Great organization - all money raised goes directly to rescuing dogs, feeding them and providing medical care. No staff salaries - everyone is a volunteer. Super dedicated founder has a great heart and knows and cares about each animal. Great place to adopt a forever friend - volunteers want each dog to go to the right home.
I have been a volunteer for several years now after I adopted a fantastic pittie, Lucy, to join our family. She passed away a year ago and adopted 2 hard-to-adopt pitties, Jake and Zoe - Jake was found with in a hoarding situation and Zoe recovered from serious injuries from being hit on a local freeway. They bonded together and are 2 of the best dogs ever! I joined Toni in her tireless efforts to save as many dogs from a variety of "tough" situations no matter what it takes. I spend my valuable time helping out with adoptions, fostering, and training because of the fantastic care, love, and devotion shown to these poor dogs. I am very proud to be part of this organization that truly makes a huge difference in the lives of countless dogs that have found fabulous homes. I smile each and every day in celebration of the work that is accomplished!
I began volunteering at AWFA in Aug of 2009. Instantly I knew that my life would be different by being part of such a wonderful organization. It is amazing how much AWFA steps up to the plate when dogs get neglected for one reason or another. I've heard pretty much every story in the book of why each dog was given to AWFA. The reasons are heartbreaking, but the dogs couldn't be in a safer and more loving place than this shelter. During my days as a volunteer I acquired my dog, Greg. I couldn't ask for anything more and I thank Toni and the AWFA team for saving his life and bringing him into mine. I cannot say enough good things about this organization. They take in dogs from hoarding situations, abusive households, city shelters, and homeless dogs- no one gets left behind. What a wonderful place!
I learned about A Wish for Animals through a good friend and fellow animal lover. I decided I wanted to do something good and since I loved animals, what better way then to serve as a volunteer for a local rescue group. I got in touch with Toni Eakes, Founder for AWFA and expressed an interest in helping out where I was able. In the beginning I started out walking the dogs, feeding them and fostering from time to time. I wanted to do more, so I worked closely w/Toni. She's taught me a lot, not just about rescuing but the importance of following through! It's not enough to just save a dog and find it a home. There is so much more involved and she dedicates her whole life to not only saving lives, but also educating new dog owners from health, diet and nutrition for your pets, to medical care, which vaccinations are required, the importance of spaying and neutering your pets etc. She wants to make sure that every potential adopter understands that owning a dog is a committment for the lifetime of that dog! Toni is very protective of each animal she has rescued and also very selective of anyone interested in adoption. She will turn people away if she doesn't feel it would be the right fit/home for the dog. In the 2 years I have been a volunteer she has taught me so much! This has to be one of the best rescues I have had the opportunity to work with. Their passion goes above and beyond...they understand the true meaning of "RESCUE"!
I had the experience of adopting a wonderful pup from a wish for animals. He had been fostered by a neighbor and the care she was giving him was impressive. Sunny was so well adjusted by the time I adopted him I felt I had to be part of a wish for animals fostering program. So far I have fostered 3 beautiful pups. From the time I received each pup to the adoption, the pups were treated with great care, given lots of exposure. If I was unable to get my pup to an adoption site they were picked up and delivered for me. From high Quality food, good medical care to help with training, a wish for animals made sure their pups were ready for their forever homes. I received detailed paperwork for interviewing new parents to approval of forever homes. Adoptive parents were left with care instructions. All of my pups parents keep in touch with me boasting of how well their new pup is fitting into their lives. The compassion for the welfare of all of the pets in the care of a wish for animals makes me want to be part of this organization.
Volunteering with a Wish for Animals is a great and fulfilling experience. My whole family comes out and we love to help the dogs.
I have worked with Toni and A Wish for Animals off and on for three years. I adopted my wonderful dog Zena from this rescue and have fostered other great dogs for Toni. The rescue does all that it can to find the right home situation for the dogs and also focuses on education and follow up to make sure that each adoption is a successful placement. Toni continues to grow in her expertise in the area of animal welfare, nutrition and health and works with adoptees and the volunteers to educate. We can use more volunteers as we have many animals in the rescue that need a home.