BY BTL STAFF
For those who need a reason to participate in the Michigan Humane Society’s annual Mega March for Animals, meet Indy. She came into the care of MHS as an emaciated puppy, just fur and bones. Something, her last “meal,” was protruding from her stomach. When veterinarians performed surgery, they were shocked to discover an eight-inch piece of a plastic coat hanger inside which took hours to remove.
Following her procedure, Indy received specialized treatment and loving care. She is now happy and healthy living in her forever home, but MHS would not have been able to save her without support from the community.
Every year, MHS hosts the Mega March, the largest walk for animals in the state of Michigan, to raise money to improve the lives of homeless, injured and neglected animals. MHS is a private, nonprofit organization, which receives no government funding. Instead, MHS relies on individual donations, corporate giving and fundraising events to support their lifesaving programs and services.
Such as the procedure Indy needed to survive. She represents the thousands of animals who can be saved as a result of friends, family members, and co-workers coming together to participate in the Mega March.
Join MHS with or without your pet on Sept. 25 at the Belle Isle State Park in Detroit. Participants are welcome to bring their friendly pets on a leash or in a carrier on the 2-mile walk. There will be other opportunities to walk as two smaller marches will be held at Kensington MetroPark in Milford and the Stony Creek MetroPark in Shelby Township, both on Oct. 2.
As always, MHS invites several sponsor and vendor tents to provide information and giveaway items. The event features a pet photo booth, face painting, and contests for the best dressed pet, the best trick, and the pet/owner look-a-like.
MHS provides care for more than 30,000 animals, operates centers for animal care in Detroit, Rochester Hills and Westland; finds homes for approximately 8,000 animals a year; reunites pets with their owners; operates a cruelty investigation department to assist animals in the Detroit area and more. For information or to register online, visit the MHS website.