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After my 18-year-old Oscar crossed the Rainbow Bridge in August, I was devastated. He had been my pillow buddy through all of my illnesses. I wasn’t sure I should get another cat because of my age and I still had three kitties. After much arguing with myself, I decided I […]

13 Days of Gratitude: Day 11 | Gracie


Martin was found tied to a tree by a gentleman on the side of the road. Martin had deep wounds on his side and neck, and was brought to WHHS after he received vet care. Martin had the sweetest disposition and everyone who met him fell instantly in love. The […]

13 Days of Gratitude: Day 10 | Martin


Keebler living the life on the ranch! “My husband and I adopted Keebler in July, 2015. He instantly fit into our family and he and Jack, our German Shepard, became fast friends.  Keebler may be little but he loves nothing more than chasing cows, but quickly retreats when one comes running […]

13 Days of Gratitude: Day 9 | Keebler



Senior cats make great pets. Often our senior dogs and cats have special needs and required care which means they can stay with us longer. Miss Grace found her “furever” home through the gift of foster care! Maybe there is a place in your heart and home for one of […]

13 Days of Gratitude: Day 8 | Miss Grace


A New Life and a New Hiking Buddy It had been about five years since I had a dog.  It was so difficult losing my Bassett that I wasn’t sure I would get another one, but persistent dog-owning friends kept reminding me of how much pleasure they brought to your […]

13 Days of Gratitude: Day 7 | Kasey


Bright Eyes was born at Western Hills Humane Society on 07-09-16, along with 4 other siblings, a perfect duplicate of her mother; a beautiful, tailless muted calico. After a vet checkup when Bright Eyes was about 9 weeks old we learned that this sweet baby was born with Manx Syndrome, […]

13 Days of Gratitude: Day 6 | Bright Eyes



If not for the kindness of passersby and the belief in the value of rescued animals, yellow Labrador retrievers Fred and Barney could have died as strays in the forest near Tinton Road on a freezing winter day in December. Instead, they are currently in training at the South Dakota […]

13 Days of Gratitude: Day 5 | Fred & Barney


Sometimes a dog fits into our lives perfectly, like Kate! Kate arrived at Western Hills Humane Society a terrified dog. Although she was adopted out once, and despite the family’s best intentions for her to bond with them, she ended back up at the shelter. In stepped Tracy…. “As a […]

13 Days of Gratitude: Day 4 | Kate


Older pets make wonderful pets! It’s true. We have been so lucky to help some of our older guests find their forever home. What a blessing that is – not only for our senior dogs and cats but for their wonder humans as well. Ruby was surrendered to WHHS when […]

13 Days of Gratitude: Day 3 | Ruby





Gizmo arrived at WHHS in the winter of 2013 as a surrender due to his family’s allergies. Gizmo was not a happy camper when he arrived, but we couldn’t help but smile at his crossed-eyed, grumpy demeanor. He moved along at WHHS and entered our cattery with 29 other feline […]

13 Days of Gratitude | Gizmo’s Fund



Bentley came into our shelter when his owner of a few years brought him to us as an owner surrender. Bentley was a sad little Corgi when he arrived: his first night at the shelter, Western Hills Humane Society’s Becky sat in his kennel after-hours holding him. After a few […]

13 Days of Gratitude | Bentley