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Estate sale to benefit the Humane Society of West Michigan

Estate sale to benefit the Humane Society of West Michigan

GRAND RAPIDS TOWNSHIP, Mich.—Nance Sonke was an ardent supporter of Humane Society of West Michigan; her love for the organization became clear in January 2013, when she passed away and left her estate to the animals of HSWM.

Now a team of volunteers is getting ready to sell her possessions to help HSWM.  The Nancy Sonke Estate Sale will run Thursday, October 17 through Saturday, October 19 at 3094 Windcrest Way NE in Grand Rapids.  The sale hours are 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday; 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday; and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Same mission, new name: 'Bark in the Dark' to help shelter animals

Same mission, new name: 'Bark in the Dark' to help shelter animals

WALKER, Mich.—While the focus remains on helping shelter animals, “Bark in the Park” returns this year with a new name.

“Bark in the Dark” is a glow-in-the-dark 5k walk/run to benefit the Humane Society of West Michigan.  The event begins at 7 p.m. at HSWM, located on 3077 Wilson Dr. NW in Walker. 

Rob Kirkbride founded the event in 2012 as a way to show his gratitude to HSWM for connecting him with his pets.

“I wanted to find a way to give back to the Humane Society of West Michigan, while also encouraging pet adoption, educating pet owners with health and safety information, networking with other pet lovers and raising money for the shelter,” said Kirkbride.

Humane Society of West Michigan posts new hours

Humane Society of West Michigan posts new hours

WALKER, Mich. – The Humane Society of West Michigan (HSWM) is altering its hours for the season.

Starting October 1, adoption hours will be Tuesday through Friday, 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.   Animal admitting hours will be Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m.  to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

HSWM will remain closed to the public Sunday and Monday.

Dogs rescued from alleged puppy mill find new homes

Dogs rescued from alleged puppy mill find new homes

WALKER, Mich.—Six dogs rescued from an alleged puppy mill in Lake City have found new homes.

The pets were among more than 150 dogs removed from JRT John’s Jack Russell and Shiba Inu Kennel on May 23. Investigators say many of the dogs had no access to clean drinking water or proper shelter, with plastic carriers being their only refuge from rain, snow or sun.

The ASPCA said the six dogs it handed over to the Humane Society of West Michigan (HSWM) were among the toughest to place, because of their behavior.  The organization selected HSWM to care for the dogs because of its specialized animal behavior staff.

HSWM reports on its Facebook page that the last of the dogs was adopted last week.

What happens when art meets animals?

What happens when art meets animals?

WALKER, Mich.--- The Humane Society of West Michigan and the West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology are teaming up to show the public what happens when art meets animals.

This past spring, high school students in WMCAT’s Teen Arts Program traveled to HSWM  several times to take photos of animals the shelter cares for.  Ten of those photos were selected by HSWM staff to permanently adorn the facility’s walls.

Those images will be unveiled during a public exhibition at HSWM at 7 p.m. Thursday, August 22.  The teenage artists will also be on hand to discuss their work. The photo unveiling is free, but donations to HSWM are encouraged to help defray the $1,500 cost of framing and matting the artwork. 

HSWM is located at 3077 Wilson NW in My Town Walker.

Shelter emptied of animals during free adoption event full once again

Shelter emptied of animals during free adoption event full once again

WALKER, Mich.- Although the Humane Society of West Michigan’s free adoption event  was a success last week, the shelter is once again full.

HSWM Spokeswoman Nicole Cook says 283 animals are currently under the organization’s care, including 185 cats, 76 dogs, 14 rabbits, three guinea pigs, three hamsters and two cockatiels.  On August 9, roughly 80 animals at HSWM found homes during the “Love Don't Cost a Thing” adoption event.  Among the adopted animals was Tally, a 17-pound cat who came to HSWM in May, and Rex, a pit bull who arrived June 21.

Cook says the day after the adoption event, strays and surrendered animals flooded HSWM.  However the number of animals under the shelter’s roof is nowhere near the more than 400 animals HSWM took in after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

ALL4ONE festival takes over East Grand Rapids August 10

ALL4ONE festival takes over East Grand Rapids August 10

EAST GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Local retailers and non-profit organizations will unite during the ALL4ONE festival in East Grand Rapids August 10.

Tobi Tungl with Seva Yoga says the festival is meant to celebrate and raise awareness of our connectedness to one another.  Admission is free, but a family donation of $5 is encouraged. Proceeds from this year’s ALL4One festival will go to the Humane Society of West Michigan.  The first 100 people of families/individuals to donate will get a free reusable bag, courtesy of Natural Awakenings Magazine.

This is the fourth year for the festival, which also highlights local artists, healthy living and yoga.  Visitors can take part in free yoga classes taught by some of the Midwest’s leading yoga practitioners.  ALL4ONE will also feature food, face painting, animals and a variety of performances, including fire and hoop dancing.