Ace: Mourning a Tragedy, and Where We Go From Here


Yesterday night, we all heard the heartbreaking news that Ace, the emaciated Pit Bull found at a hardware store in Detroit and brought to Detroit Animal Control, had been euthanized following his state-mandated four-day stray hold, despite the best efforts of MHS and other animal welfare groups. MHS had urged DAC and city officials to […]

Open Letter to the Community


As part of the Michigan Humane Society family, you often hear from us about happy endings — dogs and cats who’ve endured some of the worst conditions or suffered through terrible abuse, but were able to find the loving forever homes they deserved. Those stories are part of the reason that you, our supporters, our […]

Simon’s New Home


In a rural county just under a week ago a small stray dog was picked up by the police. The animal shelter in that county was closed (?) at the time this little fellow was found, cold and scared. Through the kindness of people anxiously wanting to help and word of mouth he ended up […]

Is Your Dog A Pessimist? Dogs Showing Separation-Related Behavior Exhibit a ‘Pessimistic Mood’


ScienceDaily (Oct. 12, 2010) – Many dogs become distressed when left home alone, and they show it by barking, destroying things, or toileting indoors. Now, a new study reported in the October 12th issue of Current Biology, suggests that this kind of separation anxiety occurs most often in dogs that also show “pessimistic”-like behavior. “We […]

“Dancing Shrimp” This is Despicable!


Now, I’ve heard it all! Did you know that in this country, yes, the United States, people are eating LIVE shrimp? Something that is huge in Thailand and Japan just doesn’t seem right to many of us here in the U.S. People squeeze lemon juice onto the shrimps’ exposed flesh, which makes them writhe in […]

Exactly What Does “Cage-Free” Mean?


According to The Humane Society of The United States…….. Cage-Free vs. Battery-Cage Eggs – Comparison of animal welfare in both methods Hens in battery cages lead lives of crowded misery. Compassion Over Killing Battery Cages The vast majority of egg-laying hens in the United States are confined in battery cages. On average, each caged laying […]

Truck Accident In Grand Rapids Leaves Four Cows Missing


Truck Accident in Grand Rapids Leaves Four Cows Missing A livestock transport truck carrying former dairy cows was bound for a rendering plant when it overturned in Grand Rapids early Wednesday morning.  Tragically, several didn’t survive the crash and those who could be captured finished their journey to the rendering plant. Four of the […]

Animal Joy On The Prowl!


What’s Animal Joy focused on these days? Aside from the usual, I mean. As my work with Sasha Farm has become a springboard to many animal concerns and causes, I have found myself asking what more can I do for animals and their welfare? After the massive devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina and the ongoing […]

Protect Your Pet: Cocoa Mulch May Be Deadly!


Please tell every dog or cat owner you know. Beware of Cocoa Mulch! Even if you don’t have a pet, please pass this to those who do. Over the weekend, the doting owner of two young lab mixes purchased Cocoa Mulch from Target to use in their garden. The dogs loved the way it smelled and it was […]

Your Choice Of Syrup Can Help Save Canada’s Baby Seals!


Every year, the Canadian government allows sealers to beat, skin, and kill hundreds of thousands of baby seals for their fur. Did you know that your choice of syrup may help stop this? Yes, you can help end Canada’s annual war on seals by boycotting a product that is vital to the country’s economy: maple […]