I do volunteer work at a no-kill rescue/adoption nonprofit animal shelter - we have now done 60,000 spay/neuters in our 10-year history. We do over 6,000 adoptions a year, and have an average turnaround adoption time of 8 days, with much less time for puppies and kittens - they're usually gone within 72 hours.
We're privately funded, and accept no money from any government agency, except as grants. We do community education and fund-raisers to bring in money to stay afloat, and have major donors who give upwards of $100k annually, because they care so much about the animals.
We spay and neuter feral cats for free, and rescue from puppy mills and from other shelters who are in danger of overcrowding and having to euthanize. We cover most of the state with our transfer vans on a weekly schedule, gathering up hard-to-adopt and overflow cats and dogs, giving them medical treatment and socialization training if needed, chipping them, and re-homing them throughout the Pacific Northwest and Canada. We have two full-time vets on staff, and four vet techs. We are equipped to handle most injuries and medical conditions in the incoming rescue animals.
Our facility is clean and odor-free, and each dog is kept in its own glass-walled room with no bars or cages, with their own toys and bedding, and with access to outside runs. We have a cat colony for those cats that prefer a more social environment. We don't break up bonded pairs, we adopt them out together.
I own one cat only, and she's pretty special. She's very particular about cleanliness, does her business outside, thank God, and our home doesn't smell like cat.
It's a rewarding and very satisfying volunteer job, one of the best I've ever had. I spend a couple of days a week in the company of every kind of dog and cat you can imagine, and with co-workers who are the best of the best.
Be kind! Adopt!