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Adoption Coordinators Needed

Are you a people person and love to help animals? We may have a great volunteer opportunity for you. United Hope for Animals helped set up “Glamour” Photoshoots at the Downey and Carson shelters in addition to their regular Baldwin Park Shelter shoots, and is now in urgent need of volunteers to help with getting the animals placed into adoptive homes.

What are the requirements?

Adoption Coordinators should be over 18 and be within easy driving distance of either the Baldwin Park or Downey Shelter, and be available during some daytime hours during the week and/or weekends. This volunteer’s job is to field phone calls from potential adopters and arrange for them to fill out an application and then do a phone interview and meet them at the shelter to do a “meet & greet” with the dog they are interested in.

It’s very important that Adoption Coordinators be able to respond to all calls, even if it’s just to say you will get back with them at a particular time. Adoption coordinators are an extremely important part of the our rescue efforts. The sooner we can help the dogs we photograph get adopted, the faster we can focus on and help the next dog that is in danger.

 Online Listing Managers Needed

If you are only able to work from home, UHA also needs someone who is able to add listings of available dogs to Petfinder, Adopt-a-Pet and other areas, and to keep them updated when the dogs get adopted. For this volunteer position, you just need availability on a Sunday and/or Monday after each photoshoot to post the new dogs or cats online. This person should also be comfortable uploading photos and logging in and out of a website. This is a regular, ongoing commitment that requires someone to be organized and responsible to keep the information current without regular oversight.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer Adoption Coordinator for the Downey or Carson shelter, or an Online Listing Manager, please fill out a Volunteer Application. If you are already a UHA volunteers, email laurak@hope4animals.org.

 

Shelter Support Program Success

The numbers are in! UHA is proud to present the numbers that back up the hard work our volunteers have been doing at the shelter for Glamour Shoot Day, and in networking the dogs and other pets that need homes.

The Glamour Shoot Days at both the Baldwin Park Shelter and the Downey Shelter have produced adoption rates in excess of 96% for the animals we photographed. We have also trained volunteers with the Carson and North Central Shelters in the Los Angeles County Shelter system to do their own Glamour Shoot Days to help with adoption. 

Baldwin Park

Pets Networked: 1,810
Pets Adopted/Rescued: 1,744
Pets Euthanized: 66
Adoption Rate: 96.3%

Downey Shelter

Dogs Networked: 1,858
Pets Adopted/Rescued: 1,788
Pets Euthanized: 70
Adoption Rate: 96.2%

Without our efforts, approximately half of the dogs entering the shelter may end up euthanized. 

Shelter Support Program Video

To learn more about our Shelter Support Program, you can watch this video that was recently made about us through one of our dedicated volunteers, Marissa de la Torre. Thanks, Marissa! 

Daisy’s Dream Comes True

Working in animal rescue can be extremely difficult. Hearing about beautiful creatures being euthanized at shelters, day in, day out, frequently gets overwhelming. Sometimes, the animal’s health is fading fast and it seems like the only humane solution, but far more often than not it’s a pet with many more years left in it, just the victim of overcrowding and overpopulation.

So when we’re able to intervene to save even one life, it helps ease the pain. Take the story of Daisy, for instance.

One day, Menna, one of our volunteers, was at Southern California Animal Hospital and noticed a strange energy in the office surrounding a woman and her Jack Russell Terrier, Daisy. It turned out that the woman’s husband was ill and they were remodeling their yard and, because she felt she could not longer take care of the dog, she’d taken her in to be euthanized. Apparently, she just wasn’t aware that there were other options for Daisy.

Not surprisingly, the staff didn’t want to put down a perfectly healthy, seemingly well-socialized pet, but they needed an alternative. Menna was able to intervene and boarded the dog for a few days while UHA looked for a foster or adopter for Daisy.

Around this time, one of our beloved rescue dogs, Lancelot, passed away and another of our volunteers, Amanda, decided to foster Daisy in his memory. Although she hadn’t felt quite ready, when she saw Menna’s plea along with the photo of Daisy, she knew she couldn’t resist.

Daisy-fenceAmanda explains, “Thankfully, I was able to step in straight away so that Daisy wouldn’t have to enter into the shelter system and be exposed to cold, stress and communicable diseases. I took photos of her at once and within two weeks we had two interested adopters.

The man who adopted her, Tom, fell madly in love with her. Even though initially his home situation wasn’t ideal (Daisy was a “bolter” and he didn’t have a front yard), he was willing to do whatever modifications were needed to make his home suitable for Daisy.

He ended up getting two doggie gates so that Daisy wouldn’t be able to shoot out the door into the street when they opened the door.

Daisy is Tom’s princess. He takes her everywhere he goes, and I think she’s probably got a rhinestone collar and matching leash!”

Indeed, it has been a fairy-tale ending for Daisy. As Tom puts it, “Daisy is a wonderful member of our family. We can we can hardly recall a time when she wasn’t a part of our daily lives. She goes everywhere with us. Whether it is uptown to get doggie snacks, off to have lunch or even a cross-country drive to visit friends and family, she is joyfully always there with her little tail wagging.

Her curiosity is unquenchable as is her lack of fear. She is so eager to see new things and meet as many dogs as she can. We have a wonderful vet whom she adores visiting! It’s so cute to watch her get excited about going into the office there when we go in there.

You can often find us at the Sierra Madre dog park in the mornings or venturing out and about through our neighborhood. She loves going for truck rides, so we’ll often take a little trip to new places for her to explore.

She is so happy.

Thank you again to you and your folks at United Hope for Animals for having the compassion and care to save her from destruction and bringing such joy and happiness to our lives.”

Amanda sums up, “Dog rescue is often heartbreaking when you see what some of these kind, innocent souls have been through, being neglected and mistreated, but when you are able to save a life, and give a dog that has plenty of years left a new happy home, it makes it all worthwhile. It really is a matter of just getting their sweet little faces out there in front of the public, and finding people who are willing to spend some of their free time helping these dogs get photographed and listed online to make a difference. Sometimes all you need to do is get a great photo and tell people a little about its personality and the before you know it the perfect person will come along.”

Check out these photos of Daisy in her new home – we think you’ll agree she’s content!

Daisy-grass

Gifts that Give

Consider giving a message of love this Christmas! A creative friend of UHA,  Ellen Ballon Dante, created this beautiful necklace to raise awareness of all the animals in local shelters that need forever homes. Purchasing one is a fun way to make a donation to the United Hope Animals in need AND spread the message. ALL the proceeds of this necklace will go directly to shelter dogs in need. The necklace is gold filled and sterling silver and run $90 (roughly 40% goes to the dogs). Solid gold is available for special order in yellow, rose and white gold. For ordering information, contact deityjewels@gmail, and be sure to mention United Hope for Animals: http://deityjewels.com/pages/adopt
 

Holiday Pet Portraits

If a pet portrait is more to your liking, be sure to attend the Holiday Dog Portraits event on Sunday, December 2nd from 1-5 p.m. at Urban Pet in Los Angeles at 7515 Beverly Blvd. Proceeds will go to charities, including United Hope for Animals.