Monthly Archives: April 2013

Fireworks – Fun for Few, Nuisance for Most

Editorial by Barb Polzin
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State Representative Harold Haugh, (D) Roseville, wrote the law,  Fireworks Safety Act, that rocked our state with noise night after night in 2012. The vote tally in the legislature was 98 – 10 for the law. Republicans 87% for/12% against. Democrats 92% for/4% against and 1 not voting. It was reasoned that Michigan residents were going out of state buying their fireworks in another state and lighting them illegally in Michigan so why not have the revenue stay in MI. Did the legislature think the law breakers that lit them illegally before would actually follow the law now and also use common sense? Well, we all know they did neither and yet this was their reward for previously breaking the law.  If one has common sense they wouldn’t disrupt neighbors with this nonsense. Night after night of what the pyros call their hobby keeping residents awake, making our pets a nervous wreck and scaring wildlife.  After 45 years of peace, we now have bomb like explosions in our lives, creating problems between neighbors.

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Wanna Go for a Walk? New Dog Walking Group Looking for Friends!

“Dog owners who don’t walk their dog are missing a great opportunity to get physical activity and stay healthy,” says researcher Cindy Lentino, MS, an exercise scientist at George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services who spoke to about the benefits of dog walking. According to her study, dog walkers are more physically fit by keeping down their weight and blood pressure as well as having less stress. Her findings showed that dog owners who walked their pets regularly were less likely to have symptoms of depression and high cholesterol as well as being less likely to use tobacco products. They were also about 1/3 less likely to have the risk of diabetes.

Woofers On the Run and Canis Major Pet Care has taken dog walking to a new level by starting the TC Dog Walking Group. The group meets the first and third Wednesday of every month from May through October at 6:30 p.m. They walk the Civic Center Loop Trail (1213 W. Civic Center Drive in Traverse City), starting at the basketball courts.


If this sounds like a fun group for you and your dog, please join them with your friendly, vaccinated dog or dogs on non-retractable leashes and don’t forget your poop bags! You can walk any distance and at any pace. It’s free and open to all. Participation in the dog walking group assumes some level of uncertainty and the organizers of this walk can not be held responsible for you or your dog’s actions or those of other participants or their dogs. This is an unstructured setting with groups of dogs who don’t know each other – it’s not a good setting to teach overly-fearful, timid or aggressive dogs better skills.

Please remember to give other dogs ample space as you arrive and start to walk and please watch your dogs carefully. The primary goal of the walks is to get exercise – for both you and your dogs.

Woofers Tip #1: The faster the pace, the more focused the dog stays. A brisk walk is exponentially more productive than a leisurely stroll.

Woofers Tip #2: If your dog has not been exercising, do not overdo it to start. Just like people, they need to build up their pace and distance slowly, so that they do not get hurt. Consistency is the key to any of us gaining the benefits that exercise can bring. Walking daily is best!

Traverse City Area Animal Welfare Groups Join Forces to Promote Spay & Neuter

The newly created “No Unwanted Pets: Spay/Neuter Coalition of Grand Traverse Area” was formed by AC PAW, HANDDS to the Rescue and UN-Cats. These three organizations have distinct, yet similar missions. AC PAW has a goal of helping homeless dogs and cats through rescuing these animals, fostering them in homes, and adopting them to forever homes. HANDDS (Helping Abused, Neglected, Disabled, and Displaced Souls) is dedicated to saving those dogs that would otherwise be euthanized due to lack of space, medical conditions, or severe injuries. The mission of UN-Cats is to provide shelter, food, medical care, and adoptive homes for cats, especially those with feline leukemia and FIV positive.

One common mission of all three groups is promotion of spay and neuter; thus the formation of the No Unwanted Pets: Spay/Neuter Coalition of Grand Traverse Area. United together, the mission of this Coalition is to reduce the pain and suffering of dogs and cats caused by the devastating over-population problem in the Grand Traverse area.



While each group promotes spay/neuter within their organization, the problem of too many unwanted dogs and cats is unrealized and wide-spread in their community.

Please join them on their Facebook page by clicking here.

Public Hearing About Wexford County Animal Shelter Scheduled

The Wexford County Board of Commissioners has scheduled a public hearing on Tuesday, May 7th at 5:30 p.m. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the future direction of the Animal Control program. It will be held at the Wexford County Civic Center at 1320 N. Mitchell in Cadillac.


Residents Spark Potential for Grayling Area Dog Park

Grayling citizens are urging local officials to develop a special place local residents, tourists and people traveling on I-75  can spend time with their dogs. Katie Tinker, a Grayling resident, pitched the idea of developing a dog park in the Grayling area at the Grayling Charter Township Board of Trustees’ regular monthly meeting last week. For more on this story please click here.

Elvis Has Left the Building…Along with the Four “Court Case Cats” from Wexford County

Almost 300 days later…four of the most deserving cats in Michigan have ALL BEEN ADOPTED and are out of the shelter and the small cages that they have been living in for almost a year.

April 16th was FREEDOM DAY. They were seized by Wexford County on July 5th, 2012 when their owner moved and left the four cats in the house. The case didn’t make much progress and the cats sat in limbo, taking up much needed cage space as other cats were taken into the shelter.


That was their life – in a small cage for 286 days. And then they were finally put up for adoption. Continue reading

Congressman Jim Moran Proposes Bill to Ban Gas Chamber Euthanasia

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Congressma Jim Moran of northern Virginia has been an outspoken advocate of animal rights on Capitol Hill. He serves as a senior member of the Appropriations Committee and a Ranking Member on the Subcommittee on the Interior and Environment. Congressman Moran has a long history of supporting the humane treatment of animals in the United States.

This coming week he plans to reintroduce a bill to the House of Representatives that would ban the use of gas chambers to euthanize shelter animals. Use of the gas chamber for euthanasia is already banned in 20 states to the extreme cruelty involved. Congressman Moran’s bill would make this practice illegal in all 50 states. For more on the story and how you can help support this legislation please click here.

Cherryland Humane Society/Grand Traverse County Animal Control Agreement Passes Unanimously

On Wednesday, April 24th, the Grand Traverse County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to accept the dog boarding agreement between Grand Traverse County and the Cherryland Humane Society. This vote was made after another unanimous vote was made in favor of the contract by the Grand Traverse County Ways & Means Commission on April 17th.

The start date for the Humane Society to start boarding the County’s dogs could be as soon as June 1st; however, that is still being worked out between the County and the Humane Society.

Click on cherryland agreement for the current contract that was voted on.

According to Administrator, Dave Benda, the agreement includes provisions that specify a broad range of the Humane Society’s responsibilities, including placement and release, euthanasia, care and feeding, maintenance of the kennels, emergency treatment and fee collections.

The base boarding fee is $2,262.00 per month ($27,144 a year) and is based on a previous five-year average of 343 animals. If the number of county animals received by the Humane Society exceeds 343, the county agrees to pay an additional $10 per day per additional animal.

Benda also states that based upon previous year activity, the new agreement is estimated to cost the county an additional $5,000 per year. However, it will also allow the two Animal Control Officers to spend an additional 3-5 hours per day in the field addressing concerns and inquiries of the public. The public will have expanded access to find lost or adoptable animals six days per week in a single location.

Pet Friends Magazine endorsed this agreement and looks forward to the dogs having a much better living environment while they are waiting to be reunited with their families – or go up for adoption.

Little Traverse Bay Humane Society Rescues 12 Puppy Mill Dogs

The Little Traverse Bay Humane Society in Harbor Springs recently took in 12 puppy mill dogs from a group called The Puppy Mill Project.

My name is Porter and I'm a handsome Schnauzer mix seeking my forever home. I'm good with other dogs since I've spent four years living with many, but children would be too much for me. I can be a little bashful until I get used to my new home and family. In time I'll become accustomed to the outside world, but my new family will have to be patient with me. I sure look forward to a actual home that will take good care of me and love me forever.

My name is Porter and I’m a handsome Schnauzer mix seeking my forever home. I’m good with other dogs since I’ve spent four years living with many, but children would be too much for me. I can be a little bashful until I get used to my new home and family. In time I’ll become accustomed to the outside world, but my new family will have to be patient with me. I sure look forward to a actual home that will take good care of me and love me forever.

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Introducing the New Executive Director of the Charlevoix Area Humane Society

386471_2755347695795_1117917346_nRobert H. MacKenzie (Scott) is the new Executive Director of the Charlevoix Area Humane Society. This letter is from the Humane Society’s website:


I would like to introduce myself. My name is Scott MacKenzie, and I am excited and proud to serve as the new Executive Director of the Charlevoix Area Humane Society. The CAHS Mission is “To practice and promote the principle that every life is precious. As such, we are committed to the highest principles of humane care and professional treatment of injured, ill, neglected or abused animals”. This mission aligns with my own personal beliefs, so I feel my new position at the CAHS is a great match. I would like to personally thank you for your past support of such a worthy organization. Continue reading

Animal Abuser Registry Proposed in Michigan

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People in Michigan who are cruel to animals should have to register just as sex offenders do, a state lawmaker says. Rep. Harvey Santana, D-Detroit, introduced a bill to create an animal abuser registry similar to the Michigan Sex Offender Registry. For the rest of the story, please click here.

To support the bill and contact your lawmaker, please click here.

Sweet Mia Needs a Foster or Permanent Home

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Discounted Portrait Session Offered to Raise Money for Animal Rescue Group

Katie Lorenz of Sisters Studio out of Cadillac is offering a limited number of discounted portrait session gift cards available exclusively to animal lovers. Sessions can be booked in the studio or on location and expire December 2013. Please feel free to visit the website here and contact Katie with any questions at 231.920.2459

Prices are as follows:

$85 | Family, Children’s or Baby’s Session (1 hour) and a free 11×14
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K9s Sniff out Michigan Schools, Businesses and Beyond, Creating New Levels of Safety

Complete K-9 LLC, a canine intervention company, is expanding their business throughout West Michigan and beyond. It is one of the first Michigan businesses designed specifically to help schools, police departments, and all types of companies and organizations. Continue reading