Meet Zeus, find your new best friend and have fun at HSWM’s 12-hour carnival

Finally, warm temperatures are ready to greet us in West Michigan, and it’s just in time for Saturday’s 12-hour adoption event and carnival at the Humane Society of West Michigan.

HSWM’s free annual event, which features games, events for kids and adoption specials, begins at 10:30 a.m. and runs until 10:30 p.m. Visitors can find great prices on animal adoptions, including $5 for cats older than six months and for small critters, and $25 for kittens from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

From 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., dogs can be adopted for just $45, while it’s “name your price” on cats, kittens and small critters. Other adoption specials will be worked into fun games, like “Guess the Weight of the Dog” and “Spin to Win with the Wheel of Savings.”

And while the goal is to get animals into forever homes, there also will be plenty of fun and educational opportunities. There are carnival games, an adoptable animals parade, “Rockin’ Rovers” and Zumba class.

At 4 p.m., the world’s tallest dog, Zeus, will be on hand to greet visitors. Zeus, a Great Dane from Plainwell, this fall was named the World’s Tallest Dog by the Guinness Book  or Records. The gentle giant visited a kid’s camp at HSWM over Christmas break and was so popular, the staff is bringing him back for Saturday’s event.

At 7 p.m., former Army Captain Luis Carlos Montalván, who wrote the New York Times bestseller “Until Tuesday: A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him,” will talk about his book and his experiences. His best friend, and service dog, Tuesday, for whom the book is named, also will be on hand.

The evening with Montalvan requires tickets ($20) and copies of his book also will be available for purchase and signing. To order tickets, click here. .

Here’s a schedule of Saturday’s 12 hours of fun:

Adoption Specials:

10:30 am -noon: $5 cats (over 6 months); $25 Kittens; $5 Small Critters
Noon-2 pm: Guess the Weight Dog Adoption Special
2 pm-7:30 pm: Spin to Win with the Wheel of Savings
7:30 pm-10:30 pm: $45 Dogs and Name Your Price Cats, Kittens & Small Critters
Schedule of Events
10:30 am-6 pm: Carnival Games
Noon-1 pm: Rockin’ Rovers
2 pm – 3 pm: Adoptables Parade
3 pm-4 pm: Zumba Class
4 pm-5 pm: Meet Zeus, the world’s tallest dog
7 pm: “Until Tuesday” Special Event (tickets required)
For more information about this event, please contact Jen Self-Aulgur, Director of Education and Community Programs, at or 616-791-8066.
IMPORTANT: If you are looking to adopt at this event and you have any current pets at home, please bring their vet records with you. Vet offices tend to be closed on Saturdays and HSWM needs to know that your current animals are up-to-date before they can send another animal home with you! Otherwise, please come in on a day before the open house to go through the initial application process/vet check so that you can adopt and take the animal home during the open house. Please call 616-453-8900 with any questions.