Cruelty Investigation Careers
Thank you for your interest in helping abused and neglected animals by becoming a Michigan Humane Society “Animal Cop.” The small MHS cruelty investigation team handles more than 5,000 animal cruelty complaints each year in Detroit and two neighboring cities, Hamtramck and Highland Park.
We invite you to check out the current Michigan Humane Society job listings.
When preparing for a career in cruelty investigation, there is no set educational pathway; requirements may vary among nonprofit humane organizations, like MHS, and governmental animal control departments (city or county).
beneficial for this career path. When a position becomes available at MHS, prior law enforcement experience would be helpful as would certification through the Law Enforcement Institute (LEI) at the University of Missouri. Consideration is also given to current Michigan Humane Society employees who have displayed an aptitude for becoming a cruelty investigator.
However, courses in criminology and animal sciences could be
For jobs in other areas, you may wish to contact any local humane organizations or municipal animal control departments regarding their hiring and training requirements and employment opportunities. For information on career opportunities in the field of Animal Control, visit the National Animal Control Association (NACA) web site.
To “meet” the Michigan Humane Society "Animal Cops" who appear on the Animal Planet series “Animal Cops: Detroit” and read about their backgrounds, click here.