Posts by Wendy Welch

More dogs being killed nationwide, Ann Arbor shelter remains no-kill

Ann Arbor, MI (February 16, 2024) – 689,000 animals were euthanized in animal shelters nationwide in 2023, according to Shelter Animals Count (SAC), the most trusted and current source for animal sheltering data. They recently released their Annual Analysis report, comparing animal sheltering from 2023 to 2022, 2021 and 2019 (pre-pandemic). The total number of animals euthanized was 19% higher than in 2022, and the highest number of dogs killed in the past five years. More than 6.5 million animals (3.3 million cats and 3.2 million dogs) entered animal shelters and rescue organizations in the US last year, about the
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Playful and Loving Girl Dog Looking for a Home with a Friend

Zelda the Dog Age: 4 Fixed (Spayed/Neutered)? Yes Declawed? Not Applicable Weight: 25 lbs Indoor? Yes Microchipped? Yes City in which animal is located: Ypsilanti Rehoming fee? No Please note: This is a courtesy listing on HSHV’s site. This animal is available through a private individual, NOT HSHV. For questions, please contact the individual below, not HSHV. Thank you! Zelda is a playful and loving girl who likes to sleep under the covers, play and run, and spend time with her human and animal friends. Zelda was a rescue stray and has been working on her social and separation anxiety
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Teddy’s Law:  The good, the bad, and what we should do next

Teddy’s Law, recently signed into law by the Governor, was drafted so that dogs and cats used in laboratories can be adopted, instead of killed, when no longer of use. Big thanks to the lead sponsors, Senators Hertel and Polehanki, for working their hearts out to save animals who sacrifice so much. However, there were changes made before final passage that need our attention. Two bills were written to create Teddy’s Law: HB 148 requiring basic reporting on the number of animals used and released for adoption HB 149 requiring adoptions of research dogs & cats when no longer of
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Cute, chubby girl needs to find happiness again.

Autumn the Cat Age: 7 Fixed (Spayed/Neutered)? Yes Declawed? No Weight: 19 lbs Indoor? Yes Microchipped? Yes City in which animal is located: Ann Arbor Rehoming fee? No Please note: This is a courtesy listing on HSHV’s site. This animal is available through a private individual, NOT HSHV. For questions, please contact the individual below, not HSHV. Thank you! Autumn can be sweet and cute. She greets people at the door and supervises anyone doing work on the house, such as a handyman, unless they use noisy machinery. Sometimes she’s playful, primarily with string type toys. She cuddles every night
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Loving Sam Needs a Quiet Home

Sam the Dog Age: 7-8 Fixed (Spayed/Neutered)? Yes Declawed? No Weight: 60 lbs Indoor? Yes Microchipped? No City in which animal is located: Ann arbor Rehoming fee? No Please note: This is a courtesy listing on HSHV’s site. This animal is available through a private individual, NOT HSHV. For questions, please contact the individual below, not HSHV. Thank you! Sam is a 7-8 mix breed medium dog. Who loves cuddles and her family. She didn’t get the best start in life and has terrible anxiety. She fights with our other dog and it has caused us stress and severe injuries.
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After Detroit child killed by dog, a call to boost animal control services

[Originally published on Bridge Detroit, 12/29/23] In October, we learned of another tragic death in Detroit due to a dog attack. Though the details remain sketchy, we know that a four-year-old lost his life and surely experienced horrific pain and fear during his last moments. And a family is now grappling with the worst trauma and grief imaginable. All of whom now deserve an open and honest examination of the system that may have failed them and how we can better protect others. Immediately after a severe injury or death by a dog, there are calls to ban “pit bulls.” We should search for solutions, and
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Chihuahua found inside a dumpster

Ann Arbor, MI (December 18, 2023) – A heart-wrenching discovery was made last Monday the 11th around 3:30 a.m. near Ypsilanti’s Leforge and Green Road: a tiny pup was found abandoned in a dumpster, still stuck inside her crate. The pup, temporarily named “Frankie” is estimated to be approximately 10 months old and weighs a mere 5 pounds. “We are deeply grateful for the compassionate person who not only alerted us to this distressing situation, but also took it upon himself to help this poor little gal right away,” says Tanya Hilgendorf, HSHV’s CEO. “It takes a village to look
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Dynasty

Dynasty the Dog Age: 19 months was born December 31 2021 Fixed (Spayed/Neutered)? No Indoor? Yes Microchipped? No City in which animal is located: Ypsilanti Rehoming fee? No Please note: This is a courtesy listing on HSHV’s site. This animal is available through a private individual, NOT HSHV. For questions, please contact the individual below, not HSHV. Thank you! Great family dog great with kids from new born up , house broken , wonderful dog https://www.hshv.org/wp-content/uploads/formidable/105/E113751D-6566-4D87-8913-4A3A26268DEA-150×150.jpeg If you are interested in adopting Dynasty, please contact Victor at 734-218-4955, 734-905-2286, or secoundchances@icloud.com. This animal is listed as a courtesy on our
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Active Pup Needs New Family

Maggie the Dog Age: 2 Fixed (Spayed/Neutered)? Yes Weight: 65 lbs Indoor? Yes Microchipped? Yes City in which animal is located: Milford Rehoming fee? No Please note: This is a courtesy listing on HSHV’s site. This animal is available through a private individual, NOT HSHV. For questions, please contact the individual below, not HSHV. Thank you! Maggie is a sweet, yet active pup. She loves to play with other dogs and kids. She does not do well with cats. Maggie walks well on a leash, is house trained, and knows some basic tricks/commands. She is very smart and would do
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Dee the Sweet, Senior Pit

Dee the Dog Age: 11 Fixed (Spayed/Neutered)? No Weight: 65 lbs Indoor? Yes Microchipped? Not known City in which animal is located: Roseville Rehoming fee? No Please note: This is a courtesy listing on HSHV’s site. This animal is available through a private individual, NOT HSHV. For questions, please contact the individual below, not HSHV. Thank you! Dee was raised in a loud and chaotic environment, but as of recently he has been in a much calmer one since his human has passed. He warms up to other dogs nicely, but is not feline friendly. Despite his age, he is
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