My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for San Antonio Humane Society, San Antonio, TX, USA
I've had the pleasure of volunteering at the San Antonio Humane Society since March of 2011. It's been one of the best experiences of my life. The volunteer coordinator and the entire staff we so welcoming and helpful. I worked in the clinic weekly cleaning kennels, mopping floors, walking dogs, unfolding newspaper and doing anything else I could do to make it easier for the clinic staff to do what they do best--intaking and caring for as many animals as there was space for that day. One of my favorite "jobs" has been washing the dogs. When they come in to the clinic it can be very stressful for them. I would try to help calm and soothe them while bathing and drying them so they would feel safe. The tasks may seem menial and unimportant. They certainly aren't glamorous but I loved it. Even as I would be mopping floors I felt I was helping prepare a clean, safe environment for the animals that would come in that day. I also volunteered at Animal Care services in a cooperative program between the Humane society and ACS. The goal was to increase the release rate at ACS. In the short time this program has been active the release rate has increased from 11% to over 50%! That's amazing! Their mission is to protect and improve the lives of dogs and cats by providing shelter, care, adoption, rescue, spay and neuter programs, and community education. As long as I have volunteered the passion of the staff to fulfill that mission is what has impacted me the most
The clinic staff was amazing to me. Sarah P., the clinic supervisor was especially encouraging to me and taught me many skills working with the animals and the people who were surrendering their animals or bringing in strays. The staff was very compassionate and accomodating with all who came to drop off an animal. They were also great with the animals. For those animals who were in the clinic for longer periods the staff would spend time with the animals getting to know them and their personalities and needs. I'm sad to say that I am moving soon and won't be able to volunteer with the Humane Society in San Antonio anymore. I will miss the staff and working with the animals greatly. I'm so thankful for this opportunity to volunteer at the Humane Society. They are certainly making a difference in the community.
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