Ann Arbor, MI (June 2, 2016) – Tails were wagging as the Humane Society of Huron Valley’s (HSHV)“Walk & Wag and Run” benefit attracted nearly 700 dogs, 1,200 animal lovers, over $290,000 in donations, sponsorships and raffle ticket sales, and an award from the Michigan Pet Fund Alliance (MPFA) for being an “outstanding” shelter.DSC03080.jpg

The benefit took place on Saturday, May 21 at Rolling Hills County Park in Ypsilanti. It was the 37th year for Walk & Wag, and the sixth year in a row HSHV has been awarded by the MPFA for “Outstanding Large, Open Admission Shelter with the Best Save Rate.”

MPFA Chairperson Debbie Schutt commented on HSHV’s best practices and on their leadership’s resounding dedication to saving every life possible, noting that when other shelters want to know how they can do better, Schutt refers them to HSHV.

Members of HSHV’s Board of Directors accepted the award, thanking staff, volunteers and community supporters.

“Pat yourselves on the back,” said HSHV’s CEO and president, Tanya Hilgendorf. “This award is for you, the community. Saving animals is expensive and difficult, and it’s only because of you, your efforts and your support that HSHV can continue this important work—healing, protecting, educating, and valuing every life.”

A large white dog named Sophie barked in response, voicing her approval.sophie.JPG

We cannot thank the community enough,” says Kate Murphy, HSHV Board Member. “We depend on the support of the walkers, runners and ‘cat nappers’ of this one-day event to sustain animals’ needs all year long. It’s a common misconception that we’re supported by a national organization, but the truth is HSHV is independent and local. The funds raised here go directly to the care of animals here in Washtenaw County and Plymouth and are crucial to saving the animals in our backyards.”

Murphy also adds that HSHV has consistently been awarded Charity Navigator’s top “four-star” rating for sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency, and just received it again for the fifth straight year.


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 the Michigan Pet Fund Alliance:

Michigan Pet Fund Alliance (MPFA) is an all-volunteer organization collaborating with shelter and rescue organizations in the mission to make Michigan a “no kill” state. For more information on MPFA, see


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