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.
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.
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.
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.
I cannot speak highly enough of HELP Humane, I have never seen the love, compassion and caring that these animals are given in a shelter elsewhere. No matter how poor a condition or health issues,
this organization is willing and does go all out to provide the care that each case requires. I first became aware of HELP Humane several years ago after a traumatic loss of several pets due to a total loss house fire and have watched it grow from fosters in peoples homes to the homey atmosphere it has today. I have adopted several animals from HELP , volunteered for some time, and fostered numerous cats and dogs as well. It is a truly NO-Kill shelter and survives solely on donations and the support and dedication of volunteers. It is truly worth you time to make a visit.
I have had many occasions to visit HELP in the last few years, 2 of my adopted fur children have ciome from there as well. The shelter is exceedingly clean, friendly, and inviting. I would encourage anyone who can open their heart and home to a cat or dog to please go there. I know there will be one who you cannot walk out without!
I found HELP Humane back in 2007, I believe. I was killing time before a sports game at the school I taught, and wandered in. I only stayed for a little bit, but was enthralled with all the free-roaming cats! For some reason, I didn't go back until December 2011. A lot had changed in my life. I was no longer teaching and was very stressed at my job at the time. I came in and explored the entire shelter. I was amazed at all I saw. I loved the set-up and learned about each room in the shelter. I learned the philosophy behind what HELP did. I felt great leaving and being able to return since it was a TRUE NO-KILL shelter. I didn't have to worry that one of the cats might not be there the next time I visited. If they weren't there, it was because they got adopted.
I started visiting at least once a week, if not more. I realized how calm this place made me. I would lose hours there, which is a good thing for me. Almost three years later, I am still visiting once a week or more if I can. This place is my stress release, my therapy. I volunteer my time, I used to do the orientations for new volunteers until my job schedule changed recently. I look forward to going to HELP Humane. I just wish we were able to help all the homeless animals. I thank God that HELP is able to do what they can for the ones they do get. I love the compassion of all those involved at HELP. I've met many new people/friends through HELP. This place has been a life changer for me in the most positive of ways.
I started fostering dogs and cats a few years ago. In that time, I have had a dozen puppies/dogs and more than fifty kittens/cats from six different organizations. Although all do a great job, HELP Humane is definitely at the top of the list. The facility, staff and volunteers are completely devoted to each and every meowing and woofing resident.
I first became involved with HELP when I adopted my first cat from them. I loved the passion and enthusiasm they showed for the animals in their care. After that, I decided to start volunteering. I absolutely love helping this organization! They are unlike any organization I have ever been involved with. They are so passionate about what they do and the animals they care for. Each animal is treated with so much love and compassion! They treat each animal like their own pet and in doing so, they learn their personalities. This allows them to truly help adopters pick out the best pet for their family!
I first went to HELP to donate items from my cat when she passed away in 2009. I could not believe the number of cats free roaming and playing with each other. I was also free to roam and look around. I could not believe every corner I turned was another room full of cats. What surprised me the most was the number of special needs cats that they had that would be well cared for and loved for the rest of their lives. This is truely a NO-kill shelter that wants nothing more then to show the animals that have already been thrown away by someone that they are special and they have nothing to fear or worry about any longer.
I love my volunteer time with all the animals at HELP and hope I help bring a little peace and joy to their lives.
I first came to Help Humane as a visitor and was so impressed that I an now volunteering there. The care given to animals is as near like a home as possible. They are a "no kill" shelter and give their animals the dignaty they deserve until they are adopted by a good family or pass. I have become attached to the animals and the wonderful staff and volunteers. I would suggest that anyone who can donate their time and money to this great place.
So many people say they could not volunteer at or even visit an animal shelter because it is so depressing. They have not visited HELP Humane in Belton Missouri. There is nothing depressing about our shelter. We do have some cats in cages, but these are either new kitties, or kitties that must be confined due to medical or behavior issues. We have some sad cases, but whatever chance they have for a life as normal as possible, they are given that chance at HELP including medical care. The employeees and volunteers love the animals here like they are our own. We are happy when one of our babies gets adopted, but sad at the same time because we miss them so. HELP is a strictly no kill shelter and operates solely on donations.
I have been a volunteer with HELP Humane for 3 years. HELP is a free roaming absolutely no kill shelter located in Belton Mo. This shelter takes animals that are hardship cases, such as FIV+ cats, FELV cats, any medical issue, no matter the severity. They receive medical care, and more importantly, the love and care of the staff and volunteers. Many get better, many don't, but we make sure that their time is quality time. The goal of the shelter is to find quality homes for these precious kitties and dogs. If they are not adopted, they will always have a home in the shelter.
I am so proud to be a part of this shelter! HELP takes on some very hard luck cases and turns their precious lives around. They have recently been able to purchase their own facility and reduced rent expanse so they can spend even more of their budget to care for the animals. This means more animals can be saved and live a comfortable life while waiting for their forever families to find them.
This is a shelter like no other I've ever seen. Almost 2 years ago, we decided it was time to add another dog to our family. I don't believe in buying from breeders or pet shops, so I knew a shelter animal was what we needed. I was so scared to go though - I'd seen pictures of traditional shelters and was afraid I'd want to bring all the animals home with me.
We found Sammie on Petfinder and went to meet him. HELP was nothing like I expected from a shelter! I was greeted at the door by friendly kitties before a person had a chance to say "hello". The place was not lined with cages of scared animals, the animals were walking around interacting with each other & people who came in. They were all so happy & cared for, it was really a nice surprise. I met Sammie, filled out an application, then brought my family to meet him. After we were approved to adopt, we brought our other dog to meet him and the people there had no problem with that. They didn't just want to send him out to a home, they wanted to make sure we were all a match. Sammie did come home with us and is a wonderful addition to our family.
Because I was so impressed with the whole experience, I now tell everyone looking for a pet that they need to go there and check it out. I cannot volunteer on a regular basis, but am a Shelter Buddy ($10 per month to help with animal care!) and donate time & goods whenever I can.
HELP is a unique kind of shelter that I wish all others could be like. They don't have a big budget but do a lot of good with every penny that they get.