ANIMAL ADMITTING

If you want to keep your beloved pet but are having difficulty affording veterinary care, pet food, or vaccines please contact our Outreach Coordinator, Julie Townsend at 616-791-8056 or jtownsend@hswestmi.org. 

Please note, we are NOT able to take stray cats in. All stray cats from Kent County must go to Kent County Animal Shelter. Please contact them at 616-632-7300 for more information.  

Before you drop off an animal, be sure to make an appointment. Please email admitting@hswestmi.org or call (616) 453-8900 extension 216. We schedule appointments 5 days a week.

Admitting Hours

Tuesday - Friday: 10 am - 5 pm
Saturday: 11 am - 4 pm

When you bring in a stray or owned animal we ask that you pay a $20 Transfer of Care Fee, which will cover a small fraction of our costs for admitting the animal and caring for it's needs. 

Please bring any veterinary records that you have for the pet you are surrendering and be prepared to provide information that will assist us in properly placing your pet in a new home.

Please also fill out the following form for your animals:

Dog Surrender Form

Cat Surrender Form

Small Critter Surrender Form