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Animal Rescue Project (Kalamazoo)


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Adoptable Pets in Michigan
Our name may be unfamiliar to you, but we are no strangers to the rescue of homeless pets. We are a growing group of more than 50 dedicated, experienced, and skilled animal rescue activists who have reunited to form an organization purely dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and adoption of at-risk pets in pound facilities. We pursued that mission for several years together as the SPCA of Southwest Michigan but left that organization after a change in leadership and direction.

Our mission is laser-focused: We save homeless pets, one at a time, and offer socially responsible adoption services to those seeking the companionship of pets. The mission is all about homeless pets, but it's also all about people: our volunteers, certainly, but also like-minded animal lovers who choose to give a second chance to a homeless pet. And it's all about people who wish to join us in addressing the problem of pet homelessness.

Address:
219 Peekstock
Kalamazoo, MI 49001
Phone: 269) 492-1010
Feral Cat TNR Program
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High-Volume, Low-Cost Spay/Neuter
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Rescue Groups
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Foster Care
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Comprehensive Adoption Programs
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Pet Retention
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Medical and Behavior Programs
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Public Relations/Community Involvement
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Volunteers
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Proactive Redemptions
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A Compassionate Director
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Adoptable Pets in Michigan
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1. Feral Cat TNR Program

Many communities are embracing Trap, Neuter, Release programs (TNR) to improve animal welfare, reduce death rates, and meet obligations to public welfare.


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2. High-Volume, Low-Cost Spay/Neuter

Low cost, high volume spay/neuter will quickly lead to fewer animals entering the shelter system, allowing more resources to be allocated toward saving lives.


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3. Rescue Groups

An adoption or transfer to a rescue group frees up scarce cage and kennel space, reduces expenses for feeding, cleaning, killing, and improves a community's rate of lifesaving. In an environment of millions of dogs and cats killed in shelters annually, rare is the circumstance in which a rescue group should be denied an animal.


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4. Foster Care

Volunteer foster care is crucial to No Kill. Without it, saving lives is compromised. It is a low cost, and often no cost, way of increasing a shelter's capacity, improving public relations, increasing a shelter's public image, rehabilitating sick and injured or behaviorally challenged animals, and saving lives.


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5. Comprehensive Adoption Programs

Adoptions are vital to an agency's lifesaving mission. The quantity and quality of shelter adoptions is in shelter management's hands, making lifesaving a direct function of shelter policies and practice. In fact, studies show people get their animals from shelters only 20% of the time. If shelters better promoted their animals and had adoption programs responsive to the needs of the community, including public access hours for working people, offsite adoptions, adoption incentives, and effective marketing, they could increase the number of homes available and replace killing with adoptions. Contrary to conventional wisdom, shelters can adopt their way out of killing.


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6. Pet Retention

While some of the reasons animals are surrendered to shelters are unavoidable, others can be prevented-but only if shelters are willing to work with people to help them solve their problems. Saving animals requires communities to develop innovative strategies for keeping people and their companion animals together. And the more a community sees its shelters as a place to turn for advice and assistance, the easier this job will be.


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7. Medical and Behavior Programs

In order to meet its commitment to a lifesaving guarantee for all savable animals, shelters need to keep animals happy and healthy and keep animals moving through the system. To do this, shelters must put in place comprehensive vaccination, handling, cleaning, socialization, and care policies before animals get sick and rehabilitative efforts for those who come in sick, injured, unweaned, or traumatized.


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8. Public Relations/Community Involvement

Increasing adoptions, maximizing donations, recruiting volunteers and partnering with community agencies comes down to one thing: increasing the shelter's exposure. And that means consistent marketing and public relations. Public relations and marketing are the foundation of all a shelter's activities and their success. To do all these things well, the shelter must be in the public eye.


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9. Volunteers

Volunteers are a dedicated "army of compassion" and the backbone of a successful No Kill effort. There is never enough staff, never enough dollars to hire more staff, and always more needs than paid human resources. That is where volunteers come in and make the difference between success and failure and, for the animals, life and death.


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10. Proactive Redemptions

One of the most overlooked areas for reducing killing in animal control shelters are lost animal reclaims. Sadly, besides having pet owners fill out a lost pet report, very little effort is made in this area of shelter operations. This is unfortunate because doing so-primarily shifting from passive to a more proactive approach-has proven to have a significant impact on lifesaving and allow shelters to return a large percentage of lost animals to their families.


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11. A Compassionate Director

The final element of the No Kill equation is the most important of all, without which all other elements are thwarted-a hard working, compassionate animal control or shelter director not content to regurgitate tired cliches or hide behind the myth of "too many animals, not enough homes." Unfortunately, this one is also oftentimes the hardest one to demand and find.


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I have a cute tiger kitty that was living in my side yard. She don't get along with my elder cat, so I must give her up. She will make someone very happy as she lovable and playfull. I'm trying every avenue to find her a home because she deserves a chance at life. She's maybe a year old and very tiny. I love her already but she can't live in my porch with the cold months coming on. Please contact me at (269)344-0637 or (269)567-0546 thanks
posted by CarolynJohnston, on 2018-08-17 13:01:22
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I need a new home for my cats. Please help I really need someone to take them or at least one. They are both at least 15 years old both healthy friendly loving. I can no longer keep them or want them anymore and I dont want to have to put them down. This would break my heart. They both deserve a chance!
posted by (empty name), on 2018-03-27 14:35:11
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My friend just lost her dad, and doesn't know what to do with his two cats. Unfortunately, she can't take them in, due to her apartment policy, and doesn't know anyone that can take them both in, because she doesn't want them to be separated or put down at the animal shelters around town. Please get back to me if you guys could help out and take in these two cats.
posted by arsreception, on 2018-03-19 00:53:27
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I have a cat who needs to be saved. He's an older cat and doesn't get along with my other animals. He's very scared and won't come out much. I found him outside and tried tracking down his owners but no luck. With as scared as he acted to be outside I think someone dumped him. Please can you take him and try and find him a home?
posted by AlyshaGraceMerrill, on 2017-06-13 20:35:06
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We are looking to re home our 5 year old Terrier mixed breed to a loving and active family. Cody is fun and energetic. We are now caring for an elderly parent and need to find him a new place.
posted by SusanBalkema, on 2016-07-19 21:31:45
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My nephew asked me to take care of one of his pittbullsand I did and he refuses to come get him..what should I do? This is a good dog blind in one eye.But we are senior citizens and can not afford or have the energy to keep this dog. Please help. Susan Nelson please email me some information on what I should do.
posted by SusanNelson, on 2016-05-01 18:33:15
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I have to get rid of most of my cats. Childerns Protection Services say that because we have a 1 year old we have to many. I have 3 black and white kittens that are 9 weeks old and have been unable to find homes for. I also have their mother who is a 3 year old all black cat, she is skittish to sudden movements and being held but loves getting petted and laying on your shoulder when you go to bed. I have a 2 year old female who just had a kitten 8 weeks ago. She is multi-colored stripped very loveable, can be a little apprehensive at times. I also have a 3 year old male who is mostly white. He is the father to both litters. He has been fighting with my other male cats and has a deformed ear from that and scarring behiond both ears from being scratched. He is loveable, he runs at first but if you say his name he will come up to you with out any issue. I also have a 1 year old ferral cat. He is gray and black with a few strips but mostly spots. He is loveable but to hyper for our home. I Would love to keep all of these cats they are a big part of my life but I am not being given enough time to get them fixed or to find good homes for them. I am only given until the 19th of this month. Please let me know if you are able to helkp us. My name is Ann Whitehill and can be reached at (616)690-9542. Thank you for taking the time to read this.
posted by AnnWhitehill, on 2014-08-15 18:31:09