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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: The mission of Refurbished Pets of Southern Michigan is to assist abandoned, homeless or unwanted animals by placing them in qualified, suitable, and approved foster or permanent homes; to rescue abandoned, homeless or unwanted animals by removing them through legal means from unsuitable environments or shelters. To improve conditions of any animal in need, and help to facilitate their adoption to qualified, permanent homes; to educate the general public about rescue programs, responsible dog ownership, and the prevention of pet overpopulation and to consider the adoption of animals from their local shelters or rescue; to work with governmental agencies to implement positive changes in all aspects of animal reform at local and state levels.

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

Direct beneficiaries per year: 57 dogs

Geographic areas served: 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.

Community Stories

76 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

1 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.

1 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

1 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!

1 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!!!