Jackson, Michigan has an interesting history. The city was founded in 1829, named after President Andrew Jackson, and claims to be the birthplace of the Republican Party. It is also the site of Michigan's first state prison.
Jackson is also home to the Cascades Humane Society, started in the 1920's by a kind-hearted woman named Virginia Lavender, who believed in the humane care of animals. Virginia Lavender spent her own resources to find lost or abandoned animals, provide them with medical care, and placing them in homes. Her example led to the formation of the Animal Welfare League of Jackson that is now called the Cascades Humane Society. The mission of the organization is "to connect animals in need with people who care".
This non-profit offers a full range of services for animals and humans, including adoptions, lost and found, and animal surrender. A unique and compassionate service is the pet food pantry. Understanding that many families are struggling to feed themselves, the pet food pantry is a huge help to keep dogs cared for and in loving homes.
Through the generous spirit of the community, the humane society also offers financial assistance with pet medical costs. They have a listing of a range of funds, making seemingly im-paw-sible circumstances manageable and compassionate for the benefit of all.
This organization does not provide shelter services to animals and as such, they do not pick up strays for rehabilitation and placement. If you are interested in adopting an animal, you can take their online self-assessment to determine if this is the right time in your life to bring home a fur-ever friend. They provide tips and education on animal care. Their outreach extends to visits from school groups. With needs for many hands to help with the care and handling of the animals, they have a volunteer program.