At Little Traverse Bay Humane Society, it’s safe to say that we’re busy every day of the year. There are always kennels to clean, dogs to bathe, cats to be fed and floors to be vacuumed and mopped. There is training that takes place every day through our Mutts With Manners Program and daily visitors to greet. This is just the tip of the iceberg, however, when it comes to all the work we do on a daily basis at LTBHS.
It doesn’t get any crazier than in the summer, though. Adoptions increase since we have more people up north visiting during this time of the year. Children are also out of school and summer seems like the perfect time to adopt a new family pet. We also see more visitors at the shelter during the summer months. We like to think of ourselves as a community resource, a place where both adults and children can come to learn about animals and responsible pet ownership, and we welcome anyone who wants to visit the shelter to stop by.
The majority of our events take place during the summer, too, and we sure have some good ones! Our Collars for a Cause Adopt-A-Thon kicks off the summer in June and we’re able to find many animals new homes during this time. Our Cause for Paws party in July always makes for an elegant evening and of course, there’s our largest (and the best summer party in northern Michigan, in our opinion!) fundraiser, Howl at the Moon, which takes place every August.
If all that isn’t enough, it’s kitten season at LTBHS. Kitten season typically takes place spring through early fall and this is when we seen an influx in the number of kittens that arrive at the shelter. Kittens keep us hopping because they generally require more care than adult cats which usually just do their own thing, lounging around the shelter.
Summer is always an exciting time for us with all the extra hustle and bustle around here, but at the end of the day, there’s nothing better than seeing an animal find the perfect home with their new family. No matter what summer brings us, we are continually devoted to our mission to make a difference in the lives of the animals who need us the most and giving second chances to the animals who previously had none.