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Refurbished Pets of Southern Michigan

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Nonprofit Overview

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.

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.

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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.

Comments ( 1 )

Refurbished Pets of Southern Michigan 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.



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!!!