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FFNM awards $1,500 grants to Huron Humane Society, NEMI Trap Neuter Release

Courtesy Photo Pictured from left to right are Morgan LaLonde, Huron Humane Society animal technician, Cindy Johnson, HHS board president, Mary Eagan, HHS board vice president, and Kathy Brown, FFNM Legacy Foundation secretary, with three of the adorable kittens ready for adoption.

ALPENA — First Federal of Northern Michigan (FFNM) Legacy Foundation recently presented a $1,500 grant to Huron Humane Society, Inc. as one of fourth quarter grant recipients. The $1,500 will be used to provide spay/neuter procedures and rabies vaccinations to kittens.

The Huron Humane Society is a nonprofit animal rescue organization that operates in Northeast Michigan. Their mission is 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 the communities they serve.

In 2018 they took in 620 dogs and cats of which 548 were adopted and 84 returned to their owners. Between February and June of 2019, they experienced an unexpected 60% increase in the number of kittens received by the shelter.

While they cooperate with local governments to provide services to the surrounding city, township and county, they rely on private donations to keep the shelter open and provide a safe environment for the animals. To find out more about adoption or how you can support the Huron Humane Society go to www.huronhumanesocietyinc.org or contact the shelter at 989-356-4794.

First Federal of Northern Michigan Legacy Foundation recently presented a $1,500 grant to Northeast Michigan Trap Neuter Release (TNR) as one of their fourth quarter grant recipients. The $1,500 will be used toward the cost to spay/neuter feral cats in Alpena, Montmorency, and Presque Isle counties.

Courtesy Photo Pictured from left to right are Marty Thomson, FFNM Legacy Foundation board member and Edna Sorensen, Northeast Michigan Trap Neuter Release treasurer.

Northeast Michigan TNR was established in 2016 to reduce the number of feral cats in Alpena, Montmorency, and Presque Isle counties. Their goal is educate and promote civic betterment, social improvement and humane treatment of animals, specifically feral cats. Through the program, feral cats are humanely trapped, spayed or neutered, ear-tipped and returned to the location where they were found. The land/homeowner is then responsible for the ongoing care of the cat or cats. Left unsterilized, feral cats and their offspring would continue to reproduce, introducing thousands of unwanted cats into the community.

The program is fully reliant on volunteers and donations from the community. To find out more about Northeast Michigan TNR and how you can support them, visit their Facebook page www.facebook.com/northeasternmichigantnr/ or email nemtnr@gmail.com.

Headquartered in Alpena, the First Federal of Northern Michigan Legacy Foundation is a charitable organization dedicated to serving community activities and nonprofit organizations in the Greater Alanson, Cheboygan, Gaylord, Lewiston, Oscoda, Mio, and Alpena areas. The FFNM Legacy Foundation welcomes grant applications for consideration at its quarterly meeting. Applications are available at https://www.ffnmlegacyfoundation.com.