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Review for Pet Allies Inc, Show Low, AZ, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

The following are my comments regarding the Pet Allies organization. I have moved here from a large city to a very small, rather poor town of Show Low, Arizona, located in the White Mountains. I have been an active volunteer for a year, since my retirement. Pet Allies' mission is to provide non-lethal solutions to pet overpopulation, but offers other services as well. Pet Allies is a non-profit, 501c.3 community benefit organization to provide a low cost, spay and neuter clinic for dogs and cats. It has been incorporated since August of 1996. The clinic consists of the director, one veterinarian, two veterinarian technicians, and depending on the day around 8 or 9 volunteers who care for the animals before and after their surgery. In addition to the spay/neuter procedure, Pet Allies averages 200 pets per year that are placed in foster care. Prior to adoption, the animals have a complete medical exam, are spayed/neutered, vaccinated and micro-chipped. Private donations allow Pet Allies to provide medical care to the foster pets. Pet Allies also assists with roaming cats. Financial aid is offered to spay/neuter the cats. Humane traps are available to transport the cats to the clinic, in addition advice is offered for maintaining the roaming cat colony. Pet Allies offers a brochure listing all available agencies that take care of animals, information regarding the local humane society and/or specific pet organizations in Arizona. This information is also offered in the very comprehensive web site Pet Allies has (PetAlliesAZ.org). This web site includes listings for taking care of exotic animals, places to board pets, how to care for feral cats, etc. The clinic operates twice a month for two intense days, beginning at 8:00 a.m., when the pets are delivered until 6:00 p.m. at night when the last one is picked up. Approximately 70-80 pets a month are spayed/neutered. Appointments are made approximately two-three months before the procedure, due to the high demand for services. Pit bulls and roaming cats are spayed/neutered free, due to Pet Allies receiving a grant to offer the services. Pet Allies is one of the most efficient operations I have ever seen. I wish the director of Pet Allies could give lessons to future CEOs/MBA students on how to operate an efficient organization, with heart. There is not one segment of the organization that isn't carefully thought through, and with a great deal of expertise by the knowledgeable individuals/volunteers. As an example, determining how many animals can be spayed/neutered in one day, making sure that there aren't too many large hounds on one day, kennels are loaned to transport the animals in/out of the clinic if needed, if animals need further medication (antibiotics, etc.) they are provided at the time of surgery. A donation is requested for the additional medication, but isn’t always forthcoming. An example of the procedures on spay and neuter day: the animals are monitored by volunteers from the time they are admitted until they go home. The volunteers range from nurses to homemakers, and are picked because of their dedication to helping animals. If an animal needs additional surgery during the procedure such as mammary tumors, umbilical hernia, wounds, abscesses, the situation is corrected. When the animal comes off the table from surgery, they are given to a volunteer (usually there are five available for each shift - two shifts a day), to record vitals every few minutes and to literally sit with the animal to pet, talk to, and to stimulate that animal to help it wake up from anesthesia in a quiet, calm, soothing way. The animal is never left alone at any time. The volunteers observe the animal for any possible problems. When I say they “sit” with the animals, I must explain the circumstances. These volunteers are all over 60 years old. These volunteers sit on the floor with the animals. The animals are on towels, which have heat packs underneath the towels to keep them warm. The volunteers sit on the cold cement. This says a lot about dedication, loyalty, and a strong belief in the Pet Allies mission. I was so overwhelmed the first time I volunteered and witnessed the procedure, I couldn’t believe my eyes, and had to tell everyone with whom I came in contact. This kind of procedure/caring for the animal, just doesn’t happen in most, if any, clinics. Per some of the examples above, Pet Allies offers excellent, comprehensive, and a wide variety of services to the public. It’s truly a unique, special and much needed organization in the community. Jo Ann Lumsden

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

assisting in clinic days.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Learning what can be accomplished in a positive manner.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Kind, compassionate, caring, courteous and respected the animals.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

serve more animals, put more people to work and aid individuals who have limited funds.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

Role:  Volunteer & I assisted in seeing that the hands-on pet care providers receive a hot lunch.