What should I know before adopting?
That shelter animals, like all animals, need your patience in learning what you want them to learn. Many have had little or no training or time spent with them by previous owners. They need to feel like they won't be abandoned again. Animals take time and patience to meld into your household with praise and encouragement. Sadly, some of them have already been in multiple homes, or lived their entire lives outdoors. Be prepared to approach your vet, talk to friends, or do research on the internet to address questions that will occur to you as you and your new pet make the transition to becoming a family.
How do I know the personality of a dog or cat?
Ask the shelter staff or one of the volunteers who work with them daily. They will tell you all they know about this dog or cat. They usually get a pretty good feel for the pet's temperament, but remember, these cats and dogs are in a stressful situation at the shelter and may behave differently in a home environment.
What about spay and neutering?
All of the pets at the shelter are spayed or neutered, up-to-date on vaccines, and microchipped prior to adoption. If a pet is too young for this surgery, the adopter is required to sign an agreement to have spay/neuter surgery performed as well as make a deposit covering the cost (deposit is refunded with proof of spay/neuter).
Volunteering, Fostering & Membership
What about volunteering at the shelter?
We are always in need of volunteers. If you are able to make the commitment, call the shelter and schedule an orientation. Animal care, safety precautions, cage cleaning, and general housekeeping tasks are among the topics that are covered. After your orientation, you will be ready to be added to our volunteer schedule and to help in any or all of these areas.
Do I need to be a member of HSoMC to help at the shelter?
No. We welcome the public to come out and assist us in making a better life for the animals; just call and schedule an orientation first.
What kinds of things should I know when helping at the shelter?
That many of the animals are stressed in this environment and can exhibit behaviors they don't necessarily exhibit under other conditions. Be careful, move slowly in your approach, and give the animal time to see that you are safe. Let the pet smell your hand through the cage bars and if you're in doubt about your ability to handle an animal, seek help from another volunteer or member of the staff.
How do I become a member of HSoMC?
The application form is at the front desk at the shelter, and the staff will accept payment of your membership fees. (The various fees are listed on the form.) If you prefer, the form can be found on www.hsomc.org and mailed to the address listed there.
How can I foster an animal for the Humane Society?
Become a member and fill out a foster application. A foster coordinator will contact you shortly. A home check and vet check are required. After the initial quarantine period of 7-10 days, fosters are asked to attend a Petsmart adoptathon Saturday at least once per month in order to showcase their animals and increase adoption opportunities. The adoptathons are from 11 AM to 3 PM for our group at the Midland Petsmart. Four times per year, adoptathon weekends are also held at this store. Fosters are encouraged to attend at least one day during these weekends. Additional opportunities to expose your foster to the public are provided throughout the year.
What happened to the gas chamber?
We are pleased to say it is in pieces, never to be used again! The focus of HSoMC is to find homes for all of the animals who come through our doors.
Who do I call if I see a stray and/or dangerous animal?
For animal-related complaints, concerns, or questions regarding animal laws, an Animal Control Deputy can be reached at the Midland Law Enforcement Center at 2727 Rodd Street, (989) 832-6856. The HSoMC is prohibited by the county from picking up stray animals.
Does the Humane Society of Midland County have a euthanasia policy?The Humane Society of Midland County does not euthanize due to time or space constraints, reserving euthanasia for animals who are suffering mentally or physically, terminally ill, or considered dangerous to themselves, other animals, and/or humans.