As you may have noticed, our organization has had an exciting new update to our logo and name. Michigan Humane is more than just a name or a logo, it reflects the commitments we have towards the animals and the people who love them in our communities. In 1877, we were founded to provide a critical voice for the overworked horses who supplied the original “horsepower” to Detroit, along with women and children who were victims of domestic abuse. As our Motor City began to replace horses with cars, and our legal systems stepped up for the rights of women and children, our organization was there with Detroit every step of the way. We have always adapted to meet the needs of the people and pets of our community. This could not be more evident than the role we played during the recent COVID-19 global pandemic.

As an essential service, Michigan Humane continued to provide pet food for families in need through our Judith Caplan Phillips Pet Food Pantry. We also continued emergency veterinary care, animal rescues, and cruelty investigations. However, at the onset of the pandemic, spay and neuter services were suspended by executive orders, and we knew that once we could resume theses services our communities would need us now more than ever.

As a response to meet this need, Michigan Humane, along with the United Way of Southeastern Michigan, Banfield Foundation, Zoetis, IDEXX, the Kenneth Scott Trust and 24PetWatch, launched the “One Health Michigan” program. For two weekends in August, One Health provided free spays and neuters, microchips, vaccines, heartworm tests, and other preventative services to pet owners in need, including dog licenses for Detroiters from Detroit Animal Care & Control. In addition to these services, we were able to provide pet food and human food for their families, thanks to GreaterGood.org and Gleaners, along with information about additional services through Forgotten Harvest and Michigan 2-1-1. With our partners at All About Animals, we were also able to help more than 1,000 animals and their families.

Michigan Humane values the special bond that humans and their pets share. We believe that everyone, human and animal alike, deserves to feel safe and loved. Our pets are only as healthy as the communities in which they live. Thank you to all our partners who made this life-changing event possible!

Photo Credit: Dave Kim, Michigan Humane