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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animal-Related, Animals

Mission: Help Humane Society believes every animal deserves a chance, regardless of breed, handicaps, special needs or appearance. In fact, we tend to be drawn to the poor little victims that need help the most. The ones that wouldn''t have a chance at a kill shelter because they need some rehabilitation time before they are ready for adoption. Every animal that finds HELP gets any medical treatment or rehabilitation that they require, no matter what the cost. This can put a strain on the pocketbook, especially since we work strictly off donations. But, we wouldn''t have it any other way. Help Humane Society also spends a great deal of manpower, energy and resources on Feral Cat TNR. HELP has volunteers who specialize in this field, and work tirelessly every weekend, trapping and transporting the cats to and from the vet clinic where they are tested, vaccinated, spayed and released back into the neighborhood they know as home. This effort not only stops 10000''s of homeless kittens from being born on the streets but also maintains colonies and provides many advantages for the community where they are living.

Programs: HELP Humane purchased their own bldg in December 2012 after renting a facility for 7 years. This facility serves as a housing shelter for approx 150 homeless animals, mostly cats. The facility is as cageless as possible within the space restrictions. We have 8 rooms holding free roaming cats.We are heavily involved in Feral Cat TNR education and efforts, and provide the community with education, options and solutions to their homeless pet problems.

Community Stories

48 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Debbie141

Donor

Rating: 5

This is such a great rescue/shelter. They don't turn animals away because it may cost them too much in vet bills, they take on the hard cases. They work tirelessly to get the furry ones to a point they can be adopted and they never give up on any of them, no matter how long they may be there. The nicest thing if the cat can be, they are roaming around a room not in a cage. I always know my donations go straight to the care of these kitties. These folks have stuck it out through thick and thin to ensure the right thing is being done for those they care for. I really can't say enough but these folks are tireless, dedicated, honest, friendly and they love what they do. That is why I donate when I can to them,

Dan-Kara R.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The people at HELP humane society are so friendly and warm. I love feeling welcomed instead of like a burden like i have in other shelters. All of the animals seem at home and well cared for which is the most important thing.

Amy_180

Client Served

Rating: 5

HELP Humane is wonderful! Cyndi Dill and the rest of the crew do such a fantastic job with their cats (and dogs). I have contacted Cyndi in the past with cats I have found out about that have severe medical issues that had no place else to go and she took them with a smile! HELP provided as much vet care as was needed and has either found homes or they are long-time residents of the facility. This group is AMAZING with what they do and I will never forget the times they have helped me place cats I had no where else to go with. Love you guys!!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It is hard to know where to start with my review of HELP Humane; I have had many different roles! : -)
I first heard of HELP at a Feral Friends meeting in Kansas City; this meeting was focused on Trap/Neuter/Return, an issue I had quite recently studied and embraced. (I am still very active in TNR.)

I subsequently visited HELP to participate in a TNR project and fell in love with all the HELP cats. This led to a weekly volunteer night of scoop/water/feed, which made me even more familiar with the cats, to the point where I was convinced I had my own "fan club" in a particular room (nope; they loved everyone, which was even more awesome.) When the Shelter Buddy program started, I joined, and I also contributed to various HELP causes as I could (there were quite a few of these over the years; I would have to check my tax receipts; remember, everyone, that donations to HELP are tax deductible!)

One thing I would like for people to keep in mind--there are many wonderful reviews of HELP's treatment of their animals, with lots of references to how happy and safe the animals are. Well, it's true, they are! But please, everyone, keep in mind that if you adopt from HELP, you are still saving a life--any animal you adopt from HELP gives HELP a chance to save an animal who is not yet safe! HELP rescues animals who are in need, so if you adopt from HELP, you save a life, because you have now given a spot to another needy furbaby!

Susan334

Donor

Rating: 5

HELP Humane is a wonderful animal shelter! Cyndi Dill and staff are so caring and concerned about the animals in their care. It is a tremendous free roam shelter where every furry is happy and loved.
Our family first became involved with HELP when our daughter was home from college one summer and started doing some volunteer work for them. Lauren volunteered with them for many years until she moved out of state but is still committed and sponsors a cat every year. They deserve any support people can give them--this is truly an incredible shelter!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our whole family started volunteering at Help about 7 years ago. I always feared going to an "animal Shelter" for fear the animals would be kept in cages and might not be adopted but put down. Help Humane in Belton, MO is completely different most of the cats are free roaming. New arrivals are kept in a large cage until they get use to their new home and then they are free to roam. Animals are not put down because no one wants them. If for some reason they are not adopted they have a home forever at Help with a large family to love and take care of their every need. Special needs animals are cared for and loved and find homes. We foster two special need boys and wouldn't trade them for anything. If you need a new family member check out Helps cats and dogs. If you just want a place to come and let tension leave you come and love on the furries. We survive on donations and would welcome donations of money, food, litter, etc. Remember one person can make a different.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Three years ago I walked into Help Humane to drop off something to a friend and fell in love. Since that time my husband, son and myself are regular visitors. Trying to get by for a couple of hours each week just loving and patting the cats. Helping where needed. I have a soft heart and was afraid I would want to take every cat home. But these cats are mostly free roaming you sit down on the sofa or chair and you have four or five cats on your lap, on your shoulder and wanting nothing more than to love you and be loved. This is a no kill shelter. It isn't like you will come the next week and the cats are gone because their time ran out. They are there for as long as they need a place to live as they wait for their forever home. I saw them take in cats and dogs that were to be put down at other shelters and then turn around and find these beatiful animals forever homes. When they already had many kittens and took 43 more from a shelter that was putting all their kittens down due to lack of space. Help made the space and found foster homes. Kitten after kitten was adopted that would hae been destroyed if not for Help. My husband works a high stress job but loves to go and as he puts it "de-stresses" from all the love he gets. Wishing there were more shelters like Help, In fact my first grandcat came from Help. When my son got his first home the first thing he did was adopt one of the cats. Help is now looking for "help" as donations are down. Shelter Buddies are being sought for $10 a month you can help them ontinue this wonderful loving work.

Susan333

Client Served

Rating: 5

About 1 1/2 years ago, my daughter and I wanted to adopt a kitten, our senior cat had passed away a few months before. We found Help Humane online and the stories posted with their cats really drew us in!! We went in person and we both fell in love with 2 different senior cats.(Never even looked at the kittens lol) We couldn't pick just one so we adopted them both. Two-Bits and Butterfly. They have brought so much light and joy to our home I could not imagine life without them!! I highly recommend Help Humane for your next pet, they are awesome!! The animals are treated like family there. We always donate money whenever possible to help support this wonderful place!!

Susan332

Donor

Rating: 5

After I had to euthanize my kitty Stanley, in 2010, I decided I would adopt again. I don't remember how I found Help Humane but I'm glad I did. I found the people in this organization really care about animals and go above and beyond to save as many as they can. This is especially gratifying to me since we 'kill' so many animals every year. I am a regular donor to Help Humane and I'm happy to do it.

Pat_50

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

HELP was sending out roots in the community more than 20 years ago, when "rescue" was a new concept and they were a nucleus of concerned citizens. Back then, in Cass County, MO, if you called to report an animal at large, you were advised to shoot it if it was bothering you. Instead, once their own homes were filled, these people would network to find other like-minded, caring souls to bring helpless, frightened, often abandoned animals into their homes and hearts. It is gratifying to see how this organization has matured into the still wonderful, cageless, loving, caring space it has become, with the respect, and more importantly, financial backing, from people who appreciate the fantastic job that they do. Keep up the good work, putting animals and their safety at the forefront of your priorities.

UKMumof3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A wonderful free-roaming, No-Kill shelter full of love and caring. The staff and volunteers are friendly, knowledgeable about cats and clearly love each and every one of the cats in their care. It is a lovely place to visit and just hang out on a couch in one of the rooms for a little cat cuddle therapy time! Highly recommend you visit if ever in the area.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

HELP is truly an amazing no-kill shelter run by the most hardworking, loving and dedicated people I have ever met. I foster kittens for them when they are too young/sick to safely be in a shelter environment and it has been a wonderful experience. There is nothing better than hearing the news that one of 'our' foster kittens has been adopted into their furever home and knowing that without HELP this probably wouldn't have been possible. HELP does amazing work in our community with their TNR program to help reduce the feral cat population, but sadly, I bet most of the local residents don't even know. They are unsung heroes who genuinely care about each and every animal they take in and have created the most wonderful free-roaming shelter. I used to dread the idea of going into an animal shelter because I knew it would break my heart, but HELP is truly a wonderfully happy & peaceful place to visit after a long stressful day and just hang out with the cats for a while.

Erica45

Client Served

Rating: 5

Words cannot express how much I love HELP Humane in Belton! My husband and I have adopted five cats from Help over the past few years. They have brought so much joy into our lives. The kind people at Help care about these animals so much. They take great care of them, they educate other people and they give these animals a second chance at life. While some shelters would put down sick animals, Help provides the care to rehabilitate these animals and help them get better. I hope that Help is around for a very long time so they can continue doing the great work that they do!

Robin116

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted Rosa from HELP and were so pleased with how thorough they were in making sure she was a right fit for our family. She is beautiful and was well cared for. They have had several events that we were lucky enough to participate in to benefit the animals in their care. They advocate and educate.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I cannot speak highly enough of HELP Humane, I have never seen the love, compassion and caring that these animals are given in a shelter elsewhere. No matter how poor a condition or health issues,
this organization is willing and does go all out to provide the care that each case requires. I first became aware of HELP Humane several years ago after a traumatic loss of several pets due to a total loss house fire and have watched it grow from fosters in peoples homes to the homey atmosphere it has today. I have adopted several animals from HELP , volunteered for some time, and fostered numerous cats and dogs as well. It is a truly NO-Kill shelter and survives solely on donations and the support and dedication of volunteers. It is truly worth you time to make a visit.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have had many occasions to visit HELP in the last few years, 2 of my adopted fur children have ciome from there as well. The shelter is exceedingly clean, friendly, and inviting. I would encourage anyone who can open their heart and home to a cat or dog to please go there. I know there will be one who you cannot walk out without!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I found HELP Humane back in 2007, I believe. I was killing time before a sports game at the school I taught, and wandered in. I only stayed for a little bit, but was enthralled with all the free-roaming cats! For some reason, I didn't go back until December 2011. A lot had changed in my life. I was no longer teaching and was very stressed at my job at the time. I came in and explored the entire shelter. I was amazed at all I saw. I loved the set-up and learned about each room in the shelter. I learned the philosophy behind what HELP did. I felt great leaving and being able to return since it was a TRUE NO-KILL shelter. I didn't have to worry that one of the cats might not be there the next time I visited. If they weren't there, it was because they got adopted.
I started visiting at least once a week, if not more. I realized how calm this place made me. I would lose hours there, which is a good thing for me. Almost three years later, I am still visiting once a week or more if I can. This place is my stress release, my therapy. I volunteer my time, I used to do the orientations for new volunteers until my job schedule changed recently. I look forward to going to HELP Humane. I just wish we were able to help all the homeless animals. I thank God that HELP is able to do what they can for the ones they do get. I love the compassion of all those involved at HELP. I've met many new people/friends through HELP. This place has been a life changer for me in the most positive of ways.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started fostering dogs and cats a few years ago. In that time, I have had a dozen puppies/dogs and more than fifty kittens/cats from six different organizations. Although all do a great job, HELP Humane is definitely at the top of the list. The facility, staff and volunteers are completely devoted to each and every meowing and woofing resident.

Judy69

Donor

Rating: 5

I donated supplies and funds for medical care to HELP. I was directed to the site by a friend's experience. After reading about Help when I had an opportunity to give, I did. At that time I was able to tour their facility. It's truly a home atmosphere. The animals are well loved. They are not stressed because they feel safe & cared for. The volunteers activlely seek out new homes for their charges but to those who cannot be adopted for health issues they are still welcomed. HELP feels like a big, loving, remarkable family!

Jess20

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first became involved with HELP when I adopted my first cat from them. I loved the passion and enthusiasm they showed for the animals in their care. After that, I decided to start volunteering. I absolutely love helping this organization! They are unlike any organization I have ever been involved with. They are so passionate about what they do and the animals they care for. Each animal is treated with so much love and compassion! They treat each animal like their own pet and in doing so, they learn their personalities. This allows them to truly help adopters pick out the best pet for their family!

Gina45

Client Served

Rating: 5

I used to have two perfect cats. The first cat I got when I was in 2nd grade, and the 2nd cat when I was in 5th grade. They grew up with me, and remained the loves of my life all through my teen years and half way into my twenties. When they passed on, each at their own time, I was devastated, and I couldn't imagine ever having another cat again. I couldn't replace my little girls. Life continued, I fell in love, moved to Kansas, got married, and as time continued to pass I started wishing we had a little four legged friend around our home to keep us on our toes, but I just wasn't sure. I figured I'd look, just in case I find a cat that stands out from the others, a cat that I just had to have. I couldn't handle visiting a typical shelter with rows and rows of caged homeless pets that looked so unhappy. Seeing all those sad animals stuck in cages with no homes would break my heart too much. While looking on Petfinder for a possible contender to add some cuteness to our home, I came upon some cats from Help Humane Society, so I checked out their website and learned that they were not the typical animal shelter. The animals roam free, and all of the volunteers work around the clock to play and spend lots of time with them, making this shelter a very fun and happy place for the animals. Visitors are allowed to roam around the shelter and spend as much time there as they like, and multiple visits to insure the right pet for them is considered is encouraged. During my first visit to the shelter I was not only greeted by two very nice ladies who could tell you anything you wanted to know about each animal in their care, but I was also greeted by a couple of their very friendly and outgoing feline tenants. I liked that I was able to spend as much time as I needed on my own looking around the shelter, and I met some very friendly tenants who were very content there, making my decision not to take them home with me feel less terrible. I decided a second visit would be best, and it was during my second visit that my new family member caught my eye. The ladies of the shelter told me what they could about this particular cat, and still not wanting to rush into any decision I decided to sleep on it and make a third visit later. By the third visit I decided I couldn't stand to let this cat go to someone else. My three visits to this very happy place is the reason I now have the most sweetest little cat who never fails to surprise me with how smart she is. The Help Humane Society took her in when she was a stray kitten, and made sure she was healthy, well taken care of and safe until someone came along and fell in love with her. I am so grateful for a shelter like Help Humane where the animals are loved like family, and not treated like stray animals. It is a very happy and friendly place to find your next family member.

Jasmine8

Client Served

Rating: 5

When i discovered Help of Raymore I found them online. I went in to visit a particular cat Angelo. His picture caught my eye and i just had to meet him. When we walked in the door we were greeted by two very friendly and patient women who told me all about him and his history. I was able to view the whole cat section of the HELP home and i just loved all the kitties. Their were old, young, friendly and not so friendly cats but most of all i loved the set up of the different rooms we could walk through and look at all the cats just hanging out. They seemed well cared for. Angelo was a timid boy and one of the women helped me get him into the carrier and even clipped his claws for me prior to us leaving. A great, friendly staff! They really do care about their pets! As angelo and i were leaving one of the ladies he was close to was close to tears! The compassion these people have is amazing! I feel so blessed to have found Angelo he is the best cat i have ever owned. He is cuddly, personable and playful. My advice? Go adopt a cat today! They change your life! I wouldn't have changed a thing about my adoption experience.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We had lost our two cats within a year of each other, one lived to be very old but the other was younger and we were not expecting that to happen. We waited a couple of years and then we decided we had to have another one, actually our kids begged us to get another one. It was time to go to the dreaded shelters. I love shelters for the thought that they help animals but HATE going into them, all those fury babies with no homes, living in cages, and then sent off to die if no one takes them. When I walked into HELP Humane, it was just a whole new experience. The cats are free roaming, some are in cages as they adjust but most are roaming around in different rooms. It is like a big home for cats/kittens (and they also have dogs too, just not as much space for those babies so not as many) and not a depressing place to go. The people who take care of those babies have so much love for them. We did find our fury baby there a couple of years ago. When I went to pick her up, she was being snuggled by her volunteer and her volunteer was crying as she was happy she had a home but sad to see her leave. That is the love they have for those sweet babies. I knew I would be back, no question. We have been back, over and over, to visit and have become shelter buddies. My kids even save money, on their own, to give to them. They love going there and we are always checking on who got a new home, and the kids know most of their names. They always ask, were any of them adopted and who was it. They get big smiles when they get a home. We walked in to the shelter to get a cat/kitten, we walked out with so much more. Please get your baby from this shelter, volunteer or donate. It will change your lives more than it will change theirs.