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Review for Middleburg Humane Foundation, Marshall, VA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a volunteer for Middleburg Humane Foundation (MHF) in Middleburg/Marshall, Virginia for over 14 years. I have enjoyed every moment and have helped in many capacities. MHF volunteers help at the shelter with socializing the animals, walking the dogs, helping the staff clean cages, and bathing animals as needed. MHF fills a huge need in our community and the surrounding area. MHF helps abused and neglected animals find a second chance at life. They have a number of programs to help the community, including the Chained Dog program where they make sure food and shelter and medical care is given to animals whose owners keep them chained up 24/7. Sometimes they end up giving us the animals. We hold adoption events around the community at PetSmarts, Wylie Wagg Dog Store, local farmers markets and fundraisers. It gives us an incredible sense of satisfaction and joy to see these animals find their forever homes. My understanding of what they do deepened when I worked with them on a seizure of poodles and helped take care of them. But I love walking the dogs the best and getting to know them and take them through the obedience classes and be a part of finding their forever home. I can't take them all home with me, though I sure would like to and being a volunteer is the next best thing. The volunteers play a large role in the running of the shelter and the staff knows this and trys to meet our needs with extensive training and scheduling. We all work together as a team and a family. I'm so very proud to tell people that I volunteer at MHF and I hope I'll be there at least another 14 years.

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

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in seeing the number of animals who have benefited from being taken in and who have found forever homes. My husband and I have 3 dogs from Middleburg Humane Foundation. I've seen dogs come in that were near death from starvation and abuse and in a short time are transformed into loving companions just waiting to be adopted. It amazes me the amount of love these animals have even after so much has been done to them.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I don't think I would change things - just keep on what they are doing and thinking outside the box for the best ways to make use of volunteers and to increase awareness of the plight of animals and their abuse. I would, however, like to see a larger indoor and outdoor facility to help take care of more animals and a source of income that would enable them to focus on animal care and not have to worry about fundraising to support the work.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Learned how to be a better person and better companion to my own animals.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Wonderful to be able to able others in such dire need.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

Role:  Volunteer & I've walked dogs, socialized dogs and cats, cleaned cages, scooped poop, trained other volunteers, taken the shelter dogs through obedience classes to make them more adoptable, helped at adoption events and fundraisers.