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Little Traverse Bay Humane Society

Little Traverse Bay Humane Society

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Saginaw kitty1To say it’s been a difficult past few months is an understatement. COVID-19 has been challenging for everyone, animal shelters included, and Little Traverse Bay Humane Society is no exception. Things have been even more difficult downstate, however. In late May, Midland experienced the collapse of the Edenville Dam which displaced hundreds of residents from their homes.

This, of course, included animals. Because of the overflow of countless animals taken in from Midland, the nearby Humane Society of Saginaw County quickly filled to capacity. LTBHS staff reached out immediately asking if there was any way to help. The Humane Society of Saginaw County gratefully accepted the offer and arranged for the transport of nearly 20 cats to our shelter.

Working in the world of animal sheltering has taught us one thing: most days are unpredictable and full of surprises. So when we received 28 cats and kittens instead of the 19 as originally planned, we just went with it and made room for the additional ones!

Despite receiving nine more cats than actually expected, we are happy that we had the space for them and that we were able to help out another Michigan shelter in need. All of the cats and kittens are extremely sweet and loving and some have already found new homes. We know it won’t take long for the additional ones to find loving families of their own.

We will continue to work with local shelters across the state to ensure that if there’s a way we can help, we will. Because when we work with our neighbors to save lives, everyone wins.

Buddy 1When it comes to animal welfare, we’re all in this together. It doesn’t matter what county, city or state you’re in, when it comes to saving animals lives, there is tremendous power in partnership.

This is especially true in recent times with a global pandemic affecting everything we do. That’s why when we can work together to save animals in need, we do it.

We know just how important it is to support our neighbors during this difficult time so when we learned that Cheboygan County Humane Society had five dogs who had been sitting at their shelter for the past several months (one had been there for over a year and a half!), we offered to transport them to Little Traverse Bay Humane Society and give them a better chance of being adopted.

Taking care to maintain social distancing and be as safe as possible, Chong, Trigger, Brownie, Buster and Buddy (who are 8 and 9 years old, respectively), were all transported to our shelter. Chong, Trigger and Buster were able to be placed into foster homes (Buster is with our Executive Director, Danielle!) and Brownie and Buddy are being cared for at the shelter until foster homes are found for them.

One of the best things is that Chong, who had been at the Cheboygan shelter for the past year and a half, already found a home with his foster family! Chong, who has been re-named Maverick, is doing wonderfully in his new home. Even though he wasn’t in our care long, we are thrilled to have played a part in his adoption story. We are certain that Buddy, Buster and Brownie will soon find homes as well, especially after we re-open. We are happy that we were able to work with our Cheboygan neighbors to offer new opportunities to these dogs.

We’ll be working with more shelters across the state of Michigan in the coming months and we can’t wait to share these stories with you. Right now, Midland is facing a crisis after the collapse of the Edenville Dam, and hundreds of residents are being evacuated due to extreme flooding. Due to the overflow of countless animals taken in from Midland, nearby Saginaw shelters are at capacity and are in need of help. We will be working closely with them to take some of the burden off their shelter and transport a number of their animals to LTBHS.

Stay tuned for our ‘Regional Rescues’ series that we’ll be sharing with you each month. We can’t wait to tell you how we’re partnering with other shelters across the state to give hope and second chances to those in need!