One of the largest shelters serving Flint, The Humane Society of Genesee County is on a mission to find forever homes for all the animals in need that walk through its doors. One of the ways they work towards this is through their Golden Friendship Program, which waives the fee for any senior looking to adopt any pet exceeding one year of age. This shelter, as you can see, is highly involved in their community. In addition to adoption programs like Golden Friendship, HSGC also had a reading program, Furry Tales, that allows kids to read to adoptable animals. HSGC has a robust donor program called Friends for the Future, and hosts numerous fundraising galas and events throughout the year in order to maintain all of the engaging programs they have built.
Acting as the official shelter for the municipality, Genesee County Animal Control is a no-kill facility with an open admission policy. Through a large volunteer network and expansive foster family support system, this shelter has an excellent live outcome rate for the hundreds of animals they see annually. As an extension of the city government, this shelter is also in charge of handling instances of lost pets, strays, abuse, and nuisance animals.
Beginning as a small, rescue non-profit with a fierce drive to protect animals from dangerous and neglectful circumstances, Pets Are Worth Saving Animal Rescue has been a resource for education and rehabilitation for years now. PAWS has gradually been building is supporter base, and was recently able to acquire property to expand their operation. All fundraising efforts have been channelled towards getting this new facility running to better serve their animals with adoption barriers and rehabilitative needs.
Flint, Michigan made headlines for months with a water crisis that shook the nation to its core. Despite the dwindling headlines in recent months, a water crisis persists in this resilient city. RICH Kids, a non-profit committed to preventing the detrimental effects of this crisis, started the Flint Water Festival as a way to raise funds and awareness. Taking place at Riverbank Park on the Fourth of July, the Flint Water Festival is an all-day event full of live music, resource providers, food vendors, and loads of crafts and games for kids. Canines are invited to join there humans in supporting this important cause. Topped off with a fireworks display at the end of the festival, this free event is building something beautiful from a devastating public health disaster.