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ALMOST HOME ANIMAL RESCUE LEAGUE
December 10, 2012

After volunteering with Almost Home I discovered firsthand that they are not a responsible animal rescue.
They do not perform vet checks or home visits before adopting out their animals. Many of their big dogs are kept in temporary crates (not kennels) for months and years, which is considered to be animal cruelty by the Association of Shelter Veterinarians. They allow dogs to be adopted out before they are spayed or neutered. Although they say they are full, they send a volunteer to a high-kill shelter in Ohio every week to pick out adoptable small breeds and purebred dogs they can clean up and take to adoption events, while the big dogs and long timers don't get to go to events. Although their shelter is located in Southfield, which is a predominately African-American community, if you look at the "Happy Tails" section of their website, you will notice that 99% of the adoptive families are white. I have been told they automatically reject applications from Detroit and Pontiac. They are "ambulance chasers" and take in sick, wounded or abused animals so they can get media attention and more donations (i.e. Miracle, Freeway, Wilson, Sprout, Scarlet). They almost killed a Border Collie mix named Muffin by giving her Heartgard, which is commonly known to cause seizures in Border Collies. They do nothing to rehabilitate their big dogs that have languished in their kennels and crates for years and years, yet they won't hesitate to spend thousands of dollars on a small, more adoptable dog. Petey the dog has been at Almost Home for more than a year, yet he is not listed on Petfinder and he is not being rehabilitated. According to their 2010 Form 990, President Gail Montgomery made $29,300 and Vice President Lauren Anchill (Gail's daughter) made $24,100. The Director Linda Shewach is Gail's sister and Brett Anchill is Lauren's husband. There are no checks and balances on their Board because they are mostly family members.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

No

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Somewhat badly

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

MY ROLE:
Volunteer

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