Yes, Charles Barkley, or should I say BARK-ley, is our pet of the week. Let's call him  Charlie.

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Charlie loves splishing and splashing in a pool, and has been named the resident king of twerking. This pup will jiggle and wiggle his way into your lap for booty scratches. Charlie has lots of beautiful golden freckles from his time in the sun, he likes to play outside in the pool and run around with his toys. This little lover is also a great cuddler, and has successfully lived with cats in his previous home, but would probably prefer to be the only pet in your home.

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To learn more about Charlie and our other adoptable pets, visit our website at hswestmi.org.

Empty the Shelters Thank you!

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Thank you so much to everyone who adopted a new pet during our month-long summer Empty the Shelters adoption special!

We were able to find homes for a total of 203 pets in the last three weeks, including dogs and puppies, cats and kittens, and small animals too--that's AMAZING!! We'd like to extend a HUGE thanks to BISSELL Pet Foundation and Cathy Bissell for their generous donations which make these events possible, and an even bigger thanks to each and every adopter that came to visit us this past month, we couldn't have done this without you!

Beagle Rescue Fundraiser

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Humane Society of West Michigan has been a longtime partner with Humane Society of the United States, and as a destination shelter, we are made aware when there are large-scale rescues like the 4,00 beagles being submitted to cruel research, testing, and breeding practices in Cumberland, Virginia.

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The dogs in this facility were kept in filthy prison-like conditions and were hungry, sick, mistreated, and in some cases, dead. Those who were able bodied were headed for testing labs and they didn’t know how to play. They didn’t have names. But after this large rescue operation, ALL of these beagles are set to be released to loving owners for new lives of grassy yards, couches, and walks!

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We will be transporting 25 of these beagles to West Michigan to help to rehabilitate and rehome them. We don't know what condition these poor pups will arrive in, but we want to make sure that we give them every possible chance at living happy, healthy lives! Working to rescue, medically treat and relocate the dogs has been an enormous undertaking that has required the help of veterinarians, volunteers, and drivers--and now we need help from dog lovers just like you! You can help by donating to our fundraisers on both Facebook or Instagram which will support the medical and behavioral needs that these dogs will require, or you can sign up to help socialize and rehabilitate these pups on our website at hswestmi.org/foster.

Thank you for helping these dogs that are finally getting the love and care they've always deserved!

For all information about adoptable pets, visit the Humane Society of West Michigan!

RANKED: Here Are the 63 Smartest Dog Breeds

Does your loyal pup's breed make the list? Read on to see if you'll be bragging to the neighbors about your dog's intellectual prowess the next time you take your fur baby out for a walk. Don't worry: Even if your dog's breed doesn't land on the list, that doesn't mean he's not a good boy--some traits simply can't be measured.