Last week, we received quite the surprise here at LTBHS. No, not the kind of surprise you might expect to find such as three new litters of kittens, a truckload of rescued puppy mill dogs or an animal with an injury or illness.
This was a great surprise! It was so good I gathered all of our staff in my office to share it with them, as they were all part of reason behind this good news.
We received a letter that informed us that LTBHS had been selected as the recipient of the Miranda and Bev Lambert MuttNation Foundation’s Mutts Across America award. Only one shelter in each state received this award and LTBHS was selected out of hundreds of other shelters across Michigan. As you can imagine, we were all ecstatic when we heard this news!
MuttNation Foundation was started by Grammy winning country singer-songwriter Miranda Lambert and her mother Bev Lambert, and is comprised of five board members. The organization was founded seven years ago as a way to address the pet overpopulation problem with the goal of ending animal homelessness, neglect, abuse and abandonment.
Receiving the award was a surprise to us, as we were not aware we were being considered for it. The MuttNation Foundation board spent over a 100 hours researching thousands of shelters across all 50 states to determine which ones should be selected.
MuttNation Foundation took into account several factors when determining which shelters should receive the award, including ones that: have high adoption rates, high volunteerism, are fiscally responsible, have accessible services and hours, have spay/neuter campaigns and those that have a positive presence in the community in which they serve.
Every day, we work toward achieving our mission to offer warm shelter, veterinary services, and personal attention to all the animals in our care, as well as proactive methods to control pet overpopulation. The shelter is funded solely by donations, grants, fundraisers, and shelter operations, so receiving an award such as the one from MuttNation Foundation is incredibly appreciated and is also a huge honor.
We are so thankful to be selected to receive this award out of hundreds of deserving shelters across the state. We are dedicated to providing animals with the tender, loving care and attention they need to become adoptable companions and will continue to ensure that every animal finds their forever home.