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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

310 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 1

HSHV is run like a greedy corporation, it’s all about the money and public image (ie “save rate”). They routinely euthanize healthy, adoptable dogs, and lie about why they were euthanized. They truck in thousands of puppies from down south in order to pad their save rate percentage. The Executive Director couldn’t care less about the animals, in five years of volunteering there I never once saw her step foot on the adoption floor.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our very first pet Rory from HSHV. She has brought so much joy to us. While adopting a puppy was seemingly impossible especially during the pandemic , hshv made that process easy for us they had clear instructions on how to apply and we we’re overjoyed when we received a call back. The volunteers and staff at hshv helped us navigate our first meet and greet with Rory(then Marley) and did not rush us into making a decision, the paperwork was straightforward and they were available for online support even after the adoption. We’ve since then recommended the puppy love train to some of our friends and two of them ended up adopting from HSHV as well and can attest to the fact that they were amazing. I’m always amazed by how much good work they do and how prompt they’re. Cannot thank them enough for everything they do from saving puppies to racoons!

Molly E.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was looking at photos online when I found the love of my life. I looked into his eyes and knew I wanted to look at them for the next 25 years. Because of Humane Society Huron Valley every day is an adventure

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I adopted both my dogs from the Huron Valley Humane Society. I really appreciated their support by offering dog interactions to ensure the younger dog I adopted in 2020 got along with my senior dog, and training to help me to acclimate both dogs. My younger dog had a lot of anxiety in the shelter and when I first brought him home, but with HSHV's training support he is now a happy well adjusted member of our family.

Fran M.3

Donor

Rating: 5

This shelter is run with heart, love and compassion. They are a no-kill shelter. Not only are my husband and myself, donors, I am now a volunteer. They do amazing work for the community from rescuing abused animals, making them healthy, finding them homes and doing their best to see those who inflict cruelty punished, they have a program to provide food for dogs and cats to owners who can no longer afford it, in order to keep these families together. They bring puppies which are scheduled to be euthanized from the south on the Love Train. All are adopted, and treated, if necessary. Every puppy, dog, kitten and cat is well taken care of; loved even, until they find their forever home. I have adopted two dogs and a horse from the Humane Society of Huron Valley.

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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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I rescued my first dog (Holly) from HSHV 25 years ago and she was the best, most loyal dog ever. After she passed it took me many years to let my heart love another… I would visit HSHV every other month looking for my next love. After about 8 years I still couldn’t find the right fit, (I was looking for a small breed, puppy) I did get a new member to add to our family, and I currently bring her to the Veterinary clinic for all her shots and care, they do an amazing job, so caring and compassionate. I wouldn’t go anywhere else! ❤️

Emily F.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

What an amazing organization! I rescued my first dog ever from here in 2012. I came looking almost every day so the staff got to know me and what I was looking for. One day I came in and was told to look in a specific kennel. There was my baby girl! They knew and I knew she was meant to be part of my family.
3 years later I came back and rescued my little lucky, who was off the love train. I can’t say enough good things about Huron Valley!

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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!

Donor

Rating: 5

They help so many animals find homes! They are the best! ❤️

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They offer dog training classes and I took one. It was a puppy class and it was a great way to begin socializing my puppy and start teaching her the basics. It is an amazing place that rescues dogs and has vets that spay & neuter and treat dogs that need it. I love this place! ❤️

Client Served

Rating: 5

We decided that our 15 year old cat needed a younger partner to perk her up. We immediately thought that the Humane Society of Huron Valley was the way to go with their location Tiny Lions. We had a great experience from start to finish and my boys were able to bond with Swift in a comfortable environment so that we could really see what she was like. We appreciated how friendly everyone was and that Swift was truly ready for adoption including her microchip. We plan to adopt again soon and won’t hesitate to return to HSHV.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our sweet dog Milo (formally Sterling) about a week ago. The staff was friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. The facility was also very clean. The website is pretty well updated with description about the adoptable pets which helped us determine which dog we wanted to visit based on our family’s lifestyle. The walking path at the facility was also a nice way to spend time with him to see if we wanted to move forward with the next steps. After our visit we took advantage of the sleepover option with Milo which gave us the opportunity to get to know him a little more before making the decision to adopt. The whole process was great. It has only been a week but we feel like he will make a wonderful addition to our family.

1 Susan R.12

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted Speedy from HSHV in October 2011. Adopted at the age of 6, he’s now 16 year old senior boy who still has the spunk and sass of a pup. He is a terrier through and through. He is the best cuddle bug a human could ask for and brings us so many smiles every day. I still remember visiting him and when he relaxed in my arms and hid his muzzle under my elbow, I knew I loved him. I thank HSHV for bringing joy to the lives of so many pets and their owners.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

By far the BEST place for animal rescue. Not only do they lovingly re-home, they perform life-saving treatments, assist other organizations with overcrowding, and rescue injured wildlife. Simply the best!!!

Meloney L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Absolutely amazing adoption experience from start to finish. Not only was everyone incredibly nice, helpful and informative but the place itself is clean, organized and offers a variety of canine services. Our family adopted a puppy on 10/01/2021 and we will continue to take him their for vet services. Highly recommended!!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My 13 year old son is part of their excellent Junior Volunteer program. They do a great job helping animals AND kids!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have 4 colonies of cats I take care of. They are all spayed and neutered and fed daily. I came to feed my biggest colony one morning and someone had dumped a mother cat and 9, 4 month old kittens at my colony!!! I was in tears, there is no way I could take them to my house and I could not leave them at my colony for fear my resident cats would run them out. I called HVHS and told them my situation. They said I could bring them to their facility the next day. The kittens and the mother were all friendly so I knew they were adoptable.
I took them to HVHS the next day and they welcomed them and said they didn’t have any kittens right then so they would get a lot of attention. I took them on a Saturday and by Monday the kittens were all spoken for. HVHS even made a video of the kittens while in their care and put it on their website. It was so awesome to see the kittens so happy and being well cared for. I left a donation and thanked them immensely for helping me out in a difficult situation. I love HVHS, they have such a wonderful facility and really care about the animals!!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted an adorable sweet old pup & we love him. He was saved by HVHS and they brought him back to health.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer at HSHV as a dog walker, and have nothing but good things to say about this shelter. The volunteer program is exceptional, with many volunteers staying on for years. I have also adopted 3 dogs and 2 cats over the years, and am so impressed with the excellent care they received. Thank you HSHV for your commitment to the animals.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Humane Society of Huron Valley is an amazing organization with wonderful employees that go above and beyond to care for animals.

Client Served

Rating: 5

11 years ago I adopted an English lab the shelter named Louis. He was a stray picked up in Whitmore lake and never claimed by his owners. He was said to.be dog agressive. He was not. He adjusted well to our dachshund and other lab.
I've had pets for 55 years.
We took him home and named him Blu. He was the greatest gift ever. Gentle giant (139lbs),loving, house trained, stayed close, loved kids, loved the other dogs too. Could have cared less about the cat!
He was in pretty bad shape and only expected to live about a year or two. We had him 7 years and absolutely loved every minute of it. Here we are 5 years after his passing and what we wouldn't give to snuggle him, smell him and hear him talk to us. There's always that one who leaves a footprint on your heart. We now have another English lab named Violet who is now 4 yrs old. She's more energetic, smart, well behaved and We love her too❤️ we also have a mini dachshund named Abby who is now eleven ! Thank you Huron valley for giving us this boy! Blu was. Our second lab from Huron valley. Indigo.is now 14 years old (adopted at 4 months old and our daughter still has her with her ❤️

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Over Covid my kids were so lonely for a friend. So they talked me into getting a cat. We went to Tiny Lions and they fell in love with a tiny black kitten. He has brought us all such joy. We use the Huron location for all our Vet needs and the staff is caring and knowledgeable. We love all the great things the Human Society does to help Michigan animals. Thank you.

Debbi Stark M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a 10 year volunteer at HSHV and have adopted my lovable dog from this shelter. HSHV is a caring shelter and a dedicated part of their community. They strive to be the best at what they do and always welcome suggestions to be better. A walk thru their building says it all. You can see the level of care as it is clean and the animals are happy and healthy. I recommend a visit and you just may find your new best friend!

Stacy G.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Adopted a cat and dog from this shelter. Great people passionate about helping animals. Great programs like having kids read to the animals, movie nights, and the Love Train that brings up animals from high kill rate shelters to be adopted in southeastern Michigan.

Barb W.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have adopted animals from HSHV since the ‘80’s and it’s always a great experience! Our latest is a Love Train pup we got in March 2021.

Rose R.5

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have adopted all three of our dogs from HSHV, and also volunteer as fosters. It is an amazing organization that truly cares about all of the animals that come through the doors.

Jessica A.13

Client Served

Rating: 5

HSHV is definitely the best animal rescue I’ve ever interacted with, having adopted and volunteered there, and used their vet clinic. Every part of the operation is top notch! When guests visit from out of town, I love taking them for a tour!
Also forever grateful to them for connecting me with many beloved cats and dogs, including my first dog, the supreme Rumpelstiltskin, adopted in 1994.

Client Served

Rating: 5

They are the best. We got our puppy through HVHS and I will continue to go there to rescue an animal.

Marcus H.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My wife and i adopted our amazing puppy boots(formerly bunting) from HVHS and are so glad for the work they do rescuing these dogs and providing top notch care and attention to them. Their childrens programs will definatly be something my wife snd i send our kids to when he have some.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We rescued our baby girl from here about a year ago. She was healthy and happy thanks to all of the love and care she received after being transported from TN. We are so grateful for the work they do with animals and helping them find furever homes.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Love love love HSHV!!! The staff are always friendly, everything is always clean, the animals are happy! They’ve helped me out in so many ways with their various programs! They also hooked me up with a couple of my favorite animals!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I just adopted a sweet, happy dog from the Human Society of Huron Valley! The front desk was welcoming and super helpful and the dog and cat shelters looked well maintained. So happy we got to add the perfect dog to our family.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They were great taking in a stray cat that showed up at our door, the same day I called, even though it was Sunday :)

Donor

Rating: 5

In short, the Humane Society of Huron Valley is fantastic. They have many outreach programs, help local wildlife, host training sessions and offer support to families. They are on social media continually engaging with the public, creating trust, sense of community, visibility and transparency. The Humane Society of Huron valley is a leader and among the best of the best shelters for animals in the entire country. We adopted 2 dogs from them in 2014 and 2016 and supported them ever since, even after moving away from the area.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I adopted my pup, Zeus, from Huron Valley in April. My day there was so positive! It was so clean, the staff were so friendly and so caring and I have nothing but amazing things to say. I love HSHV!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We adopted our cat from HSHV several years ago. They made the process easy while making sure she was going to a great home. We used their vet clinic for her follow up visits where she got great care.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I adopted my dog Baby a few years ago at the HSHV. The staff and whole adoption process was easy and informative.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have adopted two kittens from the Humane Society in the last year, and couldn’t be happier towards their effort to help us find the perfect match. The staff really loves and cares for their animals, and goes above and beyond to make sure the pets are happy and healthy before they find their forever home.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I’ve been a long time supporter and past volunteer at HSHV for years. They are an ethical, kind, caring charitable organization who care deeply about animals and not just cats and dogs; farm animals, wildlife, pet birds, ferrets, rabbits, guinea pigs, ducks and so much more. I was lucky enough to adopt “Piggy Smalls” two years ago. He is smart, sensitive, playful and so protective of his goat harem;). I can’t imagine life without this goofy dude and it would not have been possible if HSHV hadn’t saved him, cared for him and helped facilitate the right adoption situation. They are amazing.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Always doing the best for pets! Serving our community with kindness

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

I love HVHS, they have helped so many animals to find homes. I myself have adopted 3 senior cats and they have been amazing furbabies. They care about all animals! They're the best.

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.