Refurbished Pets of Southern Michigan - Props for Parolees

Refurbished Pets of Southern Michigan - Props for Parolees

From Chay M.

At Refurbished Pets of Southern Michigan, we partner with regional animal shelters and Lakeland Correctional Facility in Coldwater, Michigan to help dogs reach their maximum potential and find loving forever families.

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Update #14

25 days ago

$856 is what we've raised to date. We haven't fed the dogs yet. We haven't vetted the dogs yet. They have no collars, no leashes. We have 14 dogs in the companion program and we need to fund them!

But this isn't even all we do. It takes almost $7,000 to feed, house, and vet our normal 14 dogs each round, but we do MORE. In Southwest Michigan, we've helped families, under special circumstances, spay/neuter their dogs when they couldn't afford it. We've helped families in need feed their pets when we've had extra food. We've partnered with other local rescues to help meet the needs of the community.

It's not just about our 14. It's about community, about families, and most of all, it's about the dogs.

Please donate today.

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Meet Titan. He is a 55 lb 1 year old pit bull mix. He loves people and other dogs. Titan is fully up to date on his vaccinations and is neutered, thanks to RPSM and partnering shelter. He is currently hanging out at his foster home until he enters training on the next round to learn to be his best self. 

At RPSM, we help transform shelter dogs into superstars! We partner with local shelters to identify dogs with potential and send them into a 10 week training program at Lakeland Correctional Facility in Coldwater, Michigan. Inmates train the dogs and gain life long skills; dogs learn good manners and gain their forever homes.

The pandemic has hit us pretty hard. We have been unable to hold most of our annual fundraisers due to social distancing and quarantine requirements, and funds are down. 

We are a 501(c)3 organization. We do not have a brick and mortar shelter; we operate through certified foster homes and are 100% volunteer backed and donation driven. Every dollar of your donation goes to the medical care, food, and dog supplies.

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Chay M. posted a new update:
25 days ago

Update #14

$856 is what we've raised to date. We haven't fed the dogs yet. We haven't vetted the dogs yet. They have no collars, no leashes. We have 14 dogs in the companion program and we need to fund them!

But this isn't even all we do. It takes almost $7,000 to feed, house, and vet our normal 14 dogs each round, but we do MORE. In Southwest Michigan, we've helped families, under special circumstances, spay/neuter their dogs when they couldn't afford it. We've helped families in need feed their pets when we've had extra food. We've partnered with other local rescues to help meet the needs of the community.

It's not just about our 14. It's about community, about families, and most of all, it's about the dogs.

Please donate today.

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Chay M. posted a new update:
about 1 month ago

Update #13

It's Sunday and we still haven't fed the dogs :(

We are a 501(c)3 organization - your gifts are 100% tax deductible. We should have our next round of available dogs posted soon!

We rely heavily on our seasoned fosters (Like Jennifer McGruder and her husband) to help us find out more about the dogs' personalities before we make them available for adoption. That way we have a better understanding of that particular dog's needs. We use that information to tailor any necessary specific training to that dog, and to help us vet potential adopters - ensuring that we match the right dog with the right home, and that the adopters get a dog that will fit well into their lifestyles.

We welcome new fosters as well, and provide support and resources whenever necessary. We also have volunteers that help with transportation of dogs and resources (like dog food), volunteers that help us find grants, volunteers that help us process applications and send out training reports, and more - SO many people we depend on to get our mission accomplished. We are 100% volunteer and donation driven. We appreciate all our volunteers and donors - we couldn't do it without you!

We thank you for your continued support!

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Chay M. posted a new update:
about 1 month ago

Update #12

YAY! we are up to $670! But we still have so far to go. It's already Wednesday, and we haven't fed the dogs yet. They are looking pretty hungry!

Quality nutrition is important! Growing (and training!) dogs need adequate levels of protein, carbs, and fats to function properly. In training, it's especially important. Good dog food not only keeps dogs in good health, but it helps them maintain muscle tone, digestive health (think healthy guts and poop!), bone health, and mental focus!

To those that have donated already, THANK YOU! We cannot continue to do the things we do without your continued support. It means so much to us, and it means the world to the dogs.

To those that are on the fence, this program has saved lives! We've had several "last chance" dogs that have graduated from this program and gone on to be great companions. Did we mention it also benefits the inmates that train the dogs? More than just the dogs' lives are changed!

Come on, folks! If you can't afford to donate as much as one bag of food ($30), can you at least buy the dogs a "cup of coffee"? (No, we don't give them coffee. A store bought coffee is about $5, and we would put that toward a bag of dog food) :)

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Chay M. posted a new update:
about 1 month ago

Update #11

We are inching closer, but we still need $500 to get to our dog food goal by next Friday!

This is Yoyo. He will be entering training on April 30th. Help us feed Yoyo and his classmates!

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Chay M. posted a new update:
about 1 month ago

Update #10

To date, we've raised $425 of our $6,000 goal. We have so far to go.

Let's talk about the real money that goes into these dogs. With $425, we've covered dog toothbrushes and toothpaste (about $100), baby wipes ($170), martingale collars ($70), and maybe some foster treats (about $140). What have we not covered yet? Plenty. We haven't fed the dogs yet. We go through about 22 bags of dog food per round. Those are FORTY POUND bags of dog food. If you hit up Chewy.com and checked out the price of a good quality 40 lb bag of dog food, you'll find it's anywhere from $30-50 per bag. Using $30 per bag as a guide, that's a cost of about $660 per round!

This week, let's get these dogs fed! I challenge you to tag a friend (or three!) to share this post to get the next round of dogs fed! Let's get the total up to $1100 by next Friday!

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Chay M. posted a new update:
about 1 month ago

Update #9

To date, there are 3 RPSM alumni in my home. Piper is our first parolee; the other 2 were too small for prison. We took one look at each of them and just knew <3

Even though Martin and Dolly did not go to prison, RPSM still paid for their vetting (including heart worm prevention and spay/neuter), their food and their toys. On average, the foster dogs go through about 22 heart worm pills per round.

Do you have an RPSM parolee in your home? Share a photo below!

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Chay M. posted a new update:
about 1 month ago

Update #8

THE DOGS NEED YOUR HELP!!

We are only up to $340 of our $6,000 goal. We know times are tough, but a little goes a long way. If you can't donate, please share our campaign with others.

This is one of our bookmark designs for sale in our online shop. Check out all of our goodies at www.RPSM.org. All proceeds benefit the Companion Training Program. Thank you!

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Chay M. posted a new update:
about 1 month ago

Update #7

Answer to yesterday's question: We go through approximately 126 bags of treats each round. That adds up!

This is Piper (paroled in December 2020). She learned her basic commands and a few tricks before going to her forever home <3

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Chay M. posted a new update:
about 1 month ago

Update #6

We send treats to the prison for the inmates to use in training the dogs to be their best selves. How many bags of treats do you thing are used during one full 10 week rotation? Answer tomorrow!

This is Martin - one of our fosters that did not go to training. He went to a foster home, and stayed <3

As a reminder - 100% of your donation goes straight to the care of the dogs. Every little bit helps!

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Chay M. posted a new update:
about 1 month ago

Update #5

Want to see how the dogs are taught in prison? Check out our YouTube channel! Remember, every donation goes straight to the dogs!

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjfKoJlzBhtBDvNkIpAb4vw/videos

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Chay M. posted a new update:
about 1 month ago

Update #4

The answer to the question posted earlier: Yoyo will more than likely go through 40 lbs of dog food during his time in foster care.

Tune in tomorrow for more trivia! Thank you for your support!

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Chay M. posted a new update:
about 1 month ago

Update #3

Good morning! I see we are well on our way to our goal! Thanks everyone for sharing and donating! Please continue to share and help us spread the word!

This is Yoyo. He's a 55 lb shepherd mix. How many bags of dog food do you think he'll go through while he's with his foster family before he goes to training? Answer later today :)

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Chay M. posted a new update:
2 months ago

Update #2

Help RPSM achieve this goal!! Every dollar donated goes to the care of the animals.

Thank you for your support!

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Chay M. posted a new update:
2 months ago

Update #1

And so it begins! Help RPSM reach their goal!

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