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HELENS ANIMAL RESCUE TEAM
July 15, 2010

I knew that someone was doing TNR on the bike trail near my house - I'd seen the feeding stations & ear-tipped cats. One day I saw a cat from the colony limping; his paw had been badly burned in a nearby fire. He let me catch him & take him to a vet. He ended up living here & forgot quickly he was ever feral. I finally lucked into meeting the wonderful people from HART that had cared for Simon for years. Small group, but they accomplish so much! I had to join them as a volunteer.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

doing TNR, arranging spay/neuter & other medical services. HART has made significant inroads in feral populations, introduced me to some amazing people and helped me get Simon, my beautiful former-feral boy.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

working with Barbara and Joanie, who are among the kindest, most hard-working and loving people I've known. They work their butts off to help animals, then shrug it off as if they haven't done much at all. trust me - they have done a LOT.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & I started by adopting a feral HART had rescued, and became a volunteer.

Animal Outreach of the Mother Lode
July 15, 2010

I volunteer with the non-profit group HART (Helen's Animal Rescue Team) and with several other groups that also use Animal Outreach to spay/neuter adoptable cats. Animal Outreach has a tremendously dedicated and knowledgable staff, and the most tireless veterinarian I've ever seen. They do an excellent job at a great price, and countless numbers of pets have been adopted because of their care. They also do an amazing job of coordinating the chaos when animals are brought in or picked up.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

organization, effectiveness and humane spirit. Even when I bring cats from one rescue group there to be fixed, I am enthralled with their adoptable crittters. Have adopted two cats from there - as if we don't have enough!

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

wonderful, knowledgable, patience and caring. They maintain their senses of purpose and humor no matter what is going on.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Client Served & I take cats to be spayed/neutered for a rescue group with which I volunteer.

PLACER COUNTY SOCIETY FOR THE PREVENTION OF CRUELTY TO ANIMALS
July 14, 2010

My spouse and I adopt old and/or ailing cats. It is hard to find other homes for them, and they always seem to be the happiest, most grateful creatures you'll ever be around. PSPCA does an excellent job of promoting their "tough to adopt" animals, and the staff members and volunteers always seem genuinely thrilled when one of those animals is adopted. At an open house at PSPCA years ago, they had a room in the front full of very senior cats. Guests were encouraged to play with the catt, who were not in cages and were surrounded by toys. I ended up with a wonderful old man cat named Max. A friend adopted a female who was 17 - and the cat just died at age 23.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

fundraising, events, adoption services.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The genuine caring shown by volunteers.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

sometimes a big gruff, but understandably so givenn what they are dealing with every day. Unfortunately the general public doesn't know that, so it may be a bit off-putting.. Usually though they are all friendly and they are always knowledgable.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Client Served & I have adopted 3 senior cats from the Placer SPCA in the last 6 years.

HAPPY TAILS PET SANCTUARY
July 14, 2010

A number of times people have brought unwanted cats to the Happy Tails facility that is near our program director's private home. Happy Tails won't/can't take the animals in for whatever reason. Rather than giving out the phone number of another rescue group, they have occasionally given the people the address and directions to our director's home. So the director gets people leaving animals on the doorstep or ringing her doorbell to get her to take them in. Giving a phone number would be fine - we all are working towards the same goal and often refer to one another - but giving out the home address is completely inappropriate.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I get calls (as a volunteer for a rescue)& questions from people needing help. Have heard the same complaint about 50 times - they have called Happy Tails, no one answers or ever returns calls. This overloads other groups when we should be sharing the loa

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Professional with expertise in this field & I am a volunteer with a cat rescue group near the Happy Tails facility.