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August 27, 2011
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August 27, 2011
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Help of Raymore is the best little animal shelter in the midwest! It's often difficult to walk into some 'shelters' without feeling extreme sadness, but not so at Help. This is such a happy place to visit with a home like feel and free roaming kitties. Staff and volunteers alike are dedicated caregivers, providing excellent physical and emotional care. Help believes that all animals deserve a second chance for a quality life regardless of circumstances or disabilities. My calico cat Clarabelle wouldn't be alive today if not for the assistance of Help's open heart and open arms. Clarabelle was found on a city street paralyzed in the back end. She was taken to a local pound and was literally an hour away from being destroyed when a rescue angel spotted her and shared her story within our community. The good folks at Help immediately stepped up with sponsorship for this sweet little cat who had suffered an unknown trauma. Being a volunteer foster mom for Help (and a rehab nurse for people) I accepted Clarabelle into my home. She had no fractures and no other injuries or illnesses but her prognosis was uncertain. Over the course of two months I was blessed with the opportunity to watch over Clarabelle as her body healed and her spirits lifted. Today she walks and climbs and jumps, she plays and she loves. She's also found her forever home right here with me! Without the support of Help, Clarabelle would never have found her second chance. This lovely calico cat and I have together signed up as Shelters Buddies for Help, offering our monthly charitable donation as a sign of our ongoing faith and appreciation for all that they do for the homeless animals who need second chances.

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

Help's innovative approach as a no-kill animal care facility is obvious the moment you walk throught their door. The physical environment itself is entirely a cat's paradise and each cat receives individualized care and attention. The animals are the priority, clearly evidenced by the health and spirit of these shelter cats.

Ways to make it better...

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

Help could certainly use a larger, modernized facility, if only so they could save many more homeless animals. Being a small charitable organization they operate on a very tight budget and funding is always an issue. The majority of their dollars goes directly to the animals in their care.

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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

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

I have met so many kind and interesting people through my volunteer experiences with Help. I enjoy being part of this network of like-minded souls striving to better the lives of homeless animals.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Being a foster mom for cats has been a most rewarding experience for me. Watching a weak or injured cat return to health and vigor, helping a homeless mama cat raise her babies, and even loving the frail elderly in the final days - all are jewels in my memories!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

August 26, 2011
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August 26, 2011
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I learned about HELP from a dear friend who is a foster mom for HELP's kittens. We would stop in occasionally just to visit with the animals. But one day, about a year after losing our sweet Jack Russell, our visit turned into an adoption when we found an adorable Norwich terrier named Zorro. That was almost 3 years ago and since then we've also added Fiona, a 3-legged Min-Pin, and Aspen a big gray/white cat to our family. Our entire family now volunteers in some form and don't know what we'd do without HELP Humane. The people are wonderful, giving their time to rescue animals that otherwise would have NO hope. If they aren't there to rescue these precious babies, then who will???

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

Volunteering and adopting.

Ways to make it better...

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

Save it so they could keep the doors open and continue the great work they do!!!

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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

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

Need more volunteers.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

It has had a huge effect on me. Learned lots of new things and met a lot of great people.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Happy and wishing I could do more.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

August 25, 2011
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August 25, 2011
2 people found this review helpful

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

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
1 person found this review helpful

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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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

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

try to help them find more grants etc.

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