We had a record-breaking year for Ales for Tails AGAIN! Over $45,000 was raised to help us provide for the animals entrusted to our care as we work to secure their future. Funds from Ales support our general operations of caring for the nearly 4,000 homeless animals that enter our doors each year, treating unique medical cases, providing spay and neuter surgeries to our animals and the public, providing humane education opportunities for children AND community pet owners.

THANK YOU for bidding, donating, wine-pulling, and more! Your involvement helps further our mission, and we truly could not do what we do without our community of supporters.


Our community of supporters, adopters, and donors make it possible to keep animals moving from our shelter and into forever homes quickly – allowing us to assist organizations who are struggling. Most recently, in collaboration with the Bissell Pet Foundation, we were called to help with a “sanctuary” in rural Louisiana that was housing animals in dire need of saving.

“My team and I helped vaccinate, heartworm test, and health assess all the dogs we could while we were there. It was the most humbling, most heartbreaking, most mentally draining day, but I would do it time and time again if it means these animals get to live the life they’ve always deserved…these dogs were living in hell on earth.” – Erin G.

Donor dollars always stay local to our shelter in West Michigan, but their reach carries far when we are able to help those less fortunate. All animals deserve a second chance, regardless of zip code.

Harbor Humane Society’s fosters have saved 545 felines this year alone. Without monetary donations, there is no way this could have been achieved. Many kittens go to foster before they are old enough to eat on their own, which requires a variety of supplies. We often send cats in to foster that have various illnesses, which can require expensive medications to treat. In extreme cases, felines are sent in to foster after having lifesaving surgeries – like this enucleation (removal of eye) for example! Without the support for medical care and supplies, our foster program would cease to exist, greatly impacting the number of lives we save each year. Thanks to donors, happy endings are possible for even the littlest furbabes!

Donor dollars help support long-term stays for animals at Harbor. Though we want an animal’s shelter stay to be as short as possible, we know that’s not always the reality for some harder to place animals. Animals like Jersey. Jersey’s stay with us lasted over 9 months. With daily care costs per animal averaging $30 a day between staff time, medical care, food, etc. , 9 months of daily care costs for one animal really adds up! But 9 months is how long it took for the right person to come along and meet Jersey; with donor dollars, we’re able to make that wait happen. Check out the truest second chance at life and love that Jersey now has with her adopter, Diane!