Monthly Archives: January 2014

Create Your Own Love Story: Adopt a Puppy or Kitten for Your Family

There are currently many kittens and puppies available from local animal shelters and rescue groups right now. Many are available to be adopted and more are on the way.

Missaukee Humane Society

MHS has seven adorable Boxer/Lab puppies who will be ready for adoption in 2-3 weeks. Their mom, Remi, will also be up for adoption after the puppies are ready to go out on their own. She is a great dog and will be spayed ahead of time for her new family. She is about 1-1/2 years old and is a wonderful mom to her puppies.

Big Hoss (male), Scrappy (male), Toby (male), Scooter (male), Princess (female), Apollo (male), Cassanova (male) and mom Remi

Big Hoss (male), Scrappy (male), Toby (male), Scooter (male), Princess (female), Apollo (male), Cassanova (male) and mom Remi

Remi and her babies were living outdoors and a caring person called the MHS about their conditions. Their dog house had no straw and only a blanket to keep them warm through the cold Michigan winter. Although this was in Wexford County and the MHS does not have animal control authority in a different county, they could not leave the dogs in this condition. They visited the home to see if the owner would turn the dogs over to them and were happy to see that at least there was fresh straw in the dog house. The owner didn’t want to surrender the mother dog but the MHS explained that the puppies would need their mom because they weren’t weaned yet so they could not leave her behind. The owner signed all of the dogs over and also gave them a 50 pound bag of dog food for Remi. Continue reading


Lost Cost Spay Neuter Program Available


Northern Michigan Animal Rescue Network is offering a low co-pay for spaying and neutering during the early months of 2014. They want to stop unwanted litters and help keep your family pet or outside cats healthy. Please call early as this program is limited. 231-238-7297.

Northern Michigan Animal Rescue Network is a non-profit organization which consists of a network of volunteers who promote animal welfare and the prevention of cruelty to animals, educate the public regarding issues facing animals, transport animals in need of veterinary care and are involved in other animal rescue assistance. Their non-profit group operates out of Topinabee, Michigan in Cheboygan County.

Facebook page here.

Woofers On the Run is Celebrating Their Birthday by Inviting Everyone to a Dog Party


Woofers on the Run Running, Walking & Pet Sitting is turning one years old. Valeri Dietz started Woofers on the Run because she loves to run and walk with the dogs. She saw what a difference it can make in a dog’s life, keeping them happy and healthy. All friendly dogs (and their owners) are invited to celebrate on Saturday, January 25th from 2 to 3 pm at the Grand Traverse County Civic Center at the Covered Pavilion. There will be birthday cake for dogs and owners plus a group dog walk. If you’d like to bring a gift, durable dog toys are accepted for Stiggy’s Dogs (a non profit that transforms shelter dogs into service dogs for military veterans).

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Leelanau County Winter Straw for Outdoor Pets Available


The Leelanau County Straw Drop is sponsored by 45th Parallel Pet Services and Andrea Slater. First come first serve basis. Free to low income families in need of insulation for their outdoor companion animals. One bale per family, please. Straw bales are available NOW at the Hillside Feed & Supply store in Suttons Bay. Please call about availability. (231) 271-4988.

Animal Advocates Plan Rummage Sale to Fund New Non-Profit Group in Wexford County


Homeless and companion animals in Wexford County will be getting a lot of new friends soon when a group of animal lovers start up their non-profit organization this year. Plans are in motion to formally start the group as soon as possible and the group is hosting a big rummage sale on Saturday, January 18th in order to raise the fees that need to be paid for legal expenses. Any additional money raised will be used to fund future programs or animal assistance that the group will offer. The “Rummage to Rescue Sale” will be from 10 am to 4 pm on the 18th at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Cadillac. There will be rummage sale items, pet items, a bake sale and a silent auction.

Braveheart – AC PAW’S Christmas Miracle

Brave Heart

Braveheart is an AC Paw Christmas Miracle. He was found nearly buried and alive in a snowbank. It is fate that a sister of one of their volunteers decided to take a second trip to her mailbox. Even though she had already picked up the mail that day, something made her go back. She saw a black spot in the snowbank by her mailbox. To her surprise, she saw movement. When she approached the cat, she heard a cry for help. She quickly got some towels, wrapped him up and rushed Braveheart to Bay Area Animal Hospital. He was barely alive. They could not get a temperature reading. Continue reading

10 tips: Keeping Your Pets Safe During ‘Dog Days of Winter’ courtesy photo

Photo credit: Richland Animal Rescue

Michigan is expected to get hit with some heavy snowstorms soon and people aren’t the only ones who need to stay warm and safe. Pet owners should keep “man’s best friend” in mind as well when it comes to braving the “Dog Days of Winter,” according to Detroit Dog Rescue. “Extreme cold temperatures can be very dangerous for dogs outside,” said David Rudolph, a DDR spokesperson, in a statement. Click here for the rest of the article.

Gabriel: A Special Christmastime Rescue

gabriel earlier

On Friday, December 13th, this Doberman collapsed on someone’s porch, dehydrated and emaciated. The people who found him took him to the Osceola County Animal Shelter where he would be warm, he would be fed, he would be seen by a vet and receive much needed attention and love. Looking at his condition, it’s quite possible that he wouldn’t have survived the night with the cold temperatures and his lack of food. The weather caused damage to his feet pads, the ends of his ears and nose. He had no collar, license or microchip and no one reported him as missing.

He was named Gabriel by the shelter and they believe he was sent to them to remind everyone of all the other animals who may be looking to get out of the cold. Even after all this poor dog has been through, he is very trusting and full of love.

He is doing much better now and almost back to his correct weight. Many people have come forward with donations of blankets, moist food and vitamins to help Gabriel get back to health and he is expected to have a complete recovery.

photo credit: Jayne Richmond Photography

photo credit: Jayne Richmond Photography

The people who found Gabriel have expressed an interest in adopting him as they believe he collapsed on their door for a reason. Everyone hopes that Gabriel will be in his new home shortly after the near year.

Michigan Animal Legislation Update – January 2014

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SB 354, “Grant’s Bill” to end the use of gas chambers in Michigan shelters, has passed the Senate by a vote of 37 to 0 and now awaits a hearing in the House Committee on Local Government. The legislature will convene for the new year on Wednesday, January 8, so please make a call to the committee’s chair, Rep. Amanda Price, at (517) 373-0838 before then to politely request that she schedule a hearing for SB 354 as soon as possible. Learn more at

SB 285 and SB 286 to increase penalties for animal cruelty passed the Senate by a unanimous vote of 38-0 on November 13. The bills amend the Michigan Penal Code and the Code of Criminal Procedure to add definitions for “breeder” and “pet shop” and to increase penalties for cruelty involving domestic violence and companion animals and cases with large numbers of animals. The bills now await a hearing in the House Committee on Criminal Justice.

What to Do if You Suspect Animal Cruelty

From Jill Fritz, Michigan Director, Humane Society of the United States…

MS Hoarding Rescue

The question I get most often as a state director is what to do if you think an animal is being abused or neglected. Here are the important steps to take:

(1) Report what you see: Take note of the date, time, exact location and the type of animal(s) involved and write down as many details as possible about the situation. Video and photographic documentation of the animal, the location, the surrounding area, etc. (even a cell phone photo) will help bolster your case.
(2) Contact your local animal control agency or county sheriff’s office and present your complaint and evidence. Take detailed notes regarding who you speak with and when. Respectfully follow up in a few days if the situation has not been remedied.

Then check out our “Report Animal Cruelty” page here for more details. I am glad to advise further and can be reached with any questions at (517) 515-3839 or

If you hear about suspected animal cruelty or neglect in another state and aren’t sure where to turn, find the nearest HSUS state director by emailing the name of that state (for example, or or by searching our State Directors page at