Logan’s Law Revisited By Michigan State House Of Reps To Prevent Animal Abusers From Adopting Pets

The state of Michigan is taking a second look at Logan’s Law, which if approved could prevent animal abusers from adopting pets from state-run shelters. Supporters of Logan’s Law are pushing for approval because it would require animal shelters to run a criminal background check on potential adopters to see if they have a history of abusing animals. If a person abused animals in the past the shelter would reserve the right to refuse to let the person adopt an animal from them, according to the law’s Facebook page. The law was inspired by a Siberian husky named Logan who was attacked in his own backyard with acid that eventually led to his death. The attacker was an anonymous intruder who was never identified. Click here for the rest of the article.

Old Cat: Litter Box Problems

Old cat litter box issues develop whether your cat learned faithful toilet etiquette as a kitten or developed hit-or-miss potty problems as an adult. While many senior citizen felines never have problems, it’s a good idea to be aware of potential toilet challenges and help your old fogy cat retain “old faithful” status. Click here to learn about seven tips for solving old cat litter box problems.

 

Cherryland Humane Society Heads in New Direction with Progressive Leader

Heidi Yates pulled a chair out from under her office table and discovered new “shelter cat” Christine curled up on its seat. “A shelter has to have a shelter cat,” said Yates, as she pulled out another chair for herself. The new executive director of Cherryland Humane Society has been on the job fewer than four weeks but already it’s clear that changes — big changes — are in store for the nonprofit that has received increasing criticism for its resistance to just that.

“I’m pretty aggressive about change,” said Yates, who already “tweaked” the adoption application, started “pet partnerships” for off-site adoptions at places like Pets Naturally and PetSmart, and reached out to area vets and animal rescue groups to establish new relationships.

One of Yates’ main goals is to test incoming animals for certain viruses and diseases and to micro-chip and sterilize outgoing animals before they’re adopted.

“Those are what I feel is standard. I feel they’re important not only for the adopter but for the animal. A goal is to help stop pet over-population,” said Yates, who also plans to organize a foster program and work toward a no-kill policy.

Click here for the rest of the story in the Record-Eagle.

Downtown Construction Takes a Bite out of D.O.G. Bakery Sales

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Chances are, no matter what direction you drive in Traverse City, you are seeing detour signs and orange cones. The D.O.G. Bakery at 535 West Front Street sits in the middle of one of those construction projects. Started at the end of April, the project is scheduled to be completed by the middle of July, a little earlier than anticipated because the construction will be going on through the Cherry Festival – a decision that has the support of the West End business owners.

Because of the construction, the D.O.G. Bakery’s sales are down about 10%, which is less than they expected so they are grateful for that. To help customers have a stress-free visit to their store, they are suggesting that you use this construction map to get to the store easier. The suggested routes go through the residential area and brings you to the store through the alley, where you can park behind the store.

The D.O.G. Bakery has been in Traverse City for more than 11 years and is a visible supporter of community events and organizations including the animal rescue groups in town. They bake healthy dog treats, sell commercial dog and cat food, dog toys, dog fashions and accessories, leashes and much more. Customers can also bring their dogs to the store to pick out their own merchandise – and often end up featured on their Facebook page. The D.O.G. Bakery also has a kiosk in the Grand Traverse Mall located in front of the GAP store to help customer have more access to their treats during the construction. This temporary “store” will close on Tuesday, June 30th.

Don’t let a little construction stop you from treating your pooch to some yummy treats. You know you’ll be in the dog house with your furry family members if you don’t stop by!

T.C. Patriot Game to Give Funds to “Dogs in Honor”

Proceeds from this year’s Traverse City Patriot Game will go to an organization that trains service dogs for combat veterans struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder. According to Mike Kent, students from Traverse City Central and West High Schools selected Dogs in Honor to get the money made through the sale of commemorative shirts. The TC Patriot Game is the annual football clash between the two rival schools. Active duty military and veterans are honored at a ceremony before the game. This year the contest will take place on the 15th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on September 11. First responders will also be asked to take the field and be honored. Click here for the rest of the story.

Farmington Hills State Rep Introduces Puppy Mill Bill

State Representatives Christine Greig (D-Farmington Hills) and Sarah Roberts (D-St. Clair Shores) have introduced two pieces of legislation that would crack down on inhumane puppy mills and protect dogs against animal abuse.

“Pets have become such an important part of many families, and the joy of bringing home a new puppy is a moment to be treasured,” Greig said. “I want to make sure, however, that they are bred in a safe and humane environment. A small handful of unscrupulous breeders are trying to maximize their profits by breeding large numbers of puppies in unhealthy conditions. This legislation will ensure that dogs aren’t abused in large-scale puppy mills and will hold abusers accountable if they harm dogs. Click here for the rest of the story.

The Michigan War Dog Memorial Needs Your Help

Photo credit: Allison Merill

Photo credit: Allison Merill

In the summer of 2010, Army Veteran Phil Weitlauf went to look for an abandoned war dog monument he had heard about at the corner of Milford Rd. and 11 Mile in Lyon Township, about 11 miles southeast of Brighton. He took his dog Cody, a German Shepherd with him. When they arrived at the corner, Weitlauf only saw a heavily wooded area. After parking the car and going for a walk, he saw a large granite monument with the words “The War Dog.” Behind that were several headstones buried in foliage and brush. The site was in horrible shape.

At the next monthly meeting with the Huron Valley AmVets-Post 2006 in Milford, Weitlauf reported the abandoned site and requested a detail to clean it up. Several members volunteered and several other Veteran Service Organizations, Dog Club members were contacted. A notice was also printed in the local newspaper.

On August 14, 2010 many people came for a common cause, to stop the degradation and restore the site to it’s original grandeur. To understand the origin of this site a committee was formed to investigate. They found through the South Lyon Newspaper and Lyon Twp. archives, the site was set up by the Elkow family in 1936 known as “Happy Hunting Grounds Pet Cemetery.” In 1946 when the news of how many lives were saved by War Dogs during WWII the local residents raised the money to install a monument to show their respect to their heroic K-9’s. In the mid ’80’s, interment had stopped and the maintenance declined and over the next 25 years, nature had taken over. By that time, 2158 pets and two service dogs had been interred at the cemetery. As research continued, they found that there were approximately 36 war dog memorial monuments throughout the United States, however only a few offered interment for these four-legged veterans. Continue reading

Local Boarding Kennel Participating in Grant Contest

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SunDog Boarding Kennel in Traverse City is participating in an online grant contest to grow their business and help more dogs and their owners. The Mission Main Street Grants are awarded by Chase with LinkedIn as a Premier Sponsor. In September, they will be awarding 20 businesses with $100,000 in grants each. Right now is the first round of voting. Competing businesses need to gather 250 votes to move into the next round. Currently, SunDog has 261 votes and voting ends on June 19th. More votes would show enthusiastic community support for their grant application. You can vote for them at the link here.

The SunDog kennel is a safe, fun and relaxed environment to board your dogs when you are away. There is 1500 sq. foot addition to the home of owner, Allison Merrill, designed for the dogs who stay with them. The dogs are not “kenneled” during the course of the day and are allowed to socialize with other dogs if they desire. The space is fully air conditioned and has in-floor heat for the winter months. Each dog has its own private laminate and tempered glass suite where they have their comfy beds, personal items and food-related items. There is plenty of room to play inside with couches, rugs and toys and also room in the office to lounge or spend time with staff. There is a 900 sq. ft. yard on the south side of the building where dogs can enjoy the sun and tape a nap. The side play yard is 20,000 sq. ft. and is surrounded by a 6′ high wood privacy fence. Within the play yard is a lot of grass, shade trees, large pine trees and space to play with a tennis ball or Frisbee.

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Companies Pitch in for Nonprofit

TRAVERSE CITY — Dennis Kuznicki had to fight his initial instinct to duck when a frigid drop of water plunked the back of his neck. “When you’re leading a horse with a handicapped person on it, you can’t jump, you can’t do anything that would startle the horse,” Kuznicki said. Vietnam War veteran Kuznicki helps lead horses around Reining Liberty Ranch, a nonprofit that helps veterans and disabled individuals form relationships and ride on horses. Interactions with the nonprofit’s seven therapeutic horses can help clients with anything from balance to mental health. The tranquil farm opened on Silver Pines Road in Grand Traverse County about two and a half years ago, but roof problems plagued the operation. The multi-colored shingled roof leaked, dripped on people, lights and horses, and grew mold. Executive director Becki Bigelow said the problems created an unsafe environment. Click here for the rest of the story.

AC PAW Wins Red Hot Best Award for Best Fundraising Event by a Non-Profit for their Adopt-a-Thons

Helena Guernsey, Erin Monigold, June McGrath, Brian Manley, Louise Kozan and Gail Maison were on hand to accept the award.

Helena Guernsey, Erin Monigold, June McGrath, Brian Manley, Louise Kozan and Gail Maison were on hand to accept the award.

On Thursday, May 21st, a party was held to announce the winners of the best that Northern Michigan has to offer in many different categories. Traverse Magazine & MyNorth Media celebrated the winners at the annual Red Hot Best Party at the MyNorth offices in Traverse City. 101 categories were voted on by more than 15,000 people and the complete list of winners is in the June issue of Traverse Magazine. AC PAW beat out some great competition including the Father Fred Frost Bite Food Drive and the NMC BBQ.

Co-founder June McGrath commented on the win, “The “Red Hot Best” award, what an honor!! As Director of Operations for AC PAW, I can’t thank the public enough enough for their continued support. Adopt-a-thons are to key to moving animals into good homes, allowing us to rescue more. The AC PAW volunteers make it all a reality by opening their hearts and homes. There are not words great enough to express my respect and gratitude. We are like a big family and I’d like to send my humble love and thank you’s for believing in the AC PAW mission and keeping it alive and going strong – Not for pay but for the love and kindness in your hearts.”

Golf Challenge Benefits AC PAW & PEACE Ranch

The 2nd annual Golf Star Rider Challenge is right around the corner and now is the time to set up teams. The benefit golf outing helps to raise money for animal rescue group, AC PAW and PEACE Ranch which uses horses to help at risk youth and veterans with PTSD. The golf outing is set for Friday, July 17th at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa with registration at 9:30 a.m. Click here for the rest of the story.

A Feral Haven – Helping Community Cats in Ottawa County

By Janet Vormittag, Cats and Dogs Magazine
Reprinted with Permission

Mary B with her colony of cats and the ‘log cabin’ she built for them

Mary B with her colony of cats and the ‘log cabin’ she built for them

When Mary B’s* elderly neighbor died three years ago, she left behind a half dozen barn cats. “I started feeding them and things escalated,” the Ottawa County woman said. The property, including the barn, was sold and the new owners evicted the cats. They also covered all the access holes leaving the kitties homeless. Mary B stepped up to the challenge and built what she calls a log cabin to house the cats. Soon the number of inhabitants started to multiply, and Mary B didn’t know what to do. Then she spotted a donation bank for A Feral Haven in a nearby business. Instead of making a donation, she wrote a note asking for help. Within three days she got a phone call from Debra Westerhof, one of the founders of the non-profit organization. Continue reading

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