Did you know that if you bring a pet into Michigan or even if your relatives do, you need documentation to cross state lines? Well that’s actually the law and many people don’t even know it. The state wants you buy a certificate through a private veterinarian before you bring a pet into Michigan, yet it’s almost certain that you will never get asked for proof that your animal is certified. Click here for more info.
Monthly Archives: December 2013
AC PAW and Handds to the Rescue came together to form No Unwanted Pets, a spay/neuter coalition to prevent unwanted litters of cats and dogs. Over the past four months, they have participated in a local event called “Swingshift and the Stars” where charities compete against each other in a dancing competition. At the December finale, No Unwanted Pets ended up with a total of $49,367.97 to fund future spaying and neutering efforts. More information will be available about these efforts soon.
From the Michigan Dept. of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD)
Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) State Veterinarian Dr. James Averill today announced that 22 facilities have been awarded $184,772 from the Michigan Animal Welfare fund.
The Michigan Animal Welfare fund was established under Public Act 132 of 2007 as a tax check-off to support animal shelters statewide. This year’s awards will go to the spaying and neutering of animals, fund registration fees and speakers for large animal anti-cruelty training conferences, and help cover costs for protecting and caring for Michigan animals subjected to cruelty or neglect. Continue reading
The following statement was posted to the Bellwether Harbor Facebook site on December 10th, 2013…
I need to let you all know we are experiencing a problem at our animal shelter that has made it necessary to close our doors until further notice for the protection of you, your pets, and the community we serve. We have a few animals and 2 staff members that have been diagnosed with Ringworm. We are in the process of determining the extent of this problem with the animals in our care and in our building. As you can imagine, we are all in major cleaning mode right now. Please be patient with us as we work through this problem.
Diagnosing and treating this problem will be costly. If you would like to help us during this time and after, there are numerous ways you can help. Financial support is at the top of our list! Your monetary donations would be greatly appreciated in order to purchase diagnostic materials and treatment medications. If you would prefer to donate material goods, we are working on setting up a gift registry with Walmart and The Container Store. Gift cards from Walmart, Petco and Tractor Supply would be greatly appreciated to help us replenish material goods we have needed to remove due to our inability to disinfect them. You also might consider giving gift certificates from our area restaurants to sustain our staff that are working diligently and need nourishment. Any and all donations would be greatly appreciated!!!
When we have more information, we will let you know. Thank you so much for your understanding, patience and support during this time.
Bellwether Harbor Founder and Shelter Director
Trial periods: It’s something that every other local animal shelter that I contacted offers to pet adopters because it’s common sense that animals act differently in a home than in a shelter. If you have kids or other pets, there can be additional problems and the animal may feel threatened or be uncomfortable. Animal shelters and rescue groups offer trial periods where an adopter is allowed to take the animal into their home to make sure it’s a good match for their household. If it doesn’t work out, they are allowed to bring the animal back to the shelter within a certain time period to get a refund. The goal of any good shelter or rescue group is to make a good match so that the animal stays in that home forever and trial periods are the way to get things started off on the right foot. Continue reading
TV9&10 had a poll question in which they asked Northern Michigan which charities are their favorite. The top five answers were: The Salvation Army, Father Fred Traverse City, Angels of Action Big Rapids, Love Inc. and AC PAW!
There’s a new pet store in Traverse City and it’s all natural. Pets Naturally, owned by dog lover Kathy Hyland, is a premiere health food store for your pets. They sell only foods, treats and toys that are 100% safe, made lovingly in the United States and Canada, chosen specifically by their knowledgeable staff. Their mission is to guide pet owners into making the right decisions when it comes to feeding their four-legged friends.
When Hyland’s Boston Terrier, Lucy, became sick with intestinal and skin problems, (PHOTO OF KATHY WITH LUCY & BEN) she decided to find out for herself what was going on with Lucy. She spent time researching pet foods and was shocked to find out some of the truths about the pet food industry. Many of the major commercial brands are owned by corporate giants and the quality of pet food has been compromised to make way for profits. Lucy’s diet was changed to a healthy, whole food kibble containing real meat and no corn. Her issues subsided. This is where Hyland’s passion to help other pets was born. Lucy is now a healthy and active 12-year-old. Continue reading
Maple Grove Township in Kaleva Discussing Passing an Ordinance to Prohibit the Feeding of Stray Cats
Mary Lasko, a Manistee County woman, is facing a possible new ordinance in Maple Grove Township that would stop her from feeding stray cats on her property. Lasko uses her own money to feed the cats and also have them fixed so they won’t continue to have litters of kittens. For years, people have left unwanted cats on her property and she has been doing what she can to keep them alive and to keep their numbers down.
The township will have a meeting on Monday, December 16th at 7 pm. If you are a resident of this township and have a comment to make on this issue, please attend the meeting. You can also call the township office to voice your opinion on the proposed ordinance at (231) 362-3825.
UPDATED JANUARY 1, 2014
Olympic Animal Sanctuary dogs safe and settled in Arizona
Animal lovers have been watching closely the past week as the sad tale of the Olympic Animal Sanctuary began to unfold. The sanctuary in Forks, Washington came under fire by animal advocates for the alleged inhumane treatment of the dogs. While the story started to unfold, the dogs and sanctuary owner Steve Markwell disappeared. Click here for updated info. on the story.
UPDATED DECEMBER 20, 2013
I have been following protests going on in Washington involving an animal sanctuary called Olympic Animal Sanctuary in the City of Forks. On their website, the Sanctuary says, “The Olympic Animal Sanctuary takes care of dogs that have been turned down by all other shelters and organizations because they were deemed dangerous. Dogs that have severely injured people or killed other animals, feral dogs, wolf hybrids, and coyote hybrids – animals that simply aren’t welcome in our society anymore are welcomed at Olympic Animal Sanctuary.”
I have read numerous articles and have been following the Facebook page of Dogs Deserve Better who are involved in protesting the fact that this shelter isn’t being shut down by the City because of the suspected animal abuse going on inside. You can read one of the many stories here. They jumped into helping the situation about a month ago.
No, this isn’t happening in Grand Traverse County – or even in Michigan. But dogs and cats don’t know what boundaries are. And neither does animal cruelty. Continue reading
Often when you think of animal rescue groups, most people think of dogs, cats and horses. However, there are many other animals that people get involved with rescuing as well including birds. Husband and wife team, Jake & Tara Hurlin, decided that they wanted to start a parrot rescue and have named it Hurlin’s Hospitality and Parrot Rescue which is operated out of their house in Traverse City.
Hurlin’s Hospitality and Parrot Rescue specializes in urgent and severe rescue including life or death situations and birds in a state of emergency such as abandonment. They also offer a boarding service to help fund their rescue. They just started their rescue group although they have been rescuing parrots for several years.
Parrots are often in need of rescue because their owners have to give them up for a behavior issue or a life change in which the person no longer has time for the bid. Because some larger parrots can outlive their owners, they are a huge commitment to make as a pet. Owners should think about what would happen to their Parrot if something would happen to them and the bird would need to be re-homed. For more information about the life spans of Parrots, please click here. Continue reading
On November 2nd, NorthWoods Animal Coalition volunteers served about 60 KEGS of Bell’s Beer at the Iceman Cometh Race at Timber Ridge Resort. In return, NAC received a $1000 donation for Kalkaska Animal Shelter’s New Building Fund for the shelter’s new outdoor runs. There is over $12,500 in the account now.
Mr. Bill Allen has been working hard trying to get a dog park in Cadillac. He found a location that the City is already maintaining and spoke with the City about what’s needed to move ahead with the idea. He has put together an Advisory Committee for this project and recently had a meeting at the Cadillac Municipal Complex with interested Cadillac residents, including Mayor Bill Barnett. The dog park group is called the “Diggins Hill Committee” but the area for the park would be off Chestnut Street in the grassy area behind the Cadillac Tree Zoo.
Concerned about the safety and health of the dogs visiting the park, Allen feels that a good way to deal with that issue is having a pass system. Unlike the Traverse City dog park (which had a puppy enter with the Parvo virus), a pass system would allow more control over who enters the dog park. A pass system could require a dog owner to prove their dog is vaccinated and healthy before they are given a pass and allowed to enter. A pass system would also allow the City to make money to help maintain the park as well as know how many users are going to the park. Without requiring dog owners to enter with only healthy and vaccinated pets, they are opening up the park to diseases and in the case of Parvo, that virus can live on the ground for anywhere from six months to a year before it is gone.
The next meeting about the dog park will be on January 8th and Allen is also hoping that people are willing to speak to the City Council on January 6th at their meeting to show their support for the park.
If you are interested in joining the efforts of having a dog park in Cadillac, you can email Mr. Allen here: firstname.lastname@example.org