2015 Save Rate Report

Michigan Pet Fund Alliance used the 2015 annual shelter reports that each licensed shelter is required to submit to the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, and performed calculations to determine each shelter’s performance in saving lives.

See the 2015 Michigan Shelters by Save and Live Release Rate report here. Page 5 contains definitions.

sortable version of the 2015 report is here.award-logo-white-2015

Congratulations to the following shelters and individuals for their 2015 performance:

Leading the Way Awards

Otsego County

On January 1, 1999, the Donald Reece Animal Shelter became the first municipal no kill shelter in Michigan. On May 11, 1999, Otsego County made this no kill “policy” an official resolution. The resolution was founded on the basis that Otsego County believed it to be in the best interest of the citizens to enhance the quality of life of dogs, cats and other companion animals. The County desired an effective, humane way of solving the homeless and unwanted pet problem and overpopulation. This resolution was also founded on the belief that ONLY those animals received in a condition of terminal illness or mortal injury that are beyond clinical redemption and/or animals that are deemed aggressive and/or dangerous and cannot be successfully rehabilitated with available resources should be humanely destroyed.

Tanya Hilgendorf

CEO/President Humane Society of Huron Valley, Tanya’s been leading HSHV for over 10 years. With a BA in Political Science from University of Michigan-Dearborn and a Masters in Social Work Administration and Public Policy from Wayne State University and having served as Executive Director of Ozone House, her passion centers on protecting the vulnerable (human and non-human animals) and transformational leadership that helps failing nonprofit organizations achieve mission success. With an incredible team of staff, volunteers, and supporters, HSHV has become a thriving, dynamic animal welfare organization with a multi-service organization, with 100+ employees, 700+ volunteers, and a 94% save rate focused on rescuing, healing, saving and protecting. Tanya currently is the proud mom of several fabulous felines and a beautiful teenaged human. Beyond Tanya’s leadership for her own facility, she has mentored numerous other shelters and has never failed to share programs, policies and experiences.

Most Improved Open/Managed Admissions, Animal Control

Large Shelter (>1200 annual intake)

  • Genesee County Animal Control 20% life-saving improvement – live release rate of 86%

Medium Shelter (600 – 1200 annual intake)

  • Clare County Animal Control 27% life-saving improvement – live release rate of 95%
  • Lapeer County Animal Control 27% life-saving improvement – live release of 92%

Small Shelter (300 – 600 annual intake)

  • Arenac County Animal Control 28% life-saving improvement – live release rate of 68%

Micro Shelter (<300 annual intake)

  • Eva Burrell Animal Shelter (Schoolcraft County) 20% life-saving improvement – live release rate of 92%

Limited Admission

  • Adopt-A-Pet (Genesee County) Most Adoptions with a save rate of 90% or better – 1243 adoptions
  • Humane Society of Macomb 40% life-saving improvements – live release rate of 73%