March 10, 2011
I couldn't pick just one category, because over the years I have been a volunteer, donor and grant recipient. UAN maintains a narrow enough focus to be truly effective, often staying behind doing the "real work" in rescue, disaster and hoarding situations when bigger names have moved on. I received excellent daylong taining to qualify as a UAN disaster response volunteer, have had my consciousness raised about ERT and its impact on horses, and received a grant to help pay the expenses of an injured abandoned dog who needed surgery to save a badly broken leg. Giving on a regular basis is easy with monthly bank draft, and I feel that my small donation is going to relieve suffering and advance a humane ethic in the country. Animal advocacy in any form is a long, hard, sometimes heartbreaking endeavor but I feel confident UAN is on the job making a difference.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
the form of a Lifeline grant that gave me a toehold on the enormous vet expense that meant saving the leg of a young dog instead of having to amputate, thus creating a "special needs" situation.
Ways to make it better...
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Improve the magazine. It recently arrived on the same day as the Best Friends magazine and the appearance was noticeable
General Member of the Public & Was trained as a volunteer, received a Lifeline grant, woke up to the abuse of horses and requested a switch from Premarin to another ERT.