My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Arizona Animal Welfare League, Inc., Phoenix, AZ, USA
I have been an AAWL volunteer for about 3 years & the positive impact it has had on my life is immeasurable.
My husband & I began volunteering shortly after losing our beloved chihuahua, Mijo. We were so sad but when we took our first pup to the yard to play, I saw my husband smile for the first time in 2 months. We were helping a pup in need, but we were healing our souls.
We also like to serve AAWL and the public by working at events such as the monthly low-cost vaccination clinics, Walk to Save Animals, Bark at the Park with the D'backs, Bark Breaks at companies, adoption events at local businesses etc. We enjoy interacting with our animal loving customers, educating them on ways to keep their pets safe & informing them of other AAWL services that would benefit their families & pets. We are serving the public & highlighting an organization that we truly believe in, but we are also enriching our lives by helping others.
The greatest impact AAWL had on my life was when they allowed me to bring Trevor, a pup who needed a break, home with me. My husband, our pup, Lulu, & I spent a week loving on that sweet boy, going on adventures & spoiling him. That renewed, relaxed pup was adopted shortly after he returned to the shelter and I had found a passion & a new purpose for my life. Over the last 1 1/2 years we have welcomed 12 needy pups into our family, given them what they needed to thrive and helped to find the perfect forever homes. Yes, we gave them love, comfort, training, exercise, socialization & sometimes physical therapy. We showed them that the world is not such a scary place & that they will be loved & cared for the rest of their lives - but they gave me so much more. Helping them transform from a sad, scared pup into a happy, confident, balanced pup & placing them in the arms of their forever family feeds my soul and brings me so much joy.
I am grateful to AAWL for the trainings they have provided for me to learn more about animals, for the friendships I have made, and for the opportunity to become a better human being.