Humane Society Of Huron Valley

Ann Arbor, Michigan

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About Huron Valley Humane Society

Huron Valley Humane Society in Ann Arbor, Michigan has been serving the community, saving animals, and helping people since they were founded in 1896.

They’re the only animal shelter in Washtenaw County taking in all types of unwanted, injured, lost, stray, abandoned, and abused animals.

Today, they help over 14,000 animals and their owners every year. Here are two of our favorite programs that Huron Valley Humane Society runs to benefit both the animals and people of the Ann Arbor community.

Pajama Parties

If you aren’t ready or able to adopt a dog but would like to enjoy commitment-free companionship, some dogs are available for a free 3-day sleepover! These sleepovers give shelter dogs a much-needed break from the shelter environment, and they love every minute of it. When you visit the shelter, ask about Pajama Parties.

Tiny Lions Cat Cafe

If felines are more your speed, head over to Huron Valley Humane Society’s Tiny Lions Cat Cafe! Research shows cats are therapeutic for human health in several ways:

  • Their purring lowers our heart rate.
  • Their presence reduces stress and anxiety.
  • Being around cats can even decrease our risk for heart disease!

But not everyone can have a cuddly kitten, so Tiny Lions Cat Cafe provides a place to enjoy their awesomeness. The comfy, clean cafe not only offers a relaxing place for people to hang out with cats, but also provides a loving, temporary residence for them to live while they await their forever homes.

And while there’s no obligation to adopt a cat at Tiny Lions Cat Cafe, those interested in a permanent relationship can interact with the cats in a natural, “living room” environment, similar to a home, and then apply to adopt. Through this initiative, 800 cats have found their loving, forever homes.

Considering adoption from Huron Valley Animal Shelter? Read below for more info on their adoption process and fees.

Contact Info

3100 Cherry Hill Rd
Ann Arbor
(734) 662-5585

Hours of Operation

Mon - Wed: 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thu - Fri: 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Sat - Sun: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Adoption Process

Huron Valley Humane Society has a straightforward adoption process:

  1. View adoptable animals on the shelter’s website. Animals may only appear briefly on the site before an application is received for them, so don’t wait too long to start the adoption process.
  2. Visit the shelter to meet the animal and complete an application. You can also save time by bringing a completed application with you. Forms can be found below. A submitted application is required to meet with any animal.
  3. Once you’ve submitted your application, you’ll receive a visitation pass valid for 3 months.
  4. After visiting with an animal, you may place a hold on him/her. Holds are limited to one 24-hour hold per family.
  5. If you plan on adoption, allow at least 1 hour and bring your driver’s license or other government-issued ID with proof of address, a copy of your lease (if you rent), and vaccination records for any current pets.
  6. After you’ve found your match, an adoption meeting will be set up to help you prepare for your new friend. While there are exceptions, adoptions are typically completed the same day!
  7. Once all the paperwork has been completed and you've paid the adoption fee, you can take your new companion home!

Adoption applications for Huron Valley Humane Society can be found below:

Adoption Fees

Adoption fees at Huron Valley Humane Society are as follows:


  • Puppies (up to 6 months): $350
  • Adult small breed (6+ months): $290
  • Adult larger breed (6+ months): $195
  • Seniors (8+ years): $105


  • Kittens (up to 5 months): $135
  • Adults/Kittens: (6 months-12 years): $100
  • Seniors (12+ years): $50
  • Seniors (12+ years adopted from Tiny Lions Center): $70*

*Additional fees for Tiny Lions Center animals help offset transportation costs to help save lives.

Small Animals

  • Ferrets, Chinchillas: $75
  • Rabbits: $60 ($100 for a perfect pair)
  • Guinea Pigs: $25
  • Hamsters, Rats, Degus: $20
  • Birds, Exotics, Horses, Farm Animals: Individually prices

Discounts for Certain Pets

  • Pet of the Week: 10% off (applies to any animal that qualifies)
  • Legacy Dogs and Cats (purebred/high demand): Variable
  • Perfect Pairs (cats or dogs that must be adopted together): Regular fee + 2nd one free
  • FeLV+ cats or barn cats: Free (for those who qualify)

Discounts for Certain Adopters

  • Senior Human Discount (62+ years): Free adoption of a senior animal or a 10% discount off other animals. You must mention this special at the time of your approval.
  • Pets for Patriots: A non-profit charity connecting at-risk shelter animals with members of the US Military. Huron Valley Humane Society is proud to be a participating shelter, offering adoptions of eligible pets to eligible service members at 50% off the adoption fees and 10% off veterinary care at their full-service veterinary clinic for the life of the adopted pet.
  • Military: All service members are eligible for a 10% discount on their adoption fee. This discount is available to any member of the US Military who isn't taking part in the Pets for Patriot’s Program.

Your adoption fee covers spay/neuter surgery, microchipping, an initial health exam, age-appropriate vaccinations, deworming, FeLV testing for cats, and heartworm testing and a temperament evaluation for adult dogs.

Every adoption also comes with a 30-day trial of pet illness and accident insurance, a discounted vet exam at the Humane Society of Huron Valley veterinary clinic, and access to the behavior helpline.

Adoption Process & Fees

Our writing team is hard at work researching this shelter's adoption process and fees, so this page will be updated soon!

In the meantime, below you'll find some nice-to-know info that applies to nearly every animal shelter, humane society, and rescue.

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Why Rescue A Shelter Dog?

Because shelter dogs are full of love!

Is it because they know you saved them and love you harder for it?

I can't say for certain, but yes.

Jokes aside, there are three things all shelter dogs need to thrive in their new home:

  1. Love
  2. Patient
  3. Training

Older shelter dogs, generally 1+ years old, may have experienced a lot of trauma, which often results in one of 8 common behavioral issues:

  1. Anxiety
  2. Aggression toward people & pets
  3. Resource guarding
  4. Destructive behavior
  5. Housetraining regression
  6. Poor social skills
  7. Leash reactivity & barrier-related aggression
  8. Constant whining

These issues are correctable! Your dog isn't broken, they're just damaged. You can fix them with enough love, patience, and a good training plan.

Animal Shelter vs Humane Society vs Rescue: What's the Difference?

You can learn a lot about an animal welfare organization just by looking at their name.

Animal Shelters

  • Most Animal Shelters are city or county-run organizations, often operated by the local Animal Control department, that manage strays and handle owner surrenders.
  • They usually have kennel facilities you can visit to adopt animals, and they usually have less stringent adoption requirements, lower adoption fees, and same-day adoptions (because their goal is to get animals out of the shelter).
  • Unfortunately, they usually know very little about each animal, including their true personalities and any behavioral problems.

Humane Societies

  • Most Humane Societies are non-profit organizations, many of which are no-kill shelters.
  • Some (but not all) are affiliated with The Humane Society of the United States.
  • They exist to improve animal welfare in the local community and often partner with city or county-run Animal Shelters that often euthanize animals due to capacity restraints.
  • They usually have kennel facilities, sometimes at multiple locations, and usually offer other services to the community such as low-cost spay/neuter clinics, community education programs, and more.
  • They may also have some animals in foster care.
  • There's a lot of variation in process and fees among Humane Societies, but they usually have really good websites that detail everything for you.


  • Most Rescues are foster-based organizations that don't have physical facilities.
  • They usually have websites and contact emails, but not all of them have phone numbers.
  • Because they don't have a physical facility, you need to view animals in their foster network online, usually on their website but sometimes on their member pages on either PetFinder or Adopt-a-Pet.
  • If you see an animal you'd like to meet, contact the rescue using the process listed on their website or via email. They'll help you through the application process and set up a time for you to meet the animal at the foster's home.
  • Adopting from a rescue generally is the most expensive option here and takes the longest, but you get an animal that's been cared for in a loving home environment and their foster can tell you a lot about their personality.

6 Tips to Improve Your Adoption Experience

Adoption processes vary drastically from organization to organization, but here are some general tips that apply in most instances. Note that we'll use the term "shelters" here for simplicity but it includes all types of rescue organizations.

  1. See an animal online that you'd like to meet? Call the shelter before your visit to make sure the animal is still available. This especially applies for puppies, which are adopted out quickly.
  2. Usually, you'll need to get some paperwork in order: a photo ID, vaccination/medical records for any pets you currently have, possibly your vet's contact info and a couple of personal references, and (for renters) proof you're allowed to have a pet (copy of your lease or your landlord's contact info).
  3. If you need to provide contact info for your vet, let your vet know ahead of time. Otherwise, they may not release your information.
  4. Many shelters require your current dogs to meet adoptive dogs. Your current dogs need to be up-to-date on vaccinations.
  5. Some shelters require you to schedule a home visit to ensure a suitable living environment for the new animal.
  6. Adoption fees may seem excessive, but they're actually amazing values. Truthfully, caring for a pet is expensive. Most adoption fees include required medical care to get the animal ready for their new home including (but not limited to) spay/neuter surgery, vaccinations, general vet exams, flea/tick treatment, deworming, heartworm testing/treatment for dogs, and feline leukemia and feline AIDS testing/treatment for cats. In general, your adoption fee is less than the cost of this care, so you're saving money in addition to your new animal's life!

If you have any questions about adopting an animal (what you'll need, what to expect, etc.) feel free to contact the PetLists team!

For more information about what's included in your adoption fee, or any other questions about the adoption process, reach out to
Humane Society Of Huron Valley
Ann Arbor
directly using the contact info above.

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