Voiceless-MI

Rating: 4.94 stars   35 reviews

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Location: P.O. Box 730 Charlotte MI 48813 USA

Mission: Voiceless-MI is a federally recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit and State of Michigan non-profit established in August 2009 . We work to create change for companion animals by caring for those in need through our foster-care system, helping to reduce the unwanted pet population with spay/neuter programs, and supporting efforts and initiatives that benefit the protection of animals. We advocate abolishing pound seizure and are against animal cruelty. Voiceless-MI supports humane education programs for the public and encourages respect and compassion for all animals. We strive to be the voice for the voiceless.
Results: We have gotten many grants to support our low income spay/neuter program. We have also taken on many high cost emergency medical problems for our fosters.
Target demographics: shelter animals & to help end pet overpopulation
Direct beneficiaries per year: to fix over 1,100 dogs/cats for Michiganders
Geographic areas served: Michigan
Programs: dog & cat fostercare, low income spay/neuter program, Trap-Neuter-Return program, community education

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Rating: 5 stars  

They made it easy to pair us up with a cat that has blended well with our family.

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

Change nothing

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Some

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I became aware of a situation involving a significant number of stray cats at a rental property that I own. I was out of ideas when somebody suggested that I get in touch with Voiceless. Not only did Voiceless offer a significant amount of education about Trap-Neuter-Release, they also loaned me traps and provided the neuter/spay certificates at Capital Area Humane Society.

The first night that I set the traps, I caught six cats. I took them in to get fixed the next morning, allw ent smoothly there. Where Voiceless truly went above and beyond was in housing some of the cats for a few days while I tried to trap the last few cats that were wandering around at my rental. This allowed me to avoid re-trapping any cats, and get the last three that we had seen.

Unfortunately, over the summer, we discovered just exactly why so many stray cats had been in this neighborhood. Voiceless-MI even offered quite a bit of advice in how to deal with the defective person that was feeding all of these cats and the legal avenues that were available to me.

I could not be more grateful for the help and support that Voiceless-MI has given me. I have nothing but positive things to say about this program. It is the product of a very careful management of limited funding combined with a very generous donation of time made by the people who administer and do the work of the program. These are people who are truly putting themselves out for the betterment of animal welfare in this community.

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

....help it grow. We didn't find Voiceless-MI until some serious internet scouring took place.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I first became aware of Voiceless when I visited our local shelter. The group was volunteering at that time helping out with everything from cleaning to walking and caring for the animals. My LilGirl was adopted from the shelter because of Voiceless's opinion of her. A little pitbull mix that turned out to be my Barley's best friend. I have since adopted two other furbabies since then thru Voiceless. Their foster care parents are the best and work to make sure that all of the furbabies have everything they need until a permanent home is found. They are involved in so many activites that go toward saving and helping animals. The administration is always looking for grants to help lower income residents have spay/shot services; trap/neuter feral cats; being involved in fighting to end the inhumane gassing of animals in shelters. It is any organization that encompasses all kind of animals; wolves, cats, birds, even Tarantulas and the group has a great and loving heart not only for the animals, but for the community.

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

NONE

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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3 people found this review helpful

There are many rescues (thank goodness) that help out our animal friends, but Voiceless-Mi not helps the voicelss with rescuing, but searches for homes, arranges medical help and counseling for clients. They help not only adoptees but those that might be forced to give up their furry buddy. They serve a need in our community that has many lower-income families that still should be able to enjoy the ability of having a furry buddy in their home. This is a multi-faceted organization with many years of experience behind each officer and volunteer serving. Their goals give the rescued a "forever" home. Officers and volunteers of this organization work 24/7. It is an organization that I am very proud to be a part of and hope that they will be able to continue their services to the Voiceless!

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

being a contributor, seeking information for my furry friends, seeking homes for friends of mine that needed to give up their buddies, medical questions and finally adopting my new pal, Hooper.

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

win the lottery and give them a million dollars to continue the "good" fight!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the expertise of the officers and volunteers.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Holly Sauve, Beth Contreras, Deb Jaworski, Linda Macias and Allie Phillips

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

set up a rescue farm that could house and serve many animals at a time.

Ways to make it better...

not possible

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the ability to reach the public with the reality of what happens in most animal shelters and the results of abuse and neglect.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Voicelss-Mi takes on the hard core problems of animal care. It is not easy fighting city hall!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

I started out as a donor, after experiencing the sincere dedication of this group, I have become a volunteer. Unlike so many non-profits, all of the work Voiceless does is voluntary, no salaries are paid. Every dollar coming in goes out to help the animals. They run TNR programs for feral cats, low cost spaying/neuter and vaccinations, rescue and adoption programs, work for legislation for animal protection and educational programs.
I couldn't ask for a better more dedicated group of people to be involved with.

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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Rating: 5 stars  

I have volunteered, fostered and also adopted from Voiceless-MI. Without a doubt, they are a dedicated, caring and compassionate group of animal advocates, who will always go the extra mile for the animals. They managed their limited funds very conservatively and can make a dollar stretch farther than any non profit I know. Their spay/neuter and TNR programs are making a difference in the number of unwanted and uncared for litters of kittens and puppies in our area. And they work very hard to place dogs (such a pit bull terriers) that no one else wants.

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?

A lot

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?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

Both I and another family member have adopted from Voiceless-MI and I can easily say they are some of the best, most compassionate and professional animal advocates I've ever had the pleasure to work with. They help trap, neuter and release feral cats. They help low income people neuter and spay their pit bull bully type dogs. They help battle poor breed specific laws which protect neither people nor breeds. They advocate for the wolf population that has barely recovered before being set upon again without thought or any real planning. They work with local shelters and advocate against euthanasia by gassing as cruel and inhumane. They are regularly involved with getting high risk animals out of shelters and into the network of animal placement rescues and fosters they work with. Basically they are fully involved in anything that could possibly require animal advocacy on a local, regional and state level.

And they are wonderful and delightful human beings in addition to all their great work. I can't recommend them highly enough.

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

I can't think of a thing. This is a passion and calling for every one of them I've met and/or worked with. Their level of commitment is to be admired.

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?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am the Director of a 501c3 nonprofit operating services to help animals in Michigan (All Species Kinship), and have always received a prompt and helpful response from Voiceless-MI members when I have reached out to them for dog rescue assistance. A timely response can be essential in this field, and in our experience, many nonprofits struggle in their response times. Furthermore, Voiceless-MI takes the courtesy to extend their volunteer network to us when we have a dog needing rescue or transfer. We are grateful for the role they play in Michigan, and the emphasis they have on spay/neuter.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

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

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I am co-owner of a dog day care, training, and grooming facility in downtown Lansing MI. I've worked with Voiceless-MI and many other rescues and animal welfare organizations for several years. I've helped raise funds for them, worked with their volunteers, and referred many adopters to them. Voiceless is both diligent and accepting. That is, they have great screening procedures for adopters, but are not so over-the-top with their requirements that they screen out most of the people sincerely looking to welcome an animal into their loving homes. The work they do in the community with spay/neuter and TNR is critical and makes an immense difference in our community. They have a plan and they execute it, without fail. This small organization makes a huge difference in our community. I highly recommend Voiceless-MI for anyone looking to adopt, to volunteer, to donate, and for an organization that will implement any grant to the fullest extent possible.

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

Clone Beth and Holly!

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

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

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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

I am a veterinary technician who has worked with many rescue groups over the years. I can honestly say that Voiceless is THE BEST rescue I've ever had the pleasure of working with. I think all rescues mean well. However, many take the wrong approach when it comes to helping animals and their people. Voiceless is a tight-knit community of volunteers who really care and are dedicated to protecting those animals that can't protect themselves. The volunteers constantly go out of their way to "make things happen" for the animals that find themselves in unfortunate situations. I've never seen them turn an animal away because of age, breed, size, medical condition or even distance. They routinely form bands of volunteers who will drive animals to check points where other volunteers are waiting to take over, just so they can get an animal where it needs to be. They frequently take in older animals who have multiple medical issues and they work and work until they can find that geriatric pet the perfect home where its needs will be met. They don't shy away from expensive treatments like Heartworm TReatment, Cruciate Surgery and other expensive therapies the foster animals need. They just roll up their sleeves, brain-storm ideas and find a way to raise the money needed. They are constantly running fundraisers to help earn the funds needed to help these struggling animals. Many rescues depend on their adoption fees alone to fund their organizations. Eventually those funds run out and then those other rescues can't provide the necessary care for the animals they are trying to help. Not Voiceless! They work hard to ensure that treatments are available, by constantly campaigning for their organization and those it serves. These people work so hard and give so much of themselves for the cause they believe in. I'm proud to be a small part of all the great work they continue to do. I am constantly surprised by their on-going efforts to educate the community on spay-neuter, the importance of preventative care and even behavior issues, which so often can lead to damage of the human-animal bond and eventually owner relinquishment or even euthanasia. They stand up for animal rights and frequently are found on the steps of our Capitol Building, speaking out for the millions of animals out there who need our help and protection. They are so generous with their services, that I've even seen them lend a helping hand to other rescue groups and organizations, creating a united front for pets everywhere. For such a small group they help an amazing number of pets and owners each year. I've dedicated the last 20 years of my life and my entire career to helping animals. However, I'll never come close to the dedication this group displays over and over again. They are the first call I make when I come across an animal in need, and they are the first place I go when I'm ready to adopt a pet myself. I just cannot say enough about this group, its volunteers, its mission and its great success in helping animals.

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

Give them all the funding they could ever need to keep serving the animals they help.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

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

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

A small family of feral cats adopted our home and family to serve their needs and we managed it, for a time. When we were utterly overwhelmed and didn't know where to turn we were turned down for help by every cat advocacy program in Kalamazoo. When it looked like it was going to be us or them for survival we expanded our range for appeals all the way to Indiana. Only Voiceless heard and answered.

Everything others have written here has been true of our experience as well. Holly seemed to know precisely how to help best. She was warm, professional, and never judged us for not doing more. When DH balked at driving our charges so far Holly even fixed that! We really couldn't have imagined the kindness and generosity of this organization. They deserve every bit of help any animal lover can give them.

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

The first reviewer beat me to it...Expansion! Perhaps one day they might expand their mission to include training other animal advocates how to do advocacy?

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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