Rescued dogs and puppies from South available at HS West Michigan

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The “Puppy Pipeline” to the Humane Society of West Michigan is now open! Potential adopters were lined up outside of HSWM a half hour before the facility even opened, hoping for a chance to adopt one of the 35 dogs and puppies that arrived in West Michigan Friday morning.

The dogs, the majority of which are puppies, arrived Friday morning from Dothan, Ala. They are of varying breeds, from spaniels to retrievers to huskies to Australian shepherds, and everything in between.

The Puppy Pipeline, out of southern states, connected with HSWM staff at the Humane Society of the United States national conference in Nashville, Tenn., in May. Since HSWM’s puppy room was virtually empty, the organization agreed to take this batch of puppies, who would have  been euthanized at their previous shelter because of overpopulation.

“Our number one priority is assisting the animal population in West Michigan,”  Trudy Ender, HSWM Executive Director, said in a news release. “In fact, we just transferred in 15 dogs from multiple shelters in West Michigan in the past few weeks. However, our puppy room has been empty the majority of the summer and we have the ability to adopt these puppies into loving homes rather than being euthanized due to lack of space in the South.”

The South struggles with spay/neuter programs as funding for shelters is scarce and they are facing an epidemic of dog overpopulation as a result.

“Our staff is excited about the chance to save these puppies’ lives while knowing we are helping to alleviate the overpopulation problems in the South,”  Nicole Cook, HSWM Marketing and Events Coordinator, said. “This transfer gives us an opportunity to stress the importance of spaying and neutering to our community and help West Michigan recognize that pet overpopulation is still a very serious problem in our nation.”

The puppies, ranging from four months to just weeks old, are being dewormed and vaccinated today. While potential adopters can fill out applications today for younger dogs, they likely won’t be available until the end of next week.

Here’s a glance at more of the dogs who arrived this morning.

A couple of the older dogs brought in on Friday wait in their kennel at HSWM. The dog on the left has only three legs.

A couple of the older dogs brought in on Friday wait in their kennel at HSWM. The dog on the left has only three legs.

Ashley Dahl of HSWM takes one of the puppies in for a vaccination.

Ashley Dahl of HSWM takes one of the puppies in for a vaccination.

Tiny puppies await their evaluations before they’re placed in the “puppy room” at HSWM.

Trudy Ender, executive director at HSWM, shows off one of the young puppies brought in Friday.

Trudy Ender, executive director at HSWM, shows off one of the young puppies brought in Friday.

Mike the puppy chews on his puppy medication after being examined.

Mike the puppy chews on his puppy medication after being examined.

One of the puppies seems curious about all the attention of the media.

Terry, an Australian shepherd mix, receives his oral medication.

Terry, an Australian shepherd mix, receives his oral medication.

Tiny puppies await their evaluations before heading to the "puppy room" at HSWM.

Tiny puppies await their evaluations before heading to the “puppy room” at HSWM.

One of the older puppies patiently awaits a turn at evaluation.

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Potential adopters lined up outside the door a half hour before HSWM even opened on Friday.

One thought on “Rescued dogs and puppies from South available at HS West Michigan

  1. Sigh . . . how I wish I’d known about this sooner. I’d have loved to be in line . . . not to adopt (I already have 2 rescues), but just to hold one of those precious puppies for a few moments and smell their wonderful puppy breath, and feel their little round puppy tummies and their silky puppy ears, and of course get nibbled on by those sharp little puppy teeth! Sigh . . .

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