Amy from the Humane Society of West Michigan wasn't able to come into the studio yesterday morning so we talked on the phone about Mice!

You might not think of small animals like mice when you think of rescue pets, but these little squeakhearts have been in our care for nearly 200 days, and they’re hoping to find their loving furever homes soon! All of these little guys were born in our care and are friendly, social, and SUPER cute! Mice make wonderful starter pets for younger children, or those will small spaces.

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To learn more about each of these individual Romeos, visit our website at hswestmi.org/adoptablesmallanimals

Obedience Classes

Has your relationship with your dog been a little ‘ruff’ lately? HSWM is here to help with our obedience classes!

If your pup just needs assistance with basic training and manners, we have classes for that! Or maybe your dog is shy and fearful, and could use some help building up their confidence–or maybe they’re reactive to new people or pets, we have classes to help with that too! Obedience classes begin next week, so hurry to our website to snag a spot for you and your pup!

Learn all about our class options and sign up today at hswestmi.org/obedience-classes

Microchip Discount Day

We’re also excited to announce that next week we’ll be offering a Microchip Discount Day at our shelter!

For ONE day only, next Wednesday, February 23rd, we’ll be giving up to 100 animals microchips for just $5 per pet!! From 3 to 6:30pm, head to our Admitting Department to get your pet microchipped and protect them for life.

We expect this microchip special to be pretty popular, so we recommend showing up early to make sure you’re able to take advantage of these savings while supplies last!

Thank you to our Paws, Claws & Corks Sponsors!

The tenth annual Paws, Claws & Corks is just around the corner, and we can’t wait to see you all on Wednesday, March 9th at the Devos Ballroom! Purchase your tickets to join us and treat yourself to the opportunity to sip on samples of fine wines and microbrews, enjoy tastes of Grand Rapids’ best restaurants, and bid on exciting packages and adventures!

We couldn’t put on this amazing event without our sponsors, so we’d like to extend a warm, heartfelt thank you to the teams at Meijer, Pet Supplies Plus, and Fox Subaru for their incredible support of our mission and this great event. We’re so grateful for all you do for pets in West Michigan!

Learn more about sponsorship details, ticket sales, and how you can get involved in this year’s Paws, Claws & Corks, at pawsclawsandcorks.com

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

LOOK: Here are the pets banned in each state

Because the regulation of exotic animals is left to states, some organizations, including The Humane Society of the United States, advocate for federal, standardized legislation that would ban owning large cats, bears, primates, and large poisonous snakes as pets.

Read on to see which pets are banned in your home state, as well as across the nation.