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Review for Voices Of Change Animal League, Ocala, FL, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

We have fostered and volunteered with VOCAL for the past several years. We have ended up deciding to adopt 2 of our fosters over that time; Jackie, a one eyed cat, and Izzy, a cleft palate pup. There have also been lots of animals we have not kept, because VOCAL found amazing adopters for them; Pepper, a puppy who was burned in a house fire and then abandoned, Bo, an underweight dog with mangy fur, sleeping on the side of the road in a neighborhood where drugs and crime are the norm, litters of orphaned bottle feeders, discarded momma dogs who are no longer useful for breeders... These animals speak to the kind of work VOCAL does in the community. They take on the hard cases where success isn't a guarantee. They work with the county shelter to transfer animals who slip through the cracks of an overwhelmed community. They work hand in hand with local politicians to pass legislature that is in the best interest of animals, such as the no-tethering ordinance. They have a thriving community outreach program that TNR's cats. They partnered with CHEWY to run a successful pet food bank that provides many rescues in the state with food for their shelter animals. All this while maintaining a shelter of their own, screening adopters, following up on adoptions to ensure things are going well and sending a behaviorist/trainer out to consult as needed. And did I mention they just finished construction on a building where they will soon be opening a low cost community vet clinic to address the needs of low-income pets in our community and provide affordable spay and neuter? I couldn't say enough good things about VOCAL or the small army of caring volunteers that make up its heart. The founders of this organization sacrifice of themselves daily in order to keep pushing forward with their mission- solving the homeless pet problem in Marion County!

Role:  Volunteer