with their pets.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Emergency Animal Sheltering of over a hundred dogs, a # of cats, mice, rats, doves, and chickens. Dogs varied in size from ~ 2lbs- to well over 150 lbs.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

really had no major issues.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

helping the animals, however knowing there are other parts of the organization that help people with animals.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

friendly, kind, patient, and accepting. You go to "thing" not knowing a soul, and leave crying becuase you are leaving friends that you feel you have known forever.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Oh, it could do so much. I believe the HEARS program which teaches our young empathy is a very important piece. If we teach our young to respect all living creatures what a better world this would be.

Ways to make it better...

Nothing the organization could do better it's due to 99% are volunteers, & volunteers do this in between their real jobs, you always have many people with big hearts, but on a learning curve. I was one of them, but we are good!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Right now the economy. Demand is up, but I have to assume like all other non-profits, donations down.

One thing I'd also say is that...

If I could get paid to do this, I would be doing it 24/7. I left there feeling like I was leaving the place I was supposed to be.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

July 16, 2010

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July 16, 2010

It was my first deployment for United Animal Nations. I did not know what to expect. What I found was an extremely well organized, well run temporary animal shelter housing over 300 small breed dogs rescued from a puppy mill in North Carolina. All the volunteers were friendly, informative, helpful, and busy! Not too busy, though, to take a break from whatever they were doing to visit with, walk, cuddle, or play with dogs throughout the work day. The hours were long and it is challenging, but everyone was upbeat and excited about the good work that was going on. United Animal Nations is comprised of people who are passionate about what they do and it is contagious! Great organization! Great cause!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Goldsboro, North Carolina puppy mill rescue.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

find a way for them to do more advertising of their classes, their deployments and results of the work they do, just overall more awareness of their existence and their successes.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the sense of camaraderie and satisfaction from working with a great group of people on a cause we all felt strongly about.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

self-motivated, focused, dedicated, flexible.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

continue on with its work, but on a much larger scale and to make a dent in the resolution of animal suffering. Educate the public to make a dent in the degree of ignorance that contributes to animal suffering.

Ways to make it better...

I was not limited by my own physical restraints.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

acquiring funding.

One thing I'd also say is that...

UAN is a GREAT NONPROFIT!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 16, 2010

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July 16, 2010

UAN is by far one of the most important animal welfare organizations out there! UAN has trained some of the most hardworking and caring volunteers I have ever had the pleasure working with. They know exactly what to do and how to do it. After just one day in the care of the volunteers, the animals have gone from scared and hopeless to happy and waggy. UAN has their stuff together!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

many ways....UAN training of their volunteers is exceptional. The level of professionalism makes me proud to be apart of such and awesome team of highly motivated people.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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July 16, 2010

UAN does a fantastic job of preparing their volunteers for deployment and in communicating with their volunteers. After attending a workshop, I knew what to expect upon deployment. When opportunities to deploy come up, the emails are clear and accurate. As the situations change, volunteers are informed. In the field, there's always the potential for things to become overwhelming and emotional. To help avoid this, volunteers receive briefings every morning before work begins and are debriefed at the end of the day. Team leaders are sensitive to the volunteers' physical and emotional needs. After we all go home there's always a post-deployment conference call where check in with each other and discuss how things went, how we are feeling, and how we might do better next time. As an EARS volunteer since December of 2007 (first deployed in February 2008) I have met some amazing people. I believe I'm a better advocate for animals than I was 3 years ago, thanks to my experiences with UAN.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing frightened and neglected animals thrive under our care. Seeing unsocialized animals learn to trust human beings again. Seeing people come together to make a better life for these animals.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

find a way to increase awareness and funding.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

being part of a team to help animals in need.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

friendly, professional, always willing to jump in and help.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help a tremendous amount of animals through their Lifeline Grant and Humane Education programs.

Ways to make it better...

I could deploy more often.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

funding.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I'm thankful I became aware of UAN and am able to volunteer.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

July 15, 2010

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July 15, 2010

UAN (the redshirts!) is both an animal-welfare and human welfare organization. This was especially evident on a deployment to Cedar Rapids, Iowa to shelter animals displaced by the floods, or temporarily relinquished to UAN because of flooded homes. Stranded pets were rescued, injured pets treated, and homeless pets were housed, fed, groomed. And, pet owners were able to stop in, see their pets, and play with them in UAN-built fenced areas until they were able to get back into their homes. While no one wants to ever be separated from their pets, they were eternally grateful they had a group of UAN volunteers who provided round the clock care for them, and helped get displaced pets back to their loving homes.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

By being able to provide information about their Lifeline Grants to several people in need. Lifeline Grants are provided to people who need assistance with veterinary care. Information about these Grants is at UAN's website www.uan.org

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make a more significant effort to educate the public about the truest humane solution to pet overpopulation, pet neglect, and pet abuse. The solution is spaying and neutering so that pets are not so plentiful that just anyone can get their hands on one.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

knowing that my presence and time volunteering truly made a difference.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Professional, knowlegeable, dedicated, compassionate, and resourceful.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

start a mobile spay/neuter clinic and educate the public not only about the tragedies associated with pet overpopulation, but about how to prevent them and end them.

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to stay and help.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

not being well known.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Being involved in this organization is a truly rewarding experience.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

July 13, 2010

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July 13, 2010

Just under one year ago, I began volunteering with United Animal Nations as a Humane Education Ambassador Reader (H.E.A.R.). The experiences I have had reading to school children, and discussing compassion and empathy has been invaluable and tremendously rewarding. Not only has volunteering with United Animal Nations helped me transform from a person wanting to help animals to someone who IS helping animals.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing children make the connection between compassion for animals and compassion for people.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

July 10, 2010

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July 10, 2010

I work at Fuzzy Friends Rescue in Waco, Texas. I joined the UAN last summer when they came our direction for a seminar. I was deployed with the UAN to help with an animal hoarding case. It was a life changing experience for me! The UAN is one of the most awesome animal rescue organizations I have ever worked with! They were very efficient, properly trained, and most importantly, available 24/7 for these neglected animals! I am extremely honored to be a part of such a wonderful organization! I would travel the world over to help the UAN save our animals!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

See above

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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July 10, 2010

I wanted to be an emergency animal responder, and trained with UAN in 2008. The training taught us how to prepare for our own emergencies and how to prepare to help care for animals needing care in natural or man-made disasters. I have deployed with them several times and they always provide great support with the needed expertise, positive attitude, and sincere appreciation for the volunteers.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Emergency Animal Rescue Service deployments.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

July 9, 2010

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July 9, 2010

United Animal Nations stay true to their mission and their staff and volunteers provide professional, thorough and organized trainings. I am also a member of a local group that often refers people to UAN's Lifeline Grant program that helps provide funds for emergency veterinary care.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

responding to a local animal hoarding situation, my training through United Animal Nations provided me with the skills and knowledge necessary to be effective in my volunteer role.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

increase the amount of trainings offered.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

they keep their volunteers up to date and involved.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

knowledgeable and friendly.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

expand and train the volunteer base, add campaigns, educate many more people on core issues and reach a greater number of animals in need.

Ways to make it better...

I were in a position to respond to more deployments.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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