Who we are
HOPE is an IRS designated 501(c)3 that intends to make a big impact on the amount of animals in our shelters. By focusing on education of the public, our goal is to reduce the numbers of animals that shelter staff, rescues and volunteers work so hard to find homes for. Spay and neuter, obedience training, and hardship are just some of the topics and problems we would like to tackle. We are currently operating out of Genesee County Michigan but will be striving to bring education and community outreach across the state.
How we got started
As volunteers for our local animal shelter, it became increasingly obvious that all the efforts to help the animals after they arrive at the shelter were not working. We were spending hours upon hours walking dogs, networking for new homes, finding rescue and arranging transport. The next day the cages were full again. There were an unlimited amount of Orphaned Pets. They just kept coming.
Speaking with adopters and the public, we recognized a desperate need for people to understand what could reduce these numbers. An idea begin to form, why not reach out to communities? School children? Potential adopters? What if we got people hooked on taking their dog to obedience class? Taught impressionable kids about the social needs of their companion animals? Provided free courses for potential adopters to help determine if they were ready for a furry family member? Support local rescues by helping attract quality fosters? We can educate people so the situation wouldn’t escalate to unwanted pets and packed shelters.
The concept began to grow the more we talked about it. We can make a huge difference to the orphaned pets of the future by teaching people today how to prevent unwanted litters, heartworm and life-threatening cancers. By making dog training programs readily available for people to learn how to correct behaviors that, in the past, would have been a reason to surrender your dog. By networking and helping rescues and other animal advocacy groups to educate, promote, and ultimately fund education programs.