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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

35 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

HSHV started a TNR (trap, neuter, return) program for community felines 10 years ago to help the felines that are abandoned by irresponsible owners. The model program trains volunteers and assists colony caretakers in humanely trapping the felines and providing spay/neuter, shots and health care and assists the feline caretakers with setting up outdoor housing with straw bedding and food stations . This program was ground breaking and since its inception intakes of homeless felines into the shelter have been reduced by 32%. This means that thousands of healthy felines are saved from euthanasia and spared the harsh, cruel life of of living on the streets. The felines that are abandoned often become weary of humans and therefore are not adoptable, but prefer to live their life outdoors, in their familiar area, under the care and watchful eye of their caretakers. I have been a volunteer in this program since 2013, and I can tell you that the amazing colony caretakers across the Metro Detroit area who care for these felines are truly grateful for HSHV's program to help them care for their colonies, stop the reproduction cycle, keep them healthy and let them live their life out as they know it. This program is the only one like it that I am aware of with a designated TNR room that is heated and air conditioned, provides food, water and potty pads for the felines that come in for spay/neuter. The felines come in and are housed in a clean, comfortable room, they are spayed the next day and after a 24 hour recovery period are returned to their caretakers, who anxiously await their return. In addition, HSHV is an open admission shelter with a 96% save rate. The leadership and staff are amazing and they have a life affirming philosophy that is truly in the best interest of the animals that come through their doors. I am proud to be a volunteer for HSHV and I thank them for all they do for our animals.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering with Huron Valley about 3 months ago and I am so impressed with the care they give the animals and the cleanliness of the shelter. I have been to other shelters and they do not give the level of caring that Huron Valley does. Everybody works so hard, it is very impressive.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I just began the junior volunteer program and every time I go to volunteer there, I feel so proud that I am part of this amazing facility. Everyone there is so helpful and the fact that thousands and thousands of animals are helped each year is phenomenal.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am very impressed by the Humane Society of Huron Valley. I've taken my kids to Tiny Lions twice and it is clean, the staff is friendly, and the cats appear healthy and well adjusted. We also adopted two kittens that are now a year old and a great addition to my family.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I receive veterinary treatment for my 2 dogs here, and they take excellent care of both of them. Thank you HSHV for keeping my babies happy and healthy!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Have adopted 3 of our 4 pets from here. Wouldn't go anywhere else! The staff is incredibly knowledgeable, the building is clean, and there's a huge staff of volunteers who make sure the animals are well cared for during their stay!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

So proud to say that I live in a community served by such a great animal shelter. The facility is beautiful and they do so much work to serve the needs of homeless animals in our area as well as families looking to adopt a new pet.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This organization advocates for both wild and domesticated animals, has incredibly dedicated volunteers and regularly runs "Love Trains" to brings animals from other shelters with low adoption rates to their facility for loving care, fostering and adoption. Their "Tiny Lions" cat program, Barn Cats Program, "Mewvie Nights" and "Pajama Parties" are innovative and efffective ways to maximize adoptions and placements with loving families.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I visited HSHV many times looking for just the right cat to be a companion for another stray I took in. One day I saw a cat in a crate and he looked so sad. I went home and while he wasn't quite what I was looking for, I went back. I had many questions about him and the woman at the desk pulled up his file. She was able to give me infornation that made it sound like it might work, and then she added, "He's in the community cat room." With I knew he could be around other cats so I went to visit him. At that time they had just put new cats in the community room so they were keeping visitors out for awhile. I explained there was only one cat I was interested in, so she got permission for me to go in. I went to say hello to my prospect. He came right up to me and followed me back to the bench. He picked me and that was it. I've had Preston two years and he's a great friend. Thanks HSHV!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

After losing my beloved senior cat, I spent several weeks at HSHV getting to know several kitties here to see if I was ready to bring a new one into my life. Each time, the staff was caring and helpful in trying to match me up with a personality that would be a good fit for me, even though it took quite some time for me to feel ready. I also had a great time at Tiny Lions, HSHV's cat cafe, which helped with the healing process. Finally, one day, a helpful volunteer who listened carefully to what I was looking for in a cat, introduced me to the kitten who is now Noot. She had been badly injured prior to coming to HSHV, and it was clear that she had been given good care and was on the mend - she would not have survived without HSHV's medical attention. HSHV helped me to continue to care for Noot as she mended, and a dedicated volunteer guided me through introducing her to my resident cat, even apologizing when it took her more than 12 hours to return an email! Now Noot is healed and vivacious and healthy, and I am deeply grateful for the care and attention we both received at HSHV.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm a volunteer there and I can honestly say, everyone there works tirelessly and so very hard for all the animals that they care for. I respect all of the staff and the volunteers for their dedication and compassion. I couldn't be prouder than to affiliated with such an outstanding group of people.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My beautiful barn cat named Kat came to me from Huron Valley almost 2 years ago. She keeps the critters away, visits the neighbors and plays with my old English sheepdog. I love watching her play and is the light of my life.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We love HSHV. They are a true asset to the many communities they serve.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Two years ago my precious Ragdoll passed away and I decided I was too old to take on another heartbreak. I started visiting local shelters to get my 'fuzzy fix' instead. I was so impressed with HSHV (their size, cleanliness, friendliness, save rate, and variety of animals) that I volunteered. I am now a proud cat comforter at the shelter and yup, you guessed it. I am once again owned by a long hair black and white fuzzy ball of energy named Spice. Purrrr.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They do amazing work for so many animals! I'm always surprised at how many animals they are able to place.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We just recently moved in our first home and our kids wanted to get out first dog. We had looked at several animal rescue organizations. We had our home inspected by two rescues. Had several family interviews and was approved by those it organizations. We had spent countless weekends going to adoption events but never found the correct fit for our family. We were not looking for any specific breed or qualification for our new family member, just a loving dog that was good with younger children and could get along with one 16 year old senior cat. One weekend we had visited a different animal shelter and came up empty handed. Feeling lost my husband searched and found huron valley who had just received animals from Alabama via the "love train". At the time we were an hour away. Knowing we would be close to closeing once we got there, we still pushed forward. When we got there the staff was not only understanding but friendly, even though we were close to the end of their day. They let my family go and look around. We fell in love with a 4 month old lab mix. That is not only great with our kids but good with our senior cat. Even after driving an hour away from our home, I will only go to Huron Valley the next time we add a new family member to our house hold.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering at HSHV has changed my life for the better and has enabled me to act on my passion for animals even as a busy college student. I feel so welcome every time I go volunteer. It is the most clean and well run shelter I have ever been to in Michigan. As a volunteer, it's like being a part of a big, hardworking family. It's amazing to walk in and see all the positive and life changing work going on. I love it here and would recommend it to anyone looking to adopt and volunteer.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love HSHV! The staff are so kind, and they work so hard to make sure that you go home with the right animal companion. Our most recent adoption from them was Pangur Ban, a beautiful white cat who had been rescued from a cruel situation. The staff at HSHV had already put months into his re-socialization, and as we went through the adoption process they made sure we knew they were there to help us get our new friend adjusted. Other shelters might have given up on this terrified animal, but HSHV doesn't just care for the "easy" ones (like our tabby, Minnie). Now we have a sweet snuggler and playmate for our first cat. We now live near Flint, but I would never dream of going anywhere other than HSHV the next time we're looking for a new pet.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

HSHV has wonderful programs to help adoptions such as the Tiny Lions Cafe, game night with cats , the Love Train and pajama parties with pets. They have a great outreach program offering low cost spaying and neutering, vaccinations and microchipping.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Hazel was a year and half, mother of three beautiful kittens when we adopted her. We love her so much. She has finally after six months comfortable that she will be fed. Sadly she was abandoned with her kittens. She has went from 6lbs at adoption to now 10lbs now. She gives us so much joy.