Monthly Archives: February 2016

Logan’s Law Needs a Final Vote in the Senate

photo credit: Logan's Law FB page

photo credit: Logan’s Law FB page

From Change.org – Now that House bills 4353/4355 passed the Senate Judiciary Committee. It now has to go before all 38 Senators once again to be voted on and passed before it can go before it can go before the Governor. So to move forward we need to get HB: 4353/4355 voted on, and the man that can do this is Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall. Senator Kowall is responcable for scheduling what bills go up before the Senate to be voted on. So we need to contact him once again, and here is how to contact him.

Senator Mike Kowall

Phone: 1-(517) 373-1758

Email: senmkowall@senate.michigan.gov

Dying Owner Looking for Home for Two Dogs

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UPDATE FEBRUARY 23, 2016

Murphy’s Pet Project says: “Thank you! At this point we have hundreds of emails, phone calls, and FB messages. I am pretty certain we have some good candidates. I wish I could reply personally to all the emails but I cannot possibly keep up. I will be sure to post updates on FB for everyone following their story. The outpouring of support has been inspiring.”


This is a plea from Murphy’s Pet Project …Crisis situation! Owner is in last days of life and needs the know her precious dogs will be cared for and loved. They are nine and 10 years old (middle age for Dachshunds), fully vetted, and well trained couch potatoes. The cost of their care will be provided to you. That is how much these two are loved…their dying mama is going to ensure they are cared for as long as they live. In Grand Rapids. Will deliver. Learn more by calling Murphy’s Pet Project at 616-825-6319 or email them here.

Snow, Dogs and Fun Abound at the Annual Winter Dog Walk!

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Join Pet Sitters Network North for a frolicking good time at their fourth annual Winter Dog Walk on Saturday, March 12th.

The walk, in celebration of Professional Pet Sitters Week, begins at 1:00 pm at the Silver Lake Recreation Area by the Pavilion. The high-spirited afternoon includes a goody bag for each participant filled with local dog-related special offers plus a doggie treat courtesy of D.O.G. Bakery. After the walk, take advantage of the beautiful facilities and give your pup the opportunity to romp at the dog park with some of his or her new friends.

Open and free to the general public, the walk raises funds for the Silver Muzzle Cottage, Senior Dog Rescue and Hospice, a 501(c)3 program dedicated to provide senior, disabled and hospice dogs the chance to live out their remaining life with love and dignity. Continue reading

Animal Advocacy to be in the Spotlight when Local Dancer, Jessica Mason, Competes for the Ms. America Title

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Bullying is on the mind of future Ms. America contestant, 35 year-old Jessica Mason, whether it’s advocating for children who are bullied or speaking up for the “bully” breeds like Pit Bulls who often get a bad rap in the media even though they are some of the most happy and people-pleasing dogs that you can own.

Ms. America title holder contestants are required to have a platform or cause they believe in to promote during their appearances and Mason would like to use her title to advocate for both children and animals. The larger her title, the wider her reach. Mason has raised enough money for her entrance fee and should know the title she is competing for this weekend. She is currently raising money for competition and travel expenses. She has set up a Go-Fund Me page to help her reach her goal, and if you can help support her efforts or want to support her platform, check it out hereContinue reading

Grand Traverse County Sheriff’s Department Releases Updated Incident Numbers for Animal Calls in 2015

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In a previous article outlining the amount of calls that were responded to in 2015 by the Grand Traverse County Sheriff’s Office and the Health Department’s Animal Control Officers for animal-related calls, the information provided by the County put the number at 19. Although that number seemed quite low considering that the Sheriff’s Department responds to animal abuse, cruelty, dangerous dogs and barking dog complaints, it was what was provided to Pet Friends Magazine from a Freedom of Information Act request (FOIA).

After reading a previous article about animal issues responded to by the County, Undersheriff Nate Alger realized that they misunderstood the FOIA request and had provided me information on 19 “cases” that were investigated instead of the calls responded to – which turns out to be 255. Continue reading

Cherryland Humane Society’s Contract to Board Grand Traverse County’s Stray Dogs Remains in Effect

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When Grand Traverse County eliminated the Animal Control Division in the Health Department, they also sent out a letter on December 18, 2015 to the Cherryland Humane Society (CHS) to give them a 60-day notice that services would be discontinued. CHS received another letter on February 4th, 2016 that rescinded the earlier letter. It further states that Grand Traverse County will continue to board animals at CHS under existing contract terms until such time as new contract terms are negotiated and they look forward to continued discussions with CHS.

How Dogs Can Improve Your Mental Health

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this is an article sent in by Sally Jenson

Every dog lover knows that playing with or simply being around a dog can make you feel a lot happier. Dogs, with their joyful natures, their characterful antics, and their unswerving love are experts at bringing good cheer to a home. But did you know that there is a lot more to this than simple entertainment? Dogs have been proven on a number of occasions to bring real benefits to people’s mental health. Here are just a few of the ways in which dogs are helping to heal the troubled minds of the world.

Dogs And Depression

Depression is a major problem in the world today, and is reaching pandemic proportions. For those lucky enough never to have experienced it, it’s worth noting that depression is a cripplingly nasty condition which seriously affects the quality of life of those afflicted. More than a simple persistent low mood, depression is a disease which seems to suck the very soul from sufferers. Dogs, however, can help. There are a great many ways in which the presence of a dog can ease depression – they distract us from our morbid ruminations, they offer us unconditional love, they give us something to live for, they give us something to hug – but, perhaps most significantly, they give us condition-free contact with another being. Humans and dogs have been around each other for a long time, and we respond to dogs in a much more ‘human’, emotional way than we do other animals. Dogs can thus help us to fight off loneliness in a far more tangible way than any other animal (with the exception, of course, of other humans) – and they do so without ever making us feel judged, or like we have to make a massive social effort. In the war against depression, this kind of service is invaluable. Continue reading

The State of Michigan is No Longer Enforcing Stray Hold Periods for Lost Pets in Animal Shelters

A stray cat named Sarah at the Antrim County Animal Shelter.

A stray cat named Sarah at the Antrim County Animal Shelter.

In a letter sent out by the Michigan Department of Agriculture (MDARD) on January 19, 2016, James Averill, State Veterinarian and Division Director of the Animal Industry Division, stated that the MDARD does not have the authority to enforce Public Act 224 which outlines holding times for stray animals in shelters, time that allows a pet’s owner to reclaim their lost cat or dog.

This statement was a result of a challenge by the Michigan Humane Society who questioned whether the hold times applied to animal shelters who did not sell animals for research because the stray hold rules were written into that research section in 1969.

For the past 47 years, animal shelters have followed the stray hold guidelines of holding onto a stray cat or dog for four days if there was no identification and seven days if there was. After that time, it was up to the animal shelter as to whether that pet would be euthanized or put up for adoption. Since 1969, MDARD has enforced those holding times as the department that oversees animal shelters in the state of Michigan. Continue reading

Otsego County Animal Shelter & 4 Paws Love, Inc. are Collecting Water for Pets in Flint

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Flint, Michigan’s water has been poisoned with lead. Finally, the country is taking notice of the residents’ needs. However, Flint’s pets need our help, too. Veterinarians warn Flint residents that water unfit for human consumption should not be consumed by animals either.

4 Paws Love, Inc. is collecting water to donate to the Humane Society of Genesee County, who will share it with Flint citizens and their pets.

Please donate bottled water by dropping it off at the Otsego County Animal Shelter (see below for other drop off locations) during regular shelter hours. When they get a full truckload, they will transport it to Flint. If you prefer to donate by cash or check, 4 Paw Love, Inc will purchase water for you. Help the Flint community who also loves their pets and their pets’ health.

Otsego County Animal Shelter is located at 256 Fairview Road, Gaylord, Michigan 49735

Shelter Hours:

Mon – Fri : 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

Saturday : 9:00 am – Noon

Lewiston Residents can drop off water at

Bud Jones Insurance 4422 Salling Ave., Lewiston, Michigan 49756 (across from Talley’s) where it will be transported to the Otsego County Animal Shelter by one of our 4 Paw Love Angels.

Bud Jones Insurance Hours:

Mon-Fri : 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

If you prefer to donate by check and 4 Paw Love, Inc will purchase water- please make check payable to 4 Paw Love (include ‘water’ on the memo) and mail to PO Box 1641, Gaylord MI 49734.

Stephanie’s Animal Rescue Downsizes Rescue Operations

from Stephanie…

I wanted to give all my followers a lil information to what’s going on with Stephanie’s Animal Rescue (out of Lake City)…This past year I’ve had to return to full time work as I could no longer find funds to support Stephanie’s Animal Rescue. I truly appreciate each and every $ that has been donated…But costs were much higher than donations. We are NOT closing or no longer rescuing the problem is we had SEVERAL adults that had to be only pets which makes placement more difficult, so with my time spent with them very limited we had to downsize. I was always home to exercise and give attention in the past so my numbers could be a little higher, unfortunately that had to change. We have adopted out a lot of my adults but there is still 4 currently adoptable adults and 2 that our ‘sanctuary’ or I’ve deemed currently un-adoptable but will remain with me for their life times. I have continued and will continue to accept young dogs or ‘other’ breeds as people contact me looking for specific breeds. I will continue doing ‘my’ work but it will be on a more limited capacity. Thank you for your support…

Click here for Stephanie’s Animal Rescue FB page.

Michigan Service Dog Laws Get a Face Lift

There’s relief for several people with disabilities in Michigan who count on a four-legged friend in their daily lives. A new state law went into effect this week updating Michigan’s rules on service animals. The new registry for assistance dogs provides a patch and a state ID that any business owner or employer can look at and verify that the service dog is allowed in their establishment. Click here for more on the story.

Lyme Disease – Carrying Ticks are Now in Half of All U.S. Counties

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The ticks that transmit Lyme disease, a debilitating flulike illness caused by Borrelia bacteria, are spreading rapidly across the United States. A new study shows just how rapidly. Over the past 20 years, the two species known to spread the disease to humans have together advanced into half of all the counties in the United States.

Lyme disease cases have tripled in the United States over the last 2 decades, making it the most commonly reported vector-borne disease in the Northern Hemisphere. The disease now affects around 300,000 Americans each year. If diagnosed early—a rash commonly appears around the site of the tick bite—Lyme can be effectively treated with antibiotics, but longer term infections can produce more serious symptoms, including joint stiffness, brain inflammation, and nerve pain. Read the rest of the article here.

More ticks are being reported in Michigan. Read more about Lyme Disease here.