Local K9 Officers Receive Bullet & Stab Resistant Vests

from The Grand Traverse County Sheriff’s Department

Janke on left Jax on right

Janke on left Jax on right

The Grand Traverse County Sheriff’s Office K9s Janke and Jax have been awarded bullet & stab resistant vests thanks to a non profit organization, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. Friends of Grand Traverse County K9s provided $2,023 for the vests. Continue reading

DeVol Appointed as New Kalkaska County Sheriff

There’s a new sheriff in town, as well as for the rest of Kalkaska County. And, it just happens to be the former undersheriff. Abe DeVol, who had served as undersheriff for retiring Kalkaska County Sheriff David Israel since 2009, was appointed to be Israel’s successor on Tuesday, Feb. 24, by a unanimous, 3-0, vote of the county’s “Committee to Appoint.” DeVol will also oversee Animal Control as David Israel did. For more on the story, please click here.

Cherryland Humane Society Posts Job Opening for Executive Director

Looking at a March departure of their current Executive Director, Mike Cherry, the Cherryland Humane Society recently posted the job listing for the position. The Executive Director serves as the chief administrative officer of the shelter and manages development, administration, operations and maintenance. They have direct supervision of the shelter manager, receptionist/administrative assistant and indirect supervision of all staff and volunteers. The person in this position reports to the Board of Directors. Continue reading

Feral Cats Don’t Belong in Shelters

Photo credit: Alley Cat Allies Facebook page

Photo credit: Alley Cat Allies Facebook page

From Alley Cat Allies

What is your usual reaction when you come across an outdoor cat? Is your instinct to call the local shelter or animal control to find her a home? On occasion, the cat you’ve come across is not homeless at all, but lives quite happily outdoors. Feral cats have no desire to snuggle with you on your couch. Do you know the difference? Feral cats are not socialized – they are usually not friendly towards people. They have either never had human contact or it has diminished over time. They are fearful of people and survive on their own outdoors. A feral cat is not likely to ever become a lap cat or enjoy living indoors.

Feral cats live healthy, natural lives within groups called colonies. They aren’t adoptable, and THEY DON’T BELONG IN SHELTERS. In animal shelters, the only happy ending for animals is adoption. Feral cats get euthanized. Continue reading

Toy Clones of Your Pets – Double the Trouble or More to Love?

Pet Company Offers a Stuffed Animal Version of Your Cherished Pet

Photo credit: Cuddle Clones

Photo credit: Cuddle Clones

What could be better gift to yourself than a stuffed toy of your darling dog, comical cat or chatty guinea pig? Even your bird can be “cloned” by Cuddle Clones. This innovative pet company makes adorable and customized stuffed-animal versions of people’s pets. They do this by taking the pet owner’s photo (several are preferred) and having them choose customization options such as eye color, ear position and tail position. They’ve made cats, dogs, horses, pigs, birds, guinea pigs, rabbits and more. When asked which pets are the toughest to produce, they said Australian Shepherds and birds create a challenge, but still result in satisfied customers.

Everything is 100% handmade and each unique Cuddle Clone takes about four months to produce. This seems well worth the wait if you have a mini version of your favorite furry family member. Dog and cat Cuddle Clones are between 13 and 17 inches in length, depending on the weight of a pet and its breed. Other custom products include figurines and ornaments. They can also produced life-sized versions of your pet as well. Continue reading

Outside Dogs from Midland County Backyard Breeder are Safe with Rescue Groups

Miss Molly was rescued by Westie Rescue of Michigan

Miss Molly was rescued by Westie Rescue of Michigan

Recently, a story about some small breed dogs being housed outside in rabbit hutches sparked outrage in Midland County and all over the country as the photos went viral. Many people contacted Midland County to ask that something be done to protect the dogs but the Sheriff had said that no laws were being broken. On February 6th, Midland County Sheriff Scott Stephenson met with the family that owns the dogs at this kennel. After a lengthy conversation, the family chose to voluntarily surrender all of the dogs that were being kept in the outside kennels. The animals were transported by the Animal Control Division of the Sheriff’s Department and arrangements were made to turn the animals over to previously contacted animal rescue groups. Continue reading

Two Sides Race Forward In Horse Shows Debate

Two competing equestrian festivals are proceeding down separate tracks in pursuit of the same finish: hosting an annual summer event in northern Michigan. Horse Shows By The Bay (HSBB) – owned and operated here by Alex Rheinheimer since 2004 – is working to establish a new home after a dispute with Flintfields Horse Park owner Karin Flint led to the event’s departure from the Williamsburg site. Click here for the rest of the story.

Pug Reunited with Owner After Being Lost for Five Days

A remarkable reunion in one Northern Michigan community Thursday after the family dog made his way home… After being missing for 5 days! Chubbs the dog went missing last Thursday and search after search — nobody could find him. Read more about the story here.

“Flying” Dogs Entertain Traverse City Audience


The East Bay Calvary Church in Traverse City was the site of the Extreme Canines Stunt Dog Show on Saturday, February 7th. The event had so much interest that they ended up having two shows that day. I was lucky enough to get a reserved front row seat to see all the action (thanks Pastor Dallas Dix) but I do apologize in advance for the blurry photos. I either need a faster camera, a better camera operator or slower dogs! Continue reading

Horse North Needs a Horse Trailer

horse north trailer

Horse North Rescue is a non profit 501c3 horse rescue. They rescue horses who are abused or neglected as well as taking in horses whose owners are unable to care for them. They are a 100% volunteer run rescue and currently rely on the use of volunteers trucks/horse trailers when there is a need. A trailer is always needed to deliver or pick up horses and when animal control calls to serve a search warrant they must be ready to quickly respond. It is difficult to respond as quickly as they would like when they have to coordinate finding a trailer to use. If they had a trailer of their own they could also use it to haul hay/feed. Please consider contributing to such a great cause. Click here to donate.

Annual Winter Dog Walk to Benefit AC PAW and PEACE Ranch

June McGrath, of AC PAW, accepts funds raised from 2014 Winter Dog Walk. Representing PSNN are members Val Dietz (left) Woofers On The Run-Dog Running, Walking & Pet Sitting & Laurie Conney (right) 45th Parallel Pet Services. Photo credit: Pet Sitters Network North.

June McGrath, of AC PAW, accepts funds raised from 2014 Winter Dog Walk. Representing PSNN are former member Val Dietz (left) Woofers On The Run-Dog Running, Walking & Pet Sitting & Laurie Conney (right) 45th Parallel Pet Services. Photo credit: Pet Sitters Network North.

The first blush of spring is in the air. Take advantage and enjoy the season by participating in Pet Sitters Network North’s (PSNN) third annual Winter Dog Walk. Open to the general public, the walk raises funds and awareness for two local animal rescues, AC PAW, celebrating its 20th year, and PEACE Ranch, a horse (and human) rescue. The walk, in honor of Professional Pet Sitters Week, kicks off on Saturday, March 7th at 1:00 pm at the Silver Lake Recreation Area by the Pavilion, 1785 N. East Silver Lake Road, Traverse City. The fun afternoon event includes a goody bag for each participant filled with local dog related special offers and information, plus a doggie treat courtesy of D.O.G. BakeryContinue reading

2015 Michigan Animal Welfare Fund Grant Winners


The state income tax check-off distributed more than $165,000 this year to registered animal shelters to fund qualified programs. You may see your local animal shelter in this year’s list: if so, your community will soon be benefitting from the funds! Please remember to donate to the fund on your state tax return this year, to keep the life-saving improvements at Michigan animal shelters coming! These winning programs were chosen by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. The enabling legislation was originally spearheaded by the Michigan Humane Society. Continue reading


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