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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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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.


Board Member

Rating: 5

I started volunteering with rpsm about 4 yrs. ago. I was retired, widowed, and needed to do something that would make a difference for the dogs I was seeing in shelters. I found this rescue to be one of the most caring and devoted rescues to work with. The prison training program is a winner for both the dog and the inmate trainers. I became a "foster failure" during my first year, by adopting the dog I had fostered. There was a real connection between this cho. Lab. named Hank and me. After his wonderful training I decided he had to be mine. I cannot say enough about how great this program is and how it changes the lives of so many people and dogs. The inmates that become trainers are learning a skill that has helped several find careers upon release from prison. The dogs are saved, trained and adopted and are given a second chance to enjoy the love of a family. All of our volunteers are so giving of their time and energy and are always willing to go that extra mile to help in anyway. As long as I can walk a dog I will continue volunteering with rpsm.

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Refurbished Pets of Southern Michigan 05/22/2014

Thanks so much for the great feedback on your experience with RPSM!!