July 11, 2012
I adopted my first guinea pigs from Cavy Haven several years ago. I was very pleased with the thoroughness of the application process and the attentiveness of the adoption counselor and foster from whom I picked up my pigs. I was new to guinea pigs and they stayed in touch with me and helped me with my questions and clearly loved the pigs they turned over to me. I started volunteering with them shortly thereafter because when I would go to their Supply Day to pick up supplies I had ordered, I noticed that they had a lot of volunteers working hard to help people out and I wanted to pitch in. What I learned is that OCCH is a group of hard-working, dedicated volunteers who care deeply about helping guinea pigs and also the people who adopt from them. I am not surprised to see the review by NevadaGirl. She is very young and perhaps has not worked with volunteer organizations long enough to realize that nobody is getting paid to attend to her every need on her time frame. She immediately started bashing the last rescue she helped out with saying much of the same things she's saying about OCCH. Instead of thanking people who tried to help her and even donated their personal time and supplies, she started making unreasonable demands and expecting everyone to drop everything to put her first in line. She was asked to leave because her negativity was impacting others in the rescue. So now OCCH is just another in her growing list of volunteer organizations she can bash. That doesn't surprise me coming from a young person who is just starting out in life and needs to learn that the world does not revolve around her. What also doesn't surprise me is that she would allow her personal vendetta to possibly affect innocent animals. What does surprise me is that GuideStar would allow negative personal attacks on this site. OCCH has helped hundreds of animals who otherwise would have perished and the person who founded the rescue and the long-time volunteers have given countless hours of their life in pursuit of one goal - helping guinea pigs. It's a shame that GuideStar would allow someone to take out a personal vendetta on someone in a forum meant to focus on the work of nonprofits. I know that OCCH has done and will continue to do overwhelmingly good work in the community and for the animals and people who love them. I am proud to be a part of such a wonderful organization filled with people who donate so much of themselves to help animals who are so often thought of as disposable.
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