Refurbished Pets of Southern Michigan

Rating: 4.95 stars   66 reviews


PO Box 83 Coldwater MI 49036 USA


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:



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  

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My name is Michael Johnson I own/operate All Paws Up! LLC. I also train dogs at Petco. I train basic, advanced obedience, and trix. I specialize in training dogs that most trainers wont touch because of their background/behavioral issues. This being said I used to be an inmate! Yes R.P.S.M. provided me access to the education and experience to make a new life for myself. Since Ive been in the dog business I have had alot of contact with rescue groups. I find many that their primary concern is the almighty dollar. They then go onto place dogs in homes without doing home checks etc. These dogs ultimately end up being returned or worse. This simply does not happen with R.P.S.M. They do their homework plus some. I am very critical when it comes to dogs. My opinion is an educated and skilled one. I dont hand out "freebies" because I have a past with this group. Ive done it for the dogs since day one. I can remember when this group first started as individuals. They have since become an awesome TEAM and deserve all the "kuddos" in the world. I not only like this group i LOVE them and will support any endevor they shall choose. Sincerely, Michael Johnson/All Paws Up! LLC

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