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Michigan Animal Rescue League (Pontiac) Reviews


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A Compassionate Director 3 average
5 posted by KatyCraig, on 2019-03-31 20:25:57
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1 posted by BarbaraMays, on 2019-02-14 23:05:16
I have received feedback on how they treat and or speak to people. Ex-employees have confirmed they were bullied after they turned in another employee for not properly caring for the animals. Many believe they will get away with how they conduct business because they don't admit the truth.
Proactive Redemptions 3 average
5 posted by KatyCraig, on 2019-03-31 20:25:52
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1 posted by BarbaraMays, on 2019-02-14 23:00:18
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Volunteers 3.7 average
5 posted by KatyCraig, on 2019-03-31 20:24:03
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1 posted by BarbaraMays, on 2019-02-14 22:59:25
I was a volunteer/foster and was lied to and treated very badly. All that heard what I experience are appalled and disgusted. We all agreed to never support this organization again because they refuse to do the right thing and make the obviously necessary life-affirming changes.
5 posted by Iammae8, on 2013-06-27 00:56:57
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Public Relations/Community Involvement 3 average
5 posted by KatyCraig, on 2019-03-31 20:23:59
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1 posted by BarbaraMays, on 2019-02-14 22:56:28
They have provided false information on their website regarding who they really are, including their purpose/mission.
Medical and Behavior Programs 3 average
5 posted by KatyCraig, on 2019-03-31 20:23:55
Every time I visit each animal seems like it's on a specific plan to help it succeed. I just spent time with a blind and deaf puppy who was delightful and was happy she ended up at MARL.
1 posted by BarbaraMays, on 2019-02-14 22:55:22
They will kill a very treatable animal just to make space.
Pet Retention 3 average
5 posted by KatyCraig, on 2019-03-31 20:22:57
I know they've helped the community with low cost spaying and neutering and they have a great food program for those who take care of their animals but might not always have the means.
1 posted by BarbaraMays, on 2019-02-14 22:54:03
Per a family I spoke with; they surrendered their dog hoping it would be rehomed and it was immediately killed because it needed meds for seizures. The family made a follow-up phone call and was told they don't have to provide them with any information. The dog was now the property of the shelter and they can do whatever they want.
Comprehensive Adoption Programs 3.7 average
5 posted by KatyCraig, on 2019-03-31 20:21:56
Great at adoptions and clearly care for all the animals that come through their building. Animal Welfare is an emotionally charged environment (as evidenced by some of the more disgruntled comments) but they help so many animals and people in the community with the work that they do.
1 posted by BarbaraMays, on 2019-02-14 22:50:18
They advertise that their mission is to treat sick and/or injured animals or if an animal has a broken leg, they will fix it. This is absolutely not true! We adopted a 16-week old kitten from them that had his leg amputated that could easily have been fixed which was confirmed by a vet. Shame on them! They have killed a pit bull puppy because she was deaf. They killed a cat for urinating outside the litter box. It was confirmed by an employee that if an animal is there for too long, it is destroyed. They go through the shelter, picking, and choosing who lives and who dies. They have lied to the public for too long. I was once a huge supporter of this rescue/shelter, but never again. I have personally witnessed first hand too many horrific acts this organization has secretly committed.
5 posted by Iammae8, on 2013-06-27 00:56:54
(no comment)
Foster Care 3.3 average
5 posted by KatyCraig, on 2019-03-31 20:20:41
(no comment)
1 posted by BarbaraMays, on 2019-02-14 22:40:00
I have been a witness to the fact that they senselessly and needlessly killed kittens without any proof of having a skin infection even after a vet confirmed they were 100% healthy. Did not return kittens back to foster for any treatment if necessary, just had them all killed.
4 posted by Iammae8, on 2013-06-27 01:00:43
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Rescue Groups 3 average
5 posted by KatyCraig, on 2019-03-31 20:20:36
(no comment)
1 posted by BarbaraMays, on 2019-02-14 22:37:41
I have heard from volunteers that they will have animals transferred to other shelters where they are most often destroyed.
High-Volume, Low-Cost Spay/Neuter 3 average
5 posted by KatyCraig, on 2019-03-31 20:20:25
(no comment)
1 posted by BarbaraMays, on 2019-02-14 22:36:21
Will only spay/neuter animals they choose to adopt out.
Feral Cat TNR Program 3 average
5 posted by KatyCraig, on 2019-03-31 20:20:18
(no comment)
1 posted by BarbaraMays, on 2019-02-14 22:34:55
They do not have or support a TNR program.
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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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