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Animal Support Project Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Animal rescue

Programs: Provide veterinary services, feeding. Training, transportation, grooming, fostering and rehoming if necessary to rescued animals.

Community Stories

41 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Awesome group. They help so many with community outreach and animal adoptions

Review from Guidestar

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

A big Kudos to this organization. When I worked at a veterinary practice I knew if I needed to find someone some help that these were the folks to turn to. Phenomenal group, doing a phenomenal job. Thank you for all that you do!!

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with TASP since the first van load of animals rescued from hurricane Katrina, and it has been amazing to watch the organization grow and flourish in the years since. TASP has been able to help so many animals, but more importantly has allowed even more people to keep their animals in situations where they would otherwise be forced to give them up. I think this more than anything sets TASP apart from other rescue organizations, and am glad to help them in any way that I can.

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

THE AGENCY AND FOSTERS ARE AN INCREDIBLE GROUP OF ANIMAL LOVERS. I HAD ADOPTED A SPECIAL NEEDS SENIOR KITTY. THEY ACTUALLY CAME TO MY HOME FIRST TO MAKE SURE I AND MY HOME WERE SUITABLE. THEN BROUGHT HIM FOR VISITS BE BEFORE RELEASING HIM TO ME. THIS AGENCY CARES ABOUT THE ANIMALS. THEY ARE NOT SIMPLY A "HOLDING CELL"

Review from Guidestar

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Animal Support Project were pretty amazing in helping my mother be able to take in a dog that she otherwise wouldn’t have been able to. They were all to happy to help her with some; vet visits, food, transportation for the pooch, and even with getting a more suitable fence for her yard. And, maybe best of all, working with them was an absolute delight. And now my mother’s home is that much fuller. : )

Lucinda C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Although I have admired The Animal Support Project’s (TASP’s) mission and respected their dedicated volunteers for many years, I only recently volunteered to foster when their co-founder, Mitch Valerien, died unexpectedly leaving seven senior dogs behind.

My experience with TASP has been truly wonderful. Not only do they continue to provide food, supplies, preventative medicines and cover veterinary costs, they helped make Sadie’s transition into my home as seamless as possible for her and my own dogs and cats. Melinda replaced my four foot gates with taller ones to ensure Sadie (who is a scent hound) could not clear them, and built a kennel in case it was necessary to separate any of them outside in the short or long-term. She was also available over the telephone and here in person to answer questions, provide guidance and oversee meets and greets, both on-leash and off. This ease of access, positive support and responsiveness increased all of our confidence quickly, and made for a very smooth transition that has been easy to maintain. These actions represent just a glimpse of the larger picture of services TASP routinely provides to help meet a wide range of personalized needs.

It is amazing how much this small, dedicated team of volunteers accomplishes both on their own, and through partnerships with other like-thinking people and groups/organizations. Award of The Top-Rated Non-Profit Badge would not only acknowledge and honor TASP’s good works, it would also help spread the word about this critical organization. In turn, that will ultimately bring about more success stories of families, once struggling, now able to keep and care for their beloved animals.

(I have attached pictures of the kennel and one of the gates so you can see examples of their work. l have also included pictures of Sadie when she recently passed the AKC Canine Good Citizen test, and Sadie with my boys, Shadow and Midnite. ❤️

Colleen Conroy M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

TASP is a wonderful organization! Their main focus is to help pet owners who are struggling to keep their pet because financial, sickness, disasters or other hardships have come into play. They assist with fostering or placement if needed. I have witnessed many rescues and have heard about hundreds of others this fine group of volunteers have done. I am also a proud owner of my best friend Clancy, saved from a kill shelter and brought to me to foster for a week..10 years later, he is still by my side.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Animal Support Project is one of the few that tries, and succeeds, to keep people and their pets together. Rather than requiring them to relinquish their animals before helping with medical care, they just help. They have helped me on several occasions with medical expenses for my pets, many of whom are seniors and require specialized care. They have helped their neighbors with fencing, foster care and other non medical emergencies. This non profit, all volunteer organization embodies the true meaning of helping. I will always be grateful for their help.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I first decided to begin volunteering, it wasn't hard to choose TASP to partner with. Working with TASP has allowed me to gain much knowledge of animals I am working with but also animal rescues as a whole. Melinda especially is always going out of her way to help just about anyone who reaches out to her. She puts her heart and soul in to the rescue to raise money to help people who need help caring for their animal, since they don't charge adoption fees everything is paid for through grants and fundraising.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Animal Support Project uses creative 'outside the box' solutions to help owners in crisis stay with their four legged family members. Pets love us unconditionally and when people are in crisis they need that love. TASP works to keep pets and owners in healthy, loving relationships.

Richard H.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am involved with a number of rescue groups and sometimes donate food to TASP. TASP is a unique organization among rescue groups. It is certainly the only one that I know in the Capital Region of NY State that has a mission to keep families and their pets together, supporting families through hard times. I have seen TASP supply pet food to many community food banks in a way that benefits those unable to buy food for their pets. In one specific situation, TASP responded to my request for help with a paraplegic military veteran and supplied food and flea and tick medication. In another case, I asked that a volunteer of TASP travel a long distance to evaluate a dog that the rescue I volunteer with could not take. The dog was very ill and TASP supplied funds to the owner to help with palliative medical care. In the pet rescue community, TASP is acknowledged for its special mission and the role it plays for families in need.

Kim C.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I've seen this group on several occasions , and every time they were professional and went above and beyond in every instance . Hard working and truly dedicated people. Wish more were like them. :)

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've followed this organization for many years, and have always been impressed with the professionalism, and scale of the work they do. They truly make a difference for the animals, and those who love them. Highly recommend!

Review from Guidestar

Donor

Rating: 5

The professionalism and compassion this Group has for the animals they rescue is hard to put into words.

They travel near and FAR to help those who can't help themselves. Their mission often becomes a part of their friends and families lives too. They have most definitely touched mine without even trying....

Hard working, selfless people... Blessed to have them!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been working with tasp for many years In that time they"ve stayed with me through the death of my Wynona and also sammy davis Jr. who stayed with me to the end of his life
I went to many adoption clinics over the years and have gotten so much more then I ever gave
Now I don"t see Melinda that often because I can"t drive as far any more They are the BEST
Marie Tuosto

Volunteer

Rating: 5

TASP is a wonderful organization, seeking to fill a niche between pet owners and shelters. Unlike many rescue groups which are geared towards finding homes for unwanted, adoptable animals (a fine goal), TASP focuses on keeping pets with their families through times of economic, medical or social conflict. It does so by providing services and products, either at cost, or free, to those who cannot afford things like food or litter, or are unable to care for their pets for a period of time due to medical or other circumstances. Melinda, the president, is a pure powerhouse, who in addition to a full time job, fosters animals along with her own pets, does home visits to those seeking service, delivers supplies all over the Capital District, busies herself with revenue generating activities, such as bi-weekly photo clinics and multiple tag sales, to manning information booths and participating in charitable events, to supervising adoption clinics. TASP almost never turns down a client request and seeks innovative answers to complex situations. I strongly urge support of this organization as it operates on a shoestring and strives to do so much both for animals and people who love them.

Review from Guidestar

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Animal Support Project is a wonderful animal welfare association, unique in the sense that it not only rescues animals from perilous situations, but works with families who have pets and are in danger of losing them due to situations involving finance, divorce, moving, etc. In this way they try to treat the symptoms of animal homelessness before it becomes a reality. In addition to regular adoption clinics, manned by tireless volunteers, they also have a special component of their program involving pet portraits, where the public is invited to multiple locations around the Capital District, to bring their four footed family members to be photographed in front of one of a series of colorful backdrops. Although a small fee for the patrons, the funds collected go right back into the agency, and are used to help animals, and their families, in any number of troublesome and potentially tragic circumstances. TASP also forges partnerships with less than obvious partners, one of which is an RPI fraternity. I had the pleasure of accompanying TASP president Melinda, and several volunteers, to a get together at the "House" where Melinda, in a multimedia presentation, outlined the protocols and projects of the organization and specified opportunities for volunteer enhancement. It was state of the art yet very personal, and I'm sure inspired participation from any number of frat boys. I believe in the efforts of the TASP and they deserve all the support they can get to carry on there very important work.

Review from Guidestar

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Animal Support Project (TASP) has always been there when we have called for assistance. As a veterinary hospital we often have people who want to provide life saving care for their pets but just simply can't afford it. TASP has stepped in to assist these owners and their pets on many occasions. They also have answered the call for assistance from some of our clients regarding things such as transportation to veterinary care for those owners who no longer drive. This seems a simple thing, but when your pet is sick and you have no way of getting them to proper care this can be a very stressful situation for an owner.
TASP has been wonderful to work with and I highly commend them for the great job that they are doing!

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

I can't say how grateful my wife and I are to Melinda and T.A.S.P. We now have a wonderful Dog by the name of Sophie who needed a forever home. After losing our best friend Bojo due to his age and Renal Failure, Sophie came into our lives. She is such a beautiful and loving soul, and like Melinda said,"Probably smarter than a lot of humans you know"

It's hard to find another Dog like the one you loved and lost, but Sophie is like our dear old friend Bojo in a few ways. Her looks and some of her personality favors Bojo's. Sometimes I wonder if Bojo sent Sophie to us.
Sophie has found a forever home in our home and hearts. Thank you Melinda and T.A.S.P.!! Oh, and Bojo!!

Donor

Rating: 5

I have the privilege to live in the same small town that many of the volunteers live in. I have seen first-hand the work that they do for animals and their people not only locally but on a state-wide scale as well. They help those individuals who have very little keep their beloved pets in times of hardship or crisis. They are compassionate and totally dedicated to helping pets and their people.

They are all volunteers, from the president on down, that's what is so amazing about TASP; every dollar they receive in donations or grants goes to help animals. I like that my money goes to the animals, not to pay advertising fees or pay someone's salary. My money really makes a difference to the animals TASP helps.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am an Animal Control Officer with small town police department that requested help from The Animal Support Project for a large animal cruelty case involving equines last November (2013). This group showed up with equipment and volunteers with expertice in handling horses and worked with us for most of the day. They were professional, efficient and most helpful handling the animals and assisting in veterinary exams and loading and offloading seized horses on trailers. Afterwords and ongoing we are getting advice and assistance with grant request to recover some of what it cost our small police department. Great group to work with!

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 5

Well how do I start, my brother went through a divorce and could not afford to care of his dog, so I took him in with my other 3 dogs and my brother, a few weeks latter his dog got sick and we found out that he had diabetes and needed insulin and a lot of medical care, we could not afford the cost of his care. His name is Hercules and is 6 years old. A loving little guy so good with everyone, he did not ask for his life and this diabetes. My brother and I did not know where to turn, we heard about The Animal Support Project and contacted them. Melinda was our angel and came to our rescue. Hercules was very sick when we brought him to her, she kept us informed of his health and how he was doing. He needed insulin everyday and got better, but became blind due his illness, but still doing well. Melinda worked very hard to find him a new home, so hard to find a home that will take in a dog with diabetes and blind, but she found one In Rhode Island, a wonderful family who now loves Hercules so much. This project payed for the cost of his insulin and vet bills 100% to get him where he is today, without this project, Hercules would have died. What a wonderful organization saving the lives of animals. They are truly my angel. Thank You from the bottom of my heart. Carol Nazir