Michigan Humane Society’s Valentine’s Telethon, Presented by Purina, Airs Thursday, February 14th, As a bitterly cold winter drives need!

MHS asks community to

Say “I Do” to Saving Animal Lives


Photo Courtesy of Michigan Humane

Photo Courtesy of Michigan Humane

Love is in the air, and there’s nobody who loves you quite like a furry friend. Show them you care by supporting the Michigan Humane Society’s 2013 Valentine’s Telethon, presented by Purina. WXYZ-TV Channel 7 Action News Anchor Alicia Smith will host the event, airing Thursday, Feb. 14, between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m.

Alicia Smith and doggies, photo courtesy of Michigan Humane

Alicia Smith and doggies, photo courtesy of Michigan Humane


“There are so many animals out there who need the Michigan Humane Society, and sadly, this need has never been greater,” said Cal Morgan, MHS President and CEO. “We rely on the support of pet lovers across Michigan to help us care for animals who are homeless, hungry, neglected and abused. On Thursday, Feb. 14, please say ‘I do’ to saving animal lives.”


The 17th annual MHS Valentine’s Telethon will feature adoptable pets and stories that show how your support can make a lifesaving difference for animals in need.  As a private, nonprofit agency, MHS receives no government funding and is not affiliated with any national humane organizations, relying instead on the generosity of its supporters to help save animal lives.


MHS Valentine’s Telethon donations can be made online at www.michiganhumane.org on or before Thursday, Feb. 14, or by calling 855-MHS-GIVE (647-4483), 24 hours a day.


In addition to Purina, sponsors of this year’s Valentine’s Telethon include Jim Riehl’s Friendly Automotive Group, US-Mattress.com, Center for Computer Resources, Meijer, Grid4 Communications, Strategic Staffing Solutions and Petco.

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The Michigan Humane Society (MHS) 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. Hope many many peeps say ‘I Do’ to our beautiful furry friends!!!


  2. I wish them the best and hope they exceed their goal

  3. I was surprised to see that the Michigan Humane Society was running television commercials. Whenever an organization has the funds to run tv ads, then I figure they do not need my money. That goes for any charitable group. I do support local rescues who really are working on a shoestring.

    • @2browndawgs they are hurting like everyone else. Guess where the smaller, “no kills” bring their animals when they are full to the rafters? You got it. MANY shelters throughout the U.S. have begun to use television and videos as a means of trying to adopt out more pets. It helps to break the stereotype of shelter pets being undesirable or having something “wrong” with them.
      Also, having worked at The Plain Dealer in Cleveland for 21 years and am familiar with media, TV stations and newspapers do NOT charge the same fees for an ad or a commercial to “not-for-profits” as they do for normal companies. I believe that since neither you or I know who footed the bill for the commercial, that we shouldn’t pass judgment.
      I used to feel like you, until…I met with Marie Skladd (the PR Manager at Michigan Humane)….and heard things from the “other” side.
      Large or small, ALL shelters are hurting partly due to the careless acts of some of NOT spaying and neutering or just “dumping” their pet because they can no longer care for them.
      Whether a rescue is LARGE or SMALL isn’t the issue…..SAVING animals IS and ALL shelters are worthy of our support.

      • The Michigan Humane Society has not had a stellar record when it comes to adopting out animals. They euthanize a lot of animals. I know they have changed policies, but time will tell. That more than anything probably hurt their fund raising efforts. I want to see real change before I even consider supporting them.

      • NO city shelters have a “stellar record” Why? Because the “no kills” turn over ALL of the animals that they can’t take to them….that’s why. In the name of “no kill” they do NOT accept just any animals that are brought to them (and I know that from personal experience) the larger city shelters won’t turn any animals away. They are doing the best that they can do. I strongly suggest you read Dorian Wagner’s post on Catster to get a better understanding, here is the link http://www.catster.com/lifestyle/cat-kill-shelters-bad-rap
        As I said, I used to feel the same way as you UNTIL I was better educated about EXACTLY what it is they are dealing with. Take a small “no kill” shelter with 50 animals who turns over animals to the larger shelters that they can no longer keep…….Michigan Humane has 100s of animals…..logically what does that tell you? How can they have a “stellar record” under those circumstances. Better yet, rather than bashing them, maybe help spread the word about the importance of people spaying and neutering their pets to avoid ANY animal being euthanized. Or teach people to stop dumping animals that they can no longer take care of into the street or moving and leaving them abandoned in a vacant home. It is US who have to help in reference to “seeing a real change”….it’s ultimately about the ANIMALS. Does the American Cancer Society save everyone that has cancer? Does the American Heart Association save everyone with heart disease? NO…..when I can, I donate to virtually every one. I support large shelters and small. They are all doing the best that they can do and it is once again, ultimately about the ANIMALS.

      • Was I bashing them? See and that is their problem they were hardly transparent and when people asked they were met with the same attitude.

      • you certainly weren’t bestowing accolades on them. What “attitude” are you referring to? In reference to whom? I can understand your feelings of not wanting to support them, that is your right. As I said, I USED to feel the same as you. There are 1000s of “Michigan Humanes”……who are forced to deal with a glut of poor souls mostly due to the irresponsibility of humans. Once again, in my opinion it is ALL ABOUT THE ANIMALS. The other rather ironic part of all of this is that neither YOU nor I have dogs that came from a shelter. My cat WAS adopted at a PetCo adoption event and my first cat was a stray, but nope…..Dakota was purchased from a responsible breeder……so shame on us, eh?

      • I am speaking of their attitude. There was quite a stink about it in the press. I think it is great when people want a shelter dog. It is not something I am at all interested in, for many reasons.

      • As we all know the media is prone to immense exaggeration. Having worked at a newspaper for 21 and a half years in my “prior life” I know all too well. Newspapers are in business to make money. If you personally experienced an “attitude” in reference to them that is one thing. You are entitled to your opinion. I think it’s great when people want to adopt a Shelter dog. Had their been a Sheltie rescue near by when we wanted a Sheltie that would have been my first choice. To me, the bottom line is, that ALL ANIMALS deserve a loving home no matter what their circumstances are or where they come from and the places that do their best to shelter these animals deserve (at least MY support)

  4. I hope they are able to raise lots of money to continue taking care of all the animals that depend on them.

  5. Oh I wish a lot of people say “I do” – only two words – but they can save lives – that’s brilliant! Thanks for sharing so much events and good things with me ;o)

    • you are most welcome Easy and THANK YOU!!!!!!!! Love, “Mom”

  6. We support out local humane society where mom has adopted many pets over the years.

    • ((((hugs)))) to your Mom! Love, “Mom”

  7. I hope they raise lots of green papers!

  8. Here’s wishing them an awesome success. May many animals find brilliant new forever homes for valentines.

  9. What a great idea! Being able to see the available pets will surely be a way to create more interest in adoption.

  10. Fantastic idea! Best of luck, I hope they exceed their goal!

  11. I’ve got a lot of respect for the rescue centres.


    • So do I Sheba…large and small they are all full of caring, incredible people. Barks and licks and love, Dakota and “Mom”

  12. Dear Dakota and Caren, mes has posted this on FaceBook!

    • Thanks so much Nellie! You are a sweetheart! Barks and licks and love, Dakota and “Mom”

  13. I hope a lot of them found homes, the plight of the homeless (not just animals either) is a horrible situation.

    • Jodi you are sooo right! Love, “Mom”

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