Monthly Archives: November 2015

Donations Pour in For Dog Found Severely Emaciated

Donations have been pouring in after a dog was found severely emaciated in Mount Pleasant. Isabella County Animal Control told us Friday that the pitbull, nicknamed named ‘Doug’, received several donations in his name for his care. So far more than $1,000 has been donated. Along with money, a Tempurpedic dog bed and some dog sweaters have been donated for Doug. Click here for the rest of the story.

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Dogs Rescued From Suspected Alabama ‘Hog-Dog’ Fighting Operation Now Recovering in Michigan

Two out of 65 canines that were rescued from a suspected “hog-dog” fighting breeder operation in Alabama are now recovering in the Ann Arbor area, according to the Humane Society of Huron Valley. Ann and Ivan were being used to breed other dogs to participate in a “a cruel spectator event in which pigs and dogs are forced to fight to the death as people watch,” according to the humane society. Click here for the rest of the story.

From Feathers To Fur: Pets Good For Business

Is a dog an effective marketing strategy for a women’s clothing store? What if that dog was an adorable little pug named Simon?

Simon wasn’t any part of shop owner Tracey Gabel’s business plan for Relish, the store she opened in Traverse City’s Warehouse District in 2012, but he’s the best thing to ever happen to her marketing strategy.

“I do a lot on social media, and I’ll post an outfit and it’ll get some likes,” says Gabel. “And then I’ll post a picture of Simon and the outfit, and the likes triple.”

Click here for the rest of the story.

Six Dangerous Thanksgiving Foods for Pets

It’s that time of year again! Thanksgiving is almost here, and that means an abundance of delicious food. However, many food items that people enjoy aren’t healthy for pets to consume. This is important to remember during holiday meals, when dogs and cats beg for table scraps and guests might fall for those cute faces. To ensure your pets remain healthy this Thanksgiving, below are six dishes to keep away from your pets. Be sure to inform your family and dinner guests about these potentially toxic or dangerous foods so they do not feed them to your pets. [By: Dr. Eva Evans, a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a dog insurance and cat insurance agency] For more info. click here.

Detroit Animal Control Looking for Rescues and Animal Shelters Who Are Willing to Save Dogs

From Pet Fund Alliance

Positive changes have just begun under the leadership of Mayor Duggan for the homeless cats and dogs in Detroit.  For the first time in years, dogs and puppies were allowed to be transferred to licensed shelters and adopted by non-profit rescues from the shelterThis was a momentous victory, but only the first step of many more to come.  For example, cat transfers started last week.  Continue reading

Enjoying Autumn With Your Dog

The heat and humidity levels have lessened. The days are getting shorter. The air is crisp. Leaves are turning to their fall colors. You survived the dog days of summer. Autumn revives your interest in being outside again. Go and take your dog with you. Exercise is good for your dog all year long, but it is more fun when it cools down. Most dogs love good vigorous hikes so he can use up some of his energy and discover new smells. Pick a hiking trail where the two of you can wander for a few hours. Be sure to take along plenty of snacks and water for both of you. Start with a short hike and progress to longer ones as he develops some endurance.

Most parks and hiking trails require that dogs be kept on a leash. If they are permitted to run loose, don’t let your dog be without his leash unless you are absolutely positive he will come promptly when called. Bring some baggies to clean up after him. If you have an older dog or a very young one who isn’t up to a long hike there is nothing wrong with doing a short one. Be sure that he is current on all flea and tick medications. Hiking trails and parks are perfect places for him to pick up tick and fleas. Click here for the rest of the story.

New Bill Hopes to Curb Inhumane Puppy Mill Operations

Last year, a bill was introduced in Lansing that would rein in irresponsible pet breeders to hopefully improve conditions for animals and pet buyers. But that bill died in the Senate during a lame-duck session. It’s a new year, and Rep. Mike McCready, R-Bloomfield Hills, is giving the effort another go by introducing the Large Scale Commercial Dog Breeder Act, also known as House bill 4898, sponsored by the Michigan Humane Society. For more on the story, click here.

To read the bill and find out where it stands, click here.

Animal Shelter Updates from Michigan Pet Fund Alliance

Genesee County Animal Control is making progress now that new management is in place. Animals are now being spayed/neutered before adoption, but there is still work to be done. Listen to an interview by Tom Sumner of WKUF 94.3 FM with Roberta Angelo and Leann Earns of GRACE here.

Humane Society of Macomb County has responded to community protests by collaborating with rescue groups, making shelter improvements, changing adoption policies, and more.  Michigan Pet Fund Alliance and award-winning Humane Society of Huron Valley have willingly offered guidance and recommendations for changes. Read the latest coverage here.

If you are part of a rescue group willing to take animals from Humane Society of Macomb, apply here.

Thank you, Michigan Pet Fund Alliance, for the updates!