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Supporting Animal Welfare in Detroit’s Neighborhoods

September 19th, 2016 Back to Browse Stories

When the Michigan Humane Society moved into Detroit in 1931, its principal concern was the proper treatment of horses, then the primary means of transportation. Today, more than 100,000 animals of all kinds receive services each year, ranging from medical care to adoption. As the only provider of comprehensive veterinary services in Detroit, the Michigan Human Society helped over 22,000 households care for their pets in 2015.

A $70,000 grant from the Community Foundation is being used to support Paws in the D, a cooperative community effort to address gaps in the animal welfare system at the neighborhood level in Detroit. Twelve organizations and shelters work together to rescue abandoned and neglected animals, manage pet food drives, provide low-cost spay/neuter services, offer free animal behavior training and more. The program also recruits and trains Neighborhood Ambassadors, trained volunteers who identify community needs and work on animal welfare issues at the grassroots level throughout the city.

For more information about grants like this, please contact:

Kamilah Henderson

Program Officer

313.961.6675, ext. 124