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Eaton County Humane Society

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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Eaton County Humane Society (ECHS) strives to ensure a lifetime of loving care for animals by reducing overpopulation, increasing adoption, and fostering humane values.

Results: We are proud of the accomplishments we have made over the years and intend on 2017 being our best year ever!

Target demographics: dogs and cats in need all over Michigan.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 244 dogs, cats and other small critters

Geographic areas served: Eaton County, Michigan

Programs: Promote kindness to animals, SNAP program (spay/neuter assistance for families who cannot afford to fix their pets), T-N-R program (trap-neuter-return for feral & free roaming cats), and our Have A Heart program which pays for shelter pets to get heartworm treatment and many other high cost procedures.

Community Stories

22 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

After losing our aged, cancer ridden terrier, we decided we should get another dog to keep the rescued Schnauzer company and hopefully one who would love to accompany the competitive runner in our family. We saw a picture of Suzy Q who was at the ECHS and loved her scruffy look and penetrating eyes. We contacted Holly, the wonderful director, and drove over to see Suzy Q. There was no doubt we wanted this adorable, exceptionally friendly, and energetic dog. We returned a little over a week later to pick her up post neutering surgery. Her name is now Carly (Carly Simone) and she comes quickly when called by that name. She loves to play and the running is progressing well. Carly is not only tremendously friendly but a major cuddle dog who loves to snuggle. We are really happy to have her!!! Thanks to the Eaton County Humane Society and Holly, who was so friendly, cooperative and informative. This adoption was worth two 100 mile trips and we would go there again if need be and will highly recommend ECHS to others. It was the most inviting and well kept rescue facility I have ever visited and I have visited many as I am a strong believe in adopting rescue pets!

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted AJ in May of 2017. The poor little 8 year old guy had been the victim of abuse and was really underweight at 5 pounds and very little hair on his thin body. Holly Thoms of Eaton County Humane Society was instrumental in finding our "Forever Home" for AJ. She was able to answer all of our questions and assured us that we could contact her at any time in the future. It was a great pleasure to work with Holly and the ECHS. The last visit to the vet AJ weight is 6.70 and his hair is coming in very nicely. We go for about a mile walk every day. The picture is AJ helping me grill out on Labor Day 2017.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Eaton County Humane Society has undergone significant changes in the past year, led largely by the extensive experience and knowledge of their new Director. The changes and everything they have been able to accomplish have been both astonishing and impressive. ECHS has many new programs including the spay-and-neuter assistance program for low-income residents and a new trap and release program. They are doing more outreach and getting a more professional social media presence. They have expanded their Board of Directors with knowledgeable, professional members. I'm so proud to see all the improvements they have made and the goals they continue to set for themselves in striving for the best possible care for Eaton County's animals.

Review from Guidestar

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Change can be a catalyst for good, and that has certainly been true at ECHS this year. With the on-boarding of Holly Thoms, the shelter has been able expand and enhance services to the animals. With these additional services and dedicated volunteers, ECHS is making a positive impact in the lives of animals and also in the communities the shelter serves. Many 'someday' wishes have now come to reality for this little shelter - microchipping of animals, the SNAP program and a TNR program. I am very excited about the future of ECHS!

Review from Guidestar

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

We recently had the pleasure of adopting from ECHS. After losing our beloved dog of almost fifteen years, I saw a photo of our Harley on Petfinder. Through corresponding and speaking with Holly Thoms, we found her to be a knowledgeable, compassionate advocate of animal rescue. We drove two hours to the shelter and the trip was certainly worth it! Clean and Happy atmosphere. Also, we are so grateful that Harley had some necessary eye surgery prior to adoption. We were impressed with his post op care. Thanks again, Holly and ECHS.

3 Carleen K. E.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Staff was very professional and efficient. The transfer in and out of the facility made it easier on our furbaby Daisy to adjust to her new home and we could not be happier. Thank you everyone and especially Holly.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so glad I found Eaton County Humane Society. They were patient with all my questions about one certain little guy I was interested in and I traveled an hour and a half to meet him. Love at first site, and he went home with me that day. They even provided a Thank you box for all my pets needs. Jack has brought happiness into our lives and has a playmate too named Gemma. Jack is today a very spoiled rotten, pampered dog who is healthy and happy with lots of toys. I'm lucky to have him.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my chihuahua Koda from ECHS back and April and I was blown away by their genuine love and care for the animals! I felt so welcome by the staff and fell in love with my pup instantly! They made sure I had all of my questions answered and had the proper time to interact with Koda so I was sure before I made a decision. ECHS has left a lasting impression, so when my elderly cat passed away a bit ago, I knew I had to donate to this shelter. I cannot say enough good things about them, they have given me the love of my life!

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I recently fostered and then adopted a 4 pound chihuahua named Dobby from the Eaton County Humane Society. The process couldn't have gone any smoother, and the staff, especially Holly, couldn't have been more helpful! Dobby had to have some dental work done before I could officially adopt him. Holly kept me updated after his surgery on how he was doing. She is quick to answer any questions that I have. I don't feel like I adopted a dog and I'm on my own; I know I can turn to the humane society with any question that I have.

3

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a new Board member for the Eaton County Humane Society, I have been impressed by several things. The first is a very thoughtful and direct approach to adding new Board members. The Humane Society Board has recently undergone some changes and has taken this opportunity to refocus the organization. In doing that, potential Board members have been recruited that can add value to the organization through their expertise. The second comment reflects the success of hiring of a new director who has the experience, confidence and enthusiasm to bring about shelter improvements and manage the shelter according to successful, national standards of care. The number of new programs, fund raising activities, volunteer recruitment and facility improvements that have taken place in just a short time is astonishing. Finally, I would like to comment on the care of the animals that is reflected by love and devotion shown by each staff member and volunteer. The facility itself is spotless with a free-roaming cat room and outdoor kennels to provide ample enrichment and exercise opportunities. The excitement and attached social media notices when an animal finds their "forever" home is infectious. The amount of work to make all of this happen often goes unnoticed. However, the animals and the community are lucky to have the Eaton County Humane Society to assist and care for the animals that cross its path.

Review from Guidestar

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Eaton County Humane Society is an amazing place!
They take the best care of all their animals. The building is very clean and organized. The people working and volunteering there are wonderful! They are constantly working on getting all their animals adopted into great families.
In the sad situation that animals end up in shelters, at least this is one of the best to end up in!

Review from Guidestar

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Eaton County Humane Society ("ECHS") is an AWESOME place to adopt your next furbaby!! The director, Holly, has many years of experience & truly cares about the animals. There are new volunteers, new board members & new staff that have also contributed to the amazing growth of ECHS. You all are doing an FABULOUS job!!! Thank you!!!

Review from Guidestar

4

Board Member

Rating: 5

2017 has been a great year so far for ECHS. In addition to hiring a new director, we've started three new programs this year. The TNR program (trap, neuter, return) has been a huge success already. I'm also extremely proud of our SNAP program (spay and neuter assistance program). This program assists residents of Eaton County by making spays and neuters of their pets affordable. Finally, our Have A Heart Fund is by far my favorite program. This emergency fund allows us to pull animals from other shelters that may not have had that second chance at life due to various medical reasons such as broken bones and heartworm treatment. Using this fund, we are able to help those animals by paying the high vet bills so that every animal leaving our shelter is healthy.

In addition to our new programs, we have made the commitment that every animal is spayed or neutered prior to leaving our care and is micro-chipped.

Finally, we have the best volunteers and foster parents! We couldn't operate without them and we certainly couldn't help as many animals as we do.

Review from Guidestar

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I regularly check out the ECHS website and I am really impressed. What great descriptions, stories, and photos of the animals in need they have. I know they recently had some unexpected expenses for which they took a big financial hit, but have remaIned diligent to help the orphaned animals in their community find forever homes. Plus, I just learned they are going to be helping Texas out and taking in a group of dogs orphaned by the Hurricane! Keep up the great work ECHS! You are greatly needed!

Review from Guidestar

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This is my first time fostering with this facility but have been fostering for over ten years. The director, Holly, is very easy and flexible to work with and always puts the dogs' needs first. The facility itself is very clean and has a fenced in area for adopters to visit with dogs they might want to adopt.

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

There is no one more committed than Holly Thoms. Bright and certainly as knowledgeable and educated about animals as the best of them, Holly is devoted to using that knowledge and all her abilities to make the world better for shelter animals and the community. A true animal advocate, she is hard-working, dedicated, personable, and committed. Holly understands the bigger picture as well as the importance of the day-to-day and best practices for animal shelters. She is open to new ideas - and a champion of what works. And she is always willing to learn more.
I worked closely with Holly a few years back on a project she was instrumental in helping to lead in our state - closing the remaining gas chambers in Michigan - and in connection with the on-going effort to pass State legislation to ban their use permanently. From the big picture to the day-to-day, Holly never faltered. My only regret is that I'm too far to offer hands-on help with her shelter. I support her 100%!

4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Due to a family tragedy and forced move, a friend of mine was in desperate need to re-home her two little dogs. As an 11 year old bonded pair of siblings, she knew their age would work against them and reached out to me to help her help them. Holly and ECHS stepped up, and their volunteer Tori Steffy made the *200 mile* round trip to pick up these little guys. I can't say enough good things about an organization and it's people who would go to such lengths to help protect these little souls. Thank you, Holly. Thank you Tori. And thank you Eaton County Humane Society on behalf of Bubba and Karin!

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I proudly volunteer at ECHS. I believe in Holly and ECHS. The SNAP and TNR programs really help the animals. Holly the director has such a good heart, she cares about the animals and does a fantastic job. They have awesome pets waiting for a second chance and great volunteers. ECHS is a small shelter with a big heart.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a foster parent, I am so grateful to have found such a great place to volunteer! Holly and staff love each animal that walks in, and focuses on making sure they are happy and healthy before they get adopted! Current foster and new momma, Tink, is also grateful as she had an ulcer on her tongue that was found and treated thanks to ECHS!

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a great facility where everyone truly cares about the animals. I have never seen such a great and inviting facility. The staff are very knowledgeable about the animals and ensures everyone gets such great care. They play music for the animals and other activities. They try an make the animals at home as much as possible until they get their forever home. Holly and Clair are such devoted individuals that give so much of their time and love to each animal.