Ann Arbor, MI (June 24, 2024) – The Humane Society of Huron Valley (HSHV) is thrilled to announce that it has earned its 14th consecutive 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, the leading charity evaluator in America. This prestigious rating signifies HSHV’s enduring commitment to financial health, accountability, and transparency, designating HSHV as a “Give with Confidence” charity. This recognition places HSHV among the top 1% of nationwide charities evaluated by Charity Navigator.

Charity Navigator rates nonprofit organizations based on four key indicators, known as beacons: Impact & Results, Accountability & Finance, Culture & Community, and Leadership & Adaptability. Earning the highest possible rating once again underscores HSHV’s dedication to using donations effectively and efficiently to support its mission.

“We are delighted to provide the Humane Society of Huron Valley with third-party accreditation that validates their operational excellence,” said Michael Thatcher, President and CEO of Charity Navigator. “The Four-Star Rating is the highest possible rating an organization can achieve. We are eager to see the good work that HSHV is able to accomplish in the years ahead.”

“The external evaluation by Charity Navigator is further validation that our supporters can trust our commitment to good governance and financial accountability,” said Tanya Hilgendorf, President and CEO of HSHV. “We also hope that it will introduce our work to new folks who can help us further our mission to care for and protect animals while inspiring our community to cherish the bond between people and pets.”

“Whether you’re interested in adopting a pet, volunteering your time to help animals and their people, or making a donation to help continue HSHV’s programs and services, there are many ways to get involved and make a difference.”

HSHV’s rating and other information on informed giving are available free of charge on, and more information on HSHV and becoming involved can be found at



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 (