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Review for Kristin Brooks Hope Center, Chester, MD, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I've been volunteering with IMAlive for a couple of months now and I've experienced such amazing people who are trying to make differences in the lives of people in crisis. When I first got word that I'd been approved to be a crisis responder, I was worried I'd not be able to do the work that I would be doing. However, with the extensive training I received and supervisors that work along side me, I feel that I'm in very safe hands to help others.

Behind the scenes, there is a network of support for all the volunteers. Every person I've encountered, from the director to trainees, is dedicated and caring and so very kind. I knew it was a great group before I started, but being in the mix, IMAlive has shown me a new level of compassion and support that I was unaware existed.

I've done volunteer work before but, the commitment to helping people that IMAlive has has just been incredible and I'm very proud to volunteer with them.

Role:  Volunteer

Review for Refurbished Pets of Southern Michigan, Coldwater, MI, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

When I decided to adopt a dog I didn't know where to start. Discovering Refurbished Pets of Southern Michigan (RPSM) changed my whole outlook on the process. I admit I had concerns about owning a dog in an apartment but during my home visit (yes they do a home visit to make sure you are a good candidate for adoption) all my questions were answered with respect and professionalism. It's sometimes hard for me to believe that I will have had by dog for five years in October. It was the best thing I've ever done.

The people behind RPSM LOVE dogs and want the best for them - they take the job of finding the perfect forever home for their dogs very seriously and with great love. People may wonder about having a dog trained in a prison, but it is the best of both worlds. The dogs form a bond with humans they may never have experienced, before where love and affection are felt every day while they get wonderful training and care. For the inmate trainers, they say how important it is to them to have this task in their rehabilitation. They also participate in fund raising for the organization. If you adopt a dog still in the system (not 'paroled'), you will receive updates from the inmates as to how your future dog is doing, what they are learning, and a bit of insight to the the personality of the dog.

Along with their adoption work, they do a find job of educating animal lovers about situations in the animal world including pet rescue in general and ethical treatments of shelter dogs.

I've done a small bit of volunteer work for RPSM (a home visit) and I spread the word any chance I get to those I know who are considering pet adoption. Adopting a dog can, in all honesty be a dicey situation - you never really know what you will get. That is unless you go through RPSM. When you adopt an RPSM dog, you get one that has been temperament screened, trained (house and crate), has had a complete vet check, has been spayed/neutered up AND has a microchip. You will bring home the best friend you've been looking for.

I can't recommend Refurbished Pets of Southern Michigan enough. Their hard work and dedication changes lives.

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