Matthew Pepper is the CEO of the Michigan Humane Society, Michigan’s largest and premier animal welfare organization. In his discussion with Mike, Matt discusses how he began his mission of helping animals, the amazing work the Michigan Humane Society is doing, current animal welfare laws, and how people can make a difference by donating, volunteering, or adopting.
[0:08] Introducing today’s guest, Matthew Pepper, the CEO of the Michigan Humane Society
[0:52] Who are you and how are you involved with the Michigan Humane Society?
[1:47] How many years have you been the CEO?
[2:07] Can you talk about the new building?
[3:08] What services do the Human Society offer?
[4:53] Mike talks about his ride-along on a cruelty investigation
[7:19] Primarily, the Michigan Humane Society is about education and access to resources
[9:56] Can you share any success stories about educating families?
[11:50] The technology that Mike gave to the humane society and how it helped
[14:56] What are the Humane Society’s biggest needs?
[15:40] How many homeless dogs and cats are there in Detroit?
[16:04] There are 28 full-time vets at the Michigan Humane Society’s new building
[17:39] What kinds of animals do you care for?
[19:11] How hard is it to adopt an animal form you?
[20:07] How do you match up animals and owners?
[20:43] Are you a no-kill shelter?
[21:27] Mike shows a picture of Lola
[22:32] What is your take on discrimination against Pitbulls?
[25:16] Can you talk about the new federal law about filming animal cruelty?
[27:07] What do you think of dogs being kept outside 24/7 every day of the year?
[29:22] What do you think of outdoor cats?
[30:17] How much of the State is your organization responsible for?
[31:36] How prevalent are dogfights and cockfights in this area?
[33:19] Can dogs who were in dogfighting get adopted?
[35:32] Every dollar that the Humane Society gets is well-used
[36:27] What’s the best way for our viewers to help you? Donate here.
[38:43] Matt brought a picture of Mike’s dog Jessi who he adopted through the Humane Society
[42:30] Matt talks about losing his dog Bruce and getting Rocky, his new dog
[44:33] The rest of the story about the calendar. You can buy one here.
[45:57] How fast are animals getting adopted from you?
[48:00] Do you need experience with animals to volunteer?
[49:17] Closing words from Matt
[51:38] Thanks for watching this episode of the Open Mike podcast