Easily one of the worst experiences i have ever had. I would love to elaborate. I was in the middle of a huge phone interview (I am a software engineer) when two Arizona Humane Society Associates (One male and one woman) came ignorantly slamming on my door because they had seen that i had my dog on the balcony (i had put him outside for two minutes with water because he was barking very loud during my interview). They refused to leave even after i had brought him right inside. They claimed that he was outside panting, when I had left him outside with water for a maximum of two minutes before they cam slamming on my door. Also, the male was threatening me and walked up to me telling me that "I look like i have more to say" when all i was doing was begging them to give me a couple of minutes to finish my phone interview with my dog INSIDE. They refused to leave, took 20 minutes at their car to get papers, and i completely lost the interview. The man and the woman were both extremely disrespectful. I would give -100 stars above if i could, but since 1 star is the minimum that is what i will give.
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AHS has many fantastic programs and they work hard at finding homes for all the homeless pets! I have donated money and supplies plus our Boy Scout troop at the time volunteered and made cat scratching posts and donated all four to AHS. It's nice that you can see your donations at work during shelter visits! They are number one in my eyes for all they do to service the community and beyond!!!
New Experiences: At AHS I've experienced many new things. I always wanted to dress up as a mascot and got to wear the dog costume at a variety of events, be on tv and even get on the field at Bank One Ballpark! I love the fashion show every year as well as the telethon. From speaking to kids in schools to dressing up as Santa Claus and taking pictures with people's pets which I never thought I'd do! Going to happy hours at posh venues and showing puppies at a variety of storefronts and organizations, just to name a few.
I have been volunteering for the Arizona Humane Society for several months now. Even though they only ask 4 hours per month, I volunteer at least 12 hours per month. The staff is very kind and the work they do is extremely important. I never realized how many DIFFERENT things the AZ Humane Society does for the whole community, not just the animals. They have thrift stores that sell not only animal products cheaper than the name brand stores, but clothing and appliances for humans as well. They have a public clinic that spays, neuters and vaccinates pets from low income families. The have a pet hospital for severely abused and/or neglected animals. They have a large foster system in place. I am having a truly wonderful and fulfilling experience working with them.
I donate money to Arizona Humane Society, but I also donate my time as a volunteer. The Arizona Humane Society is an excellent place to volunteer. You'll receive an 8 hour in person training and then they get you scheduled for "on the job training". You're well prepared for being a volunteer by the time you do it.
I have been volunteering to socialize with cats in the Cat Isolation ward since August 2015. What a wonderful experience - the cats are getting people time which helps them heal more quickly, but I'm also getting cats on my lap time. There is nothing more tranquil than a half-asleep cat purring on your lap and kneading your legs.
Not only have the animal experiences been great, but the people at the Arizona Humane Society are wonderful. They always thank me for my volunteer time and are happy to answer questions and get to know me.
I can't recommend this high enough for the experience I've had so far.
I absolutely love being a foster parent for the Arizona Humane Society. Everyone there is very concerned about the animals in their care. They are very dedicated to improving the lives of the animals they deal with, as well as helping members of the general community, either with "free" spay/neuter days, EMT support, and reasonably priced clinics. I have been fostering for over three years, and have noticed the push from the AHS to do more for their community and animals. They are also very supportive of me, as a volunteer foster parent, and offer many suggestions about animals I have. They are all very friendly and supportive. I recently had to have one of my own cats euthanized, and they were very supportive in that situation also. I am proud to be associated with this organization.
I began volunteering a little over a year. I wasn't sure what to expect but I have really come to admire the work that the Arizona Humane Society does. They are constantly thinking of new and inventive ways to help more animals. As a volunteer, they have lots of options to get involved so we can feel comfortable in whatever role we choose. I primarily volunteer at one of their shelter/boutique locations. I think that it says a lot about the organization that we have repeat visitors who come in week after week to see the newest animals or check in with their favorites. I get lots of questions from people asking about a particular shelter animal; one they are genuinely concerned about. I think that people take a genuine interest in the animals and I think that has a lot to do with the open environment and the way the AHS represents itself.
There are so many caring people working and volunteering for this organization. The animals are always well cared for and they have a great social media team in place to really get the word out and increase adoptions, thereby increasing the number of animal lives saved!
I both volunteer with AHS and have adopted from them. Very professional and really put the animals first.
I have watched the local Pets on Parade for many years. As a result of this I have been drawn to commit to volunteer for a number of years. Finally in Feb of 2015 I committed to serve as a volunteer. I love my volunteer job and the other volunteers and staff members are all so loving, kind and caring. I am still a working member of society and at times it can be a scramble for me but I love being a volunteer at Arizona Humane Society so much and to see all of the critters that we help to find new loving forever homes.
I am a practicing attorney so my free time is not ample. It took me quite a while to decide on a non-profit to volunteer with. I decided on AHS after researching their many community outreach programs (benefitting animals) and observing how active the Board is. Having volunteered for six months now, I couldn't be more impressed with how well-organized and committed this organization is. I'm so impressed, I even solicited my wife to begin volunteering. We love AHS!
I have been a volunteer ar AZHSUS for over 2 years now and I continue to be amazed at the dedication of the staff do always do the best they can for homeless animals and supporting the community with innovate programs. I am proud to be a part of such a great group of people that go above and beyond to do great things for our pets.
I have been supporting the Arizona Humane Society for many years. I firmly believe in all the excellent work they do for the animals. I now volunteer for this organization, which I'm very proud to do. As a volunteer I have had the pleasure of witnessing first hand the joy of adoptions. Many animals are finding their furever homes, and without the Arizona Humane Society, many would not ever experience the love they deserve!
I have previously volunteered at 2 shelters in New Mexico. When I moved to AZ almost 2 years ago, my NM shelter friends highly recommended volunteering with Arizona Humane Society. After doing extensive research on AHS and other shelters, I knew AHS would be the best place to volunteer. This organization has far exceeded my expectations. The training to become a volunteer in your chosen department is very thorough and I have found both volunteers AND STAFF to be very friendly. In my previous experience, I was treated as "just a volunteer" but not at AHS. Here, everyone is treated the same. I currently volunteer in Adoptions on the weekends and it's very rewarding and provides great opportunity to work as a team with either another volunteer or staff.
I have since adopted and dog from Arizona Humane that was brought in by their EAMTs (Emergency Animal Medical Technicians). This little 1 year old terrier mix had been hit by a car and just left on the side of the road. The impact caused a Diaphragmatic Hernia meaning his "insides" were pushed up into his chest and he was having a hard time breathing. Our EAMT's were called and rescued this little guy and rushed him to Second Chance Animal Hospital where he had emergency hernia surgery. He also had a pelvic fracture and a severe fractured back leg. His pelvic fracture healed but the leg did not, so they chose the amputate the leg. When I first saw him in the shelter, he was a scared little puppy but I knew there was a great dog in there somewhere and just needed a chance. We ended up naming him Chance and he runs and jumps like any dog with four legs. I could go on and on about AHS because they are not just a great place to volunteer but also a great place to adopt.
The Arizona Humane Society helps all of the members of the community get involved in saving the lives of animals. They raise awareness by handing out information packets, throwing fundraisers, going on TV, driving around their Waggin' Wheels bus, having adoption specials, and so much more! If I knew that an animal needed help, I would call the AZHS because I know that that animal would get the best help possible and an opportunity at a better life. The animals that are up for adoption are so loved and cared for by all of the staff and are given the best possible homes. The Arizona Humane Society is a great organization that lives and breaths animal wellbeing.
The AZ Humane Society has given me so many great volunteering opportunities. I have been able to participate in their weekly viewing of Pets on Parade as well as travel on the Waggin' Wheels Adoption truck. This work helps me to give back and share my love of animals with furry friends who have not been shown love or had someone care for them. This not only helps me give back but it also helps me to relax and is a constant stress reliever in my crazy life. Recently I adopted a little girl, Mailani, that the Second Chance Hospital personnel and volunteers saved after she had been hit by a car. I am eternally grateful for all of the people that were involved with her treatment. Thank you AZ humane for not only giving me so many great opportunities but also for saving my baby girl!
I love the AHS because of all the work they do to save the lives of sick and injured animals! They are constantly striving to develop new and exciting programs! For example, the kitten that I fostered (which I ended up adopting --- FAIL!) was taken care of at the Second Chance Animal Hospital. She was one of hundreds of kittens this summer who showed up at AHS without their mother. She is now a healthy, happy, and silly teenage kitty! Thank you AHS for all you do for those who do not have a voice!
We have been volunteering with the AZ Humane Society for just over a year as a foster family and could not be more pleased with the ease with which they make working with them to support all the furry kiddos in healing before adoption into their forever homes! The staff is responsive, caring, kind and knowledgeable. As foster parents we feel supported with supplies, resources for answering questions after hours with care needed, and ongoing training. For instance, we considered taking on some bottle-fed babies at some point and were easily able to register for and attend an onsite class that included connecting us with experienced "bottle baby" foster parents willing to eagerly accept us into their community. We are honored to be partnering with them to make the community around us a better place for all!
As a volunteer for a different animal shelter in the community, I was dazzled by the professionalism of the AZ Humane Society and its staff. Volunteers are oriented before they take on responsibilities and tasks and outcomes are clearly identified and articulated before work begins.
I foster dogs and love how much each staffer I meet cares about me and the dogs. To a person, they are compassionate, informed, and engaged. Keeps me coming back!
I have volunteered and adopted from the Arizona Humane Society. The organization strives to make the lives of animals better from giving animals a second chance through their hospital services, fostering animals who need extra care, working with pet owners who are struggling to discover ways they can keep their pets, to adopters. The organization managers to handle large numbers of animals via the dedication of staff and volunteers both. I have supported this organization for years and each year they manage to exceed my expectations for a non-profit.
I've always known about AHS work thanks to their amazing stories and happy adoptions, but it wasn't until I took my pet to their clinics that I truely understood their compassionate care taking. I had just lost my job and They went above and beyond for my pet despite my money troubles. What an amazing group of people!
The Arizona Humane Society's mission is to improve the lives of animals, alleviate their suffering, and elevate their status in society. They safeguard, rescue, shelter, heal, adopt and advocate for animals in need, while inspiring community action and compassion on their behalf.
Little do they know how much they've changed my life with my furry family member. Everyday, I am grateful for the EAMT that saved her life, the foster who taught her love, and the adoption counselor that made me hers.
Arizona "in" humane society. We accept all pets and will gladly take your money so we can kill your pet for you while you dream about his lovely new home. That happened to me! Sean the vet tech told us that our cat was in great shape and would be up for adoption. We voiced we were concerned he was ten and they reassured us that many people like older pets because there are times older people want older pets and they cut adoption fees in half. We said if there is any slight chance he will be killed we will take him home. He said unless he has a deadly disease they would not. They boasted about his white teeth. After looking on the website and no sign of my healthy cat. I went to find where he was and was treated horribly. They were ready to share where he was but after looking up his info the lady put a blank face. Then she made up stories about how my cat might be in a farm or a working cat. Later on after many phone calls I found out the truth. He was killed the same day! They said they needed to pull out a tooth and that did not grant him a second chance. Not only did they lie about the tooth but they blamed his age! Wasn't it easier to tell us to take him home if within hours they were going to murder him anyways! Arizona "in" humane society. We accept all pets and will gladly take your money so we can kill your pet for you while you dream about his lovely new home.
Volunteering at the AZ Humane Society is a very rewarding experience. The staff is really great and the facilities are always really clean. I love taking care of the dogs as I travel a lot and its hard for me to have a dog myself so I get my doggie fix in at the Humane Society! They are very flexible and very good at communicating opportunities to make a difference in the community through email campaigns. The staff is very dedicated to the animals and take very good care of the humans as well! Overall a great organization!
I have been a volunteer at AZ Humane Society for a little over two months now and it has been a very rewarding experience. It takes a large, caring staff to run such a large organization with so many moving parts and they really dedicate a lot of time towards their volunteer program. The orientation is thorough and the one-on-one time with a seasoned volunteer in my focus area was invaluable. During my shifts there are always staff members available to answer any questions I might have or assist in any way they can. The facility is kept clean and organized, ensuring that the animals are as happy and healthy as possible. I recommend this experience for any animal-lover out there who wants to try to make a difference in the lives of our furry friends.
I have been volunteering for the Arizona Humane Society for a handful of years now, both at the shelter and as a foster parent. This organization cares about animal welfare and is passionate about their cause. I am very pleased about my experience.
Az Humane Society is the most caring, loving place I have ever volunteered. The animals here are cared for 110% and I am proud to be able to shed my love on them every day as a volunteer. The Az Humane Society is a happy place for these animals, where the staff and volunteers go above and beyond to make sure these angels are taken care of. The goal here is to see that every animal is adopted out to a loving forever home, and while they are here they get the best of the love & care that they need.
From the new kitten nursery to dog adoptions, it's so rewarding for me to help previously injured, abused, or abandoned animals find forever homes. I've been a volunteer (and donor) since 2010 and am always impressed and grateful for all the programs and services they offer to help the animals in our community, especially the EAMT program. AHS also continues to introduce new initiatives to help save even more lives, and I am proud to be part of their efforts.
I have been an AHS volunteer since 2009. I mostly volunteer at the South Mountain location with cats giving them love and attention while they wait for their forever homes and also assist potential adopters with finding the perfect feline to fit their lifestyle. It's hugely rewarding to meet a family who falls in love with a cat you've come to know and care about and see that cat leave the shelter to start the next chapter of his/her life.
I've also fostered underweight kittens. When you foster, you really get to know the animals and you are literally expanding the walls of the shelter allowing for more lives to be saved. Saying goodbye is always tough for me when it's time to take them back to the shelter to go up for adoption but knowing the time you spent fostering saved that kitten's life makes the experience so worth it.
In 2011, I went through docent training and learned all about the organization. Being entirely non-profit, AHS relies heavily on its volunteers and there are so many ways people can help, fostering, working directly with animals in the shelter, the hospital, in admissions, working with the public, going to events, working in the thrift stores or retail stores, etc. Over the years, I've done many things and all of them have left me feeling like what I'm doing is making a positive difference for animals served by AHS.
I have been volunteering since March for the AZ Humane Society (I am also a regular doner). I didn't think I could work with animals (loving them all and walking the dogs) because I didn't want to see them stuck in their kennels when noone was at the store (I mainly volunteer at the Norterra facility where we have only 6 dog kennels so it is a smaller facility than our larger sites). We also have approx 30 kitten/cat kennels.
I must say that this has been a very rewarding experience and I was so pleased to see that the animals are so well taken care of and loved due to donations received. It was also encouraging to see them get adopted out quickly so the original concern of seeing them stay long at the facility has proven wrong. This experience has made me so much more aware of the need to find homes for these wonderful animals who came in as strays (many times injured) or surrendered by their owners rather than buy from a breeder. My current dog is a full bread dauchshund who I purchased from a breeder 11 years ago and I am currently seriously considering bringing home a second (rescue) dog from AHS.
I would also recommend volunteering for this wonderful organization since it is because of our time spent that makes the lives of these kiddos just a little bit better until they find their forever home.
I've been a volunteer with the Arizona Humane Society (AHS) since 2008. Mainly I foster (many!) dogs, work at one of the Petique retail stores where I use AHS' online scheduler to assign myself to shifts when my personal calendar has an opening , and help out with special projects.
My hope is many people will use this site to share their outstanding "big picture" stories about AHS. So, I'm going to take a different tack and paste below a copy of what I recently emailed to Sharon Kinsella -- our beloved manager of volunteer services -- about "one day in the life of a volunteer"...
Hi Sharon –
I just sent a friend of mine a note about what I’ve been up to lately.
Below are paragraphs from my email that talk about the AHS adoptathon.
My guess is working with volunteers must feel to AHS staff like herding cats.
I thought you might enjoy comparing what you planned for me to what actually happened!
P.S. Job well done by you and the other AHS staff.
Sent: Sunday, July 20, 2014 9:03 PM
Among other things, I’ve gone to the dogs. Yesterday I finished my assigned shifts for this weekend’s adoptathon at the Arizona Humane Society. Very tired but very satisfying.
Originally, my spousal unit Richard, our amigo Jerri, and I were assigned to be in charge of “traffic” at the Sunnyslope shelter.
Our initial volunteer orientation training did teach us the adoption process but we didn’t feel confident enough to be a solo “adoption specialist.”
Traffic responsibilities turned out to be directing and controlling the flow of people into the shelter to avoid congestion in the halls and to make sure people had as much time as they needed in “meet and greet” spaces with their potential new pet(s).
AHS ended up short on dog adoption volunteers for our first shift so I took the initiative, found myself a mentor, switched to become an adoption specialist, and introduced myself to each of my human customers as a “newbie adoption volunteer” who was still learning the ropes and needed to get a staff person to check me at the end to make sure I’d done my job correctly. People were very kind and patient. They chuckled when I told them I hadn’t brought my reading glasses because I thought I was going to be a traffic facilitator, there were a couple forms I was supposed to read aloud to them, and asked if they would be willing to read the forms aloud to themselves and I would comment as they went along to elaborate on key points. It was a true partnership experience!
Meanwhile, Richard and Jerri did “traffic plus.” “Plus” included escorting people to the cat and/or dog rooms to locate missing family members from whom they’d become separated, as well as directing people to the bathrooms and water fountain, solving any problem for which they could concoct a remedy, and referring to docents or staff any problems they couldn’t expeditiously fix.
One reason volunteering at AHS is so much fun is the organization truly empowers its volunteers to do whatever best serves the animals and human customers even if it’s something unique. The next time we talk, remind me to tell you about how I switched identities with a very tearful Chandler single mom who literally was dragged back into the shelter by her newly-adopted hound that was so powerful she didn’t have the strength to make it stop. She felt horrible about herself because she knew it would be impossible for her to keep the pooch and thought she was failing a worthy dog that was in desperate need of a home. I could see it was a terrible match from the get-go. I suggested a Plan B. She gave me her driver’s license so I could pretend to be her and return the dog she’d just adopted to Admissions. Meanwhile she took her 2 kids (a 6ish yr. old boy with tears streaming down his face and a very sad-looking 12ish year old girl who ultimately had a huge grin on her face) back to Adoptions to pick out another, wonderful, very friendly and easy-to-walk three-legged dog. In the end, everything turned out swell including for the dog she/I relinquished to Admissions and was later adopted by a family that was a perfect match.
The Friday shift was supposed to be noon – 4 pm but the crowds kept streaming in so we stayed until around 5:30 or 6. Yesterday we stuck to the 12-4 schedule. Today we went swimming and then took a very long nap. Being out in the heat, running around at the shelter at this time of year, really took the stuffing out me. It felt kind of good that Richard wasn’t a live wire at the end, either! At AHS I also work at their Petique at the Biltmore and I’ve fostered several dozen dogs over the years. I foster mainly adult dogs for a variety of ailments but my specialties have evolved to become wound care and orthopedic surgical recovery. Who’d have predicted that one?
I am relatively new in the capacity of volunteer to the AHS. At this point I have fostered three furry friends. For the most part my experiences have been rewarding. As I help prepare them for the next step which is adoption.
Meanwhile, the commitment I have observed is such a blessing to these creatures who have suffered in one way or another. The volunteers at these united shelters are tireless in participating in the life saving process. They take positive steps in helping these animals become mentally, physically and socially renewed. The volunteers clean, the kennels and bring in heavy bags of food and donated supplies without any signs of complaint. In addition they ensure the puppies, dogs and cats get the nutrition, human touch, and exercise they may need.
The AHS also puts on continuous fund raisers and adoption functions. They keep the community informed of their great work and needs in order to keep this much needed nonprofit organization running smoothly and saving thousands of animals from sure tragedy.
Please consider what you can do to help out this growing plight.
Yvonne A. Volunteer
I have been an avid volunteer for about four months now, and I love volunteering here. My coworkers are great and the overall feel of all of our locations is helpful and warm. The adoption staff are quite knowledgeable and have great customers service skills. Even when I was just visiting, before I became a volunteer, I could see a huge difference between AZ Humane and other shelters I have been to. The locations are clean and well lit. It is obvious that the animals are taken care of. I love being a part of this organization.
The Clinic Staff at the Az Humane Soc Sunny Slope location welcomed me with open arms and put me right to work. I love working with them: they answer every question carefully and help me out instantly if I need another hand doing something. My reward is knowing I am working with folks who respect and treat each and every animal as if it were their own. One of the nicest organizational features is that I may go to the website calendar and schedule my own shifts. . .so much easier than trying to reach someone by phone or email.
I have lived and driven by the Campus for Compassion location for the last 10 years, and recenty decided to take the EAMT (March) course and finally commited to being a volunteer. I LOVE my 2x's a month 4 hour volunteer shifts w/ the cats. All I do during that entire time is SMILE, and give LOVE to the furry felines hoping to find them the perfect forever home. And when I do match the family w/ their dream pet, their joy is my joy. There's no day in my life that I'm tremendously happy for 4 straight hours. I also have begun to foster kitties, and can't wait for my next tiny little furballs to socialize, fatten up or get them through an injury or illness. Even though there are sometimes big disappointments w/ fostering (sometimes they just can't make it), the entire experience changes my life ever day! If you love pets the way I do...give back to your community, you won't regret it!
We are a foster family for the AZ Humane Society. They have been so, so supportive and patient with us in helping us be the best possible foster family for the wonderful cats. They have answered all our questions and anxieties and walked us through this rewarding and heart-felt process. Everyone we have worked with has been not only professional but understanding and caring, towards our family as well as the animals we have fostered. Please, please consider doing anything you can to help this fantastic organization save these amazing animals. They need us all to do our part and be assured the AZ Humane Society will help you to help!!! Win win for all.
I have been a volunteer for almost 4 years now and still find volunteering at the AZ humane society to be very reqrding I am so impressed by the dedicated staff that truly loves animals and will do what ever is best for the animals
I volunteer at the Arizona Humane Society with the doggies, taking them to the yard to play and for socilialization. I also foster kitties with colds. The experience has done more for me then I've done for it.
I can't tell in you in words the feeling you get when a puppy snuggles up to your neck or a big dog puts his big paws on your shoulders and kisses you as if to say, "thank so much for your attention, love and time".
It's an organization ran with sincere protocols based on the safety and love for all animals and it works so efficiently. Everyone is so committed and caring. When I reach out to a staff member with a concern about a wound or a doggie who my be having kennel stress. Someone is there right away and takes the doggie away for evaluation or attention.
I could go on and on about my experiences as a volunteer for the Humane Society. To sum up what I love most about the Humane Society is...It's a wonerland for a sad sitation for animals. They take in unwanted pets and strays, operate as needed, feed and house them saving them from harms way. Then, finally do everything in their power to find forever homes for them all. I'm so proud to be a part of that.
I have volunteered at the Arizona Humane Society for many years. I train new volunteers, assist in pet adoptions, work special events and foster underage/underweight animals. It is important to give back to your community, and advocating for those who cannot speak for themselves is vitally important. It is very rewarding, as well. There are plenty of tasks that those interested can do, from being directly involved with the animals to performing administrative tasks. The only requirements are a love for animals and a desire to help.
I started volunteering about 10 months ago and have since started working at AHS
in animal care. my volunteer time was the most rewarding, best thing I have ever done
in my life. I love the animals and felt very rewarded when I could match someone up
with a animal that would find their forever home and friend. I found the experience so
rewarding that I decided to devote the rest of my life to animal care and rescue.
they need our help and love as they cannot care for themselves. they give total and
unconditional love. I have had and have now rescues doggies and they bring more to
my life than anything I have ever encountered. we are also donors and contributors
to the humane society numerous times.
I am a foster parent for the Arizona Humane Society, Sunnyslope. I foster cats with upper respiratory infections as well as cats who need temporary housing due to their owners needing to flee domestic violence. What I love about this is that I can help and feel fully supported while doing so. The staff will help with any questions, medical needs, or food, etc. It truly is a team effort to help as many animals as possible. It is work of the soul. Nothing feels better.
I've been volunteering at the AZ Humane Society for about 14 months. I walk dogs at the Campus for Compassion at South Mountain which is about a 50 minute drive for me. I try and get down there for a few ours every weekend. The 3-4 hours I'm there each week is very special to me. People often tell me they could never volunteer at an animal shelter because it would be too depressing for them. I have to say that I use to think it was sad but my time volunteering here has made me see how wonderful a place it really is. Everyone who works there as an employee or volunteer loves animals and would do anything to ensure they are safe, healthy and happy. What a great place for a pooch, kittie or critter to be right? Yes, it's sad when you see the same face for a few months and you just don't get why people are passing them by...but that is what is so great, the AZ Humane Society doesn't give up on them until they find their forever home. I feel really lucky to be able to volunteer at such a great place where I'm able to give and get so much unconditional love!
I've adopted my last four dogs from AZ Humane Society. After the last one I decided that I wanted to find time to volunteer. I work full time and have a family so sometimes it is hard to find time but I always do because it is so rewarding. My friends told me I was crazy to volunteer because I would be wanting to adopt every dog. But at AHS all of the animals are treated with such love and affection that I know they are in a good place and are just one step away from their forever homes. All of the people at AHS are huge animal lovers and they take care of all of the animals as if they were their own. AHS also does a great job of training all of their volunteers both in the classroom and hands on. They also have many docents that are always available for help with questions or anything you may need. Once you are ready to start working with the animals on your own, they make it very easy to sign up for shifts through a special website. They also keep volunteers well informed on all special events coming up through email. AHS has been around for over 50 years. They really know what they are doing and they do a great job.
AHS is an amazing place. They welcome anyone and everyone to come an volunteer however they make sure you have the right training to take care and love the animals. When I use to think of a shelter I would think that the animals were in bad condition and not loved - but not here. They take care of all the animals kennels daily and even twice a day. The dogs get to go on long walks and play time with volunteers multiple times a day. Cats get loved almost every minute of the day along with all the other critters. I am so lucky I can volunteer with them and help them make a difference.
Arizona Humane Society is a great place to Volunteer and donate if you love animals. People are caring and they are an open intake shelter they do not turn away animals for ANY reason. Sick, injured, old, ANY reason and they do the right thing for the animal. They work with rescue groups and the public to find animals the most appropriate homes. AHS is one of the ONLY shelters that have Veternary staff available to heal the sick and injured animals with a foster network to nurse these animal back to health and get them up for adoption.
Working with homeless animals will change your life and the animals at the Arizona Humane Society need the Volunteers time and attention while they wait for their forever family to find them. Volunteer, adopt, foster, donate.
I have been volunteering at the Arizona Humane Society for 15 1/2 years. I have enjoyed every minute of it. The A.H.S. is a great organization that helps so many animals that no longer have a home & finds them a loving forever home. They have a low cost immunization & spay & neuter clinic to help pet owners can keep their animals healthy at a low cost. The A.H.S. also has Emergency Animal Medical Technicians who rescue animals in the field & brings the injured ones to the A.H.S. hospital.
The people at the Arizona Humane Society are really amazing! They go out of their way to help you whenever they see that you are lost. They are very amicable and take very good care of their animals. Everyone is always eager to walk the dogs or help out with the critters and cats. It's just great being a part of their team!
Volunteering at the Arizona Humane Society has been life-changing. I have been blessed to learn every aspect of the organization, from marketing to financials to admissions to our amazing Second Chance Animal Hospital. The most impressive aspect of AHS is definitely the people that do their best, every day, to care for the animals.
I have volunteered for over 10 years, great organization always moving forward to help more and more animals !
I have only been volunteering for the AZ Humane Society for about two months but it has been a wonderful experience. There are so many different opportunities that almost anyone can find a position that meets his/her interests and capabilities - I've already found several! The training is outstanding and the staff is always ready and willing to help.
I will be returning to volunteering soon, having had hip replacement surgery very recently. I volunteer in the Admissions area, where people can surrender their pets for which they can no longer care, can receive humane euthanasia services, or can be escorted through the facility looking for their lost pets.
The public is always so appreciative of the compassion, professionalism, and sheer generosity of spirit demonstrated by employees and volunteers. Given that this is usually just one of the worst days imaginable, members of the public show their appreciation with tears and hugs. Their emotions are raw; their hearts are vulnerable. Yet they frequently take a moment to express their very deep gratitude. If this does not fulfill the mission of the AHS, I cannot imagine what would!
My husband and I have adopted 3 dogs in the past from the Humane Society. They were always so helpful and pleasant to deal with that a little over a year ago we decided to sign up and volunteer. We are both animal lovers and have learned so much from working there. Of course during our time as a volunteer we came across another dog to adopt as a member of our family. The adoption process has always been so easy for us, but while working there I realize how committed these full-time employees are by not adopting out an animal just because there was someone interested in adopting. They unfortunately have to make the tough decision to turn someone away in the safety and interest of the animal being adopted. I'm sure this kills them knowing how many they get on a daily basis, but it just comes down to the real dedication these people have in making an animal's life a happy tail.
As I stated earlier, it's been a fun experience in both working in the AZ Humane Society and also as an adoptive dog parent. I just wish we could do this full-time but we both have full-time jobs.
AHS is a great organization and I feel fulfilled every time I volunteer! I love helping any canine or feline or any animal in between. I can not save all of them but I can at least touch some lives through the help of the Arizona Humane Society!
Animal shelters and humane societies are known for taking care of animals while they are up for adoption. Most people look at humane societies simply as animal shelters. Most do not look at the side of the non-profit that accepts the owner surrenders, strays, and pets to be euthanized.
The Arizona Humane Society cares for both animals and people. As a new volunteer in admissions (AHS is a certified hospital so intake is called admissions), I see people of all ages, demographics, and incomes using AHS' services to surrender beloved pets for reasons out of their control such as economic issues or moving. We also see people who come to AHS for low cost euthanasia. We see many stray cats brought in by people who truly care and take the time to capture or rescue strays. Some people come in to find a lost cat or dog and we take them through the facility to look for their lost pets and give them many resources to help them locate their lost pets.
Approximately 123 animals on average a day are turned in to AHS and this means AHS is busy interacting with the people that accompany those 123 animals per day. The primary human emotions experienced by the people arriving in admissions are sadness and grief. We are there to help ease the grief that comes with surrendering an animal or saying a final goodbye. We try to be kind, compassionate, and available to all the people that come into admissions and who really do not want to be there any more than the animals do. The admissions staff treat each animal as if it were the only animal coming into the shelter that day and are extremely sensitive and understanding with the people who accompany the animals.
While the animals are the primary focus and mission of AHS, this non-profit also cares for the people who utilize the both the adoption *and* non-adoption services of AHS.
Great place to volunteer! The staff may take time to warm up to you - they understand certain volunteers loose interest after a few months and won't return. However, after volunteering for a few years I truly feel like part of the AHS family. As a recent college grad, I wanted to make a difference but didn't have the funds to contribute. As a volunteer and foster parent I never feel obligated to make a monetary donation but instead I am given information about all the ways I can help by investing my time. It can be overwhelming to help at an animal shelter and sometimes heart breaking but I am so proud to be apart of this organization!