First clinic of 2012 to be held at Clark Park in Detroit on May 12

It’s a sad story that’s all too common in these tough times: families struggling to make ends meet and forced to give up their beloved pets. In order to keep more families together and provide help for low-income pet owners and their furry friends, the Michigan Humane Society (MHS) is holding its 22nd annual series of “Protect-A-Pet” clinics throughout the city of Detroit. These spring and summer clinics provide low-cost vaccinations and microchipping for healthy dogs and cats over six weeks of age. The first clinic of the year will be held this coming Saturday, May 12, at Clark Park in Detroit.

Age-appropriate vaccinations protecting against distemper, parvovirus, rabies and other deadly diseases will be provided a rate of $3 for each shot. Microchipping is also available at a discounted rate of $10 per animal. Pet license vouchers, redeemable at Detroit Animal Control, will also be available at a reduced rate for Detroit residents: $10 for an unsterilized pet and $5 for a sterilized pet.

The 2012 “Protect-A-Pet” clinics will operate on the following Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.:

  • May 12: Clark Park in Detroit, south of Vernor on the Scotten side of the park.
  • June 2: Balduck Park in Detroit, 4 blocks south of Moross.
  • June 23: Palmer Park in Detroit, 7 Mile Road and Woodward Ave.
  • July 14: Stoepel #1 Park in Detroit, south of Outer Drive and east of Evergreen.

Services will be limited to 800 animals per clinic. All animals must be on leashes or in carriers, and payment will be accepted in cash only.

Since the program’s inception in 1991, the “Protect-A-Pet” clinics have provided approximately 60,000 animals with life-saving vaccinations and pet owners with peace of mind through microchipping.


In order to make sure that the clinics are used by those in greatest need, pet guardians are asked to present proof of low income. One of the following must be presented in order to qualify to receive services:

  • Proof of Unemployment Compensation
  • SOM Medicaid or Medical Assistance card
  • FIP (Family Independence Program)
  • Social Security Disability
  • Food stamps or a Bridge Card
  • WIC

For more information, visit www.michiganhumane.org or call 1-866-MHUMANE, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Michigan Humane Society is a private, nonprofit organization which cares for more than 100,000 animals each year, while working to end companion animal homelessness, provide the highest quality service and compassion to the animals entrusted to our care, and to be a leader in promoting humane values.

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  1. What a great thing for them to dos! Pets is important parts of lots of families and peoples wants to do whats best for them. This is such a big help!

    • Hi Nellie! You are so right! Thank you for stopping by! I know you and your Mom have been so busy!! Hope she is able to rest this weekend! Barks and licks and love, Dakota

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