Who wouldn't want a new kitten in their life? Especially a cutie like Spot!

Spot is a 4-month-old domestic shorthair kitten. He's all black with little white spots on his paw & belly. Spot has been in foster care but is now ready to go to his forever home.

Christine George/TSM

Speaking of foster homes, The Humane Society of West Michigan is in need of foster pet parents. It's a great way to help out but also a way to spend time with animals if having one permanently isn't an option. As of right now, the humane society really needs fosters for cats and kittens. You can get more info here.

Now that it's back to school season keep the "Always Ask" campaign in mind which focuses on how humans approach dogs.

  • Always Ask the owner if it's okay to meet their dog. Some dogs need their space or don't want to interact: and this is okay!
  • Avoid eye contact - for humans eye contact gains trust but in a dog's world, that can signal aggression.
  • Side up to the dog if the owner says it's okay. This is better than facing the animal - side by side mimics dogs behavior with one another. That will make the dog feel safer with you.
  • Don't crouch over the dog - that's threatening to them.
  • Don't pat the dog's head or back end. If the dog is open to touching, touch the dog with your open hand on his shoulder, neck or chest.
  • Stop when the dog wants to stop. The dog will let you know by changing his position.