Did you know that as of January 2016, the Humane Society of Midland County (HSoMC) has placed over 11,500 animals since we took over the shelter in 2011? HSoMC is extremely proud of this amazing number but finding homes for lost, unwanted and abandoned pets is only part of our mission, we are committed to working to end animal overpopulation. Rhoda's Fund and Papa's Pups are two programs created to help with animal overpopulation, by helping low-income households, senior citizens on a fixed income and other hardship cases with spay/neuter costs. "Rhoda's Fund" is designed to help offset a portion of the cost of spaying/neutering cats and "Papa's Pups" does the same for dogs.
If you're interested in applying for assistance with spay/neuter costs, download and complete:
Mail the completed application(s) to HSoMC at P.O. Box 1034, Midland, MI 48641. Funding for this program is limited, and it's first come-first served. Preference is given to female pets.
Rhoda's Fund & Papa's Pups FAQ
Q. What do these funds cover?
A. These funds were established to help spay/neuter pets for low-income households.
Q. What does ‘spay’ and ‘neuter’ mean?
A. Spay is the medical term for ‘fixing’ a female animal, neuter is the medical term for ‘fixing’ a male animal.
Q. Why does the fund give priority to female animals?
A. Because fund dollars are very limited, we can have the biggest impact on animal over-population by spaying females.
Q. How do I apply for assistance from this fund?
A. The application is available on our website (www.HSOMC.org), on our Facebook page (www.Facebook.com/Humane-Society-ofMidland-County), and at the shelter. You can also call the shelter at 989-835-1877 to have one emailed, or snail mailed to you.
Q. Where do I send my completed application?
A. Mail it to HSOMC at P.O. Box 1034; Midland, MI 48641.
Q. How long before I will hear something?
A. As soon as a HSOMC volunteer can review your application. Completed applications that are legible will be processed before ones that aren’t. In other words, please print clearly!
Q. How is eligibility determined?
A. Since the fund is for low-income households, income is a big consideration. The number of family members, other pets, and any extenuating circumstances are also considered. During the colder weather, preference is given to those with indoor animals.
Q. How will I know if I’m eligible or not?
A. A HSOMC volunteer will contact you.
Q. If approved, where will the surgery be done?
A. Due to the limitation of fund dollars, and in an effort to impact the largest number of animals, vouchers are limited to the Animal Hospital of Lowell (AHOL). This is same facility the Humane Society uses for our shelter animals.
Q. Am I required to take my animal to Lowell for the surgery?
A. No. We realize this is impractical for most people. A shuttle from AHOL picks up animals at the Humane Society shelter every Thursday at midmorning. Surgery is done that evening and the animals are returned to the shelter by 1p.m. on Friday. You are responsible for getting them to, and picking them up from, the shelter. If this doesn’t work for you, other arrangements may be possible.
Q. Are there restrictions for the animals following surgery?
A. Yes. Spaying is the same as a hysterectomy for a woman! The incision has to be kept dry for at least a week. The animal’s activity should be restricted for the first week so that healing can begin. A list of instructions will be given to you when you pick up your pet. Neutering is less invasive surgery but the males will have the same restrictions.
Q. Will I get any pain medication to give my animal?
A. The spay will include anesthesia for the surgery and an additional injection for pain control that will last for 1-2 days after surgery.
Q. What if there are complications after I take my pet home?
A. The instructions given to you when you pick up your animal will include a phone number you can call 24/7 with questions.