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 the Covid-19 crisis, we have changed the process for adopting a companion animal from the Love Train.  Please sign up for our Love Train email list to stay up-to-date on the latest adoption information. 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 first complete a dog adoption application (profile, really), and then enter your name in the drawing for the next Love Train.

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) – $350
  • Small Breed Adult Dogs (6 months to 8 years) – $290
  • Medium-Large Breed Adult Dogs (6 months to 8 years) – $195
  • Senior Dogs (any size, 8 years or older) – $105
  • Kittens (up to 5 months) – $135
  • Cats (5 months to 12 years) – $100
  • Senior Cats (12 years or older) – $70

Thank you for asking!  We depend upon donations to keep the Love Train going full steam ahead to save more lives. 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!


UPCOMING TRANSPORTS – updated on 6-30-2020

Expected dates to see Love Train animals are:

  • Friday, August 7, 2020
  • Friday, August 21, 2020
  • Friday, September 4, 2020
  • Friday, September 18, 2020
  • Friday, October 2, 2020
  • Friday, October 16, 2020
  • Friday, October 30, 2020