My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for The Shade Tree Incorporated, Las Vegas, NV, USA
I have had experience with the beautiful workings and mission of The Shade Tree; each staff member puts every ounce of their heart into helping these homeless and battered women get back up on their own two feet and reach self-sufficiency. My experience is even more well-versed at The Shade Tree's Noah's Animal House, the animal kennel temporary "home" to several of the Shade Tree women's pets. Noah's Animal House was the pioneer of adding an animal facility to a Battered Women's Shelter, and the difference it is making in these women's lives is tangible. Being able to bring an animal with them when fleeing an abusive situation is very often the "make or break" of an animal owner leaving a terrible situation. Once safely in the bosom of The Shade Tree, the women seek refuge and therapy from their furry family member, greatly aiding in their progress of their own case plan at The Shade Tree. Finally, time and again, statistics have shown that the recidivism rate on these animal-owner women is greatly reduced when compared to the woman who are not pet-owners or whose pets are not housed with them while in-shelter. I have seen this magic happen in-person, and I know that Noah's Animal House and The Shade Tree is changing lives in the hundreds on a daily basis!
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Expand Noah's Animal House. Because Noah's is the very first on-site shelter, it was build to house only thirteen dogs and fifteen cats. Once word spread of The Shade Tree's amazing animal facility, the demand for Noah's Animal House services greatly exceeded Noah's capacity. It would be a dream come true for the ladies-in-need if The Shade Tree and the beautiful donors and volunteers of Las Vegas and all over the country to combine forces and expand this wonderful facility!
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