As Camping Season Approaches, Michigan Pet Owners Should Brush up on Park Rules

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According to the website of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, there are rules and regulations for pets at state park campgrounds, beaches and boating access sites.

With a few exceptions, pets are welcomed in Michigan state parks, recreation areas and at boating access sites, but they must be accompanied at all times by responsible owners. Please remember that these public places are strange environments for your pet. It may react much differently here than at home.

Rules and Regulations

  • Pets must be under an owner’s immediate control on a 6-foot leash at all times.
  • Pets may not be left unattended or tied to an object.
  • Do not allow your pet to make excessive noise.
  • Clean up after your pet and dispose of waste in trash receptacles.
  • Keep your pets from interacting with wildlife or disturbing visitors.

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Leaving a Dog in a Car Could Soon be a Felony in Michigan

Leaving a dog in a vehicle in conditions that endanger his/her life could soon qualify as a felony in Michigan. Two newly-introduced Senate bills propose introducing stricter fines and longer prison sentences for people who neglect animals in cars.  The bills state that a person cannot leave an animal unattended under conditions “that endanger the health or well-being of the animal”. This would apply (but is not limited to), heat, cold, lack of ventilation or lack of food or water. Click here for the rest of the story.

Man Pleads Guilty after Cat Found Spray Painted, Abused

A man has pleaded guilty after a cat was found abused and spray painted in Charlevoix County. Paul Wicker, of Boyne City, pleaded guilty to a reduced charged of attempted killing or torturing an animal. Click here for the rest of the story.

Voters in Wexford County Will Decide on Animal Control Millage in August

When August comes, Wexford county will have to decide if they want to renew their animal control millage. The millage was first approved in 2012. The four-year millage request is asking for approximately $185,000 out of a budget of $235,000. Because of the shortfall, it is anticipated that community help will be needed in the form of volunteers and donations.

Michigan Pet Legislation Update – May 3rd, Michigan HSUS

Michigan puppy mills: HB 4898 to license and regulate large-scale dog breeding facilities, sponsored by Rep. Mike McCready with co-sponsors Reps. Kurt Heise, Harvey Santana, Christine Greig, Klint Kesto, Ken Yonker, Ed Canfield, John Kivela, Gary Glenn, Mike Callton, Al Psholka, and Earl Poleski, passed the House on March 2, 2016 by a vote of 83 to 20 and now awaits a hearing in the Senate Agriculture Committee.

Michigan gas chamber ban: SB 403, “Grant’s Bill” to require the use of the more humane and economical euthanasia by injection in Michigan shelters, sponsored by Sen. Marty Knollenberg with co-sponsors Rick Jones, Ken Horn, Tonya Schuitmaker, John Proos, Curtis Hertel, Jr., Jim Marleau, and Steve Bieda, is still awaiting a first hearing in the Senate Agriculture Committee. While there are currently NO operating carbon monoxide gas chambers operating in Michigan animal shelters, there is nothing stopping a shelter from using gas to kill its animals at any time. The Michigan legislature must pass SB 403 to prohibit any further use of carbon monoxide or carbon dioxide gas on shelter pets from now on.

Dog adoption: HB 4765 to allow the adoption of dogs seized from fighting cases in Michigan, sponsored by Rep. Mike McCready with co-sponsors Klint Kesto, Michael Webber, Joseph Graves, Ben Glardon, Gary Glenn, Jason Sheppard, Al Pscholka, Ed McBroom, Harvey Santana, and Kurt Heise, has passed the House Criminal Justice Committee and now awaits a vote on the House floor before moving to the Senate.

Dancing Lessons Offered for Cherryland Humane Society Fundraiser

Jessica Mason with Sally, an adoptable dog at Cherryland Humane Society

Jessica Mason with Sally, an adoptable dog at Cherryland Humane Society

Cherryland Humane Society and Jessica Mason, Ms. Michigan State America 2016, are teaming up for “Dance to Donate,” a series of dancing lessons at the animal shelter May 10th through 31st. The lessons will be held in the Cherryland Humane Society’s multi-purpose room from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays during the month of May. Every week, participants will learn new dances with no experience or partner required.

The schedule of classes is as follows:

5/10: Beginning ballroom (waltz and foxtrot)

5/17: Intro to swing/jitterbug

5/24: Bolero, the slow dance cheat sheet

5/31: Salsa! Basics of Latin rhythm

If you can walk, you can ballroom dance. Mason breaks everything down to very basic steps at a slow pace before moving to a quicker rhythm.  These classes are great for wedding prep, date night, fitness, girls night out, and more. All ages and ability levels welcome! It’s a chance to unwind after work and have some fun while giving to a great cause. Continue reading

Pitbulls – A Call for Logic

by Kim Skaritt-Nelson

Owner Browsers by the Bay
and Founder of Silver Muzzle Cottage

Sydney (Riley) was a Senior Pit Bull saved by Silver Muzzle Cottage and adopted by Kim Wattles sight unseen. Sydney got a vet check after coming into town and it was discovered that she had cancer. Kim was able to love her until the Fall of 2015 when Sydney passed away. Kim trains Pit Bulls and other dogs to be service dogs.

Sydney (Riley) was a Senior Pit Bull saved by Silver Muzzle Cottage and adopted by Kim Wattles sight unseen. Sydney got a vet check after coming into town and it was discovered that she had cancer. Kim was able to love her until the Fall of 2015 when Sydney passed away. Kim trains Pit Bulls and other dogs to be service dogs. Click on the photo above to learn more.

It’s not a secret that I work in animal rescue and dogs, in particular, are my great passion.  Passion is at the helm of most causes.  If you work on the front lines of the team effort called animal rescue, you see many things you don’t want to see.  For me and the rest of the advocates, I believe it’s our passion that gets us through the really sad cases… our passion and the COMpassion of those who fight the good fight… the passion that drives us to want to save/change the lives of souls that are voiceless in a society who can, sometimes, treat them as though they are ‘less than’.  With my passion come strong opinions and I try – ALWAYS – to get my facts straight in the course of forming my opinions. I look at both sides, regardless of what the majority says –  and sometimes I’m viewed as playing the role of ‘devil’s advocate’. As I see it, it’s impossible to make an informed, educated decision if you don’t see or know all sides, and you can’t make progress if your actions are based on rumor and misinformation.  And so it is, that by way of the truth, I continue to seek progress in the fight against breed discrimination – an issue that has been conjured up by media hype and misinformation and continues to fuel the mass hysteria that is surrounding the Bully breeds.  Continue reading

Local Community Members & Businesses Are Helping Pets in Need

What a great animal loving community we have in Northern Lower Michigan. Here’s a snapshot of what has been happening in our region to help pets…

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CHERRY CAPITAL MOBILE PET HOSPITAL

$700 was raised for AC PAW by the Cherry Capital Mobile Pet Hospital at their vaccine/heartworm clinic in Williamsburg.

RUNNING FIT DONATES SHOES FOR CHERRYLAND FUNDRAISER

Running Fit in Traverse City collected several bags of shoes for the Shoes for Shelters fundraiser at the Cherryland Humane Society. The fundraiser runs through Saturday, May 14th.

ameriGas

AMERIGAS COLLECTED DONATIONS FOR NORTHERN MICHIGAN ANIMAL RESCUE NETWORK

The AmeriGas family raised hundreds of dollars in needed supplies including cash gifts and veterinary care for shelters and rescue groups across Northern Michigan.

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CHELSEA GILMORE DONATES TO THE OSCEOLA COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER

Instead of gifts, Chelsea asked everyone to donate to the shelter pets for her birthday. She raised a whopping $196.40 and brought in some goodies to the Osceola County Animal Shelter! She also brought in donations for her 9th birthday as well. Continue reading

Running with Dogs – 5K9 Walk/Run Supports TART Trails

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What’s better on a Saturday morning than taking a walk or run with your favorite dog buddy? Saturday, May 14th at 9 am is the date for the 7th Annual Tails for Trails. This 5K fun run/walk on the scenic Vasa Pathway is a unique opportunity to mingle with other dog owners and experience the trails with your canine friends. You can also choose to do a 3K route if you wish. No need to worry about running. You can take a leisurely stroll if you and your dog choose.

Registration is $20 per person and $40 for families through May 6th or $25 per person and $50 for families after May 6th. You can sign up at the TART website here.

Dogs receive a goodie bag with D.O.G. Bakery treats and promotional dog items including a bandana for every dog. Free professional photos will be available to download after the run for free. There will be pet friendly prizes for the top three adult finishers and also for the top kid finisher (10 and under). Also at the event will be agility equipment for dogs to demo and local groups AC PAW and Cherryland Humane Society will bring adoptable dogs to meet. Cherryland is asking everyone to bring gently used shoes and boots of any size or kind to donate to their “Shoes for Shelters” Program. Ten pairs will earn you a FREE Cherryland Pet Product Discount Card.

The family-oriented event for runners and walkers of all fitness levels is sponsored by Bay Area Pet Hospital, Northwood Animal Hospital, Great Lakes Pet Memorial & Crematory, D.O.G. Bakery, Woofers on the Run and Pets & Peeps Photography.

If you have any questions, please call TART Trails 231-941-4300.

Clare County Dog Goes from Shelter to Police K-9 Work

A dog looking for a home for months, now has one — as a Police K-9. This is Riley. His owners dropped him off at the Clare County Animal shelter back in January because they were unable to care for him. Since then, the shelter struggled to find him a home. But the Clare City Police Chief came to check out Riley and said he would be perfect as a Police K-9. Click here for more of the story.

Michigan Animal Legislation Update

reported by Pet Friends Magazine and from HSUS Michigan

Michigan puppy mills: HB 4898 to license and regulate large-scale dog breeding facilities, sponsored by Rep. Mike McCready with co-sponsors Reps. Kurt Heise, Harvey Santana, Christine Greig, Klint Kesto, Ken Yonker, Ed Canfield, John Kivela, Gary Glenn, Mike Callton, Al Psholka, and Earl Poleski, passed the House on March 2, 2016 by a vote of 83 to 20 and now awaits a hearing in the Senate Agriculture Committee. Continue reading

Missaukee Humane Society Rescues 31 Kittens

cat with babies

Kitten season has already started for many animal rescue groups and animal shelters. Missaukee Humane Society is no exception, recently rescuing 31 kittens (and their mothers) ranging from newborns to just five weeks old. These cats were rescued from a residence in Forest Township and are being well taken care of. Please consider adopting, volunteering or donating kitten food to MHS. They are open seven days a week. You can call them at 231-839-3800 or visit their website here.

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