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The Humane Society of West Michigan is doing virtual adoptions

Posted at 5:45 AM, May 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-04 10:05:31-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich — While many of us are home, now is the perfect time to adopt a pet and get them acclimated to their new life.

According to the Humane Society of West Michigan, many people want to adopt during this stay-home order. And, believe it or not, it can be done safely!

The HSWM is currently doing virtual adoptions. Just fill out an application on the human society's website. After applying, email staff at to schedule a virtual meet & greet. This is when you get to meet the animal and talk to humane society staff or the foster family, ask questions about the animal's behavior, routines, and whether or not you two are a good match. If everything goes well, you can eventually take your new pet home.

"We are doing a no-contact transfer of care," adoptions manager Jaime Ritenburgh explained. "So, what will happen is the animal will be placed in a crate by animal care staff or their foster family right outside, then return to their cars or back to the building. Then, the adopters will then come out of their car and retrieve the animal out of the crates."

Even more of a reason to adopt right now, the HSWM is running an adoption special through the end of May, offering $50 off the adoption fee for veterans and active military.sponsored by Above Roofing.

The Bissell Pet Foundation will hold another Empty the Shelters even May 9th though the 17th.