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NORTHWEST ANIMAL COMPANIONS INC
August 17, 2010

I have been involved with NAC for several years. The organization used to be a small group of volunteers that did the best they could with the small amounts of donations the public provided. About 2 years ago, a new Executive Director was brought on. He is a volunteer and until recently, was the only full-time person trying to handle all aspects of the organization. There were many volunteers that did not want structure but without it, NAC would continue to be a small, relatively inneffective organization. Now NAC is making huge strides toward our goal of building Almost Home, a no-kill companion animal sanctuary. We were saddened to part ways with a few of our dedicated volunteers but we have to strengthen the organization and, unfortunately, that means clarifying structure and responsibilities. We have increased our spay/neuter numbers and are now able to assist low-income pet owners with medical care that they would be unable to attain elsewhere. Our volunteer numbers are growing and right now is a very exciting time for our organization. However, like any other growing charities, we face hurdles and obstacles and must learn through trial and error. We receive almost 200 calls every week for rescue and rehoming and do our absolute best to help everyone as effectively as we can with the resources and volunteers that we have.

The Great!

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

the areas of volunteer coordination, adoption, surrender, rescue, grantwriting, communications, and thrift store support.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

We continue to make our organization more effective and efficient to help as many people and animals as we can. In many ways, it is like turning the Titanic. It takes vision and dedication but we are succeeding. Our volunteers make this possible.

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

Seeing the numbers of volunteers grow along with the numbers of animals we have helped.

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

dedicated to helping animals and pet owners in creative and selfless ways. The Executive Director even went to jail for rescuing an abused and neglected mother dog and her puppies!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Build much of our no-kill companion animal sanctuary, Almost Home. This is why we have opened a thrift store. We are doing what we can to help ourselves, rather than burden supporters with endless requests for donations.

Ways to make it better...

we could move past individual motivations to work together toward a common goal. We have had a couple volunteers mad about something and then leave, taking our resources with them, only to turn around and criticize us for not doing more to help animals.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Evolving from a small group of volunteers with no one steering the organization to one that has a structure. Some of those volunteers have left and now campaign furiously to undermine what we are trying to accomplish which has hurt our efforts to help.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Our effectiveness is like night and day from even a year ago.

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 have helped in all areas of the organization.