A furry family member will bring joy, fun and comfort to your life and when you adopt, you do the same for them. There are many homeless pets in need of families throughout the community and by bringing one home from the Humane Society of Huron Valley, you can change a life for the better – especially yours.
“By adopting an animal from a rescue or shelter like HSHV – an animal who’s already spayed or neutered, microchipped, and vaccinated – you can feel good about preventing overpopulation and saving a life,” Wendy Welch, communications director for the Human Society of Huron Valley, says. “Plus, it’s a good deal and your adoption fee goes back into helping other animals in the community.”
The HSHV currently has dogs, cats and rabbits available to adopt, as well as a chinchilla, a chicken and a Finch.
But adoption isn’t the only way to help. Volunteer opportunities are available at HSHV for those seeking to help animals in need, but who may not be ready to have a pet of their own.
“The most popular volunteer opportunities are dog walkers and cat comforters,” Welch says. “Another job that’s very needed and done by volunteers is laundry. It’s important not only to give the animals a nice place to sleep at night, but also to prevent diseases and sickness from spreading.”
Additional volunteer tasks include: assisting at the vet clinic, fundraising, adoption counselors, administrative work, outdoor clean-up and community outreach.
Tiny Lions Lounge & Adoption Center, a portion of the HSHV dedicated to feline interaction, accepts volunteers for its Cat Café.
Fostering opportunities are available for both cats and dogs. Animals eligible for foster care include those who are pregnant and need attention themselves while they look after their young, kittens who are not yet old enough to be adopted and may require round the clock attention, dogs in need of extra training so they can be ready for a new home, animals who have been in the shelter for a while and could use a change of scenery and those with special medical or behavioral needs who can be better cared for in a home environment.
The HSHV also hosts many events that involve spending quality time with their animals and the participation fee goes towards helping homeless pets.
Tiny Lions Yoga, Family Mew-vie Nights, Pets & Pajamas Movie Nights, Little Paws Story Time and Trivia with Cats are just some of these events.
In addition to raising funds through these activities, the HSHV also hosts two large fundraisers each year. Walk and Wag is a 5K Walk/Run taking place on May 19 at the Washtenaw County Rolling Hills Park in Ypsilanti and the annual Compassionate Feast will take place on Nov. 9, at the Michigan League.
Animal adoption is not the only service the HSHV provides. They also take part in wildlife rescue and animal cruelty investigation, and offer affordable veterinary care, a free pet food pantry and an emergency harbor for pets to people in the area.
“Humane Society of Huron Valley started over 120 years ago and we’re still here thanks solely to the support of the [Ann Arbor] community,” Welch says. “They’re always pushing us to do more and better which is why we’re classified as a no-kill shelter and have won several awards. To say we’re appreciative of our donors, volunteers, adopters, foster parents and service recipients is an understatement. Quite frankly, we really couldn’t do it without them.”
Humane Society of Huron Valley links:
Click here to see all adoptable animals: http://www.hshv.org/site/PageNavigator/adoptions/animals.html
Check out the full 2018 calendar of events: http://www.hshv.org/site/Calendar/1588784792?view=MonthGrid&Day=1,1,2018
Become a volunteer here: http://www.hshv.org/site/PageServer?pagename=volunteer