Meet Rocco, our Pet of the Week from the Humane Society of West Michigan.

I spoke with Heather about Rocco, and she said this baked potato may be a little bit wary at first, but don't let him fool you, he's as sweet as can be and loves to snuggle! The way to his heart is through his stomach and this chonky dude absolutely LOOOVES peanut butter! He is a good leash walker and loves to play ball. When you throw it for him, his mission becomes hiding it in the play yard by burying it ever-so-gently with his snout. He's the cutest big boy, and we know he's going to make a great companion for someone!

Sara Cozolino
Sara Cozolino

To adopt and learn more about Rocco, visit our website at

Empty the Shelters Holiday Hope

'Tis the season for another Bissell's Holiday Hope - Empty the Shelters event!


This week, until Saturday, December 10th, BISSELL Pet Foundation and Cathy Bissell will sponsor adoption costs, so that adult dogs in our care will be only $50 to adopt, adult cats will be $20, kittens are 2 for $200, and small animals and senior pets are FEE-WAIVED!

Together let's Empty the Shelters and find all of our rescue pets homes for the holidays!

Become a Stocking Sponsor

Speaking of Holiday Hope, we're THRILLED to announce that we're bringing back our Stocking Sponsorship program this holiday season! If you love spreading goodwill, consider sponsoring an animal in need at HSWM to bring them cheer through gifts and enrichment to enjoy!

Cat and Dog eating Santa's snack
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Visit our website to select a pet and give them their best holiday yet at HUMANE SOCIETY WITH LIST!  When you sign up to sponsor an HSWM rescue animal, that pet will receive a stocking or wreath full of goodies and treats. Plus, available dogs will have the opportunity to go on an exciting car ride to check out all of the local Christmas light displays!

Sponsorship is $20 for a small animal, $30 for a cat, $50 for a dog, or spoil one of each type of pet for $100! You will receive a story update and photo of the animals you sponsor, and not only will they be able to enjoy their gifts at HSWM, but any adopted animal will get to take their goodies to their new home with them too!

HSWM Holiday Marketplace

Christmas Shoppers Hunt For Gifts On The High Street
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Join HSWM at Elevation at the Intersection for a Holiday Marketplace extravaganza!
We'll have adoptable animals waiting to meet you and exclusive HSWM apparel and gifts for sale, including flannels, ceramic mugs and beanies–or shop with local artisans and vendors selling holiday goodies! Grab a slice from BC Pizza and a signature holiday cocktail, and learn more about other local animal welfare organizations.

For admission, all we ask is that you bring an item off of our Wish List at Join us to celebrate the holidays while supporting animals in need!

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