A WISH FOR ANIMALS
August 3, 2011
I learned about A Wish for Animals through a good friend and fellow animal lover. I decided I wanted to do something good and since I loved animals, what better way then to serve as a volunteer for a local rescue group. I got in touch with Toni Eakes, Founder for AWFA and expressed an interest in helping out where I was able. In the beginning I started out walking the dogs, feeding them and fostering from time to time. I wanted to do more, so I worked closely w/Toni. She's taught me a lot, not just about rescuing but the importance of following through! It's not enough to just save a dog and find it a home. There is so much more involved and she dedicates her whole life to not only saving lives, but also educating new dog owners from health, diet and nutrition for your pets, to medical care, which vaccinations are required, the importance of spaying and neutering your pets etc. She wants to make sure that every potential adopter understands that owning a dog is a committment for the lifetime of that dog! Toni is very protective of each animal she has rescued and also very selective of anyone interested in adoption. She will turn people away if she doesn't feel it would be the right fit/home for the dog. In the 2 years I have been a volunteer she has taught me so much! This has to be one of the best rescues I have had the opportunity to work with. Their passion goes above and beyond...they understand the true meaning of "RESCUE"!
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
Seeing a dog go from being on death row, or sick from some deadly diesease fighting for it's little life to then becoming healthy again and ultimately adopted into a wonderful and loving forever home is all the reward I need! Nothing makes me more happy then to be a part of that!
Ways to make it better...
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
The rescue doesn't need to change, what needs to change are the laws with regards to euthenizing animals after a certain period of time, breeding, puppy mills, etc. The shelters have become more of a death camp for animals. People need to be educated about the importance of spaying/neutering their pets so the shelters are not over populated with animals. Millions are killed every year! This is outragous! Puppy mills and breeders should be banned! These are the kinds of changes I'd like to see!
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How did this volunteer experience make you feel?
Like I can make a difference... saving one pet may not change the world, but surely the world would change for that one pet...
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
Volunteer & I work full time, so I help out in my free time with adoption events, finding reliable foster homes, doing home checks, updating our website with available or adopted dogs, making calls, collecting donations, aiding with fundraising events etc... I help h.