My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Middleburg Humane Foundation, Marshall, VA, USA
I have been a volunteer w/MHF for about 2 years and it has changed my life. When I began I thought I would just be walking dogs, but it has turned into so much more. And I can't decide who gets more out of the experience - me or the dogs? They give me so much more than I can ever give them. The warm fuzzies are amazing :-)
I have 2 experiences that stand out: 1) The poodles. MFH took in @ least 23 poodles of various ages from a local animal hoarder. They were in horrible shape - most had been kept in animal airline crates that were far too small and had stood in their own feces. They were filthy and had sores on their feet. MHF rallied their troops. It took weeks of loving care from the MHF staff and volunteers to get them healed and used to being around people. The cutest thing was when the poodle puppies were taken to be spayed, they came back w/their little toenails polished in different colors so that they could be identified. You would have thought they had been to the beauty parlor! They looked like different dogs and they were all adopted. This was a very heartwarming experience for me.
2) Chrissy was a red-bone Coonhound and I absolutely fell in love w/her. I believe she came in from a shelter in WVa w/her brother who was quickly adopted. Chrissy was very timid and didn't always do well @ the adoption events - just too much going on. But she was an absolute love when you got her one on one. She loved to have her belly rubbed and was just a huge cuddle-bug. If I had the right situation for her, I would have adopted her in a second. But turned out that a woman from my work was looking for a dog for her teenage daughter and I suggested Chrissy. Well, they came out to meet Chrissy and it was love at 1st sight and within a week, Chrissy went home w/her new family. Now this is a family who had never before had a dog. What a change for all of them. They are all very happy and I feel that MHF and I played a small part in changing all of their lives for the better.
MHF has had many animals that have lived out their last days @ the shelter and has taken adoptees back w/open arms when things just don't turn out as they had hoped. MHF does fabulous work w/all the animals that it takes in. But what I don't think Hilleary and crew realize is what the shelter provides for the volunteers - a place to make forever friends - fuzzy and otherwise.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
Helping dogs to find their loving, forever homes.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Make it easier for volunteers to spend more time w/the animals and less time trying to locate appropriately sized halters, leashes and collars. I would love to see a larger, more modernized shelter building.