My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Asheville Humane Society, Asheville, NC, USA
I may have only just begun my time on the auxiliary board of the Animal Compassion Network, but my relationship with them goes back to just about the day I moved to North Carolina six years ago (2006). Animal rescue, health, safety, immunization and altering have been virulent passions of mine. I began my journey with ACN completely by accident (I gravitated toward the kitties in the windows at Petsmart!) and have been an avid fan from that moment on. And, as an author, I assure you...I know a LOT about avid fans! (I was going to say rabid but...well, perhaps that would be a bad word choice in this venue!) The people at ACN had a hard task winning of a jaded native NYer like me, believe me...but win me they did. I'm devoted to them and think of them synonymously with the animal rescue I love. There are other groups in the area of course, but I see true excellence here. Since words are my thing, I'll use a few to make impact on the internal image I have for them: Dedication. I have never met any group of people more devoted to a cause than they are. (Honestly, I don't think those people ever go home!) They are always there, and if not there they are doing on-site adoption drives. Loyalty. To the cause, to the fosters, to each other. Decorum. ACN caters to animals and the people who love them without ever losing sight of the understanding that they do what they do for the animals and not for accolades or stroking of their own their own ego. Tirelessness, Resourcefulness. In this economy new and better ways of fundraising is crucial and they will brainstorm for hours thinking up new ways to educate and draw in the public. Compassion. There's a reason why they have that "C" in their name. They have touched me deeply with things they do. Such as donating pet food to the homeless and indigent so they can feed an animal who just might be their very last friend in the world...and they won't have to give them up or be forced to make a choice between who gets to eat that day. Community. Drives such as shot clinics for the in need in order to decrease unnecessary death from viruses that can so easily be avoided. Advocating to make it against the law to keep a dog chained outside indefinitely. Spay/neuter vouchers to help reduce the stray and feral pet populations and, once again, lending a helping hand to those who couldn't afford it otherwise. Evolution. They strive to grow and self-improve, from raising new funding sources to expanding on all of the above. Okay so, now that I've written another novel (see looooong paragraph above!) I hope I have conveyed just what the Animal Compassion Network is all about. I'm sure I've even forgotten a few things. I hope anyone reading this will come find out for themselves by visiting the website :)
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