Ann Arbor, MI (August 15, 2017) – Furry friends who may otherwise be euthanized will get a ticket aboard the lifesaving Love Train, thanks in part to a $20,000 grant from PetSmart Charities, the leading funder of animal welfare in North America.Love Train puppy

The Love Train transports companion animals—including puppies, dogs and cats—from shelters with overpopulation and high euthanasia rates to the Humane Society of Huron Valley (HSHV), known for their high save and adoption rates. PetSmart Charities’ grant will help pay for some of the medical costs for the transported pets—including vaccinations, spay and neuter surgeries, and parasite treatment.

“While we remain steadfast in our commitment to our community’s homeless and abused animals, we know that as a high performing organization, we have the ability to help other animals in need,” says Tanya Hilgendorf, HSHV’s President and CEO. “People’s hearts are big, and often we have people waiting in line outside our shelter when the Love Train arrives, eager to welcome and help these animals.”

HSHV receives requests from overrun shelters on a regular basis, and the Love Train which began in the fall of 2016 has provided a lifeline for them.

“PetSmart Charities is committed to making an impact on the lives of pets in need and  lifesaving programs like the Love Train are essential to saving and finding more homes for pets, wherever those pets may be,” says Kelly Balthazor, regional relationship manager at PetSmart Charities.

Love TrainPet Transport is one of PetSmart Charities’ ten new grant categories designed to provide year-round opportunities for animal welfare organizations and non-profits to apply for funding support.  Funding from PetSmart Charities can help to cover the costs associated with pet transportation, veterinary and shelter care and vehicle maintenance and modifications.  With the help of its animal welfare partners, since 1994, PetSmart Charities has helped more than 7.4 million pets in need find forever homes.

“PetSmart Charities’ grant will go a long way toward helping animals who might not otherwise get a chance,” says Jaci Portaro, VP of Development and Marketing for HSHV. “And as each animal is spayed or neutered, it will cut down on pet overpopulation in other areas, too—so the effect multiplies, and it’s an investment that continues to pay off.”


About The Humane Society of Huron Valley:

The Humane Society of Huron Valley, located in Ann Arbor, is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and relies solely on the generosity of our supporters to provide critical community programs and services. HSHV is an award-winning organization, recognized for our best practices and highest animal “save-rate” among all similar shelters in Michigan. Charity Navigator, the nation’s top charity evaluator, awarded HSHV a 4-star ranking, the highest possible. The mission of HSHV is to promote the loving, responsible care of all animals in our community. HSHV is not affiliated with any other humane organization and does not receive funding from the United Way. More information can be found on HSHV’s website ( and on our annual report (


About PetSmart Charities:

PetSmart Charities, Inc. is a nonprofit animal welfare organization with a mission to find lifelong, loving homes for all pets by supporting programs and thought leadership that bring people and pets together.  In addition to finding homes for almost 500,000 shelter pets each year through its in-store adoption program in all PetSmart stores across the U.S. and Puerto Rico, PetSmart Charities provides funding to non-profits aligned with its mission through four key areas of grant support:  Preventing Pet Homelessness; Helping Shelter Pets Thrive; Supporting the Bond Between People and Pets; and Emergency Relief and Disaster Support. Each year, millions of generous PetSmart shoppers help pets in need by donating to PetSmart Charities using the pin pads at checkout registers inside PetSmart stores.  In turn, PetSmart Charities efficiently uses 90 cents of every dollar donated and has become the leading funder of animal welfare in North America, donating about $300 million to date. PetSmart Charities, a 501(c)(3) organization, has received the Four Star Rating from Charity Navigator, an independent organization that reports on the effectiveness, accountability and transparency of nonprofits, for the past 14 years in a row — placing it among the top one percent of charities rated by this organization.  To learn more visit 

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