A play date with 26 dogs and cats from the Michigan Humane Society created smiles, laughter and a whole lot of fun for hundreds of employees at DTE Energy on Thursday, Oct. 27. The best part of the event was that 17 of these adorable animals went home to a new, loving adoptive family.

For a few hours in the middle of the day, employees petted, held and played with puppies and kittens and learned about the different ways the Michigan Humane Society is helping to keep pets and people out of harm’s way and make neighborhoods safer.

This special adoption event was to celebrate the partnership with the DTE Energy Foundation, the philanthropic arm of DTE Energy, which announced a grant in support of MHS earlier this spring.

Much like the Michigan Humane Society, DTE employees serve as an extra pair of eyes and ears in the community. Every day, field employees get an up-close look at homes and neighborhoods in our communities when we restore power, upgrade equipment, and provide service to DTE customers.

Often times, DTE is the first to discover people in vulnerable situations where they may have fallen, been injured or in need of help from human service organizations – and the field employees are there to make the appropriate calls and get those people help.

That type of attention extends beyond our customers. In fact, in 2015, DTE employees initiated multiple Michigan Humane Society cruelty investigations and rescues, helping to make our neighborhoods, communities and families safe.

Through the Foundation’s grant support, MHS is able to expand its efforts to keep our streets safer through its cruelty investigation and emergency rescue teams, programs and services.

“At DTE Energy, we take very seriously our commitment to keep our communities safe, and improve the quality of life for our communities. … and our partnership with the Humane Society is one that we’re proud to say helps do that,” said Dave Meador, DTE Energy vice chairman and chief administrative officer.

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