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Review for Last Hope Cat Kingdom, Merced, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

My experience with Last Hope Cat Kingdom dates back to 2008, when I began working at a local pet store. I quickly began to see the key role LHCK played in helping SO many local animals find new, and more importantly, GOOD homes. Furthermore, this organization provided(and still does) low cost spay/neuter clinic trips to as many clients as possible. In addition to these invaluable services, Last Hope shelters many unadoptable animals, giving them sanctuary for the remainder of their natural lives. Many volunteers, myself included, band together to provide foster care for animals awaiting adoption when the Animal Sanctuary is at capacity. Last Hope is with each volunteer each step of the way, to make sure the fostered animals receive any needed medical care or other assistance while awaiting placement. Just recently, a young kitten was brought to my doorstep at 8:30 p.m., near death, in my opinion. She had an upper respiratory infection and a gash on her chin. She was also suffering from extreme low blood sugar and was completely lethargic. I called Renate, and bless her heart, she sent one her assistants to my house THAT NIGHT to tend to the little cat. That little cat is now thriving and will soon be spayed so she can find her forever home. Another example of Renate's devotion to Last Hope was the time I had two cats whose owner faced eviction in 3 days. Renate took the cats for adoption without thinking twice, saving them from a certain trip to Animal Control. Admittedly, it is sometimes hard to reach a volunteer when calling Last Hope. But please remember this is a VOLUNTEER based organization:) Everybody is trying their best:)

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

Seeing the animals I foster receive good homes, being able to trap feral/stray cats and get them sterilized to avoid further repopulation at low cost clinics I found my forever best friend, Olly, a Jack Russell terrier that I adopted through Last Hope Cat Kingdom. He had been hit by a car, and received life saving surgery funded by Last Hope. He is a happy dog who brings me lot of joy now:)

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

Encourage all the volunteers to communicate more with one another to minimize confusion/delay.

Would you volunteer for this group again?


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


Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

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

Improved communication throughout the chain of volunteers.

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

Working with Last Hope Cat Kingdom has had a profound impact on my outlook towards the plight of stray, feral and unwanted animals. I have made many new friends, changed the lives of many animals with my volunteer efforts, and made me a better person.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

I feel like I am making a difference. While I know I cannot save all the animals that cross my path, I have definitely saved a good many, and this makes my heart smile.

Role:  Volunteer & Foster animals, assist with in-store adoptions, volunteer time and donate items to the Sanctuary.