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From all of us here at MHS, best wishes for a healthy and happy holiday season!


Each year, families across Michigan and throughout  the world,  sit down with their families to celebrate the holidays with festive parties, big meals and colorful decorations. However, while these traditions are what make the holidays special for all of us, some can be potentially dangerous for our furry friends. The Michigan Humane Society (MHS) offers the following tips for keeping pets safe during the holiday season:


  • Holiday plants can be harmful or toxic, including mistletoe, holly, Japanese yew, Jerusalem cherry, lilies and the bulb of the Amaryllis plant. A common myth is that Poinsettia are poisonous to pets – while not ideal, they are not lethal. Contact your veterinarian immediately if your pet is vomiting, lethargic or foaming at the mouth. A list of emergency veterinarians is available at www.michiganhumane.org.
  • Keep pets away from holiday decorations and never leave them unsupervised around the Christmas tree. Tinsel, ribbon, and bows – which many cats find irresistible – are choking hazards and can cause intestinal blockages if swallowed. Glass balls may be “fetched” off the tree and break. Also, if you have a real Christmas tree, ingested pine needles can puncture the intestines, so vacuum around the tree often.
  • Make sure lights and electrical cords are out of reach. Besides the risk of electrocution, the tree may topple over. Don’t spend your holidays imitating the Griswolds!
  • Secure four-legged family members while entertaining. More guests mean more chances for a pet to slip out. MHS strongly recommends that all pets have identification, including a collar and ID tag, as well as microchip as a permanent, safe and effective form of identification.

  • Provide a safe, quiet place away from the hustle and bustle. Some pets are social butterflies who enjoy the extra activity of the holidays, but others may prefer peace and quiet. Stock the area with their favorite toys, food and water, a litter box for cats and comfy bedding. If they are agitated, soothing music may be helpful.


  • Hold the leftovers. A taste or two may be okay for most pets, but a drastic change in a pet’s diet can cause severe gastrointestinal upset and require emergency medical attention. Never give animals poultry or steak bones, which can splinter or lodge in the throat, stomach or intestinal tract.  Poultry skin can be harmful as well, while onions, garlic, grapes and raisins are dangerous for dogs. And of course, be sure the garbage is secured.
  • Chocolate is poisonous to dogs and can prove fatal depending on the dog’s size and the amount and type of chocolate ingested. The safest rule is to keep all chocolate out of a dog’s reach.
  • Lighted candles should never be left unattended, especially with animals around.
  • Alcohol and pets do not mix. Keep alcoholic drinks where animals cannot reach them. If ingested, the animal could become very sick and weak, possibly resulting in respiratory failure.


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. For more information, please visit www.michiganhumane.org.



START OF WALK-by Ed Serecky

The wait is finally over! The seventh annual Mega March for Animals, the largest walk for animals in Michigan, will hit the streets of downtown Detroit and the beautiful trails of Kensington Metropark this Sunday, Oct. 7. Thousands of pet lovers, many accompanied by their four-legged friends, will march to end pet homelessness and to create a better future for pets here in our community. Last year’s event drew more than 7,000 people.

The seventh annual Mega March for Animals


WHERE:        Hart Plaza

                              1 Hart Plaza, Detroit


                              Kensington Metropark

                              2240 West Buno Road, Milford

WHEN:          Sunday, Oct. 7

                        Registration opens at 9 a.m., walk begins at 10 a.m.


Twice the Drool and Twice as Cool – Mega March for Animals

Mega Marchers raise funds in support of MHS’ programs and services that touch the lives of 100,000 animals every year. These include animal sheltering and adoption, veterinary care, cruelty investigation and rescue, services for struggling pet owners and much more.



For more information, please visit  www.michiganhumane.org/MEGA.

Do Fireworks Scare Your Pets?

July 4th with all of its picnics, swimming, barbecues and family fun can be a scary time for your pets.  Help make it a little less scary with some helpful tips from the Michigan Humane Society!

The Fourth of July is just around the corner, and that means more and more families across metro Detroit and cities throughout the country,  will be enjoying the spectacle of fireworks, whether it’s the spectacular show over the Detroit River or the small sparklers and candles that light up neighborhoods every year. But these pyrotechnics can be very frightening for our four-legged friends, who are able to do some pretty remarkable and potentially dangerous things to try to escape the loud noises and bright lights. The Michigan Humane Society (MHS) is reminding pet owners to keep their pets safe this holiday season by ensuring they are well secured, have up-to-date identification and license tags, and are microchipped.

The number of lost pets arriving at animal shelters and humane organizations increases sharply around the Fourth of July holiday. Unfortunately, this is just a small percentage of the thousands of stray animals that MHS’ three metro Detroit adoption centers receive every year, most of whom lack any sort of identification. Without an ID tag and a microchip, the chance that these pets will be reunited with their families is less than 10 percent. MHS strongly recommends that pets have both visible ID tags and a microchip.

Microchipping is a safe, permanent and unalterable way for your pet to be identified at veterinary centers and humane organizations around the country. MHS offers microchipping for dogs and cats for approximately $50, by appointment at the organization’s three veterinary centers in Detroit, Rochester Hills and Westland. MHS also includes no-cost microchipping with all cat and kitten adoptions.

For those pets who do go missing, MHS offers an online tool called the ePole, which acts as a virtual telephone pole for public use, allowing those who lose a pet – as well as those who find a missing pet – to post the pet’s vital information and get in contact with others, 24 hours a day. The service is free to use, providing residents with a means to upload photos of the missing pet, post descriptions of the animal, and share the location where the animal was last seen or found. The ePole can be found online at www.michiganhumane.org/lost.


MHS also recommends the following tips to keep pets safe during Independence Day festivities:

  • Keep pets inside and secure. Frightened animals may jump tall fences, bolt out gates or run through screens during fireworks displays in order to “escape.”
  • Resist the urge to take dogs to firework displays.  Even those who are normally unflappable may be frightened by sudden, loud noises and may run off.
  • If you know your pet is afraid of loud noises, confine him in a safe, quiet room with their favorite toy and comfortable bedding.
  • If your dog shows signs of distress, give him a peanut butter-stuffed toy to help distract him and calm his nerves. Playing soft music may also help relieve the animal’s stress.
  • The holiday is often accompanied by hot weather.  Prevent heat exhaustion by keeping pets inside in a cool area during the heat of the day, with plenty of fresh, cool water.

For more information about pet safety, please visit www.michiganhumane.org, or call 1-866-MHUMANE.

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. For more information, call 1-866-MHUMANE or visit www.michiganhumane.org.

MICHIGAN HUMANE SOCIETY’S 24th ANNUAL MUTT MARCH Hundreds to gather in GROSSE POINTE SHORES Sunday, June 3 for fun, family-friendly event in support of homeless animals

Ladies and gentlemen, gather your mutts!  The Michigan Humane Society (MHS) is inviting all animal lovers to join them on Sunday, June 3 for the 24th annual Mutt March,.  from at 8 a.m. until noon. This fun, festive and family-friendly event includes a scenic stroll of up to five miles on the scenic grounds of the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House in Grosse Pointe Shores, to benefit the thousands of homeless animals MHS cares for every year. Participants are welcome to walk with or without a pet, or in honor of pet.

“The Michigan Humane Society is grateful for the efforts of all the Mutt March participants and their supporters who allow us to care for so many homeless, abused and neglected animals,” said MHS President and CEO Cal Morgan. “Without the community’s support, we couldn’t do what we do on their behalf.”


Individual walkers and teams are encouraged to register, set up personalized web pages, and collect donations online at www.michiganhumane.org/muttmarch. Though pre-registration is not required, the team captain who recruits the most walking team members online prior to the event will win a free six-month supply of dog food, compliments of Purina! All walkers who raise $156 or more – the average cost for MHS to care for an animal in need – will receive an official Mutt March T-shirt. The first 800 four-legged walkers will receive a Mutt March bandana.


In addition, walkers who raise $468 – the average cost of care for three animals in need – will be given the opportunity to name one of MHS’ animals before they go up for adoption. Walkers who raise $1,500 will become part of the MHS Best Friends Club and receive a brick paver, which will be engraved with their name and placed at the MHS Berman Center for Animal Care in Westland.


The Edsel & Eleanor Ford House is at 1100 Lake Shore Road between 8 Mile (Vernier) and 9 Mile roads in Grosse Pointe Shores. Several course lengths are available and water stops will be provided for people and their pets. For those walking with their pet, please bring current vaccination records. Dogs must be kept on leashes at all times.

New this year, American Textile Recycling Services (ATRS) will be at the Mutt March to collect participants’ donations of gently-used clothing and shoes, and will make a donation to MHS based on the amount collected. By redirecting these items away from landfills, ATRS is not only making for a greener Michigan, but a brighter future for Michigan’s animals.


For more information, call 1-866-MHUMANE (648-6263), 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.



Discounted adoption, veterinary fees available to all U.S. troops and veterans


The Michigan Humane Society (MHS) has teamed up with Pets for Patriots to help connect adult and special-needs homeless pets with current and past members of the U.S. military. The partnership gives our servicemen and women the opportunity to help save animal lives by receiving up to 75 percent off the adoption fee, and a lifetime 10 percent discount on veterinary care from MHS veterinary centers. Additionally, Pets for Patriots will provide ongoing financial support toward the purchase of pet food and care products.

Stella - is a Pets for Patriots Candidate and up for adoption at this time. She is a 4 year old Malti-poo. They had to remove one of her eyes and she has Shaker Dog Syndrome which can be controlled with medication.

“This is MHS’ second year partnering with Pets for Patriots, and we remain excited and proud to be helping these brave men and women find their new best friend,” said Michael Robbins, vice president of marketing and communications for MHS. “There are so many animals out there that would make an absolutely wonderful pet, but are overlooked for one reason or another, be it their age, size or even a medical condition. Through our partnership with Pets for Patriots, we’re not only finding these animals a home, we’re helping transform the lives of our American patriots.”

Annie - is a Pets for Patriots adoption success story and is pictured with her new family. She was 8 years old when adopted from the Petco Satellite adoption Center in
Sterling Heights.

This partnership has already paid dividends for a number of pets, including Annie, an 8-year-old German shepherd, who was adopted by Amy and Kevin Kaul of Sterling Heights. Kevin is active duty in the U.S. Navy, and the family, including their three children, fell in love with Annie after meeting her at the MHS’ off-site adoption center at Petco in Sterling Heights.

Service men and women interested in the program must first apply through Pets for Patriots, located online at www.petsforpatriots.org, and provide proof of their military service. Joining Pets for Patriots is free to veterans and service members and approval typically takes one or two business days. Afterwards, the military member can visit any MHS location to receive expert assistance in choosing a new best friend.


Eligible adopters will have either served or are currently serving in any branch of the United States armed forces at any stage of their careers – active, reserve, National Guard, retired or veteran. Dogs or cats two years and older, dogs 40-pounds or larger regardless of age, and special needs dogs and cats will be made available for adoption through the program. Through the program, MHS will help any service member in the community in the Pets for Patriots program find a needs- and lifestyle-appropriate pet.

For a listing of adoptable pets, information about the Michigan Humane Society or to make a donation, please visit www.michiganhumane.org or call 1-866-MHUMANE (648-6263) Monday through Friday, between 8 a.m. and 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.

Pets for Patriots, Inc. is a registered 501(c)3 charitable organization dedicated to bringing pets and people together in a lifelong bond of mutual friendship, loyalty and love. Pets for Patriots creates unique opportunities for members of the military community to save a life by honorably adopting homeless adult dogs and cats.