Ann Arbor, MI (October 13, 2015) – Though animals may not be good money managers, the organization that cares for them in our community is.

Yawning dogFor the fourth straight year, the Humane Society of Huron Valley (HSHV) has received Charity Navigator’s top 4-star rating for “sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency.” According to Charity Navigator, only 8% of the over 8,000 charities they rate have received a 4-star “exceptional” rating for 4 or more years.

“We are honored to receive this top independent rating,” says Tanya Hilgendorf, HSHV’s CEO. “To achieve our mission—to support the loving, responsible care for all the animals in our community—requires the support of our community. We owe it to all our constituencies to be cautious with our resources, to abide by best practices, to measure and openly report the results of our efforts, and to continually improve.”

2014 was a record-breaking year for adoptions and animals saved.  During the year, HSHV helped over 14,000 animals, including sick and injured wildlife, and even more humans with mission-related services, including pet food assistance, safe harbor for the pets of families in crisis, and spaying and neutering to prevent overpopulation. More information is on their annual report.

“In addition to ensuring we’re responsible with their gifts,” Jaci Nicols, VP of Marketing & Development for HSHV says, “donors also want to know how their donation will make a difference.”

HSHV accepts all companion animals in need, regardless of age or condition and has been recognized by Michigan Pet Fund Alliance as “Outstanding Open Admission Shelter with the Best Save Rate.”

“Our adopters, clients, customers, volunteers, staff and donors hold us to a high standard and keep raising the bar,” says Jaci Nicols, HSHV’s VP of Marketing and Development. “We work very hard to earn and keep public’s trust, and we’re proud to be recognized in the top 8% of the best non-profits in the country.”

The Humane Society of Huron Valley is one of only four animal-focused charities in Michigan to currently hold a 4-star Charity Navigator rating.

Animals at HSHV declined to comment on the Charity Navigator rating, but expressed their gratitude to donors responsible for their full food dishes with tail-wagging and purring.


About Charity Navigator:

Founded in 2001, Charity Navigator is the nation’s largest evaluator of charities whose mission is “to guide intelligent giving.” We examine charities’ financial health, accountability and transparency to determine an overall rating, up to four stars. Charity Navigator was selected as “Best Charity Review Site” by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine. Receiving the topmost 4-star rating indicates the organization adheres to good governance and other best practices that demonstrate public trustworthiness and assurance they are achieving their mission in a fiscally responsible way, that they exceed industry standards and outperform most charities in their Cause.


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 ( LOVE STARTS HERE!