For over 130 years the Humane Society of West Michigan has operated under a seemingly simple mission, one that we feel provides both animals and those who care for them with an irreplaceable resource.
To promote the humane treatment and responsible care of animals in West Michigan through education, example, placement and protection.
Our vision is to build a more compassionate community where all animals are given the care they deserve.
OUR VALUES AND BELIEFS
MANAGED ADMISSION POLICY
Humane Society of West Michigan manages animal admissions coming into our shelter. This means that we mindfully balance the number of animals we intake in order to continue providing the best care and shelter for our current animals. This admission policy requires the public to occasionally schedule an appointment in order for surrendering their owned animals to make sure that we have proper space available. This policy is based solely on space capacity and our goal to provide quality care without overcrowding. Our staff is dedicated to finding homes for all of our adoptable animals and this is only possible by limiting the number of animals admitted to the shelter.
BEST CARE STANDARDS
We provide humane and responsible care for all animals and facilitate placement to appropriate homes.
COLLABORATION BRINGS RESULTS
We cannot achieve our vision on our own. It requires collaboration with animal welfare organizations and other community partners in order to achieve our common goals.
EDUCATION CHANGES BEHAVIOR
Education directed toward an understanding of responsible pet care; the pet overpopulation problem; the need to spay and neuter pets can change citizen behavior over time.