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Rochester Hills Becomes 1st Healthy Pet Community in the Country
Mayor Barnett encourages improved pet care and an end to animal homelessness
The City of Rochester Hills is the first of hundreds of communities that have joined the new Healthy Pet Community program.

Recently, cities across the country unanimously approved a resolution on Creating Healthy Pet Communities through the United States Conference of Mayors. The resolution was authored by Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan K. Barnett, who strongly urged mayors across the U.S. to prioritize pet safety and proper care.

This resolution outlines 14 action items that can positively impact the treatment of a community’s pets, including encouraging public education on animal issues, promoting the adoption of shelter animals, and providing information regarding useful services/resources for animals on the city website.

"The unanimous adoption of this resolution is a huge win and a key step in ending animal homelessness locally and across the nation," states Mayor Bryan K. Barnett. "A key element in a community’s quality of life can be measured by its humane treatment of companion animals, and I am proud to support the good work that is being done by the Michigan Humane Society here in Rochester Hills and throughout our state."

As the oldest and largest animal welfare organization in the state, the Michigan Humane Society (MHS), which operates three centers for animal care, including one in Rochester Hills, touches the lives of more than 100,000 animals each year. Since January 2010, MHS has found homes for 100% of the healthy dogs and cats in their care.

“The Michigan Humane Society applauds the adoption of the Healthy Pet Communities resolution nationwide and especially the leadership role taken by Mayor Barnett in its introduction,” said Matthew Pepper, MHS President and CEO. “This is a strong statement that we as a larger community--not just those who work, volunteer or support animal welfare in Rochester Hills or the State of Michigan--value our animal companions and have a responsibility toward all pets in our communities whether they are already someone’s beloved pet or are homeless, abused or stray.”

Mayor Bryan K. Barnett
Bryan K. Barnett
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