By Janet Vormittag, Cats and Dogs Magazine
Reprinted with Permission
Mary B with her colony of cats and the ‘log cabin’ she built for them
When Mary B’s* elderly neighbor died three years ago, she left behind a half dozen barn cats. “I started feeding them and things escalated,” the Ottawa County woman said. The property, including the barn, was sold and the new owners evicted the cats. They also covered all the access holes leaving the kitties homeless. Mary B stepped up to the challenge and built what she calls a log cabin to house the cats. Soon the number of inhabitants started to multiply, and Mary B didn’t know what to do. Then she spotted a donation bank for A Feral Haven in a nearby business. Instead of making a donation, she wrote a note asking for help. Within three days she got a phone call from Debra Westerhof, one of the founders of the non-profit organization. Continue reading
A Northern Michigan pet pantry is looking to expand its reach. Donations are being accepted by the NorthWoods Pet Pantry in Kalkaska. The pantry got up and running late last year. So far more than 200 pounds of dog food have been given out, but the pantry wants to do more. Click here for the rest of the story.
Local animal advocate and founder of 1 Cat Inc. Susan Boyd recently purchased a MASH unit (mobile animal sterilization hospital) for feline spaying and neutering. The trailer was purchased from retired veterinarian Dr. Bullerdick to offer low cost spays and neuters for cats in Northern Lower Michigan. 1 Cat Inc. works with veterinarian Megan Grant and Vet Tech Kelly Lemcool.
The first clinic went well with 17 cats spayed and neutered and a second clinic was also held recently at Tractor Supply at Chums Corners in Traverse City. The Northwoods Animal Coalition will be holding clinics on July 22nd and August 19th at the Kalkaska Animal Control location. 1 Cat is also spreading the word to places like Cherryland Humane Society and local rescues about their services. In addition to Boyd, Sandy Robey and Doug Campbell have been instrumental in these clinics, contributing towards the trailer as well as volunteering their time to do advertising and registrations on clinic days and anything else that needs to be done. They have been with 1 Cat Inc. for the past four years. Continue reading
The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development confirms three cases of canine flu in the state, including two in West Michigan. Two cases of H3N2 canine influenza are in Grand Rapids and one case is in Macomb County. Click here for the rest of the story.
Read more about canine flu and the symptoms here.
Across America and in every corner of Michigan, people are advocating for changes in how we treat our wildlife, our livestock and our pets, especially those that find themselves homeless, discriminated against or threatened to the point of possible extinction. Those advocates who work tirelessly to enact change in our state deserve our ongoing respect and our support.
Michigan’s Political Action Committee for Animals (Mi-PACA) publishes a monthly Advocate Spotlight to honor those who advocate for big-picture changes for animals in their community. Who do you think deserves this recognition? Chosen advocates are nominated by their peers and Mi-PACA is looking for additional nominations throughout Michigan.
To nominate an advocate who you feel fits the bill, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and include the nominee name, email address and a brief description of why you are nominating this person. Continue reading
In a letter dated May 13th to Pet Friends Magazine, Prosecutor Robert Cooney, stated that his office will not be requesting any further investigation nor will Mr. Sperlbaum be prosecuted for the events that occurred at Cherryland Humane Society in August of 2014. You can read the story about the incident here.
After reviewing the case again, Cooney stated that Michigan’s law MCL 750.50(2)(f) does make it a crime for a person to “negligently allow an animal to suffer unnecessary neglect, torture or pain” however the term “negligent” is defined as “fail to properly care for an animal to the extent that the animal’s health is jeopardized” (MCL 750.50(h). Cooney says “the plain and ordinary reading of these statutory sections means that the violation in (2)(f) refers in part to the proper care for an animal – providing food, shelter and water for the animal – and not administering proper euthanasia.”
He continues that the only potential criminal charge would be killing or torturing an animal, which under MCL 750.50b requires that a person “knowingly” kill or torture an animal. With respect to Halleck’s statement in the police report, there was found to be no proof that Mr. Sperlbaum intentionally harmed the animal.
Kimberly Lawson is motivated by a higher purpose when she bathes, de-sheds and trims the cats carried through her door. Cat grooming isn’t just about cleaning for Lawson. It’s about relationships.
“The difference of living with a groomed cat (is) they smell good, they’re fun, they’re clean,” she said.
Lawson opened The French Cat, a cat grooming and boarding business, at 544 E. Eighth St. in Traverse City in April. She became a Certified Feline Master Cat Groomer in February after completing the National Cat Groomers Institute of America’s two-week course in Greenbo, S.C. She is certified by the American Red Cross to perform cat CPR. She’s determined to boost the bonds between pet owners and their feline friends. Click here for the rest of the story.
Dolly is a very sweet little girl and is currently up for adoption. She came to AC PAW when her owner passed away and the family was unable to care for her. She is a very shy 3-1/2 year old girl and it may take some time for her to adjust to a new home. When given some time to adjust she will be your forever love bug. Dolly will get along with dogs and other cats as long as they are introduced slowly and they are not aggressive towards her. She would probably do best in a calmer and quieter home.
Known throughout the region for their hard work and dedication to helping dogs and cats in need, AC PAW will celebrate a major milestone, their 20th birthday, on June 21st from 10 am to 4 pm with a big Birthday Bash at Timber Ridge RV and Recreation Resort in Traverse City.
This would be a great event to take your dad to on Fathers Day this year especially with the car show going on! And what a great weekend to drive up to Traverse City and spend the weekend at the Timber Ridge RV and Recreation Resort.
This event is a family friendly affair, with live music including the Accidentals, food (BBQ lunch cook off!), family games, dog agility and flyball show, a $20 micro-chip clinic, classic car show, 5k run/walk, and a craft and vendor marketplace.
In addition, AC PAW is encouraging all past adopters to join them for a “family reunion” for those who previously adopted a pet from AC PAW, with a giant “family photo” to be taken at 11:30. Of course the event wouldn’t be complete without pet adoptions. Many Northern Michigan rescues will be in attendance, with everything from dogs and cats, to horses. It promises to be an amazing day. Continue reading
Daisy, a two-year old St. Bernard owned by Carrie Donald, who had complications of her spay surgery during the Spay Neuter Express visit in 2012.
Dr. Bruce Langlois of the Spay Neuter Express out of Lowell and the owner and medical director of the Animal Hospital of Lowell, has been disciplined and fined many times by the state of Michigan for various offenses and is also listed on the sex offender registry after pleading guilty for sexually touching a female employee at his veterinarian practice without her consent.
His information on the state’s website says that he currently has an open complaint against him which is probably the investigation written about here which has him facing six counts that include allegations of negligence, incompetence, failure to keep adequate records and having a “lack of good moral character. These complaints come from the Michigan Attorney General’s Office acting on behalf of the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, the Bureau of Health Care Services, and the Board of Veterinary Medicine Disciplinary Committee. They are alleging that Langlois was responsible for the negligent care, illness or injuries of 11 cats and dogs in the last decade. Continue reading
Jewell and her ten year old rescued Chihuahua mix named Uno. He had severe trauma to his eye when she got him and it needed to be removed. That’s how he got his name! Despite his disability, he is a happy and healthy dog. Jewell also has six very sweet hens of varying breeds.
For many pet owners, making end of life decisions and dealing with elderly and sick pets is the most difficult part of having a pet. Animal Hospice Services of Northern Michigan (AHS) hopes to help pet owners with some of those decisions and offer options that they might not have thought of in the past. AHS offers services to pets needing hospice care due to age or medical condition as well as boarding the pets of people in human hospice care. The goal of these services is to assist families and their pet companions through their complex life transition by offering services that will enhance their quality of life.
This business is unique to the Grand Traverse Region and was recently started by owner, Janelle Jewell. Jewell has 22 years of professional experience working with a wide variety of animals as a veterinary technician, zookeeper, and animal massage practitioner. She also has a background in horse management, dog training and wildlife rehabilitation. She primarily works with dogs in her practice but is open to working with any type of animal in need of her services. While working as a zookeeper, her work included wildlife rehabilitation which added to her love of helping sick and injured animals. She had a sense of satisfaction from being a part of an animal’s recovery and working with these animals gave her an amazing sense of peace knowing that if they died, they had been well cared for, loved and had not died alone. Working as an emergency vet technician also gave her more opportunities to learn and practice her nursing skills. Continue reading
Heidi and Harvey at the Humane Society in Muskegon. Photo Credit: Humane Society & Animal Rescue of Muskegon County Facebook page
The Cherryland Humane Society in Traverse City announced its new Executive Director on their Facebook page and it is Heidi Yates from the Humane Society & Animal Rescue (HSAR) of Muskegon County. Yates will start her new job in Traverse City in June and is an experienced director with animal shelter experience. She has been the Executive Director of the Humane Society in Muskegon since November of 2011 and before that she was with the Harbor Humane Society in Ottawa County for a total of 15 years. She also has a degree in Business Administration and Marketing. According to the CHS Board of Directors, Heidi is looking forward to returning to Traverse City where she was a graduate of Leadership Grand Traverse and participated as a Cherry Festival Ambassador.
In 2014, the Michigan Pet Fund Alliance recognized HSAR for taking their save rates up to 94.44% in 2014, up from 46.51% in 2012. They won the award for the most improved limited admission shelter. Deborah Shutt is the Chairwoman of the Michigan Pet Fund Alliance and the irony of Yates accepting the award from Shutt is not lost on me. I invited Shutt to come to the Cherryland Humane Society several years ago and she drove up to Traverse City to meet with me and the CHS Board of Directors. She outlined how her organization helps animal shelters to be no-kill and explained the successful programs that other animal shelters use such as foster homes and sterilizing every pet before it leaves the shelter. She offered the services of her organization for free however the offer was not taken and the advice given was not implemented by that current Board or Executive Director. Continue reading
Looking for a new cat or dog to add to your family? Area rescue groups and pet vendors will gather together in Holland on Sunday, June 7th from noon to 4 pm. Tall dogs, short cats, black dogs, white cats, energetic pets and couch potatoes – you’ll have many pets to choose from at this year’s Petapalooza. Founded in May of 2004, this has become a yearly event to promote adoptable pets and educate the public about the plight of homeless animals. Continue reading