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June 7, 2014

Maleah Stringer: Volunteers help keep APL up and running

As I've often said before, volunteers are the life blood of non-profits. Many non-profits are in survival mode most of the time; underfunded and understaffed. If it were not for our wonderful volunteers, I know that many of the good things the Animal Protection League does for animals and has made happen would not have been possible without our volunteers.

Last week one of our volunteers, out of the blue organized a rummage sale for us; all proceeds coming to APL. She arranged for the community to drop off donations; she stayed the entire day before the sale to receive and price these donations and was at the shelter the next day at 7 a.m. to set up and run the rummage sale. Other volunteers came as well to help out.

Our fourth annual Pars for Paws Golf tournament (the first Beth Gephardt Pars for Paws ) is being organized and run entirely by volunteers. They started in January. Every weekend we have volunteers take animals to an adoption event. These people work all week and then spend their weekends picking up our dogs, taking them to events and then bringing them back to the shelter.

Other volunteers, who work full time will take their weekends to drive our animals to rescues where they will either have foster homes or be adopted. Sometimes they are in the car all day long. All to save lives.

Another volunteer, comes to the shelter several times a week to help out as well as fostering our dogs. She does laundry, walks dogs, bathes dogs, mows the yard and does some mean weed whacking.

Our cat volunteers get our cats ready to go to Petsmart. They take them to the veterinarian, pick them up take them to various adoption sites. They play with and cuddle our cats. Two of our cat ladies clean the Cat Sanctuary several times a week as well as help with processing applications

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