about

For 130 years, Humane Society of West Michigan has operated under a seemingly simple mission, one that we feel provides both animals and those who care for them with an irreplaceable resource.

OUR MISSION
To promote the humane treatment and responsible care of animals in West Michigan through education, example, placement and protection.

OUR VISION
Our vision is to build a more compassionate community where all animals are given the care they deserve.

OUR VALUES AND BELIEFS
LIMITED ADMISSION POLICY
Humane Society of West Michigan is a limited admission shelter. This means that we must restrict the number of animals we receive in order to continue providing the best care and shelter for our current animals. This admission policy requires the public to schedule an appointment in order to make sure that we have space available. This policy is based solely on space capacity, and never on types of animals, the age of the animal or other factors. Our staff is dedicated to finding homes for all of our adoptable animals and this is only possible by limiting our number of admissions.

BEST CARE STANDARDS
We provide humane and responsible care for all animals and facilitate placement to appropriate homes.

COLLABORATION BRINGS RESULTS
We cannot achieve our vision on our own. It requires collaboration with animal welfare organizations and other community partners in order to achieve our common goals.

EDUCATION CHANGES BEHAVIOR
Education directed toward an understanding of responsible pet care; the pet overpopulation problem; the need to spay and neuter pets can change citizen behavior over time.