Voiceless-MI

Rating: 4.94 stars   35 reviews

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Location: P.O. Box 730 Charlotte MI 48813 USA

Mission: Voiceless-MI is a federally recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit and State of Michigan non-profit established in August 2009 . We work to create change for companion animals by caring for those in need through our foster-care system, helping to reduce the unwanted pet population with spay/neuter programs, and supporting efforts and initiatives that benefit the protection of animals. We advocate abolishing pound seizure and are against animal cruelty. Voiceless-MI supports humane education programs for the public and encourages respect and compassion for all animals. We strive to be the voice for the voiceless.
Results: We have gotten many grants to support our low income spay/neuter program. We have also taken on many high cost emergency medical problems for our fosters.
Target demographics: shelter animals & to help end pet overpopulation
Direct beneficiaries per year: to fix over 1,100 dogs/cats for Michiganders
Geographic areas served: Michigan
Programs: dog & cat fostercare, low income spay/neuter program, Trap-Neuter-Return program, community education
2010 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 27-0725920
517-993-8600
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Rating: 5 stars  

I am the Director of a 501c3 nonprofit operating services to help animals in Michigan (All Species Kinship), and have always received a prompt and helpful response from Voiceless-MI members when I have reached out to them for dog rescue assistance. A timely response can be essential in this field, and in our experience, many nonprofits struggle in their response times. Furthermore, Voiceless-MI takes the courtesy to extend their volunteer network to us when we have a dog needing rescue or transfer. We are grateful for the role they play in Michigan, and the emphasis they have on spay/neuter.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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I am co-owner of a dog day care, training, and grooming facility in downtown Lansing MI. I've worked with Voiceless-MI and many other rescues and animal welfare organizations for several years. I've helped raise funds for them, worked with their volunteers, and referred many adopters to them. Voiceless is both diligent and accepting. That is, they have great screening procedures for adopters, but are not so over-the-top with their requirements that they screen out most of the people sincerely looking to welcome an animal into their loving homes. The work they do in the community with spay/neuter and TNR is critical and makes an immense difference in our community. They have a plan and they execute it, without fail. This small organization makes a huge difference in our community. I highly recommend Voiceless-MI for anyone looking to adopt, to volunteer, to donate, and for an organization that will implement any grant to the fullest extent possible.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a veterinary technician who has worked with many rescue groups over the years. I can honestly say that Voiceless is THE BEST rescue I've ever had the pleasure of working with. I think all rescues mean well. However, many take the wrong approach when it comes to helping animals and their people. Voiceless is a tight-knit community of volunteers who really care and are dedicated to protecting those animals that can't protect themselves. The volunteers constantly go out of their way to "make things happen" for the animals that find themselves in unfortunate situations. I've never seen them turn an animal away because of age, breed, size, medical condition or even distance. They routinely form bands of volunteers who will drive animals to check points where other volunteers are waiting to take over, just so they can get an animal where it needs to be. They frequently take in older animals who have multiple medical issues and they work and work until they can find that geriatric pet the perfect home where its needs will be met. They don't shy away from expensive treatments like Heartworm TReatment, Cruciate Surgery and other expensive therapies the foster animals need. They just roll up their sleeves, brain-storm ideas and find a way to raise the money needed. They are constantly running fundraisers to help earn the funds needed to help these struggling animals. Many rescues depend on their adoption fees alone to fund their organizations. Eventually those funds run out and then those other rescues can't provide the necessary care for the animals they are trying to help. Not Voiceless! They work hard to ensure that treatments are available, by constantly campaigning for their organization and those it serves. These people work so hard and give so much of themselves for the cause they believe in. I'm proud to be a small part of all the great work they continue to do. I am constantly surprised by their on-going efforts to educate the community on spay-neuter, the importance of preventative care and even behavior issues, which so often can lead to damage of the human-animal bond and eventually owner relinquishment or even euthanasia. They stand up for animal rights and frequently are found on the steps of our Capitol Building, speaking out for the millions of animals out there who need our help and protection. They are so generous with their services, that I've even seen them lend a helping hand to other rescue groups and organizations, creating a united front for pets everywhere. For such a small group they help an amazing number of pets and owners each year. I've dedicated the last 20 years of my life and my entire career to helping animals. However, I'll never come close to the dedication this group displays over and over again. They are the first call I make when I come across an animal in need, and they are the first place I go when I'm ready to adopt a pet myself. I just cannot say enough about this group, its volunteers, its mission and its great success in helping animals.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them all the funding they could ever need to keep serving the animals they help.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a President of a cat rescue, but also the sole member. As such, my funds and abilities are very limited. I received a call from an elderly woman at a trailer park who had been feeding a small cloud of feral cats, yet the park was now telling her she had to stop. What would happen to the cats and kittens? We were able to trap the cats, but it was Voiceless who provided the much needed spaying and neutering for them. With that done, we were able to work with others to find barns for some and others went into socialization programs for adoption. It was Voiceless who prevented these cats from being euthanized and to safety.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expand it!

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Voiceless is dedicated to helping all animals in Michigan, particularly shelter cats and dogs who reside in shelters that engage in pound seizure (giving cats and dogs to research) or that are euthanized by gas chamber. Voiceless os dedicated to end pound seizure and has assisted in taking action on the 2009-10 Michigan anti-pound seizure bill, motivating local advocates to support the bill, and educating others about the practice. Their advocacy efforts have helped, and will continue to help, countless shelter cats and dogs.

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Working directly with the volunteers of Voiceless.

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About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-7-01

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