Furry Friday: Ivy, Ernest and Gene Simmons

The following animals are available for adoption.  If you find an animal you’d like to adopt please contact the organization directly.  Lowell’s First Look does not assist with the adoption process.  And if you’re looking to add to your family and don’t see an animal below, each organization has additional animals looking for new homes.   Pet profiles and photos are provided by each organization.

Mackenzie’s Animal Sanctuary

Those involved with Mackenzie’s Animal Sanctuary take pride in finding the right home for dogs in their care. Here is their pet of the week.


Australian Cattle Dog/Blue Heeler
DOB 5/25/2021

Ivy, an adoptable Australian Cattle Dog / Blue Heeler in Lake Odessa, MI_image-1


Affectionate, Athletic, Playful, Smart, Friendly


Vaccinations up to date, spayed / neutered.

Other dogs, children.


Did you know that the ivy plant is a symbol of everlasting life, devotion, fidelity and loyalty? An inspiring name for a charismatic pooch such as myself!

Being the young lady that I am, an active family would be a match made in heaven! Play time is quite possibly my favorite time of day (sometimes I get a bit carried away with my plushy toys). I like to live life enthusiastically, helping me have a positive direction for my gusto would be the ultimate delight for me! Although physical activity is an absolute riot, having a cool down period with some mental games is a good time too!

At the end of the day, I just want to be involved with my people. I am not one to turn down a snuggle session by any means. What can I say, I am a sweetheart after all. I hope to find a family that wants to understand and accepts me for the glorious rescue dog that I am. For instance, I like some other dogs, but not every dog. Smaller dogs (and cats for that matter) remind me of chicken nuggets, I can’t help but feel some prey drive there. But some other dogs my own size are fun to hang out and play with. I suppose that its pretty normal to not get along with everyone you meet in life though.

Whether or not you are a botanical enthusiast, if you are looking for a forever companion submit your adoption application for the perfect furry addition!


Hearts of Hope Dog Rescue

Hearts of Hope Dog Rescue looks to find dogs and sometimes cats in their care forever homes with the help of foster homes.  Here is their pet of the week. 


Bulldog Mix


Shots up to date


Ok with dogs

Ok with kids

Meet Ernest, the 90% head and neck superstar! This dashing bulldog mix is ready to bring some serious charm into your life. Ernest may tip the scales at a hefty 82 pounds, but don’t let that fool you—he’s just a big softie at heart! This cool dude is all about the chill vibes; you’ll often find him lounging on the couch, dreaming of belly rubs and tasty snacks. Ernest is a certified couch potato who enjoys slow meandering walks and short bursts of playtime. He’s a pro at commands like sit, touch, leave it, and come, especially if there’s a treat involved! His tail is in a perpetual state of wagging, and he’ll stick to your side like glue if there’s a snack on offer. With Ernest by your side, every day is an adventure filled with laughter and love. Don’t miss out on the chance to welcome this laid-back legend into your home—Ernest is ready to be your loyal companion through thick and thin! Ernest is neutered and up to date on shots. Get ready to experience life through the eyes of a dog who knows how to take it easy. His adoption fee is $250. To adopt Ernest apply online.


Second Chance Cats of West Michigan

Second Chance Cats is a 501(c)3 non-profit with a mission to help cats at municipal shelters who are at risk for euthanasia or were deemed unadoptable because of behavioral or medical issues. The group also works with other private rescues that are overcrowded and helps rehome cats that have been assessed as friendly when going through the trap-neuter-return process.  Here is their pet of the week. 

Gene Simmons

Domestic Shorthair

Gene Simmons, an adoptable Domestic Short Hair in Grand Rapids, MI_image-6


Gentle, Quiet, Friendly



Vaccinations up to date, spayed / neutered.

Other cats, children

Meet Gene Simmons, the purr-fect blend of shy and snuggly! This black and white ball of fur is as unique as his rockstar namesake. He may start off a bit shy, but once you earn his trust, he’s all about the snuggles and pets! All it takes is a gentle touch to bring out his inner cuddle bug.

Gene Simmons loves to be pet, and his little purrs are music to the ears. He’s a true rockstar when it comes to cozying up with other feline friends – nothing beats a good snuggle session with his pals! . Whether it’s a soft blanket or another cat to snuggle with, Gene knows the importance of a good cuddle session. Gene is looking for an adopter who will give him the time he needs to open up and adjust to his new home.

We believe that kittens are happiest when they have a feline friend so Gene will need to be adopted with another kitten here or go to a home with an existing, playful cat.

Gene has been neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. His adoption fee is $120. He has an approximate birthdate of July, 2023.

Apply to adopt Gene Simmons here.

If you are interested in any of the cats at Second Chance Cats of West Michigan, go to sccatswm.org/adopt to fill out an application, or stop in during open hours on Fridays from 11-2 or Saturdays and Sundays from 11-4.

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