Someone recently posed the question to me as to why the Michigan Humane Society would even want to stay in Detroit (as they are building new shelter there). Well, the answer is clear: that is where the greatest need is. Shame on all the humane societies who have left inner cities for the easier job of working in a suburb! It is easy to have great adoption numbers and low euthanasia numbers when you are not an “Open Admissions” shelter in a rough inner city environment. But MHS has never in its history taken the easy road, and has always taken the path of being where they are needed the most. They deserve credit for that instead of being attacked by small minded (or sometimes jealous) people who haven’t got a clue about reality.
––Eileen Liska-Stronczer, Holly, Michigan
Having seen the show when it was on tv, their job is so very difficult. There is so much poverty and (I hate to say it) ignorance about doing what is right by the public and
that there is so much cruelty to animals there. It is a blessing that they had the money to build a new shelter that hopefully is state of the art and will provide the unfortunate animals a good, safe place to await adoption. It seems not to be a no kill shelter which often open-admission shelters aren’t. I hope that they have good strong policies and that the animal population will benefit from their work.
Jamaka Petzak says
The general public seems to love to play the blame game by pointing their fingers at ACCs and HSs while all along, THEY are the cause of the problem they refuse to face. Props to Michigan Humane for standing firm. Everyone who cares at all about trying to alleviate the suffering of our fellow living beings deserves our gratitude and our respect.
J Jacob Carter says
It’s great to see shelters like MI Humane that have the courage to serve communities rather than shut their doors to enhance their shelter statistics. A number of communities in Southeast MI are touted as “No-Kill”, but nobody really knows how often pets from those communities are also relinquished to MI Humane by their owner. Until communities lower the pet overpopulation like states in the Northeast, shelters like MI Humane are needed to ensure no animal suffers an existence on the streets that in many cases results in starvation, painful injuries, and illness.
Debra Young says