My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for OAK HILL ANIMAL RESCUE INC, Seagoville, TX, USA
This organization is run by Bettye Baker and her husband Jim. I first met them last fall at the Petsmart store in Rockwall, TX while inquiring about volunteer opportunities for my 14-yr. old son. Having not yet met my son, Bettye explained that they preferred for their teen volunteers to be at least 16 but sometimes they allowed younger individuals to volunteer based on their level of maturity. Upon completing the volunteer forms and other paperwork, the impression I got was that they were very serious about the quality and maturity level of the teens that they permitted to work with their animals. This was my first clue that this organization was very committed to their animals. My son is with his dad every other weekend and can only volunteer on a limited basis, so when the all-day "adoption fair" event came up at Owens Farms (in Richardson, TX), I said I would help out since they would be in great need of volunteers. This was my first opportunity helping out this organization and I could tell that Bettye and Jim pour their hearts into trying to find good homes for their animals. One example of this is rather than giving an animal to the first person who's willing to pay the adoption fee, a prospective owner is required to first fill out an adoption application and Bettye conducts a "home visit" to make sure that the dog will be able to adapt well to their new home and co-exist with any existing pets in the household. This shows me that they care very much that their animals are placed in a good environment. The other thing that I noticed is that they have several "regular" volunteers who are present whenever I have helped out or dropped off my son to volunteer. These ladies know the history and personality of the animals waiting to be adopted and show lots of caring and committment to volunteer their time with such dedication. When I went to pick up my son from volunteering the other day, I stuck around and helped them break down the cages and walk the dogs to their bus for their trip home. Some of these dogs were SO excited and couldn't wait to get back on the bus because they knew they were going home. What this says to me is that they love their caregivers (Bettye & Jim), and that they like their living conditions. The people who volunteer for this organization truly care for the welfare of these animals. Although I am fairly new to this organization, I know that It takes a lot to provide basic care for these animals, from feeding, housing, getting them proper medical attention, laundry and transportation expenses from their location in Seagoville to their adoption location in Rockwall, just to name a few. These people are truly dedicated in their efforts to help these abandoned and abused animals have a better life and they need all the help (monetary and otherwise), that they can get. I hope that your organization can assist with their needs.
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?
I can't think of any changes that would "improve" my experience. I love animals and don't mind volunteering my time to help out this organization. They are good-hearted, caring people that love their animals and I don't mind helping out whenever I can. Even if it's just for a couple of hours, I feel good knowing that I was able to help them in their efforts and show compassion to an animal that's waiting to be adopted.
Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)
Volunteering at the adoption fair event opened my eyes to all the various rescue groups and organizations that devote their time, energy and resouces trying to find adoptive homes for their animals rather than the alternative. I felt that I was able to contribute in a small way to helping meet this objective. Even though it involved standing on my feet for quite a number of hours and being out in very windy conditions, it was OK because this organization needed all the volunteers it could get and I was happy to be able to help out.
How did this volunteer experience make you feel?
I felt that if I wasn't able to adopt any of their dogs myself, at least I could volunteer my time to help them walk their dogs and care for their animals while they were at an event waiting to be adopted. The couple who run this program are kind and loving and genuinely care about the animals they shelter (and the homes that they go to) and it makes me feel good that I am able to contribute to their efforts.