Tuesday, 11 July 2017 12:03

Family of Fur: Where to adopt your own tail-wagging friend

Written by  Elma Talundzic
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A pet is more than just an animal — it’s family. If you’ve been thinking about becoming a pet parent for the first time or bringing in yet another furry companion, here are a few local places to check out in addition to county animal shelters.


Kalamazoo Animal Rescue

2938 Business One Dr., Kalamazoo, kalamazooanimalrescue.org(269) 226-8570

Founded in 1991, Kalamazoo Animal Rescue is a nonprofit fostering organization. They are dedicated to providing refuge to homeless cats and dogs in the Kalamazoo County area and finding these animals their permanent homes.

KAR is a no-kill rescue organization. Animals remain in foster care from the time they are brought in until it’s time to be adopted. The majority of Kalamazoo Animal Rescue pets are placed with foster families. These families have generously volunteered to open up their homes to in-need animals. During their time in foster care, KAR is able to get a better understanding of the animal’s personality and needs. 

All of the animals at KAR are given complete veterinary care. They are checked for internal parasites, fleas and ear mites, and then are given treatments and immunizations if required. 

If you’re interested in adopting, hop on the KAR website and check out the incredibly cute dogs, cats, kittens and special-needs pets, all ready to find their new homes. 


Vicky’s Pet Connection

7205 Thornapple River Dr. SE, Ada, vickyspetconnection.com, (616) 682-4855

Established in 1998, Vicky’s Pet Connection is a nonprofit organization dedicated to rescuing homeless and abandoned cats and dogs within the community. 

Run entirely by volunteers, the organization takes in animals directly from overcrowded animal shelters. Vicky’s Pet Connection tries to take in animals that may have barriers to being adopted directly from a shelter. These “at-risk” cats and dogs often have health issues or injuries, or they’re too young/old to be adopted directly from a shelter.

Since the beginning of the organization, nearly 14,000 animals have been saved through the volunteer-run rescue and adoption programs.

The Critter Cottage, run by volunteers and open to the public, is the adoption and outreach facility for Vicky’s Pet Connection. It carries a selection of gifts for your new fur baby and provides a welcoming place for pet adoptions. All purchases made here help support the mission of Vicky’s Pet Connection. 


Humane Society of West Michigan 

3077 Wilson Dr. NW, Grand Rapids, hswestmi.org, (616) 453-8900

The Humane Society of West Michigan carries adoptable cats, dogs and small critters. The nonprofit organization helps more than 8,000 animals annually. The mission is simple: rescue hurt, abused and abandoned animals and get them into their new forever homes.

For more than 130 years, the Humane Society of West Michigan has had the goal to promote the humane treatment of animals in West Michigan through education, example, placement and protection.

The nonprofit also assists in reducing pet overpopulation, giving assistance to low-income pet owners, behaviorally assessing animals and reconnecting lost pets with their owners.

Check out what animals are up for adoption by visiting the organization’s website or stopping in.

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