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HUMANE SOCIETY OF KNOX COUNTY
February 21, 2011

This shelter supports 20 towns and has a dedicated group of volunteers who provided over 6,500 hours of love and labor to help the many animals living in their temporary home there (and probably many more that volunteers forgot to enter in the log). They do so much to find homes for these pets: their website has photographs of many of the animals up for adoption, they place a friendly cat in several bank branches to showcase them in the community (and help customers pass their time in line more enjoyably!), they arrange volunteer medical treatments with local vets, they hold several regular fundraisers and continue to experiment with new fundraising events, and one employee has even shrink-wrapped her car with advertising for the shelter and sponsoring opportunity spaces!

Not only do they go all out for their animal friends; they also help a lot of humans. They provide community service opportunities for students, companies and first-time offenders, giving them a chance to learn about animals, their care and how good it feels to help out in one's community. They also provide a place where unemployed people can take a break from job hunting to do something good and productive, meet like-minded volunteers, and receive praise and thanks from the fabulous staff for a job well done - such treatment is a huge boost to the ego of someone whose full time job is looking for employment.


The Great!

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

I moved to this area about 6 months ago, volunteered to help and immediately felt welcomed and appreciated by the friendly and hard-working staff. I've seen them sponsor campaigns to get more pets adopted, including the current "Name your adoption fee!" program to find homes for the many cats that they serve.

Ways to make it better...

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

... give them a bigger budget so that they could start construction of the new facility they have planned immediately.

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & volunteered to set up spreadsheets to track and report volunteer hours and preferences.