My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Best Friends Animal Society, Kanab, UT, USA
I had the opportunity to visit / volunteer at Best Friends several yeats ago. I was positively amazed at the beauty and tranquility. All the furry and not so furry and feathered friends were so well taken care of. Clean cozy digs, diverse and healthy meals. Lots of squeaky, cuddly and rolling toys. Staff and volunteers who love ❤️ them and truly care. The various cottages! I could go on and on..... Bottom line for me - it was one of the most incredible and emotionally rewarding experience of my life!
Review for Cozy Cat Cottage, Powell, OH, USA
I first went to Cozy Cat Cottage in the mid-90's when it was located in a storefront in Powell, OH. While the space was small I was overwhelmed by the homey atmosphere that the cats and kittens lived in! It was warm and cozy for sure - and it was clean and the cats were healthy and active - with lots of toys to play with, people to cuddle with and spaces to sleep in! I moved to Powell in early 2000 to help out with family - I continued to visit Cozy Cats and help whenever I could! In 1997 I had a series of unfortunate events - couldn't work, had ongoing orthopedic problems with my left foot - I got in a slump and was just going the physical therapy and drs appointments...... Cozy Cats came to mind and I spent about 8 months going 3x per week for the morning shift to clean and play with cats! I cleaned cages, scooped litter boxes, changed water bowls, vacuumed, did laundry, washed floors and anything else that needed to be done! The director of the facility, Cindy had very explicit instructions on how tasks were to be done - so volunteers would be consistent and well managed! I could see no other way an operation of this kind could be run! The cats knew the routine as well! There was no wasted volunteer time, spent "what should I do" - we knew what tasks were done and how to do them!! That was the great therapy and just what I needed! and the best part of all? - I got to play with the cats! I learned their names, their personalities, their fav toys, fav sleeping spots! I became attached to them! Their living environment was roomy and full of cat trees and kitty houses and beds and rafters and places for shy kitties to watch the activity from afar! There were places for those who wanted to be right in all the actions! For such a clouder they got along so well - the atmosphere was loving and gentle! The adoption process was strict - as it should be - prospective forever homes were carefully screened and the new parents completed questionnaires - all to guarantee the cats went to a loving safe environment. The Director also reserved the right to decline potential adoptive parents - all with great consideration for what is best for the cat. I am tickled every year when I hear that due to Halloween the black cats are not up for adoption for the weeks before and after the holiday - not everybody loves cats in this world! My dog, Buddy and I once manned the Cozy Cat booth at the annual Pup-a-Palooza festival! How fun to meet people who loved both dogs and cats! The days that I can volunteer on site are over - but Cozy Cats has so many opportunities to volunteer at community events, fund raisers - always looking to raise money to expand and add to the services provided to the awesome cats in residence at Cozy Cat Cottage. The awareness this shelter brings to the Columbus area is phenomenal!
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