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Refurbished Pets of Southern Michigan

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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.

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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.

1 Michael J.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My name is Michael Johnson I own/operate All Paws Up! LLC. I also train dogs at Petco. I train basic, advanced obedience, and trix. I specialize in training dogs that most trainers wont touch because of their background/behavioral issues. This being said I used to be an inmate! Yes R.P.S.M. provided me access to the education and experience to make a new life for myself. Since Ive been in the dog business I have had alot of contact with rescue groups. I find many that their primary concern is the almighty dollar. They then go onto place dogs in homes without doing home checks etc. These dogs ultimately end up being returned or worse. This simply does not happen with R.P.S.M. They do their homework plus some. I am very critical when it comes to dogs. My opinion is an educated and skilled one. I dont hand out "freebies" because I have a past with this group. Ive done it for the dogs since day one. I can remember when this group first started as individuals. They have since become an awesome TEAM and deserve all the "kuddos" in the world. I not only like this group i LOVE them and will support any endevor they shall choose. Sincerely, Michael Johnson/All Paws Up! LLC