Who We Are
The Humane Animal Treatment Society (HATS) helps over 1,000 animals every year; providing food, vaccinations, veterinary care, and a clean, safe environment while they await placement in their forever homes.
We are 501(c)(3) non-profit animal welfare organization that is independently and locally operated. Donations, local community support, and grant funds allow us to continue our mission of empowering our community to support the compassionate treatment of all animals. Through leadership and education, we promote responsible pet ownership and compassion for all animals.
The HATS Health Clinic provides low-cost spay and neuter services for dogs and cats at greatly reduced fees for those that have limited financial resources. Our Health Clinic is the first of its kind in the area to offer low-cost services with the mission of reducing animal overpopulation.
In 1999, a group of dedicated animal loving individuals came together with a common goal: to save the lives of companion animals in Isabella County. To accomplish this, they put together a comprehensive plan involving adoptions, fostering, volunteering and a spay/neuter campaign. That was when the Humane Animal Treatment Society (HATS) was born.
In 2008, HATS officially joined forces with Isabella County, taking over all animal care for the shelter. Since embarking on this journey, HATS has been able to find homes for thousands of previously homeless animals, made a significant reduction in euthanasia, built an outstanding network of volunteers and professionals willing to assist with day to day needs, and gained the life-saving support of the community through event attendance and donations. Every year we continue to find ways to improve the standard of care for pets in our community. In 2019 alone, HATS achieved a save rate of 88% and found forever homes for over 400 animals!
And although this journey has been fought with obstacles, the mindset has never wavered. HATS will forever work to enhance the human/animal bond by promoting adoption and responsible pet ownership through kindness and compassion for humans and animals alike.
In 2013, with generous help from our community, the HATS Health Clinic opened it's doors for business. The clinic, which provides state of the art high-volume spay and neuter for individuals with limited financial resources, has proven to be a lifeline for the residents of Isabella County, along with its surrounding Mid-Michigan communities. Not only has the clinic saved community members thousands of dollars, but it has also prevented countless unplanned litters. In 2018 alone, our clinic performed 2,125 spay/neuter surgeries!