My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Help of Raymore, Inc., Belton, MO, USA
I was involved with other pet rescues and shelters in the past, and when I moved to Lawrence, KS, from Florida, I started looking around to decide where to volunteer to help homeless pets. Even though HELP Humane is an hour away and there are rescues that are closer to my home, I drive there to volunteer every week because it is truly special and different.
HELP Humane is a true no-kill shelter that takes in many special needs cats that would have been put down at Kansas City shelters and not rescued by other groups. I watched them take in cats with various ailments like hyperthyroidism (like Macy), heart murmurs (Oliver), kidney failure (Jasmine), FIV (Twister and others), eye disease (Desiree), and others. Desiree, for example, came in with painful untreated eye disease that required surgical removal of her eyes. She was rescued by HELP even though her ailment looked terrible at first and she tested FIV-positive. Desiree got her surgery and good care throughout her recovery. She is now a happy, bold cat that fearlessly roams the main room at HELP Humane and licks my face when I greet her. This type of story is not uncommon at HELP Humane neither, and many such pets thus had a chance at a happy life and adoption thanks to HELP Humane!
Every pet at HELP Humane gets so much love and attention from a crew of volunteers and staff that absolutely care for each animal that comes in. The pets are kept in good health in a mostly cage-free environment until they get adopted, even if it takes years. They are happy and well-socialized. They are also matched appropriately to adoptive families because the staff and volunteers know each one so well.
I love that HELP Humane is also very active in getting the word out about their pets that are up for adoption. They take on off-site adoption events with other groups and they update a blog and a Facebook profile with updates on certain pets and fundraisers. They are doing everything right to get these pets into permanent, loving homes! They also have foster homes, hospice foster homes, adoptable cat housing at Petsmart, and a feline leukemia cottage so that they can help as many pets as possible. I cannot praise HELP Humane enough for their efforts to help homeless pets. The one thing they really need though is more Shelter Buddies to sign up to donate $10/month at www.shelterbuddies.org so that they can keep doing this great work!
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
seeing pets that came in really bad shape receive care and get better, seeing adoptions happening even for special needs pets, and networking with amazing fellow volunteers that are doing all they can to keep HELP Humane open.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
find them more steady sources of donations, like more Shelter Buddies, and more cleaning volunteers. But I know that we are all trying to get the word out and enlist them!
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