Monthly Archives May 2021

What “fine” looks like

As a trainer, often when I ask owners how their dogs respond during potentially scary events such as vet or grooming appointments, thunderstorms, travel, etc., I receive the answer “They are fine.” When we say our pets are “fine,” we need to explain what “fine” looks like.  Animals can have different fear responses, which include the well-known “fight or flight” behaviors, but also “fret” and “freeze.”  Nervous dogs may become over-active and fidgety, or they may suppress behavior and shut down.  To someone who is not well-versed in dog body language, both of these things could be interpreted as being
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If I fits, I sits… even in tape?

Most cat owners are aware that their cats LOVE boxes. The phrase “if I fits, I sits” is something every cat owner is aware of and we all delight in seeing our cats shove themselves into even the tiniest of boxes. We know that cats love boxes because they feel enclosed, safe and warm, and that even big cats in captivity will put themselves into boxes placed in their enclosures. Did you know, though, that if you tape a square onto the floor, it’s likely that your cat will put himself into that 2D square? Even more mind bending is
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Sofia’s Bracelets for the Animals

Sophia is such a kind kid! She wanted to help the animals and help make a change in the community. Sofia decided to make and sell bracelets and cards, then donate the funds she raised to HSHV. We are so grateful for your generous donation, Sofia! Thank you!
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Joel’s Birthday for the Animals

Joel is a kind kid indeed! He likes animals and wanted to celebrate his birthday with us at HSHV. Joel asked for donations for the animals instead of gifts. He donated treats, dog and cat food, dog beds, cat scratching posts, dog toys, collars, and leashes to HSHV. Thank you for your kindness, Joel! Happy birthday!
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Chrissy and Kennedy Care

Chrissy and Kennedy are very kind kids! They wanted to help our animal residents because they love cats, dogs, and animals in general. Chrissy and Kennedy decided to hold a bake sale and donate the funds they raised to HSHV. Thank you, Chrissy and Kennedy! We are so grateful for your generosity, and we know the animals are too!
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Bald Eagle rejoins Ann Arbor family, after rescue from fishing wire

Ann Arbor, MI (May 21, 2021) — Dangling upside down, entangled in a mass of fishing line which tied him to a branch hanging over Huron River, about 4 feet from shore and 1 foot from water, a Bald Eagle needed rescuing. Fortunately, a Good Samaritan called the Humane Society of Huron Valley’s (HSHV) wildlife rescue line Saturday. “He was still tangled up, and many of his feathers had been broken,” says Michael Shivak, HSHV Rescue Field Agent. “Thankfully, with our veterinarians’ help, we were able to remove the rest of the fishing line from the bird who, luckily, didn’t
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Amazing Abby

Abby is a very kind kid! She used her birthday money to buy items to donate because she wanted to help the animals. Abby donated items for our dog residents including beds, food, toys, and treats. She also donated items for our cat residents including beds, food, and toys. Thank you, Abby! We appreciate your kindness, and we know our animal residents do too!
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Troop #77328 Helps Our Animals

The Girl Scouts of Troop #77328 are kind kids indeed! They wanted to earn their Animal Journey badge and decided to help the animals at HSHV. They used funds raised from cookie sales to buy items to donate. Troop #77328 donated towels, dog beds,  litter, litter boxes, bandanas, cat carriers, Ziploc bags, rabbit toys, and food for the dogs, cats, and rabbits. We are so grateful for your thoughtfulness and generosity, Troop #77328! Thank you and congratulations on earning your new badge!
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How to become a cat person

My last cat died before I was married and my husband had never had a cat at all. He used to have a dog. I missed having furry family enough to switch teams and get a dog, but my husband knew how much I love cats – so he agreed to be the one to switch. We found Scotty at HSHV. He was about 7 years old and was friendly even in the stressful shelter environment. When we brought him home he hid for a few hours before coming out and settling in on my husband’s lap. He has spent
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In memorium – Nora Mayes

With heartfelt sympathy for her many friends and family, we are saddened by the loss of our beautiful young friend and coworker, Nora Mayes. Nora died May 11, 2021 after suffering a severe allergic reaction from an insect sting. Nora was well known for her incredibly sweet and helpful nature. Nora had an easy laugh and brought a warm, always kind energy to our team and our animals. We are heartbroken over her sudden loss. She is already greatly missed by both the many people and animals who loved her dearly. If you or your companion animal met her in
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