Red is one of those special dogs. Sweet, friendly, comforting and loyal, a true family member. We met him at our Mackey Center for Animal Care in Detroit last month when his owner, Myron N., brought him in to receive free preventive care through our One Health Michigan program.
One Health Michigan was launched in 2020 in response to the two-month suspension of preventative care services due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Recognizing many families were struggling to make ends meet and that pet care might not be affordable for some, we offered free vaccinations, spay/neuter services and pet food, and enlisted human service partners to offer resources for family members. The project was successful, serving 600 families and 1,200 pets. Building on our success in 2020, our goal for the program this year is to treat 2,500 pets through October, and we’re well on our way with nearly 300 pets treated so far.
The love and joy that comes with the bond between humans and animals such as Myron and Red is our inspiration.
“I’m kind of handicapped a little bit, and Red helps me out with certain things. He’s playful and friendly and loves attention from everyone. He’s part of the family,” Myron told us.
“We’re here to try to get Red looked after. I can’t get him groomed unless I have records of his shots, so I’m going to make sure I do that so I can take care of him,” he said.
“Red is a big boy. He was very slim when I first inherited him. I try to do what I can for him because I love him.”
A project like this is costly, with a total budget of more than $645,000, and is only possible because of the support of several partners who share our passion for community. The Banfield Foundation, IDEXX, PetHealth, and Zoetis donated medicines and supplies, and our funding partners include Strategic Staffing Solutions, Ralph Caplan, Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, Kenneth Scott Charitable Trust, Maddie’s Fund, DTE Foundation, and two anonymous donors.
We’re extremely grateful for these critical partnerships, and so is Myron.
“Without this program it would be a little bit strenuous because of fixed income. Michigan Humane is very wonderful and I love the program. It helps me a lot,” he said.
If you’d like to support the One Health Michigan program, please visit michiganhumane.org/donate.