Michigan Humane aims to educate and provide resources to pet owners in Metro Detroit

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(TBEN DETROIT) – Each year, Michigan Humane field crews respond to nearly 5,000 rescue and cruelty calls in Metro Detroit. Us Alysia Burgio went along with one of their cruelty research teams and saw firsthand the important role they play in the community.

“We tell people to consider us an emergency number for animals,” said Pamela Dybowksi, an animal cruelty researcher at Michigan Humane.

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Michigan Humane Cruelty Investigators Pamela Dybowski and Myron Golden.

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Every day, Dybowksi and her partner Myron Golden get ready to hit the road.

“We probably go between 10 and 12 calls on an average day, but they range from probably 10 to almost 30,” said Myron Golden, an animal cruelty researcher at Michigan Humane.

As cruelty investigators, Golden and Dybowksi say every call is different.

“We have good days, we have bad days,” said Dybowksi.

Dybowski says some days are harder than others.

“We get a lot of abandoned animals, a lot of people not seeking shelter, underweight dogs,” Golden said.

Golden says a lot of animal neglect has to do with money and not being able to afford the resources needed to care for a pet. That’s where Michigan Humane comes in.

Once a month, pet owners on the corner of Trumball and Holden streets in Detroit can line up to get free food and pet supplies at Michigan Humane’s pet warehouse.

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Michigan Humane Cruelty Investigator, Myron Golden, delivers a dog house to a pet owner in Detroit.

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The warehouse is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8:30 am to 11:00 am. Due to the offerings, pet owners can only visit once a month.

On these days, Michigan Humane serves between 150 and 160 people.

Michigan Humane is also always looking for donations. You can drop off donations at the adoption center at 7887 Chrysler Drive.

“We’re just here to help and educate. We never want to take anyone’s dog,” Dybowksi said.

Dybowksi says that while it’s important all year round, in colder temperatures it’s critical for dogs to have proper shelter, including a dog house and straw if kept outside.

“Make sure the dog has a suitable shelter, fill the doghouse with straw and make sure it’s well insulated. If you can put it in the garage it helps break more wind and that’s why we do a lot of education,” said Golden. .

Michigan Humane delivers in person if needed.

“Just know that animals have feelings too. Animals get cold. They can’t stand up for themselves, so you have to be the voice, we have to be the voice,” Golden said.

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Anyone who finds an animal that looks like it may need help is urged to call Michigan Humane and field crews will come out to investigate that the animal is being properly cared for.

You can reach the Cruelty and Rescue Division at 313-872-3401. If you call after business hours, Michigan Humane asks the public to leave a message with their name and phone number and will return the call the next day.

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