Monthly Archives: March 2013

Wexford County Animal Shelter Killed at Least 52 Pets in 2012 Before Owners Could Claim Them

Imagine your cat darting out of your house while you are away for a few days taking care of a sick relative. Your neighbor, who is watching your cat while you are away, calls you in a panic because they can’t find your baby. You come home as soon as you can, two days later, and go to the Wexford County Animal Shelter in person to look for your cat. It’s not there. You visit every day for two weeks but you never find your kitty. After a few months of looking, you sadly decide that someone must have kept your best friend and you hope that he or she is doing okay in their new home. Your heart is broken but there isn’t anything else you can do. What you don’t know is that someone found your cat, turned it into the shelter and it was killed the next day.

If the Wexford County Animal Shelter would have abided by the state’s mandated hold times for stray pets, you would have found your cat safe and sound at the shelter. But according to their own records in the animal shelter’s adopt-a-friend computer system, they DON’T always abide by the state’s mandated hold times for pets.  Continue reading


Michigan First to Certify Animal Rescues to Save More Lives

The Michigan Pet Fund Alliance opened enrollment for the Michigan Rescue Certification Program (MRCP) on Monday, March 1, 2013. Foster-based animal rescue groups that are not yet certified for 2013 are asked to submit an online application between March 1 and April 30. The application link, program description and documents are available here. Continue reading

Is Traverse City Going to the Dogs?

From the Ticker…

The dog days of summer are still months away, but is becoming a canine-friendly town? According to, the most pet-friendly city for Fido is Portland, Ore. with more than 32 dog parks. That got The Ticker thinking, just how dog-friendly is TC? Click here for more info.

Manistee Animal Shelter Needs Help with Dog Rescue – UPDATE 03-22-13

Homeward Bound Animal Shelter in Manistee is asking for help to care for 25 dogs that were recently seized by the Manistee County Sheriff from a Copemish home after investigating a tip about animal neglect. At the home, the Sheriff found almost 50 dogs who were covered in feces, in need of veterinary care and who were very underweight. About half of them are Siberian Huskies or Siberian mixes. Some of the dogs are Greyhound/Husky mixes and others are Alaskan Huskies. Most of the dogs are around 30 to 40 lbs., about half of the weight they are supposed to be.  Another 27 dogs will also probably be taken from the home as soon as foster homes or adopters can be found. The case is still being investigated by the Sheriff, who will write a report and turn it over to the county’s prosecutor.

Homeward Bound Animal Shelter is asking for fosters, preferably from already-established rescue groups, who can step forward to take care of the dogs as they don’t have room for the additional dogs that need to get out of the house. The dogs will need room to run and some of them will have special needs as a result of being neglected. Some of these rescued dogs will be fine with other dogs and some won’t. Only one of them appears to be initially aggressive but Homeward Bound will be working with him to see what progress they can make with him. Most of the dogs are lacking manners or they are terrified from the big changes in their lives.

The fostering and adoption process for these dogs will be more comprehensive and lengthy due to the fact that the dogs were used for racing and not really kept as pets. They are working animals and Homeward Bound will be asking that people fill out a compatibility form to make sure the dogs are placed in the best possible manner. The process won’t be quick and the dogs might not be up for adoption for a while, a month at the earliest. They ask for the public’s patience with the rehabilitation of the dogs so that appropriate placements can be made.

Homeward Bound appreciates the public’s response and their willingness to help these animals. They ask that if you’d like to help them, they could use donations of dog food, medical supplies and vet care (a vet tech). They would also appreciate firewood donated to keep the animals warm. They could also use big blankets that are easy to wash (not comforters or sleeping bags). They could also use extra shampoo for grooming as the dogs were in rough shape coming out of the house. You can donate to the shelter online here.

If you are interested in helping Homeward Bound please contact Brit Goda, MCHS Manager. The number at the shelter is 231-723-7387. You can contact Brit at

The Homeward Bound Animal Shelter is a non-profit community-based animal shelter located in Manistee County. They are not funded by any local, state or federal funds. All money used to maintain Homeward Bound and the animals comes from donations and fundraisers.

At Homeward Bound, no animal is euthanized because of time or space. They do not believe that putting one animal down to make room for another is right. As long as the pet is healthy, happy and non-aggressive, they stay until their “forever home” is found. Since opening their doors, they have taken in and found homes for approximately 1180 homeless pets.

Update 03-22-13:

Maxwell and Wanda Wiggins of Wiggi’s Mountain-Side Huskies were arraigned on charges of animal cruelty today regarding the story published above. You can read more about that here.

This is not the first time that Pet Friends Magazine has heard of this couple. They run Wiggi’s Mountain-Side Huskies, a dog sledding business which they ran independently at their home as well as partnering with the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa and Caberfae Peaks Ski & Golf Resort to offer dog sledding rides on the weekend.

Pet Friends Magazine ran into them a few years ago at a pet event at Crystal Mountain Resort and Spa in Thompsonville in October of 2009. The event was called “Goin’ to the Dogs” – a members’ appreciation weekend celebration. It was attended by animal rescue groups and other vendors. The Wiggins were there to do a dog sledding demonstration. They also had brought a crate with a bunch of sick looking puppies crammed into it. If that wasn’t already bad enough, it was a windy, rainy cold day and the dogs sat in the crate getting wet all day. The Wiggins were trying to give the dogs away but I think only one person took a puppy. The Wiggins were acting like the puppies weren’t “their” dogs but they were Huskies so it was obvious. Someone at the event even overheard Maxwell Wiggins at the end of the event say, “if somebody doesn’t take these pups with them, they will have to be put down.”

June of AC PAW took seven of the puppies when she left that day. It turned out that most of them had Parvo and AC PAW lost four of them. In addition to that, since people were handling the puppies and then touching other animals, two of the AC PAW puppies also got Parvo and AC PAW lost one of those as well. Handds to the Rescue also took five of the puppies and lost three of them. Although it was heartbreaking, Dorothy of Handds was happy that they at least found love for the days that they had left.

Sadly, AC PAW was only able to save three of these puppies

Sadly, AC PAW was only able to save three of these puppies

We’ll never know how many other dogs might have gotten sick at that event because of the Wiggins. Their arrest appears to be a culmination of years of neglect and abuse against the dogs they were supposed to be taking care of.

Horse Cruelty Investigation Workshop Draws Law Enforcement Personnel From Across the State

More than 30 law enforcement and animal welfare professionals from 19 counties descended upon Traverse City on February 27, 2013 for a Michigan Partnership for Animal Welfare (MPAW) workshop on horse cruelty investigations. The event was hosted by Cherryland Humane Society and was coordinated by MPAW and Grand Traverse Animal Control. Continue reading

Pet Sitters Network North Raises over $1,000 to Benefit Community Strays

In celebration of Professional Pet Sitters Week, Pet Sitters Network North (PSNN) hosted a Winter Dog Walk, on Saturday, March 9th, at the Grand Traverse County Civic Center. Sixty-two registrants and over 70 dogs gathered to walk the loop. Donations were being collected to benefit Cherryland Humane Society’s  to assist the dogs currently held at Animal Control. PSNN is thrilled to announce that $1060 in donations was received. PSNN matched the first $200 for a total of $1260 presented to Dr. David Burke, President of the CHS Board of Directors, and Mike Cherry, Executive Director, on Friday, March 15th. Continue reading

Cadillac Introducing New K9 Officer to City

Cadillac residents are invited to meet Sage, the newest police officer in the Cadillac Police Department. Sage is a two-year old Belgium Malinois and replaces Bo who was put to sleep in January after serving the city for about the last 9 years. Sage will be starting his new jobs soon with his partner, Lance Taylor, after another week of training. Sage will help Taylor by sniffing out criminals and assist with crimes where he’ll be needed to sniff for drugs or track missing persons. He can also do locker searches in schools. He will also participate in the DARE program and will help in other counties if needed.

The Sage meet and greet will be on Friday, March 15th at the Eldorado Golf Course and Cadillac Grill. The event is from 7 to 10 pm and the admission fee is $30 which will help with the cost of acquiring Sage and to cover costs for training. There will be door prizes and a silent auction as well as other activities during the night.

Eldorado is located at 7639 46 1/2 Mile Rd., Cadillac, MI 49601, just west of US-131 and M-115. For specific directions, call our Golf Shop at (231) 779-9977 or (888) DRIVE-18. You can also call the Cadillac Grill at (231) 779-3663.

Amazing and Adorable Adoptables in Saginaw…

Thinking about adding a new family member to your household? Look no farther. Here are some great pets for you to consider at the Saginaw County Animal Care Center. Located at 1312 Gratiot in Saginaw. Call the shelter’s adoption room at (989) 797-4504 or you can email them here. Their shelter hours are: Mon-Wed: 8:00am – 4:30pm, Thu- 8:00am – 7:00pm, Fri: 8:00am – 4:00pm, Sat – 12:00pm – 3:00pm. The adoption room is closed on Sundays and Mondays and will be open at 12:00 Tuesday through Saturday. Dog adoptions are $125 and cats are $90.



Sophie is a 3 year old spayed female. She and her brother, Leon, were surrendered by their owner because of allergies in the family. Sophie is a very sweet girl who has settled in nicely at the shelter. She weighs about 11 pounds and has slowly been gaining weight while sitting around in a cage for a month. She would love a new home to explore! Click here for her Petfinder link. Continue reading