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County Animal Shelter Comes to Aid of Hillsdale Humane Society

Public Date: 6/17/2013 12:00 AM
Contact: Bill Mullan, Media and Communications Officer
Phone Number: 248-858-1048

Auburn Hills, Michigan -- Oakland County Animal Control & Pet Adoption Center is answering a call for help from the Greater Hillsdale Humane Society in Osseo, Mich. Animal Control Division employees transported 13 dogs from the Humane Society back to Auburn Hills Monday, June 17 in order to care for and adopt them out to loving homes. The Humane Society issued a public request for assistance to adopt out the animals in its care after it discovered that an administrative error may force it to close its doors.

"When another shelter needs assistance, we are happy to help. It's the right thing to do," said Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson. "Now we call on our residents to adopt the Humane Society's animals and others at the pet adoption center."

According to local media reports, the Greater Hillsdale Humane Society may close because it lost its tax-exempt status due to an administrative error. The new board of directors discovered an IRS lien on the shelter for unpaid taxes. The Humane Society’s leadership is working to resolve the matter. Meanwhile, the Humane Society has requested help with adopting or fostering the dozens of dogs and cats at its shelter during the crisis in case it is forced to shut its doors.

"Our mission is to provide a humane haven for animals and to promote responsible pet adoption," said Bob Gatt, Oakland County Animal Control Division manager. "By working with the Greater Hillsdale Humane Society, we'll make sure these pets find good homes."

To find out more about adopting a dog or cat from Oakland County, call 248-391-4100 or email To learn more about the Animal Control & Pet Adoption Center, go to For the latest developments at the Greater Hillsdale Humane Society, click on

About Animal Control Division
Oakland County Animal Control & Pet Adoption Center, under the leadership of County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, offers housing and medical care to more than 5,000 animals on an annual basis. It has the best save rate in Michigan among public open-admission shelters whose intakes are greater than 5,000 animals. Animal Control Division is the public agency charged with enforcement of Michigan’s Dog Law of 1919. It is responsible for animal control services in 40 Oakland County communities.

For media inquiries only, please contact Bill Mullan, media and communications officer, at 248-858-1048.