April 11, 2012
I mainly volunteer there as an animal campanion since I love dogs and cats and just want to bring them a few moments of happiness given their circumstances. They love me back, too. The cats usually come straight to my lap when I sit in the cat rooms and the dogs follow me while I walk them and respond when I play fetch or frisbee with me. I've never had difficulties with an animal there. However, there are some volunteers there who act like they run the place and have gone as far as to confront me and stalk me while I am walking a dog. Why? I don't know actually. They claim I'm doing something wrong but I can't imagine what because it's not that hard to walk a dog. Also they've never tried to show me the correct way, whatever that might be. There's this one older lady (and she never wears her name badge of course) who's ALWAYS at HSTB. She's the main culprit. I've even cut back on my volunteer work there because of her. She stalks me and questions everything I do, when I just do things the same way all the other volunteers do. She bullies me to the point that I don't want to return to HSTB ever again, not as a volunteer at least. I was even thinking about becoming a donor there but have changed my mind because of the way I've been treated. The staff don't care either. At least, the new volunteer manager doesn't. Additionally, they have so many volunteers that sometimes the place is so crowded that you can hardly walk on your own much less with a dog. I heard from a staff member that they currently have 400+ volunteers registered in their system. And HSTB obviously can't keep track of all their volunteers because they don't provide training. All they had me do was attend the orientation (a brief overview of things) and "shadow" another volunteer who by the way, didn't seem like she knew much about animals at all. She even lost a dog while she was supposedly teaching me. I say whatever to this place. I don't care to volunteer there anymore. They obviously don't need me and I've never been felt more unwelcome. Plus I don't need to put up with some of the other volunteers' nasty attitude ... that's why I have a full-time job and a boss who actually pays me thank you very much. I'd still adopt an animal from there but I certainly won't help by volunteering my time and donating my money.
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