The New Shelter Opened on October 28, 2009
The Humane Society of Huron Valley (HSHV) is 112 years old and is the only animal shelter in Washtenaw County that takes in all types of unwanted, injured, lost, stray, abandoned and abused animals. Each year we help over 10,000 dogs, cats, rabbits and other small animals.
The old shelter, originally built in 1951, was dilapidated and overcrowded, and suffered from inadequate cleaning systems, air quality, and noise control. This, combined with a poor layout, (e.g., cats next to barking dogs, little isolation for sick animals) caused the spread of disease and high levels of stress creating sickness and behavioral problems that can affect an animal's adoptability. The dark and dank feel repelled potential adopters, and the overall conditions made the work of dedicated volunteers and staff much more difficult.
See photos of the new shelter being built.
We wanted to build a modern facility - one that would allow HSHV to be a model of best practices in animal sheltering, prevention services, and community support - one that would save more lives and give more animals a second chance at finding loving, lifelong homes.
Our Capital Campaign has reached many milestones, including the completion of the much needed new shelter. We are excited to see how much more we can accomplish in the new animal care facility. So far we have seen:
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- A 29% increase in adoptions
- Healthier shelter pets
- Many smiles from visitors, volunteers and staff members!
The Matthaei family have provided a $100,000 matching grant to help us meet our campaign goal and end the fundraising for the new shelter. There are still naming opportunities available and gifts can be made over three years. You can download a matching grant form, or contact Deb Kern at email@example.com or 734-661-3527 for more information.
We only need to raise $850,000 to finish our fundraising and complete this historic campaign. Please join us!