I have been on the board of Aide for Animals for several years, and in that capacity, I get to see the struggle that we go through every day, trying to bring in enough donations to keep these animals vetted, fed, and comfortable. We have had several fund raisers since I have been involved, and although they help immensely, we still work tirelessly to put out newsletters, brochures and use word of mouth to get our name further into the community than it already is.
I share the added honor of being an Adoption Coordinator and Critical Care Unit with one of our other volunteers, Rachel Nowlin Jones. As Adoption Coordinators, we make sure that the pets that are up for adoption on our website or on Petfinder go to homes that suit them as individuals and not just another cat or dog. We go into the homes and interview the prospective owners, and in most cases, there is a perfect match between animal and proud owner.
Our critical care units are just that: A place in our individual homes where we take gravely ill pets that need a lot of special attention, such as daily medication, fluids, constant monitoring, etc. When they are well and eating good, we take them back to Aide for Animals and put them up for adoption.
I can't say enough about Aide for Animals. Even if I weren't so closely bonded with the people, animals, and overall good that we do for the community, such as teaching that pets are members of our families and that spaying or neutering is one of the most important things an owner can do for their pet, I would still be a volunteer and do what I could to make sure that this wonderful organization continues to help all of the animals that come into their care.
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Aide for Animals is a place for homeless, helpless animals. Betsy and her family work tirelessly to ensure that all the animals are vetted and disease free before they are put in "general population" and they provide individual "kitty condos" for the cats and all are well loved.
Of course, there are more new animals than there are adoptions, but when someone does adopt a fur baby, they are matched with the sweet animal that will make their life complete.
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seeing the reactions of people who have adopted from Aide for Animals, as well as seeing the overall health and well being of the animals who reside therein.
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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
figure out a way to bring in a lot more donations. Aide for Animals depends on donations to stay afloat. I would like to figure out a way that we could reach more and more people, tell them the story of Aide for Animals, and have them be guided by their hearts to help us.