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Michigan Humane Society breaks ground on new animal care center in Detroit

Nov 6, 2014

Future MHS Detroit Animal Care Campus
Credit Michigan Humane Society

The Michigan Humane Society recently broke ground on a state-of-the-art animal care center in Detroit.

The new facility will offer improved animal housing, expanded veterinary and rehabilitation services, a home for its cruelty investigation and rescue operations, and a community dog park.

"This facility is going to do an incredible amount for the city, both the citizens and the animals. Animal welfare is not just an animal issue. It's a community issue," said Matthew Pepper, MHS president and CEO. "This is a quality-of-life issue. This is our commitment to the City and the animals we share it with."

Pepper said economic problems contribute to people having to give up their pets, and a goal is to keep pets with their owners. "We actually have a considerable focus on pet retention – both through education, through resources that we can provide," he said. "Obviously our veterinary services can play a big part in that."

Pepper said it will cost $15.5 million to build the new 34,000-square-foot center. He said $9 million has already been raised from foundations and private individuals, including a $2 million lead gift from the Dresner Foundation which MHS announced this week.

MHS currently shelters and cares for more than 15,000 animals each year in a 100-year-old building which no longer meets its needs.

– Virginia Gordan, Michigan Radio Newsroom