We’ve all seen the commercials. The ones with the photo montage of miserable dogs and cats. That sad Sarah McLachlan song playing in the background. If you’re like me, your heart breaks every single time it comes on.

I always feel compelled to do something.  That something usually involves my plans to rescue another animal. With 3 cats, I’m well on my way to becoming a crazy cat lady.

According to the ASPCA, approximately 6.5 million animals are brought to shelters each year. About half of those get adopted. Of the remaining 3 million or so animals living in shelters, half are euthanized.

Every month, HarborLight Credit Union selects a charity or cause that we want to donate to. This month, we’ve chosen to direct our efforts towards our local animal shelters.  This month, our charity of choice was our local animal shelters.

We have some pretty amazing folks out there who spend their days rescuing lost, unwanted, abused, and/or neglected animals and we wanted to do our part to help them. Through the end of January, we will be holding a pet supply drive at both of our branches.  Not only can we help by donating supplies to these shelters, but we can also donate our time. All of our local animal shelters are always in desperate need of foster families and volunteers.


Heaven Can Wait Animal Haven and Faithful to Felines are two of our local shelters that are dedicated to rescuing, re-homing, and providing spay and neuter options for cats and kittens.

Pound Buddies is Muskegon County’s largest animal shelter. Their goal is to provide shelter for the homeless, abused and/or neglected dogs in the area. They also provide a temporary shelter for lost or stray dogs until their owners can come and collect them.

Like all of these shelters, the Muskegon County Humane Society is a no kill shelter. This shelter houses both cats and dogs and works to rescue and rehabilitate animals as well as educate the community on the importance of spaying/neutering their animals.

What’s great about all of our local shelters is that together they try to reduce the overwhelming number of unwanted and abandoned animals here in Muskegon County. By educating the community on the importance of spaying and neutering our pets, their hope for the future is that someday there will be no need for animal shelters.


If you have any additional questions about any of the local shelters we are collecting for; you can either visit their website or give them a call.


Heaven Can Wait: (616)402-1417 or (231)737-5644 www.heavencanwaitmi.org

Faithful To Felines: (231)773-3030 www.faithful2felines.com

Pound Buddies: (231)724-6500 www.poundbuddies.org

Muskegon County Humane Society: (231)773-8689 www.muskegonhumanesociety.org