My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Arizona Animal Welfare League, Inc., Phoenix, AZ, USA
I have been a volunteer at AAWL for almost one year. Most frequently, I "potty break" the dogs in the evening, play with, groom, and scoop litter in the cattery, and do ALOT of laundry. I call the time I spend at the shelter my "Zen". I want to help these animals as much as I possibly can and AAWL is the perfect venue for me to make that happen. This organization does amazing work. They never lose sight of the fact that the care and careful placing of these animals is their number one goal. The staff are wonderful and the volunteers are top notch. It is very obvious that all are passionate about this cause and love the animals as their own. Their success has opened the door for them to receive a very large donation which has allowed AAWL to break ground on a new, bigger, more modern facility. I am absolutely thrilled to see this happen and am so proud that my small contributions add to the success of the shelter. As well, they offer great training programs for staff & volunteers dealing with subjects such as basic training, behavioral training, and adoption counseling. They also offer a number of camps and volunteer programs for kids. Other programs include fostering, maintaining adoption facilities in a number of different pet stores, running a discount medical clinic and vaccination clinic, fundraising events, volunteer appreciation and so much more. I love being a part of AAWL and I believe they are one of the premier not-for-profit organizations in the city, state and country.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
my everyday life. Through my volunteer work, I see the difference they make in the community and feel their passion for their hard work. I see the happy faces (both animals & peoples) when they have chosen a pet for their "fur"ever home. It is so heartwarming.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Expand!!! There is never enough room to take in the # of animals we would desire. A larger medical clinic to keep the animals in the enlarged facility healthy. In-house grooming facilities and more shaded yards with easily accessible water sources and functioning mist systems. Some of the kennel doors are very difficult to open and need repair. A larger cattery would allow more cats to have homes yet also provide more space for privacy for each cat. Outdoor spaces could be much larger as well.
Would you volunteer for this group again?
For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?
Did the organization use your time wisely?
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What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?
I truly cannot think of one thing they could do to improve my experience. Possibly, when you first start to volunteer, there are no specific rules as to what you should do when you come in. They leave it to you to decide. This can be daunting at first because you are still trying to figure things out. That being said, once you start getting the hang of it, the ability to pick & choose the activities you would prefer is actually a great idea. It keeps everyone happy and it is surprising how much people chip in to do the "dirty work".
Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)
My volunteer experience has had a profound effect on me. I learn so much about human and animal behavior every day - some good, some bad. I have met some amazing people - both staff & volunteers, but I derive the most joy from interacting and caring for the animals. Even though I often get attached, it makes me so happy when an animal finds it's new home - particularily those that have been at the shelter for a long time or have special needs.
How did this volunteer experience make you feel?
Fulfilled. As I stated before, my volunteer time is my "Zen". Even if I am scraping puppy diahhrea off the floor, I know that I am making a difference!
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