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.

Thank you for considering adopting and saving a life! The process for adopting Love Train animals is the same for all animals; first, you’ll complete an adoption application (for puppies/dogs, for cats/kittens), then you’ll get a pass to visit the animals, and if there’s a match, you’ll meet with an adoption counselor. Typically, animals go home the same day, unless the animal needs something else (e.g., spay/neuter), or you need something else (e.g., other family members to meet the animal).

Love Train puppies are lucky puppies and some get adopted on Love Train adoption event Fridays! But we often have many over the weekend and even on Monday.

In the interest of fairness, adoptions are first-come, first-approved, first adopted. If you’re interested in a very particular pup (maybe one you saw on the Thursday afternoon email?), you may want to get here before we open at 11 on Friday. If you’re here before when we open at 11, please “Take a Number” from the stand outside (it will be out between 7:30-8:00 am) and return to the shelter at 11, when we open. We’d also suggest you have your adoption application already completed (for puppies/dogs, for kittens/cats). You’ll turn your application in to us to get a pass to visit the animals. For the best adoption experience for you and the animals, we’ll limit the number of people visiting at any one time, and will admit people based on those Take-a-Numbers.

Please be sure to read the adoption criteria above and allow at least an hour if you plan on adopting; on Love Train Fridays, the process can take from 2-4 hours. Applications are accepted up until 15 minutes prior to closing.

Almost always, you’ll take your animal home on the same day; however, some animals may need extra time with us for their spay/neuter surgery or other reason.

Check out the other “Tips” FAQ on this page for more!

The Love Train typically comes 2-3 times a month. Often, the Love Train arrives on select Wednesday evenings, and when all goes as hoped, you can visit the animals on Fridays, when our adoptions department is open 11-7. See the schedule on this page, but please note the schedule is always subject to change; sign up for email updates!

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 [email protected] or complete this form to begin your lifesaving gift.

While the Humane Society of Huron Valley primarily serves the residents of Washtenaw County, we occasionally take transfers from other organizations via our Love Train transport program.

In order to best serve these transfer animals while continuing to provide excellent service to the people and animals from our own county, we do have some requirements and guidelines for organizations wishing to transfer animals to us.

HSHV is very proud of our pitbull adoption program, and we are great lovers of the breed. We are currently working on Washtenaw County’s pitbull overpopulation, and will not be able to accept any pitbulls or pitbull mixes as transfers from other areas. This also includes dogs listed as other breeds, but have a pitbull-like appearance.

Transfers will only be considered when our shelter has enough space to healthily and humanely house them.

In order to avoid any unnecessary stress that an animal may go through by way of transfer, we can only accept healthy or easily treatable animals– those who have the best chance of finding a loving home.

HSHV also has specific medical and behavioral requirements of shelters wishing to transfer animals.

If you have any questions regarding this process, HSHV’s transfer policies, or to inquire about transferring an animal or participation in the Love Train transfer program, please contact our Intake Manager Karie McMahon at [email protected].

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!

Want to know how best to go about adopting and maybe save a little time?


  • Though not essential, it’s time-saving to complete the adoption application and get your visitation pass beforehand so that you’re ready to see the animals when you come in. You can submit it online or complete it in our shelter, then pop into our shelter a day or two ahead of time when it’s less busy. The pass is good for 90 days or until you adopt, so you can use it for multiple Love Train events until you find just the right pup!


  • If you’re interested in a very particular pup (maybe you saw him/her on the email that goes out on Love Train Thursdays), you may want to arrive Friday morning before we open. The number ticket dispenser is placed outside the front doors at ~7:30 am on Love Train Friday mornings, and we’ll open our doors and start calling numbers at 11 am, so plan to return home or head somewhere for breakfast or coffee from 7:30-11. If you’re amenable to all puppies, chances are you’ll have a great selection anytime you come in on a Love Train Friday!


  • Expect the entire process to last between 2 and 4 hours. You wait for your number to be called, visit with and hopefully fall for and choose a pup, then place a hold or adopt. There are three visitation pens, so up to three numbers can be called at a time.


  • There is a fair amount of waiting involved in the overall process; please keep that in mind if you’re bringing kids. Consider finding and placing a pup on hold earlier in the day, then bringing the kids later or on Saturday to visit and attend the meeting when things have died down a bit.


  • While we understand how hard it can be to choose between puppies, keep in mind visitors can only visit with one pup at a time, and all puppies not actively being visited remain available for other adopters to visit.


  • When visiting the fur kids, remember they’ve been through a lot! An entire day in our transport van, sterilization surgery, and now they find themselves among dozens of barking buddies and squealing strangers (it’s okay, we all squeal – no matter how many Love Trains come and go). Some pups respond to this intense environment by being wild, others timid – neither of which is a fair indication of a permanent personality. Some bark and others don’t make a peep. The truth is, every single pup will be active and vocal sometimes and mellow others in the home environment, so give them all a chance!


  • The process: Once you’ve chosen your pup (or he or she has chosen you), you’ll go to the front desk. If you’re adopting that day, you’ll attend a short meeting with a counselor where you’ll receive important information and have the chance to ask questions. If you’re placing a hold with the intention of getting your puppy the next day, you’ll have your meeting the following day. The longest we can hold a puppy once it’s ready for adoption (as the Love Train pups typically are) is 24 hours – so they must be taken home on Saturday if placed on hold Friday.


  • You don’t have to come on a Love Train Friday! It’s well worth coming Friday evening (we’re open until 7 pm Fridays), or any other time that weekend (Saturdays and Sundays, we’re open from 11-5 for adoptions) to see puppies that are available or place back-up holds on those with adoptions pending.


  • It’s not all just all babies! Adult dogs, cats and kittens ride the Love Train, too, and they are typically available Thursday (or the day after they get here) to be visited with and put on hold, even if they aren’t ready to go home.


  • Puppies cannot be seen or visited with before 11 am Friday morning, but our Facebook page provides updates, and we suggest signing up for the Love Train email that gives you the latest and greatest (including pictures of the pups!).


  • Have a dog at home already? Because puppies’ behavior is malleable, we don’t usually require an interaction but will do one if you wish (fee: $20). If you want your dog/s to meet a puppy before adopting, plan to bring them with you on adoption day along with a friend or family member to stay in the car with them, or with a second car to take them home once the interaction is over if they won’t be comfortable waiting until the entire adoption process is complete.


  • Love Train days are busy fun, but it’s all about these sweet, deserving souls escaping euthanasia to live full lives with loving families. So please enjoy, and know that it’s people like you who make programs like this possible! Thank you!


Expected dates to see Love Train animals are:

Please note: the May Love Trains have been cancelled

  • Friday, June 12, 2020 (Adoptions is open 11-7)
  • Friday, June 26, 2020 (Adoptions is open 11-7)
  • Friday, July 10, 2020 (Adoptions is open 11-7)
  • Friday, July 24, 2020 (Adoptions is open 11-7)