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Posted on Wed, Jun 26, 2013 : 4:36 p.m.

At-capacity Humane Society of Huron Valley offering discounted adoptions

By Amy Biolchini


Two kittens available for adoption at the Humane Society of Huron Valley. After the shelter reached maximum capacity this month, the organization is offering discounted adoptions.

Courtesy of HSHV

Kennels at the Humane Society of Huron Valley are at maximum capacity this month with about 300 dogs and cats available for adoption, officials from the organization said.

In response, the shelter is offering discounted adoptions until further notice.

At the Humane Society’s shelter at 3100 Cherry Hill Road in Superior Township, all 85 of their dog kennels are full, as well as about 15 makeshift kennels that have been assembled in other parts of the facility, said Deb Kern, marketing director for the organization.

All of the 175 cat kennels have been filled as well, Kern said, and about 25 cats are living in portable cages situated in the shelter’s hallway.

An additional 200 dogs and cats in need of homes are being housed in foster homes, Kern said. Many of those animals are not yet ready for adoption.

The Humane Society's capacity is an issue each spring during what Kern calls “kitten season.” This year, kitten season occurred later in the spring.

“This is our busiest time of year,” Kern said.

The Humane Society is admitting between 20 to 25 kittens into the shelter every day. Some young kittens available for adoption may not yet be featured on the Humane Society’s website of adoptable animals.

For those that do want to adopt a kitten, Kern recommended visiting the Humane Society to see the selection.

“It’s rare that we adopt more animals out than we take in (every day),” Kern said. “Last year, we had four days in which we adopted out more (animals) than we took in.”

Once a month, the Humane Society takes in a delivery of puppies in its "Rescue Waggin'" from animal shelters in southern states that have too many animals. Kern said the puppies are in high demand and typically are all adopted within two days.

For a limited time, the Humane Society is offering the following adoption discounts:

  • Adopt a kitten, get a second kitten free; kitten adoptions are $100
  • $25 off the $65 adoption fee of an adult cat (more than 7 months old)
  • $50 the adoption fee of an adult dog (more than 7 months old); fees vary by size from $150 to $250
  • People more than 62 years old can adopt an animal that's at least 8 years old for free, or receive an additional $20 discount off of the adoption of a younger animal

All animals undergo a health screening, a behavior test, are spayed or neutered, receive a microchip for identification and are vaccinated prior to adoption.

"One kitten is actually more work than two," Kern said. "When there’s two they can entertain each other."

Kern said discounting adoptions can be an incentive for some people to visit the Humane Society, but it doesn’t change the screening process prospective adopters undergo.

The HVHS has an 86 percent save-rate.

The organization only euthanizes animals that are behaviorally or medically not treatable, Kern said.

Kern said the Humane Society has not had to employ euthanasia as a means of population control for the seven years she’s worked for the organization — to which she credits the attention staff gives to the shelter’s occupancy levels.

Amy Biolchini covers Washtenaw County, health and environmental issues for Reach her at (734) 623-2552, or on Twitter.



Mon, Jul 1, 2013 : 2:35 p.m.

Do what the ASPCA is doing to help over whelmed adoption centers. Send them to where they are most likely to get a new home. I think it was on the ASPCA website that mentioned I think Miami that sent out a boat load of animals to new shelters that were waiting to adopt these animals. Need to think about this one. Otherwise, I would foster if I had the time.


Thu, Jun 27, 2013 : 2:10 p.m.

Thank you HVHS.


Fri, Jun 28, 2013 : 1:55 p.m.

Second that! I'd adopt them all if I could.


Thu, Jun 27, 2013 : 11:57 a.m.

This is an amazing place filled with wonderful people who speak for those who cannot. Please consider adoption of a shelter animal before other routes. All of my shelter animals have been tremendous.


Thu, Jun 27, 2013 : 10:47 a.m.

The debate last year at the County Commission was about whether the County should be funding the Humane Society for functions other than the County's responsibility for stray dogs. In the end, the commissioners voted to cut funding for services such as Head Start instead of cutting funding to the Humane Society. These are very cute pictures of kittens but how about putting up pictures of the kids who will not get to go to Head Start next to these pictures and ask readers to chose.


Thu, Jun 27, 2013 : 4:17 p.m.

Cute kittens will always win over disgusting snot nosed kids!


Thu, Jun 27, 2013 : 3:37 a.m.

Our first cat and our dog came from the Humane Society, They were in perfect health. We adopted two other cats from Pets Smart. Our vet discovered minor but a little costly health issues in them later. The Humane Society is the way to go. They take very good care of the animals and don't work for a profit. We are glad we rescued our beloved cats from Pets Smart but, the Humane Society does a better job and deserves more support.


Thu, Jun 27, 2013 : 1:59 a.m.

I hope these sweet faces get homes. i can totally recommend saving a life. Adopting my cat from the shelter was one of the best decisions I've ever made! She has been a constant and beloved companion for 11 years. As Bob Barker said "help control the pet population. Have your pet spayed or neutered."