A group of concerned animal folks began to have bi-monthly meetings hoping to change what they considered to be mass murder of their county's companion animals. After many letters written and many public education events and many Chippewa County Commission meetings attended by the members of this group, the country agreed to spend the money to erect their own shelter and to hire their own staff. At a time when money was extremely tight - the County Commission took a very bold step.
Chippewa County Animal Control Shelter and it's manager, Holly Henderson, for having the third highest 'save rate' in the State of Michigan.
Shelter Manager Holly Henderson, states she is very proud of the shelter's ranking.
"We have worked very hard to ensure no healthy adoptable animal is euthanized at our shelter. I credit this success in part to financial assistance we receive through FOCAS who sponsors our rigorous spay and neuter program, and Guardian Angels for Animals who covers all medical costs for shelter residents. I would also like to thank our amazing staff who goes above and beyond their job description and our phenomenal group of volunteers, who dedicate their time to not only the animals' care, but promote them in our community and beyond. I also can't say this enough, but we are only as great as our community allows us to be, so a big thank you to our County Commissioners and the general public, for your support and commitment to the homeless animals in Chippewa County."
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Most importantly, DON'T EVER GIVE UP - NEVER! I live in a small farming community with few tax dollars and an historical mind-set that animals are animals - no big deal. Change CAN take place. It REALLY and honestly can take place. DON'T EVER GIVE UP!