It’s October, Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month

Every October we turn our hearts toward the hopeful dogs waiting to find forever homes during Adopt a Shelter Dog Month. Not only are you saving a life when you adopt from the shelter, but you are also helping to stop the cruelty often found in commercial breeding facilities. As an added bonus, you will save money when you adopt a dog who needs a safe and loving home.

We have a few siblings, Schipperke/Wirehaired Terrier Mixes, that came into the shelter in rough shape. They were emaciated when they arrived, but they are quickly gaining weight and realizing that life can be pretty great. The progress they have made in the past couple weeks has been amazing to watch! They still need some work on house-training and confidence-building, but they are full of love and enjoy human attention. They like other dogs but there are some unknowns with cats. Some of the dogs did quite well in foster homes and are now ready to find their forever homes.





Remember that it may take time for shelter dogs to fully acclimate to their new homes. It can take 6-8 weeks or even more to fully adjust, so don’t worry if their behavior doesn’t fall into place right away. With love and patience, it will happen.

Looking to add a new member to your family? Stop by to visit our adorable siblings and other animals available for adoption at or call (517) 546-2154 for more information. If you are interested in a foster-to-adopt option, please contact the shelter, or come by for a visit.


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By day, Cheryl Ellis is a project manager at a specialty pharmacy. The rest of her waking hours are spent taking photos for her website, Harvest Moon Photography. She was inspired to start volunteering at the Livingston County Animal Shelter after adopting a senior cat named Samson.

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