My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Help of Raymore, Inc., Belton, MO, USA
In 2003 I moved to an apartment complex that had a small feral cat colony that was rapidly increasing. A neighbor and I worked to trap, vet for spay/neuter/vaccinations, and release the cats back. In 2004, one of our girls got sick and I needed advice. I called and e-mailed multiple shelters and the only response I received was from HELP Humane. It did not matter that the cat was feral, and it did not matter they didn't know me, they answered all my questions, gave me ideas I had not thought about and knowledge I did not have before. I didn't know I was doing TNR, had never heard of that, but they explained to me why it works and why it is an integral part of any no-kill initiative by stopping birth of more homeless pets. HELP had been involved in TNR for many years at that time and still is.
I attended my first volunteer meeting in 2004. Since that time I have done whatever I can including trapping, transporting to clinics, foster home, shelter for ferals, volunteering at events. I have adopted and I am a proud Shelter Buddy.
HELP Humane is what other shelters should strive to be. Come visit and be amazed how the volunteers know all the cats by name on sight, no matter how much one may look like another, and can tell you their history, where they came from, how they have blossomed since arriving at HELP. At HELP all life is precious. There are no expiration dates.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
TNR in particular having trapped 100+ cats for spay/neuter and seen multiple colonies become healthy and stable with no new kittens born. I've trapped kittens and fostered them until old enough to go to the shelter where they have gone on to find loving homes. I've seen HELP bring in some very sick animals who a few months later are healthy, happy, and ready to find a loving home.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
I would not change the organization but wish I could give them the guaranteed funding needed and a much larger space so more dogs could be taken care of under HELP's unique, free-roaming, no-kill mission of shelter.