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Nonprofit Overview

Mission: Voiceless-MI is a federally recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit and State of Michigan non-profit established in August 2009 . We work to create change for companion animals by caring for those in need through our foster-care system, helping to reduce the unwanted pet population with spay/neuter programs, and supporting efforts and initiatives that benefit the protection of animals. We advocate abolishing pound seizure and are against animal cruelty. Voiceless-MI supports humane education programs for the public and encourages respect and compassion for all animals. We strive to be the voice for the voiceless.

Results: We have gotten many grants to support our low income spay/neuter program. We have also taken on many high cost emergency medical problems for our fosters.

Target demographics: shelter animals & to help end pet overpopulation

Direct beneficiaries per year: to fix over 1,100 dogs/cats for Michiganders

Geographic areas served: Michigan

Programs: dog & cat fostercare, low income spay/neuter program, Trap-Neuter-Return program, community education

Community Stories

56 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

I learned about Voiceless-MI through Cat Rescue. I connected with Jan Lifsey and she explained how the TNR program works. After my dog died I began noticing numerous feral cats in and around my yard. I had no idea that Voiceless-MI even existed. I signed up to participate and have had three cats neutered to date. I am working on trapping and neutering four more. I think this is a wonderful program and plan to become a regular donator as well as continue to participate. I was always a dog person but have now become a cat lover as well

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have a colony of feral cats that I have trapped had neutered and spayed , ear trimmed and now they live in my back yard and the woods behind me. I feed them twice a day and provide shelters in winter. I have gotten so much helpful information from the voiceless group. Also, they helped me get a new feral cat neutered. He came around causing trouble with the original feral group. By helping me with the TNR effort the neighborhood is a lot quieter and one more cat is not able to reproduce. The people that work for this organization are generous with their knowledge on feral TNR. They truly care about minimizing animal suffering. I appreciate all the advice and help I have received from them.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Voiceless is amazing!! I have 10 kitty's that just ended up in my pole barn within a 6 month period. Voiceless neutered all of these sweet little delights. They came to my home trapped and delivered the kitties for surgery and then brought them back home. The population in this country corner is now at a minimum. Thank you so much Voiceless of Michigan!!!
lc Eaton Rapids

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Client Served

Rating: 5

A voiceless volunteer gave us advise and a special trap when we had a feral mother cat and her four kittens show up at our house in a country location. When the kittens were safely trapped (as soon as they were able to eat on their own) and taken to a proper shelter we trapped the mother and through the program she was spayed at no charge. Jan the volunteer helped us with any questions we had along the way. The mother cat now spayed is returned to our home area where we leave food out for her each morning. She is still feral and does not come close to us but has a chance to live out her life in the countryside without producing hundreds of offspring.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I needed a drop-trap and some expertise and direction. Holly Thoms provided all of that and more. Due to circumstances beyond my control, it took much longer for a successful trap than it should've , but Holly was very patient and understanding. From my experience, Voiceless-Mi. is an organization of major value and importance and should be supported any way possible.
Steve Kilpatrick

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I had wanted to trap and neuter a feral male cat from my neighborhood. He had fought with a racoon, so was missing hair in spots and had a wound and swelling on his leg. Two neighbors wanted to shoot him. I rented a trap (I didn't know that I could have borrowed one free from Voiceless!) but had failed to get him. Worried, I drove to the spay and neuter clinic to show them photos of his injuries. I was told to contact Voiceless. The videos and lengthy encouragement from this great organization stopped me from giving up on him. I pestered them often with emails and offered my frustrations. I got kindness and tips in return. Finally, he was trapped, treated, neutered, and put into my cattery cage, which was a foreign environment for him. Since his release, he has returned several times to eat and even to sit on my porch! Although it may be years, if ever, before I can pet him, he knows where and when there is food out for him, and this morning he watched me clean the barn. I plan to give him a special shelter for winter. Instead of pain and helplessness, he has a future, thanks to Voiceless! I highly recommend them!!!

3 Betty55

Client Served

Rating: 5

There were 4 nursing mothers, one of them so protective of her litter that no human contact has been made yet. The other 3 mothers shared nursing duties and half of their kittens have already been adopted. One of theirs' was put up for adoption by Humane Society making it easier to spay 3 of the mothers (one of which was pregnant again.) The first cat neutered was an abandoned cat who has since been adopted along with a kitten. Just neutered one of the four remaining tom cats and hoping to have last nursing mother spayed as she is now pregnant again. Voiceless loaned me a trap and a medium sized dog crate. They gave vouchers for the 8 that have been neutered and spayed. They always responded promptly to emails and offered advice. Their videos about TNR are very helpful and the suggestion of a chart to show all cats to be spayed and neutered, keeping it organized was helpful.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I searched the Internet to find just the right little feline companion and came across Voiceless-MI. I am so happy I did!

Listed on Voiceless-MI as "Tripp", I found a wonderful, cuddly male older (possibly 8 years old?) cat, Siamese (gray-point, short hair). When his foster "mom" found him in January 2016, he was emaciated, bitten, and had a mangled left front arm. Voiceless helped his foster mom & dad get the help Tripp needed right away. He got up to date on his shots, fed well, and had to have his arm amputated. Poor guy!

When I met him at his foster home in March 2016, he approached me right away, and ran around the house like he was very excited! Then, when I sat on the couch, he jumped up behind me and proceeded to make his way down to my chest, where he gladly lay down and purred loudly! He actually nudged my face with his! The more I pet him, the more he nudged and purred! I fell in love instantly! Yep, this was the companion for me. I have mobility issues and pain, so I have many "bad" days and end up at home all day, sometimes for two or three days consecutively. He and I seemed the perfect match!

After meeting "Tripp", which Dawn, the Foster Coordinator at my local Voiceless-MI had set up, I received many more emails and texts from Dawn as to my decision and wrapping up the adoption process. All the constant contact was great.

I was so happy that Dawn delivered Tripp to me because of my mobility issues! And after a few days of he and I getting to know each other, and "Tripp" meeting my adult daughter who visited, I decided to change his name. It has been changed to "Takoda." This is an Apache term for someone they consider to be "The Friend of All." He certainly is!!! Takoda greets everyone that visits, and he LOVES to be held, hugged, petted, and cuddled; he especially likes to be talked to, whispering with loving tones while holding him close is one of his favorites. He even enjoys being held & loved on by children, as you can see by one of my photos below--that little girl is my friend's daughter.

Takoda seems to really need to be touched in order to be happy--I do, too--I've always loved hugs. Since he is a vocal little guy, Takoda lets me know when he needs a cuddle. I have to admit he's very hard to resist, because, well, I love to cuddle too! We're perfect for each other and I couldn't be happier with our match. Thank you Voiceless!!!!

Takoda is pretty smart; he comes when I call him; he knows what "come, come" and "come here", and what "no" means. Takoda even knows what it means when I tap my hand on my leg without me saying come here! If his water bowl is getting low, he vocalizes to let me know. So, I guess I've been trained to check his water bowl in case it's getting low; but usually his vocalizing means he wants a cuddle. Such a cutie!

Everyone I dealt with at Voiceless-MI was caring and wonderful. I highly recommend anything you need pet-wise, go to Voiceless-MI.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Was at my wits end trying to figure out how to get my pets their rabies shots as Spectran will not let me bring pets to the veternarian. Voiceless-MI found a solution to the problem for me finding a volunteer, Jan, to take me and our two pets to a vet. Even finding a program to pay for the care as well.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Voiceless came to our rescue when they helped us trap, neuter and spay several feral cats we had been feeding. If it had not been for Voiceless, there would have been another dozen kittens born outside with no home. They are a wonderful organization.

1 Christi9

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization is great! With their help and support, so many animals are helped and saved through their generosity and financial support. Without their help, I would of been unable to afford to get my cats and dogs fixed, which would help them health-wise and help prevent further overpopulation of animals. Their vouchers are a financial lifesaver. Thank you and keep up the fantastic work! Hopefully someday we will fix the overpopulation of unnecessary animals so no animal is put down because of space limits.

1 Jenny92

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have had them help us spay and neuter our animals and they are amazing I am always telling people about them because they are so helpful specially with the fix a bull program

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Client Served

Rating: 3

We are disabled senior citizens that live on a small fixed income. Because we live in the country, people feel it's OK to drop their unwanted cats here. As a result, we have many cats that need to be fed, spayed and neutered. Voiceless helped us out with the last three cats. It has made a tremendous change in the behavior of these cats and the way they interact with the cats we already had. I am very grateful to Voiceless for this help.

Jen_62

Client Served

Rating: 5

Voiceless is great! They help low income families spay and neuter their pets affordably. They also help people deal with the regional feral cat overpopulation problem in a humane way via their Trap-Neuter Release program.

Client Served

Rating: 5

If it weren't for voiceless, the feral cats that live around my house quite simply would not have gotten spayed and neutered and there would have been an even worse cat problem. I cannot imagine what would have happened to them and future cats if it weren't for voiceless. Thanks to voiceless, I was able to get all four of the feral cats fixed and they are happily living in the neighborhood! Here's a picture of two of the kittens that were neutered. I was impressed by the prompt and friendly interactions with the voiceless staff. It was a great experience and now I tell anyone with outside cats about the group.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Feral cats started showing up on my back porch and I found out about Voiceless Mi. When I contacted them for help to trap/spay and neuter they were very helpful. This pic is one of my senior ferals that over the years came to trust us. I am very grateful for their help.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This amazing group helped me pay to get my chihuahua fixed. I think the service they provide to the community is outstanding.

tallulahsugar

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been associated with Voiceless since the adoption of my first Furbaby, LilGirl thru them. They are always helpful long after the adoption process is official. Helping the community with feral cats; a low-income friendly vet service. Absolutely wonderful group of people!

Picture is of current babies adopted thru Voiceless. Sherman Thomas, Hooper James. My 20 year old Kittie Tessie was adopted thru another agency.

Previous Stories

Client Served

Rating: 5

I first became aware of Voiceless when I visited our local shelter. The group was volunteering at that time helping out with everything from cleaning to walking and caring for the animals. My LilGirl was adopted from the shelter because of Voiceless's opinion of her. A little pitbull mix that turned out to be my Barley's best friend. I have since adopted two other furbabies since then thru Voiceless. Their foster care parents are the best and work to make sure that all of the furbabies have everything they need until a permanent home is found. They are involved in so many activites that go toward saving and helping animals. The administration is always looking for grants to help lower income residents have spay/shot services; trap/neuter feral cats; being involved in fighting to end the inhumane gassing of animals in shelters. It is any organization that encompasses all kind of animals; wolves, cats, birds, even Tarantulas and the group has a great and loving heart not only for the animals, but for the community.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Voiceless-MI is an incredible organization. We had an out of control feral cat population on our street and they helped us in four important ways. First, they listened to our situation and gave us advice on how to do trap/spay/neuter/release. Second, they gave us the tools (traps and kennel for post-op care). Third, they gave us financial support through vouchers at the CAHS Spay/Neuter clinic. Fourth, they gave us resources and information to help us and also to help educate our neighbors. They are an excellent example of how a non-profit can give financial support and training to get important work done.

1 Christopher73

Client Served

Rating: 5

Voiceless, totally saved my cookies when it came time to get my big fella neutered. No way I could've done all that I did without them and these two wouldn't be as good of friends that they are now without it either. So thanks for helping me out and keeping these two from taking it all #thuglifesuperpredator!