Brianna 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 Suge!

This week we'd like to introduce you to Suge! (Pronounced Shug, as in Sug-ar) This absolute softy wins over the hearts of EVERYONE he meets! Don't let his size fool you, Suge is a big baby who loves toys, loves to give hugs, and just waddles around wagging his tail. Suge would prefer to have your attention all to himself as the only pet in the home, and also will need some extra TLC for his allergies--but he'll pay you back with lots of hugs and cuddles! Suge is a total mush, and so full of love to give!

If you're interested in adding this perfect pup to your home, visit our website at hswestmi.org/adoptabledogs to learn more, or contact our adoptions department at adoptions@hswestmi.org

New Adoption Hours!

HSWM has exciting news!! Starting on Tuesday, August 3rd, we’ll be trialing extended adoption hours! Moving forward, our Adoptions Department will now be open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for an extra hour, from 11am to 7pm, and our remaining weekday hours will remain the same--Thursday and Friday from 11am to 6pm, and Saturdays from 11am to 4pm.

If these extra hours help give our adoption numbers a boost, we’ll be considering extending our hours every day of the week! We hope this change gives more working adopters the flexibility to visit and adopt, and we look forward to seeing you all soon!

Kitten Fosters Needed

Kitten season isn't showing any signs of slowing down, and we need YOUR HELP caring for our most vulnerable kittens!

When we receive sick or tiny newborn kittens into our care, we need fosters for them--and FAST! These little babies, just like human newborns, require lots of intensive care that we can't provide in the shelter, so the sooner we can get them into a foster family, the sooner they can start thriving!

If you have a flexible schedule and want to help, please visit our website at hswestmi.org/foster to learn more about becoming a foster, and sign up today to help save the lives of kittens who need you!

Summer Humidity Safety

We're used to keeping in mind our pet's safety during scorching hot summer days, but did you know that high humidity can be just as dangerous?

Animals pant to evaporate moisture from their lungs, which takes heat away from their body. If the humidity is too high, they are unable to cool themselves and their temperature will skyrocket to dangerous levels—very quickly. Fans provide little relief for your pet, so cool them off with frozen treats, shade, cooling mats, and if they like to swim, even a cold pool to splash around in!

Summer storms also often lead to power outages that can cause problems for both you and your pets, so it's smart to plan ahead! Make sure that you have emergency supplies and backup plans ready in case a storm takes out your AC and power.

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

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