Bella’s story comes to us from Macomb County Animal Control.
The Animal Welfare Fund pays for more than adoptions.
Some cases of neglect and abuse require specialized knowledge that is only available through workshops or schools. Thanks to AWF, officers from Macomb County Animal Control such as Chief ACO Jeff Randazzo (left, with Bella), were able to attend local and national academies that prepared them for the worst. Their training paid off. Last year in the middle of winter, officers investigated a case of terrible neglect. The house had no running water or electricity. They rescued numerous cats, a horse, a goat, and Bella the German Shepard.
According to Macomb County Animal Control Staff Member Michael Hudson, “training officers and staff provides the animals with advocates that can correctly identify abuse and neglect, prosecute offenders, humanely handle animals in the field, inform the public and much more.” All animals were removed from the home and placed with new families. Not only did the Animal Welfare Fund benefit animals like Bella, it helped animal control officers as well!
“training officers and staff provides the animals with advocates that can correctly identify abuse and neglect, prosecute offenders, humanely handle animals in the field, inform the public and much more.”
— Michael Hudson, Macomb County Animal Control, speaking about the value of the Animal Welfare Fund
Haze’s story comes to us from Woodhaven/Trenton Animal Control.
The Siberian Husky was well-known to Woodhaven/Trenton Animal Control. He was an escape artist, showing up at businesses all over town … Panera, WalMart, Pet Supplies Plus all reported Haze!
Despite the risks of him being injured, his family declined to have him neutered, saying they couldn’t afford it. However they refused to surrender him to the shelter. Luckily for Haze, his two year Houdini act came to an end after one last run, when he was finally surrendered to the shelter in 2015.
And, he was finally neutered! Without a grant from the Animal Welfare Fund, Haze’s surgery would have put a strain on the shelter. Thanks to the AWF, Woodhaven/Trenton was able to spay and neuter forty five animals and place them in new homes. Haze found a new family this past September and he hasn’t tried to escape once.
Princess’ story comes to us from Clare County Animal Shelter
This shelter received a grant from the Animal Welfare Fund in 2014.
Princess and six other dogs were rescued from a neglectful home where they had been used for breeding. She was filthy, covered in fleas, and terrified. With little money available to spay and neuter all of the animals in their care, the cost of sterilization would have fallen on her adopter.
After watching Princess get passed over again and again, the shelter decided to use their grant funds to get her spayed. Their idea worked and Princess was adopted into a loving home five days after her surgery. Your gift to the Animal Welfare Fund can help animals like Princess get a second chance at a better life.