Refurbished Pets receives donation

Members of Refurbished Pets of Southern Michigan recently received $50,000 from Petco Foundation.
Founded in 2007, Refurbished Pets has made an effort to aid in the reduction of euthanasia rates at animal shelters.
The group’s correctional companion program began in 2008 in a partnership with the Coldwater prison complex and endeavors to find homes for dogs in shelters that would otherwise be euthanized.
Dogs selected for the companion program are screened for temperament, trainability and adoptability.
They are fully vaccinated, spayed or neutered prior to enrollment in the program.
Once they arrive at the complex, they are assigned to specially trained inmates who are responsible for their training and day to day care.
The dogs are ready to receive a canine good citizen certificate and available for adoption into an approved home upon completion of the program.
Each dog’s 10-week tenure is estimated to cost about $285. All costs involved in the companion program are the responsibility of RPSM and supported by public donations.

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