SHELTER TO HOME INC
Shelter to Home is a fantastic, dedicated, hard working group of people who are making strides every day in rescuing animals (typically cats, who have a very poor turnover rate at most shelters, although they do help many dogs, too) from their local city animal controls. They have great relationships with multiple shelters in South Eastern Michigan (in Wayne, Oakland, Jackson, and Monroe counties, as well as a few further up North), and those shelters who work with them rely on Shelter to Home to help alleviate the problem of overcrowding (leading to euthanasia) due to lack of space and high influxes of drop offs. They also rely on STH to help with any animals too young, too sick or injured, those who are elderly, or those who have just been passed over too many times and are on the list to be euthanized. Shelter to Home does not shy from accepting animals who appear hard to adopt, nor do they balk at animals who are ill, or who need specialized care. They spay or neuter every animal before adoption, and they work with the local PAWS clinic (PAWS of MI, Riverview, MI) to get this done. All animals also receive appropriate medical care (including work-ups and medications for any illnesses or disease, and dentals, and surgeries beyond s/n). STH also collaborates with other rescues, working towards the final goal of every unwanted, stray, or unable to be kept animal having a place to stay while they await their new home. Towards this end, they have been systematically saving their donations not used for the animals to invest in a 'shelter' of their own: a 1874 Victorian on one of the main streets of the town of Wyandotte. They are currently leasing said house, but will be looking towards the future, and hoping to mount a capital campaign to own this house, and secure the future of hundreds of animals a year with its purchase.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
Seeing the number of animals helped, the quality with which they treat their animals, the quality and customer service they use when interacting with adopters and potential adopters. They are all top notch. They also are very much appreciated and well liked by the city animal controls with which they work. They've saved over 2000 animals since 2007, approx. 350 animals per year.
Ways to make it better...
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Help them mount their capital campaign to purchase their current shelter site to decrease the stress of leasing impermanently.
Would you volunteer for this group again?
For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?
Did the organization use your time wisely?
Would you recommend this group to a friend?
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?
They desperately need help finishing things like their annual report, and their volunteer and foster home manuals. I'd like to see these things finalized and routinely used.
Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)
I lived for going into those city pounds and getting animals out. Shelter to Home allowed me to do this, and do it well, with fantastic outcomes. And everyone involved with them was affected by the same bug. We all worked ourselves hard, b/c we knew what the alternative was: lives lost.
How did this volunteer experience make you feel?
See above. They are a great group to work with.