Ann Arbor, MI (May 3, 2024) – While there’s a cost to overcrowding, there’s currently no cost to adopt an adult dog at the Humane Society of Huron Valley (HSHV).

“April usually means fewer dogs coming into our shelter,” says Matt Schaecher, COO at HSHV. “But not this year. We’re facing an urgent capacity situation, and really need folks to adopt.”

Now through May 18, the date of the beloved annual “dog party” and fundraiser Walk & Wag—people can adopt a dog over 6 months of age for any price, including for free. Every dog has been spayed or neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. Additionally, HSHV provides a free bag of starter food, a discount in their store for any additional supplies, and post-adoption support.

“This promotion is essential for our adult dogs, who physically take up more room in our shelter than puppies plus take longer to get adopted,” says Ashley Diaz Jackson, HSHV’s Adoptions Manager. “Of course, puppies are deserving of homes, too—but there’s a lot to love about adopting an adult dog. You know what you’re getting, personality-wise—plus, most of our dogs already have some training—including house training.”

“And while ‘free adoptions’ can worry some about who’s adopting, please know research shows people who adopt for free value and care for their animals the same as people who pay do. Plus, our adoption policies remain the same, no matter what the price,” Jackson adds.

HSHV is open for adoptions 7 days a week (M-W 11-6; Th-F 11-7; Sa-Su 11-5) with no appointment necessary. Photos and profiles of adoptable dogs can also be seen online.

“We are also urgently seeking new foster families to help care for dogs temporarily,” says Tanya Hilgendorf, HSHV’s CEO and President. “If you are not ready to adopt, fostering is a wonderful way to help homeless animals and alleviate the pressure on our shelter, which is a no-kill shelter thanks to support by the public.”

Information on fostering can be found at

“Thank you for helping save lives,” Hilgendorf adds.

For more information, please see or call (734) 662-5585.




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 (


For more information, please contact:

Wendy Welch, HSHV Communications Director
734.661.3527, cell: 626.318.5055