Fluff & Air

Today was my third trip to the Humane Society of West Michigan. I am having so much fun volunteering! There were several kitties I almost brought home with me. You’ll see why in the pics below…

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Blitz Winter is a 3 month old female. I swear kittens are made of fluff and air. This one was PERFECT. She just got out of surgery and was a little loopy, but soooo sweet and friendly. I could die. I love her.

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Frederick is a 3 year old male. He was so soft and had the best purr. I probably spent the longest with this guy just because he was eating up the attention.

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Buster is a 10 year old male. He was in a room with two other cats, and he was by far the biggest social butterfly. I had to take pictures of all the cats in that room and he wouldn’t stop photo bombing the other cats. He was great.

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Lulu is an 8 year old female torti. She was so cute curled up napping in her cage, I felt bad waking her up. She was a sweetie though, and obliged for some shots.

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Muffin is a 10 year old male. He is a very big guy. His eyes are the opposite of being cross-eyed. I didn’t know the term for that and I Googled it. It is called “divergent strabismus”. The more you know.

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Rita is a 9 year old female. She was nice and tolerated me, but aloof.

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Lilly is an 8 year old female. She is a sweet cat, but scared at the shelter. She doesn’t like surprises and can be skittish. The picture I got of her face cracks me up. She looks like she’s smiling!

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Pepper is a 1 year old male. He was really chill and happy in his bed, so I just let him be and grabbed a couple quick shots before heading on to the next.

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Polly is a 5 year old female. I walked into her room and I couldn’t find her. Turns out she had somehow flipped over her cardboard box so she was trapped inside! Poor girl. She was happy to be freed.

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Pumpkin_NameSweetie and Pumpkin are 10 year old sisters and will be adopted as a pair. They are two of the biggest cats I have ever seen. They look almost identical except Pumpkin has a white spot on her back. They are both very calm and happy.

Please stop in to see these cute fur babies at the Humane Society!

3077 Wilson Dr NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49534
(616) 453-8900

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The Dog That Looks Like Zuul

Today I stopped by the Humane Society of West Michigan to photograph several of their adoptable dogs! I was secretly hoping for puppies. But not this time. I found out they go so fast; the real need is for pictures of the older dogs.

This is Bear. He is a 1 year old sweetie pie. He still has that soft puppy fur. The description on his kennel said he was “shy” but I thought he was very affectionate and friendly! He loved to be pet and he still has quite a bit of puppy energy.

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Next I met Cole. He is a black mix. Of what I am not quite sure. I think he is half lab / half Zuul. For real you guys. If you are fans of The Ghostbusters, please adopt and rename him Zuul. That would be amazing. He is a playful 7 month old. He loves belly rubs!

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Joseph is a beautiful Great Pyrenees. He is 6 years old and is a gentle giant. I think he could pass as a polar bear. A Chinese zoo tried to pass a dog off as a lion, so why not? I had a hard time getting a photo of him by himself because all he wanted to do was lean on us and be pet. Joseph is heart worm positive but is being treated and will go on to be a happy, healthy guy.

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Last but not least, meet Alpine! She is a 1.5 year old with the craziest tongue I’ve ever seen. It is hilarious!!! She is STRONG, has spunk and loves to play.

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Please stop in to see these cute fur babies at the Humane Society!

3077 Wilson Dr NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49534
(616) 453-8900

My First Day

Today was my first day as a volunteer photographer at the Humane Society of West Michigan! I had been thinking of volunteering for several months now, but it wasn’t until we adopted our dog Zoey two weeks ago from the Humane Society that I really pursued it. Being a stay-at-home mom, I really wanted more “mommy me time” get away options. I mean, going to the grocery store by myself is amazing, but I guess I wanted more variety. I am hoping to make this a weekly thing as long as the hubs can stay home to watch the kids.

Meet Zoey! She is our 7 year old beagle / german shepherd mix. I am obsessed with her. She is just the best.

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For my first day at the Humane Society I got a brief tour, a few tips, and was set loose. They gave me a list of 7 or 8 cats that didn’t have photos for their website. The first cat I attempted to photograph was a major fail. His name was Rascal. I opened his cage and this snarling beast greeted me, daring me to reach in so he could eat my hand. A staff member stopped me and pointed to the “Staff Only” sign. Apparently some of the animals are labeled and volunteers aren’t supposed to handle them. Oops! I quickly closed his cage and went on to the next.

Galaxie was a very large 10 year old male. He was so sweet and clung to me like he never wanted me to let him go. He was a challenge to photograph because he was black, the lighting wasn’t great, and he just wanted to hide. But I think I got a few that work. They don’t do him justice to show how big he is.

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Next I met Gabby. She was a roly poly pastel calico. She looks like my cat Pixel…but much more round. She was very scared, but enjoyed some loving.

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Buggs was a really cool guy. He has the best beard ever. Doesn’t he look like a wizard?! How can you not fall in love with that?

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My last stop before I ran out of time was Fred Darling. He was in the lobby where there was natural light, yay! He was very chill and wasn’t interested in moving from his comfy bed. After the world’s longest staring contest, he finally moved so I could capture his cute white belly and paws.

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Please stop in to see these cute fur babies at the Humane Society!

3077 Wilson Dr NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49534
(616) 453-8900