Help of Raymore, Inc.
August 27, 2011
Help of Raymore is the best little animal shelter in the midwest! It's often difficult to walk into some 'shelters' without feeling extreme sadness, but not so at Help. This is such a happy place to visit with a home like feel and free roaming kitties. Staff and volunteers alike are dedicated caregivers, providing excellent physical and emotional care. Help believes that all animals deserve a second chance for a quality life regardless of circumstances or disabilities. My calico cat Clarabelle wouldn't be alive today if not for the assistance of Help's open heart and open arms. Clarabelle was found on a city street paralyzed in the back end. She was taken to a local pound and was literally an hour away from being destroyed when a rescue angel spotted her and shared her story within our community. The good folks at Help immediately stepped up with sponsorship for this sweet little cat who had suffered an unknown trauma. Being a volunteer foster mom for Help (and a rehab nurse for people) I accepted Clarabelle into my home. She had no fractures and no other injuries or illnesses but her prognosis was uncertain. Over the course of two months I was blessed with the opportunity to watch over Clarabelle as her body healed and her spirits lifted. Today she walks and climbs and jumps, she plays and she loves. She's also found her forever home right here with me! Without the support of Help, Clarabelle would never have found her second chance. This lovely calico cat and I have together signed up as Shelters Buddies for Help, offering our monthly charitable donation as a sign of our ongoing faith and appreciation for all that they do for the homeless animals who need second chances.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
Help's innovative approach as a no-kill animal care facility is obvious the moment you walk throught their door. The physical environment itself is entirely a cat's paradise and each cat receives individualized care and attention. The animals are the priority, clearly evidenced by the health and spirit of these shelter cats.
Ways to make it better...
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Help could certainly use a larger, modernized facility, if only so they could save many more homeless animals. Being a small charitable organization they operate on a very tight budget and funding is always an issue. The majority of their dollars goes directly to the animals in their care.
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?
Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)
I have met so many kind and interesting people through my volunteer experiences with Help. I enjoy being part of this network of like-minded souls striving to better the lives of homeless animals.
How did this volunteer experience make you feel?
Being a foster mom for cats has been a most rewarding experience for me. Watching a weak or injured cat return to health and vigor, helping a homeless mama cat raise her babies, and even loving the frail elderly in the final days - all are jewels in my memories!
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
Volunteer & I provided a foster home for an injured cat sponsored by Help of Raymore animal shelter.