REFURBISHED PETS OF SOUTHERN MICHIGAN

Rating: 4.95 stars   58 reviews

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Location: PO Box 83 Coldwater MI 49036 USA

Mission: The mission of Refurbished Pets of Southern Michigan is to assist abandoned, homeless or unwanted animals by placing them in qualified, suitable, and approved foster or permanent homes; to rescue abandoned, homeless or unwanted animals by removing them through legal means from unsuitable environments or shelters. To improve conditions of any animal in need, and help to facilitate their adoption to qualified, permanent homes; to educate the general public about rescue programs, responsible dog ownership, and the prevention of pet overpopulation and to consider the adoption of animals from their local shelters or rescue; to work with governmental agencies to implement positive changes in all aspects of animal reform at local and state levels.
Target demographics: dogs in shelters that would otherwise be euthanized.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 57 dogs
Geographic areas served: Rescue
Programs: Founded in 2007 RPSM has made a serious effort to effectively aid in the reduction of euthanasia rates at many animal shelters. In 2008, the RPSM Correctional Companion Program began. In a partnership with the Coldwater Prison Complex, RPSM endeavors to find homes for dogs in shelters that would otherwise be euthanized. Dogs selected for the Companion Program are carefully screened for temperament, trainability, and adoptability. They are fully vaccinated, spayed or neutered prior to enrollment in the program. Once they arrive at the complex, they are assigned to specially trained inmates who are responsible for their training and day to day care. Upon completion of the program, the dogs are ready to receive a canine good citizen certificate (CGC) and available for adoption into an approved home.
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

My Golden Retriever, Bear, passed in April 2013 and by May I was really missing the companionship a pet offers. I wanted another Golden Retriever, but didn't know where to go to find one. I did a general search on the internet for Golden Retrievers and the RPSM Group came up with a hit for an adoptable Golden Retriever mix. I took one look at Cedar and knew she was the dog for me. I contacted the RPSM Group through their website and the rest is history. They worked with me through the whole adoption process, from application to approval to the day I picked Cedar up in June. Their program for training dogs is amazing. The behavior Cedar learned through her training with her handlers at the prison is why she's the well behaved, social girl she is today.

I am seriously thinking about getting a fur sibling for Cedar and wouldn't go anywhere else.

I HIGHLY recommend the RSPM Group to anyone looking for a well trained pet.

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

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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?

2014

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Thank you so much for your feedback!! We are happy to hear that you may be looking for a playmate for Cedar!! We have another great group dogs going in at the end of this month so keep an eye out for the one that catches your eye.

Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Little did I know that a picture of a little terrier mix would change my life. After mourning my 14 year old corgi's death and thinking I could never go through that pain again, I found Mickey's picture while web surfing rescue sights. I live over 4 hours away and worried that distance would affect the adoption process; yet RPSM assured me I could adopt if I met their requirements. The rest is history! I'm the proud owner of Mickey-Moo my little clown who happens to be all terrier-even tho he's really a mutt!! After bringing him home I needed advice on an unexpected behavior issue that was kinda scary. They were right on the mark with their advice and he has blossomed. No more issues. He gets along with dogs and people. They were upfront about his high prey instinct and we manage it with games and toys and water play. We let him hunt mice and shrews in the yard and occasionally he grabs the unfortunate bird from the air but I understand this is part of being a terrier. He can't help himself. He loves to hunt. He's my little shadow and life is very busy again Now, if only I had his energy . . . Thank you RPSM for knowing that he was worth saving. Gotta go. Mickey is telling me something. No, Timmys not in the well; I think he said "Thanks RPSM".

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

A lot

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

Likely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Quite well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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We are so happy that Mickey is settling right in with you and that when you had questions about some of his behaviors, you contacted us for support! We are always here for support, no matter what the issue may be!! Please give Mickey a pat on the head from all the RPSM volunteers!!

Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Dulce joined our family in October of 2013 and she has been a pleasure. We bore our friends and co-workers with stories and photos of her antics. She has settled right in to a home with two senior citizens and 5 other assorted pets. We talk often about our experience with RPSM and what wonderful work they do. They gave Dulce a chance when no one would adopt her. No, she isn't perfect and no, she didn't complete the program but, if it weren't for RPSM, she might never have been adopted. When we are ready for another dog we will be in touch with RPSM...even though we live a long way away!

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?

2014

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Thank you so much for your review!! So happy that Dulce is doing well in her new home and we look forward to helping you find Dulce a playmate when you are ready!!

Rating: 4 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I have family & friends who work at the prison where these dogs are trained. All speak highly of the RPSM program. The dogs are socialized but if one doesn't pass muster, it is removed from the program. Most are so eager to please! This program benefits the animals, teaches patience & compassion to the inmate responsible for their care, as well as the adopting individual or family. This is truly a win-win program!!

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

None I can think of at this time.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

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

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Thank you so much for taking the time to review us, it helps so much!!

Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I learned of RPSM by accident when I was searching for just the right addition to my household. I saw a dog that I fell in love with from his picture. I started inquiring about him and found out HE WAS TRAINED TOO!!! The more I learned about RPSM, the more I respected their roll in helping unfortuante animals get a chance at forever.

After I adopted my big boy and he got all settled in, I contacted RPSM to let them know I (we) would like to open our home to other animals in transition. We (my 2 dogs and I) feel it is only right to share our good fortune and blessings with others.

Fostering will lift your spirits and warm your heart. It's not a life-long commitment, just a very important one. Think about becoming a foster parent with RPSM. You will be glad!

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

Try to get them $$$ to advertise, advertise, advertise. Many people don't know about the inmate training program. Would be great to get a news spot or documentary. I know, high hopes.

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

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Definitely

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2014

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Thanks so much for taking the time to review us and thank you for volunteering with RPSM!!

Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I have been fostering dogs for RPSM for 8 months, I have never seen or heard anything like this before and I absolutely love it. Everyone I have meet that helps with the program go out of there way to help anyone or any animal. I couldn't ask for a better program to volunteer for. I especially love getting to meet new people and animals. I think the program not only helps the animals but the prisoners as well.

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?

2014

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Jennifer, Thank you so much for your review and for volunteering with RPSM, it is greatly appreciated!!

Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

A fantastic organization that really cares about the animals. The prison program has changed so many prisoners lives soo amazing. I foster for RPSM and i plan to continue for years to come.

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?

2014

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Thank you Michele for all that you do for RPSM and for writing a comment about the work we do, it is greatly appreciated!!

Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I started volunteering for RPSM a little over a year ago and I am so glad I did. I already had 3 dogs, but knew there were so many others out there that needed someone and wanted to find a way to help them too. As luck would have it, I saw a post on Facebook looking for volunteers for RPSM and I thought it would be perfect. I am proud of every one of the dogs that RPSM has been able to make a difference in the lives of. Seeing how the dogs make a difference in the prisoners lives and how the prisoners make a difference in the dogs lives makes me see what a positive thing this program is. The group is wonderful and I have not only found a group that does positive things for people and dogs, but I have also found some very good friends and wonderful people. As long as I am able, I will continue to volunteer.

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?

2014

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Thanks so much for taking the time to write a review and for volunteering with RPSM!!

Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I started volunteering with rpsm about 4 yrs. ago. I was retired, widowed, and needed to do something that would make a difference for the dogs I was seeing in shelters. I found this rescue to be one of the most caring and devoted rescues to work with. The prison training program is a winner for both the dog and the inmate trainers. I became a "foster failure" during my first year, by adopting the dog I had fostered. There was a real connection between this cho. Lab. named Hank and me. After his wonderful training I decided he had to be mine. I cannot say enough about how great this program is and how it changes the lives of so many people and dogs. The inmates that become trainers are learning a skill that has helped several find careers upon release from prison. The dogs are saved, trained and adopted and are given a second chance to enjoy the love of a family. All of our volunteers are so giving of their time and energy and are always willing to go that extra mile to help in anyway. As long as I can walk a dog I will continue volunteering with rpsm.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Thanks so much for the great feedback on your experience with RPSM!!

Rating: 5 stars  

Hi, We have adopted twice through Rpsm and both times it has been a wonderful expierence. Our first Abby is a treasure even though she is a little ball obsessed. She could play all day if only would could throw that long. Our second boy was pretty timid(Shield) and it took a long time for him to truly blossom but Ozzy as he is now called is a crazy happy bundle of joy now. we stay in touch with the folks from Rpsm and send pics and post on Facebook all about our furkids for the world to see. If ever we adopt again and I am sure we will in time they will be our first contact. They care deeply about the dogs they foster and want the best for all parties. We are he proud parents of 5 rescue dogs and I must say these guys took the most care in checking us out before placing a dog with us and I feel that is very important.
Karen and Karl Long

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?

2011

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