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TOLEDO AREA HUMANE SOCIETY
April 12, 2009

This is my favorite place ever. The animals are extremely well cared, the staff is professional as well as compassionate, and many animals find homes. Not only do they have on-site vet staff, but they also have great support from volunteers. Their enthusiasm is contagious and I'm very glad that I caught it. The support from the community and from volunteers really proves that there is something wonderful going on at this non-profit.

The Great!

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

the transformation of animals: they've gone from hairless and abused to a full coated happy, healthy companion animal. the sheer number of animals adopted. the compassion for animals, they'll take a dog from the kennels and let them hang out up front for a day. Usually they just sleep by their feet, but I know it means a lot to these dogs.

Ways to make it better...

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

maybe call in volunteers or something? I don't know how to do this, but a problem is that many volunteers will come in one day and then literally no one will come in on another. So then the dogs will have to go in their kennels, which makes it harder on the staff who've got enough on their hands already.

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

working with the animals, walking them etc.

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

wonderful. Although, some volunteers (they're almost all younger) really annoy me when they don't do much work. I guess I just wish everyone was willing to do the hard work (scooping poop etc).

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

build more rooms to take in more animals.

Ways to make it better...

I had more varied activities. I guess I could train to get different duties besides animal care but with schoolwork and my job I don't have too much time. So, that's not really their fault. You just have to show initiative in this organization if you want to do something. They're not going to bring it up. Also, it drives me nuts when people say "where are the puppies?" Usually we don't get puppies in, and then they're gone really fast when we do. So it really breaks my heart when I see older dogs that need homes and then the people who are only interested in puppies leave. A huge problem is updating the website. The people who take the pictures (volunteers I think) don't update so people really don't know what's available. There should be a list of people who sign up to work on the website whenever. Then whenever they come in, they should bring a printout of the website, then cross out ones that have already gone home, then confirm it with Laura or a vet tech, then take pictures of the new ones. The website is probably the biggest thing that could be improved.

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

the website. the overwhelming amount of animals that come in. people who only want puppies and won't consider adopting an adult dog. "kitten season" oh my!

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

TAHS rocks.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & animal care.