In Savannah Morning News Column

Gratitude and Thanksgiving at the Humane Society for Greater Savannah

Savannah Morning News – November 17, 2017 Michelle Thevenin, Executive Director

In the spirit of Thanksgiving and gratitude, I want to share my thanks to the community on behalf of the Humane Society for Greater Savannah.  Every day I am thanked for the work I do – but really the people who deserve the thanks are those I’ve noted below.  I’m merely the orchestra conductor; the musicians below are the ones making the beautiful music.  And the song they play is one that improves our community overall – it’s not just about the pets whose lives we change, but also about the quality of life we all enjoy in Greater Savannah.    I am grateful to these people for all they do to make Savannah a better place for all of us.


  • The Amazing HSGS Staff: We’ve been through a lot of change over the past year – we implemented standard operating procedures to meet national sheltering standards, we restructured our physical space to better meet customer needs and we improved our medical practices.  We’ve weathered yet another hurricane.  And yet every day staff have persevered to best serve the pets and people in our community.  I could not be prouder of our staff and humbled every day by their dedication and energy.
  • Our Volunteers: Right alongside our staff, our volunteers have made it possible for us to open our doors every day.  They play with dogs who need some extra love and attention, return phone calls at Pet Fix Savannah, run the cash register at our Thrift Shop, foster kittens, serve on our board of directors and set up the dozens of tables at Doggie Carnival.  Our volunteers commit not only time to our work but the energy and enthusiasm that is vital to keeping our mission alive.
  • Our Donors: I am continually touched by the generosity of those who invest in bettering the lives of pets and people.  Individuals, community organizations, businesses and national foundations come together to help us do even more.  The community support makes the toughest days worthwhile as we work together to improve the quality of life in greater Savannah.
  • Our Clients: Whether they are bringing their young cat to be spayed at Pet Fix Savannah, attending our training classes with their rambunctious adolescent dog or entrusting us to find a new home for their beloved pet, our neighbors show up at our front doors and know we will do right by them and their pets.  That trust is precious and not something we take lightly.
  • Our Partners: The Humane Society for Greater Savannah is only one strand within a network of organizations that works to better the lives of pets and people.  Chatham County Animal Services, the Savannah Rescue Alliance, Senior Citizens Inc., our local vet partners, our corporate partners. the media and so many other partners all play an important role as we strive to fulfill our mission.


We have a lot of hard work to do over the next year.  While we’ve been focused on improving our operations, there’s still significant work to do community-wide.  We have to do better by the pets and people in our community and with the support of those noted above, I believe we can.  I can’t wait to write this note of gratitude next year as I think there will be even more to be thankful for.


Don’t miss the Ribbon Cutting at our new Thrift Shop at Savannah Crossings, 13015 Abercorn Street Suite D at 10 am on Monday, November 20th.  We are fully open just in time for the holiday shopping season!