MHS Gifting Former Shelter To Detroit Animal Care And Control
The facility will allow DACC to better serve the people and animals of the city
July 21, 2016
The private, nonprofit Michigan Humane Society (MHS) is gifting its former Detroit Center for Animal Care, located at 7401 Chrysler Drive, to the city of Detroit’s Animal Care and Control (DACC) to serve as its new base of operations, under an agreement approved by Detroit City Council on July 19. The facility offers an upgrade in the quality of housing provided to the animals, increased animal holding space, and a highly-accessible location off I-75.
“Our former Detroit shelter served the Michigan Humane Society and the city of Detroit well for more than 85 years and has had a truly incredible impact on animal welfare,” said Matthew Pepper, MHS president and CEO. “While our expanded programs and services outgrew this facility, the building still serves as a well-functioning animal shelter that will enable Detroit Animal Care and Control to provide significantly enhanced care to the animals, and service to the community’s residents. This is not about MHS, this is about all the animals of Detroit”.
“The Michigan Humane Society has been a true friend in supporting DACC’s efforts in increasing public safety through community initiatives,” said Melissa Miller, Director of Animal Care and Control. “This centrally located facility will allow us to respond more efficiently to public safety issues and is also more accessible to the public. We look forward to being able to provide the animals in our care with an increased quality of housing.”
In March, MHS opened its new Dresner Foundation Animal Care Campus at 7887 Chrysler Drive, just two blocks north of its former Detroit home, in order to expand its animal welfare and community outreach programs as well as increase the scope of services provided by its veterinary center.
“This is an incredible moment for the City of Detroit and, specifically, for the animals,” said Paul Huxley, Chair of the MHS Board of Directors. “A better Detroit Animal Care and Control is a better Detroit, and this is an extraordinary step in that direction.”