Employees at DTE Energy’s downtown Detroit headquarters mixed and mingled with loveable kittens and puppies on Thursday, Nov. 15 when the company hosted the Michigan Humane Society for its third annual “Power of Pets” adoption event.
DTE employees adopted 45 puppies and kittens, which attracted hundreds of staff seeking a fun break in the day, a little pet therapy, and sometimes a forever fur baby companion.
Southwest Detroit resident Alissa Sevrioukova, a strategy and special projects manager for public affairs at DTE, attended the event last year and wound up taking home Harley, a three-month-old pit bull-boxer mix. A malnourished Harley and her two sisters were found wandering the streets of Detroit before arriving at the Michigan Humane Society shelter in the city.
“It was totally a spur of the moment thing,” said Sevrioukova. “I went to take in an hour of cuteness but then I met Harley and that was it.”
Harley now coexists with Sevrioukova’s two cats, who have kept themselves at the top of the household pet hierarchy. Though Harley’s had her dog shaming moments, “She’s hands-down the best cuddle-dog in the world.” Harley’s also the star of her own Instagram account: @MyFirstDogHarley.
The Humane Society provided Sevrioukova and all adoptive humans with a spayed or neutered kitten or puppy, a month of pet insurance, vaccination papers, and more. The cost to adopt a pet at the event ranges from $200 to $400. Beyond vaccinations, each adopted pet is accompanied by starter food as well as species-specific treat bags and toys.
At the DTE event, the Michigan Humane Society sets up a puppy playpen and kitten tent areas for employees to interact with prospective pets and find their ideal match. The animals will be from the Michigan Humane Society shelter in Detroit. In addition to animals rescued locally, pets at the Detroit shelter may be hurricane rescues from Florida or from shelters in southern states that have capacity issues.
Each year, the Michigan Humane Society’s cruelty and rescue investigators respond to approximately 10,000 calls in Detroit, Hamtramck, and Highland Park. Some of the resulting rescues started from calls made by DTE employees working in the field who witness uncared for animals.