Humane Society of West Michigan Places Record-Setting Number of Pets in Forever Homes in 2016 | Pets
With a new year underway, the Humane Society of West Michigan (HSWM) is looking back and celebrating another successful year. In 2016, HSWM helped more than 3,700 animals find their forever homes – a record-setting number for the organization.
The new record surpasses the more than 3,000 adoptions that took place in 2015. The increase in adoptions can be attributed to community support of adopting shelter animals, families embracing multiple shelter animals, and the variety of ages and breeds of animals up for adoption at HSWM.
“We cannot thank our team of staff and volunteers, as well as our generous donors, enough for another successful year,” said Trudy Jeffers, Executive Director of HSWM. “They are the backbone of our organization and we are blessed to have them assist HSWM with saving lives, raising awareness and educating the community.”
While the high adoption rate is encouraging, HSWM also saw an increase in the number of intakes in 2016.
“We are always inspired when we are able to grow our adoption numbers, but we need to also address our intake numbers,” stated Jeffers. “In 2016, we took in 550 more animals than we did in 2015. In 2017, we will likely increase our adoption numbers but will continue to work towards decreasing the number of animals being surrendered by focusing on how to help families keep their pets in their homes and educating current/potential pet owners.”
To learn more about the Humane Society of West Michigan and how you can get involved, please visit their website at www.hswestmi.com.