We firmly believe that a pet is only as healthy as the community in which it lives. The power of the human-animal bond shines no matter one’s financial situation. History has shown us time and time again that people will sacrifice their own wellbeing for that of their pet. Through Michigan Humane’s community work, we’ve been able to keep 4,000 animals in their homes and reduce owner surrender by 40% by providing resources like pet food and veterinary care for a loved animal.
This year, we have distributed 1 million pounds of pet food from our Judith Caplan Phillips Pet Food Pantry and plan to hit 1.2 million pounds by the end of the year. These efforts allow pets to stay in their homes and out of the shelter, ultimately helping to curb the cycle of pet homelessness.
In addition to pet food, Michigan Humane has helped connect families in need with free vaccines and spay and neuter services – but we recognize there is more needed to keep families healthy and together. Our One Health Michigan program provides the pet resources to families in need and partners with human-centered organizations to connect basic need resources.
So far in 2021, we have directly impacted pets in need by:
- Keeping 4,000 animals in their homes by providing 1 million pounds of pet food in our community.
- Caring for more than 2,500 animals in need with free veterinary medical care.
- Partnering with more than 25 human-centered partners to ensure the needs of the entire family are met.
None of this would be possible without the incredible community support from YOU and our partners Ralph Caplan, Strategic Staffing Solutions, PetSmart Charities, Banfield Foundation, Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, Maddie’s Fund, IDEXX, Kenneth A. Scott Charitable Trust, Greater Good Charities, Pethealth, Zoetis, Delta Dental, Anna Paulina Foundation, DTE Foundation, and other generous anonymous donors.
As we prepare for the continuing needs in 2022, we hope you will join us in our efforts to make southeast Michigan a better place for everyone – including pets and people.
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