I became aware of HELP Humane around 2008 and adopted our cat there shortly after. I never really looked forward to going to animal shelters and had actually only ever adopted one pet at a shelter before. My memories of that place are good people, good animals but sad environment, no hope other than an occasional animal getting lucky and making it out. The animals at HELP are happy, well cared for and actually loved as individuals by the staff and the volunteers. I am happy being there, it is a place of hope, a place where good is being done and where you can join in with others and achieve something you wouldn't be able to on your own. A place to talk with other people who share my interests. I should pay them to let me work there, it provides so much stress relief for me. If every animal shelter could be like HELP Humane.
I have known this organization for several years now. I have adopted from them, fostered for them, and had their help in spaying/neutering a feral feline mother and her kittens in my neighborhood. I am happy to say that they are a shelter who truly do care for the animals in their care. They take in animals no other shelter would and give them a chance to find a home or care for them and give them veterinary care for life. What a blessing they have been to our furry friends!
In 2003 I moved to an apartment complex that had a small feral cat colony that was rapidly increasing. A neighbor and I worked to trap, vet for spay/neuter/vaccinations, and release the cats back. In 2004, one of our girls got sick and I needed advice. I called and e-mailed multiple shelters and the only response I received was from HELP Humane. It did not matter that the cat was feral, and it did not matter they didn't know me, they answered all my questions, gave me ideas I had not thought about and knowledge I did not have before. I didn't know I was doing TNR, had never heard of that, but they explained to me why it works and why it is an integral part of any no-kill initiative by stopping birth of more homeless pets. HELP had been involved in TNR for many years at that time and still is.
I attended my first volunteer meeting in 2004. Since that time I have done whatever I can including trapping, transporting to clinics, foster home, shelter for ferals, volunteering at events. I have adopted and I am a proud Shelter Buddy.
HELP Humane is what other shelters should strive to be. Come visit and be amazed how the volunteers know all the cats by name on sight, no matter how much one may look like another, and can tell you their history, where they came from, how they have blossomed since arriving at HELP. At HELP all life is precious. There are no expiration dates.
When my mom and I had a house fire in 2009, one of the first people at our house to help with our cats was a volunteer with HELP. This volunteer, our very, and the director of HELP worked hands on with us and with another rescue group and with emergency responders to ensure that all cats were accounted for and received the care needed. From basic head rubs and reassurance to carrying around one that has special needs (obsessive compulsive disorder), each volunteer from HELP made a tremendous impact that day! HELP continues to impact the community on a day to day basis in everything they do! A better shelter could not exist! I am proud to call myself a volunteer at HELP Humane Society.
One hot July day I was at the kitchen window and say a momma cat and three babies. I could hardly believe my eyes so I went down the stairs to the patio door and sure enough there was a cat and three kittens. I filled a bowl with water to take to them but of course they ran away. I left the water and just watched from the basement door. It didn’t take momma long to crawl under the fence to get a drink and then she brought the babies so they could get a drink too. That was the beginning of my feral colony that still eats from my back yard. Of course I couldn’t get anywhere near momma or her babies so before too many months I had more babies and then even more babies followed that. I talked to anyone and everyone about all these babies but no one had any ideas as to how to stop the process until I was told to try HELP Humane. I talked to several other people that were familiar with the TNR program and then one day the director of HELP Humane called me and explained that I could trap these cats and take them to vets and have them spayed and or neutered. I had no idea that there was such a thing. So one lady came to my house and brought a few traps and gave me a crash course on how to set the traps and then in a few days another lady came to help me and we trapped nine cats all in the same day and within about a month to six weeks all my feral cats had been spayed and/or neutered. There were twenty cats in all that were eating from my back yard. Not all of them were babies from the original momma but some of her babies had babies of their own before I finally got the cycle stopped.
I now volunteer at the shelter where I now have adopted three cats that HELP Humane rescued. Now I foster baby kittens until they are old enough to live at the shelter and be adopted to their forever home.
Help of Raymore is the best little animal shelter in the midwest! It's often difficult to walk into some 'shelters' without feeling extreme sadness, but not so at Help. This is such a happy place to visit with a home like feel and free roaming kitties. Staff and volunteers alike are dedicated caregivers, providing excellent physical and emotional care. Help believes that all animals deserve a second chance for a quality life regardless of circumstances or disabilities. My calico cat Clarabelle wouldn't be alive today if not for the assistance of Help's open heart and open arms. Clarabelle was found on a city street paralyzed in the back end. She was taken to a local pound and was literally an hour away from being destroyed when a rescue angel spotted her and shared her story within our community. The good folks at Help immediately stepped up with sponsorship for this sweet little cat who had suffered an unknown trauma. Being a volunteer foster mom for Help (and a rehab nurse for people) I accepted Clarabelle into my home. She had no fractures and no other injuries or illnesses but her prognosis was uncertain. Over the course of two months I was blessed with the opportunity to watch over Clarabelle as her body healed and her spirits lifted. Today she walks and climbs and jumps, she plays and she loves. She's also found her forever home right here with me! Without the support of Help, Clarabelle would never have found her second chance. This lovely calico cat and I have together signed up as Shelters Buddies for Help, offering our monthly charitable donation as a sign of our ongoing faith and appreciation for all that they do for the homeless animals who need second chances.
I learned about HELP from a dear friend who is a foster mom for HELP's kittens. We would stop in occasionally just to visit with the animals. But one day, about a year after losing our sweet Jack Russell, our visit turned into an adoption when we found an adorable Norwich terrier named Zorro. That was almost 3 years ago and since then we've also added Fiona, a 3-legged Min-Pin, and Aspen a big gray/white cat to our family. Our entire family now volunteers in some form and don't know what we'd do without HELP Humane. The people are wonderful, giving their time to rescue animals that otherwise would have NO hope. If they aren't there to rescue these precious babies, then who will???
I 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!