Help of Raymore, Inc.

Rating: 5 stars   48 reviews

Issues: Animals

Location: 17122 Bel Ray Pl Belton MO 64012 USA

Mission: Help Humane Society believes every animal deserves a chance, regardless of breed, handicaps, special needs or appearance. In fact, we tend to be drawn to the poor little victims that need help the most. The ones that wouldn''t have a chance at a kill shelter because they need some rehabilitation time before they are ready for adoption. Every animal that finds HELP gets any medical treatment or rehabilitation that they require, no matter what the cost. This can put a strain on the pocketbook, especially since we work strictly off donations. But, we wouldn''t have it any other way. Help Humane Society also spends a great deal of manpower, energy and resources on Feral Cat TNR. HELP has volunteers who specialize in this field, and work tirelessly every weekend, trapping and transporting the cats to and from the vet clinic where they are tested, vaccinated, spayed and released back into the neighborhood they know as home. This effort not only stops 10000''s of homeless kittens from being born on the streets but also maintains colonies and provides many advantages for the community where they are living.
Programs: HELP Humane purchased their own bldg in December 2012 after renting a facility for 7 years. This facility serves as a housing shelter for approx 150 homeless animals, mostly cats. The facility is as cageless as possible within the space restrictions. We have 8 rooms holding free roaming cats.We are heavily involved in Feral Cat TNR education and efforts, and provide the community with education, options and solutions to their homeless pet problems.

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Rating: 5 stars  

This is such a great rescue/shelter. They don't turn animals away because it may cost them too much in vet bills, they take on the hard cases. They work tirelessly to get the furry ones to a point they can be adopted and they never give up on any of them, no matter how long they may be there. The nicest thing if the cat can be, they are roaming around a room not in a cage. I always know my donations go straight to the care of these kitties. These folks have stuck it out through thick and thin to ensure the right thing is being done for those they care for. I really can't say enough but these folks are tireless, dedicated, honest, friendly and they love what they do. That is why I donate when I can to them,

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Rating: 5 stars  

The people at HELP humane society are so friendly and warm. I love feeling welcomed instead of like a burden like i have in other shelters. All of the animals seem at home and well cared for which is the most important thing.

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Rating: 5 stars  

HELP Humane is wonderful! Cyndi Dill and the rest of the crew do such a fantastic job with their cats (and dogs). I have contacted Cyndi in the past with cats I have found out about that have severe medical issues that had no place else to go and she took them with a smile! HELP provided as much vet care as was needed and has either found homes or they are long-time residents of the facility. This group is AMAZING with what they do and I will never forget the times they have helped me place cats I had no where else to go with. Love you guys!!!

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

It is hard to know where to start with my review of HELP Humane; I have had many different roles! : -)
I first heard of HELP at a Feral Friends meeting in Kansas City; this meeting was focused on Trap/Neuter/Return, an issue I had quite recently studied and embraced. (I am still very active in TNR.)

I subsequently visited HELP to participate in a TNR project and fell in love with all the HELP cats. This led to a weekly volunteer night of scoop/water/feed, which made me even more familiar with the cats, to the point where I was convinced I had my own "fan club" in a particular room (nope; they loved everyone, which was even more awesome.) When the Shelter Buddy program started, I joined, and I also contributed to various HELP causes as I could (there were quite a few of these over the years; I would have to check my tax receipts; remember, everyone, that donations to HELP are tax deductible!)

One thing I would like for people to keep in mind--there are many wonderful reviews of HELP's treatment of their animals, with lots of references to how happy and safe the animals are. Well, it's true, they are! But please, everyone, keep in mind that if you adopt from HELP, you are still saving a life--any animal you adopt from HELP gives HELP a chance to save an animal who is not yet safe! HELP rescues animals who are in need, so if you adopt from HELP, you save a life, because you have now given a spot to another needy furbaby!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

HELP Humane is a wonderful animal shelter! Cyndi Dill and staff are so caring and concerned about the animals in their care. It is a tremendous free roam shelter where every furry is happy and loved.
Our family first became involved with HELP when our daughter was home from college one summer and started doing some volunteer work for them. Lauren volunteered with them for many years until she moved out of state but is still committed and sponsors a cat every year. They deserve any support people can give them--this is truly an incredible shelter!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Rating: 5 stars  

Our whole family started volunteering at Help about 7 years ago. I always feared going to an "animal Shelter" for fear the animals would be kept in cages and might not be adopted but put down. Help Humane in Belton, MO is completely different most of the cats are free roaming. New arrivals are kept in a large cage until they get use to their new home and then they are free to roam. Animals are not put down because no one wants them. If for some reason they are not adopted they have a home forever at Help with a large family to love and take care of their every need. Special needs animals are cared for and loved and find homes. We foster two special need boys and wouldn't trade them for anything. If you need a new family member check out Helps cats and dogs. If you just want a place to come and let tension leave you come and love on the furries. We survive on donations and would welcome donations of money, food, litter, etc. Remember one person can make a different.

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Three years ago I walked into Help Humane to drop off something to a friend and fell in love. Since that time my husband, son and myself are regular visitors. Trying to get by for a couple of hours each week just loving and patting the cats. Helping where needed. I have a soft heart and was afraid I would want to take every cat home. But these cats are mostly free roaming you sit down on the sofa or chair and you have four or five cats on your lap, on your shoulder and wanting nothing more than to love you and be loved. This is a no kill shelter. It isn't like you will come the next week and the cats are gone because their time ran out. They are there for as long as they need a place to live as they wait for their forever home. I saw them take in cats and dogs that were to be put down at other shelters and then turn around and find these beatiful animals forever homes. When they already had many kittens and took 43 more from a shelter that was putting all their kittens down due to lack of space. Help made the space and found foster homes. Kitten after kitten was adopted that would hae been destroyed if not for Help. My husband works a high stress job but loves to go and as he puts it "de-stresses" from all the love he gets. Wishing there were more shelters like Help, In fact my first grandcat came from Help. When my son got his first home the first thing he did was adopt one of the cats. Help is now looking for "help" as donations are down. Shelter Buddies are being sought for $10 a month you can help them ontinue this wonderful loving work.

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

their care of the animals and through son's adoption of my grandcat from help

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

try to help them find more grants etc.

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Rating: 5 stars  

About 1 1/2 years ago, my daughter and I wanted to adopt a kitten, our senior cat had passed away a few months before. We found Help Humane online and the stories posted with their cats really drew us in!! We went in person and we both fell in love with 2 different senior cats.(Never even looked at the kittens lol) We couldn't pick just one so we adopted them both. Two-Bits and Butterfly. They have brought so much light and joy to our home I could not imagine life without them!! I highly recommend Help Humane for your next pet, they are awesome!! The animals are treated like family there. We always donate money whenever possible to help support this wonderful place!!

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Rating: 5 stars  

After I had to euthanize my kitty Stanley, in 2010, I decided I would adopt again. I don't remember how I found Help Humane but I'm glad I did. I found the people in this organization really care about animals and go above and beyond to save as many as they can. This is especially gratifying to me since we 'kill' so many animals every year. I am a regular donor to Help Humane and I'm happy to do it.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

HELP was sending out roots in the community more than 20 years ago, when "rescue" was a new concept and they were a nucleus of concerned citizens. Back then, in Cass County, MO, if you called to report an animal at large, you were advised to shoot it if it was bothering you. Instead, once their own homes were filled, these people would network to find other like-minded, caring souls to bring helpless, frightened, often abandoned animals into their homes and hearts. It is gratifying to see how this organization has matured into the still wonderful, cageless, loving, caring space it has become, with the respect, and more importantly, financial backing, from people who appreciate the fantastic job that they do. Keep up the good work, putting animals and their safety at the forefront of your priorities.

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Rating: 5 stars  

A wonderful free-roaming, No-Kill shelter full of love and caring. The staff and volunteers are friendly, knowledgeable about cats and clearly love each and every one of the cats in their care. It is a lovely place to visit and just hang out on a couch in one of the rooms for a little cat cuddle therapy time! Highly recommend you visit if ever in the area.

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Rating: 5 stars  

HELP is truly an amazing no-kill shelter run by the most hardworking, loving and dedicated people I have ever met. I foster kittens for them when they are too young/sick to safely be in a shelter environment and it has been a wonderful experience. There is nothing better than hearing the news that one of 'our' foster kittens has been adopted into their furever home and knowing that without HELP this probably wouldn't have been possible. HELP does amazing work in our community with their TNR program to help reduce the feral cat population, but sadly, I bet most of the local residents don't even know. They are unsung heroes who genuinely care about each and every animal they take in and have created the most wonderful free-roaming shelter. I used to dread the idea of going into an animal shelter because I knew it would break my heart, but HELP is truly a wonderfully happy & peaceful place to visit after a long stressful day and just hang out with the cats for a while.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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