Having worked at Almost Home is so gratifying! I love spending time with the animals, and if not for Almost Home these adorable dogs and cats would be suffering on the streets (homeless), beaten by their owners or used for bait, attacking residents pets, running rapid with rabies/diseases or worse. Almost Home took over the dog pound for Southfield in which 80% of the animals turned in were put to their death. The city turned it over to Almost Home because they are a No-Kill shelter and believes strongly in stopping Euthanasia. Almost Home makes the best of what they can with what they are given. They have not had any new renovations from the city, and It is not a new building in fact the city needs to give the animals new cages and fix the place up because Almost Home saves them so much money a year.
The employees are so passionate about their jobs, and care deeply about the animals truly amazing! The money Almost Home spends is astronomical on each animal, and they ask for just a small adoption fee. People who complain or have only worked a day or a couple days of rescue has NO clue how much work goes into maintaining an animal shelter and is not a valid source. In my opinion and many others, It is despicable to try and bring down a wonderful organization who does such great work! Almost Home is very particular with where the animals go to ensure they don't get passed around or worse put to sleep due to negligence.
I look at some of these reviews and it makes me sick to my stomach of the immaturity of these people who lack any intellectual intelligence of why Almost Home is there. Again, the animals would all be put to sleep if they left, I guess people are selfish and simply do not care. I see most the complaints are from prior employees who worked there for less then a week, and couldn't handle the work, or adopters who were not approved. I look at it this way if I got service I wasn't happy about, you bet I would write a negative review...WHY? most the people who love Almost Home and have been a part of rescue for years don't write GOOD reviews. Reviews are mainly for people who love to complain or feel the need to hurt others. It really saddens me how people can abuse people, and they are as bad as the people who abuses these helpless animals. Take it from me check out Almost Home, and meet all the wonderful staff, make your own mind up and you will be so happy you did!
Being a part of Rescue is a very difficult job, one that most rescuers give up there lives for. The biggest challenge I bet is working with the public and having to let people down for all the right reasons. Almost Home does not want to be liable if an animal bites someones kids, and can you blame them? All these animals they save, are so grateful for the wonderful volunteers like myself, and the staff who cares for them until their ready for there new homes.
Almost Home receives absolutely NO funding at all from the city or the government. They ask the community for donations so they can continue to do what they do best and that is SAVING LIVES. What are you doing to make a difference? I recommend volunteering for once and see how much work goes into maintaining and running a facility, and try screening applications, and assessing the animals and deciding on homes. Try not to cry when you see sick and injured pets being surrendered, but you know what....Someone has to do it!! We all cry, and we all have feelings. It's time to think about the people who run this facility and see all the hard work they do to save them. Thank goodness for Organizations like Almost Home. A true No-Kill Animal Rescue!
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This has been the absolute worst experience with a shelter. Despite being interested in 3 dogs, submitting 2 applications, 1 meeting in the office, and attending an off-site adoption event I am still without a new dog.
This past Tuesday I went into the office to meet with a dog (Griffy) I had seen online. I fell in love with him and it was suggested by an office volunteer that I come back the next day with my current dog to make sure that the 2 dogs would get along. A note was also left for the manager to give me a call the next day as she was not in, no return call was ever received so I called to inquire regarding the process. I was not allowed to speak with the manager but was told that Griffy had received 15 applications and they were being reviewed to find the best home. I was also told that there was no need for me to waste my time bringing my current dog in until I knew whether my application was chosen.....I accepted that because every shelter has a process however on Saturday when I was planning to drop by the shelter again so they could see my face and know I was serious I became aware that Griffy was going to be in attendance at an off-site adoption event (whatever happened to those 15 fathom applications). I packed up my sons and my dog and we headed to the event to get our dog. We arrived early to make sure no one would claim him first. Once my application was pulled the manager and another one of the workers huddled in the corner whispering presumably about my app. When the ladies came over they rattled off a list of questions, all of which were included on the 90 question application that I had ALREADY filled out. I successfully answered all of their questions (who lives in the home, is the yard fenced, where will the dog stay and sleep, etc.) and having no legitimate reason to deny me I was NOW told that Griffy was previously abused, viciously bites and cannot be adopted to a home with children. This information was not relayed on FB, the shelter website, in previous conversation with staff, or on his paperwork at the adoption event NOR did he attempt to bite me, my children, or my boyfriend on the 2 occasions that I had played with him. It is my opinion that for whatever reason the shelter is not interested in adopting to ME. They tell me my application is great, they even sent me that in writing, but when I pick out a dog I'm told NO. Not to mention that the staff is uninformed and depending on who you talk to you will get a different answer. The process is extremely confusing and convoluted. And it seems that the process varies depending on who you are and whether they personally like you or not---for some the process can be completed in a day and for others it is far longer. I would highly suggested that you seek a furry friend elsewhere because it doesn't seem like this shelter is interested in finding homes for these animals but rather they get a kick out of giving families the runaround and breaking hearts.
I adopted my 3 year old Shitzu from almost home a week ago. I am extremely happy with her. Marla and her crew took good care of her and I can't thank them enough. They are a very caring group and make the animals feel safe and loved. Thank you again. I would highly recommend them . It's Almost Home Rescue off of Franklyn Rd. In Southfield. Fondly Eileen Rosenbaum.
I have worked at the shelter over 2 years and volunteered for a year and been part of this incredible Non profit organization for over 15 years. Almost Home goes above and beyond for these animals. They spend thousands of dollars on one animal and the adoption fee is a few hundred dollars which doesn't cover any of the medical done on the animal or the amount of money they spend on paying staff to care for the pets. There philosophy is that every life is precious no matter the age or breed. They take in animals off the streets, from animal control, high kill shelters, and owner surrenders. They do so much to ensure each and every animal is safe and happy until they find there forever homes. I have also adopted my dog Chico and a cat named Muffins. I would highly reccomend this organization for anyone looking for a dog or cat. They are incredible people who has sacrificed so much to do something so great and make a significant difference in the world. I feel so privledged to be a part of something bigger. If it was not for Almost Home over 80% of these animals would be put to death. Thank you Almost Home for all you do and continuing to look out for these abused, neglected, and mistreated animals and giving them a second chance!
They have hidden their reviews to keep this from the public as much as possible. https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=110706089320722&substory_index=0&id=100011439936202
Almost Home is the best shelter in Michigan! there is no place like this organization! they save countless dogs and cats from a far worse fate, and is 100% Never Kill. They are the only the shelter in Michigan who does not euthanize and cares so much about the animals! A lot of disgruntle past volunteers or ex employees may write reviews that are simply far from the truth. And it is really sad how people get mad and like to try and hurt places that are putting their hearts and sole into a No-Kill movement. It only hurts the animals. The dogs and cats have the very best care and the medical expenses are astronomical. You can go online and see for yourself the adoption statistics 98% Adoption Rates the other 2% is euthanasia due to no quality of life which is determined by a veterinarian, or they still have the dog/cat. Their is no shelter like Almost Home who will spend whatever it takes to make an animal better. If a staff or volunteer is not doing their jobs, and it is not working out just like any other business it's best we part ways for improvement of the morale. I think everyone should volunteer at a high kill shelter, where they put down healthy animals simply because they can. Then volunteer at a shelter like Almost Home where every life matters including people. Almost Home is an incredible organization, who cares deeply about the animals including placement. If your looking to adopt your next pet, adopt at Almost Home Animal Shelter.
This is a wonderful organization that has a 100% no-kill mission. They do so much with so little and only have the best interest of animals in mind. They have finally found a trainer willing to work with their long-term animals to help rehabiliate them to an adoptible status. I have seen first hand animals who had been there for a long time, animals that everyone else would have euthanized, who are now thriving in loving homes. It can be a slow process for some of the animals but with patience it works and they've proven that time and again.
This rescue is not responsible in many ways.
Animal care is very low on their list of priorities. They have hired a sexual offender, Christopher Henry, to run the shelter and he has no dog experience, and very little compassion.
Dogs are locked up 23 hours a day.
Founders take ridiculous salaries for spending no time at the shelter and not working harder to get long term residents out.
Oh yea, if you speak up or help, you'll be banned or have defamation lawsuits filed against you.
Stay away, they are power hungry and don't know anything about their animals. They pull dogs from Ohio for a quick buck and these animals always come with fleas, mange, or other more serious issues.
I adopted my dog from almost home. Although my dog was with them over a year, none of his behavior problems were ever disclosed to me at or before the adoption. They downplayed his problems, by saying , "oh he just doesn't like men" when they should have disclosed he had history of biting and EXTREME aggression with men. Why did they adopt out this dog? probably because he was truly an unadoptable dog and that conflicts with thier no kill mission.
Almost Home Animal Rescue League is a nonprofit organization which is dedicated to finding homes for all homeless animals. It is amazing to see how they manage to find adoptive homes for each special animal that they rescue from other places where the animals might not be so lucky because they would be killed. There are so many dedicated volunteers who not only take care of the animals that are sheltered there until they find their new "forever home" but they also are involved in important fundraising efforts to help cover the costs of necessary medical procedures in addition to providing for the animals' basic needs.