What is a Humane Society

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A Humane Society in Today’s World

Just what is a humane society? Most people think of an animal rescue or shelter in their communities. A lot of people mistakenly believe all humane societies are part of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). While the former is mostly true, the latter is not.

What is a humane society?

As defined by Wikipedia, a humane society is, “a group that aims to stop animal suffering due to cruelty or other reasons.” Henry Bergh, an American businessman, founded the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) in New York. It was based on the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in the UK, founded in 1824.

Michigan Humane can trace its roots back to 1877, when the Michigan Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was formed. This is also the year in which Michigan’s first statute prohibiting cruelty to animals was enacted. In 1925, multiple organizations in Detroit, including the Detroit Humane Society, whose mission was to protect humans and animals from cruelty, abuse and oppression, merged to become the Michigan Humane Society.

In the decades that followed, Michigan Humane has rescued countless animals with the help of generous donors, partners and community stakeholders. We have advocated for legislative reform to create laws that better protect the animals we love.

Over 140 years later and Michigan Humane is still at the forefront of changing lives in our communities. Not just for the animals, but for entire families. Our pets are family members that we love just as much as anyone else in our home.

That is what a humane society continues to strive for.

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