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

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

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

Community Stories

21 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

UKMumof3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

Jess20

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

Ann_55

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first went to HELP to donate items from my cat when she passed away in 2009. I could not believe the number of cats free roaming and playing with each other. I was also free to roam and look around. I could not believe every corner I turned was another room full of cats. What surprised me the most was the number of special needs cats that they had that would be well cared for and loved for the rest of their lives. This is truely a NO-kill shelter that wants nothing more then to show the animals that have already been thrown away by someone that they are special and they have nothing to fear or worry about any longer.
I love my volunteer time with all the animals at HELP and hope I help bring a little peace and joy to their lives.

Donna90

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first came to Help Humane as a visitor and was so impressed that I an now volunteering there. The care given to animals is as near like a home as possible. They are a "no kill" shelter and give their animals the dignaty they deserve until they are adopted by a good family or pass. I have become attached to the animals and the wonderful staff and volunteers. I would suggest that anyone who can donate their time and money to this great place.

Patricia J.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

So many people say they could not volunteer at or even visit an animal shelter because it is so depressing. They have not visited HELP Humane in Belton Missouri. There is nothing depressing about our shelter. We do have some cats in cages, but these are either new kitties, or kitties that must be confined due to medical or behavior issues. We have some sad cases, but whatever chance they have for a life as normal as possible, they are given that chance at HELP including medical care. The employeees and volunteers love the animals here like they are our own. We are happy when one of our babies gets adopted, but sad at the same time because we miss them so. HELP is a strictly no kill shelter and operates solely on donations.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with HELP Humane for 3 years. HELP is a free roaming absolutely no kill shelter located in Belton Mo. This shelter takes animals that are hardship cases, such as FIV+ cats, FELV cats, any medical issue, no matter the severity. They receive medical care, and more importantly, the love and care of the staff and volunteers. Many get better, many don't, but we make sure that their time is quality time. The goal of the shelter is to find quality homes for these precious kitties and dogs. If they are not adopted, they will always have a home in the shelter.

Marcy C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am so proud to be a part of this shelter! HELP takes on some very hard luck cases and turns their precious lives around. They have recently been able to purchase their own facility and reduced rent expanse so they can spend even more of their budget to care for the animals. This means more animals can be saved and live a comfortable life while waiting for their forever families to find them.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a shelter like no other I've ever seen. Almost 2 years ago, we decided it was time to add another dog to our family. I don't believe in buying from breeders or pet shops, so I knew a shelter animal was what we needed. I was so scared to go though - I'd seen pictures of traditional shelters and was afraid I'd want to bring all the animals home with me.
We found Sammie on Petfinder and went to meet him. HELP was nothing like I expected from a shelter! I was greeted at the door by friendly kitties before a person had a chance to say "hello". The place was not lined with cages of scared animals, the animals were walking around interacting with each other & people who came in. They were all so happy & cared for, it was really a nice surprise. I met Sammie, filled out an application, then brought my family to meet him. After we were approved to adopt, we brought our other dog to meet him and the people there had no problem with that. They didn't just want to send him out to a home, they wanted to make sure we were all a match. Sammie did come home with us and is a wonderful addition to our family.
Because I was so impressed with the whole experience, I now tell everyone looking for a pet that they need to go there and check it out. I cannot volunteer on a regular basis, but am a Shelter Buddy ($10 per month to help with animal care!) and donate time & goods whenever I can.
HELP is a unique kind of shelter that I wish all others could be like. They don't have a big budget but do a lot of good with every penny that they get.

1 michelef

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I became aware of HELP Humane around 2008 and adopted our cat there shortly after. I never really looked forward to going to animal shelters and had actually only ever adopted one pet at a shelter before. My memories of that place are good people, good animals but sad environment, no hope other than an occasional animal getting lucky and making it out. The animals at HELP are happy, well cared for and actually loved as individuals by the staff and the volunteers. I am happy being there, it is a place of hope, a place where good is being done and where you can join in with others and achieve something you wouldn't be able to on your own. A place to talk with other people who share my interests. I should pay them to let me work there, it provides so much stress relief for me. If every animal shelter could be like HELP Humane.

1 Tonia H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have known this organization for several years now. I have adopted from them, fostered for them, and had their help in spaying/neutering a feral feline mother and her kittens in my neighborhood. I am happy to say that they are a shelter who truly do care for the animals in their care. They take in animals no other shelter would and give them a chance to find a home or care for them and give them veterinary care for life. What a blessing they have been to our furry friends!

1 Kathy I.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In 2003 I moved to an apartment complex that had a small feral cat colony that was rapidly increasing. A neighbor and I worked to trap, vet for spay/neuter/vaccinations, and release the cats back. In 2004, one of our girls got sick and I needed advice. I called and e-mailed multiple shelters and the only response I received was from HELP Humane. It did not matter that the cat was feral, and it did not matter they didn't know me, they answered all my questions, gave me ideas I had not thought about and knowledge I did not have before. I didn't know I was doing TNR, had never heard of that, but they explained to me why it works and why it is an integral part of any no-kill initiative by stopping birth of more homeless pets. HELP had been involved in TNR for many years at that time and still is.

I attended my first volunteer meeting in 2004. Since that time I have done whatever I can including trapping, transporting to clinics, foster home, shelter for ferals, volunteering at events. I have adopted and I am a proud Shelter Buddy.

HELP Humane is what other shelters should strive to be. Come visit and be amazed how the volunteers know all the cats by name on sight, no matter how much one may look like another, and can tell you their history, where they came from, how they have blossomed since arriving at HELP. At HELP all life is precious. There are no expiration dates.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

When my mom and I had a house fire in 2009, one of the first people at our house to help with our cats was a volunteer with HELP. This volunteer, our very, and the director of HELP worked hands on with us and with another rescue group and with emergency responders to ensure that all cats were accounted for and received the care needed. From basic head rubs and reassurance to carrying around one that has special needs (obsessive compulsive disorder), each volunteer from HELP made a tremendous impact that day! HELP continues to impact the community on a day to day basis in everything they do! A better shelter could not exist! I am proud to call myself a volunteer at HELP Humane Society.

1 Shirley23

Volunteer

Rating: 5

One hot July day I was at the kitchen window and say a momma cat and three babies. I could hardly believe my eyes so I went down the stairs to the patio door and sure enough there was a cat and three kittens. I filled a bowl with water to take to them but of course they ran away. I left the water and just watched from the basement door. It didn’t take momma long to crawl under the fence to get a drink and then she brought the babies so they could get a drink too. That was the beginning of my feral colony that still eats from my back yard. Of course I couldn’t get anywhere near momma or her babies so before too many months I had more babies and then even more babies followed that. I talked to anyone and everyone about all these babies but no one had any ideas as to how to stop the process until I was told to try HELP Humane. I talked to several other people that were familiar with the TNR program and then one day the director of HELP Humane called me and explained that I could trap these cats and take them to vets and have them spayed and or neutered. I had no idea that there was such a thing. So one lady came to my house and brought a few traps and gave me a crash course on how to set the traps and then in a few days another lady came to help me and we trapped nine cats all in the same day and within about a month to six weeks all my feral cats had been spayed and/or neutered. There were twenty cats in all that were eating from my back yard. Not all of them were babies from the original momma but some of her babies had babies of their own before I finally got the cycle stopped.

I now volunteer at the shelter where I now have adopted three cats that HELP Humane rescued. Now I foster baby kittens until they are old enough to live at the shelter and be adopted to their forever home.


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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Help of Raymore is the best little animal shelter in the midwest! It's often difficult to walk into some 'shelters' without feeling extreme sadness, but not so at Help. This is such a happy place to visit with a home like feel and free roaming kitties. Staff and volunteers alike are dedicated caregivers, providing excellent physical and emotional care. Help believes that all animals deserve a second chance for a quality life regardless of circumstances or disabilities. My calico cat Clarabelle wouldn't be alive today if not for the assistance of Help's open heart and open arms. Clarabelle was found on a city street paralyzed in the back end. She was taken to a local pound and was literally an hour away from being destroyed when a rescue angel spotted her and shared her story within our community. The good folks at Help immediately stepped up with sponsorship for this sweet little cat who had suffered an unknown trauma. Being a volunteer foster mom for Help (and a rehab nurse for people) I accepted Clarabelle into my home. She had no fractures and no other injuries or illnesses but her prognosis was uncertain. Over the course of two months I was blessed with the opportunity to watch over Clarabelle as her body healed and her spirits lifted. Today she walks and climbs and jumps, she plays and she loves. She's also found her forever home right here with me! Without the support of Help, Clarabelle would never have found her second chance. This lovely calico cat and I have together signed up as Shelters Buddies for Help, offering our monthly charitable donation as a sign of our ongoing faith and appreciation for all that they do for the homeless animals who need second chances.

1 Diana U.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I learned about HELP from a dear friend who is a foster mom for HELP's kittens. We would stop in occasionally just to visit with the animals. But one day, about a year after losing our sweet Jack Russell, our visit turned into an adoption when we found an adorable Norwich terrier named Zorro. That was almost 3 years ago and since then we've also added Fiona, a 3-legged Min-Pin, and Aspen a big gray/white cat to our family. Our entire family now volunteers in some form and don't know what we'd do without HELP Humane. The people are wonderful, giving their time to rescue animals that otherwise would have NO hope. If they aren't there to rescue these precious babies, then who will???

2 Marie-Odile F.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was involved with other pet rescues and shelters in the past, and when I moved to Lawrence, KS, from Florida, I started looking around to decide where to volunteer to help homeless pets. Even though HELP Humane is an hour away and there are rescues that are closer to my home, I drive there to volunteer every week because it is truly special and different.

HELP Humane is a true no-kill shelter that takes in many special needs cats that would have been put down at Kansas City shelters and not rescued by other groups. I watched them take in cats with various ailments like hyperthyroidism (like Macy), heart murmurs (Oliver), kidney failure (Jasmine), FIV (Twister and others), eye disease (Desiree), and others. Desiree, for example, came in with painful untreated eye disease that required surgical removal of her eyes. She was rescued by HELP even though her ailment looked terrible at first and she tested FIV-positive. Desiree got her surgery and good care throughout her recovery. She is now a happy, bold cat that fearlessly roams the main room at HELP Humane and licks my face when I greet her. This type of story is not uncommon at HELP Humane neither, and many such pets thus had a chance at a happy life and adoption thanks to HELP Humane!

Every pet at HELP Humane gets so much love and attention from a crew of volunteers and staff that absolutely care for each animal that comes in. The pets are kept in good health in a mostly cage-free environment until they get adopted, even if it takes years. They are happy and well-socialized. They are also matched appropriately to adoptive families because the staff and volunteers know each one so well.

I love that HELP Humane is also very active in getting the word out about their pets that are up for adoption. They take on off-site adoption events with other groups and they update a blog and a Facebook profile with updates on certain pets and fundraisers. They are doing everything right to get these pets into permanent, loving homes! They also have foster homes, hospice foster homes, adoptable cat housing at Petsmart, and a feline leukemia cottage so that they can help as many pets as possible. I cannot praise HELP Humane enough for their efforts to help homeless pets. The one thing they really need though is more Shelter Buddies to sign up to donate $10/month at www.shelterbuddies.org so that they can keep doing this great work!