CAGES to CAREFREE - giving deserving animals their chance



The Cages to Carefree Program developed by the SPCA of Southwest Michigan provides an opportunity for animals rescued from adverse situations to find loving forever homes. Whether they be retired research animals, animals from hoarding situations, abuse or neglect cases, etc., these animals will require extra love and care as they transition into the life of a companion animals.

We are looking for heroic adopters willing to use patience, love, and understanding to help these amazing animals learn what it means to be a beloved pet in a home environment, which may be very different from what they are accustomed to in their lives.

Are you willing to give these deserving, sensitive cats and dogs a shot at living a normal life?

Applications for these animals will close soon. Approved applicants will be contacted. 

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Meet Rudy!

Hi! I’m Rudy and yes, I do know my name so hopefully I get to keep it! I’ve been in foster care for 4 months and have made a ton of progress. I used to shut down and hide in the kennel, but now I’m realizing how to enjoy dog life! I am a goofy, playful boy when my true personality comes out. If you don’t like bugs, I am your man. I will kill any bug I see for you.

I am still scared by new sounds, items, people and environments. Changes scare me, so consistency is key. When scared, I bark or run and hide. I love playing with dogs inside and outside (I currently have 3 foster dog sisters). I have not been tested with cats, but my foster sisters and I do tend to play rough, so cats may not be best. I love bones and stealing whatever toys my sisters have, so I’d do best with a dog that isn’t possessive of their toys. I also know how to catch food. My fosters have been trying to teach me to catch toys too, but I haven’t been interested so far. I’m potty trained, crate trained, somewhat leash trained, know sit and have been sleeping loose with my foster parents with no issues! I love laying on beds and blankets.

My foster family has prepared a list of needs for me as I will need a patient, dedicated and experienced owner. Although I’ve made a lot of progress, I still cannot be picked up or held and will run away and hide if I’m not comfortable with something. My foster parents know I will do great with my forever family as long as you give me time, space and consistency. They are willing to help with training in any way possible and will give you tips on what worked for them as I may backtrack a little on my progress in a new home. I know I have lots of quirky habits and needs, but know an amazing forever family is out there for me.

NEEDS: fenced yard, adult dog playmate (1+ year, medium-large size best, I do great with puppies, but need a dog to learn from, not learn with), no young children (10+ years best), low-key neighborhood/home, attention (I do love naps, but I get bored sometimes and don’t like being alone)

Words I know: Eat/Hungry, Outside and Inside, Potty, Crate, Rudy, Sit, Treat, Bed, Kiss

Since I am still in foster care, please see the front desk about how to meet me. I’d do best with a meet and greet at my foster home as that’s where I’m most comfortable and may be able to show you some of my true personality!

6955 West KL Avenue
Kalamazoo, MI 49009
(269) 344-1474
Open: Monday-Friday 11am - 7pm
Saturday 11am - 4pm



The SPCA of Southwest Michigan is a registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit animal welfare organization and does not receive funding from any government agency or national organization. We rely solely on individual contributions.

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