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LOVE starts here.

2018 Annual Report


Letter from the CEO Thanks to you, 2018 was another record-breaking year for our life-saving and life-changing work! In fact, every day, many times a day throughout the year, our staff and volunteers are doing incredible things—things that aren’t easily understood in numbers. Like when a nearly frozen stray kitten is miraculously brought back to life. Or when an abandoned old dog finds a new family who will love him until the end. Or when frantic baby ducklings are rescued from a sewer drain. And it’s not just about our furry and feathered friends. Animals are so important to our own health and well-being that much of what we do also benefits people. Like when we help a struggling senior citizen keep and care for a beloved companion with free food or veterinary assistance. Or when a ten-year-old gets to visit Tiny Lions cat café as a reward for doing his homework. Or when we give temporary shelter to a cat so that her mom can seek safety from a domestically violent situation. But while numbers don’t quite do our accomplishments justice, they may offer a sense of our far-reaching impact. Plus, you can also rest assured that despite our many successes, we’re never quite satisfied. We are continuous learners—taking risks, learning from our mistakes and finding new ways to do better or help more. To lead with integrity and accountability. To serve with compassion and courage. To be propelled by our love to do the difficult things that need to be done. We hope this report offers a useful glimpse of the many lives made better because of your support. We are grateful for the privilege of serving this community and for the opportunity to do more each year to educate, save, protect, and speak out for those who need us most.

Gratefully yours,

Tanya Hilgendorf President and CEO

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A record-breaking year 2018 PRESENTED SOME OF OUR GREATEST CHALLENGES YET. More animals came in (over 300 more than last year).

EXCEPTIONAL SAVE RATE 95.9% OF THE ANIMALS WHO CAME THROUGH OUR DOOR WERE HELPED BACK HOME OR FOUND A NEW LOVING HOME

More help was needed and provided. And more cruelty was reported.

5,304 ADOPTIONS

BUT 2018 WAS ALSO THE YEAR OF RECORD-BREAKING COMPASSION. Volunteers donated nearly 10% more time than 2017— the equivalent of more than 60 full-time workers. Foster parents opened their homes to 2,010 animals—nearly 25% more than last year. In 2018, more cats, dogs, rabbits, guinea pigs—and regular pigs were cared for and adopted from HSHV.

(+4.6% OVER LY), INCLUDING 2,118 DOGS AND 2,944 CATS

NEARLY 500 ANIMALS SAVED FROM CRUEL CONDITIONS

SPAY/NEUTERED

6,912 ANIMALS, PREVENTING OVERPOPULATION

AND MORE PEOPLE HELPED RAISE MONEY FOR HSHV THAN EVER BEFORE . BOOSTED BY

121,142 HOURS OF DONATED WORK FROM NEARLY

2,500 VOLUNTEERS

RESCUED 1,226 WILD ANIMALS

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New ways of thinking YOUR HOUSE IS A VERY, VERY, VERY FINE HOUSE

There are many things that can make it difficult to get to the vet. 2018 marked the first year we offered veterinary housecalls, bringing affordable, essential wellness and end-of-life care to those in need, in the comfort of their own homes.

EVERY CAT COUNTS

In 2018, more than 18,000 people met the friendly felines at HSHV’s cat café. Opened in May 2016, the Tiny Lions lounge and adoption Center is responsible for over 800 cat adoptions and spreading more love to our feline friends.

OVERCOMING STEREOTYPES

Pitbulls get a bad rap. But the truth is: all dogs are individuals, and behavior can only be evaluated on an individual basis. 2018 was our 2nd year of doing pajama parties—inviting on-the-fence folks to take pitties home for free, 3-day sleepovers. In 2018, 170 dogs went on a PJ party, and over 70% of them were adopted because of it!

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EVERY LIFE IS PRECIOUS

A Feline Leukemia (FeLV) dianosis is never the end at HSHV. These special felines get to live a pampered life in our “FeLV sanctuary” while awaiting their forever homes. Thanks to you, we found loving homes for 14 FeLV+ cats this year.

YOU MAKE MY DREAMS COME TRUE

2018 marked the first full year of HSHV’s own Love Train, a transport program saving animals at risk in other places, and bringing them to HSHV where adopters await with open arms. This year, we rescued 1,056 puppies and dogs, and 209 kittens and cats.

IT TAKES A VILLAGE

None of our work would be possible without dedicated community support. Thanks to people like you, our biggest fundraiser of the year got even bigger! HSHV’s annual Walk & Wag had more participants, more donors, and more donations than any of the 38 previous years. A record-breaking 1,384 animal lovers and 577 dogs came out to support homeless and abused animals in our shelter. Because of this outpouring of generosity, we’re able to go the extra mile for the most vulnerable animals in our community. Thanks to all those who Walked and Wagged!

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Huge Saves... 2018 began with one big save, and just got bigger. Our first large-scale cruelty investigation of the year involved goats, chickens and ducks—20 in all—suffering in squalor. We rescued, gave much needed medical care, and found loving homes for each and every one. Shortly after that, the HSHV team found over a dozen Shih Tzus, birds and ponies living in unspeakable conditions, and gave them all fresh new starts, too. In the summer, HSHV rescued 19 dogs, following a suspected drug raid. Several of the poorly treated animals gave birth, so, with the help of many volunteers and donors, HSHV provided loving care to both moms and babies for months, until they were ready for adoption. But we didn’t stop there. We rescued 71 animals from filth and overcrowding in Augusta Township. And then, there were 108. Our largest rescue ever found animals confined by wire cages in a basement stained with urine and littered with feces. Often, people don’t think such things can happen here, but thanks to people like you, they’re no longer in the dark, and the animals have a voice.

...and Reductions Ten years ago, HSHV introduced a community Trap, Neuter and Return (TNR) program, sterilizing freeroaming community cats and returning them to their habitat, where caregivers watch their well-being from afar. Since then, we’ve seen the population of free-roaming cats decline. In fact, TNR is the only method proven to be humane and effective in controlling outdoor cat population growth. In 2018, we sterilized and vaccinated 807 community cats—each one preventing countless litters. And it shows. Compared to 2008, we’ve seen 35% fewer homeless kittens from the Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti areas—areas where we’ve provided the most TNR services. Page 6

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Keeping pets in homes Our shelter may be beautiful, but we know that the best place for a companion animal is in a home. We make it our mission to keep pets in homes whenever possible. Sometimes it’s the simplest of things. Like pet food. In 2018, our Bountiful Bowls program distributed 45,025 pounds of pet food to those who needed it—all of it donated, and all administrated by volunteers. Because we believe people shouldn’t have to give up their pet just because they’re going through a rough patch. We were also able to provide some temporary relief for neighbors who were suffering from house fires and domestic abuse. For these folks in crisis situations, HSHV provided emergency harbor for their 49 family pets. And in 2018, we happily reunited 534 lost animals with their families—including 448 dogs, 84 cats, 1 pigeon, and 1 pig.

Readying for the future To build a more compassionate and caring society, we need to start young and keep on going. In 2018, HSHV’s humane education department expanded to include nearly 6,000 participants. From birthday parties to field trips, day camps to movie nights, we’re making learning about empathy fun. And we committed to increasing our work with at-risk youth groups and organizations. 2018 also marked our first ever Humane Youth Awards, recognizing three local teens for making a positive impact on the lives of animals and people in the community.

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Awards, Financials and More

7 TH CONSECUTIVE TOPMOST CHARITY NAVIGATOR RATING

“Four (of four) Star Charity”

ANN ARBOR FAMILY PRESS ANN ARBOR FAMILY FAVORITES

“Best Place to Volunteer”

CAMP PAWS FEATURED AS ONE OF METRO PARENT’S

“Best Specialty Camps for Kids in Michigan”

WON THREE CATEGORIES IN CURRENT’S BEST OF WASHTENAW AWARDS

“Best Local Nonprofit” “Best Veterinarian” “Best Trivia Night”

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EARNED GREATNONPROFITS’

“Top-Rated Award”


Where does the money go?

CORE MISSION SUPPORTDEVELOPMENT 11%

AL - 9% NER GE

S CORE MIS SIO N

MANAGE ME NT

80%

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GRAMS & PRO SE E RV S N &

Recently the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) changed how nonprofits are required to categorize expenses – changes that will show in this report. Core mission support – like strong program oversight and effective technology solutions- must now be classified as “administration” even though they are critical to program operations and the outstanding care we provide to our animals and the community on a daily basis.

DIREC TE XP E

For 7 years in a row HSHV has received Charity Navigator’s highest rating – putting us among the top 4% of charities for financial management and accountability. This exceptional rating, along with low overhead costs, ensures donors that we are using contributions wisely.

The FASB’s new guidelines slightly alter the presentation of our financial statements from previous years. Does this mean we’ve changed the total dollars spent directly on programs? No, nothing has changed! We use donor gifts responsibly and transparently with a laser-focus on mission success and program impact. We do our best for every animal that walks through our door, thanks to generous people like you. Please visit www.hshv.org/FASBFAQ for more information on this topic.

Statement of revenue and expenditures Revenues Contributions, Special Events, and Bequests

$3,861,984

Clinic, Adoptions, Special Programs

$4,200,469

Investment Income

$

Total Revenue

$8,149,984

87,531

Expenses Programs and Services

$6,233,988

Management and General

$ 725,461

Development

$ 876,987

Total Expenses

$7,836,436

Net Operating Gain (loss)

$ 313,548

*Based on 2018 unaudited financials. Audited statement available Summer 2019

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OUR LOVING FOSTER HOMES PROVIDED LIFESAVING

care to 33% of animals

WHO CAME THROUGH OUR DOORS

Went the extra mile for 3,337 dogs and cats — FROM TINY NEWBORNS TO OUR MOST ELDERLY — THAT CAME TO US SICK, INJURED, UNWEANED OR IN NEED OF SPECIAL BEHAVIORAL TREATMENT BEFORE SUCCESSFULLY BEING ADOPTED INTO NEW, LOVING HOMES

Microchipped 5,159

CATS AND DOGS SO THAT THEY CAN BE RETURNED HOME QUICKLY AND SAFELY

8,428 animals

RECEIVED EXPERT MEDICAL CARE FROM OUR AFFORDABLE OUTPATIENT VETERINARY CLINIC

2,030 vaccines administered

AT MONTHLY LOW-COST VACCINATION CLINICS

15,173 generous and committed donors

ALLOWED US TO GO ABOVE AND BEYOND FOR HOMELESS AND ABUSED ANIMALS IN OUR COMMUNITY Page 10

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More to come, more to do…

SPEAKING UP

REACHING OUT

While HSHV has been advocating for animals for over 120 years, in 2018 we launched a formal program, sending information and action alerts to supporters on animal – and people – welfare issues.

Thanks to your support, we can share the information and best practices we’ve learned with other shelters. Through workshops, conferences, and one-on-one consultations, HSHV can continue to extend the impact of the good things that you make happen here, creating ripples everywhere.

We spread word on the weakening of the Endangered Species Act and potential impact on Michigan’s wildlife. We continued to advocate for humane ways to resolve conflict with wildlife, and warned of parks not being cordoned off where Ann Arbor was shooting deer. We rallied with others to fight the misleading “Petland Bills” that would have prevented localities from banning pet shops that got their animals from cruel puppy mills. The last one was a victory, but there is so much more to do. In 2019, we promise to continue to speak out on behalf of animals who cannot.

We don’t know what 2019 will bring, but we thank you for being there for HSHV and for the animals who need us.

Thank you for being there for animals in 2018 and in the years to come. 2018 Annual Report

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Starting in the late 1800’s, the Humane Society of Huron Valley (originally Ann Arbor Humane Society) was founded to prevent cruelty to animals and children. Today, we serve over 14,000 animals and their people every year through well-known programs such as animal adoption and lost & found services, innovative programs like TNR, a full-service low-cost veterinary clinic and a cat café. Thanks to support from people like you, HSHV is a leader in the no-kill movement. HSHV accepts all animals within our service area no matter their condition and—thanks again to people like you— they have no time limits on finding a loving home.

Because of you,

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Board of Directors Chair, Kate Murphy Vice Chair, Jim Adams Secretary, Regan Dahle Treasurer, Bill Kryska Laurie Buys Melonie Colaianne Amber DeLind Mike Kapnick Jenifer Martin Erin McCann 3100 Cherry Hill Rd Ann Arbor, MI 48105 (734) 662-5585 | hshv.org

Tanya Hilgendorf, President & CEO Emeritus Board Members Suzanne DeVine Susan Kornfield Kathy Power Sharon Rothwell Candis Stern Mike Walsh

© 2019 Humane Society of Huron Valley

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2018 was a record-breaking year! Here's love-in the numbers int the Humane Society of Huron Valley (HSHV)'s annual report.

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2018 was a record-breaking year! Here's love-in the numbers int the Humane Society of Huron Valley (HSHV)'s annual report.

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