Ann Arbor, MI (April 24, 2024) – The Humane Society of Huron Valley (HSHV) is excited to announce a special “Friends for Life” free vaccination clinic for the pets of seniors and those facing serious financial or housing challenges in Washtenaw County.

Event details:

Date: Saturday, May 4, 2024

Time: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. First come, first served; walk-ins welcome, though pre-registrations encouraged.

Location: Manchester United Methodist Church – 501 Ann Arbor St, Manchester, MI

Cost: FREE to pets of Washtenaw County seniors, low-income and housing insecure

This free event is made possible by the Buhr Family, the Banfield Foundation, and by Manchester United Methodist Church. Vaccinated pets will also receive free nail trims, compliments of Ruff Revolution.

“Pets play an invaluable role in our lives,” says Alicia Curley, HSHV’s Friends for Life Coordinator. “Studies show companion animals make us happier and healthier—but most people don’t need research to tell them that. Of course, the reverse is true, too. We’ve seen people give up their meals in order to keep their pets. We don’t want people to have to choose between keeping themselves well or their pets well.”

“Whenever possible, our job is to prevent pets from becoming homeless,” says Tanya Hilgendorf, HSHV’s CEO and President. “We’ve got a lovely shelter, but it’s full. Programs like Friends for Life help keep loved pets with their loving families, where they belong. We are so grateful to the Buhr Family, the Banfield Foundation, Manchester United Methodist Church, Ruff Revolution, and all of our supporters who make this possible.”

Rabies vaccinations, distemper shots, and microchips will all be available at the free vaccine clinic on Saturday, May 4. Vaccines will be first-come, first-served from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., with a waitlist cut off at 3:30 p.m. or earlier, depending on capacity. People are encouraged to pre-register at or call 734-661-3550.

For more information about Friends for Life, please visit




About The Humane Society of Huron Valley (HSHV):

The Humane Society of Huron Valley, located in Ann Arbor, is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and relies solely on the generosity of our supporters to provide critical community programs and services. HSHV is an award-winning organization, recognized for our best practices and highest animal “save-rate” among all similar shelters in Michigan. Charity Navigator, the nation’s top charity evaluator, awarded HSHV a 4-star ranking, the highest possible. The mission of HSHV is to promote the loving, responsible care of all animals in our community. HSHV is not affiliated with any other humane organization and does not receive funding from the United Way. More information can be found on HSHV’s website ( and on our annual report (