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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animal Training, Animals, Veterinary Services

Mission: To end companion animal homelessness, to provide the highest quality service and compassion to the animals entrusted to our care, and to be a leader in promoting humane values.

Programs: Animal Welfare,Animal Adoption & Care,Veterinary Services, low-cost sterilization, Humane Education, Cruelty Investigation and Emergency Rescue, community outreach; Trap-Neuter-Return

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5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

That's why Rescue Groups will some time end the not so Humane Societys


General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

As a former volunteer I know for a fact they kill many health animals, or ones that might need more than the usual cost of just antibiotics...they use the city of Detroit as the reason for their high kill rate which has remained pretty much the same for years, I have tracked it on the Dept of Ag reports. As soon as you turn in your owned animal, they can kill it in a second if they need room. Strays have to be held 4 days, so if it's too crowded, the owned animals go first. They will always advertise a rescued animal at some point for the publicity, and if it's already gone public, that animal will likely be treated for whatever it needs to gain sympathy and donations. They DO do a lot of GOOD, but they are very convincing and manipulative with the public and what they very carefully say to the public, In 2013 you will need an appointment to turn in your owned animal. they already charge for it. Not sure what happens if you bring in a stray. the CEO gets about $20,000 raises each year in spite of the economy. check that info at Dept of Ag. They do NOT take in 100,000 animals a year as someone stated, it's more like 25 - 27,000 depending on the year I'm saying they have a lot of impact but not necessarily in a good way.


General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Yes, MHS does bash others. In fact, it looks like MHS leadership is willing to pay to bash others. The full post is at: http://www.nathanwinograd.com/?p=6990 It was just a matter of time before someone got desperate enough and lacked the ethics to do it. And it looks like it is the Michigan Humane Society. Today, I was informed that the leadership of MHS attempted to hire a public relations firm in Michigan to engage in a full blown smear campaign against me. The Michigan Humane Society indicated that it was willing to pay for private investigators. At least one firm declined, stating that doing so was unethical. It may also be illegal, amounting to a misuse of donor funds and conspiracy to commit fraud. I’ve already hired an attorney, who is working on both a ‘cease and desist’ letter to the Michigan Humane Society Board, as well as asking the Attorney General of Michigan to open up an investigation. Donors are giving [them] money to save lives. Not to kill them. And certainly not to hire private investigators and public relations firms in order to engage in a smear campaign. This is a shame. What a terrible use of donor funds.


General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I do not understand why MHS has such a high rating when they kill 7 out of every 10 animals they take in - 9.6 pets EVERY HOUR as they themselves have reported to the Michigan Dept. of Agriculture. They are one of the 8 worst animal shelter in the state of Michigan. Please direct your donations to animal welfare groups who will use it to actually save adoptable and treatable dogs and cats, puppies and kittens. A question below asks if they are life-changing. They sure are for all the animal thery kill every day.

1 John Jacobs

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Someone mentioned in an earlier post about problems with transparency not being new to MHS.

They were not kidding.
Ex-HSUS VP Wills cops a plea

Hoyt then recommended Wills to the Michigan Humane Society, where he was executive director, 1979-1989. Wills resigned from MHS when the board began inquiring into the disappearance of $1.6 million. A bookkeeper, Denise Hopkins, was eventually convicted of embezzling $56,000 of the missing sum. Wills next founded the National Society for Animal Protection, only to dissolve it when he joined HSUS.

Recovery from Misuse of Funds Takes Years

Been there, Done That.

South of Santa Cruz, on the far side of Monterey Bay, SPCA of Monterey County executive director Gary Tiscornia could testify from direct experience about the difficulties that the Santa Cruz SPCA, Sevierville Huame Society, LA/SPCA, et al can expect to meet ahead. Tiscornia headed the Michigan Humane Society for a decade after predecessor David Wills departed, leaving an unexplained deficit of $1.6 million.

Bookkeeper Denise Hopkins was successfully prosecuted for allegedly embezzling a small portion of it. Wills was successfully sued in 1994 for taking money under false pretenses at his next stop, the defunct National Society for Animal Protection, and was in 1997 convicted of embezzling from the Humane Society of the U.S., where he was vice president for investigations, 1991-1994.

Wills was never brought to account for any of the missing Michigan Humane money, however, and although Tiscornia was credited with impressively rebuilding the organization, the losses had a ripple effect evident even 10 years afterward, when Michigan Humane cut back a discount pet sterilization program because tight funding inhibited hiring enough veterinarians to keep it operating at all three of the MHS shelters.