Pet owners facing crisis, like hospitalization, losing their home or escaping an abusive relationship, may find themselves struggling to care for their pet while also taking the steps they need to take to care for themselves. When these folks don’t have someone they can count on to help with their pet during this difficult time, sadly, it can result in surrender of a loved, wanted pet, as well as the resulting trauma for the pet owner.

Thankfully, Michigan Humane is ready to help these families in their time of need through our Safety Net Foster program. This program places owned pets in temporary foster homes, where they will be safe and cared for until they can be reunited with their families, preventing unnecessary surrender and giving pet owners in crisis peace of mind knowing that their pet will be in good hands until they can be happily reunited.

One of the families we’ve helped through this program had lost their home after an unexpected layoff in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis. Not only were they now facing homelessness, but they couldn’t find a shelter where they could stay together – let alone keep their beloved cat with them. Left with few options, they came to Michigan Humane, hoping for help for their furry family member.

We were happy to provide them with much-needed relief through our Safety Net Foster program. Our expert veterinary teams made sure their cat was caught up on essential preventative care, like vaccines, and she was quickly placed with a caring foster family, where she would receive lots of attention and love until she could be reunited with her family.

While the kitty hung out with her fosters, her family was able to get themselves in a much better situation and soon celebrated a happy reunion with their furry friend.

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