Where do the animals come from?
We have rescue partnerships with several city and county animal shelters throughout the southeastern Michigan, Metro-Detroit area. In times of extreme need we have helped other shelters as well. It is these shelters who bear the responsibility of taking in, caring for the thousands of abandoned dogs and cats. The shelters we work with care a great deal about the animals in their care, and work with rescue groups like ours to save as many of them as possible. It's estimated that nearly 1200 dogs and even more cats are euthanized each month in southeast Michigan alone, because these shelters receive far more animals than they could ever hope to adopt out. We bring these deserving dogs and cats to our rescue to find them homes.
Are the animals spayed and neutered?
YES. The reason so many animals have to be rescued in the first place is that there are too many of them, and not enough homes! Most shelters are completely full 100% of the time and must make room for new intakes by euthanizing the ones already there. The best way to attack the overpopulation problem is to attack the root of the problem, and prevent more puppies and kittens from being born. Every dog, puppy, cat or kitten that we rescue is spayed or neutered before being adopted.
If you don't have any history on the dog or cat, how do we know she/he is healthy?
First you should know that we only rescue what we consider to be "adoptable" family companions. Every animal we save is assessed for temperament, so we have some degree of comfort that no serious behavioral problems exist. In addition, each dog and cat gets a thorough veterinary exam and receives the necessary vaccinations while they're in foster care. When you adopt a Shelter to Home pet, you will receive their health record and information about continued care.
What's the difference between you and the SPCA or Humane Society?
The main difference is physical: We are an independent organization that primarily operates out of volunteers' homes. We rescue animals OUT of primarily municipal shelters (city- and county-funded shelters whose adoption rates are very low in comparison to the number of animals taken in). We work in partnership with these animal shelters to rescue adoptable dogs and cats. Often a rescue group like ours is the only hope these particular shelter dogs or cats have for a new life.
Are you a Non-Profit tax-exempt organization?
Yes, we are a registered 501(c)3. This means that any donations made to Shelter to Home can be considered a tax write-off! We are staffed by volunteers only. No one is paid, including our Board of Directors and Officers.
I don’t live in Michigan. Can I still adopt from Shelter to Home?
Yes! Most our animals are eligible for out-of-state adoptions. We do require that all adopters personally arrive to meet with the animal they wish to adopt, to further ensure a proper match. We do not ship animals and we do not adopt animals to people sight-unseen. Please understand that we invest a great deal of care and love into each of these animals, taking them from their lowest moments and building them back up. We work toward finding adopters prepared for a lifetime commitment to these animals, so seeing the adoption process through to the end is important to us. All travel arrangements are to be made by the adopter, at their expense.
What does my adoption donation go toward?
Shelter to Home is a federally recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is run by 100% volunteers. All adoption donations go towards the vetting, transportation, and general care cost of the animals. Most adoption donations are actually LESS than the total amount we spend in saving a particular animal. We rely on community donations from generous people like you to make up the difference in order to continue saving more animals in need.
What are the benefits to adopting a dog or cat from an organization like Shelter to Home?
Most of our adoptable animals have been in foster care--in a regular home environment--so we have a good idea of how each of our animals will behave in the real world. For the animals, we usually know if it is housebroken, good with other animals, appropriate for children or not, energy/activity level, and so forth. This makes it easier to match up our animals with the right home, and easier for you to select the right one. Our dogs and cats have already been vet-checked, vaccinated, tested for Felv/FIV or heart worm, dewormed, and spayed/neutered before adoption. While no one can guarantee the long-term health of any animal, we do take the time and incur the expense to get basic healthcare and assessments done before our animals go to permanent homes. Of course, the tender-loving care they receive from their foster parents, as we prepare them for their new permanent homes, is priceless!
Can I adopt more than one animal at a time?
Yes! We encourage adopters to adopt two cats or kittens at a time. We feel that it benefits the cat's/kitten's social life, as well as provides a loving home for everyone!
If I am the first one to apply for an animal, will I get him/her?
Maybe. We are not a first-come, first served rescue. We try our very hardest to find the best match for our animals. Being first doesn’t hurt, but it’s not a guarantee. We commit to being as open and honest about the selection process as we can. Hopefully, there is another animal within our rescue that you might be interested in or as you check back with our current animals for adoption another might peek your interest.
Why can't I find an animal rescue to take in my pet?
Most rescues are volunteer based and instead of having a shelter with lots of room, most rescues, like ours, have volunteer foster homes. Individuals are willing to take in a pet or two into their home until a forever family to adopts them. Since most rescues are no-kill, how many pets a rescue can take in is dependent on how many volunteer foster homes they have and how often pets get adopted. Even if a rescue had a facility similar to a shelter where they can house more pets, the fact that they do not euthanize limits how many pets they can take in. Unfortunately, the supply of pets that are either unwanted or that their owners can no longer keep is much, much larger than the demand to adopt pets, so a rescue being "full" is all too common. There are resources on Petfinder to help you place your pet.
How can I volunteer?
See our Volunteering page on our website.
How can I donate?
See our Donate page on our website.