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,
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.
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!!!
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!
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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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.
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.
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!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
I first went to HELP to donate items from my cat when she passed away in 2009. I could not believe the number of cats free roaming and playing with each other. I was also free to roam and look around. I could not believe every corner I turned was another room full of cats. What surprised me the most was the number of special needs cats that they had that would be well cared for and loved for the rest of their lives. This is truely a NO-kill shelter that wants nothing more then to show the animals that have already been thrown away by someone that they are special and they have nothing to fear or worry about any longer.
I love my volunteer time with all the animals at HELP and hope I help bring a little peace and joy to their lives.
I first came to Help Humane as a visitor and was so impressed that I an now volunteering there. The care given to animals is as near like a home as possible. They are a "no kill" shelter and give their animals the dignaty they deserve until they are adopted by a good family or pass. I have become attached to the animals and the wonderful staff and volunteers. I would suggest that anyone who can donate their time and money to this great place.
So many people say they could not volunteer at or even visit an animal shelter because it is so depressing. They have not visited HELP Humane in Belton Missouri. There is nothing depressing about our shelter. We do have some cats in cages, but these are either new kitties, or kitties that must be confined due to medical or behavior issues. We have some sad cases, but whatever chance they have for a life as normal as possible, they are given that chance at HELP including medical care. The employeees and volunteers love the animals here like they are our own. We are happy when one of our babies gets adopted, but sad at the same time because we miss them so. HELP is a strictly no kill shelter and operates solely on donations.
I have been a volunteer with HELP Humane for 3 years. HELP is a free roaming absolutely no kill shelter located in Belton Mo. This shelter takes animals that are hardship cases, such as FIV+ cats, FELV cats, any medical issue, no matter the severity. They receive medical care, and more importantly, the love and care of the staff and volunteers. Many get better, many don't, but we make sure that their time is quality time. The goal of the shelter is to find quality homes for these precious kitties and dogs. If they are not adopted, they will always have a home in the shelter.
I was looking for another companion cat for my other two, so I went on Petfinder.com. The shelter did not matter to me, only the cat's heath and personality. I was linked to HELP's website and was amazed at the beautiful pictures of each animal, the detailed description on their behavior and most important: the background or history. The knowledge of each animal plus they were a free roaming shelter made up my mind to adopt from them. I went with a special needs cat and have never regretted it. The staff have hearts of gold and compassion beyond belief. I have been a supporter (shelter buddy) ever since! I am also now educated about the TNR program and how important it is since it gives the best option for a cat to live.
I am so proud to be a part of this shelter! HELP takes on some very hard luck cases and turns their precious lives around. They have recently been able to purchase their own facility and reduced rent expanse so they can spend even more of their budget to care for the animals. This means more animals can be saved and live a comfortable life while waiting for their forever families to find them.
This is a shelter like no other I've ever seen. Almost 2 years ago, we decided it was time to add another dog to our family. I don't believe in buying from breeders or pet shops, so I knew a shelter animal was what we needed. I was so scared to go though - I'd seen pictures of traditional shelters and was afraid I'd want to bring all the animals home with me.
We found Sammie on Petfinder and went to meet him. HELP was nothing like I expected from a shelter! I was greeted at the door by friendly kitties before a person had a chance to say "hello". The place was not lined with cages of scared animals, the animals were walking around interacting with each other & people who came in. They were all so happy & cared for, it was really a nice surprise. I met Sammie, filled out an application, then brought my family to meet him. After we were approved to adopt, we brought our other dog to meet him and the people there had no problem with that. They didn't just want to send him out to a home, they wanted to make sure we were all a match. Sammie did come home with us and is a wonderful addition to our family.
Because I was so impressed with the whole experience, I now tell everyone looking for a pet that they need to go there and check it out. I cannot volunteer on a regular basis, but am a Shelter Buddy ($10 per month to help with animal care!) and donate time & goods whenever I can.
HELP is a unique kind of shelter that I wish all others could be like. They don't have a big budget but do a lot of good with every penny that they get.
I became aware of HELP Humane around 2008 and adopted our cat there shortly after. I never really looked forward to going to animal shelters and had actually only ever adopted one pet at a shelter before. My memories of that place are good people, good animals but sad environment, no hope other than an occasional animal getting lucky and making it out. The animals at HELP are happy, well cared for and actually loved as individuals by the staff and the volunteers. I am happy being there, it is a place of hope, a place where good is being done and where you can join in with others and achieve something you wouldn't be able to on your own. A place to talk with other people who share my interests. I should pay them to let me work there, it provides so much stress relief for me. If every animal shelter could be like HELP Humane.
I have known this organization for several years now. I have adopted from them, fostered for them, and had their help in spaying/neutering a feral feline mother and her kittens in my neighborhood. I am happy to say that they are a shelter who truly do care for the animals in their care. They take in animals no other shelter would and give them a chance to find a home or care for them and give them veterinary care for life. What a blessing they have been to our furry friends!
In 2003 I moved to an apartment complex that had a small feral cat colony that was rapidly increasing. A neighbor and I worked to trap, vet for spay/neuter/vaccinations, and release the cats back. In 2004, one of our girls got sick and I needed advice. I called and e-mailed multiple shelters and the only response I received was from HELP Humane. It did not matter that the cat was feral, and it did not matter they didn't know me, they answered all my questions, gave me ideas I had not thought about and knowledge I did not have before. I didn't know I was doing TNR, had never heard of that, but they explained to me why it works and why it is an integral part of any no-kill initiative by stopping birth of more homeless pets. HELP had been involved in TNR for many years at that time and still is.
I attended my first volunteer meeting in 2004. Since that time I have done whatever I can including trapping, transporting to clinics, foster home, shelter for ferals, volunteering at events. I have adopted and I am a proud Shelter Buddy.
HELP Humane is what other shelters should strive to be. Come visit and be amazed how the volunteers know all the cats by name on sight, no matter how much one may look like another, and can tell you their history, where they came from, how they have blossomed since arriving at HELP. At HELP all life is precious. There are no expiration dates.
I first heard about Help from a friend who lives in the area. I was so impressed by my friend's recommendation and the website materials that I have been a donor for several years. The shelter environment is a very positive one and I been able to recruit several other donors from my part of the country. I only wish that there was a similar group in Maryland.
When my mom and I had a house fire in 2009, one of the first people at our house to help with our cats was a volunteer with HELP. This volunteer, our very, and the director of HELP worked hands on with us and with another rescue group and with emergency responders to ensure that all cats were accounted for and received the care needed. From basic head rubs and reassurance to carrying around one that has special needs (obsessive compulsive disorder), each volunteer from HELP made a tremendous impact that day! HELP continues to impact the community on a day to day basis in everything they do! A better shelter could not exist! I am proud to call myself a volunteer at HELP Humane Society.
One hot July day I was at the kitchen window and say a momma cat and three babies. I could hardly believe my eyes so I went down the stairs to the patio door and sure enough there was a cat and three kittens. I filled a bowl with water to take to them but of course they ran away. I left the water and just watched from the basement door. It didn’t take momma long to crawl under the fence to get a drink and then she brought the babies so they could get a drink too. That was the beginning of my feral colony that still eats from my back yard. Of course I couldn’t get anywhere near momma or her babies so before too many months I had more babies and then even more babies followed that. I talked to anyone and everyone about all these babies but no one had any ideas as to how to stop the process until I was told to try HELP Humane. I talked to several other people that were familiar with the TNR program and then one day the director of HELP Humane called me and explained that I could trap these cats and take them to vets and have them spayed and or neutered. I had no idea that there was such a thing. So one lady came to my house and brought a few traps and gave me a crash course on how to set the traps and then in a few days another lady came to help me and we trapped nine cats all in the same day and within about a month to six weeks all my feral cats had been spayed and/or neutered. There were twenty cats in all that were eating from my back yard. Not all of them were babies from the original momma but some of her babies had babies of their own before I finally got the cycle stopped.
I now volunteer at the shelter where I now have adopted three cats that HELP Humane rescued. Now I foster baby kittens until they are old enough to live at the shelter and be adopted to their forever home.
Help of Raymore is the best little animal shelter in the midwest! It's often difficult to walk into some 'shelters' without feeling extreme sadness, but not so at Help. This is such a happy place to visit with a home like feel and free roaming kitties. Staff and volunteers alike are dedicated caregivers, providing excellent physical and emotional care. Help believes that all animals deserve a second chance for a quality life regardless of circumstances or disabilities. My calico cat Clarabelle wouldn't be alive today if not for the assistance of Help's open heart and open arms. Clarabelle was found on a city street paralyzed in the back end. She was taken to a local pound and was literally an hour away from being destroyed when a rescue angel spotted her and shared her story within our community. The good folks at Help immediately stepped up with sponsorship for this sweet little cat who had suffered an unknown trauma. Being a volunteer foster mom for Help (and a rehab nurse for people) I accepted Clarabelle into my home. She had no fractures and no other injuries or illnesses but her prognosis was uncertain. Over the course of two months I was blessed with the opportunity to watch over Clarabelle as her body healed and her spirits lifted. Today she walks and climbs and jumps, she plays and she loves. She's also found her forever home right here with me! Without the support of Help, Clarabelle would never have found her second chance. This lovely calico cat and I have together signed up as Shelters Buddies for Help, offering our monthly charitable donation as a sign of our ongoing faith and appreciation for all that they do for the homeless animals who need second chances.
I learned about Help online while searching for a kitten. It was a bit out of the way to go, but was well worth it. They're a roaming shelter and my boyfriend and I instantly knew we HAD to get a kitty from this shelter from how well the animals were treated. We picked up a little boy and haven't looked back, we're even looking into getting another from this shelter.
From the first moment I set foot in HELP, I knew that I was in a shelter unlike any other. Immaculately clean and cheerful, the animals seemed to be living a supervised freedom, taking turns peacefully enjoying life out of the confines of their cages. One got the feeling that the animals lucky enough to be rescued by HELP, did not feel imprisoned. By the end of my visit I realized that the answer was in the intensity of the love that undeniably permeated the facility. Three years have passed and through my involvement as donor, shelter buddy and sponsor my respect and gratitude have only grown for this organization who cares for EVERY animal as a member of the family. And this is a family that does not deny the best treatment possible to its old and sick. I have no doubt that there are other wonderful animal shelters with hardworking selfless individuals, but there could never be another shelter anywhere that could hold a candle to this amazing shelter nonpareil!
I learned about HELP from a dear friend who is a foster mom for HELP's kittens. We would stop in occasionally just to visit with the animals. But one day, about a year after losing our sweet Jack Russell, our visit turned into an adoption when we found an adorable Norwich terrier named Zorro. That was almost 3 years ago and since then we've also added Fiona, a 3-legged Min-Pin, and Aspen a big gray/white cat to our family. Our entire family now volunteers in some form and don't know what we'd do without HELP Humane. The people are wonderful, giving their time to rescue animals that otherwise would have NO hope. If they aren't there to rescue these precious babies, then who will???
I have adopted 3 cats from HELP Humane over the last 5 years and started volunteering there last fall. It is an unusual mostly free roaming shelter with couches and chairs for the cats and the visitors. Visitors are encouraged to interact with the cats and kittens so they are very well socialized. I have seen frightened cats who are new to the shelter become calm and friendly after a week or so due to the gentle care they receive. HELP also takes in animals who are special needs and have various medical problems unlike other shelters in this area. It is just a great organization.
Awesome experience with them. They truly do care about animals and saving their lives. I am a Shelter Buddy and feel very good about donating to them every month. Keep up the great work that you do.
As a dog owner and someone who grew up in a home where dogs were treated like human beings, my passion for animals being cared for and treated humanely is a priority.
The Humane Society of Greater KC has been a great resource to have. While I personally haven't had dealings, I know others who have & they've spoken highly of them.
Without a great organization like this, a lot of animals would not receive the care that they deserve.
Keep up the good work that you do for our metro area Humane Society!
HELP Humane is a very special rescue and one of the few truly no kill shelters in the country. HELP does its best to save as many animals as possible, and takes in animals whether they are healthy, sick, or have long-term ailments such as FIV, feline Leukemia, and other disorders. I had recently become a Shelter Buddy, pledging to donate $10/month to help this amazing organization keep it's doors open.
I am extremely picky about the organizations I support. HELP Humane is a TRUE no-kill shelter for abused/abandoned animals. They take in animals that no other shelter will and do what is necessary to give them another chance to find a furever, loving home. I have recently become a Shelter Buddy, as they need assistance to keep their doors open. It would truly be a shame to lose such a caring group of people that care so much for the animals whose lives they touch. Can you find it in your heart to be a Shelter Buddy? www.shelterbuddies.org
I was involved with other pet rescues and shelters in the past, and when I moved to Lawrence, KS, from Florida, I started looking around to decide where to volunteer to help homeless pets. Even though HELP Humane is an hour away and there are rescues that are closer to my home, I drive there to volunteer every week because it is truly special and different.
HELP Humane is a true no-kill shelter that takes in many special needs cats that would have been put down at Kansas City shelters and not rescued by other groups. I watched them take in cats with various ailments like hyperthyroidism (like Macy), heart murmurs (Oliver), kidney failure (Jasmine), FIV (Twister and others), eye disease (Desiree), and others. Desiree, for example, came in with painful untreated eye disease that required surgical removal of her eyes. She was rescued by HELP even though her ailment looked terrible at first and she tested FIV-positive. Desiree got her surgery and good care throughout her recovery. She is now a happy, bold cat that fearlessly roams the main room at HELP Humane and licks my face when I greet her. This type of story is not uncommon at HELP Humane neither, and many such pets thus had a chance at a happy life and adoption thanks to HELP Humane!
Every pet at HELP Humane gets so much love and attention from a crew of volunteers and staff that absolutely care for each animal that comes in. The pets are kept in good health in a mostly cage-free environment until they get adopted, even if it takes years. They are happy and well-socialized. They are also matched appropriately to adoptive families because the staff and volunteers know each one so well.
I love that HELP Humane is also very active in getting the word out about their pets that are up for adoption. They take on off-site adoption events with other groups and they update a blog and a Facebook profile with updates on certain pets and fundraisers. They are doing everything right to get these pets into permanent, loving homes! They also have foster homes, hospice foster homes, adoptable cat housing at Petsmart, and a feline leukemia cottage so that they can help as many pets as possible. I cannot praise HELP Humane enough for their efforts to help homeless pets. The one thing they really need though is more Shelter Buddies to sign up to donate $10/month at www.shelterbuddies.org so that they can keep doing this great work!
A few months ago, one of my children was diagnosed with severe dog allergies. His rashes were so bad they were open and bleeding. He was constantly having respiratory infections. When we found out it was the dog, we had to act quickly.
We loved our dog very much. He was a poodle mix. We rescued him from the pound 2 1/2 years earlier, when he was just a pup. He was family. There was no way I would take him back to the pound, and I couldn't find any family to take him.
HELP Humane was the only shelter I contacted that was willing to take him in. I was very upset when I was driving him to the shelter, but after I met the staff and saw the facility I felt such relief.
My dog loved cats, and there were cats greeting him at the door. He was so happy. I was also so thrilled that he was not going to be caged all day. The staff was so kind and understanding of my pain in losing him. They really helped me get through that horrible day with their kindness and assurance that he would be well cared for.
I tried to follow my precious pup on Facebook and saw that they found him a nice home within just a couple of weeks.
Thanks so much HELP Humane.
As an animal lover and someone who gets really sad seing animals in kennels/cages, I have always found myself unable to go to local shelters and unable to volunteer. I didn't like not being able to reach in and pet them, I was sad that they had such a confined space to live. One day I found HELP Humane Society through Facebook. I followed their story for several months. Then came across post that they were having a kitten shower/open house. Very skeptical to go, I wanted to help the animals. I came with donation of food, toys and litter, and braced myself to enter the shelter. I was so happy once inside. I saw lots of cats, roaming freely. Lots of hammocks for them to nap on, lots of beds, lots of toys, lots of scratch pads, lots of chairs and sofas, lots of food, lots of litter boxes, and lots of volunteers. I had an instant smile. I went from room to room finding most of the cats are roaming free in their room, no cat fights, just cats......happy to have food, water, shelter and love. I grabbed a kitten, sat in a chair and spent an hour loving him. It enlightened me on what a shelter CAN be.
So, after that I became a Shelter Buddy, giving $10 a month. I wanted to help make sure they remain open. One day they asked for help with an adoption event. Once again, I wanted to help so I volunteered. It was such an enlightening experience. The volunteers really love the animals and are so proud to be a free roaming no kill shelter. They take on cases that other shelters won't touch. They have cats with FeLV, FIV, cats that are blind, cats that require daily medication. They truly believe in the no kill theory and they will make sure all animals get the medical help they need. I'm thankful to have found such a wonderful shelter, but so worried they might have to close their doors, leaving hundreds of animals homeless. We need to all fight to save this special home to these special animals.