OAK HILL ANIMAL RESCUE INC
January 28, 2012
I have known Bettye long before Oak Hill was in existence, 20 years plus. Bettye has always rescued animals taking in as many as she could. When she and Jim married, their rescue efforts expanded to what is now Oak Hill Animal Rescue. My husband and I volunteer for what ever is needed of us and all of our children have become volunteers as well (even our 9 year old whose job is to provide lots of love to the rescued cats while we load up the equipment necessary for Saturday adoption day!) When we wake him up every Saturday morning his first spoken words are "Do I get to go see the kitties?" My nieces, nephews, and friends of our kids actually contact us every week to let us know their schedules for Saturday so they can come and help - that speaks volumes. They do it for the same reason my husband and I do- the feeling we get inside from knowing we are doing something that really matters and makes a difference. Knowing that we are helping the efforts of Bettye and Jim to save lives of the dogs and cats that otherwise would not be here. One of the things I am most impressed with is Oak Hill does not 'sell' their rescues. Each person interested in adopting a precious soul has to fill out an application, be approved, have a home inspection to try to ensure the family is a good match, that they will be able to provide a safe and loving home, and IS followed up on personally by Bettye. Bettye also educates anyone with questions or showing an interest in an adoption and she has a saying that I like alot, "If you are not part of the solution then you are part of the problem."......and she and Jim believe in that. There are so many volunteers that help out and I so enjoy getting to see the volunteers on Saturday's, they are all great individuals and we all work together as a team! I am so proud to be a part of what Bettye and Jim have created and hope the 'family' grows bigger.
Ways to make it better...
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Win the lottery and make a ginormous donation to the cause to help Bettye and Jim's efforts.
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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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?
Maybe a pair of roller skates and a megaphone???
Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)
I have met many great people volunteering that have the same love for animals that my family and I share. I have also improved my skills on assigning duties to multiple people for set-up and break-down to be more efficient (that's where the megaphone would come in handy).
How did this volunteer experience make you feel?
Fulfilled, proud, a little tired and at the end of the day, hungry!
Volunteer & We have volunteered for just about everything over the years. We currently are responsible for loading up all the equipment needed for Adoption Day and get it set up, then pick everything up and return to unload at Oak Hill.