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Humane Society of West Michigan offers free adoptions August 9

Humane Society of West Michigan offers free adoptions August 9

WALKER, Mich.— Cats, kittens and small critters will be free to a good home this Friday, as the Humane Society of West Michigan holds another adoption special to help reduce its animal overflow.

According to the organization’s Facebook page, the adoption deal is being subsidized with grant money from the Bissell Blocktail Party.  The August 9 event also includes $45 dog adoptions and puppy adoptions for $199, with puppy classes included.

Organizers hope to beat their adoption total of 94 from the “Wipe Out Our Shelter Adopt-A-Thon” last month.  

Humane Society of West Michigan seeks animal food donations

Humane Society of West Michigan seeks animal food donations

WALKER, Mich.—The Humane Society of West Michigan is in dire need of donations.

HSWM spokeswoman Nicole Cook says the shelter is currently out of canned cat and dog food, and low on dog toys.  If you’d like to help, donations can be dropped off at HSWM, located at 3077 Wilson Dr. NW in Walker.  Donations can also be made by visiting HSWM’s Amazon Wish List here.  The items purchased on the list are sent directly to the shelter.

For more information, call (616) 791-8089 or email ncook@hswestmi.org.

Painting for pups: Art studio kicks off new program for charities

Painting for pups: Art studio kicks off new program for charities

Brush Studio in My Town East Grand Rapids is kicking off a new charitable campaign.

As part of “Brush Gives Back,” Brush Studio will offer public classes, with a portion of the proceeds going to a different charity each month.  On Thursday, August 1, Brush Studio’s 6:30 p.m. class will benefit the Humane Society of West Michigan. 

To sign up for the class, click here or call (616) 805-5099.

Humane Society of West Michigan closes for scrub down July 24

Humane Society of West Michigan closes for scrub down July 24

WALKER, Mich.—The Humane Society of West Michigan will be closed to the public Wednesday, July 24.

Workers plan to clean the facility from top to bottom to help prevent any potential viruses from spreading to the animals. 

HSWM spokeswoman Nicole Cook says staff members try to sanitize the building each year around this time, since the number of animals normally peaks during summer.  The cleaning process will include clearing air ducts, scrubbing kennels and wiping down each cat colony.  The staff will use chemicals that are not harmful to the animals.

HSWM will reopen to the public Thursday at noon.

Dancing dogs help the Humane Society of West Michigan July 21

Dancing dogs help the Humane Society of West Michigan July 21

WALKER, Mich.— Last year, organizers of "POMA for Pets" raised $6,000 for the Humane Society of West Michigan; this year they hope to beat that number, with the help of dancing dogs.

“POMA for Pets"  is presented by the Professional Orchestral Musicians Association of Grand Rapids (POMA-GR) and includes musical performances, dancing dogs and a tribute to service dogs.

The event is sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. John D’Asaro, Ada Hospital for Animals and Whiskers Resort and Pet Spa. 

The event will take place Sunday, July 21 at 3 p.m. at Wealthy Street Theatre, located at 1130 Wealthy St. SE in Grand Rapids.

Humane Society of West Michigan's free adoption event deemed a success

Humane Society of West Michigan's free adoption event deemed a success

WALKER, Mich.—The Humane Society of West Michigan’s free cat adoption weekend was a success.

According to HSWM spokeswoman Nicole Cook, 94 animals were adopted during the “Wipe Out Our Shelter Adopt-A-Thon” July 12 and July 13.  The adoptions included 81 cats/kittens, 11 dogs and two rabbits.  The day prior to the event, HSWM adopted out four guinea pigs and 11 cats, likely by people who wanted to beat the rush.

The HSWM organized the free cat adoption event after taking in more than 300 cats and kittens.  Although more space was freed up by the adoption event, Cook says cats that were not available for adoption at that time will soon fill up the shelter.  Cook says the HSWM will likely plan another adoption special to find more animals their forever homes next month.

Influx of cats leads to free adoptions at the Humane Society of West Michigan

Influx of cats leads to free adoptions at the Humane Society of West Michigan

WALKER, Mich. — The Humane Society of West Michigan (HSWM) is offering free cat and kitten adoptions this weekend, in hopes of clearing out the shelter and providing some pets with forever homes.

Currently HSWM is housing more than 300 cats and kittens.  A spokeswoman for the Humane Society says it’s always busy around this time of year as many people surrender their pets and find litters of kittens on their property.  Last year, HSWM took in 1,974 cats and kittens; this year HSWM has already provided food and shelter for 1,112 cats and kittens.

The free adoption event, “Wipe-Out Our Shelter Adopt-A-Thon” will take place July 12 and 13 at the HSWM, located at 3077 Wilson Dr. NW in My Town Walker.  Although the animals are free to a good home, donations are accepted and encouraged. For more information, visit the HSWM’s website.