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Friday's Friend is ready for its furever home

Posted at 10:28 AM, Dec 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-04 10:28:30-05

This week’s featured pet from Humane Society of West Michigan is Geno, a rambunctious 2-year-old pup who is the very definition of FUN!

He loves people, loves to run, has a huge smile, and an adorable bow-legged gait. Poor Geno had a rough start before coming to us, he was surrendered after someone dumped lighter fluid on him and lit him on fire--so he’s looking for a family who will show him extra love and kindness. However our vet staff has taken excellent care of him, and Geno is healing up very nicely. Despite all he has been through, he is still a loving boy and gives lots of kisses!

Geno has a fantastic, goofy personality, and his antics will keep you laughing all day long!

If you're interested in giving Geno a home for the holidays, please visit our website at

Giving Tuesday, Still time to Help!

December 1st was Giving Tuesday, and it went better than HSWM ever could have imagined! Despite the impact COVID-19 has had on our community, HSWM was so humbled and grateful for all of the gifts and donations made by people like you who support their mission!
They are a 100% donor-funded organization, so each and every donation allows them to continue the work that they do! Your donations provide food, shelter, medical, and behavioral support that is critical to animals in their care until they step out of the doors to their next adventure. This year, Chow Hound Pet Supplies and an anonymous donor matching donations dollar-for-dollar until today, Friday, December 4th! There’s still time for you to help give back to animals in need, make your gift now to have double the impact!

Visit make your gift today!

Other Ways to Support HSWM!

If a monetary gift isn’t something you can afford to give at the moment, HSWM completely understands! There are lots of other great ways to get involved and support HSWM!

You can...

Volunteer or participate in Dog Day Out program.

Ask your workplace to sponsor a dog kennel or cat condo.

Share adoptable animals on social media.

Donate extra pet supplies, toys, treats, blankets, or towels you may have about.

Host an HSWM wish-list drive at your work or with family and friends.

Empty the Shelters - Holiday Hope

Empty the Shelters is almost here to help get pets home for the holidays!
Despite this year’s challenges, BISSELL Pet Foundation has remained vigilant in its mission to find loving homes for shelter pets. From Wednesday, December 9th through Saturday, December 12th, BISSELL Pet Foundation is aiming to bring holiday hope to homeless pets across the country with its Empty the Shelters – Holiday Hope event. They will support the adoption costs of all of the pets in HSWM's care so that cats and dogs will be only be $25 to adopt, small animals will only be $5 to adopt, and as always, senior pets are fee-waived!

Mark your calendars for this amazing adoption opportunity, and together let's Empty the Shelters!

Winter Dog Walking Safety
Temperatures are starting to drop, and as they do it’s important to keep in mind how to safely walk our dogs in colder weather.

When taking your pup for a walk, consider bundling them up in a coat or a sweater to keep them warm and cozy! Booties or gels such as Musher’s Secret or petroleum jelly will keep your pup’s paw pads moisturized and protected when walking on cold snow, ice, or rough salt. After walks, make sure to wash and dry your pet’s paws and stomach to remove any extra snow, salt, and chemicals, and be sure to use a pet-safe deicer around your home.

If the weather gets too cold, consider fun indoor activities instead, such as hide and seek for treats, or chasing a ball up and down the stairs!