Congratulations Rusty!

Rusty raised $150 for the Huron Humane Society and took 6th Place in the People's Pet's Photo Contest 2013/2014
Rusty is our Pet of the Month for November and is our featured furry-friend all month long.
Thank You Rusty and Congratulations!

Hours of Operation
Shelter Hours
Tuesday - Friday
11:00am - 4:30pm
11:00am - 3:00pm
3510 Woodward Ave
Alpena, MI 49707  
(989) 356-4794 

The HHS is a nonprofit organization dedicated to caring for the homeless dogs and cats of Alpena County. We are a no-kill sanctuary working to heal and rehabilitate the pets that come through our doors. 
While we cooperate with local governments to provide services to the surrounding city, township and county, we rely on private donations to keep our doors open.

The Huron Humane Society offers the following 
services to our community
  • providing shelter for stray and lost pets
  • locating suitable homes for our adorable adoptables
  • Rehabilitating injured or otherwise ill dogs and cats
  • working with owners to re-home their animals
  • providing microchipping to the general community
  • supporting spay and neuter efforts
  • obtaining full veterinary services for all pets in our care
  • school and nursing home pet visitations

Our Mission
to provide no-kill solutions to reduce the number of homeless cats and dogs through education, rehabilitation and re-homing with the support and cooperation of our community.  
Mailing Address 
P.O. Box 733
Alpena, MI 49707  

Our Adorable Adoptables
can be seen on
10:00am - 4:00pm
Real Estate One
215 W. Chisholm St.

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Our foster dogs are currently wearing ID tags donated by Dog Tag Art. Visit Dog Tag Art today to create your own custom dog tag for your pet.

Contact Us

Visit Cash & Carry for all of your pet food and nutrition needs. 
They are the pet food experts in Northern Michigan! 
Specializing in a wide variety of treats toys and accessories for all of your pets!
2585 US 23 S., Alpena
Don't Miss Out
Order Your 2015 People's Pet's Calendar
Or stop into the HHS to purchase one
Preview the Calendar Here

A Sweet Adoption Story about Rusty 
– Our December Pet of the Month -

Rusty and I met in December 2008 at the Huron Humane Society. He was the only calm dog in the kennel and if you've ever been in there you know what the word chaos means. Rusty was the largest dog in the kennel, big, red and about 80 pounds or so. 

Rusty is a Chow / Retriever mix with the Chow type fur and spotted tongue along with the sweet Retriever disposition. They told me that bigger dogs are slower to be adopted. He had been at HHS and a foster home for the better part of a year. He'd just been returned to the shelter to make room for another dog at the foster home. 

My previous dog, Angus, a Blue Heeler, had died shortly before on Thanksgiving night so I was really missing having a doggy pal. Rusty was found wandering the streets of Alpena. Whoever had him had spent considerable time socializing him as he was great with everyone he met and turned out to be quite fond of cats. It was guessed that he was about four years of age at the time. 

He is very affectionate, loves going anywhere with us in the car. Rusty comes up to me every evening...every evening, cuffs me with a paw so we can sing together. As I sing the first note, he tilts his head back and starts to howl. He maintains constant eye contact with me throughout. This usually takes about five minutes but I think he'd go on for an hour if I did. He seems to love it. He'll sing any time anywhere. 

We took second place in the Rogers City Nautical Festival Pet Tricks competition losing to a dog that did math! He loves to wade in the lake and Trout River when we walk in town. We live in a small wooded neighborhood north of Rogers City and Rusty has regular hangouts where he knows he'll be given a piece of cheese. 

All of you dog lovers know exactly how we feel about our dogs. I'll say this...I married my lovely wife Linda last February with the caveat, "Love my dog." She does!.
                      ~ Roger Harris