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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

57 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Stacey W.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

We love taking our dog Zuzu to hshv vet. We get great care and money goes to the humane Society. Win win.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Their barn cat program is phenomenal for finding homes for cats that don’t fit into traditional adoptions. They care for those cats just as well as any others despite the fact that they charge no adoption fees. They are very knowledgeable about how to help cats make the transition to a new outdoor home as well. We love our barn cat (pictured while still healing from flea infestation and skin allergies)!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

HSHV does amazing work, has a great relationship with the community, and never closes their doors on an animal in need.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer here for over a year, but my history with this humane society goes back almost 20 years. They are such a huge part of this community and they do so much for the animals in their care. I refer all my friends and family here. You can not find a more caring and hard working group of animal right advocates.

Sandy R.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer at this beautiful shelter for over six years. They are a caring and compassionate organization. The shelter truly cares about its staff, volunteers, guests and most especially the animals. I love volunteering here!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

HSHV is a state-of-the-art facility, with a dedicated professional staff and scores of volunteers, including the JVs (junior volunteers). It has an attached veterinary office. Dogs, cats, rabbits, birds, and the occasional turtle are treated with great kindness in their five-star temporary home. Puppies who arrive on the Love Train are eagerly awaited and quickly adopted, the majority within a day or two of arrival. Adopters take numbers to choose their next family member. Some adult dogs, often pit bull mixes, have a longer stay, but they are worked with, cared for, and socialized until they, too, inevitably find their homes. I recently moved back to Ann Arbor from western Massachusetts, where the shelters simply can't compare in terms of the resources, human and otherwise, that HSHV provides. The best of the best.

Cody2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a former volunteer and have been adopting from HSHV for over 25 years. Currently, I have 2 cats and a dog from this shelter. Compassionate staff and beautiful facility.

Donor

Rating: 5

An excellent shelter, excellent staff! They find homes for all their rescues, Big and small, take in farm stock and wildlife in need of assistance, find them homes or return them to the wild. Beautiful facility. Sometimes it’s so busy you can’t find a parking spot!

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!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I took my Cindy Lou in because she was very thin. They did blood work gave her fluids and sent me home with special food. Blood work came back normal. She did great for a couple days and quit eating, I took her back a few days later and found out she was full of cancer. They gave me time to decide what I wanted to fo. The were very compassionate and wrapped her in a towel but her in a box and walked her dead body out to my car. They even cried with me.

Marie S.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Humane Society of Huron Valley is amazing. We have had such positive experiences adopting from them. Friends adopted their adorable (now senior!) puppy years ago, and I remembered how great the process was at HSHV, so when we were thinking about getting a furry family member, we went directly here. My boyfriend and I just recently adopted a kitten from HSHV, and we are so happy (so is the kitten, Ras!). The staff is excellent, and they genuinely care about the animals. I really appreciate that we had a chance to sit down with a volunteer to get all of the info we needed to take our kitten home. We were first-time adopters, and got all of our questions answered. I think Ras, who is sitting with me on the couch as I type, agrees that HSHV is a five-star place!

Donor

Rating: 5

I came there to adopt a puppy after I saw the love train I had to work till 2 and was worried she wouldn’t still be there so my husband came there as soon as they opened and explained the situation and Huron valley was kind enough to hold her till I got there. I love this place and the workers are awesome

Katja P.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have two cars adopted, which moved later with us to Sweden. Both cats were well taken care of and we got an enormous amount of help and input as being new cat owners, including first check ups. A year later we found an injured turtle close to a big road, called HSHV for help (didn’t know who else) they came within 30 minutes and picked up with a wildlife expert the turtle. They truely care! We have donated often via their amazon page and believe that everything is well needed and used.
Still years after, we think that is the best non-profit we have ever seen!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Many years ago we adopted our dog, Shadow, from HVHS. The love and joy she brought to our family cannot be expressed in these few words. We more recently adopted, Wiley, the cat. They do an amazing job not only caring for the animals, but also educationing children and adults. There many program enrich our community and our lives.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Have volunteered at HSHV for over 4 years, serve in various roles and love every one. All the volunteers and staff truly care. So very proud of our >97% adoption rate. So very proud of HSHV!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering here in January of 2018. It is an amazing place to volunteer and to be a part of such a caring organization. They do so much for animals as well as community outreach and educating the community. If you are looking for a place to adopt an animal or volunteer, please consider HSHV~it is a top notch organization!

Cheryl Schneider C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a Mail Carrier I often come across hurt, abused or sick dogs and cats. I call the Humane Society of Huron Valley for help and they always do. There was a dog who's chain was so tangled he was stuck to the ice. A cat that was in distress and many more. They have also helped me reunite lost dogs with their owners more times than I can count. On top of all that they let me adopt my Finny from the Love Train.

Emily F.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had never had a dog before and decided it was time. So in September 2012, I walked into hvhs not quite knowing what to expect. They were so amazingly helpful and kind. I often spoke with the workers there so they got to know me and what I was looking for. I came in one day and the worker saw me and said look over there in that kennel, I think you’ll love her. And boy was she right. It was Ava’s 4th time being brought back to the humane society but definitely her last. I went home with my baby girl that day.
4 years later I went back and adopted my Lucky, who came off the love train.
Thank you huron valley for everything you do!

1 Corey R.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love HSHV! I adopted both of my kitties, Zooey (photo) and Caycee (RIP) from here and they give such great care to all of the animals. I even used their vet care when I had to put my Caycee down after finding out she had cancer. They were so caring and loving during the whole process and even sent a sympathy card to me afterward. I will always adopt from them in the future. Thank you for everything you do for animals.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I recently completed a multi-week dog training class at HSHV and found it to be valuable. My dog has a lot of anxiety with meeting new people and the instructor was understanding and helpful. HSHV also does animal control for the county. I have called them after-hours multiple times over the years to report sightings of stray dogs and they have always called me back right away and followed up. They do a great job managing their Facebook page where they feature animals available for adoption and give a daily update of each animal adopted. I am proud to have them as a part of my community!

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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.