Imagine if you will, a Grand Traverse County Animal Control Officer who has 601 square miles to cover in 25 hours a week. That area has about 90,000 people which equates to 35,000 families and about 13,000 dogs. Dogs like the one in the photo above depend on part-time Grand Traverse County Animal Control Officer, Deb Zerafa. The taxpayers also depend on her to keep them safe. However, these dogs and the taxpayers have only been able to depend on her help on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The cries of the dogs in the county and calls from concerned citizens have not been heard four days out of seven or when Zerafa is sick or on vacation because she is the only Grand Traverse County Animal Control Officer.
Seventeen months after Grand Traverse County eliminated their Animal Control Division and their two full-time officers, they are no closer to finding a permanent solution to providing adequate Animal Control services in the county. The county continues to marginalize the Animal Control Division and the services that the county residents depend on. They are not providing the hours, funding, staff or respect the division needs. The county’s stop-gap measure of hiring Zerafa part-time in October of 2016 seems to be a decision made to quell the discontent of the public instead of a decision to provide a fully-functional Animal Control Division. Hiring one part-time Animal Control Officer is not a serious solution to Animal Control issues in Grand Traverse County. Hiring a second and only seasonal Animal Control Specialist is also not a serious solution. How will this help the high volume of calls that they receive in the winter months – or in the spring or fall? Continue reading
According to a post on the Wexford County Shelter Shares Facebook page, the volunteers who run the website, Facebook page and volunteer at the shelter are going to form a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. A supporter of the group offered to pay for the costs of the application process. Once the non-profit group is formed, the organization will be able to accept tax-deductible donations and also apply for grants.
Wexford County also has two other non-profit groups to help with local animal issues. Those groups are Animal Advocates of Wexford County and Wonderland Humane Society.
These “friends of” animal shelter groups and many others in the country are able to help animal shelters with fostering, donations, fundraisers, spay/neutering, as well as other pet-related issues in their communities.
An incident over the weekend left one dog dead, another shot and a Grand Traverse County sheriff’s deputy with several dog bites. It happened Friday night around 4:30 at a home in Interlochen. Click here for the rest of the story.
The Missaukee Humane Society has been awarded a $30,000 grant for their new cat quarantine. They still need an additional $6,000 for more cat kennels and are asking for help. You can donate online through their website at http://www.mshpets.org or mail a donation to: Missaukee Humane Society, Box D, Lake City, MI 49651.
The D.O.G. Bakery announced today that they have been acquired by local holistic pet food store, Pets Naturally. The D.O.G. Bakery will close their downtown location on Saturday, May 13th – but their treats will be available at Pets Naturally starting the week of May 22nd. Pets Naturally is located at 1420 W. South Airport Rd. in Traverse City and are open Monday through Friday 10 am to 6 pm, Saturday 9 am to 5 pm and Sunday 11 am to 3 pm.
The D.O.G. Bakery is assuring their customers that Pets Naturally will be able to handle all of their needs for treats, gear and healthy food choices and that everyone will see most of the current D.O.G. Bakery staff in the new location. Former D.O.G. Bakery owners, Chris and Karry Barolo, say that combining the bakery with Pet Naturally’s expertise in nutrition and supplements will provide an even greater resource for customers and their pets.
Grand Traverse County’s newest K9 Officer, Cade, is a male, American born German Shepherd. He is about 1-1/2 years old, born on November 27, 2015 and started his K9 career in December of 2016. He is a dual purpose K-9 specializing in narcotics and is assigned to K9 handler Deputy Mike Gray. The purchase of Cade was made possible by a donation from the Les and Anne Biederman Foundation. Cade is one of three K9 officers in Grand Traverse County. You can read about the other K9 Officers here.
Since the nonprofit Silver Muzzle Cottage was founded a few years ago, donations came a few dollars at a time, raised through bake sales or donation jars on the front counters at local veterinarian offices. But since it was featured in the Free Press on Sunday, readers touched by the story of Kim Skarritt’s hospice and rescue for senior dogs have given more than $12,000. Skarritt was stunned by the outpouring of generosity. Click here for more on the story.
From Wonderland Rabbit Rescue
Momma came to Wonderland on March 20, 2017. She was part of a forfeiture from a hoarder. There were 27 rabbits. ALL 27 rabbits were kept in a 4 ft x 4 ft square pen. Oh you read that right. 27!!! One homemade chicken wire and wood square pen. Males and females. When we first saw the 27, we noted not only how emaciated they all were but also all the males had severe injuries, most full of pus and needing antibiotics. All were scared and you could tell they had never been touched. We checked out a few and talked to the Sheriff about coordinating Rescue. We turned around and there was Momma, all alone in her pen with 3 tiny little babies laying on the newpaper. (They threw away her nest when they cleaned her cage). Apparantly she had the litter the day before. There had been 8 babies and only the 3 were left. That is so incredibly sad. We knew they would never live without a nest and with her being so stressed she may not feed. So we brought her and the 3 babies back to the Shelter. Continue reading
Temperatures are warming and it’s getting more fun for people and pets to go outside to hike and play.Which makes this a good time to let dog owners know something they may never have considered: Dogs can get Lyme disease, too. You probably already know that Lyme disease is spread by ticks and is dangerous to human – but they are also dangerous to dogs. Click here for the rest of the story.
More story links on ticks and lyme disease…
Michigan’s Rise In Lyme Disease Linked To Increased Tick Populations
Photos of Ticks That Carry Lyme Disease
Tick Removal Trick
From Alley Cat Allies https://www.alleycat.org/
Through the innovative Wait Until 8 program, Alley Cat Allies is helping shelters and communities work together to save orphaned kittens from being killed. The program empowers people to become at-home kitten caregivers for neonatal kittens until they reach eight weeks of age and are available for adoption.
“Every year, well-meaning people find thousands of kittens outdoors and bring them to shelters because they want to help, not knowing that most shelters lack the programs to save their lives,” said Becky Robinson, president and founder of Alley Cat Allies. “The heartbreaking truth is most kittens brought into shelters are killed. By providing basic resources and know-how, shelters can harness that compassion to save kittens’ lives.” Continue reading
Professional services firms, contractors, food and beverage makers and entertainment facilities are among the finalists in the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce 2017 Small Business Celebration. The Top 10 SBC finalists in the running to become the Chamber’s 2017 Hagerty Small Business of the Year were announced by Chamber officials Wednesday. Click here for more on the story.
Pets Naturally website is here.