The Humane Society of Monroe County (HSMC) was founded in 1954 by Monroe County residents who were concerned for the welfare of the companion animals in our community. For approximately 30 years, the society has operated a shelter where stray, abandoned or surrendered animals receive care – food, shelter, medical attention and love – until they can be placed in a permanent home. The society also promotes the humane treatment of animals through education; attempts to re-unite lost animals with their owners, and promote spaying or neutering of pets to control the population of unwanted animals.
The HSMC is a non-profit organization governed by a volunteer board of directors. We employ a small but dedicated staff to care for the animals, operate the shelter and conduct our outreach programs and events. Currently, the society does not receive government funding. Our budget is comprised from fundraising events, membership, cage sponsors and shelter operations. A dedicated group of volunteers provides invaluable assistance in conducting our community outreach programs.
The Humane Society of Monroe County envisions a community where companion animals are treated with respect and compassion and are provided with the proper care and welfare they deserve.
The mission of the Humane Society of Monroe County is to provide a safe and healthy temporary home for lost or stray animals and to seek superior permanent homes to ensure their long-term welfare. Through education and advocacy, the Humane Society of Monroe County will promote the humane treatment of companion animals and will work toward reducing and ultimately eliminating pet overpopulation in Monroe County.
Things You Should Know
The HSMC is not affiliated with Monroe County Animal Control.
The HSMC is not affiliated with the Michigan Humane Society.
The HSMC is not affiliated with the Humane Society of the United States.
The HSMC is focused on the welfare of companion animals and does not take a position on the responsible hunting of wildlife.
The HSMC operates a "limited intake" shelter. We euthanize animals only on the recommendation of a veterinarian in cases of illness and dangerous temperament.
Every year, between 8 and 12 million animals enter U.S. shelters; some 4-6 million of these animals are euthanized because there are no homes for them.
In six years one female dog and her offspring can be the source of 67,000 puppies.
In just seven years, one female cat and her young can produce 420,000 kittens.
Theoretically, there is no limit to the number of offspring male dogs and cats can produce.
Every day in the United States, tens of thousands of puppies and kittens are born. Compare this to the 11,000 human births each day, one can determine there can never be enough homes for all these pets.
Research confirms a strong correlation between violence against animals and violence toward humans.
It costs approximately $50 to provide one week of care for an animal at the HSMC.