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August 26, 2011
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August 26, 2011
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I have adopted 3 cats from HELP Humane over the last 5 years and started volunteering there last fall. It is an unusual mostly free roaming shelter with couches and chairs for the cats and the visitors. Visitors are encouraged to interact with the cats and kittens so they are very well socialized. I have seen frightened cats who are new to the shelter become calm and friendly after a week or so due to the gentle care they receive. HELP also takes in animals who are special needs and have various medical problems unlike other shelters in this area. It is just a great organization.

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

the cats I adopted from them and the good outcomes I see as a volunteer.

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

find a way to keep them from closing due to financial constrainst.

August 26, 2011
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August 26, 2011
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Awesome experience with them. They truly do care about animals and saving their lives. I am a Shelter Buddy and feel very good about donating to them every month. Keep up the great work that you do.

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August 26, 2011

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August 26, 2011

As a dog owner and someone who grew up in a home where dogs were treated like human beings, my passion for animals being cared for and treated humanely is a priority.
The Humane Society of Greater KC has been a great resource to have. While I personally haven't had dealings, I know others who
have & they've spoken highly of them.
Without a great organization like this, a lot of animals would not receive the care that they deserve.
Keep up the good work that you do for our metro area Humane Society!

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I have not personally experienced results from this organization.

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No changes to make that I'm aware of.

August 26, 2011
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August 26, 2011
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HELP Humane is a very special rescue and one of the few truly no kill shelters in the country. HELP does its best to save as many animals as possible, and takes in animals whether they are healthy, sick, or have long-term ailments such as FIV, feline Leukemia, and other disorders. I had recently become a Shelter Buddy, pledging to donate $10/month to help this amazing organization keep it's doors open.

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seeing all of the lives they ave saved.

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

find them more steady streams of donors and money.

August 25, 2011
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August 25, 2011
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I am extremely picky about the organizations I support. HELP Humane is a TRUE no-kill shelter for abused/abandoned animals. They take in animals that no other shelter will and do what is necessary to give them another chance to find a furever, loving home. I have recently become a Shelter Buddy, as they need assistance to keep their doors open. It would truly be a shame to lose such a caring group of people that care so much for the animals whose lives they touch. Can you find it in your heart to be a Shelter Buddy? www.shelterbuddies.org

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

All the animals who are saved from kill shelters and are given another chance at a loving home.

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

Find them all the Shelter Buddies they could handle!

August 25, 2011
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August 25, 2011
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I was involved with other pet rescues and shelters in the past, and when I moved to Lawrence, KS, from Florida, I started looking around to decide where to volunteer to help homeless pets. Even though HELP Humane is an hour away and there are rescues that are closer to my home, I drive there to volunteer every week because it is truly special and different.

HELP Humane is a true no-kill shelter that takes in many special needs cats that would have been put down at Kansas City shelters and not rescued by other groups. I watched them take in cats with various ailments like hyperthyroidism (like Macy), heart murmurs (Oliver), kidney failure (Jasmine), FIV (Twister and others), eye disease (Desiree), and others. Desiree, for example, came in with painful untreated eye disease that required surgical removal of her eyes. She was rescued by HELP even though her ailment looked terrible at first and she tested FIV-positive. Desiree got her surgery and good care throughout her recovery. She is now a happy, bold cat that fearlessly roams the main room at HELP Humane and licks my face when I greet her. This type of story is not uncommon at HELP Humane neither, and many such pets thus had a chance at a happy life and adoption thanks to HELP Humane!

Every pet at HELP Humane gets so much love and attention from a crew of volunteers and staff that absolutely care for each animal that comes in. The pets are kept in good health in a mostly cage-free environment until they get adopted, even if it takes years. They are happy and well-socialized. They are also matched appropriately to adoptive families because the staff and volunteers know each one so well.

I love that HELP Humane is also very active in getting the word out about their pets that are up for adoption. They take on off-site adoption events with other groups and they update a blog and a Facebook profile with updates on certain pets and fundraisers. They are doing everything right to get these pets into permanent, loving homes! They also have foster homes, hospice foster homes, adoptable cat housing at Petsmart, and a feline leukemia cottage so that they can help as many pets as possible. I cannot praise HELP Humane enough for their efforts to help homeless pets. The one thing they really need though is more Shelter Buddies to sign up to donate $10/month at www.shelterbuddies.org so that they can keep doing this great work!

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seeing pets that came in really bad shape receive care and get better, seeing adoptions happening even for special needs pets, and networking with amazing fellow volunteers that are doing all they can to keep HELP Humane open.

Ways to make it better...

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

find them more steady sources of donations, like more Shelter Buddies, and more cleaning volunteers. But I know that we are all trying to get the word out and enlist them!

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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?

2011

August 25, 2011
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August 25, 2011
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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.

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

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try to help them find more grants etc.

August 25, 2011
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August 25, 2011
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A few months ago, one of my children was diagnosed with severe dog allergies. His rashes were so bad they were open and bleeding. He was constantly having respiratory infections. When we found out it was the dog, we had to act quickly.

We loved our dog very much. He was a poodle mix. We
rescued him from the pound 2 1/2 years earlier, when he was just a pup. He was family. There was no way I would take him back to the pound, and I couldn't find any family to take him.

HELP Humane was the only shelter I contacted that was willing to take him in. I was very upset when I was driving him to the shelter, but after I met the staff and saw the facility I felt such relief.

My dog loved cats, and there were cats greeting him at the door. He was so happy. I was also so thrilled that he was not going to be caged all day. The staff was so kind and understanding of my pain in losing him. They really helped me get through that horrible day with their kindness and assurance that he would be well cared for.

I tried to follow my precious pup on Facebook and saw that they found him a nice home within just a couple of weeks.

Thanks so much HELP Humane.

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I would love to see them get an even larger facility. Their free-range environment is awesome.

August 25, 2011
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August 25, 2011
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As an animal lover and someone who gets really sad seing animals in kennels/cages, I have always found myself unable to go to local shelters and unable to volunteer. I didn't like not being able to reach in and pet them, I was sad that they had such a confined space to live. One day I found HELP Humane Society through Facebook. I followed their story for several months. Then came across post that they were having a kitten shower/open house. Very skeptical to go, I wanted to help the animals. I came with donation of food, toys and litter, and braced myself to enter the shelter. I was so happy once inside. I saw lots of cats, roaming freely. Lots of hammocks for them to nap on, lots of beds, lots of toys, lots of scratch pads, lots of chairs and sofas, lots of food, lots of litter boxes, and lots of volunteers. I had an instant smile. I went from room to room finding most of the cats are roaming free in their room, no cat fights, just cats......happy to have food, water, shelter and love. I grabbed a kitten, sat in a chair and spent an hour loving him. It enlightened me on what a shelter CAN be.
So, after that I became a Shelter Buddy, giving $10 a month. I wanted to help make sure they remain open. One day they asked for help with an adoption event. Once again, I wanted to help so I volunteered. It was such an enlightening experience. The volunteers really love the animals and are so proud to be a free roaming no kill shelter. They take on cases that other shelters won't touch. They have cats with FeLV, FIV, cats that are blind, cats that require daily medication. They truly believe in the no kill theory and they will make sure all animals get the medical help they need. I'm thankful to have found such a wonderful shelter, but so worried they might have to close their doors, leaving hundreds of animals homeless. We need to all fight to save this special home to these special animals.

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

I've volunteered once, and I'm a shelter buddy. I plan on visiting the shelter as much as I doing what I can as a volunteer.

Ways to make it better...

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

Do whatever I could to ensure HELP Humane doesn't have to close their doors. They are truly amazing and it would be tragic if they close.

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