Working in the bottle feeding nursery at APA has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. The team of Vets, volunteers, and staff have saved so many lives, and changed the euthanization rates in Austin dramatically! I would advise anyone searching for an organization to volunteer with to give APA a call.
I thought that I was only going to be working with TLAC who worked in conjunction with APA to help my resume. My college professors recommended volunteerism to help set myself apart from the competition. I was so lucky to have fallen into this opportunity because it not only "helped my resume" but I felt like I got to give back to a cause I believe in and allowed me to get closer to my family because I volunteered with my cousin. I ended up later getting a rescue dog and it changed my life. This organization is a tireless, well-oiled volunteering machine, but needs as much help as it can get. I love APA and TLAC and totally believe in it.
I have volunteered for several organizations and I would say that this organization is the leanest I have ever seen. Yet they step up and take the hard cases, the baby kittens and puppies who have to be bottle fed, the medical cases, the behavior dogs. If I haven't seen it with my own my own eyes, I wouldn't have believed that an organization could save that many lives, on the budget they have. Every dollar the organization gets, it spends well and focuses on its core mission, saving as many pets as possible.
I have volunteered for many organizations throughout my adult life. I expect to see a consistent use of donated funds for their intended purpose. This organization does a good job with that. I would not spend my valuable personal time, usually @ 5 hours per week, otherwise. They do a great job providing care for the animals and getting homes for the animals as soon as possible. In only two years of existence, this organization has come a long way. According to their 2008 990, the brand new organization saved over 700 animals from being destroyed. I have been informed that this number will be closer to 5000 in 2010. The fact that none of the officers, directors, or key employees are paid indicates that this is truly a labor of love. I highly recommend this organization.