Humane Society of Huron Valley

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Humane Society of Huron Valley
Industry Animal welfare
Founded Ann Arbor, Michigan, U.S.1896 (1896)
Headquarters Ann Arbor, Michigan, U.S.
Number of locations
Area served
Washtenaw County, Michigan
Key people
Tanya Hilgendorf, CEO & President
Services Animal shelter
Veterinary clinic
Animal rescue
Cruelty investigation
Revenue US$3,654,306 (2009)
Parent None

Humane Society of Huron Valley is an independent animal welfare organization located in Ann Arbor, MI. The organization was formed in 1896, and opened a shelter on Cherry Hill Road in 1951.


The Humane Society of Huron Valley (HSHV) is dedicated to saving the lives and reducing the suffering of homeless, injured and abused animals. Their motto: Love Starts Here.


HSHV offers pet adoption services, a full service affordable veterinary clinic open to the public, 24/7 animal emergency rescue line and ambulance, community cat programs including trap-neuter-and-return (TNR), humane wildlife removal, animal cruelty investigation, dog training classes and humane education programs. [1]

Animal Shelter[edit]

The animal shelter of HSHV provides care to homeless animals from Washtenaw County. In 2014, HSHV took in over 5,600 dogs, cats, and other companion animals, of which 580 were returned to their owners, and nearly 5,000 were adopted out or transferred to other animal rescue organizations. According to the Asilomar Accords this gives them a live release rate or "save rate" of 90.7%.[1]

HSHV is considered an "open admissions shelter", meaning they do not turn away animals from within their service area. In addition to accepting animals from the public, the Humane Society of Huron Valley, also known as HSHV, serves as the stray holding facility for Washtenaw County and Plymouth, Michigan[2]. There are prevention measures in place to try to keep pets with their owners, such as a behavior helpline, a Safe Harbor program for pet owners in a temporary housing crisis, and a supplemental pet food program called Bountiful Bowls.[2]

Veterinary Clinic[edit]

The veterinary clinic at HSHV is an affordable, full-service clinic open to the public. The clinic is staffed with 6 fully licensed veterinarians, including vets who specialize in wellness, surgery, dentistry, and physical therapy, and houses a full pet pharmacy.[3] They offer low-cost spay and neuter services and have frequent low-cost vaccination clinics.

The New Shelter[edit]

New HSHV facility

HSHV's new building opened at the Cherry Hill Road location on October 28, 2009, after a closure of a few days to facilitate moving the animals from the old shelter to the new one. The fifty-year-old facility was outdated and in poor condition. After a three-year capital campaign, including a construction bond from Washtenaw County,[4] and donations from private individuals, HSHV raised all but $850,000 of the $8.6 million needed to construct the new state-of-the-art facility. Since its opening, adoptions have gone up 29%.[5]

Affiliation with Other Organizations[edit]

The Humane Society of Huron Valley (HSHV) is an entirely independent agency that receives neither funds nor directives from any other organization. Though a common misconception, donations given to the Humane Society of the United States are not distributed to HSHV nor any other local animal shelters.[6]


  1. ^ "About Us". 
  2. ^ Rurka, Leah. "Packed cages and empty bowls". Washtenaw Voice. Retrieved 3 April 2011. 
  3. ^ "Our Clinic". Humane Society of Huron Valley. Retrieved 3 April 2011. 
  4. ^ Askins, Dave (22 March 2010), "Dog Watch: Humane Society Bond", The Ann Arbor Chronicle, retrieved 28 March 2011 
  5. ^ "Humane Society of Huron Valley: Capital Campaign". Retrieved 28 March 2011. 
  6. ^ "Common Questions about Animal Shelters: The Humane Society of the United States". Retrieved 28 March 2011. 

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