MIDDLEBURG HUMANE FOUNDATION
February 8, 2011
I have volunteered with Middleburg Humane since I first moved to the area nine years ago. I am still in awe of the work they do. They go the extra mile for every animal they have the chance to help. Because their programs are so comprehensive, they not only help animals but people too. They are one of very few shelters that allow youngsters to volunteer (with their parents) in order to foster compassion in children. They reach out to the community through their chained dog assistance program to help even dogs who are not in their custody. They coordinate with other rescues so that animals who may not have a good chance of adoption in one area can be moved to an area where someone is looking for them. They have an animal behaviorist on their staff to evaluate animals and develop training programs implemented by volunteers to help the animals become good family members when they are adopted. Their low-cost spay/neuter program and ability to offer "outside medical" services helps people properly care for their animals despite financial difficulties. They operate a thrift store to raise money which provides affordable shopping for the community and recycles what might otherwise be discarded. MHF is an integral, well-regarded, and valuable member of its community.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
Just one of many examples is a dog I helped train named Bingo, who was found starving and emaciated in a ditch and is now a certified therapy dog and companion animal to a cancer patient. MHF nursed him back to health and provided training that transformed him from being disinterested in people at best and a fear-biter at worst into a loving and responsive caregiver. Bingo is paying back the favor and is a perfect example of how MHF helps animals AND people.
Ways to make it better...
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Provide them with financial security to expand and help even more animals.
Would you volunteer for this group again?
For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?
Did the organization use your time wisely?
Would you recommend this group to a friend?
Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)
As a thrift shop volunteer I made lots of friends and quickly felt I was a part of my new community. As a volunteer dog trainer I have leared a great deal about dog behavior and how to modify it which helps my relationship with my own dogs at home.
How did this volunteer experience make you feel?
Enormously rewarded, by both the dogs and the MHF staff.
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
Volunteer & I volunteered every week for eight years in the thrift shop and still work as a substitute. For thelast year and five months I have worked with t he behaviorist to train dogs and make them more adoptable.
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