United Animal Nations is a terrific nonprofit. With a small and very dedicated and efficient staff, and thousands of volunteers, they deploy personnel to create and manage emergency animals shelters during natural disasters or for animals rescued in connection with criminal proceedings. They typically partner with another larger nonprofit, such as Humane Society of the United States, which retains EARS to create and run the emergency shelter. The work is very rewarding, and UAN is great to its volunteers.
UAN first came to my attention after they sheltered over hundred dogs rescued from a puppy mill. I was interested immediately and looked for them online to learn more. Their website showed me all the ways UAN works to help animals and the people who love them. They reach out to youngsters through reading programs such as HEAR (Humane Education Ambassador Readers). UAN offers money for emergency veterinary services through Lifeline grants. I liked that they serve a broad range of animals in need. They work for livestock as well as pets. It was their emergency animal rescue service (EARS) that really piqued my interest, so much so that I took their training to be part of a sheltering team. From what I learned that weekend, it appears that UAN is a highly organized group that performs at a moment's notice to help any animals in need. Be it a storm, earthquake, fire or the neglect of human keepers UAN is ready to step in and comfort the creatures with whom we share our lives. I am happy to support UAN's multiple missions - and - I hope that I never need to use my EARS training in the field.
This group is a wonderful, under appreciated group of volunteers who spend their own money to help care for and shelter animals in not only disasters but also rescues and seizures from law enforcement groups. I am proud to be a member of EARS!
UAN and their program EARS, Emergency Animal Rescue Services is my all time FAVORITE. While I was volunteering at an animal sanctuary a dog "Mickey" came in to our sanctuary after being thrown from the back of a truck and walking around for days, she was hurt very badly. The sanctuary didn't have the funds needed to help Mickey get the surgery that she really needed, it was surgery or euthanize her, there truly was no other option, we asked EARS for a grant and they were incredibly helpful, and more importantly very fast, time really was of the essence for Mickey. Mickey got her surgery and just walks a little differently now, but she is very happy and thankful to UAN and so are we. I tell everyone this story, I've never seen our sanctuary so happy and working so good together, UAN really inspired everyone at the sanctuary to do more for animals and that things are not always as helpless as it may seem. These awesome people at UAN, EARS are VERY compassionate animal people... my favorite kind of people! I am now a volunteer for EARS.
UAN is a fantastic organization that is dedicated to animal welfare and rescue. I volunteered in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and worked shoulder to shoulder with some of the most dedicated animal rescuers I've ever met. After I returned home, I officially went through the volunteer training with UAN and have been a loyal supporter ever since. They are always giving time, money and support to save animals' lives and make life better for animals in general Great organization!
I was only a volunteer a few years, but was unable to deploy due to my job obligations. However, I was always kept up-to-date and enjoyed seeing where everyone needed to go. Absolutely a great organization!
Thanks for the review, Darlene. We are sorry you were never able to deploy as an EARS volunteer, but we're glad you are still following our work and supporting UAN!
UAN staff and other volunteers are selfless, caring individuals who work quietly and for the most part, out of the limelight to save helpless animals out of cruel and dangerous situations. They work at their own expense, asking nothing more than the opportunity to pave the way to a safer, happier life for animals, one pet at the time.
Thanks for your positive feedback, Pat. Volunteers like you are truly the heart and soul of the Emergency Animal Rescue Service (EARS) program!
This completely changed my outlook on rescue and made me feel like I was making a huge difference in many lives at once. I've learned skills that have made me more adaptable, hardy, smart, and determined. I've pulled those skills into running the local rescue I volunteer with. I've expanded my horizons far beyond where I was before I started this endeavor.
Thanks for the review, Brian. We sure appreciate the expertise and compassion you have brought to our EARS deployments!
I attended their training in 2007 and had several opportunities to deploy. Finally all was alligned to allow me to deploy last week. From the moment you respond you are available, you have someone you may reach out to with questions. They direct you to an area on their website with helpful information about deployments. They have a manual to review. Once you arrive at the designated location, there is someone to direct you. Considering the circumstances, they are very organized. They also make decisions that are best for the animals, which is important. This orgnaization really appears to have the drill down to perfection and works well with other organizations. I was proud to be affiliated with them. I also learned about the other areas they help such as their H.E.A.R.S. PROGRAM, and their Lifeline program. Lifeline not only helps to pay for emergency vet bills, but I learned they help victims of domestic violence that need help with their pets.
Thanks for your kind words, Brenda. We’re glad you were able to deploy recently and that it was a good experience for you! We noticed that you rated us 4/5 stars. Is there anything we can do to improve and receive 5 stars? We would love to hear suggestions!
It was my first deployment for United Animal Nations. I did not know what to expect. What I found was an extremely well organized, well run temporary animal shelter housing over 300 small breed dogs rescued from a puppy mill in North Carolina. All the volunteers were friendly, informative, helpful, and busy! Not too busy, though, to take a break from whatever they were doing to visit with, walk, cuddle, or play with dogs throughout the work day. The hours were long and it is challenging, but everyone was upbeat and excited about the good work that was going on. United Animal Nations is comprised of people who are passionate about what they do and it is contagious! Great organization! Great cause!
Wow, thanks for posting such a positive review, Lisa! We are grateful to have you on our amazing EARS volunteer team. If anyone wants to read more about the puppy mill rescue Lisa described and see photos, check out our Web site and Emergency Response Blog
UAN is by far one of the most important animal welfare organizations out there! UAN has trained some of the most hardworking and caring volunteers I have ever had the pleasure working with. They know exactly what to do and how to do it. After just one day in the care of the volunteers, the animals have gone from scared and hopeless to happy and waggy. UAN has their stuff together!
We are proud to have you as part of our EARS volunteer team -- thanks for posting a review!
UAN does a fantastic job of preparing their volunteers for deployment and in communicating with their volunteers. After attending a workshop, I knew what to expect upon deployment. When opportunities to deploy come up, the emails are clear and accurate. As the situations change, volunteers are informed. In the field, there's always the potential for things to become overwhelming and emotional. To help avoid this, volunteers receive briefings every morning before work begins and are debriefed at the end of the day. Team leaders are sensitive to the volunteers' physical and emotional needs. After we all go home there's always a post-deployment conference call where check in with each other and discuss how things went, how we are feeling, and how we might do better next time. As an EARS volunteer since December of 2007 (first deployed in February 2008) I have met some amazing people. I believe I'm a better advocate for animals than I was 3 years ago, thanks to my experiences with UAN.
Thanks for being part of our EARS volunteer team and being there for the animals when they need you most, Caryn! If anyone wants to read about the Arkansas puppy mill response Caryn posted photos of, please visit our Web site and Emergency Response Blog here: http://www.uan.org/index.cfm?navid=639
UAN (the redshirts!) is both an animal-welfare and human welfare organization. This was especially evident on a deployment to Cedar Rapids, Iowa to shelter animals displaced by the floods, or temporarily relinquished to UAN because of flooded homes. Stranded pets were rescued, injured pets treated, and homeless pets were housed, fed, groomed. And, pet owners were able to stop in, see their pets, and play with them in UAN-built fenced areas until they were able to get back into their homes. While no one wants to ever be separated from their pets, they were eternally grateful they had a group of UAN volunteers who provided round the clock care for them, and helped get displaced pets back to their loving homes.
Thanks for writing this review and for volunteering to help the animal and human victims of the Cedar Rapids flood!
Just under one year ago, I began volunteering with United Animal Nations as a Humane Education Ambassador Reader (H.E.A.R.). The experiences I have had reading to school children, and discussing compassion and empathy has been invaluable and tremendously rewarding. Not only has volunteering with United Animal Nations helped me transform from a person wanting to help animals to someone who IS helping animals.
I work at Fuzzy Friends Rescue in Waco, Texas. I joined the UAN last summer when they came our direction for a seminar. I was deployed with the UAN to help with an animal hoarding case. It was a life changing experience for me! The UAN is one of the most awesome animal rescue organizations I have ever worked with! They were very efficient, properly trained, and most importantly, available 24/7 for these neglected animals! I am extremely honored to be a part of such a wonderful organization! I would travel the world over to help the UAN save our animals!
I wanted to be an emergency animal responder, and trained with UAN in 2008. The training taught us how to prepare for our own emergencies and how to prepare to help care for animals needing care in natural or man-made disasters. I have deployed with them several times and they always provide great support with the needed expertise, positive attitude, and sincere appreciation for the volunteers.
United Animal Nations stay true to their mission and their staff and volunteers provide professional, thorough and organized trainings. I am also a member of a local group that often refers people to UAN's Lifeline Grant program that helps provide funds for emergency veterinary care.
UAN is a great organization! They are professional and organized. I have served with UAN at two deployments, both puppy mill seizures. Volunteers are thanked and appreciated and UAN makes us feel as though we are a real part of saving these animals lives. UAN is still a small organization so they are also willing to reward volunteers with increased responsibilities so that they can grow with the organization.
United Animal Nations is truly there in times of animal crisis and a staunch defender in the rights of all animals. As an EARS volunteer since 1996, I have given my time to support the mission of taking animals out of crisis and into care. Having deployed several times to disaster shelters after hurricanes, puppymill and fight dog siezures, I have seen firsthand the benefits of the donations made on behalf of the animals. The educational programs have been used to shape the disaster preparedness plans for people with animals in communities across the country. The disaster service is always free to the requesting community, thanks to donors like you. Please support UAN to continue their mission.