Thoughts From The President & CEO
Dear Friends of MHS,
The end of a year gives a person an opportunity to look back and assess the year that is coming to a close – the successes, as well as the failures. I could not be more pleased with the year that we have had here at the Michigan Humane Society and where we stand today.
The year began like they all do in Michigan – cold and snowy. MHS’ Cruelty Investigation and Rescue Department was busy all winter, delivering straw and comfort to animals left outside, and rescuing animals in need. Spring usually brings rain, but for us, it signals the beginning of what we know as “kitten season” – thousands of innocent little ones brought to our three shelters in the hopes of finding them new homes. All summer, staff and volunteers at MHS’ three facilities, as well as our PetSmart offsite adoption centers, were extra busy finding homes for ALL of our healthy cats and kittens – what a great accomplishment that was! As autumn’s brilliance starts to fade into winter, we are not only proud of what we have accomplished, but we also start looking to the future.
This year, there’s an especially bright future waiting for the animals in our Detroit facility, as we are on track to secure a new parcel of property for a new MHS Detroit Center for Animal Care! Located on Cameron Street, a half mile north of our existing building, the property is the site of the Detroit Public School system’s old Sherrard Elementary School. A very generous donor has made this property acquisition possible, and we are extremely grateful. This is a very exciting opportunity, and you will be hearing a lot more about this project!
Finally, the state of animal welfare from lake to lake here in Michigan has never been more optimistic. Much work lies ahead, but we are on our way to making Michigan a healthy pet state! I wish all of you, our loyal supporters and friends, the very best this holiday season and look forward to 2011 as being another year in which great things happen for the animals in our community and across the state.
President & Chief Executive Officer