PET CORNER: Humane Society works closely with county government

By DEB GREEN
Guest Columnist

Ten facts you should all know about Manistee County Humane Society:

1. Manistee County Humane Society (MCHS) and Homeward Bound Animal Shelter are one and the same. MCHS was formed in the 1970s by a group of concerned citizens and mostly helped fund spay or neuters. In April of 2005, MCHS built Homeward Bound Animal Shelter.

2. MCHS is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation. We are funded by donations, memberships, fundraising and grants.

3. Homeward Bound is considered a no-kill shelter. Our save rate for 2016 was approximately 97 percent. Homeward Bound was among the first shelters in Michigan to be no-kill.

4. MCHS works closely with Manistee County government. Manistee County Animal Control rents an area in our building. While the rent does supply a small source of income for Homeward Bound, the fact that we work closely with the county assures the best possible outcome for lost and abandoned pets in our community.

5. It cost more than $15,000 to run Homeward Bound each month. While this includes two full-time employees and six to eight minimum wage, part-time employees, the majority of these expenses go to the direct care of the animals. Animal care is a 24 hour a day/7 days a week job. It includes providing a clean, comfortable and safe place to live, food and water, exercise and medical care.

6. MCHS’s Homeward Bound houses from 100 to 130 animal at any given day.

7. MCHS is governed by a volunteer board of directors. We currently have seven board members with diverse backgrounds that bring much experience and knowledge.

8. Without a good core of volunteers, Homeward Bound could not make it. Homeward Bound relies heavily on our volunteers. They help assure that the best possible care of the animals is provided and provide help with fundraisers. They are greatly appreciated!

9. Homeward Bound provides an important community service to Manistee County. Homeward Bound provides a safe haven for lost, sick, unwanted and homeless pets in our community. MCHS provide a top notch shelter where community members can find a pet to enrich their lives. We spay and neuter all animals before they are adopted so that they do not add to pet overpopulation.

10. MCHS and Homeward Bound are a work in progress. MCHS has a strategic plan in place and is working hard to assure financial stability and our future.

Now that we are on the subject of your local animal shelter, did you know the October is “Adopt a Shelter Dog” month? We also have some beautiful cats for adoption also. Check out our Facebook page to see some great pictures of available pets. Please, always consider Homeward Bound when you are looking for a new pet. If you are community member who has never visited Homeward Bound, we invite you to drop in and look us over. And by the way, that big strong boy Maxwell, featured in last month’s Pet Corner, is still looking for a forever home. Let’s make October the month!

More news, MCHS took in three dogs and six cats from Hurricane Harvey. As hurricane area shelters were making room for owner relinquished pets due to Harvey, room was needed for the pets already at these shelters waiting to be adopted. The situation for the animals in these shelters prior to the hurricane became dire and euthanasia was a real possibility. Noah’s Project in Muskegon helped to bring some of these animals to West Michigan to give them a second chance and Homeward Bound Animal Shelter responded to their call for help. If you are interested in adopting one these animals, contact the shelter.

Do you have any questions about Manistee County Humane Society or Homeward Bound? I would be glad to answer them. If you have a subject you would like to see in “Pet Corner”, let me know. Please email me at dgreen1004@gmail.com.

MCHS has a great fundraiser coming up soon. “Pubs 4 Paws” will be held a participating bars/restaurants in Manistee County this November. “Give a Buck and Change their Luck”. Buy a paw print at participating bars for a dollar (or more).

Deb Green is the vice president of the Manistee County Humane Society. She can be reached at dgreen1004@gmail.com.

MORE INFORMATION

Homeward Bound Animal Shelter is located off M-55 at 736 Paws Trail in Manistee. Hours are noon to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays and noon to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

For more information, contact Homeward Bound at (231) 723-7387 or visit www.homewardboundmanistee.org or Facebook. Manistee County Humane Society/Homeward Bound is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

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