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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: It is the mission of Refurbished Pets of Southern Michigan to help abandoned, surrendered and homeless animals. We are purpose driven with a moral obligation to maintain or restore a healthy quality of life by providing rescue and placing them in an approved, suitable and safe foster or forever homes by legal means. Along with educating the general public about rescue programs, responsible dog ownership, and pet overpopulation. Affording security screened inmates with an opportunity to train these dogs. Collectively constituting a form of rehabilitation for both to reenter society as productive members with the encouragement of bringing positive attributes to the lives of others. We do this as a vehicle to enhance the lives of animals and the families in our community while working with governmental agencies and animal shelters in neighboring communities and neighboring states.

Results: RPSM has helped and adopted out over 1,000 dogs find their forever homes after 10 weeks of training to learn their basic commands.

Target demographics: dogs in shelters that would otherwise be euthanized.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 66 dogs found their forever homes

Geographic areas served: Dog Rescue

Programs: Founded in 2007 RPSM has made a serious effort to effectively aid in the reduction of euthanasia rates at many animal shelters. In 2008, the RPSM Correctional Companion Program began. In a partnership with the Coldwater Prison Complex, RPSM endeavors to find homes for dogs in shelters that would otherwise be euthanized. Dogs selected for the Companion Program are carefully screened for temperament, trainability, and adoptability. They are fully vaccinated, spayed or neutered prior to enrollment in the program. Once they arrive at the complex, they are assigned to specially trained inmates who are responsible for their training and day to day care. Upon completion of the program, the dogs are ready to receive a canine good citizen certificate (CGC) and available for adoption into an approved home.

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107 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2 Jeremy C.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Martha M.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We’re so happy we were able to adopt Murphy! The adoption process was very simple, yet thorough. We got weekly updates on him while in training & loved following his training journey. This is a wonderful program & I can’t recommend this organization enough!

Jenni Griffin J.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Bridget C.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

John H.11

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Amber M.5

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!!!!!!

Alexander G.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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1 Jessie W.1

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

2 Chantal V.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

2 Donna Simpson G.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

3 Gayle N.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

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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!

1 David H.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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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!

2 Marianne W.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my beautiful deaf boxer from here. The people are great to work with , and I also volunteer for them . GREAT ORGANIZATION!!!!

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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.

1 Julie Gingerick H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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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!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!!!!

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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!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

1 Theresa R.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

2 Kyoko Y.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

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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!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Very thoughtful and caring organization. I am happy to be able to participate with fostering.

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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!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

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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!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

1 Dana L.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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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!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!!!

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Refurbished Pets of Southern Michigan 05/01/2018

Thanks so much for your review and for volunteering with RPSM, it is GREATLY appreciated!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

1 Danita K.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

1 Anne D.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

1 Mickey E.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!

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Refurbished Pets of Southern Michigan 10/22/2017

Thanks you so much for adopting from RPSM and writing this wonderful review.

2 Heather N.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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..

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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.

2 Lori J.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Rpsm helped me find my forever friend Riley Louise

2 Alison Melby R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

2 Cathy93

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A much needed charity. Great way to help unwanted dogs find forever homes.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I met Koda through RPSM in June of 2015. She had learned the basics for becoming a service dog to help out with my dysautonomia. She came along with letters and advice from the trainers she had been working with, which were incredibly helpful in helping her have a smooth transition. In addition, volunteers and new friends from RPSM have kept in contact to check in with us and answer and any questions that come up. Koda is so much more incredible than I ever could have asked for. She is patient, good with people and other animals, gentle, obedient, a great companion, and incredibly intelligent. Her first alert was within our first 24 hours of working together, and she hasn't let me down since. She loves riding the trains, will"place" under tables in restaurants patiently, and is an essential part of what has been dubbed "Team KJ." Thank you, RPSM, for my best friend and guardian angel! She is a champ!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Go to www.ilovesogs.com and search, "Penny" and you will see our RPSM story on video. RPSM is the best rescue!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Refurbished Pets in Cold water, most amazing group of people so caring and loving. They match you and make sure its a equal fit, my dog is so special to service work I can't even begin to say more, they go above and beyond to help.. I am so in love my second set of hands ..they deserve this..

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love working with dogs, and their individual personalities amaze me. When I read that Refurbished pets was looking for foster's I immediately did my research and fell in love with their program. Each animal is spayed or neutered, up to date on shots, and most go through a ten week training program! I now foster for this program and I am blown away by the people I am meeting that are involved. They all are truly a caring and loving group! The prison program not only help the dogs get a second chance at finding their forever homes, but give the prisoners a second chance too. I give this program the 5 star rating and wish it went higher because of all the rescue programs I have knowledge of RPSM blows them all out of the water. The board memebers and the people involved give their all and in my eyes get 100%!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted a beautiful red golden retriever named Sky . If it was not for Refurbished Pets of Southern Michigan this adorable and loving golden would not have had a chance to experience a good life as all animals should. Sky became a therapy dog and touched so many lives from young to old. She was well mannered and trained when I received her. Unfortunately, she has passed from cancer but lives always in my heart and others. Thank you RPSM for allowing me to adopt this gentle golden.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We got our crazy, fun-loving Max (Boomer) a year ago from Refurbished Pets of Southern Michigan. He has brought so much joy and laughter into our family; we hadn't realized that we were missing it so much. RPSM was one of the best organizations that I've ever had contact with. The weekly updates were fun to read, we felt that Max was a part of our family from the very beginning. The contact for pick-up/meet and greet was very helpful working around our schedule and hers. The ability to keep Max's handlers updated on his life since "parole" has been fun (I write them as though Max is writing the letter about his life). Max had learned so many tricks and commands while in the prison program and he still continues to perform them for people he meets. We truly love our Max and can't imagine a life without him. Thanks so much RPSM for rescuing him, training him and allowing us to adopt him!!!! I hope your mission continues and many more dogs get rescued and adopted!!!

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Refurbished Pets of Southern Michigan 05/16/2015

Thanks so much for your review!! So happy you enjoyed the adoption process with RPSM!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

In January 2009, we lost our beloved geriatric Dobergirl, Jessie. I began looking in Canada, where we live, for a rescue Doberman. There were none available for adoption at that time (weird I know, because there are plenty now). That led me to Petfinder where I saw a picture of a Dobe that I knew was perfect and he was at RPSM. Shortly after submitting my request for adoption, I got a phone call telling me that I could possibly have Lance once a home inspection was done. We live 5 hours away! RPSM did not immediately say no, but worked with us to get the local Humane Society in to do the home inspection and within days we were on our way to adopt Lance. The foster home was loving and caring and we could sense that he had improved a lot emotionally from his trauma before his rescue. Lance's adoption fee was the total of all his vet services (which included neutering and immunizations) and since we were from Canada we also received info and paperwork for taking Lance back across the border. For 6 years now I have been telling everyone who will listen how fabulous RPSM is and I would not hesitate to go back to them where Lance's days are done.

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Refurbished Pets of Southern Michigan 05/16/2015

Thank you so much for your wonderful review!! We try to help our adopters in any way we can to get their dog home safely as well after the adoption of their new family member.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

My experience interacting with the RPSM has been nothing short of inspiring and full fulling. To see the volunteer work they do to help rescue the pets of Michigan that otherwise would have been euthanized is heart warming and touches the heart of this animal lover! I have experience their generosity, patience and caring for over 6 years and have had a chance o be a part of each and every dogs life that has come through the program to be trained and adopted. To hear the success stories and see the changes in the dogs from the time we first see them to how happy and outgoing when they are done makes life seem a little more on an even keel. It gives us all hope that everything in this world does not have to be about the negatives. Keep up the awesome work you do guys!!!!

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Refurbished Pets of Southern Michigan 05/16/2015

Thanks so much for your wonderful review of our program!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We had lost our best buddy Yukon, he went through cancer treatment as I did, only I faied better. He died in my arms, and after him being the 5th SIberian Husky (and the closest to me) it was very hard to get over. I happened to see Apollo, and it was perfect from the get go. Even though he does not look a lot like Yukon, his mannerisma are so identical to both Yukon and Sasha, our Husky previous to Yukon. RPSM had such a great idea of training the pets, as well as giving the inmates in their program something to care for, strive for, as well as to give back to the community, I just had to put my bid in, not just for APollo but for the inmastes as well. I just think the program is awesome, and APollo has such good trainaing, he listens and obeys 90% of the time, and the other 10% is his sassyness. But we love him to death, and it has been a perfect fit with our other Dog, and 2 cats (one of which as passed on since after 18 years) I would hihly recommend everyone to go to them, and their volunteers are such great caring people to work with, and I truly beleive all is in the best interest of the animals, as much as it is the imates. Thank you very much for such a great cause and super job!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted Buddy (formerly Bear) from RPSM after seeing a video of him going through his commands. We were searching for a lab mix to adopt and were so excited when we saw this video. We contacted RPSM and had a fantastic experience working with them to be able to adopt Buddy. Buddy is the most loving, sweet, playful, smart and obedient dog I have ever had. People who meet Buddy for the first time fall in love with him -even my sister who is not necessarily a "dog person".
I'm so grateful for the work that RPSM do to help dogs like ours find a home and I would recommend them to anyone looking for a new addition to their family. The process was great and the people were top-notch.

1 dirogchristie

Client Served

Rating: 5

We had to put our 14 yr old lab down on Christmas Day 2013. A few months passed. Our other small dog Sophie, missed Cocoa terribly. She was unhappy for weeks. She would lay the patio door watching for her to come home. I began searching for a lab or lab mix on Petfinder.com I located Ellie's picture and bio. She was in foster care in Coldwater, MI. So her journey home began! She was a 6 month old stray that was picked up running the streets. RPSM put her in foster care until she was evaluated and accepted into Coldwater Inmate Training Program. We received weekly updates and evaluations from her training team. We were notified when she had graduated and told when and where to pick her up. She was 9 months old the day she was released from the program. I picked her up that same day at her foster mom's home. As I signed the adoption papers, she laid down next to me and fell asleep. It took very little time for her to acclimate to our home. RPSM are very attentive to your questions and concerns post adoption. We were encouraged to call or email with any time. We were amazed at the numerous commands Ellie knew and especially grateful that she was completely housebroken. She's never had an accident. Ellie is a beautiful, energetic one year old, black lab mix. She LOVES to play with Sophie and has brought new energy and happiness back to our household. She runs around the back yard with glee, trying to keep her toys from Sophie. She also loves to play in the hose and bite the water! Her only bad behavior now is barking at dogs that pass by. However, most of her anxiety is provoked by Sophie who is a yappy small dog breed. LOL We are putting her in a program to socialize her more with other dogs and further her leash training. We have been truly blessed by the time and effort the volunteers at RPSM have given, to bring Ellie to our forever home. We just LOVE her! :)

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Refurbished Pets of Southern Michigan 08/13/2014

Thanks so much for your wonderful review, our dog trainer is going to be working on having a video made that shows how the commands are performed so that adopters will have that to reference. Please give Ellie a scratch on the head from all the RPSM volunteers!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I discovered rpsm when I was searching for my first dog. I was thrilled that they could give me so much information about temperament and personality. When I read about shiloh I knew he was the dog for us. The volunteers for this organization clearly love these animals and make sure that they are a good fit for adopters. Shiloh is the very best dog I've ever known. Everyone falls in love with him. He's just a kind, gentle sole. Our lives were so boring before he joined our family. I will never look anywhere else for a dog again.

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Refurbished Pets of Southern Michigan 08/13/2014

Thank you so much for taking the time to give us a positive review, we really appreciate it!! The dog trainers LOVE to receive updates on the dogs they have trained, so please feel free to send updates and pictures to us so that we may pass them on!!

1 Pat_46

Client Served

Rating: 5

We were looking for a dog after we lost our boxer, and we discovered RPSM. We saw the various dogs available through them, and found our cute Ransom... he had the look of a clown, and sure enough, that's just what he is. The trainers said he wasn't the most brilliant dog, but he sure is lovable... and he knows his tricks really well. We laugh at him every day, and I just appreciate so much what RPSM does to help save these animals that might have been euthanized if they'd been left in the shelters. Thank you, and give the trainers our thanks again for training our Handsome Ransom!

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Refurbished Pets of Southern Michigan 08/13/2014

Thanks so much for taking the time to give us a positive review, we really appreciate it!! Please give Ransom a pat on the head from all the RPSM volunteers, we are so happy all is going well.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

after we picked the two dogs we wanted. and things were put into motion for adoption , we started getting up dated on the progress they were making with their training at the cold water prison. this was hand written letters from the prisoners that trained the dogs. i was impressed that the dogs and prisoners lived together during this training.
finally we got the dogs. we were very pleased with the condition, and their behavior.
today we have two dogs i would never give up . they are healthy loyal and obey their commands to the letter. we would highly recommend looking at the dogs with in the prison training system.
by the way the two we got were play buddies at the prison and i have never seen two dogs that played ,slept and ate together so well

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Refurbished Pets of Southern Michigan 08/13/2014

We are so happy that your "kids" are doing so well together and thank you so much for giving rpsm a positive review, we really appreciate it!! Please feel free to send us any updates on the boys, the volunteers and trainers love to hear and see updates on all the dogs that have come through the program!

1 Jessie W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love that I'm able to help RPSM in ways I never thought would be possible! I'm disabled and unable to work because I get dizzy a lot when standing for any amount of time. When I found out I could help by doing work from home, on my pc, I was overjoyed at the opportunity to help out a great group of people and a great program! The dogs, trainers, and volunteers all benefit from this great program, and I'm so happy to be a part of it!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I recently started volunteering with RPSM after moving to Michigan. I think it's great that this group is able to save the lives of so many unwanted dogs because they ended up in shelters because they lacked the training to be a 'desirable' pet. With the help of trainers at the prison in Coldwater, we are saving the lives of many men and dogs.

1 2DogsLoved

Client Served

Rating: 5

I found RPSM 4 years ago when searching for my first dog. Upon learning about their program, I knew this was the rescue we would get our dog from. Willow was everything you could hope for in a dog. And I know that the work the trainers did with her that helped her to become the best dog she could be. We were so impressed with RPSM that I began to do home visits for potential adopters and have also fostered for them. Which is how we ended up with our second dog, Cricket. He was what we call a "foster fail." We just couldn't give him up. So now we have two great dogs from RPSM. I wouldn't adopt for any other rescue. I refer everyone who is looking to adopt a dog to RPSM. I cannot say enough good things about this rescue.

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Refurbished Pets of Southern Michigan 08/09/2014

Thank you so much for your review of RPSM!! Please give head pats to Willow and Cricket from the volunteers!!

1 TerrieandGeorge G.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My Golden Retriever, Bear, passed in April 2013 and by May I was really missing the companionship a pet offers. I wanted another Golden Retriever, but didn't know where to go to find one. I did a general search on the internet for Golden Retrievers and the RPSM Group came up with a hit for an adoptable Golden Retriever mix. I took one look at Cedar and knew she was the dog for me. I contacted the RPSM Group through their website and the rest is history. They worked with me through the whole adoption process, from application to approval to the day I picked Cedar up in June. Their program for training dogs is amazing. The behavior Cedar learned through her training with her handlers at the prison is why she's the well behaved, social girl she is today.

I am seriously thinking about getting a fur sibling for Cedar and wouldn't go anywhere else.

I HIGHLY recommend the RSPM Group to anyone looking for a well trained pet.

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Refurbished Pets of Southern Michigan 08/09/2014

Thank you so much for your feedback!! We are happy to hear that you may be looking for a playmate for Cedar!! We have another great group dogs going in at the end of this month so keep an eye out for the one that catches your eye.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Little did I know that a picture of a little terrier mix would change my life. After mourning my 14 year old corgi's death and thinking I could never go through that pain again, I found Mickey's picture while web surfing rescue sights. I live over 4 hours away and worried that distance would affect the adoption process; yet RPSM assured me I could adopt if I met their requirements. The rest is history! I'm the proud owner of Mickey-Moo my little clown who happens to be all terrier-even tho he's really a mutt!! After bringing him home I needed advice on an unexpected behavior issue that was kinda scary. They were right on the mark with their advice and he has blossomed. No more issues. He gets along with dogs and people. They were upfront about his high prey instinct and we manage it with games and toys and water play. We let him hunt mice and shrews in the yard and occasionally he grabs the unfortunate bird from the air but I understand this is part of being a terrier. He can't help himself. He loves to hunt. He's my little shadow and life is very busy again Now, if only I had his energy . . . Thank you RPSM for knowing that he was worth saving. Gotta go. Mickey is telling me something. No, Timmys not in the well; I think he said "Thanks RPSM".

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Refurbished Pets of Southern Michigan 08/09/2014

We are so happy that Mickey is settling right in with you and that when you had questions about some of his behaviors, you contacted us for support! We are always here for support, no matter what the issue may be!! Please give Mickey a pat on the head from all the RPSM volunteers!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Dulce joined our family in October of 2013 and she has been a pleasure. We bore our friends and co-workers with stories and photos of her antics. She has settled right in to a home with two senior citizens and 5 other assorted pets. We talk often about our experience with RPSM and what wonderful work they do. They gave Dulce a chance when no one would adopt her. No, she isn't perfect and no, she didn't complete the program but, if it weren't for RPSM, she might never have been adopted. When we are ready for another dog we will be in touch with RPSM...even though we live a long way away!

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Refurbished Pets of Southern Michigan 08/09/2014

Thank you so much for your review!! So happy that Dulce is doing well in her new home and we look forward to helping you find Dulce a playmate when you are ready!!

1 Julie173

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I have family & friends who work at the prison where these dogs are trained. All speak highly of the RPSM program. The dogs are socialized but if one doesn't pass muster, it is removed from the program. Most are so eager to please! This program benefits the animals, teaches patience & compassion to the inmate responsible for their care, as well as the adopting individual or family. This is truly a win-win program!!

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Refurbished Pets of Southern Michigan 08/09/2014

Thank you so much for taking the time to review us, it helps so much!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I learned of RPSM by accident when I was searching for just the right addition to my household. I saw a dog that I fell in love with from his picture. I started inquiring about him and found out HE WAS TRAINED TOO!!! The more I learned about RPSM, the more I respected their roll in helping unfortuante animals get a chance at forever.

After I adopted my big boy and he got all settled in, I contacted RPSM to let them know I (we) would like to open our home to other animals in transition. We (my 2 dogs and I) feel it is only right to share our good fortune and blessings with others.

Fostering will lift your spirits and warm your heart. It's not a life-long commitment, just a very important one. Think about becoming a foster parent with RPSM. You will be glad!

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Refurbished Pets of Southern Michigan 08/09/2014

Thanks so much for taking the time to review us and thank you for volunteering with RPSM!!

1 Jennifer336

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been fostering dogs for RPSM for 8 months, I have never seen or heard anything like this before and I absolutely love it. Everyone I have meet that helps with the program go out of there way to help anyone or any animal. I couldn't ask for a better program to volunteer for. I especially love getting to meet new people and animals. I think the program not only helps the animals but the prisoners as well.

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Refurbished Pets of Southern Michigan 08/09/2014

Jennifer, Thank you so much for your review and for volunteering with RPSM, it is greatly appreciated!!