REFURBISHED PETS OF SOUTHERN MICHIGAN
Rating: 4.95 stars 61 reviews
Location: PO Box 83 Coldwater MI 49036 USA
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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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.
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Thanks so much for the great feedback on your experience with RPSM!!