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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

96 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Sharee K.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Absolutely amazing place, we found our puppy there, and couldn't be more happy!

Rochelle I.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve been a volunteer dog walker for about two and a half years. The training I have received is very thorough. From basic to more advanced and optional lectures as well. These are from animal behavioral specialists. I’ve had the opportunity to take dogs to businesses as a good will effort and see them get adopted. The staff is so caring! The shelter is very clean and there’s lots of treats and toys for the dogs. I love volunteering here!

Donor

Rating: 5


It is a privilege to be a donor along with my wife at the Humane Society of Huron Valley. I am so impressed with how hard they work for animals.

Jennifer M.20

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My daughter just completed the junior volunteer training and really enjoyed the experience. She was excited to attend training each week and now can’t wait to sign up to volunteer. Such a great program to offer for those who want to get involved as a volunteer at an early age.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am a donor and have adopted three wonderful cats from HSHV. The dedication of staff and volunteers alike is deeply impressive.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our beautiful dog from HSHV and everyone was so kind and knowledgeable. You can tell that they really care here. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience. We love our Mochi! Thank you!

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer, donor, and adopter. This shelter does an amazing job helping the animals of the community.

Kat A.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I don’t think I’ve ever been to a rescue or Humane Society like this before. Everyone is so friendly & knowledgeable about all the animals. It feels like you’re not in a shelter but visiting a family members house & playing with all their pets. Totally a no stress environment for the fur babes as well as for guests. All rescues, shelters & Humane Societies should have this much love.
Seriously...you guys rock!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have happily spent the last 7 years as a volunteer at the Humane Society of Huron Valley in Ann Arbor Michigan. My experiences there have been such a variety of activities and emotions with many happy memories as well as many sad memories. By sad memories I refer to watching many of the animals that are turned in by their owners and struggling to adjust. I have spent time in the cages with some of the dogs who have been turned in, and watch them try to figure out where they are and where their family is. Some sit and wait for their owners to come back. The staff does an outstanding job of working with these animals helping them adjust to their new temporary home until that perfect person /family comes in and makes the decision to adopt. Because Huron Valley is such a busy atmosphere there are constant activities going on all the time. I am always impressed how each department works together to ensure all the animals are healthy, trained, exercised daily, fed on a regular schedule, and loved up constantly. Huron Valley also offers many opportunities for children to be involved in activities and training. They are taught by staff members who work with them on handling of the animals, educating them on animal care, and allowing them to spend time sitting with the animals. I enjoy watching our Junior Volunteers( 12 and up) sit with animals as they have such an opportunity to observe the animals and learn how they behave and adjust to their surroundings. The back of the staff is responsible for numerous activities such as working with the animals who are having a hard time adjusting to their new environment at the Humane Society, watching over them to see if any are ill or getting depressed, or just need a little extra attention and love. The Humane Society gets a lot of requests to have the dogs visit local restaurants and businesses. It is a great opportunity to introduce the dogs to outside adventures and new people. One of the great results from these adventures is that many times the animals end up getting adopted by the people that saw them at these interactions. I cannot express enough how impressed I am observing all that goes in at Huron Valley. It is fascinating and gratifying to me how volunteers and staff work so well together to ensure the health and safety of each animal in their care.

Kevin P.3

Donor

Rating: 5

Proud of the work being done by so many for the animals, and proud to be a member of the organization’s Visionary Circle to help the most vulnerable.

Nanette Zack G.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted a wonderful feline from HSHV. They took him in as a stray found on the street, severey malnourished, matted, and no hair on his ears. When they brough him back to the facility, they weren't sure what was wrong with him. Thin and vomiting, they put him under observation. He started gaining a little weight and stopped vomiting. A month later they put him up for adoption. He was so sweet. He got along with other cats and had already been neutered when they picked him up. I took him home a week later. He weighed all of 8.5 pounds up from 7.25 upon intake and had all his shots. He now weighs 11 pounds, his hair grew back on his ears, and he is so sweet! HSHV does great work saving as many animals as possible. They are a no kill shelter and I donate every month so they can keep saving our furry friends.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our princess Holly from HSHV almost two years ago. The staff was wonderful. The adoption process was a breeze. We were able to bring in our other two dogs for a meet and greet to make sure it would be a smooth transition.

Kim North S.

Donor

Rating: 5

Always impressed and moved by the outreach and rescue efforts of Humane Society of Huron Valley. The dedication and passion comes through in all it does, and I'm proud to support the organization and and the animals it cares for as much as I can.

Ann G. A.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering at Tiny Lions since the beginning of 2019. Great staff members...terrific cats and a wonderful opportunity to help animal lovers and animals! Great organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My company volunteered at Humane Society for our community service day. We all had so much fun. Everyone was so nice and appreciative of our help.

Laurie L.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I visit HSHV often and am always happy to see the animals well-taken care of... I've had two pups from their Love Train and also use their superb veterinary services. The staff are full of energy and extremely helpful. LOVE you guys!

Sandy F.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer, donate and have adopted from HSHV so I've been able to see what a great organization it is from the inside out. Everyone is there for the animals. They are well taken care of and loved until they are paired with the perfect forever family.

donnabye

Donor

Rating: 5

As a volunteer. I saw just what a great place HSHV is. The staff there is great and the animals are well cared for. I have adopted dogs from them and they were the best! I also donate to help them keep up the great work they do!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have adopted from HSHV and the pets were so awesome, I think it’s because they have a lot of interaction with the staff and the volunteers. I am so impressed with what they do I became a volunteer. It’s not only rewarding it’s fun!

Lszabo

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I got my cat Bandit (previously Sheena) there and have had her for over a year now (Feb 11th). She is my best pal and has grown to be an amazing support cat and so much like her owner. I loved how clean the place was and the amount of cats you could see to find your perfect match. They were helpful with the paperwork and very kind. Taking someone there to find their own furry friend soon and am so excited!

Amanda B.17

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with HSHV for many years as a foster parent. I have seen the veterinarians and staff go to great lengths to provide the best care possible for the animals. The foster program is spectacular. All the resources for the animal is provided and the foster parent just provides a loving home. I know many of the animals I have fostered probably would not have survived if they had not have the ability to get well in a foster home.