Bob Hunt

Bob Hunt’s love of helping homeless dogs began at a young age, growing up as he did in a family whose mother set a good example.

“My mom took in strays,” Hunt said. “We pretty much always had dogs in our home.”

Such devotion to animals has continued through the generations of Hunt’s family. One of his five adult children graduated from Michigan State University School of Veterinary Medicine and is now a veterinarian in a small Georgia town.

Hunt, a retired teacher, began volunteering at a shelter in Oakland County 16 years ago, in 2007, because his younger sister and brother-in-law were volunteering there. For many years, his older sister has been making colorful small blankets for the shelter cats and every adopted kitty goes home with one.

Over the years, Hunt became part of a core group of trusted, dedicated volunteers who give many hours every week, even walking dogs on weekends and holidays when the shelter is closed, rain or shine.

Hunt has adopted five shelter dogs, including his current dog Patsy.

“I’d love to be able to take them all home,” he said. “They reward you with their love.”

At the shelter, Hunt works closely with the volunteer coordinator, who said, “As soon as the dogs hear his voice, they know they’ll have what I call ‘Bob Time.’ It is the most magical time. Rain or snow, it doesn’t matter, he just bundles up for the weather.”

Hunt is a friendly, constant face and voice among the shelter dogs. He uses two outdoor play yards to rotate the bigger dogs, taking turns walking them, playing with them, brushing them and just being there for them. The 80-year-old even cleans kennels if needed.

“Your whole body gets a workout walking dogs,” Hunt said. “It’s a great combination of helping the dogs and taking care of your own health. I don’t understand why more people don’t do this. It’s a win-win for me and the dogs.

“I like what Michigan Pet Alliance is doing, especially their workshops and webinars,” Hunt said. “Education is so important. It’s why I became an MPA member.”

Hunt is looking forward to attending the 2023 One Voice: Michigan Pet Alliance Conference & Expo in Grand Rapids this September 20-22.

Michigan Pet Alliance is not only in awe of Bob’s dedication to the shelter dogs, but also incredibly grateful that his passion runs in the family.