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Lee C.

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Review for AZALEA CITY CAT COALTION, Mobile, AL, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I came to know Susan through Betsy Haas and our rescue group, Aide for Animals. I had just moved into a new home and suddenly, every day, I started seeing anywhere from two to ten little cat faces peeking out from under my house! Of course, I put food out, but these sweet babies were feral, so I rarely, if ever, saw them out and about, eating or playing.

As the numbers increased, I became concerned that I'd soon have every cat in the neighborhood calling the crawl spaces under my house their home. I wanted to start TNR, so I talked with Betsy, and she suggested I call Susan. I did, and Susan walked me through setting up friendly traps and she met me to pick up any I would trap and take them to Azalea City Cat Coalition's vet to have them neutered and vaccinated.

Over the course of three years, Susan helped me get upwards of 30 cats vetted, and I returned them, happy, healthy, and most importantly, NEUTERED to their little corner of the world under my house. When I moved away, I was able to find someone to maintain the colony, and there are still a large number of them ambling about the area, big, beautiful cats that would have otherwise died had Susan not been there to help me.

Of all the cats that we helped, I'm proud to say that I only had one foster failure. Sheela is still with me today, still a little skittish, but definitely the queen of the roost!

Role:  Client Served
 

Review for Aide for Animals, Mobile, AL, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Aide for Animals has been a part of my life for as long as it's been up and running! I started as a volunteer, then later became a board member. I now am proud to say that I'm one of the 24/7 caregivers for these precious little lives, and I can't say enough about this wonderful organization!

Over the ten+ years that AFA has existed, hundreds of lives have been saved! We care for approximately 100 cats and dogs at any given time, most of which will live out their lives in comfort here because they are elderly or infirm or are otherwise unadoptable for whatever reason.

That being said, we do have an adoption unit here, and we have rehomed many animals over the years. These are pictures of just a few of our fur babies that have been adopted!

I cannot imagine not being involved with Aide for Animals. This organization is Mobile, Alabama's ONLY limited admission, NO KILL, 501 (c)(3) animal sanctuary, where unadoptable fur babies are allowed to live out their lives in comfort and with dignity. AFA,, and all involved in its success, is so important to our area! It brings people and animals together for the greater good of all concerned!

Role:  Board Member
 

Review for Aide for Animals, Mobile, AL, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

There are so many great things about Aide for Animals that I could take pages to tell you about them. I will hit on the main functions of this rescue organization in this review. We are the only animal rescue group in this area that not only takes stray cats and dogs and gets them ready for adoption , but also is a retirement home for unadoptable pets, such as the old, disabled, or chronically ill.

I have been on the board of Aide for Animals for several years, and in that capacity, I get to see the struggle that we go through every day, trying to bring in enough donations to keep these animals vetted, fed, and comfortable. We have had several fund raisers since I have been involved, and although they help immensely, we still work tirelessly to put out newsletters, brochures and use word of mouth to get our name further into the community than it already is.

I share the added honor of being an Adoption Coordinator and Critical Care Unit with one of our other volunteers, Rachel Nowlin Jones. As Adoption Coordinators, we make sure that the pets that are up for adoption on our website or on Petfinder go to homes that suit them as individuals and not just another cat or dog. We go into the homes and interview the prospective owners, and in most cases, there is a perfect match between animal and proud owner.

Our critical care units are just that: A place in our individual homes where we take gravely ill pets that need a lot of special attention, such as daily medication, fluids, constant monitoring, etc. When they are well and eating good, we take them back to Aide for Animals and put them up for adoption.

I can't say enough about Aide for Animals. Even if I weren't so closely bonded with the people, animals, and overall good that we do for the community, such as teaching that pets are members of our families and that spaying or neutering is one of the most important things an owner can do for their pet, I would still be a volunteer and do what I could to make sure that this wonderful organization continues to help all of the animals that come into their care.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

Role:  Board Member
 

Review for Aide for Animals, Mobile, AL, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I have been fortunate enough to know the founders of Aide for Animals for a lot of years. In the past few years, I became first volunteer then board member.

Aide for Animals is a place for homeless, helpless animals. Betsy and her family work tirelessly to ensure that all the animals are vetted and disease free before they are put in "general population" and they provide individual "kitty condos" for the cats and all are well loved.

Of course, there are more new animals than there are adoptions, but when someone does adopt a fur baby, they are matched with the sweet animal that will make their life complete.

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

seeing the reactions of people who have adopted from Aide for Animals, as well as seeing the overall health and well being of the animals who reside therein.

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

figure out a way to bring in a lot more donations. Aide for Animals depends on donations to stay afloat. I would like to figure out a way that we could reach more and more people, tell them the story of Aide for Animals, and have them be guided by their hearts to help us.

Role:  Volunteer & I have helped in a smal way to make Aide for Animals a place in which animals feel safe.