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Emma

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Review for Arizona Animal Welfare League, Inc., Phoenix, AZ, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I have volunteered at AAWL for over a year and have really enjoyed my experience there. I love the fact that it's no-kill shelter, so they keep a dog or cat at the shelter for as long as it takes to find them a forever home. Their staff and volunteers work with the animals that need more socialization or training to become more adoptable. If a dog is very scared and shy, the staff and volunteers work with the dog to get him/her used to being around lots of people, etc, or whatever the dog needs. They also work with special needs animals, providing the appropriate medical care. I like how the staff get to know each animal and provide that animal with whatever it needs medically, socially, physically and emotionally.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've seen dogs and cats find their forever homes. It's particularly rewarding when you see a dog or cat who has been at the shelter for a while finally get their permanent home.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expand the shelter and its facilities. Modernize some of the buildings (as in replace the evaporative cooling system with air conditioning--it's pretty hot in Arizona in the summer!) Hire more paid staff. All this would help the AAWL do more of the great work they already do.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

Better communciation of expectations. Better information on how certain activities should be done so things are done consistently (and I know how they want me to do things).

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

I'm learning a variety of things about dogs and cats that helps me take better care of my own pets. It's also a good place to meet nice people--both the staff and other volunteers are friendly and caring. And working with dogs and cats helps lower my stress level.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

It's been a good experience. I enjoy it quite a bit!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

Role:  Volunteer & I volunteer at the shelter in a number of areas: socialize cats and help to keep the cattery clean; walk dogs to give them some time out of their kennels; I've recently started fostering a dog at my home until he finds his permanent home; I also help out.