Michigan Humane Society – Investigating Animal Cruelty

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Michigan Humane Society
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Graduate professor and researcher Margaret Ann Dimond serves as an assistant professor at Michigan State University, where she teaches coursework in organizational leadership and nonprofit administration. Outside of work, Margaret Ann Dimond is a longtime supporter of the Michigan Humane Society (MHS).

A charitable animal welfare organization providing care for tens of thousands of animals every year, MHS investigates complaints of animal cruelty throughout Highland Park, Hamtramck, and Detroit. Since 1913, MHS has employed a team of cruelty investigators who follow up on reports of animal cruelty and gather evidence against accused individuals. If necessary, the investigators may seek to have individuals turn over ownership of their animals to MHS.

Dog fighting is one of the most common animal cruelty investigations performed by MHS. A cruel practice involving the breeding and training of dogs for violence, dog fighting has adverse effects on the community, such as the sale of drugs and weapons. After receiving calls related to suspected dog fighting activity, cruelty investigators gather physical evidence and testimony from individuals. Not only do MHS investigators remove dogs from these situations, but they also hold responsible parties accountable for their actions.

To learn more about cruelty investigation at the Michigan Humane Society, visit the official website at michiganhumane.org.

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Become a Puppy Raiser with Leader Dogs for the Blind

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Leader Dogs for the Blind
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An assistant professor at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Margaret Ann Dimond is a longtime supporter of animal rescue organizations in her community. Margaret Ann Dimond serves as a board member with Leader Dogs for the Blind, a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering people with visual impairments and disabilities.

Leader Dogs for the Blind encourages volunteers to become puppy raisers. Volunteers must commit to 12-15 months of service, during which time they will housebreak the puppy and teach it good behavior such as staying off furniture and not begging at the table. Puppy raisers also teach puppies basic commands and socialize them by exposing them to a variety of people, animals, and environments.

In terms of financial responsibilities, puppy raisers must purchase all food, leashes, toys, and replacement collars for their puppies. Leader Dogs for the Blind allows puppy raisers to bring their dogs to in-house veterinarians for free care. However, if puppy raisers do not live near a Leader Dogs center, local veterinarians often provide discounts for volunteer puppy raisers.

Promoting Diversity in the Nonprofit Workplace

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Dr. Margaret Ann Dimond is a clinical assistant professor at Michigan State University’s School of Social Work. She holds a PhD from Michigan State University and two master’s degrees: an MPA from the University of Michigan and an MSW from Boston College. Recently, Margaret Ann Dimond began teaching classes for nonprofit leaders with the aim of building an organizational culture that understands and embraces competence and diversity.

There is a surprising gap in minority representation in nonprofit workplaces in the United States. According to a recent study, well over three-quarters of nonprofit employees are white, while only 10 percent are black, 5 percent are Hispanic/Latino, 3 percent identify as Other, and 1 percent are Asian/Pacific Islander. Though a little less than 90 percent of employees think their organization values diversity, over 70 percent say their employer doesn’t do enough to promote it practically.

The consequences for nonprofits with this gap in representation in their communities may include the inability to attract and retain talented job candidates, decreased employee satisfaction, and damage to reputation as they struggle to apply their values. Often nonprofit leaders need help to learn how to build and sustain diversity in their organization. Seeking resources, including workshops, classes, and other forms of continuing education, can aid nonprofit leaders as they take practical strides to answer the call for inclusiveness in their communities.