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Humane Society of West Michigan Places Record-Setting Number of Pets in Forever Homes in 2016

Humane Society of West Michigan Places Record-Setting Number of Pets in Forever Homes in 2016

With a new year underway, the Humane Society of West Michigan (HSWM) is looking back and celebrating another successful year. In 2016, HSWM helped more than 3,700 animals find their forever homes – a record-setting number for the organization.

The new record surpasses the more than 3,000 adoptions that took place in 2015. The increase in adoptions can be attributed to community support of adopting shelter animals, families embracing multiple shelter animals, and the variety of ages and breeds of animals up for adoption at HSWM.

“We cannot thank our team of staff and volunteers, as well as our generous donors, enough for another successful year,” said Trudy Jeffers, Executive Director of HSWM. “They are the backbone of our organization and we are blessed to have them assist HSWM with saving lives, raising awareness and educating the community.”

3 Things to Consider Before Gifting a Pet this Holiday Season

3 Things to Consider Before Gifting a Pet this Holiday Season

For many people, young and old alike, a pet for Christmas is the top desire for the season. For a long time, it was assumed that pets as gifts were a really bad idea, increasing adopted animals being returned to the shelter after the excitement of the holidays is over. Data supports just the opposite.

“It’s a myth,” states Trudy Jeffers, Executive Director of HSWM, “that giving a pet as a gift is a bad idea. In fact, with the right research, identifying the needs of the new pet, and knowing the person you are gifting to, helps make the right decision for both the pet and the person.”

A 2013 study by Dr. Emily Weiss says, “There is no increased risk of relinquishment for dogs and cats received as a gift.” In her research, Dr. Weiss found that over 87% of the pet owners in the study still had their pet in their home or had kept the pet in their home for the pet’s lifetime, even when the pet was given as a surprise or a gift, according to the ASPCA.

Rainbow Child Care Center Introduces Kids for Canines Program to Support Animals in Need

Rainbow Child Care Center Introduces Kids for Canines Program to Support Animals in Need

Each year thousands of animals are surrendered to local Humane Society shelters in Michigan. These Humane Society shelters rely solely on donations to sustain their operations, making the need for essential pet supplies substantial.

To aid these animals in need, Rainbow Child Care Center, a leading early childhood education provider, is introducing its Kids for Canines program. Rainbow is teaming up with humane societies across the state, including the Humane Society of West Michigan locally, to collect essential pet supplies for dogs waiting to be placed in their loving forever homes.

Animal Welfare Fund Provides $155,500 to Local Animal Shelters

Animal Welfare Fund Provides $155,500 to Local Animal Shelters

News Release:

Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development’s (MDARD) State Veterinarian Dr. James Averill announced the Michigan Companion Animal Welfare Fund check-off will fund projects totaling over $155,500 for 26 registered shelters in 2015. 

The Michigan Animal Welfare fund was established under Public Act 132 of 2007 as a tax check-off to support animal shelters statewide. This year’s awards will go to the spaying and neutering of animals, fund registration fees for anti-cruelty training conferences, and help cover costs for protecting and caring for Michigan animals subjected to cruelty or neglect.

“Thanks to the generous support of Michiganders, local shelters will be able to train more staff on anti-cruelty, care for animals looking for their forever home, and conduct spay and neutering programs in their communities,” said Averill.

My Town Walker: Rescued Alabama puppies available during adoption special

My Town Walker: Rescued Alabama puppies available during adoption special
WALKER, Mich.-- If you're thinking about adding a Christmas pet to the family, this weekend is your chance. The Humane Society of West Michigan is hosting a Home for the Holidays Adopt-A-Thon this Saturday, Dec. 6.In addition to the 150 animals they already have in their care, another 40 puppies have just arrived from Alabama through the Puppy Pipeline Rescue. From 10:30 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, they're offering $300 dollar puppy adoptions.  Visitors may also name their price for a variety of other animals. The Humane Society of West Michigan is located at 3077 Wilson Drive.

Register for Bark in the Dark

Register for Bark in the Dark

The Community can register soon to take part in this glow in the dark 5K Walk/Run to benefit the animals at the Humane Society of West Michigan.

Anyone who owns a pet, wants to own a pet, lost a pet or just enjoys the fun of a 5K, this is the chance to team up and raise money for the animals and share this incredible experience.  Strollers & Dogs, who are well-behaved with up-to-date vaccines & leashed are welcome to join in.

This Bark in the Dark event takes place on October 11 at 7:00pm at the Human Society of West Michigan located at 3077 Wilson Drive NW in Walker, Michigan.

Visit www.hswestmi.org to register & for more information.

My Town Walker: Humane Society of West Michigan breaks ground on expansion Sept. 9

My Town Walker: Humane Society of West Michigan breaks ground on expansion Sept. 9

WALKER, Mich.— The Humane Society of West Michigan is growing to accomodate more cats.

On Tuesday, Sept. 9, the nonprofit organization will break ground on its Bissell cattery expansion project. The larger space will allow HSWM to accomodate the many felines it currently admits, which are often housed in several rooms. The space issue is often compounded during summer, when many litters of kittens are typically admitted.

The expansion project is named after Cathy and Mark Bissell, who have committed to donating $100,000 to renovate and improve the cattery as long as HSWM can raise $25,000 by Oct. 1.   So far, the nonprofit organization has raised $20,000.

Cathy Bissell will be on hand for the ground breaking ceremony, which will take place at 10 a.m. at HSWM, located at 3077 Wilson NW in Walker.  Visitors can tour the current cattery and enjoy refreshments.