We adopted our beautiful Pit mix from RPSM almost 3 years ago. While we were not new to rescue, we were thrilled with our RPSM experience. They take such care to make sure each dog is placed in a safe home where their new families are the best fit for energy levels, lifestyles, etc. They also offer resources to help with the transition and have a dedicated Facebook page for adopters to share and get advise. We especially love the partnership between RPSM and Lakeland Correctional. Dogs spend 10 weeks living with skilled inmates who teach things like crate training, leash training, housebreaking, basic commands and more. RPSM’s foster network gives the dogs “in home” experience prior to going into the prison program. Most of the dogs come from shelters. In the foster home, a dog’s real personality can be assessed. I love RPSM because everyone wins; the dogs get important training & socialization, the adopters get a well mannered new family member & the trainers at Lakeland have a job where they know they are making a difference. Since becoming adopters, we have chosen to volunteer when we can help, whether transporting, manning an informational booth, grant writing…we do whatever we can to support the efforts of this amazing dog rescue.
Refurbished Pets of Southern Michigan was the best experience I had when looking to adopt my dog. From the first application to the last paperwork before official adoption the team at RPSM was SO thorough. You could truly see and feel the passion the volunteers had to ensure that the dogs were placed in homes that could give them what they needed especially when it came to a long-term/permanent placement. Whenever I tell people about where I got my dog they are shocked to hear that RPSM puts the dogs through a 10 week training program before they can be adopted. I don’t have enough great things to say about them. Brody and I are so happy to have had them connect us as buddies for life!
I got my dog Roxie from Refurbished Pets. The program is wonderful. As a first-time dog owner, having Roxie so well trained and well socialized made all the difference for me becoming a successful dog owner. I also love how this provides a positive experience for the men in Lakeland Prison who trained her as part of Refurbished Pets. Roxie came knowing so many skills, it made it easy to just focus on building our relationship without the stress of potty training or fighting her to go in her crate. Everyone always loves how well behaved she is — and the story of how she's a parolee.
We adopted Merle, a hound mix, in August from RPSM. The foster families that had taken care of her were awesome. A great organization helping dogs get adopted. They even text after the adoption to make sure everything is going ok and to answer questions.
I thank my lucky stars every day for the incredible pup we adopted from RPSM. They are an outstanding organization filled with caring people who want to rehabilitate the “unadoptable” pets in shelters. The training program was truly amazing and it brings me to tears when I think of the trainers and volunteers that work tirelessly to improve so many lives!
I'm a volunteer who has a very small part in helping the dogs get to the right families. I knew about this organization for a while before I was able to volunteer. As soon as I time allowed to volunteer this is where I went. I love this amazing, transformative program. I always say 1 dog changed 3 lives, it's own & the lives of the 2 inmate trainers. The change that's possible is nothing short of astounding.
None of this would be possible with the amazing, tireless work of members who begin the process testing dogs from our shelter partners to adopting them out. The work is comparable to 4 people working full time. But they never care what they sacrifice & they do sacrifice! They only want happy dogs in good homes, nothing else is of consequence.
The group is loving and supportive of all of it's volunteers and adopters. They gave me a chance, during the most difficult time of my life, to feel like I make a difference, that my love of dogs is channeled and the bit I do means something!
I could go on forever about this organization that I am so very blessed and grateful to be a part of! I even joke & tell people not to ask me about RPS unless you'd like hear me talk about it for AWHILE. I adore the people who give so much to this amazing, inspiring group.
Proud to be part of this amazing organization!! RPSM has brought me two dogs of my own and allowed to foster as well.
We heard about RPSM from my sister who knew about other dog prison training programs. When I started investigating programs in Southern Michigan I was impressed by the reviews of RPSM. This was not our first dog so I was ready for a potty trained dog and not a puppy!
I applied for Weylyn who would be just over a year old. I was surprised but impressed by the follow up on the application. All of my references were contacted , something that never happened with other organizations. To me this demonstrated how serious they were about finding a truly good match/home for the dogs. I talked at length with Weylyns Foster mom, an adopters herself and there was nothing but sincerity and good things.
Weylyn has been a blessing. Trained on the basics plus a few extra ‘tricks’ he’s people friendly which I think is a product of the environment he was trained in.
I can’t say enough good about my experience with RPSM. We have a new family member with a new lease in life!!!
I can’t say enough good about this wonderful organization. They are professional, timely and most importantly care about what they are doing. The RPSM and the foster mom were very quick to answer questions and all of the paperwork/application process was efficiently handled.
Our new family member, Weylyn, is a joy. He is well trained and eager to learn. I am sure that his trainers learned much from him too and are missing him.
Wonderful nonprofit. The program was through with home checks, vet referral, and helping to fit the dog to the right person. We were impressed with the prison program. The program helps serve the dogs and the inmates. We are happy with how we were treated by the staff at RPSM. Would highly recommend! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
We adopted our beautiful Pit mix from RPSM almost 3 years ago. While we were not new to rescue, we were thrilled with our RPSM experience. They take such care to make sure each dog is placed in a safe home where their new families are the best fit for energy levels, lifestyles, etc. They also offer resources to help with the transition and have a dedicated Facebook page for adopters to share and get advise.
We especially love the partnership between RPSM and Lakeland Correctional. Dogs spend 10 weeks living with skilled inmates who teach things like crate training, leash training, housebreaking, basic commands and more.
RPSM’s foster network gives the dogs “in home” experience prior to going into the prison program. Most of the dogs come from shelters. In the foster home, a dog’s real personality can be assessed.
I love RPSM because everyone wins; the dogs get important training & socialization, the adopters get a well mannered new family member & the trainers at Lakeland have a job where they know they are making a difference.
Since becoming adopters, we have chosen to volunteer when we can help, whether transporting, manning an informational booth, grant writing…we do whatever we can to support the efforts of this amazing dog rescue.
Our wonderful Ellie came to us through Refurbished Pets of Southern Michigan. I can not say enough good things about this group. They are very dedicated and make sure each dog/adopter situation is the right one. They provide adopters with all the information and tools to make the transition as smooth as possible. In addition, they maintain contact after the adoption, which many groups do not. We feel like part of a large adoption family where other adopters share their stories.
The training program at Lakeland Correctional, which RPSM is part of, is beyond terrific. The dogs get such wonderful, caring training. No matter what issues a dog may have going into the training, he or she comes out as a better behaved, more balanced dog. I really loved the weekly training reports that we got each week while waiting for Ellie to complete her training. It was great to hear about her progress and made the weeks we were waiting seem to pass quickly.
What I especially love is that RPSM helps dogs who might otherwise be euthanized. In the case of our Ellie, that would have been a true tragedy. She is a sweet tempered, loving pittbull that is gentle with our grandchildren and other dogs that she meets. I am so thankful that this rescue helped her find her way to us. I HIGHLY recommend this group. They are fantastic!
Two years ago I adopted Charlie, through RPSM. I have never been happier with a pet. Charlie's foster mother recognized immediately that we were to bond. I am happy that RPSM checked me out before I adopted. Charlies deserves a good, healthy and happy home. I love the training program RPSM offers. This is the way to get a dog.
This place is the best we adopted from here 6 years ago. Best dog ever. It was like she felt at home as soon as she walked through our door. Great manners and the most loveable dog ever. Un fortunately she past away 3monrhs ago from cancer . There will never be another Rocket
It has been my pleasure to volunteerfor RPSM since 2011. We are an all volunteer rescue that continuously saves lives (the pups), gives meaning to the disenfranchised (our trainers at the Coldwater Correctional Facility) which, in turn, result in successful adoptions. It's a win win win endeavor!
RPSM is a true non-profit! All volunteers! It's all about the dogs, the trainers and the adopters. Everyone wins, thanks to all of the devoted volunteers who work tirelessly to ensure the goals of RPSM are met. I am extremely proud to be affiliated with RPSM and have been so since 2012.
Last year we adopted Jelly, a chihuahua mix. The process went smoothly and RPSM was super to work with.
Bertie is one of the best things that has ever happened to me (adopted June 2018) and I am so grateful to rpsm for making the process so easy! They were very thorough and thoughtful throughout the entire adoption process. Anything I needed they were willing to help. This program is so awesome! I have never owned my "own" doggie so I knew a "pre-trained" rescue was going to be the best option for me. She was so well cared for before I got her oh, it was an easy transition to bring her into our home. She is super adventurous and athletic and enjoys all things outdoors, essential for our very active lifestyle. Thank you are RPSM for everything that you do for these dogs and for people. My life would not be complete without Bertie!!!
Great adoption experience...and this is my first. I got reports weekly while Bertie (formerly Beauty) was in training and I felt very informed and prepared on what to expect. she has been home just over 24 hours and I am so in love with her already I can't imagine her not being here with us! Her foster mom Darla has been in touch the last few months and has been so helpful and sweet; all of the staff I have been in contact with are oh so professional and got right back to me if I needed anything. RPSM made a perfect match with this one. i have already recommended them to friends and will continue to do so! How awesome to allow prisoners and rescues a chance to have this bond and influence on one another! I will be forever grateful to her trainers for loving her and protecting her through this process. Their dedication is so evident in Bertie already. Thank you to the entire RPSM program!!!!!!
I have two beautiful pits that have come from the program. One is a certified therapy dog, and wherever we go, we speak about this amazing program. They care!
A little over a year and a half ago, I had the most delightful experience with RPSM. I found my little Molly through PetFinder and RPSM. After completing the adoption process, which was thorough, but not ridiculous (as I have experienced with other nonprofit rescues), I picked up Molly at her foster home. She is the sweetest little dog and I love her so much. I am forever grateful to RPSM. I hope to adopt again one day.
My family adopted Sam in January of 2020 and we couldn’t be happier with the experience! When we first met him at his foster parents house we knew he was the dog for us. The foster parents are “dog people” and since we have children 4 and 8 we needed to trust their evaluation of the dog’s temperament. They Were great and explained the different ways they tested him and they were confident Sam would be a good family dog. We came and visited a second time before Sam went to training and the foster parents were so accommodating and helpful! It was a long 12 week wait while he was in training but we loved reading the weekly updates. When we finally were able to pick Sam up it was such a fun day. Sam bonded quickly and everyone in the family enjoys keeping up with his daily training. I even took up running now that I have a new running partner and we regularly go on family walks with Sam. Every step of our experience with RPSM was positive and we really appreciated all of the follow up work to make sure Sam was settling in and addressing any problem that may arise. Sam did great transitioning but its comforting to know program coordinators are willing and able to help. The volunteers do everything possible to make adoptions successful for dogs and owners alike. We struggled with the decision to adopt vs get a puppy especially adopting a one year old big dog with two small kids in the house but It was one of the best decisions we’ve ever made. Sam has completed our family!
Thank you RPSM!
RPSM puts so much hard work into not only training the dogs but matching them to their forever homes. I originally found them on PetFinder when I noticed a dog they had a posting about. I applied and learned so much about who they were and what they do for the dogs, I was in awe of their work. While that dog and I were not meant to be together, I was approved to be a potential adopter for a future dog they bring into the program. They knew my preferences and they said they would let me know if a dog comes up that they think would be a good fit. 9 weeks later I got an email about a dog who was graduating soon that they thought I might like. I meet him the day after his Parole and the rest is history. I couldn't be more thankful that they brought Cooper into our lives. We are so grateful to everyone involved in the Program, Trainers, Volunteers, Foster, and even other adopters who provide a sense of community. We couldn't have found a better group.
We have adopted/rescued two of our dogs from RPSM. Actually we like to think they rescued us!! We had such a wonderful experience with the program when we adopted “Margo” last year. We decided to add to our pack again and adopted “Juno” , she came home with us two weeks ago. I can’t begin to say how amazing everyone has been....the foster families, volunteers and the inmates who trained our pups. Such a wonderful organization that has provided so much for our pets and our family. I highly recommend RPSM for anyone looking to rescue/adopt a new family member.
We love RPSM! We adopted from their program in Nov 2019. The handlers do an amazing job training the dogs to become well behaved and engaged canine citizens. All the volunteers at RPSM were extremely pleasant to work with from application to adoption day. They truly love what they do and it shows. We will adopt from RPSM again and continue to preach their program to everyone we know :)
Small but effective team of amazing volunteers! The RPSM team has created an effective process to serve and save dogs.
My personal learning experience has been tremendous RPSM has allowed me to provide assistance specializing in cattle dogs. I currently have two RPSM adoptees and one foster who I love dearly and am so glad that I am lucky enough to be apart of the program.
I have two wonderful dogs adopted from RPSM. I love that this organization benefits so many in so many ways. Dogs benefit from rescue, training, confidence and finding a forever home. Adopters benefit from welcoming a new dog into the family - and they are dogs with skills! Inmates benefit - those participating in the training who are required to maintain behavior standards to remain in the program. They learn to give calm, supportive guidance to these pups. Consistence is a must. And the other inmates get to have dogs around. I couldn’t imagine life without a dog.
My dogs lived with foster families before entering the program. There they start learning foundation skills. The fosters are wonderful generous folk who open their hearts and homes. Application to adopt is pretty in depth and tHe folks who process applications do a great job. They even took the time to talk to ALL of my references. That showed me they care about making this program a success. Then I was guided through picking up each dog by a member of RPSM. So positive all the way along. Finally they administer a Facebook group where adopters can ask for and offer each other support and guidance.
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We adopted our dear little Porter from RPSM on November 8th, 2020. We can't say enough about this phenomenal organization. They put their heart and soul into these animals to ensure they end up in loving homes. It is a win,win,win program. For the dogs,the trainers,and the adopters. The people at RPSM are incredible and make sure to match up the perfect pets to the perfect parents. An excellent program and experience all the way around. Give them a try the next time you are ready for another furry friend. You will not be disappointed!
They were so patient with me until I found our perfect dog. This is an incredibly important organization. Everyone is kind and you can tell they honestly LOVE these dogs and they love what they are doing. RPSM benefits so many. The dogs, the inmates who train them and bring out the best of every dog, and we who are lucky enough to bring home the perfect dog. I adore this organization!
We are proud to have a RPSM family member and can’t say enough wonderful things about this passionate group!
Refurbished Pets od Southern Michigan helps dogs who would otherwise be helpless. The training program is awesome. We adopted our Diesel and he is dearly loved.
I have only great things to say about this organization. From the initial email exchange to picking up our new best friend from the foster, everything was wonderful. Each one of the volunteers I interacted with was friendly and helpful and really seemed committed to finding the best match for my household. The training program run through the correctional facility is outstanding. It is apparent that the dogs are loved and handled with care by the men who train them. The dog we adopted is the first dog I've ever had and he is the best. So smart and loving and listens better than many dogs I've known. If I were ever to adopt another dog I'd do so through RPSM. I would recommend this program to anyone looking to adopt.
Reburbished Pets of Southern Michigan is a great organization! I became familiar with prison dog training programs from family in Colorado who adopted a dog there. I was so happy when I found out we had similar programs here in Michigan.
RPSM did a great job of matching me with the right dog. They're really thoughtful about how they match dogs and adopters.
They maintain great communication throughout the adoption process and really helped me out during my first weeks with Macy.
Keep doing great work! Thank you so much for bringing Macy into my life!
I adopted Toby who was an abandoned Cattle Dog in Jackson Michigan. I personally have trained all my cattle dogs and questioned why I needed to work with RPSM. I soon found that the mission to better people and pets is fantastic and really changes lives. Since being introduced to RPSM i have hung flyers and fund raised with my family and company to support the cause as much as possible.
Toby makes me laugh everyday and has been a fantastic addition to our pack.
We had been trying to adopt a dog for several months without luck. Unscrupulous places would try to lure unsuspecting pet parents by posting pics of dogs they really didn't have just to get contact information they could sell. Some places would never get back to us after we inquired. I made an appointment to meet a dog only to see someone else walking out with the dog when I got there. (I left there in tears.) I was close to giving up when I saw Tigger. I had to try one more time and It was so worth it. The folks at RPSM were so kind and helpful. They got back to me every time I called/emailed/texted/ and they worked with me to make the adoption happen. She was too fearful of people to go through the training program, but they didn't give up on her. Even after she came to be part of our family, they checked on her and sent me all her history of shots and such. RPSM was a joy to work with. They restored my faith in the adoption industry.
We adopted our boy Otis from RPSM in early 2018. The adoption process was a great experience. They did a terrific job in trying to match us with the right dog after we were approved through their review process. We met Otis at his Foster mom's home and fell in love. You can tell that everyone involved in this organization is fully devoted to these dogs and getting them to the right forever families!! My husband and I have loved getting involved by doing home visits for other potential parents!
We adopted YOSHI, our beagle through RPSM. He has been a great addition to our family. It was really hard to wait for him while in training. Every day since April 25, 2018 has been an adventure. YOSHI is a real lover boy. I think RPSM is a great organization and they were good to work with.
I adopted a dog last Fall and I was blown away by how fluid the process was. I submitted my application on a Saturday and within a week our family was chosen to adopt. Communication was two-way and they answered any questions I had and eased my anxiety of not being able to see the dog prior to adoption day. They were knowledgeable and friendly at every step. The day of the adoption we were not able to make it to pick up and they went above and beyond to meet us at a time that worked for us. Because of all these positive qualities, I am now a foster for this group. They have far exceeded my expectations in regards to organization, communication and mentorship.
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Seeing the impact this program has on so many Men that previously had no self worth, no empathy and no interest in working with others to a common goal. The Inmates, the volunteers, the dogs makes this program 100% worth investing in.
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I love the great work all the volunteers do to help inmates and dogs get a second chance. Dogs get training before finding their forever homes and inmates get the training knowledge to find a job when they are released. Adopters get a well trained dog. Win-win-win.
RPSM is an absolutely amazing organization. These people have hearts of gold and are committed to restoration and education throughout the entire cycle of their program.
Dogs win, families win, inmates are given purpose and training. It is incredible to see one idea benefit so many facets of society.
Our family is blessed with an RPSM dog and we are blessed for knowing the kind souls of RPSM.
I have have shelter dogs my whole life, but none rank as high on my list as RPSM. When my 15 year old husky/lab, Spice, was starting to show her age, it got to be too quiet in the house, especially with my 2 kids grown and doing their thing, I thought another dog would be great. A friend who happens to be a volunteer and foster for RPSM suggested I look into them. Well, needless to say, I fell in love with all of the dogs, but my eyes went straight to Meeko. He is such a great dog. Loyal, loveable, and protective. When my Spice passed away 2 years later, I adopted Nala, who originally was Snowball. She and Meeko hit it off right from the start. They were inseparable., never far from me or each other. About 6 months after I adopted Nala, she started having seizures. Meeko actually would let me know in the middle of the night when she was just going to start one. Sadly, she eventually passed away from one while I was at work, but Meeko was with her. Not sure if that was the best thing for Meeko to see his buddy pass, but it makes me feel better knowing Nala had someone with her. Meeko wouldn't eat, became lethargic, and started growling at my kids when they came to visit. So Tinker was adopted after she was paroled. Best thing I ever did! Meeko is a happy, loveable boy again. He and Tinker love each other. I think the bond between Meeko and Nala was strong, but Tinker is his buddy. They are partners in crime. I can't say enough about RPSM. The training that is done on these babies is exceptional. I love how we as adopters have to fill out applications and have house visits from the volunteers to make sure we are the right fit for the dog, and the dog is the right fit for us. Some of our local shelters just adopt the pet out, not knowing if it goes to a good home or not. The program in itself is a win win for both the trainer and the adopter. Both lives are changed for the better. I try to spread the word out about RPSM as much as I can. If I could, I would adopt them all, but when it's time, I will be returning to RPSM to adopt another.
We have adopted both of these little cuties from Refurbished Pets of Southern Michigan.
The adoption process was very easy. Not only do they save dogs and help inmates. They also do an amazing job matching dogs and adopters.
We have recommended them at ever chance over the last 7 years and will continue to do so.
Three years ago we applied to adopt a dog that was in training through the RPSM program. Another family was chosen, but they knew what we were looking for, and a few days later we received a call about Mylee, an owner surrender. They asked if we would be interested in fostering her until the next group of dogs entered the prison training program. We said yes, and we adopted her when she was ‘paroled’. She is a beautiful, sweet girl and we love her very much. We have fostered several more, and adopted one of them, our boy Maui. We have a grand dog, Cheddar, that is an RPSM alumni too.
I also help with processing applications for potential adopters-it’s very fulfilling and I’m glad I can assist in helping more dogs get their forever homes. It’s a terrific organization!
Refurbished Pets of Southern Michigan 05/10/2018
Thanks so much for taking the time to write your review of your experience with RPSM and for volunteering, it is GREATLY appreciated! Volunteers are the heart of what we do and we can't do it without you!
An outstanding pet placement organization dedicated to the welfare of unwanted, abandoned and abused pets by finding and filtering acceptable adoptees. We had lost our 13 year old chocolate Lab to illness and waited three years before we decided that we were ready for a new furry friend. We found RPSM and immediately became impressed. The application process is first rate and the screening is top notch. After waiting through two 10 week training rounds we were blessed with the adoption of Avenger. He has become an important part of our family. He has allowed us to foster other dogs from RPSM so that they might have a chance for their own forever family. He consistently shares his family temporarily so that his doggie buddies can become part of this great program and showcase each of their special skills and love. Since that 2015 adoption of Avenger, along with fostering, I volunteer to do home visits to assure that the paroled dogs will have the best chance of being the perfect companion for a new loving owner. It has been one of the best decisions I have ever made, to be a volunteer and a foster. Fosters are an important part of this program and the joy that each new dog brings in their special and unique way, make it all worth while. And to know in your heart that you were a part of such a caring organization and the placement of some fantastic dogs is an experience to be enjoyed. Each time I do a home visit and leave with a sense of accomplishment and fulfillment is sometimes overwhelming. To follow the journey of each adopted dog and stay in contact with the new owners is a wonderful thing. Thank you RPSM for letting me be a part of a premiere organization. I love every minute.
Refurbished Pets of Southern Michigan 05/10/2018
Thanks so much, David for leaving your feedback and for volunteering with RPSM. Foster homes are the heart of rescue and we can't do it without volunteers and foster homes! Thanks so much!
I adopted my beautiful deaf boxer from here. The people are great to work with , and I also volunteer for them . GREAT ORGANIZATION!!!!
Refurbished Pets of Southern Michigan 05/10/2018
Thanks so much for volunteering Marianne, it is GREATLY appreciated! Volunteers are the heart of what we do and couldn't do it without volunteers, so thank you very much for everything you do.
We have worked with a lot of rescues but nothing compares to RPSM! They are professional, compassionate and amazing at helping families find the perfect match. We loved their process so much, we adopted TWO at the same time! Ida and Linus are amazing additions to our herd.
Refurbished Pets of Southern Michigan 05/10/2018
Julie, thanks so much for leaving your review, it is GREATLY appreciated!! Please give Ida and Linus a big hug from all of us at RPSM!
Our family has been beyond blessed by the addition of Delphinia (2016) and Chase (2017). They are amazing dogs who fit right into our life on the lake - going for boat rides, playing with fish, laying in the sun, etc. More than that, our family has gone through two very difficult years and both Del and Chase have been a constant source of comfort and love for all of us. We are so grateful to Michelle F. and that tireless, gracious team of volunteers at RPSM. Not only did they love and care for Del and Chase before they were ours, but they continue to reach out in so many ways to provide support, encouragement and assistance as needed. We had a horrible health scare with Delphinia about two months ago where she almost bled out and died. Michelle and the RPSM team jumped into action with medical advice and immediately opened a donation site to offset the thousands of dollars in vet bills that quickly mounted as we worked to save Del's life. We were amazed and humbled by the outpouring of support and generosity by the loving people that are part of the RPSM community. We feel unbelievably blessed to have Del and Chase in our lives and are grateful to RPSM everyday for the work that they do.
Refurbished Pets of Southern Michigan 05/10/2018
Thanks so much for your review, it is GREATLY appreciated!! And RPSM tries to help out our adopted dog families anytime they are in need as much as we can. So glad that we were able to help you when you needed it with the medical bills for Del.
Today is Gia's Gotcha Day Anniversary! One year ago today she came into our family and made it complete. She's such a loving and fun filled girl. She adds so much joy and love to our home. Thank you to everyone involved in RPSM for all you do to save these precious furbabies and give us the chance to have our lives enriched by having them as part of our family. Such an awesome program!!!!
Refurbished Pets of Southern Michigan 05/25/2018
Thanks so much for reviewing us about your experience with RPSM. Please give Gia a BIG hug from all of us at RPSM!
I will be forever grateful for the hard work and loving care provided to my Rescue Dog Gia! Gia was found running free in January of 2017 in Indiana. She was taken to the local pound where they made a call to Refurbished Pets of Southern Michigan. RPSM sent out some wonderful volunteers to pick her up and take her to the Training Program in Coldwater. She was taken into the Prison Program where some amazing inmates spent 10 weeks working with her night and day to prepare her to become an awesome member of our family. The time, love, and dedication that goes into this program is remarkable. Every aspect of this program has one goal and that is to rehome a precious pet who otherwise may never have been adopted. Thank you so much RPSM for all you do and for saving all of these homeless furbabies.
My husband and I lost 2 dogs in short order from old age. Needless to say, we were heartbroken. We have a commitment to only getting rescued dogs so when we were ready, we started looking at various rescue groups. That's when we found Refurbished Pets of Southern Michigan. We loved everything we read about the program: rescued dogs, inmates getting the opportunity to learn and give back, and well-trained dogs. It's a trifecta of wonderful! We applied to adopt a dog but he was being promised to another family so they asked us what we were looking for. We wanted another big boy to add to our family. After waiting awhile, RPSM reached out to me saying they believed they found the dog for us. We took our third dog with us to visit Wrigley while he was in a foster home waiting for his turn to be in training. We had a match! I was so excited reading the updates about how Wrigley was doing while in training! Oh, and then that day came when we got to go and pick him up - just pure joy! We dedicated ourselves to maintaining the training he had received. Wrigley is just wonderful and we love him dearly. At one point the program shared the stories of the inmates who are the trainers. The stories spoke to how becoming a trainer has influenced them. Dogs can be a powerful source of love and comfort, they give us so much more than we give them. I cant recommend this program enough! I know when we lose our old girl (18), we'll turn back to RPSM to fill our home again.
We have been through a lot, losing our last dog to an immune disorder at only 5 years old. We were ready for a new pup to love and turned to RPSM. From day one they were incredible, totally responsive and helped us find the perfect pup. We love our Norman so much! He is so well trained and has the sweetest disposition. We are so thankful we found RPSM!
Pia was the name of the dog I met at nearby dog park. She came from Prison program in KY and was the inspiration of looking for the similar organization around this area.
I am so super grateful to be part of this rescue. As my teacher taught me, we are still part of the problem until we become part of the solution. I’m so grateful to be part of these amazing group of people, all the volunteers, adopters and trainers! Did I mention dogs? Yes these love filled dogs!
Refurbished Pets of Southern Michigan 05/04/2018
Kyoko, thanks so much for volunteering with RPSM! We love having you and all that you bring to the group!!
Very thoughtful and caring organization. I am happy to be able to participate with fostering.
Refurbished Pets of Southern Michigan 05/04/2018
Thank you for fostering for RPSM, it is greatly appreciated! Foster homes are the heart of what we do and we couldn't do what we do without you!
I adopted two wonderful dogs from RPSM. Gypsy is about 7 years old and still knows all her commands she learned while in the prison. Chief is about 3 years old and was a very neglected pup before coming into the program. Although you'd never know he came from such a negative environment as the prison program worked really hard to help him overcome his fear-based obstacles and now he's a wonderful, loving pup. I will always adopt dogs from this amazing program that helps not only the dogs but the prisoners too. Amazing rescue!
Refurbished Pets of Southern Michigan 05/04/2018
Thanks so much for your kind comment. So happy Gypsy and Chief found such a wonderful home!
I appreciated knowing I was getting a well- trained dog. Even though I had never met my dog prior to going into the prison, I got great progress reports that told me more and more about my new dog, so that when I finally did take her home, I had a pretty good idea of her personality, eating habits, and her training progress.
The organization did a great job of preparing me to take my dog home too. The folder of procedures on this was very helpful. Learning that should anything happen to me, my dog would return to rpsm for adoption and go through the same rigorous screening again, was a great piece of mind to me too, a comfort.
I also liked the community service aspect, helping a troubled inmate go through this process and seeing the successful rehabilatation back into the community was a great feeling too. Knowing my dog helped an inmate make his own life better and learn some great skills in the process was wonderful.
Great program, great dogs, great trainers, great volunteers. And I will definitely adopt from there again.
RPSM matched us with a perfect addition to our family was very accommodating to the needs of our family! Pete has been with us 8 months and we can tell the training he received has helped bring his sweet personality to life! We are so thankful to RPSM for bringing us together!
I adopted my Riley from RPSM and I couldn't be more pleased with how well behaved she is. The training was superb and all the volunteers have been amazing to work with.
Refurbished Pets of Southern Michigan 05/02/2018
So happy to hear that you are pleased with Riley's training and that you are happy with your volunteer experience!!
On 1/11/11 we lost our wonderful young dogs, Gracie and Savvy to an accident during a snow storm. A few days later a friend of mine sent me an email telling me about a dog she was fostering. Well three nights without a dog and Izzy came home to meet the family and has never left. Izzy is a wonderful dog and I still can’t imagine why she was in a shelter.
Izzy is not a cuddly dog and she does not like to sleep on the bed. Our son Roman was having some problems sleeping at the time and he and I both missed having a cuddly dog. I had looked into Boston Terriers a while back and thought the breed would be a good match for us someday. We decided a Boston Terrier would be a great dog to sleep with our son to help him sleep better.
Just a couple months before we lost Gracie and Savvy, my sister and her husband received Buckley from Refurbished Pets of Southern Michigan. Buckley is cute and a wonderful boy. Shortly after deciding we were going to look for a rescue. My sister called me very excited, “RPSM has a Boston on their site, quick fill out the application for him.” So I filled out the application and the process began. Shortly after filling out the application I found out we were the second application on Leo. If all went well with the first application they would receive Leo. After a short wait we found out the first people had decided to wait.
Updates started coming for Leo who at this time was in training. His reports said he growled at other dogs who got in his space. While I was excited I was also concerned about Leo fitting into our family. I used to be an Assistance Dog Trainer and I helped match clients with dogs, but now I was being matched with a dog and I was a little nervous. I was also concerned how Leo and Izzy would do when they first met. Izzy is more on the dominant side. When we picked Leo up the RPSM volunteer and I took them for a little walk and they were perfectly fine with each other right from the start. The two of them are great buddies, they play and nap together every day.
While we were looking for a dog to sleep with Roman we got so much more. Leo has not only fixed Roman’s sleep issues, Leo is Roman’s buddy, usually where Roman is, Leo is right with him. Roman show’s Leo in 4-H and they have done very well. Leo loves to do anything we are doing, hiking, kayaking, or watching TV. Leo is great, he has brought a lot of joy and laughter to our family and we are blessed to have him and Izzy.
My sister and I continue to volunteer and spread the word about RPSM, they are awesome!!!
Refurbished Pets of Southern Michigan 05/01/2018
Thanks so much for your review and for volunteering with RPSM, it is GREATLY appreciated!
When our family was looking for a dog to adopt, we searched all over the internet, as well as our local shelter. We had very specific requests: medium to large size, short hair, good with kids, good with dogs, and capable of running long distances (I am a runner and was looking for a running companion). When we came across the website for RPSM, we immediately saw a few dogs that interested us. After filling out an application and speaking with a representative, we were able to narrow down our choices to one dog. Since she had just entered her training phase, we were able to give the trainer input on what the dog's life would be like with us. We received weekly updates on her training progress, so when we finally met her, we knew what to expect. However, she surpassed all of our expectations! Our girl, Mya, is so smart and sweet! She loves everyone she meets, she loves to go for runs, and she is well behaved. This organization truly wants what is best for the animals and we could not be happier with the results.
My dog, Baxter, has been the best addition to our family. I fostered him before he went off to prison and am extremely grateful for the love and energy that was put into training him. We can't imagine our live without him.
I adopted Harley, an 8 year old standard poodle from Refurbished Pets of Southern Michigan and every day I say "who rescued who?" I still send photos to his amazing foster mom Lynn.
Five years ago we lost our beloved dog. We found Refurbished Pets of Southern Michigan and saw a profile of a young dog who looked like he'd be a perfect fit for our family. We submitted an application and were approved to adopt him. He has been a great addition to our family and is the best friend to our other dog. They do everything together. Working with RPSM was a wonderful experience. All of their volunteers are great people. We tell everyone about RPSM and the great work they do. When we are ready to adopt again, we will certainly return to RPSM.
Like many other adopters, we had lost a beloved pet. Our beagle seemed to grieve the loss like we did, and we decided to adopt another dog to keep him company. That was when we found RPSM. We were very impressed with their prison training program. We found Gus and filled out an application for him. We had a great visit with his foster mom when she came for our home visit. The adoption process went quickly and smoothly. We had to wait a few weeks for Gus to complete his training, but it went by quickly as we received regular updates on his progress. We knew his favorite toys before he came home. The day we picked him up, Gus was a bit stressed because of all the changes that he had gone through that day - leaving the prison, going back to his foster home, and then meeting us and his new brother. But he soon settled in with the family routine and everyone in the family loves him. Even our four year old nephew can play with him like he's his own dog. We love being able to see updates of the other adopted dogs and seeing the new dogs as they come into the RPSM program. The RPSM volunteers do a wonderful job and were a pleasure to work with through the adoption process. We speak highly of RPSM and recommend them to everyone.
We became members of the RPSM family in 2014 when we adopted Annie, a white pit mix. This is a unique program in that it takes someone else's throw away canine, a dog that most likely was abandoned or neglected, and offers the opportunity of new hope, a new life. Because these dogs are put into the prison for 10 weeks of training, the healing takes place not only for the dog, but also the prisoners - who take such good care to love on these tender souls, who many times need to learn to trust again.
Although our journey started in 2014 with Annie, it continued in 2016 with our second adoption of Star, a re-nosed pit. Both these girls have been an absolute joy to have as a part of our family.
What you get when dealing with RPSM is a group of people whose #1 goal is to match the perfect dog to the perfect family. They spend countless hours going through applications, calling references, making on-site visits to potential adopters, all to ensure the best fit for everyone. We are so proud to be affiliated with RPSM and highly recommend them to anyone looking to rescue dog. You won't regret it!
Refurbished Pets of Southern Michigan 10/22/2017
Thanks you so much for adopting from RPSM and writing this wonderful review.
I may be a little different when it comes to telling the story about this organization however I am truly blessed to be a part of it. My fiance is a part of one of the best opportunities he's ever had. He is on the receiving end since he is an inmate at Coldwater and has been training dogs since the beginning. This program has changed him in ways that are unimaginable and he has blossomed into a great man of integrity and grace. He loves his dogs and has sleepless nights when they don't feel good, or when it's time to let let go after 10 weeks. He is truly a blessing and I'm so glad that this program has made a difference in his life as he has in the dogs he had helped..
Refurbished Pets of Southern Michigan 10/22/2017
Thanks so much Heather for writing this wonderful review. Your fiance helps a lot of dogs and it sounds like they help him as well.
I adopted a two year old boxer hound mix dog from REfurbished Pets of Southern Michigan in July. I needed a dog to be my constant companion and assist me with mobility issues. When I read my dogs description I knew I had found a perfect match for me. Once I committed to adopting Scotty I received weekly emails on his progress. Any questions or concerns I had were quickly addressed.
Once I got Scotty home I needed help with training him not to be so rough in playing with my smaller dog. I called RPSM and within one day had the advice I needed to fix this situation as well as names of trainers close to where I live. RPSM truelly care about each and every dog in their program. RPSM staff are there to help make make your adoption successful!
Scotty is everything RPSM said he was and I couldn't be happier! If ever I am in need of another dog I will be adopting from RPSM.
Refurbished Pets of Southern Michigan 10/22/2017
Thanks so much for taking the time to write a review on your experience of adopting Scotty. We are always happy to help our adopters in any way we can.
Rpsm helped me find my forever friend Riley Louise
We adopted our wonderful boxer/bulldog mix Olive from Refurbished Pets of Southern Michigan in January 2001. I cannot say enough about the amazing work of this organization. Olive came to us beautifully trained by inmates working in the prison program that RPSM works with. She is a wonderfully derpy perfect dog for our family - and if we're honest, she's spoiled enough by us now that she's not quite as well trained as when she came home with us!
Since our adoption through RPSM, I have volunteered with the organization completing home visits for applicants who live in the same area that we do. It's my great pleasure to continue supporting this organization in this way. If & when we add a second dog to our family, we will consider adopting from RPSM before any other organizations.
Refurbished Pets of Southern Michigan 10/22/2017
Allison, thank you for taking the time to share your experience with RPSM. Thank you so much for helping out with home visits in your area when you can.
I have met many of the RPSM group and have been so amazed by how much they do for all the animals.
The amount of time alone spent taking them to vet visits and adoptions or home visits to see if they fit well
in the home and with other pets is very time consuming, yet they volunteer their time and get it done! They hold events where they take dogs that need homes so you can meet them and so many find homes that way! The dogs are so fortunate to have this group taking the time to get them into forever homes and getting them out of the shelters! Very loving and caring people, and the training program is a win win!