REFURBISHED PETS OF SOUTHERN MICHIGAN

Rating: 4.95 stars   58 reviews

Issues: Animals

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  

I am so impressed with this organization. The work they do is life changing for so many of us in MI. I am very grateful for them.

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RPSM does an amazing job at bringing rescued pets to forever homes. It is an all around win-win...for the inmates who get to train these wonderful pets, for the pets, and for the families who benefit from the work that RPSM does. My life has been completely changed for the better by RPSM!!!!

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Life-changing

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2011

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This group coordinates funds & animals and creates many positive 'fur-ever' relationships. I enjoy reading about the animals, helping when I can with donations & prayers, and encouraging those that do adopt. I don't live near the group, but my sister does. She adopted precious Raven more than two years ago, and she has been a wonderful addition to their family.

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I am very please with the screening process RPSM does to find the very best and the most likely to succeed homes for these companions. We were matched up with a very nice dog and she fit into our family perfectly. She will be with us forever. It is only because of the time that the RPSM people took to match us up that this worked so well.

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After taking in a homeless 5 month old puppy, I soon discovered the dog and my 12 year old cat were completely incompatible. I didn't want to abandon the dog, but, for the safety of the cat, couldn't keep it in my home. Faced with this dilemma, a friend recommended contacting Refurbished Pets of Southern Michigan. So I did, and from that very first contact, RPSM was wonderful in helping me find a positive solution to a difficult situation. The people in the RPSM organization understood the dog/cat problem and were quick to respond. Within a week's time, the puppy was temperament tested and given the opportunity to be housed with a caring volunteer and start the next prison/partner program. They were prompt in answering my many questions, they understood my concerns, they empathized with my feelings, and they were 100% solution-based in helping me find the best possible situation and future home for my dog. It was a pleasure working with RPSM, and I can't thank them enough for their kindness and compassion!

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Life-changing

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2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

Like many other adopters, we had lost a beloved pet. Our beagle seemed to grieve the loss like we did, and we decided to adopt another dog to keep him company. That was when we found RPSM. We were very impressed with their prison training program. We found Gus and filled out an application for him. We had a great visit with his foster mom when she came for our home visit. The adoption process went quickly and smoothly. We had to wait a few weeks for Gus to complete his training, but it went by quickly as we received regular updates on his progress. We knew his favorite toys before he came home. The day we picked him up, Gus was a bit stressed because of all the changes that he had gone through that day - leaving the prison, going back to his foster home, and then meeting us and his new brother. But he soon settled in with the family routine and everyone in the family loves him. Even our four year old nephew can play with him like he's his own dog. We love being able to see updates of the other adopted dogs and seeing the new dogs as they come into the RPSM program. The RPSM volunteers do a wonderful job and were a pleasure to work with through the adoption process. We speak highly of RPSM and recommend them to everyone.

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

After the loss of our beloved Charlie (a white standard poodle) to cancer, I was sure the hole in my heart would never close. However, I went on line to RPSM and there was a litter of standards ready for adoption. Because of the timeliness of the posting, I could only rationalize my good fortune as angels sent from Charlie.....thus Bosley came into my life. Bosley is an apricot standard poodle and a true treasure. Anyone who comes in contact with him is immediately drawn to his hypnotic eyes and loving nature. All who get to know him, ask about him constantly.....he is unforgettable. I cannot thank RPSM enough for all the work and care they do for animals in need. I also cannot thank them enough for all the concern and deligence they demonstrate in the adoption procedures. They are top-notch!

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Life-changing

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2012

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We adopted our dog, Jordy, in August of this year for our 7 year old son. We were so excited to find a group that would take a dog with a good personality and put them through professional obedience training before sending them off to their new homes. This worked particularly well with us. We are experienced dog people but are at a busy time in our lives so bringing in a dog that knew the basics of obedience allowed my son to interact positively with Jordy as soon as he arrived. He still loves to show off Jordy's "skills" to anyone visiting the house. Even though Jordy had a few emotional scars from his early life, we have found that his obedience foundation has helped us work through this. I would also like to commend the community of volunteers working for RPSM. They are a fantastic group of people who truly care about the dogs and their new familites. The Facebook community is great and keeps the adopters connected with each other and their fosters. I love to read the updates on dogs I've never met but feel I know from hearing their stories and updates. I volunteered for other dog rescues for many years in another state but I can say that this group is special. The positive attitudes and sense of community is the best I have ever experienced. Jordy has not only touched our hearts but he has also helped bring our older dog, Buddy, out of his shell. Buddy was a severe abuse case who never really learned how to play. Jordy came in and was so well socialized that he quickly won Buddy over and taught him how to play for the first time in his 13 years. The two now entertain us with their antics and rough-housing. He's even won over our cat. I don't think he'd ever seen one before because he didn't seem to recognize the smell. But now the two curl up together on a dog bed and snooze. I credit the personality profiling and socialization done by RPSM for selecting such a sweet dog for inclusion in their program. Overall, we have been very happy with our new addition and I'd say he's pretty darn happy here. A great big thank you to all the dedicated RPSM volunteers. You have certainly made a difference in Jordy's life. Thank you for seeing somethig gspecial in him and bringing him to us. We love him dearly.

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Rating: 5 stars  

On May 5th, I lost my best fur-girlfriend, Thelma Jane to cancer. My two adoptees from RPSM, Penelope Louise "Penny" and Barkley LeRoy "Barkley" have helped soothe the pain of such a loss. Our family is grateful for all who played a part in this amazing journey to bring us all together. RPSM is the BEST rescue organization! These people have hearts bigger than their bodies. I can't thank them enough for the work they do, and for allowing "Sweet P" and "Barkles" to join our home.

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

Life-changing

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2012

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I adopted a dog from RPSM earlier this year, and I couldn't be happier with him. Everyone thinks he is the nicest dog, and they're impressed by his training (he's also very beautiful!). We make sure to tell everyone where we got him, and we encourage them to look into adopting from RPSM as well--if they're thinking about adding a dog to their family. RPSM was always available--before and after the adoption--to answer questions and concerns and offer help. They are invested in finding great homes for their dogs and ensuring that the match between dog and family is perfect.

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

Life-changing

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2012

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