So what inspired AHP? Well, it is a combination of things. AHP was inspired by my (and now my husband’s) love for animals and animal welfare, and our desire to connect with like-minded young people. We both love music and animals, and wanted to throw an event that can combine the two and have fun while doing it!
I grew up with animals all my life. My parents divorced when I was young, and I was fortunate growing up to have pets at both homes. Basically my entire family loves animals. My Aunt* and Uncle currently have two pitbull rescues that are incredibly sweet and loving. My Dad and Step-Mom traveled all the way to Ohio just to pick up a cute little dog named Cindy that they saw on Petfinder.com. Cindy had been shot in the leg and was found limping around the streets of Detroit before being placed in a foster home in Ohio. She still has bullet fragments in her leg today. My Grandma, who was widowed back in 1996, was extremely lonely and missed taking care of something. Then she got her own little white lap dog and her spirits were immediately lifted!
Up until last month we were the proud parents to Ms. Elizabeth Taylor (an MHS rescue), my black and white fluff ball with a white beauty mark on her upper lip. After 8 years together, we lost Elizabeth to kidney failure. As an animal lover, I am sure you understand the pain of that loss. Even though they are not our real children, they sure do feel like it sometimes.
Animals bring so much joy to people. We share our lives, homes and hearts with them. They are the ones that will lick your face in the morning and wait for you at the door at night. Animals are our best friends and our best play mates. AHP is a chance for us Animal Lovers out there to help make a difference for our loyal friends. AHP is dedicated to all of the animals out there waiting for their loving forever homes and just haven’t found them yet, and too all of the animals who unfortunately don’t have it so good.
The measure of a society can be how well its people treat its animals. ~Mohandas Gandhi
Why MHS? I have been an MHS supporter nearly my whole life. Many of my pets have come from MHS over the years, and I have done volunteer work with them also. I always thought that the people that work for MHS must have the patience of a Saint because the job is not easy!
MHS also has many fun events throughout the year such as the Mega March in Hart Plaza, the Mutt March in Grosse Pointe, and the Meet Your Best Friend at the Zoo event. AHP firmly believes that MHS has a strong framework and support network already in place and we want to help them build their connection to their community of Animal Lovers like ourselves. Our mission at AHP is to raise awareness and funding for MHS so that they can continue to provide the services and care they are known for, and hopefully save even more animals in the future.
Thank you for reading and we can’t wait to party with all of you!
Please visit Michigan Humane Society’s website for more information.
*Full disclosure: My Aunt, Elizabeth Correa, is the current chairman of the Board of Directors at Michigan Humane Society.