Missaukee Pets Enjoy Beds from Shelter Challenge Contest

For the second time, the Missaukee Humane Society in Lake City was the happy recipient of Alpha Pooch Pet Beds from The Fun in the Sun Shelter Challenge for The Animal Rescue Site.


They received 50 pet beds and as you can see, the cats and kittens are very grateful to be treated to such luxurious accommodations. Continue reading

Cherryland Humane Society’s Next Chapter

For the last decade, the nonprofit Cherryland Humane Society has struggled with both financial woes (including a mortgage debt of over $700,000) and public perception issues (a police investigation into euthanasia procedures at the shelter).

Heidi Yates, hired as the new executive director in May, says she was aware of those challenges when she left the Humane Society & Animal Rescue of Muskegon County to come to Traverse City. In Muskegon, Yates helped her shelter receive a “most improved” award in 2014 from the Michigan Pet Fund Alliance for boosting its save rate from 46 percent to 94 percent in one year. Now she’s working on turning around Cherryland Humane Society. For the rest of the story, click here.

Northern Michigan Author Releases Book Inspired by Traverse City Radio Host’s Passing of Dog


photo credits: Richard Alan Hall’s FB Page

A book launch for Northern Michigan author Richard Alan Hall took place in downtown Traverse City at Horizon Books on September 19th. “No Gray Twilights” features a seeing-eye dog—a Golden Retriever by the name of Little Miss.

talking to crowd

While writing No Gray Twilights, Hall’s friend Colleen Wares experienced a significant loss when her dog Daisy, which she had raised from a pup, died. Wares, a popular and respected host on WTCM radio, shared news of Daisy’s declining health, subsequent passing and the grief she experienced through loving and heart-wrenching Facebook posts. For the rest of the story, click here.

crowd at horizon

To buy the paperback on Amazon, click here.

Pup North Opens Retail Store October 17th

from http://www.traverseticker.com/

Popular e-retailer Pup North – which launched last fall offering “apparel and accessories designed for Michigan’s four-legged explorers” – is opening a brick-and-mortar store at The Village at Grand Traverse Commons in Traverse City.

Co-founders Rachel Tompkins and Lauren Maxwell will host their grand opening October 17 in the Mercato in Building 50. “We’ll have an emphasis on Michigan-made, high-quality dog gifts and accessories such as leashes, toys and treats,” says Maxwell, who adds the store will also offer “human apparel” and goods.

Distemper on the Rise in Charlevoix County Wildlife

There’s a disease on the rise among wildlife in Charlevoix County. Local animal control officials say Distemper in wildlife is up, especially in raccoons. They say there’s been 35 complaints since June. Distemper is a viral disease in animals that attacks the gastro-intestinal and respiratory tracts. Animal control says they’re concerned about the safety of domestic pets in the area. And have some tips for pet-owners in the area. For the rest of the story, please click here.

Cadillac Dog Park Opens – and is Vandalized


After two years of planning and meetings, the Cadillac Dog Park is now open to dogs and their owners. The first phase of construction was completed thanks to donations from the community and the park is now enclosed by a fence. There are also waste bags and a parking area. The Park is separated into two sections for big and small dogs.

Unfortunately, right after the Park was open, it was vandalized. Vandals stole dog waste bag dispensers and signs, littered trash and broke into a nearby building. If you have any information on this crime, call the police at 231-775-3491.

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dogs playing open house

Dog Park organizer Bill Allen has led the effort to have a Dog Park in Cadillac and keeps up with supporters through emails and the Park’s Facebook page here. Continue reading

Rogue Michigan Animal Shelters – Ignoring Laws, Killing People’s Pets and Manipulating Statistics


Baylee didn't deserve to die for being old and blind.

Baylee didn’t deserve to die for being old and blind.

Imagine your senior dog gets loose and wanders away from home. He is blind and has a tumor on his belly. You search desperately to find him, looking around the neighborhood and on the internet. You post information about him online on the lost and found sites. Seven hours after the search begins, you see his photo on the internet. Someone has found him and your local county-run animal shelter, the Saginaw County Animal Shelter, has your dog. He is SAFE. Or so you think. You go first thing in the morning to pick up your dog, the little bundle of fur that has lived with your family for 11 years, only to find out that your tax-payer funded animal shelter has killed your dog. In fact, they killed him one hour and twenty-five minutes after picking him up even though there is a stray hold law in Michigan that says they must hold onto stray animals without identification for four days. They have broken the law and broken your heart. This happened to Laurie Lamberth’s Cocker Spaniel, Baylee, in June of this year.

Saginaw County’s excuse for killing the dog can be found in Michigan’s animal law MCL 287.388 Section 8. This law states that there is an exception to the stray hold law if an animal is “sick or injured to the extent that the holding period would cause undue suffering.” But that paragraph was never intended to be used to allow an Animal Control Officer (with no veterinarian’s license) to make a judgement call on whether your pet is too old or disabled or too un-groomed to live. It was meant for pets who have gotten shot, have been in dogfights, gotten hit by cars, have Parvo or are sick or injured to the point of truly suffering. These are instances that humane Michigan animal shelters consider when euthanizing a pet before there is time to find an owner. Continue reading

Walk, Bike or Run to Help Michigan Pets in Local Animal Shelters


What’s more fun than a walk with your favorite dog – or two or three? What if there was a way that you could help donate money to your local animal shelter or rescue organization while you are on your walks? There is a a mobile app by Wooftrax called “Walk for a Dog” that does just that. Wooftrax has partnered with 6,000 shelters all over the United States for a combined total of more than 3 million walks.

Walk for a Dog is a mobile app for Android and iPhone. After downloading the app onto your smartphone, take the phone with you when you walk your dog/s and press the “Start Walking” button to keep track of your walk. When your walk is done, that walk is credited to your selected shelter or rescue group. The app will show you how many people are walking for that organization and will also keep track of how far you walk and other information. There are also buttons to keep track of your runs and biking. You can download the name and photos of the dog who will be walking with you and keep track of their walks as well. You will need to be outside for the app to work. Continue reading

Service Dogs Being Trained for Northern Michigan Veterans

Kimberly Wattles-Prud'homme and Trace.

Kimberly Wattles-Prud’homme and Trace.

All across the United States, there have been numerous stories about how service dogs are helping veterans cope with PTSD and other issues resulting from their service to our country. Although the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs says that there is not enough research yet to know if dogs actually help treat PTSD and its symptoms, there is flood of anecdotal evidence that says otherwise. More and more organizations are being started all over the country to train dogs so they can be matched with veterans. Now there is hope for veterans living in central and Northern Michigan in the counties of Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Wexford, Otsego, Charlevoix, Antrim, Isabella, Gladwin, Roscommon, Midland, Bay, Clare and Marquette.

A Northern Michigan organization called Dogs in Honor (DIH) pairs and trains veterans with service dogs to create a healthy, mutually beneficial working team. Often these dogs can bring a veteran out of depression and isolation and gives them the ability to function more normally in a public setting. Dogs can be trained to retrieve objects, help with balance, help a veteran to get up, remind them to take medicine, alert them to things such as nightmares, stand guard, snuggle, distract them and relieve their stress and anxiety – in addition to being a constant companion. Continue reading

Will the Berrien County Commissioners Finally Stop Gassing Dogs and Cats to Death? Debate Set for Thursday.

photo credit: animallawcoalition.com

photo credit: animallawcoalition.com

UPDATE: Berrien County Commissioners vote unanimously on August 27th to discontinue using the gas chamber to kill their shelter pets. They will stop using the gas chamber within 90 days. Read more about it here.

The Berrien County Board of Commissioners is meeting on Thursday, August 27th, to discuss keeping the carbon monoxide gas chamber at the animal shelter and its continued use in a new facility. Although the debate on animal euthanasia is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. those who wish to make a public comment about the issue need to be there at 8:30 a.m. when the Board meeting begins. The public will be allowed two minutes for each person to make a comment just after roll call and minutes approval. The meeting, which will be held at the Berrien County Administration Center, 701 Main St. in St. Joseph, will include a presentation given to the BOC. While there may be discussion amongst the Board of Commissioners, it is not anticipated that any formal action will be taken during this meeting.

Animal Control Director Val Grimes, who will attend Thursday’s meeting, has endorsed the gas chamber, arguing that it’s safer for staff and less painful for animals. Although other news articles have said that at least six commissioners have stated their willingness to get rid of the gas chamber, none of these commissioners have been named and none of them responded with their position to go on record when emailed by Pet Friends Magazine.

Consider a dog named Sam who sits in a cage in a Berrien County Animal Shelter and sadly waits for its owner to come find him. He wonders, “where are mom and dad?” He had gotten loose from his tie out in the yard and decided to explore. He kept exploring for almost a month. He even ended up in another county after running a lot and hitching a ride with a few passing cars. Then someone found him and brought him to the Berrien County Animal Shelter. His mom and dad didn’t know where he is – they aren’t even searching for him in the right county. Continue reading

Traverse City Area Public Schools to Bring Dogs to ‘Sniff’ Out’ Safety Hazards

Traverse City Area Public Schools are being proactive by starting a safety dog pilot program that will ‘sniff out’ items banned on school grounds. TCAPS says they are partnering with Interquest Detection Canines that will bring safety dogs into TCAPS middle schools and high schools during the 2015/2016 school year.

“A key goal for the program is to minimize the disruption that prohibited items can cause to the school day,” said Sander Scott, associate superintendent of Traverse City Area Public Schools. The dogs are Labrador retrievers and have been trained to sniff out items that are prohibited on school grounds. Click here for the rest of the story.

More than 80 Horribly Neglected and Abused Animals Seized in Alpena County

Photo credit: Huron Humane Society of Alpena's FB page

Photo credit: Huron Humane Society of Alpena’s FB page

In Alpena County, Michigan, deputies with the Alpena County Sheriff’s Office seized more than 80 animals from horrific conditions, reports the news release here.

Deputies were assisted by Alpena County Animal Control, Huron Humane Society, and the Michigan Department of Agriculture in the seizure of dogs, pigs, donkeys, birds and other livestock. One animal control officer described 30 cocker spaniels running free inside of the home with matted coats and covered in feces. According to MLive, their paw pads were encrusted with dried feces, making it difficult for the dogs to even walk. Horses and donkeys were kept inside of a barn with pigs; the only light coming in from beneath the doors. Officer Lexee Cronk, stated, “It was by far one of the worst neglect cases we’ve seen. They (the horses) never got to move into the pasture.”

For the rest of the story, click here.


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