animal shelter http://michiganradio.org en The city of Detroit is understaffed for its stray animal problem http://michiganradio.org/post/city-detroit-understaffed-its-stray-animal-problem <p>The question of how many stray animals are in Detroit has been talked about ever since Bloomberg News put out this piece with the typical "Detroit is a hellhole" headline:</p><p><a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-08-21/abandoned-dogs-roam-detroit-in-packs-as-humans-dwindle.html" style="line-height: 1.5;"><em><strong>Abandoned Dogs Roam Detroit in Packs as Humans Dwindle</strong></em></a></p><p>Chris Christoff&nbsp;reported that the city had "as many as 50,000 stray dogs."</p><p><a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/new-study-nowhere-close-50000-stray-dogs-detroit">Michigan Radio's Sarah Cwiek reported</a> that other groups said there's no question that the number has been "wildly inflated."</p><p>Tom McPhee of the World Animal Awareness Society estimated there were between 1,000 to 3,000 stray dogs in the city.</p><p>Now, yet another estimate has been published.</p><p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 19:59:16 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 16283 at http://michiganradio.org The city of Detroit is understaffed for its stray animal problem Michigan says record number of animal shelters get grants from check-off program http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-says-record-number-animal-shelters-get-grants-check-program <p>More people are contributing to the Michigan animal welfare fund. That means the state was able to give more money to more animal shelters this year than before.</p><p>You can check the donation box when you file your state income taxes. This year $184,772 in grant money went to 22 shelters across the state. Fifty-six shelters applied for grants. Those applications totaled close to $480,000 in requests.</p> Tue, 24 Dec 2013 20:36:09 +0000 Lindsey Smith 15819 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan says record number of animal shelters get grants from check-off program Saving Detroit’s animals http://michiganradio.org/post/saving-detroit-s-animals <p></p><p>Unless you are reading this in Monaco, you know it has been prematurely cold and bitter in much of our state. Yesterday I went to check on one class of poor Detroiter who can’t complain.</p><p>They do, however, have one spokesperson: Jennifer Rowell, one of my personal heroes. Jen runs the Michigan Humane Society’s shelter in Detroit, which is located in a century-old machine shop along I-75 as you approach Midtown.</p><p>Every year, about 12,000 animals, mostly dogs and cats, come through its doors. That’s probably more than the humane society’s other two shelters in suburbia combined.</p><p>Remarkably, many find new homes. Not necessarily in the lap of luxury. When I stopped by yesterday, the lobby was full of people&nbsp;there to get free food and straw for their animals.</p><p> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 13:31:08 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 15621 at http://michiganradio.org Saving Detroit’s animals Genesee County ending 'no-kill' policy at animal shelter http://michiganradio.org/post/genesee-county-ending-no-kill-policy-animal-shelter <p>Genesee County Commissioners decided today to resume euthanizing dogs and cats at the county animal shelter.</p><p></p><p>Less than two months ago, the county decided to institute a ‘no-kill’ policy at the shelter.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Under the old policy, dogs and cats would only be “put-down” with a written order from a veterinarian or a court.&nbsp;&nbsp; But shelter officials say the shelter’s animal population has soared since the policy began.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>The new policy will give the shelter broader latitude to euthanize dogs and cats.</p><p></p> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 19:42:42 +0000 Steve Carmody 14272 at http://michiganradio.org Genesee County ending 'no-kill' policy at animal shelter