Heather from the Humane Society of West Michigan wasn't able to come into the studio yesterday morning but we talked on the phone about Persephone and her mice friends!

Meet Persephone!

‘Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house, not a creature was stirring… Except for this mouse!

Persephone and all of her snowy-white babies have been in our care waiting to be adopted for over half a year, and we have NO idea why! Don’t be put off by their white fur or red eyes, they’re just wearing their festive best! These mice are darling little critters with lots of personality and deserve their own homes for the holidays. They’re all incredibly sweet and social and would make wonderful starter pets for a young person in your life, or the perfect pet for a small apartment.

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

HSWM Winter Camp

Looking for something fun for your kids to do during their holiday break? Sign them up for our upcoming Winter Camp, running from Monday, December 27th to Wednesday, December 29th!

Kids of all ages are welcome to join us from 9am to 4pm to get out of the house, get to know some shelter pets, and make new friends! Campers will enjoy crafts, games, guest speakers, fun activities, and of course–animal time!

Learn more and sign up today on our website at hswestmi.org/youth-camps

Holiday Pet Safety

The holidays are almost here, can you believe it?! We're all excited to celebrate, and we hope you and your furbabies are too!

It’s always important to keep your pets in mind when planning your holiday festivities, so we’d like to share some tips and tricks from the ASPCA to keep your family pets safe and healthy! Be careful with seasonal decorations–avoid purchasing toxic plants like holly, poinsettias, and mistletoe, and keep your pets away from stagnant tree water. Tinsel, while pretty and especially fun for cats, can cause digestive obstructions if eaten, and be sure to keep an eye on your pet around any open flames.

It might be tempting to give your pet table scraps or goodies from your party table, but most holiday foods like chocolate, alcohol, artificial sweeteners, cooked bones, onions, and even garlic can be harmful to your pet. Treat them instead to healthy treats meant for pets to spoil them and keep you busy while you celebrate. Also make sure that your pet has somewhere quiet and safe to retreat to if your company becomes overwhelming, and keep a close eye on your pet as the door is opening and closing.

Happy Holidays!

Last, but certainly not least, we’d like to wish you all a Merry Christmas, and Happy Holidays!

We hope your day is full of food, fun, and Christmas cheer! We're wishing you joy, laughter and lots of presents under the tree. We also hope you're able to spend some quality time with family and friends, be they furry or otherwise.

From our HSWM family to yours, we hope you have a wonderful day!

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.