Kaitlin from the Humane Society of West Michigan wasn't able to come into the studio yesterday morning due to COVID-19, but we talked on the phone about Coco Chanel!

Coco Chanel is a fun-loving girl who enjoys playing in our dog park and going for walks! This lady is friendly, fun, easy on a leash, loves people, treats, and gives great hugs! Her perfect ears are SO bouncy when she runs, it looks like she's trying to take flight! Coco can be a bit wary of new people at first, so we recommend she go to a home with older respectful children, but once she gets to know you, she's a lover! Coco has lived with other dogs successfully in our kennels, so she may even enjoy a new dog friend in her furever home!

If you're interested in adopting this adorable lady, please visit our website at www.hswestmi.org

Kaitlin also talked about:

Puppy Mill Rescue

Last week we were able to partner with BISSELL Pet Foundation and Cathy Bissell to help with a large-scale rescue of over 100 dogs from a puppy mill breeding purebred Poodle, Pekingese, and Shih Tzu breeds in St. Landry, Louisiana.
Animals Of St. Landry and a team of shelters came together to give all of these dogs vet checks, vaccinations, and much-needed grooming and medical care. These poor pups were being kept in terrible conditions, stacked in 2x2 cages with no access to bedding, and little human contact. They were all matted and dirty, dehydrated, and some even had serious infections, wounds, or eye and dental issues. Shelters near and far came together to help, and now all of these dogs have been transferred to rescues where they will get a second lease on life! Yesterday 10 of the pups from the puppy mill and two of St. Landry's long-term dogs arrived safely in our care. These pups will receive any further care that's needed, and will then be ready to find their furever homes!

Please help us raise awareness of puppy mills and the often cruel practices that go along with them. Puppy mills come in all sorts of different shapes and sizes, and it's hard to know where a puppy you purchase from a pet store or online is coming from, without thorough and diligent research. There are so many dogs in rescues and shelters all over the country looking for loving homes, so please help us end this cycle of cruelty and adopt, don't shop!

A HUGE thank you to Harbor Humane Society for transporting these pups to us, and to Bissell Pet Foundation and Cathy Bissell for your ongoing dedication to make sure that every animal receives the care, love, and homes that they deserve. Keep an eye out on our website to know when these pups will be available for adoption!

Last chance for PCC!

This week is your last chance to buy tickets for this year’s Paws, Claws, & Corks! As a 100% donor-funded non-profit, we rely on this event to support the animals in our care, and we’d love for you to join us in celebrating the life-saving work of HSWM over the past year!
On Monday, March 15th animal lovers and attendees, both local and national, will join together for a hybrid-style event to raise funds to support animals in need in West Michigan! Even though Paws, Claws & Corks is a virtual event this year to prioritize community safety, local guests will still receive several in-person engagement opportunities including a takeout dinner from one of our favorite local restaurants, a pawty pack filled with wine, snacks, goodies for your pet, and more! Not only that, but we’ll still be hosting our robust silent and live auctions, featuring favorite local restaurants, wineries, and lots of great businesses throughout Grand Rapids!

To purchase your tickets and support our mission all year long, visit our website at hswestmi.org/pcc

The silent auction for this year's Paws, Claws & Corks, is officially LIVE and the bidding has begun! If you sign up and buy your ticket now, you can start bidding on our 200 auction items, ranging from trip packages to spa days, signed sports gear and decorative art for your home, food and alcohol packages, as well as gift sets that are perfect for your pet!

The virtual event will begin Monday, March 15th at 7 pm. Tickets for participants are $100 and include a Paw-ty Pack full of wine, snacks, and goodies for your pet, and this also includes your takeout dinner from Two Scott’s BBQ, Noco Provisions, or Shaker and Swine. You can also purchase a $50 ticket if you’re only interested in the auction portion of the event, or if you’d like to participate from afar and won’t be able to take us up on the extra goodies we can offer to those local to the Grand Rapids area.
Your ticket price counts as a tax-deductible donation, and of course, all of the proceeds will go to benefit the animals in our care!

Please visit www.hswestmi.org to view profiles and learn more about adopting!


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