GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM)— The first pets taken from a suspected hoarding situation will go up for adoption at the Kent County Animal Shelter Friday afternoon.
Kent County spokeswoman Lisa LaPlante says five puppies and several other adult dogs taken from a Grand Rapids home in June are ready to find a permanent home. The dogs include a three-legged Dalmation named Tripawd.
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The news comes the same day the shelter is accepting a large donation from supporter Mindy Smith Pierman, who held a garage sale in honor of a late rescue dog she adopted from the shelter. Smith Pierman and her friends raised $1,400 this year; $1,200 is going to food, supplies and toys for animals at the Kent County Animal Shelter, and the remaining $200 is going to C-Snip.
"We are fortunate to have the support of Mindy and her friends," said Dr. Laurie Wright, veterinarian for the Kent County Animal Shelter. "In addition to the usual summer strays and pet surrenders, we've had many additional pets taken from a suspected hoarding situation in June. We have been going through a lot of food, supplies and toys in the past two months. This generous contribution will help us provide increased comfort for the pets in our care."
Smith Pierman donated Thundershirts to the shelter last year, after seeing how fireworks and thunder made her rescue dog Murphy anxious. Murphy died this year, but Smith Pierman decided to keep on giving in her honor.
"As a re-homed stray, she had always made me aware of how unfair life can be to animals who have done nothing to deserve it," Smith Pierman said. "Last year's sale was a lot of fun and very successful. This year we decided to put our efforts into keeping our shelter pets happy and comfortable until they get a forever home. This is starting to look like an annual event!"
The Kent County Animal Shelter is located at 740 Fuller NE in Grand Rapids.