DTE Energy Foundation donates $600,000 to support Michigan Humane Society cruelty investigations and rescue efforts

DETROIT - The DTE Energy Foundation has given a gift of $600,000 to the Michigan Humane Society (MHS) for its animal cruelty investigation and emergency rescue programs to train law enforcement personnel and support public safety programming, and operations. The grant from the philanthropic arm of DTE Energy will help increase the safety and security of Southeast Michigan neighborhoods.

“We are truly grateful for the DTE Energy Foundation’s generous contribution to the Michigan Humane Society’s mission of helping animals in great need,” said Matthew Pepper, president and CEO of the Michigan Humane Society. “MHS has been fighting animal cruelty in Detroit and beyond for more than 100 years, and this gift will ensure that our Cruelty Investigation and Rescue Department’s ability to aid abused, neglected and injured animals continues for many years to come.”

The MHS Cruelty and Rescue Department responds to approximately 10,000 calls each year in Detroit, Hamtramck and Highland Park alone.

“The DTE Energy Foundation’s investments are shaping Michigan’s future – making our communities stronger, safer and more vibrant places to live and work,” said Dave Meador, DTE Energy vice chairman and chief administrative officer. “This grant is one of the many ways that we are making safety a priority. By partnering with the Michigan Humane Society, we’re ensuring that domestic animals are monitored, protected and free from harm’s way, and that we’re increasing education and training opportunities for law enforcement and animal control personnel.”

The gift supports MHS’s work to fill a gap in traditional training that is critical to responding to animal-related issues in the field. The one-day training program provides officers and animal control personnel with the tools and knowledge to effectively identify and interact with abused animals, and address violence in the community. In 2015, MHS provided training for 79 law enforcement professionals with additional trainings scheduled.

"This incredible gift from the DTE Energy Foundation embodies the leadership and commitment necessary to positively alter the lives of more animals and people in the city and demonstrates why DTE is such a committed and caring champion for our city and surrounding communities," said Paul Huxley, chair of the MHS Board of Directors.

“Neighborhoods are the lifeblood of our communities,” said Faye Nelson, vice president of DTE Energy and president of the DTE Energy Foundation. “By partnering with MHS, the DTE Energy Foundation is helping improve the quality of life for residents and enhancing the conditions of the neighborhoods in which we live and serve.”

In April, MHS also partnered with DTE Energy on a custom energy consultation to manage use and ensure energy efficiency for its new state-of-the-art facility, the Dresner Foundation Animal Care Campus. As a result, DTE analyzed and identified opportunities that provided $4,000 in energy savings.

“The opening of the new MHS Detroit facility is a huge step forward in our community. Now, we must collectively commit our time, our ideas and our resources to all of the care capabilities and capacities that this new animal care center is able to provide,” Huxley said.

About the Michigan Humane Society
The Michigan Humane Society is the largest and oldest animal welfare organization in the state. MHS works to end companion animal homelessness, provide the highest quality service and compassion to the animals entrusted to our care, and to be a leader in promoting humane values. For more information, visit

About the DTE Energy Foundation
The DTE Energy Foundation is the philanthropic arm of DTE Energy, continuing the legacy of community support and involvement of its electric and natural gas utilities, which serve 2.2 million electric customers in Southeast Michigan and 1.2 million natural gas customers in Michigan. In 2015, the DTE Energy Foundation provided $15 million in grant support to nonprofits throughout the company’s service territories. As one of Michigan's leading corporate citizens, DTE Energy is a force for growth and prosperity in the 450 Michigan communities it serves in a variety of ways, including philanthropy, volunteerism and economic progress.

Contact:  Ryan McTigue, Michigan Humane Society, 248.283.5660,