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.

 

‘PETS, PACKS AND PATRIOTS’ TO HONOR OUR ARMED FORCES THIS VETERANS DAY

Event to feature adoptable animals, donations to our canine active forces

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This election season, it may not seem like there’s much that we all agree on, but there is one thing that brings us all together – our shared respect and admiration for our armed forces. This Veterans Day, Sunday, November 11, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., the Michigan Humane Society (MHS) will honor that tradition by hosting “Pets, Packs and Patriots” a celebration of our two-legged and four-legged veterans, at Petco in Sterling Heights.

 

“We are forever grateful to the brave men and women who risk their lives to defend our nation,” said Marie Skladd, MHS Director of Community Outreach. “This event is a way for us to say thank you and honor a debt to them that we can never truly repay.”

 

“Snoopy, a 6-year-old Boston Terrier mix, is ready to honor our armed forces this Veterans Day.”

The event, held at the MHS off-site adoption center at Petco Sterling Heights, will showcase pets who are available for adoption through the “Pets for Patriots” program, which connects animals who face adoption challenges with members of our armed forces who are looking for their new best friend. The program provides heavily discounted adoption fees and veterinary care for the life of the pet.

 

Local Cub Scouts will be serving refreshments, and attendees will be able to contribute or purchase items for care packages that will be donated to Desert K9s, an organization that provides supplies and protective gear to military canines deployed overseas. Examples of needed items include collapsible food and water bowls, large Kong-style toys, dry dog biscuits and more.

 

“Without these four-legged soldiers, thousands more of our brave men and women would lose their lives,” said Sandie Smith, Desert K-9s Coordinator.

 

Petco is located at 13701 Lakeside Circle in Sterling Heights. For more information about this event, please visit www.michiganhumane.org or 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.

 

MICHIGAN HUMANE SOCIETY PARTNERS WITH PETS FOR PATRIOTS TO CONNECT HOMELESS PETS WITH U.S. VETS

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.