Thoughts From The President & CEO
Dear Friends of MHS,
Expanding the number of available good homes for companion animals always is a challenge but never more so than during the summer months, when the number of animals coming in our doors always is greater than the number of people coming in to look for a new furry family member.
In addition to all the information that you will find in this issue of MichigAnimals on things to consider when acquiring a new pet, I would like to ask all of you, as supporters of the Michigan Humane Society, to really help us get the word out about why it’s so critically important to “think adoption first” and urge your family members and friends to come visit one of the three MHS adoption centers or one of our seven full-time, off-site adoption partner locations at PetSmart and Petco.
We hear all types of reasons why people don’t want to come into an animal shelter: “It’s too sad,” “I feel bad for the animals there,” or “The animals there have flaws.”
Let me assure you that we do everything in our power to make our adoption centers places where the public can feel welcome and where animals are provided the very best possible care.
You can take a walk through our animal adoption areas and see hopeful faces along with wagging tails and contented purrs, and while some of the animals’ backgrounds may be sad, their futures surely aren’t.
True, some of the animals have treatable health issues from which they can and will recover, but many others are perfectly healthy and simply need someone to see them for the wonderful pets they can be. And at MHS, they will have all the time it takes them to find the right match.
What I guarantee is that, by adopting a shelter pet, you will have a profound sense of having done something good by providing a homeless animal with a loving home and the chance to be a part of a family for the rest of his or her life.
I came across this anonymous quote recently, and I think this says it all:
“Rescue dogs aren’t broken, they’ve simply experienced more life than other dogs. If they were human, we would call them wise. They would be the ones with tales to tell and stories to write, the ones dealt a bad hand who responded with courage. Don’t pity a rescue dog. Adopt one. And be proud to have their greatness by your side.”
Find true love – ADOPT A SHELTER PET!
President & Chief Executive Officer