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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

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.

Community Stories

14 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I met Koda through RPSM in June of 2015. She had learned the basics for becoming a service dog to help out with my dysautonomia. She came along with letters and advice from the trainers she had been working with, which were incredibly helpful in helping her have a smooth transition. In addition, volunteers and new friends from RPSM have kept in contact to check in with us and answer and any questions that come up. Koda is so much more incredible than I ever could have asked for. She is patient, good with people and other animals, gentle, obedient, a great companion, and incredibly intelligent. Her first alert was within our first 24 hours of working together, and she hasn't let me down since. She loves riding the trains, will"place" under tables in restaurants patiently, and is an essential part of what has been dubbed "Team KJ." Thank you, RPSM, for my best friend and guardian angel! She is a champ!

1 Cathy93

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A much needed charity. Great way to help unwanted dogs find forever homes.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Refurbished Pets in Cold water, most amazing group of people so caring and loving. They match you and make sure its a equal fit, my dog is so special to service work I can't even begin to say more, they go above and beyond to help.. I am so in love my second set of hands ..they deserve this..

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love working with dogs, and their individual personalities amaze me. When I read that Refurbished pets was looking for foster's I immediately did my research and fell in love with their program. Each animal is spayed or neutered, up to date on shots, and most go through a ten week training program! I now foster for this program and I am blown away by the people I am meeting that are involved. They all are truly a caring and loving group! The prison program not only help the dogs get a second chance at finding their forever homes, but give the prisoners a second chance too. I give this program the 5 star rating and wish it went higher because of all the rescue programs I have knowledge of RPSM blows them all out of the water. The board memebers and the people involved give their all and in my eyes get 100%!!

1 Jessie W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love that I'm able to help RPSM in ways I never thought would be possible! I'm disabled and unable to work because I get dizzy a lot when standing for any amount of time. When I found out I could help by doing work from home, on my pc, I was overjoyed at the opportunity to help out a great group of people and a great program! The dogs, trainers, and volunteers all benefit from this great program, and I'm so happy to be a part of it!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I recently started volunteering with RPSM after moving to Michigan. I think it's great that this group is able to save the lives of so many unwanted dogs because they ended up in shelters because they lacked the training to be a 'desirable' pet. With the help of trainers at the prison in Coldwater, we are saving the lives of many men and dogs.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

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Refurbished Pets of Southern Michigan 08/09/2014

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

1 Jennifer336

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Refurbished Pets of Southern Michigan 08/09/2014

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

2 Michele65

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Refurbished Pets of Southern Michigan 08/09/2014

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

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Refurbished Pets of Southern Michigan 08/09/2014

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

Mindy V.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have volunteered in a few ways for RPSM. They really do try everything to help as many animals as possible. They are actually taking in one of my mothers dogs into their prison program this week.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My Mother was looking for a dog since hers had passed away. I found a dog for her through this group and the dog and my Mother are great together. This group is a good group that not only helps the dogs but also the people in prison too. The dogs can than be placed in homes and have basic training needs completed. Wonderful program.