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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.
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.
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:
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.
Huron Valley Humane Society has a straightforward adoption process:
Adoption applications for Huron Valley Humane Society can be found below:
Adoption fees at Huron Valley Humane Society are as follows:
*Additional fees for Tiny Lions Center animals help offset transportation costs to help save lives.
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.
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, here's some nice-to-know info that applies to nearly every animal shelter, humane society, and rescue.
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:
Older shelter dogs, generally 1+ years old, may have experienced a lot of trauma, which often results in one of 8 common behavioral issues:
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.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, finding good dog trainers can be hard. Like everything else, dog training is moving only. but there are great online dog trainers that are proven to work and can help get your new pup on the right path.
You can learn a lot about an animal welfare organization just by looking at their name.
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.
If you have any questions about adopting an animal (what you'll need, what to expect, etc.) feel free to contact the PetLists team!
If you're looking to adopt a new dog, our Dog Adoption Guide is a must-read. It has everything you need to know about bringing a shelter dog home:
And we're adding new guides all the time.