At Little Traverse Bay Humane Society, our goal is simple: To save the lives of homeless animals.
And the demand is high. In 2011, we rescued 502 animals and adopted out 497 – 87 more adoptions than in 2010!
No animal wants to call a shelter “home,” yet it’s a reality for so many unwanted animals. For every one animal adopted, there are five more who need homes. This is precisely why our staff and board of dedicated animal lovers work tirelessly to improve the lives of our four-legged friends.
When animals come to our shelter, they are neutered, vaccinated, groomed, trained, exercised and loved unconditionally until a permanent, caring home can be found. What may come as a surprise is that the average cost to prepare each animal for adoption is more than $450 – and may be more than $1,000 for animals who have been rescued as a result of hoarding, abuse, neglect and abandonment – situations that are on the rise. Because our shelter is 100 percent donor funded, our members are crucial to ensuring that every animal who comes through our doors receives this exceptional care.
We have made huge strides not just to save homeless animals, but also toward the prevention of unwanted animals. As a no-kill shelter, we believe taking a proactive approach to prevent the problem of overpopulation is a crucial part of our mission. In addition to spaying and neutering every animal who comes through our doors, we offer a community low-cost spay/neuter program. Thanks to our generous supporters, half of the cost of spaying or neutering dogs and cats for EmmetCounty residents ($34,160) was paid for through this program. In 2011, this program helped spay and neuter 212 community member-owned dogs and 341 cats and prevented more than 64,000 kittens from being born.
One of our most revolutionary programs is the Pit Stop Program. Because pit bulls and pit bull mixes are the hardest dogs to adopt out and comprise the majority of shelter dogs, Little Traverse Bay Humane Society has created The Pit Stop program. Anyone who owns one of these breeds simply has to visit the shelter, fill out a voucher, and make an appointment at the Pellston Animal Clinic. At no charge to the owner, the dog will be sterilized, micro-chipped and vaccinated for rabies. Our goal is to spay/neuter a total of 200 pit bulls and pit bull mixes. We are pleased to report that this program has been embraced by community members and we are well on our way to achieving our goal.
We offer a number of programs which together, help us remain a no-kill organization. The need for these programs is endless, but the funds are not. With the continued support of you, our members, we will continue to care for the animals who need us the most by providing them with the loving care and attention they need to become adoptable companions.
True Love is Rescued because of you. Please join Little Traverse Bay Humane Society to help us save the lives of more animals.