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HUMANE SOCIETY OF HURON VALLEY

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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals

Mission: Established to promote respect for all life and to prevent cruelty to animals, our continuing mission is to support the loving, responsible care of all animals in our community by: - Ensuring proper, nurturing care for the animals in our shelter- Placing all adoptable animals in loving homes and attempting to re-unite strays with their families- Reducing pet overpopulation by providing low-cost sterilizations- Providing education and outreach to the community- Stopping animal cruelty by working with local law enforcement as needed to educate people and protect animals.

Target demographics: all animals -- lost, stray, wild, domestic, injured, abused, abandoned and surrendered

Geographic areas served: Washtenaw County and Plymouth

Programs: - Pet adoption services - Full service, low cost veterinary clinic (open to the public; you do not need to have adopted to use our clinic - 24/7 ambulance service to sick and injured wildlife in Washtenaw County -Animal cruelty investigation -Humane education

Community Stories

271 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Mary K.11

Client Served

Rating: 5

We found our crazy guy, Ryder there 4 years. He was a 1 year old very energetic hound/rot mix to our 3 aches where he thrived! He has been a joy and loving pet that we had to give him a little sister. We brought home our Rosie last year when she was only 8 months old. I liked to thank everyone who helped us find our lovable pets. They were all very compassionate and patient with us in our searches. Our next pets will definitely be from Huron Valley.

Cheryl W.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They do it all, shelter, adoption, health care, spay/neuter clinic and offer great community resources by providing conferences pertaining to human/animal interactions. Their fundraisers engage the community and are FUN. Excellent all around facility and mission.

Susan C.17

Client Served

Rating: 5

HSHV is great. We used to bring our other dog to the clinic and they ultimately helped us to know when it was time to say goodbye. They were so supportive, and sent a sympathy card later. We felt their love.

Carrie M.7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Staff members helped me find my perfect match 7 years ago and we are still living a great life together!

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is an extraordinary shelter. They love every single animal that comes through their doors and they work so hard to make sure each one gets placed in the best, safest, most loving, appropriate home. They do an incredible amount of community outreach and they are tireless in their mission to take care of animals.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My dog Rocksand and I took the Reactive Rover class,it was so helpful and informative.The instructor Ms Wolf was very knowledgeable,she helped us take an unwanted dog,who sat in the shelter for 10 months to a loving companion.

Ellen K.5

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our Buckley from HVHS’s love train program and they were wonderful. We continue to use their veterinary services too!

Janet H.5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Awesome organization that really cares about all animals

Kristina B.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted from HSHV! Even before we were ready to adopt, I was able to walk through with kiddos and take a look at all the amazing animals. The staff are so kind and helpful and it's clear their top priority is the welfare of the animals. You can always see volunteers playing with the animals, walking dogs, etc. Furthermore, we have used the veterinary clinic for our big dog who is very anxious. They go above and beyond to make it a smooth experience. I would recommend them over and over and over.

Amy Mehraban P.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

HVSC is doing great work in our community. Love the puppy love train!

Tonya L.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

For HVHS to be as busy as they are, they still have it together, it’s a great animal rescue shelter and I’m so glad that I got my Ruby there (my cat)... she rescued me!

Karen M.19

Donor

Rating: 5

Humane Society of Huron Valley is one of the hardest working, dedicated rescues I know.

Donor

Rating: 5

These amazing people put in so much love into their work it shows in everything they do. From caring for abandoned pets, finding them loving forever homes, and caring for their every need emotionally and physically until they finally get home. They even help people simply looking for advise such as vet recommendations, food, and care for their own pets. Truely selfless humans.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Wonderful place they truly love the animals that come in there.They do everything in there power to make successful adoptions

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Huron Valley Humane Society is the best shelter we’ve worked with in southeast Michigan. The kennel is top notch for the rescued pups while they wait to find home. The staff are so knowledgeable and friendly and SO willing to answer tons of questions about acclimating your new family members (or veteran residents). Their behavior helpline for adopters is a super helpful service. They really help support you and the animals through the whole adoption process and beyond. What a great team!!

Cheryl McWilliams N.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I just adopted yesterday and they were so friendly and helpful. I am so thankful to all of the workers for all of their help.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Adopted my precious black & tan beagle Ollie (Sammy) from HSHV in 2009. He's the "Sherriff" of our little horse farm including 2 other dogs + 2 cats. HSHV couldn't have been more professional, clean, informative & thorough in their adoption process. Incredible shelter!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A very deserving rescue. They do so much to help the animals, They are a no kill shelter and that counts so much.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Couldn’t be nicer people who love what they do. If an animal sticks around long enough it gets the royal treatment. They have huge hearts for those that are, hurt and abandon.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Fantastic shelter. Always willing to go the extra mile to do what’s best for the animals. I’ve seen this first hand many times as a foster parent volunteer for HSHV. I couldn’t help nearly as many kitties as I have without the shelter providing some of the crucial supplies needed to care for these babies. Supplies that they get mostly from generous donations from the community.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What an incredible organization. The work they do for animals is heartwarming.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Absolutely amazing organization! We adopted a love train puppy in January 2019. HSHV was very supportive throughout the whole process. It is amazing seeing them give these Tennessee pups the chance they deserve! We can’t thank you enough for rescuing our Ivy! She has truly been the light of our life!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our puppy from the Huron Valley Humane Society, and it was a seamless process all the way through. They save dogs from kill shelters in other states and give them a chance to find a loving family. Their COVID procedures also made us feel safe. We are so happy with Finnick, our pup!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great communication and amazing continuous effort to promote creative community engagement. Their Jr. Volunteers program is one all rescues could use as a model! The facility is also very clean and well-managed. All these things allow them to help as many pets in need as possible! Thank you!

Amanda Layher R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We got our dog there 3 years ago - we love HSHV for the great services they provide for the animals in our community.

Fran M.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have been supporters and donors of the Humane Society of Huron Valley for 30 years. We have adopted 2 dogs, and one horse from them. Their compassion, determination to ensure that those who abuse or neglect animals must surrender them and in many cases are prosecuted. The Love Train, which we have sponsored, rescues dogs (and cats, I believe) from high kill shelters in the South when they are scheduled to be euthanized. These beautiful animals! Our dog, Bliss came from Arkansas. Thanks to the HSHV, they find safe, loving and forever homes. They have programs for those who need help paying for medical care as well as food. There is no better organization for animal welfare.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have adopted 5 pets from them over the years, and cannot say enough positive things about them. I have been especially impressed with their Love Train program (bringing dogs up from down south where the shelters have high kill rates) and their affordable vet care!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have adopted 2 dogs from their Love train program, that transports dogs from the south. We have also enjoyed working with trainers and taking classes. This is a great organization. We try to donate each year.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have adopted two dogs from HSHV over the years. Great facility and staff, with wonderfully cared for animals. Thank you for all of you hard work!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

There can never be enough said about HSHV as to what they do for lost, abandoned, abused, injured or surrendered animals. Every story or comment written tells of their commitment, love, patience and determination to care for and/or place these wonderful babies in loving homes, or back into their natural habitat. I work in the court system and witness firsthand the incredible and difficult work they do. I have two dogs that are rescues and wouldn't have it any other way. So proud to call HSHV "ours"! And the Love Train...a miracle for all these sweet babies (and adults) in high kill shelters that are saved and adopted to great homes.❤

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I adopted Cooper from Huron Valley Humane Society 14 years ago, he passed last year. He was my best friend and I miss him but I am very thankful I had the chance to have him in my life which would not have been possible without you guys. Thank you.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The rate at which they are able to find homes for all types of animals is impressive. They’re truly doing great work!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Absolutely wonderful organization with homeless pets in priority.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

When I was looking for a companion, when I needed a vet, when I found a lost cat, when my dog was lost... All these times HSHV came to my rescue. Sometimes I help as a foster. Sometimes I see their help to rescue a lost animal. HSHV is always there, ready to help m

Nancy P.4

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have worked at the Humane Society of Huron Valley (I’m a relief veterinarian) and I believe they have very high standards. I also adopted a dog from there. It was a great experience and whenever someone asks me the best place to get a new pet I recommend HSHV.

Aesha M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

HSHV is my happy place! I look forward to taking my baby Bailey to the clinic and interacting with their loving staff. They recognize and know her name when we just stop in without an appointment to use the scale. This agency provided me with the love of my life and I will forever be indebted to them.

JLMommy

Client Served

Rating: 5

We’ve adopted one Love Train puppy and two gerbils from HSHV and we’re extremely happy with all of our interactions. The animals were well cared for and we received great support during and after the adoptions.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This such a wonderful place!! Saving lives each and every day of innocent animals that deserve love!

Sher W.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Love hshv!!! Such an important part of our community!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Humane society of Huron valley is one of the best shelters around. I do a lot of TNR and have colonies I feed every day. Unfortunately I get kittens and cats dropped of at my colonies and I can not re home them all. So I have taken many to HSOHV and they have always taken them in and been so positive with me about it. I always leave a donation and thank them for being there for all of these abandoned animals. They are really an asset to all who need them.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I adopted my wonderful cats, Kate and Drew, from the Humane Society of Huron Valley in 2009 and was so impressed with the professional staff, the facilities, and the adoption process. This humane society is absolutely awesome in providing essential services to our animal friends and to us humans!

Donor

Rating: 5

My family has adopted a puppy from Huron Valley Humane Society and received excellent help in picking out a puppy and learning about the breed. The people there are very knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. Would highly recommend this shelter to everyone.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This shelter is top notch. Clean, bright, friendly, the animals are well cared for and get adopted fast.
What more could you ask for from a shelter!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I so appreciate having this resource in our community. Knowing that animals in need will be cared for until they are able to find their fur-ever home, without a time limit hanging over their heads, is so reassuring. Aside from the basics one would expect from a humane society, they are also there to help with wild animals in need. Over the years we have made calls at all hours about an injured animal we have found, and someone always comes to pick them up so they can get the care they need.

Shortney S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have adopted from the humane society of huron valley twice and both times had wonderful experiences. They have so many great programs in the community to help animals get adopted and ensure the best care of the animals.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at HSHV for more than 12 years, and continue to be amazed by the caring people, the dedication of employees and volunteers, and the wonderful processes and results. They do an amazing job to save animals and find them loving homes. The foster program is especially effective and loving in saving and socializing animals. I also donate as much as i am able, to help them accomplish their mission.

Maria Bustillo D.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great experience with our adoption of Boomer (formerly Cashmere) from the Live Train program!

Jen B.10

Client Served

Rating: 5

We had a great experience adopting a kitten during Covid

KimberlyES

Donor

Rating: 5

We adopted our Rescue Waggin’ pup from HSHV and are so thankful. This is a wonderful animal shelter full of amazing, caring people. They not only care for, rescue and find animals great homes, but they do so much more in and around the community!

Leah D.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

This no kill shelter is the best! I’ve adopted several cats from them over the past 25 years. Love their communal cat rooms where you can just sit & observe, and let the cats come to you. My last 2 chose me that way.
Caring, dedicated staff who carefully screen potential pet adopters, and truly care about each and every animal in their care.

Client Served

Rating: 5

They were awesome, and helped us with any and all of our questions before and after our puppy adoption!!

Lynn G.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

HDHV is a humane non-kill shelter who makes lovely matches day after day, provides affordable vet services, educated the public, and loves its foster fur babies to health and happiness.

Teresa B.4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This place rocks! Takes in many animals and cares for them. Highly recommend them for all you fur babies, big and small! ❤️

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The people here care deeply about the animals in their care.
I volunteer here and they are great. The other volunteers are caring individuals that have the best interests of the animals at heart.
In addition to taking care of the animals they have, they have a great veterinary clinic with good veterinarians on staff, offer low cost vaccinations for pets, provide pet food for those who can't afford it (Bountiful Bowls), an active Trap, Neuter, Release program and offer free animals under specific circumstances: barn cats are free, as are senior cats and dogs free to senior citizens. A first class organization. I love my humane society.
Oh, and I adopted my cat from here, too.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer here and I also got my cat here. Everyone is so caring for the animals and very friendly. I enjoy volunteering at their cat cafe because everyone who comes there is so joyful about getting to spend time with the cats. It's a great idea that pays off for the cats (they get to play with people) and for the potential adopters who can see how they might bond with a cat in a more realistic setting.
I also volunteer at the Vet Clinic at HSHV, doing administrative work and they are my vet for my cat. One of the primary things I do is to call people and remind them of upcoming appointments. Based on the conversations I have with them, they like bringing their animals there, too.
The staff I work with both at the cat cafe and the clinic are great caring people as well. I am really happy with what this organization does within the community to increase awareness of the pets available for adoption.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm a current foster with Humane Society of Huron Valley and am a potential adopter. From the foster side, the shelter has been very organized and professional. I received a home visit check, application check, and an orientation to get me started. The foster manager is dedicated to her work and cares very much for all the foster animals. I have had so much support with my first foster kitten with ringworm. The shelter provided me with all the information in great packets, the PPE to keep me safe from ringworm and all the needs the kitten wanted! I am currently fostering two amazing kittens (Sokka and Suki) and we have received just as much attention and support as we deal with common problems like diarrhea and weight loss. While fostering is always a bittersweet experience, I know that HSHV will be able to find them the homes they deserve!

As a potential adopter during COVID-19, the shelter does its best to remain a safe environment. By limiting building capacity to 20 people, providing my boyfriend with a mask when he forgot one and limiting families in smaller rooms. While we haven't found the cat for us yet, HSHV was definitely a positive experience with caring volunteers providing us information and a front desk staff who were very upfront about medical and behavioral needs of specific cats.

I've worked with several rescues over the last few years in different capacities, as a volunteer, as a foster and as an adopter. Out of all the rescues that I've worked with, Humane Society of Huron Valley far exceeds what I would have expected could be possible. They have a dedicated team of volunteers and staff and the shelter has programs like 2 for 1 Kittens to encourage homes to adopt two kittens for a happier environment. Their programs like Love Train, their Cat Cafe, and TNR program further expands their reach to the feral cat colonies and benefiting high kill shelters in Tennessee. To boot, they provide educational materials to raise awareness about animal welfare issues such as industrial farming.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Love animals!! They do everything they can to care for, feed, comfort, heal and love animals. Going above and beyond is just a normals days work for the employees, the veterinarians and the volunteers.

Dianne J.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

An abandoned kitten found his way to our house and hearts. We took him to HVHS for shots, a chip and neutering. They did a great job!

Emily N.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

We just adopted our 2nd dog through HVHS and are so thankful for all the love & joy both pups have brought us. HVHS goes above and beyond with the animals they care for and do an amazing job of finding them loving homes!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our dog, Chip, (formerly Jonathan), from the Love Train a little over two years ago. He is the best dog we could ever ask for! There are so many wonderful programs for students and they truly care about all of their animals - including rescuing as many as possible. The place is always very clean and the animals are well cared for and loved. I highly recommend them.

Kimberly Groh

Donor

Rating: 5

Got my sweetheart Savanah kitten there! Now she is a bid girl

Ann H.7

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have brought several stray cats into HSHV, and I have had my cats spayed and neutered there. They offer such important services to our community, and they just couldn't be better!

Linzie P.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Such knowledgeable and loving staff! The shelter is the cleanest I have ever seen, it even smells clean! After our first adoption of Gump in January of 2018, we decided to exclusively “shop” at HVSV and have adopted Jenny and Minnie since. We love our three rescue pups and recommend our favorite shelter to everyone we meet that is looking for a new addition to their family.

Kathy P.5

Client Served

Rating: 5

Weve adopted two dogs from this facility. The experience has always been top notch. The facility is clean and you can tell the animals are well cared for and loved during their time at the facility. We continue to use the facility’s vet clinic and are also very happy with it

Client Served

Rating: 5

The facility is fantastic, for humans, but especially for the animals. I have had positive experiences adopting from HSHV. Plus, their vet services are top notch, whether you adopted from their, or elsewhere. They have many interesting programs to participate in, for many ages. And they have a very special store to purchase the unique items you might be interested in! They have various opportunities for volunteering, and they will train you too! I love having the HSHV as a service in my community!