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Boys & Girls Club of Oshkosh, Inc.
November 28, 2012

While I haven't been personally involved with them as a volunteer, I know several people who've been involved, both as volunteers and as some of the boys and girls served. All of them give this organization great reviews. Talking to people who were the boys and girls this org. serves has convinced me that this is an organization that deserves my support and the support of my community. They credit the organization with helping them through difficult times, and inspiring them to strive for more than they thought they could achieve. (I hear really good things from volunteers, too, but it's the clients I think matter most.)

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

MY ROLE:
General Member of the Public

OSHKOSH AREA HUMANE SOCIETY INC
November 28, 2012

More below, but: I see that there's a Donor Advisory because OAHS did not list fundraising expenses. While I am not privy to the organization's financials, I do see how they fundraise and advertise in our community, and everything I see (and have been involved with) is done with donated time and materials, via volunteers, social media, and supporting organizations (for example, the local paper runs stories on the Pet of the Week; they've done a few videos courtesy of people who donated equipment and time that get a lot of play on Facebook; PetCo has adoption events; etc.). Especially since they made a commitment to being a lifesaving shelter, but also since they rescued a few high-profile animals (Google "Bernice the Cat" and you'll see what I mean), they've gotten a lot of free publicity. They rock. I know how much they try to make sure all of the animals in their care don't just get a chance to live, but to have a good quality of life. Everyone who works there, from shelter director to janitor, is interested in the animals' well-being - as I've seen when I've been there picking up and bringing in foster animals, sometimes unannounced and at odd hours. For example, I was fostering a cat for them who was very ill (and we had no idea what was wrong) and who was clearly fighting for life. Most places would have put the cat down, but not OAHS. While we discussed that as an option in case the cat was really suffering, we decided that we should take our cues from the animal, and as long as the cat seemed to want to fight for life, we were going to support it. We did, and the cat is now lively and happy in a forever home. (Yay!) They do their absolute best to provide each animal with a positive environment at the shelter or in foster care - the shelter has really nice community rooms and single condos for the cats, playtime and volunteer walkers for the dogs, and every office has animals in it, too, because if there's space, there's no reason there shouldn't be a pet in it. It is a shelter that you actually feel good being in, even when you can't take all the animals home with you. They are constantly trying to find forever homes for their animals, and they are thrilled when it succeeds. I give them money, time, and donations of goods, and am always encouraging friends and family to support them as well. They get a lot of community support, for good reason - but they can always use more, because these animals (and their shelter) always need more help.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

MY ROLE:
Volunteer