Thanks to successful intake prevention programs and community support for adoption, along with grants and wonderful donors, HSHV is able to transport animals — often puppies! — from struggling rescues and shelters with high euthanasia rates to HSHV via the Love Train.

Due to Covid-19, we have changed the process for adopting from the Love Train.  Please join the Love Train email list for the latest. Thank you!

Thank you for considering adopting and saving a life! COVID-19 has changed our adoption process. If you’re interested in adopting, please get in the virtual queue on a Love Train Friday (see dates on this page). Starting at 9 a.m., the virtual queue will open; go to 

Once you’re in the virtual queue, you can see your place in line, and we’ll also notify you when it’s your turn to visit the puppies that day. Please note: we typically have many more adopters than puppies, so if you’re #45 or higher in the queue, we’d encourage you to try again next Love Train day!

Visitations on Love Train days happen every half hour between 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Be prepared to adopt the same day! 🙂  We’d suggest you complete a dog adoption application (profile, really) online beforehand. Hope to see you on a Love Train Friday!

Often, puppies are on the Love Train! And sometimes young adult dogs and even cats. Small breed dogs are common, too. We try to post a selection of the animals who will be onboard on our Facebook page and you can get email notifications with even more photos, too.  Fortunately, most of the animals are adopted very quickly so sometimes they’re only on our website for a minute!

When our animals go home, they’ve received an initial health check and have been spayed/neutered, microchipped, current on vaccinations (as appropriate to their age) and have received their initial dewormer — and kittens and cats have been Feline Leukemia tested, and dogs have been heartworm tested and temperament tested. Every adoption also comes with a 30-day trial of pet illness and accident insurance, a discounted veterinary exam at the HSHV veterinary clinic, and access to our behavior helpline. Compare us to a pet store; it’s a good deal!

Adoption fees not only cover the above services, but also offset the cost of caring for the animals prior to being adopted. For Love Train animals, their fees also help offset transportation costs. Thank you for your adoption fee!


  • Puppies (under 6 months old) – $355
  • Small Breed Adult Dogs (6 months to 8 years) – $290
  • Medium-Large Breed Adult Dogs (6 months to 8 years) – $205
  • Senior Dogs (any size, 8 years or older) – $105
  • Kittens (up to 5 months) – $140
  • Cats (5 months to 12 years) – $100
  • Senior Cats (12 years or older) – $50

Thank you for asking!  We depend upon donations to keep the Love Train going full steam ahead to save more lives. There are several ways to help:

  1. Sponsor a litter of puppies!  For $500, you can help save a family of innocent puppies.  We’ll send you information about the litter you’re sponsoring, and you’ll get to name the puppies! We’ll also send you pictures when the pups get to HSHV and invite you to the Facebook group so that you can potentially connect with the adopters and fosters. To get started, head here.
  2. Sponsor an entire van full of animals! For $2,500 you can sponsor a Love Train transport which includes a sign on the Love Train, and an opportunity to greet all the puppies upon their arrival, among other benefits! To inquire about sponsoring a Love Train transport, please contact Cathy Pappas at (734) 661-3531, email or complete this form to begin your lifesaving gift.

First, thank you for adopting!  We’d love to stay connected.  Head to Facebook and join the group “HSHV’s Love Train”.  There, you’ll see other Love Train-ers  – adopters, fosters, partners… and potentially others who know your animal or who know your animal’s sibling!

Please click on this link  and login to update your email preferences.


Expected dates to see Love Train animals are:

Friday, September 17

Friday, October 1

Friday, October 15

Friday, October 29