The Michigan Humane Society has a surplus of adoptable rescues that could use a forever home in which to roam and cuddle with family members. 

The humane society said summer months are a good time to adopt a homeless animal. 

"Families often have more time they can spend training and socializing their new pets," said MHS spokesman Shaun Bailey. "Similarly, it’s easier to house train a puppy when it’s warm because, like us, they often don’t want to go outside during Michigan’s cold winters."

Bailey said the society saw a hike in adoptions last summer, when it  placed 829 animals in June and 938 in July. 

"According to last year’s data, the Michigan Humane Society placed slightly more animals than average during summer," Bailey said. "This is good because we and other shelters typically face a surplus of newborn kittens in the spring, and this surplus carries over into summer."

In addition to cats and dogs this month, the shelter has rabbits, rats and guinea pigs.

Below are three featured dogs, three cats and three small exotic animals that have been at the humane society shelter for some time.

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Mr. Ed is a brindle shepherd-hound mix. He 1 year, 2 months old and weighs 72 pounds.

He arrived at the humane society on March 29 from an agency partner. His biography says he enjoys exercise, training, "being petted and loved." He is very active and would possibly intimidate smaller children. He does not have a history with cats or dogs and would have to be introduced slowly.

Find Mr. Ed at the Berman Center for Animal Care in Westland (pet ID #866684).

Orion is a brown pit bull-chow chow mix. weighing 60 pounds. He is 4 years, 2 months old. 

Orion is always on the go, the humane society says. He enjoys exercise, training, playing and being petted. He does not have a history with children. He does not enjoy playing with dogs and prefers to be the only dog. He also tried to live with cats in his previous home but it didn't work out. 

Orion requires extra time, patience and attention. He may need additional training or have a manageable medical concern. 

Orion can be adopted at the Mackey Center for Animal Care in Detroit (pet ID# 866816).

Roadie is a red Blue Heeler. He is 10 years, 2 months old and weighs 51 pounds. Roadie is pretty low-key: he'll play when you want to play and rest with you when you take a time out. Another agency transferred Roadie to the humane society in April. 

He likes to be petted but within reason.  He has no history with other pets or children. Despite being full grown,he may have a bit of learning to do and is perfect for families with just the right amount of training time. 

Adopt Roadie at the Rochester Hills Center for Animal Care (pet ID #867439)



Tiny is a tabby domestic shorthair. She weighs 8 pounds and is 10 years, 3 months old. She was surrendered to the society on Feb. 27. 

The society said she is nervous in the shelter and may be more playful in a comfortable home. She likes to be petted but is pretty low key about it and might not beg for extra petting. Quick movements and noises startle her and she may not be a good fit for children. She's not declawed and doesn't have a history with dogs or cats and should be introduced slowly to animals. 

Adopt Tiny at the Mackey Center for Animal Care in Detroit (pet ID# 865194).

Waylon is 2 years, 1 month old and was surrendered in April. He weighs 8.6 pounds and can be found at the Detroit center. 

He's shy and may take a bit of time to settle in. He's a bit independent and does not enjoy being touched much. Quick movements startle him and he would not be a good fit for children. He's had kitten friends in his previous home but doesn't have a history with dogs. He's not declawed. 

Adopt Waylon at the Mackey Center for Animal Care in Detroit (pet ID# 867571). 

Maggie is a muted Calico domestic shorthair. She's 12 years, 5 months old and weighs 16 pounds. She was surrendered to the shelter in April. 

Maggie is pretty low-key. She'll play when you want to play and rest with you as well. She loves to be petted and touched, and will ask to be petted often. She may not be a good fit for children since quick movements startle her. She also should live in a single-pet household. 

She is front-paw declawed. The society says she will need extra time and attention but is a loving cat.

Adopt Maggie at the Rochester Hills Center for Animal Care (pet ID# 868086).

Small animals 

Smudge is an American male guinea pig. He is 9 months old and is tan and white with spotted black ears.  

He is good at being handled  but can be a little shy at first. His previous owner tried to introduce him to another guinea pig but they did not get along. 

He's laid back but also loves attention and being petted. He's lived with children and other pets. He's full grown and has his nails trimmed. 

Adopt Smudge at the Berman Center for Animal Care in Westland (pet ID #870371).

Petunia is a grey-and-tan female dwarf rabbit. At 1 year, 5 months old, she weighs 3.5 pounds and is not fully grown.

Petunia is very sweet but can be shy at first. She warms up after some time and patience is key with her. She's very good for handling and is not fussy during nail trimmings. Her previous owner stated that she is not fond of other rabbits. She also likes to destroy carpet. 

She has not lived with children or cats. She has lived with dogs but is skittish around them.

Adopt Petunia at the Rochester Hills Center for Animal Care (pet ID# 864899).

Harold is a cream-and-black rooster. He is 1 year, 1 month old. He's easy to handle and loves to climb on top of his coop and crow away. 

He's fed non-medicated pelleted chicken mash, a chicken scratch and fresh water. Fruits and vegetables are his favorite treats.

He needs a penned area that is safe from predators, with hay or straw bedding. Roosters should be let out to forage and for dirt baths for their health. 

Adopt Harold at the Rochester Hills Center for Animal Care (pet ID# 8686407).

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