Adoption 'Tails'

Our thanks to everyone who has assisted the Michigan Humane Society in saving animal lives by adopting from one of our three adoption centers, in Detroit, Rochester Hills and Westland. Here are just a few examples of the happy endings taking place every day at our adoption centers!

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Fonzie Had Heartworm
Abandoned dog rescued and goes through heartworm treatment

FonzieFonzie was found living in an abandoned house when he was picked up by a partner organization of MHS.

He was friendly but showed signs of having lived alone, and was transferred to MHS where his needs could be better assessed.

Once at MHS, he was examined by our veterinarians who determined that Fonzie has heartworm. Heartworm is a potentially fatal infestation of worms in the heart and lungs of an animal, that is caused by the bite of an infected mosquito.

Heartworm is costly and difficult to treat, but easy to prevent.

Unfortunately Fonzie had no one caring for him to prevent his heartworm, so he needs to go through treatment.

He spent time in the care of an MHS foster caregiver while undergoing treatment, and now is ready to find his forever home.

We are only able to care for animals like Fonzie through the support from people like you. Please donate today to help us with Fonzie’s treatment.



Exquisite Estelle
After extensive medical care, senior Pomeranian looking for new home

Estelle was surrendered to MHS because her previous owners could no longer care for her.  This spunky little girl required a lot of specialized care.

Since she has been at MHS she has received medication for a collapsed trachea, battled an upper respiratory infection, received a dental cleaning, had surgery to remove mammary masses and was found to have an enlarged heart, which she will require medication for the rest of her life.

Through all of this, little Estelle remained happy and affectionate and loves everyone she meets. After recovering, she was placed for adoption. Her new mom saw her on Facebook and immediately called about adopting her. Her new mom Megan had another 10 year old Pomeranian and was looking to adopt another special needs dog. It was love at first sight!

Your support allows MHS to treat animals with special medical needs, like Estelle, and help them find their forever homes. Please donate today.


Shenzi's Rescue
Beautiful blue eyed pup rescued from the streets of Detroit

Shenzi was wandering the streets of Detroit when she was found by a concerned individual. The person was able to bring the friendly pup to their house, where they called the Michigan Humane Society Rescue Hotline.

The MHS rescue driver brought Shenzi to the MHS Detroit Center for Animal care, where she received vaccinations and was examined by an MHS veterinarian. 

The veterinarian determined that she was in good health and, after a 4-day stray hold, she was placed up for adoption at the MHS Detroit Center for Animal Care where she found a loving home!

Rescue stories like this are only made possible with your support. Please donate today.



Benny's Rescue
Friendly terrier mix with hair loss gets second chance thanks to MHS

Benny the terrier mix was found wandering the streets of Detroit by a concerned individual who picked him up and called the MHS Rescue Department.

A rescue driver was able to meet the individual at their home and pick up Benny from their yard where he discovered that, while a bit scruffy, he was very friendly and grateful to be rescued. He was brought back to the Detroit Center for Animal Care where he was given a medical examination and vaccinations.

A staff veterinarian determined that, other than hair loss on his tail, he was in good health. He will be available for adoption soon.

Rescues like Benny's are made possible by your support. Please donate today.


Tipod Trixie

Tripod Trixie
Sweet Yorkie looking for a home after going through amputation surgery

Trixie, a 4-year-old Yorkie, came to MHS after a Good Samaritan saw her limping by the side of the road and called the MHS Rescue Hotline.

When the rescue driver arrived, he could see that the friendly pup had an injured leg. Once at the shelter, her leg was examined by an MHS veterinarian. It was clear that it had been fractured and was not healing properly.

It was determined that, in order for Trixie to be happy and healthy, the leg would need to be amputated.

After a successful surgery, Trixie spent some time in a loving foster home receiving medication and some much needed TLC. She has since found a loving home!

Rescue stories like this are only made possible with your support. Please donate today.


Jackson's Tale
Cat found in Detroit with tail encased in ice

Jackson was all alone outside in freezing temperatures in Detroit. He was found by a concerned citizen who noticed the cat’s tail had become encased in ice from the cold and snow.

Knowing the homeless cat needed help, the man brought the friendly cat to the Michigan Humane Society’s veterinary center in Detroit.

After an examination by an MHS veterinarian, it was determined that Jackson would need to have his tail amputated.

Even though the gentleman who found Jackson could not keep him, he decided to pay for the cost of surgery and all medications and vaccinations that Jackson would require to ensure he would be ready for adoption.

After fully recovering from his surgery, Jackson found a new forever home!

Lots of injured dogs and cats are surrendered to the Michigan Humane Society. Not many of them have a good samaritan to pay for their surgery, medications, and vaccinations. Your support is needed to help other injured animals get the veterinary care they need so that they can find a loving home. Please donate today.



Hunter the Hero
Puppy adopted from MHS, named Hunter, alerted family to a gas leak coming from their stove

GROSSE POINTE WOODS – A puppy named Hunter who was adopted from the Michigan Humane Society (MHS) is credited with saving the lives of his new family members.

The 3-month-old Husky-mix alerted them to a gas leak in the middle of the night, hours after a burner was inadvertently left on enough to emit gas, but not enough to light it.

Hunter, who was adopted from the MHS off-site adoption center at Petco in Sterling Heights just two weeks prior, woke his adoptive mom, Jill McLarty, around midnight on Wednesday, March 5 by whining nonstop.

Thinking that Hunter needed to go outside, Jill let him out.

She was surprised that Hunter simply sat outside and continued to whine. Jill let him back in and brought the pup back into the bedroom, where she and her husband were sleeping.

Hunter wouldn’t stop whining and eventually began running in circles in the hallway before leading Jill into the kitchen.

When she turned the light on, she saw Hunter sitting next to the stove, and noticed that one of the gas stove burners was on low, without a flame, causing gas to leak into the house.

The McLartys estimate that the gas had been on since they had cooked dinner, nearly six hours before Hunter woke them up.

“He is the first dog we ever adopted (from MHS) and I would recommend it to anybody,” said Tim McLarty, Jill’s husband. “And as cliché as it sounds, the life you save may save yours.”

Your donation today can help rescue animals and find them loving homes.


Boogie and Oreo

Unlikely Pair Find New Home Together
Oreo the Cat, Boogie the Ferret

Tens of thousands of animals come to the Michigan Humane Society every year, and each has a different story. Some are strays, waiting to be reunited with worried owners. Some come to take advantage of MHS’ veterinary services. And many others come to MHS with the hope of finding their new forever home. This is the story of a very special duo that, with the help of the Michigan Humane Society and the support of friends like you, found themselves a loving new home.

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Boogie and Oreo

Oreo and Boogie came to MHS’ Berman Center for Animal Care in Westland together after being surrendered by their previous owner. Oreo, a three-year-old cat with beautiful black and white markings, and Boogie, a two-year old ferret, had developed a strong bond. When exposed to the hectic and unfamiliar world of an animal shelter, they needed that bond more than ever.

Oreo had an especially hard time adjusting. Naturally shy, he was frightened by the noise and other animals in the shelter. He would hide in the back of his cage when people came by, and didn’t seem interested in meeting new people. Staffers became worried when Oreo showed further signs of being unable to adjust. He didn’t respond well to attempts at socialization and didn’t have much interest in food.

As a last resort, MHS staff decided to reunite Oreo with Boogie, to see if it would help the cat adjust. The transformation was almost instantaneous. With his ferret friend back, Oreo relaxed and became more social – he even started purring as he was petted! Overjoyed, staffers at the Berman Center for Animal Care knew it was the right thing to put the two of them up for adoption together.

MHS often attempts to find adopters willing to adopt best friends like Boogie and Oreo together, but this is a significant challenge. Many come to MHS looking to adopt "a" dog or "a" cat, and are unable or unwilling to bring more than a single animal into their home. Others are unaware that MHS also adopts out pets like rabbits, ferrets and other more “unique" animals. Combined, this created a significant challenge for Oreo and Boogie.

Or so we thought.

The same day that Boogie and Oreo went up for adoption was the day that Mr. and Mrs. Little came to the Berman Center for Animal Care looking to find a new family member. When they laid eyes on the playful ferret and the shy cat, they immediately fell in love. Charmed by their loving personalities and their close-knit friendship, within minutes, the Livonia couple were headed home with Oreo *and* Boogie.

There are many more animals here who need your help. Adopt, donate, or volunteer to help make a difference for an animal today.

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