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Letter to Humane Society Friends

Dear Humane Society Friend:

Serving the entire County of Charlevoix, the Humane Society struggles every year to raise enough funds to support our cause. In the past we have done this through small fundraisers, some grants, annual appeals and solicitations. The board, staff, and volunteers work hard to raise every nickel.

The Charlevoix Area Humane Society is an independent nonprofit 501c3 organization; we depend totally upon the generosity of caring individuals to help us carry out our shared mission, which is “To practice and promote the principle that every life is precious. As such, we are committed to the highest principles of humane care and professional treatment of injured, ill, neglected or abused animals”.

It’s now time to try something big, and I am asking for your help.

This fall we are going to throw a major fundraising event, something a little different from most events held in Northern Michigan. The concept is a fun one: Individuals all over the county will host a dinner parties at the same time and invite their friends. It can be themed, it can be fancy with a catered meal, or it can just be a potluck or a barbecue – whatever you like. Guest will be informed ahead of time that the dinner is a fundraising event for the CAHS and the host at some point will make a prepared pitch, asking the guests to make a donation to the Humane Society. After dinner, donations in hand, all participants will come together at a common location for dessert prepared by area restaurants. As dessert is served and more guests arrive, the tally board updates the total funds raised. Then everyone will celebrate the results - with live entertainment, dancing and festivities!

To make this a successful event I need to form an organizational committee and, find early commitments to host a dinner. Please get in touch with me if this is something you might like to be involved in.

Thank you for your support!

Scott MacKenzie
Executive Director
Charlevoix Area Humane Society

Scott MacKenzie Intro


I would like to introduce myself. My name is Scott MacKenzie, and I am excited and proud to serve as the new Executive Director of the Charlevoix Area Humane Society. The CAHS Mission is “To practice and promote the principle that every life is precious. As such, we are committed to the highest principles of humane care and professional treatment of injured, ill, neglected or abused animals”. This mission aligns with my own personal beliefs, so I feel my new position at the CAHS is a great match. I would like to personally thank you for your past support of such a worthy organization.

I kinda feel I am preaching to the choir here, but as you are aware the Humane Society brings up deep personal meanings and emotions, yet often different ones for each of us. I know for me the Humane Society has had a great emotional impact on several levels, first as a great civics lesson. When I was a child my mother served on the Board of Directors for the Genesee County Humane Society for many years. On a more personal level the Humane Society taught me my love of animals, and I learned about the unconditional love pets can bring to an individual and a family. I also learned the life lessons a young boy learns growing up with the wonderful adopted pets my mom brought home. Finally and most of all MacDuff. “Duff” was the most amazing mutt any child could ever want. To this day I’m still not sure of the mix, Collie, Shepherd, I think some Beagle, and several others… He was a big dog, white with brown ears with brown over one eye. Duff was so even tempered, yet brave and protective, independent, and the true family dog any family would ever want. I was two years old when Duff joined our family and I can vividly recall the day I said goodbye to him 15 years later. We had many pets, (other dogs, cats, birds, even gerbils, ducks and rabbits) in and out through the years, but Duff was the Alpha dog, and the love of my boyhood life. I have such strong and amazingly positive memories of my childhood with our family dog, the loyalty, the hugs, family trips and spelling out S.U.P.P.E.R (it was my job to feed the dogs) when it was dinner time. I only bring this up to share a small sample of how the staff, volunteers and I can relate to your relationships with the special pets in your life, and how we here at the Charlevoix Area Humane Society value; the sanctity and potential of each of the special animals that come to our shelter, along with the potential, the love, the positive effects and joy the animals we see who could bring quality and significance while sharing in a child or adult’s life.

Those who know me might share with you that I can have a tendency to get a little long winded when it comes to things I am passionate about, so I will attempt to be brief here. I see an amazing and positive future for the Charlevoix Area Humane Society. The foundations of the organization have been set firm. We have a strong history of great progress in serving the animals and families of Charlevoix County. Over the years we have had great leaders and wonderful boards with vision. There is strong support with a wonderful constituency of donors and volunteers, but we do have room for improvement. We can achieve these needed improvements by broadening our support base, and that can be done through sharing our mission with others. I know you support our mission because of your personal life experiences, and those experiences gave you good reason to join our shared cause. Please share the reasons for your support of the CAHS with a friend and encourage them to join you, and help us achieve the next level in “taking humane care and professional treatment” of yours and all our precious animal friends. 

What I want to do most of all is thankyouforyour support, and that I honestly look forward to working with you on the Charlevoix Area Humane Society’s next great adventure.

Sincerely yours,
Robert H. (Scott) MacKenzie
Executive Director
Charlevoix Area Humane Society

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About Us

Dedicated to the protection and care of all animals, the Charlevoix Area Humane Society is an independent non-profit 501(c)3 no-kill animal shelter that has been serving pets and their humans in Charlevoix County since 1974. We rely almost exclusively on donations and fundraisers to help the lost, neglected, abused, and abandoned animals of Charlevoix County.

In 2019 our Save Rate was 95%. Click here to view our 2019 Animal Statistics.

Upcoming Events

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Shelter Hours

MondayFriday: 12:00–5:00 pm
Saturday: 12:00–5:00 pm
Sunday: Closed

Or by appointment.

MondayFriday: 10:00 am–5:00 pm
Saturday: 12:00–5:00 pm
Sunday: Closed

During any holiday season please contact the shelter for changes in hours.

Shelter Location

614 Beardsley Street
Boyne City, Michigan 49712
Phone (231) 582-6774
Fax (231) 582-6776

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