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Animal Support Project Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Crisis intervention and proactive care for owned pets in crisis.

Results: Since officially founded in 2008, The Animal Support Project (TASP) has kept thousands of companion animals safe, healthy and loved in their own homes instead of relinquished to shelters or euthanasia. TASP problem solves "outside the box," bridging gaps in finance, training, logistics and education to deliver enduring solutions to conditions that endanger pets in their homes. Our all-volunteer, all-species servcie organization is building a more humane, more animal-savvy community, one pet at a time.

Target demographics: proactively keep pets out of shelters

Direct beneficiaries per year: 345 pets

Geographic areas served: the Capital District of NY

Programs: veterinary services, food, preventives, training, transportation, grooming, fostering and rehoming if necessary for owned companion animals in crisis.

Community Stories

70 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Jan M.5

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a retired proud owner of two cats, domestic short hair males, Edgar and Cramer.
The Animal Support Project sponsored both surgeries to be neutered and receive their shots.
Without the love , support and commitment from Melinda at TASP, I would never have been able to care for them, living on a fixed income. Melinda is always working hard to find resources to help animals who desperately need help, to help struggling people like me who is retired, keep two cats happy and healthy. I urge everyone to support The Animal Support Project to help Melinda and all the volunteers in helping all the animals in our Capitol District.
Jan McDonough
Schenectady NY

Eleanor L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Animal Support Project is an amazing group of volunteers that provide a vital and unique service to assist families and pets to remain together in a safe and healthy environment. I met my 10yr.old puppy BEN through a wonderful TASP volunteer, Lucinda. She would go to a kennel and walk a dog for TASP and noticed BEN was always there, thinking he was just being boarded. She asked about him and found out he was taken in as a rescue when he was about a year old and just fell through the cracks as he spent most of his adult life in that kennel. Lucinda and TASP decided to take him into their program to ensure he received the health and care he should have been getting. We started to meet with Ben and he stole my heart.
We are both learning and enjoying our new life together. He is so curious and has grown strong as we go for regular walks. He loves to explore and do what dogs do. The Animal Support Project provides numerous supportive services that are not usually offered. They offer hope, love and support to all.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

TASP is a terrific organization! I was proud to volunteer for them for their fundraiser, and also their lead volunteer gave me great advice to help me reduce my cat’s stress. These caring, devoted people do all they can to keep animals in their homes and out of shelters.

Amanda M.21

Client Served

Rating: 5

Love this ❤️ So helpful ❤️ There when you need them ❤️ Every volunteer does there best to get you anything they can to help you with your pets ❤️

Colleen Conroy M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Amazing group of people. Even during covid, when their main source of donations (photo Clinics) has been cut off, they are still finding means to help those in need. They help anyone who needs it, but the best thing about this not for profit in my opinion..is they help the elderly keep their best friend! Just imagine a senior citizen who can’t afford medication, grooming or food for perhaps their only companion...The Animal Support Project helps them retain that much needed relationship..God Bless them!

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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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Happy to be able to help out even a little for such a good cause!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

These folks are amazing, I’ve seen them help so many people and heard about even more. They really do everything within their power to help those who need some assistance keep their pets happy and healthy.

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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. : )

Jim B.13

Client Served

Rating: 5

These folks are truly caring, thorough and efficient in every way. They made sure that these two beautiful and precious kittens were socialized and cared for until their perfect Forever Home came along. Now living happily ever after, thanks to the wonderful people that are The Animal Support Project! ❤

Client Served

Rating: 5

When my family was down and out and couldn't afford to pay for our puppies broken leg melinda and the animal support project helped us so we could get our pup all fixed up. We are forever grateful and fully recommend the animal support project to everybody. A great organization full of great people!!

Lucinda C.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with The Animal Support Project (TASP) for over three years. I believe strongly in their honorable mission of working directly with owners to keep animals living with the families that love them. TASP’s assistance reduces the number of animals surrendered and/or euthanized for an owner’s lack of funds during a tough time. In extreme cases, pets enter the TASP foster/adopt program where they live out their lives in safety, comfort and love. In 2019, TASP assisted 415 cats, dogs, ferrets & snakes. Out of the 159 dogs,130 stayed home; of the 249 cats, 235 stayed home. It has been very rewarding helping families care for their beloved family member. A few examples follow.

TASP’s short-term foster program helps owners bridge a gap in time until they can care for their pet again. In Spring, a college student was in need of assistance until the semester ended because his roommate was severely allergic. He had tried several other local organizations, but was told they did not have such a program, or he would have to surrender his pet. Although he only had this cat for a few weeks, this determined young man persevered until he was finally referred to us, and we welcomed his adorable 3 month old male cat, Jet. By the time little Jet arrived, this responsible young man had ensured he was up to date on shots, dewormed and litter trained. He also brought his own carrier, food, toys and treats, was well versed on his habits, temperament and routine, and visited him when he could to maintain their bond. It was quite enjoyable to have the opportunity to provide the happy ending this pair deserved, and it was a pleasure, and still brings a smile, to see the special spot reserved for Jet in the typical cramped college student’s car for their long car ride home together.

In support of our foster-to-adopt program, I accept surrendered pets into our program, and foster them for varying times or transport them to another foster’s home. I also spend time walking, exercising and socializing dogs in boarding awaiting a foster. This year while doing so, I also met a German shepherd that had been waiting in boarding for a very long time. Such a handsome charmer, he touched his new mom’s heart when she heard his story and she started meeting us when i would pick him up to go out and about, walking and trying new things. It was such a pleasure watching them bond during the period of time he was being properly vetted by TASP. After waiting 10 years, Mr. Ben went home, sweet, home, and is very loved and treasured.

In addition to providing care to owned animals whenever possible, TASP also fosters dogs surrendered when the owners are overwhelmed by life changes and can’t logistically manage care for their pet. In January a senior male beagle, Darryl, joined TASP when he was signed over to a local animal hospital by an elderly widow who couldn’t care for him anymore and didn’t have any family to help her. Poor guy was Lyme, Ehrlichia and Leptospirosis positive. He also had a bad UTI so the plan was to wait until he was feeling well enough for neutering prior to adoption. Unfortunately that day never came because he was diagnosed with Stage 2/3 kidney disease. After visiting him a few times for walks and socialization, and since he had already touched my heart with his joie de viv (regardless of his situation), he became my hospice foster. This sweet, social beagle, with the cutest little hop, fit in quickly with my crew of senior hound mixes. When not glued to my side, he joined them on their reconnaissance perimeter scent checks and eagerly helped them on surveillance, defending the household from any possible perceived threat at the front bay window. He had up and down days but was always very joyful and lovable, and he deserved every extra snuggle and appreciated every walk we fit in. In fact, even at his last vet visit in August, when his blood tests showed there was no longer any hope of keeping him comfortable, he was still slowly wagging his happy tail.

And then we have unique pets that require a particular combination of housing and owner skill sets that cause them to remain in foster care for an extended length of time. We provide love, encouragement and security while helping them become their best selves, taking whatever time it takes to learn their individual personalities and enhance their hidden potential. One such story involved three large dogs – The Mountaineers, Sonny Boy, Junebug and Maude. Their owner was a previous TASP client, the guy in a very rural neighborhood that everyone brought animals to when they could no longer care for them. As with many well-intentioned pet-loving people, life happened, and a series of losses reluctantly forced him into the position where he needed help without judgment. Over the years of helping him care for both his own and stray animals, trust and friendship grew and a bond was created. This gentleman truly loved these animals and they truly loved and trusted him. We are proud to say that when he passed away his year, he knew TASP would keep its word and be there to care for his three remaining super senior dogs. So one evening, after being coaxed out with treats and canned food, they went directly into a foster area prepared just for them. They had been in mourning, but started enjoying supervising daily activities from a distance right away. Sonny Boy was the first to eat hand-fed treats and was a sucker for ear massages (and had a not-so-secret crush on his foster.) The girls were a lot less trusting of humans but not a bit mean or aggressive. They were soon groomed and vetted. Sadly, Sonny Boy had a malignant tumor but you would never have known it from his perpetual smile and wonderful temperament. He had a grand time in his new digs until he passed just a little while ago. After another shorter time adjusting to life without their main man, Junebug and Maude continue to thrive, are healthy and good natured and pretty darn close to being adoptable to the right understanding family.

These stories represent just a small percentage of the work TASP has performed this year, but they are reflective of commitment to our mission and illustrate how a void in the animal rescue world is filled.








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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am very proud to be a volunteer with The Animal Support Project (TASP). Unlike the vast majority of other nonprofit animal organizations, adoptions are neither the primary focus nor an expected revenue source. Rather, TASP performs crisis intervention directly with owners to keep animals living with the families that love them. In extreme cases where no other solution is possible and space is available, they will foster and re-home animals. They are this region’s ONLY all-volunteer, all-species companion animal safety net, and their actions reduce the numbers of animals surrendered and/or euthanized for an owner’s lack of funds during a tough time.

A few examples, out of the many performed this year, follow.

Two weekend days were set aside for the first time this year to hand out free Seresto dog and cat collars to low-income families. Several recipients also received coupons for free vaccinations/spay/neuter, and when necessary transportation for the procedure was also provided. Although there was no charge, several people donated whatever they could, and one woman even walked miles with her and her mother’s cats in the sweltering heat to ensure their beloved cats received their collars. (A volunteer drove them back home.)

Two of the successful dog adoptions this year began with calls concerning a young pitbull abandoned at a private boarding facility and a blind senior miniature pinscher who had been surrendered to a local shelter three times. These wonderful dogs deserved so much better and received love, stability, training and confidence during their stay in the TASP program. Happily after a thorough application, reference and home visit process (but no adoption fee), both are now living a happy, secure life with families that adore them.

One crisis that was averted this year concerned a desperate owner with a young chihuahua mother. The mama was not well enough to satisfy her newborn nursing pups and had stopped eating herself. It was unlikely they could survive much longer. The mother and three puppies were all rushed to a TASP vet before being closely monitored and nursed back to health in foster care. The mama will soon be returned to the family that loves her after she is spayed. Her owners will also receive some training and education, supplies and tools to make her return a success. The puppies will remain with TASP until they are vetted and adopted.

While, these examples represent just a small percentage of what TASP has accomplished this year, they demonstrate how TASP stays true to its mission, and by doing so, continues to earn the respect they so rightfully deserve.

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1 Lola M.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

A wonderful organization. They helped me from soup to nuts to adopt my Coco. I’m handicapped and everyone went above and beyond to make sure I had a loving companion. Coco and I highly recommend this organization and extend our thanks and appreciation.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I found TASP through serendipity while searching for a senior cat on Petfinders.com. These folks are dedicated volunteers. They have a very detailed adoption process, which is focused on the animal's needs as well the adopter's lifestyle. Everyone they contacted as references reported to me how much they loved talking to them and the good feeling they got about the organization. Ollie came for a visit on Aug 9th and promptly hid in the closet (he's a big guy and can open the bi-fold independently). Within a week he started hanging out on the window seat and usurping my side of the bed! I believe his transition was made easier by the loving attention he received when he was rescued. I will forever be grateful to and supportive of this outstanding organization.

1 Kristin E.3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

When we found a severely injured, stray cat in our backyard, we had no clue what to do or where to turn. Having two cats of our own, we couldn't bring the poor little one inside. After calling around, we connected with Melinda from the Animal Support Project who immediately came to our home that evening to administer first-aid. It was clear we needed to get the cat to a vet, so they proceeded to help us get connected to a vet for the very next day, they covered the costs of the vet appointment, and ultimately ended up finding him an incredible forever home! She texted me through the whole process and kept us level headed as we navigated the situation. Outstanding support and a true animal lover! I was a 'General Member of the Public,' but our experience has made me and my boyfriend join TASP as volunteers!

1 Richard H.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

TASP is unique because it strives to support people in need so they can keep their pets. I have watched how much they care as they help people. I have donated food to the organization and know that it goes to those who are in need.

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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.

1 Fran M.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

First heard of this group years ago when I began transporting rescue dogs from down south. Unlike many other rescues, they were more hands-on, meaning fully involved even after the animal was adopted. Recently after the death of our own little doggy angel, we were asked to foster a little Yorkie who had outlived all available housing options. She came with baggage and issues and TASP was always there for us, no matter what. At this point, the little Yorkie is in the process of being adopted and we are the lucky adopters and I know TASP will still be there for us if we need them. Great group, great volunteers and I highly recommend them.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Animal support project goes above and beyond for people and their pets. Unlike any other rescue... tasp helps to keep families and their pets together, offering help with food..and providing service to help keep pet in their own homes with their families. Their love and dedication is endless and inspiring. Thank God for the work they do

Lisa Long K.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my big beautiful Jag from The Animal Support Project. He was a handful and they went above and beyond to find the right family to understand him and embrace is inner spirit! Luckily it was us they picked to be his fur-ever family. Forever grateful to them!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

TASP is unlike any other rescue group I have ever seen, with a real focus on helping people keep their animals in their own homes. Sometimes something as simple as a new fence or temporary fostering can make all the difference in a family's situation, and I think this shift in mindset is incredibly positive for the community.

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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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love the philosophy of this non-profit: "Helping People to help their Pets" This group provides education and financial support to humans and their pets. We adopted a little Chi Joaquin who we love dearly from TASP- he's now 19 yrs old. I'v also enjoyed volunteering to help organize runners for the Mohawk Hudson Marathon for TASP.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

TASP is a great advocate for the animals, I had a stray cross eyed female cat that showed up at my doorstep...once I realized...she was dropped off and nobody came to claim her. I contacted TASP...we talked it over and they were willing to help get her shots and spayed if I kept her. Yes she, Clariese became a member of our family.

1 vball315

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We volunteer with The Animal Support Project because we are able to help provide assistance not only to the animals, but to their owners who may be going through a tough time. Animals who may otherwise be passed up in a traditional shelter are brought in with open arms to The Animal Support Project and are often able to be placed into their forever homes.

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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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I hadn't planned on getting another dog, but then through a volunteer at the Animal Support Project I heard about Max. Max's previous owner was so ill, she couldn't care for him. Well, Max is a small little elderly poodle with a mega-personality. His eyesight is dimming and body is showing sign of arthritis. I have to come to love this little guy so much. The Animal Support Project helped a woman who had severe health issues and they helped me when they brought Max into my life. They bring love and compassion to the animals but they also touch so many lives in their good work.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have a senior chihuahua who desperately needs dental work. He also has a grade 4 heart murmur so going under anesthesia was under question. I needed to get him a sonogram of his heart to make sure he was a candidate for the dental surgery. His quality of life means the world to me. But my finances simply wouldn’t allow me this necessary cardiac workup and surgery. I contacted The Animal Support Project not knowing what they could or could not do for me. Well they surpassed my expectations. Melinda was kind and very well understanding of exactly what my dog needed. And they were able to help me. They are definitely angels. I’m so grateful. Thank you!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The pic w the 3 little pups was our girl, when we got her and her brother she was pregnant and gave birth to 5 but lost 2 and mama stopped eating and so i reached out and got her help immediately these people are wonderful they DESERVE every good review and donation that they get they also got her and her brother flea control and worm meds she is doing great and were so happy to have her home ty so much to everyone for the help, sandy n babies would have died if not for them

1 Erin97

Volunteer

Rating: 5

So proud to be a small part of this group of giving, tireless people. Everyone involved selflessly gives their talents, time, and love to help animals and to help each other.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank You so much for treating and caring for Harley & Stella. I do not have a lot of income and it’s great to know their are places and people like you in the community. The care you provided for my cat and kitten was top-notch and I will highly recommend you to everyone I know. Thanks again, T. Slater

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

TASP steps in to help out at a crucial time when pet owners are faced with otherwise having to surrender their pets to a shelter because of unforeseen circumstances. Pets are family members, and keeping that family unit intact is a huge need especially during hard times.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization help pet owner both keep their pets and pay for much needed medical and other services which most others require to surrender their beloved pets before they are helped. This is both compassionate and plain common sense.

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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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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

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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!!

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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"

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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.

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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I came upon "The animal support project" with the help of a 14 year old stray Basset hound who was lost and in pretty poor condition. I was trying to find out how to help this poor old guy find his owners. I called a lot of the local animal welfare people and they did not offer me any advise except take him to the pound. I remembered this organization from their Tag sale. I called and Melinda first thing she said was can you bring him here or shall I come there? She said she would help direct me in finding his family. Not only did she do this but she gave me meds and food for him. I took him home and nursed him back to health and fallowed her advise on how to find his family. Two weeks later Buster the Basset was back in the arms of his loving family. He had gotten scared when the neighbors had fireworks on the fourth of July and took off. He had been on the road all alone and hungry for about 3 weeks. Since then I have been paying it forward as much as possible and volunteering for them. They are a GREAT ORGANIZATION and a fantastic group of people.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I stumbled upon this organization when looking for someone to help me with a stray basset hound with medical issues that i found on a busy highway. I had tried a lot of other organizations and no one would help me. I wanted to find who he belonged too and to help him get home. When i called the ANIMAL SUPPORT PROJECT i was told we will help you can you bring him here or shall we come there ." I was floored." i took him over and they not only helped me by telling me what to do to find his owner but they helped me with his medical issues, giving me worm meds and flea meds, and things like food etc...Thanks to them Buster the basset is now home with his family, and in great shape for being on the road for 3 weeks at 14 years of age...I was so impressed by the overall expertise of these people i now foster dogs for them and would do anything i could to help this wonderful group of "People and Animal friendly "RESCUERS.....THANK YOU.....

Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm so happy to share my experience with The Animal Support Project!

Two years ago my vet asked me if I would consider fostering a dog that had a leg injury and whose owner was homeless. I took in Josie and she and my dog Zelda had a terrific time for eight months until her owner could take her back.

Last year I got involved helping homeless people and one of my discoveries was the difficulty and often tragic consequences to their pets. Pets can be a literal lifeline for people when their lives are falling apart. As someone who has personally gone through a few years of severe depression my own dog, Zelda, has literally kept me from giving up on my life.

Now I find myself facing my own potential homelessness and, almost incidentally, I just broke my leg and am now in a cast and walking on crutches! I am fortunate to have a place to move to for one month, but I cannot bring Zelda with me.

The Animal Support Project is doing everything they can to help me find Zelda a new home, or perhaps a foster home until I can back on track. I hope that soon I'll be able to report on our success, even though it will break my heart to lose Zelda.

When I get my life back together I hope I'll be able to help this organization by foster dogs for people in difficult circumstances.

Thanks Melinda and everyone else at The Animal Support Project

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Cindi2

Client Served

Rating: 5

EXCELLENT organization. Quick responses. Efficient, reliable, competent people responded to my questions and helped me find the perfect companion. I LOVE THEM!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Mitch and the animal suuport project helped me by fostering my 4 year old Terrier mix. She is a wonderful and can be quite anxious dog when left alone and we were no longer able to care for her. At times she was very lonely and did not have the interaction she needed. We were her 5th home in her 4 years and she desperately needs a "forever" home. She is so lovable and friendly. I was so confident when Mitch contacted me to take her in, the work that the animal support project does and what they stand for is so great! Even though I am very sad to give up "my poor" Nimaue it makes me feel very glad to know that she is getting the attention she needs and the company of other dogs to play with. Even the foster home is better than any home she has had so far. I really appreciate what the animal support project has done for us, Thank You!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The people who run The Animal Support Project are incredibly active in rescuing animals in need. I admire what they do--tirelessly finding ways to save animals from harm or neglect. Three years ago, the Animal Support Project helped us adopt our dog, Vesta. Melinda and Joanne emailed information about Vesta, answered all of my questions, brought Vesta to our house for a trial period and let us borrow a radio-operated invisible fence for months. Joanne offered to take care of Vesta if we ever got in a position where we didn't have coverage if we went out of town. Melinda told us to contact her if we had any issues in the future that might compromise our ability to care for Vesta. I am just so impressed with their graciousness, thoroughness and generosity, and am so relieved that this group is out there in the world, paying attention and taking action.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my wonderful dog Lilly through the Animal Support Project in June. I appreciate all the background checking that they did. They were even willing to make a ninety mile drive for a home visit. I knew how much they cared about the homes their animals would be going to, as well as the human to dog fit. Lilly is 4 yrs. old- just perfect for me. She is quiet, but loves to go on walks, play with her toys and especially to cuddle on my lap. I'm taking her to obedience classes, not because she needs them, but because it's a fun activity for us both. I would highly recommend the volunteers at T.A.S.P. if you're looking for a dog or cat to love.

Debra24

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been involved with animal rescue work for many years. he Animal Support Project has consistently helped individuals who are struggling financially and need and want to care for their pets but lack the necessary financial resources. Melinda has helped countless people to obtain essential medications and treatment for a wide variety of problems. She is also extremely knowledgeable and compassionate and spends countless hours advocating for animals, rescuing them and educating others about animal welfare issues. She and members of her organization have also been involved in long distance emergency rescue as well. I believe that she is very ethical and makes a difference in the lives of many animals and people. It is a pleasure to work with her and I really appreciate all the good work that she does.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We first found out about the Animal Support Project when we went to an adoption day sponsored by a local television station and a small lumber store chain. It was there we met Molly, our current dog. I was so impressed with the organization from what I heard from Melinda and even more so after we saw the care that went into checking out the potential homes for placing the animals. Molly is a mixed breed--we describe her as 60 pounds of pure snuggle--that has charmed everybody she met in the past two years since we were lucky enough to bring her home. She has no bad habits (we have had a lot of dogs, so this is something we have never seen before), loves parades, car rides, and just being around people. I guess she is best described by a comment from Melinda. I called her up a few months after we got Molly and asked her why our dog would not play with dog toys. Melinda responded "Silly--that's because you're her toy!". Thank you to the Project for our wonderful family member.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I rescued a beautiful Chihuahua that had many issues with separation anxiety. Barking all the time that I was out of the house,following me everywhere I went in the house. Chasing the cat etc. I received so much help from The Animal Support Project, reading material, books on dog behavior and a dog trainer came to the house to teach me how to work with the dogs barking. I also received many calls to see how we were doing. Everyone was wonderful. I now have a happy senior dog, as well as a happy senior citizen with a great new friend. Thanks to all their help

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My role is hard to define - clients of my non-profit employer have benefited from The Animal Support Project's help when what they needed was beyond my capabilities. I have also partnered with them through a non-profit that I volunteer with that shares a related mission. They are caring, efficient, professional, knowledgeable, warm and compassionate. They have provided not only the animal-related support that they are known for, but in one case, they actually went well above and beyond by helping one client pay back union dues so he could get back to work and support his pets and himself in the future. I am honored that TASP has agreed to collaborate with both my employer and my volunteer organization.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

"Animal support project has wonderful volunteers". I've witnessed them going out of their way to try and help a family . taking 13 hour rides with a dog to try to find the perfect home for him. And giving The dog a place to stay and the love and care he needs when the home did not work out .Getting called out late at night to rescue birds, snakes, tarantellas and rats. Without a second thought. I feel these volunteers go above and beyond for the animals, they totally believe in what they are doing, I thank you for all the pets and families you've helped. and all you will help.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have a poodle who is at least 10 years old. she was rescued from the pound where she was scheduled to be put down because of her issues and the fact that no one seemed to be interested in her. You see she is blind in one eye and dont see all that much out of the other.She also has a spinal injury which had rendered her incontinent.One of the volunteers from THE ANIMAL SUPPORT PROJECT. Saw this little sad poodle who no matter what her issues and how she felt still comes up to every person, stranger or not shyly wagging her tail as if to say are you the one? Can you help me? Well this time it worked, not only did they rescue her but they found the perfect foster home for her.They are giving her laser treatments for her spine and shes on meds for her incontinence.She hardly has a issue now.You see i am the foster mom of the remarkable little soul who is so grateful for the love and care she is getting.she has gained weight and is out of her depression..Just want to say THANK YOU! To ANIMAL SUPPORT PROJECT and the volunteer that decided not to walk away from this precious little girl who had such a bad life already. I love her.....

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

TASP is an amazing organization! I have volunteered at several of their adoption clinics and am always impressed with their dedication to each and every animal. Beyond that, TASP staff demonstrate again and again their willingness to assist owners in times of strife. They will help with vet care, procuring food or medical supplies for those in need, they post lost animal announcements on their web site, etc.
In their effort to match each animal with the appropriate home, TASP staff always take the time it takes! They recently had 2 Jack Russells who, for various reasons, were difficult to adopt out. However, TASP founder Melissa fostered these animals for several years, at her own personal expense, until the right homes were found! This is the hallmark of TASP - they are willing to help surrendered and abandoned animals, at their own personal expense, AND they will help owners in need; owners who may need a helping hand to keep their pets at home with them.
TASP is an amazing group and I'm proud to be able to help them when I can!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Animal Support Project not only rescued our beloved Gracie but entrusted her to us in the most loving and compassionate way...dealing with this organization has renewed our faith in the generosity of spirit of humankind. We could not have asked for a more positive experience or more dedicated volunteers. We are so grateful to them.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted Georgia 2 years ago from ASP Inc. and were very impressed with the love she was given while in their care, the amount of time the representative spent with us and the follow up contact. I often recommend this group to anyone who will listen! Their obvious concern for safe, healthy and happy homes are evident.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted a dog from TASP about two months ago and I cant say enough GOOD about the entire experience. After the application and home visit approval, our girl Sasha was delivered to our home. She was everything we had hoped for and more....Unfortunately, she had some special veterinary needs of which I was made fully aware of before the adoption. I was SO taken by surprise when the project offered to TOTALLY take care of the cost of getting her healthy again. They even drove us to Tufts vet clinic.....3 hours away......and paid for the visit. I cant thank them enough for their help. They truly care about whats best for the animals and bend over backwards to make successful placements each and every time.

With the help of their continuous fundraising efforts....

....their adoption fee??? ZERO, ZILCH, NADA....... The bottom line????....its all about helping people help animals. Three thumbs up for The Animal Support Project!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A member of the Animal Support Project was kind enough to help me with my new puppy even though I did not adopt one of their pets. She provided me with a crate (on loan) and connected me with plenty of information about raising a puppy. It was very kind and greatly appreciated. The Animal Support Project is truly dedicated to helping anyone and their pet in their time of need. Thank you!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 1

I would like to correct my previous review. After contacting my Vet, I found that she didn't give me a bad review and this project didn't ask me questions before assuming we were unfit. So I will stay with my wonderful vet and will now deal with other pet rescues.

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