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First-ever Kitten Cabana Adoption event to be held July 14

This month, support animals in need by attending the first-ever Kitten Cabana Adoption event hosted by the Humane Society of West Michigan and the JW Marriott.

/Humane Society of West Michigan

Can't Make It?

If you are unable to attend the Kitten Cabana Adoption event, but wish to adopt an animal, you can check out all the adoptable animals on their website or in person at 3077 Wilson Dr. NW Grand Rapids, MI 49534. You can also find adoptable cats and critters at the local Chow Hound, Pet Smart, and Pet Supplies Plus stores, which partner with the Humane Society of West Michigan.


/Humane Society of West Michigan

/Humane Society of West Michigan

On Friday, July 14th, support animals in need by attending the first-ever Kitten Cabana Adoption Event hosted by the Humane Society of West Michigan and the JW Marriott. From 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. meet adorable, adoptable kittens, and from 5:00 - 10:00 p.m. the JW Marriott will be serving dinner with animal themed specialty cocktails on the JDek. A portion of food sales will be donated to the Humane Society of West Michigan.

The Humane Society of West Michigan is a nonprofit organization whose mission is “to promote the humane treatment and responsible care of animals in West Michigan through education, example, placement and protection.” For over 130 years, the Humane Society of West Michigan has assisted thousands of animals each year by rescuing injured, abused, and abandoned animals and finding them a new loving place to call home. Not only does this organization provide aid to animals in need, but the Humane Society of West Michigan also supports adopters and owners by supplying them with valuable educational resources and training to ensure these animals will always be well-taken care of and loved.

Outside of food and beverage purchases, this fundraising and adoption event is free for the whole community. If you wish to adopt a kitten, the fee is $95. Adopters have the option to adopt a second kitten for free and may bring their own cat carrier or purchase one for $5. Depending on whether the kitten is ready to go home and has been spayed or neutered, adopters may be able to take their new kitten home that evening. Otherwise, the Humane Society of West Michigan will schedule another time for adopters to pick up their new kitten.

Brooke Hotchkiss, Development Specialist for the Humane Society of West Michigan, also advises first-time adopters “to be prepared and think through the needs of the pet and if they can support those needs, be it time, attention, financial needs, etc. If you are looking to bring home a kitten that evening be sure to have the essentials waiting at home for them including; toys, food, dishes, litter box, bedding, etc. to welcome your kitten to their new home!”

Adopters also have the opportunity to complete paperwork and get pre-approved prior to the event by visiting during the organization’s open hours, which are Tuesday through Friday from 12 - 7 p.m. and Saturday through Sunday 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. During these hours, adopters can meet with an adoption counselor and discuss all of their questions and concerns. If these times do not work for your schedule, adoption counselors will also be in attendance at the Kitten Cabana event to assist with the process and answer any questions adopters may have.

After adopters complete all the necessary paperwork and are approved, the Humane Society of West Michigan will keep the adopters’ files active for six months. This way, even if you are not ready to take home a pet right away, you will still have enough time to find the perfect match and prepare for your pet’s homecoming.

With so many kittens needing homes this summer, this furtastic event is important because it can “raise awareness for choosing to adopt a pet, as opposed to purchasing from a breeder,” and “can encourage people to donate, volunteer, or support animals in need if they aren’t looking to adopt at the moment, but want to provide support for Humane Society of West Michigan’s mission,” Hotchkiss said.

Since the Humane Society of West Michigan is a 100 percent donor-funded organization, support from the community is essential. Monetary donations and donating supplies and equipment from the society’s Wish List is always appreciated, and anyone in the community can get involved by participating in their youth programs, volunteering, or fostering pets in need.

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