Wexford County Shelter Shares to Form Non-Profit Group

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.

Dog Attacks Grand Traverse County Deputy, Kills Another Dog

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.

Missaukee Humane Society On Their Way to Build a New Cat Quarantine

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.

Traverse City’s Pets Naturally Buys D.O.G. Bakery

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.

Cade is Newest K9 Officer in Grand Traverse County

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.

Readers Shower North Dog Hospice, Silver Muzzle Cottage, with Donations

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.

Funds Needed to Help Rescued Rabbits

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

Dogs Can Get Lyme Disease Too

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 

How You Can Help to Save Kittens from Being Killed in Shelters by Being a Kitten Caregiver

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

Pageant Runner-Up and Pit Bull Advocate Competing Again

Traverse City’s Jessica Mason Froehlich, First Runner Up in the Ms. America Pageant, will be competing on April 29th and 30th in the Mrs. Michigan Pageant in Jenison, representing Traverse City. Women across our state compete to be Mrs. Michigan, which is the state level pageant for the Mrs. America Pageant. Mrs. America is the premier pageant for married women over the age of 18. Women compete in three categories including interview (50%), physical fitness/swimsuit (25%) and evening gown. Froehlich says, “the interview is the most important piece because that is most reflective of what the year as Mrs. Michigan will look like. The title allows the winner to do just about anything she desires to make a difference in her community.The crown commands the attention necessary to make the biggest impact.”

Froehlich continues her work in bully prevention and that will be her platform again during this pageant. She gives presentations at schools, teaching kids to identify bullying behaviors in themselves and teaches them skills to solve the problem, get help, call out bullying in their friends and also to stand up to those who may be acting out against them. She says, “Teaching kids to act with compassion, rather than just reacting to a situation, helps them become for thoughtful and kind. These are skills that will not only serve them through their lives, but will improve our society as a whole.” Continue reading

Pets Naturally Named a Top Ten Finalist for Small Business of the Year

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.

Petition Drive Started to Get Justice for Ronnie the Cat

photo credit: upnorthlive.com

In November of 2016, a cat was found duct taped in Grand Traverse County. Mykhaylo Narolskyy, a Ukranian, has been charged with abandonment/cruelty to an animal. He appeared in court for his arraignment on Friday, April 21st and pleaded not guilty through a translator. He will receive a court appointed attorney and an observer in court noted that the trial date will be May 11th. The Judge in the case is Michael S. Stepka who grew up in Traverse City and graduated from Traverse City Central High School and went on to graduate from NMC, Central Michigan University and the University of Detroit School of Law.

Animal advocates in the county, with the help of Jennifer Isbell with Pet Friends Magazine, have put together a petition to present to the Prosecutor and the Judge so that they know that the community takes this crime seriously and wants the maximum sentencing imposed. The signers of the petition are asking for the maximum sentence of 92 days in jail, $1000 fine and 200 hours of community service in addition to Narolskyy not being allowed to own animals and requiring that he cover the cost of the cat’s veterinary care.

You can sign the petition outside the entrance to the Traverse City library this Saturday, April 29th from 10 am to 3 pm. Signatures of Grand Traverse County residents are especially needed on the petition, however anyone who is concerned about the case can sign it.

It has also been learned that Ronnie passed away of cancer a few months ago. As sad as that news is, many animal lovers in Traverse City hope that justice can be served for him in this case. A maximum sentence would also serve as a message to other potential abusers that animal cruelty will be taken seriously in our county.