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Swan Center Outreach Inc
November 2, 2012

I learned about Swan Center through our local paper and didn't know anything about them until I showed up for my first Volunteer training class, which is part classroom inspirational and part handling and feeding the beautiful horses, llamas & sheep who reside at the ranch. My husband, who was admittedly afraid of the big animals, went with me for that first day, "just to see if horses really are the big, stinky, scary beasts" that he had always thought. It was a wondrous day! My hubby finally "gets" horses and understands my deep love of them and supports my continued work and play with Swan Center.
All new volunteers are asked what brings them to the ranch and about 80% of them say that they have either never been around horses and want to see what they're like....or that they are scared to death of horses and want to overcome that unnatural fear...and throughout that first day, you can physically see and emotionally feel their "letting go" of that fear and the pure joy of being around these gentle animals shines through their smiles.
Personally, Swan Center has opened my heart and given me a renewed passion for life, in general, through the quieting moments with the horses and the human relationships that I have experienced in the last 2 1/2 years of volunteering there. The 31 previously abused horses are my daily inspiration, through their gentle spirits and willingness to trust again and I am forever changed for the better.

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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?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

MY ROLE:
Volunteer

LEAGUE FOR ANIMALS AND PEOPLE OF THE SUMMIT
January 22, 2012

League for Animals & People of the Summit has a mission that most people agree with: to prevent the needless euthanasia of unwanted or needy pets. L.A.P.S. was formed in 1991 to help finance spay/neuter procedures for pets of low income local individuals, but has expanded to include aid for most medical/surgical vet bills also. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit supported solely by memberships, fundraisers, donations and grants. Among our annual fundraisers is the Canine 4K with over 200 dogs/250 people racing around Frisco, CO. The winter event, DogTerra, showcases ski jor lessons/race, agility courses in the snow, snowshoeing and frisbee contests. Everyone has fun outside with their furry kids, while raising money for the needy pets in our county. We are an all-volunteer organization with no office space or equipment except our personal computers etc. Nearly 100% of all money raised, goes right back to our community each year. We have fun with all the smaller fundraisers and lifelong friends are made in the process. Helping people who don't have any options for paying for high vet bills and saving them the heartache of putting down their beloved pet or watching them in pain, just for the lack of money, touches your heart and makes all the work well worth it.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

MY ROLE:
Board Member