Country music singer Tyler Rich paid a visit to the Humane Society of West Michigan, the United States, recently to raise awareness for animals in need of forever homes.
Rich was in town for a concert on Feb 13 at The Intersection, part of his What I See Tour with the band Lanco.
At the shelter, Rich was given a tour of the animals housed at the facility and got a chance to play with a few adoptable dogs.
Rich said this was part of a new initiative he’s calling “Rich Rescue”.
“We like to visit shelters while we’re on tour to bring awareness to some of the animals that people that live locally might not know are in here looking for homes, ” Rich said.
During the visit, Rich recorded videos to post on his social media accounts, introducing his fans to various animals at the shelter needing homes.
A self-proclaimed lover of all animals, Rich said he’s inspired to raise awareness about animals at the shelter because of his three rescue dogs.
“I rescued my dog, Abby, a Husky, when she was five months old, and I’ve had her almost 15 years, ” Rich said.
“We then rescued two Huskies as a pair about three weeks later... I’ve got the biggest heart for animals.”
Right now, there are about 140 animals at the Humane Society of West Michigan, most of them being dogs and puppies.
Executive director Holly Guild said she’s hopeful Rich’s visit will bring in more people to adopt pets.
“We would love to have everybody’s first option, when they’re looking to add to their family, to be to adopt. So I think that his initiative and what he’s doing will bring all sorts of people to the shelters that maybe didn’t consider that before, ” Guild said.
“There are already plenty of animals in this world, we don’t really need to add to that, so let’s find homes for the ones that are already here.” – Tribune News Service/MLive.com (Walker, Mich.)/Kayla Sosa
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