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Tri-County Humane Society
August 23, 2011

The Tri-County Humane Society (TCHS) operates an independent non-profit animal shelter in St. Cloud. The Society has been providing quality services to the people and animals of Central Minnesota since 1974. Some of their services include care for homeless animals, pet adoption, pet lost and found, and humane education. On an annual basis the shelter gives refuge to approximately 4,400 pets.

The number of animals that this shelter helps is just staggering to me. Over 4,000 animals every year is just unbelievable. I started out volunteering at the shelter, but it would just break my heart to know I couldn't take an animal home with me. I fall in love much too easy! So I started helping in other ways. Most recently I have been helping with special fundraising events. In the spring Tri-County raises money through a dinner and silent auction. In the fall they have a 5k walk - the Companion Walk. I have been a board member for both events. Mostly helping with planning and organizing. In addition, the last two years I have helped tie-dye t-shirts which are given to people who raise $200 or more in pledges for the walk.

This a huge fundraiser for the shelter. Last year the Companion Walk raised over $50,000 dollars!!!! - I feel very lucky to be able to help with this event. Just think of all the animals that money will help!


The Great!

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

I have had a great experience working with all the people (staff and other volunteers) at Tri-County. The staff puts their heart and soul into the work they do. They truly care a great deal for the animals in their care. They are also very appreciative of the help they get from volunteers and donors. Although its not necessary, because giving is a great reward, I've been thanked multiple times.

Ways to make it better...

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

I honestly couldn't suggest a change to the organization itself or for the staff. If I could, I would make a few changes to the facility. The front counter where animals are taken in and adopted out can be quite crowed sometimes. However, I know that is a long term goal and down the road it will get changed!

More feedback

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

nothing - I have had a great experience.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Yes. I have made several friends. Earned a greater appreciation for all the hard work that the employees do and I know that my efforts and help are appreciated in return.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Happy and Sad. I feel happy that I've been able to help, but sad knowing that there are so many animals that still need help.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & Special Events.