Monthly Archives: March 2016

Reward Offered in Puppy Sexual Abuse Case in Crawford County, Michigan

The Humane Society of the United States is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for sexually abusing a puppy near Grayling, Michigan.

The Case: News reports give the following account: On March 12, John and Terri Lasby let their 14-week-old Maltese Shih Tzu mix puppy, Jake, out into their backyard, and later realized that he had disappeared. Hours later, Jake returned to their backyard. He was hiding under a shrub, injured, shaking and covered in debris. When they took the puppy inside to bathe him, he refused to lift his tail and began crying and yelping in pain. A veterinary examination determined Jake was a victim of sexual assault. Click here for more info.


Animal Welfare Fund Provides Over $134,900 to Local Animal Shelters in Michigan

Each year the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development’s Animal Industry Division distributes thousands of donated dollars to animal shelters in Michigan through Animal Welfare Fund grants. This year, the fund will provide approximately $135,000 to 23 registered animal shelters throughout the state. Read more on the story here.

Cherryland Humane Society Offering Discount Card for Local Pet Businesses

discount card

Cherryland Humane Society (CHS) is offering a Best Friend Discount Card that can be used at many pet businesses in the Traverse City area. The card is only $20 and is valid through December 31, 2016. All proceeds will support the CHS and their mission to help all pets find their forever home. You can get the cards at CHS or the participating businesses. Continue reading

AC PAW Coloring Books Now Available


The new AC PAW Coloring Books are now available at PetSmart in Traverse City during adoption hours. These beautiful coloring books were designed and printed by graphic art students at the Traverse Bay Area Career Tech Center.

The Coloring Books are filled with 31 pages of dogs and cats waiting to come alive with your coloring genius. The books are $10 each, with profits going to help the rescue pets with AC PAW.

You can buy a coloring book during AC PAW adoption hours which are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 11 am to 1 pm; Tuesday and Thursday from 5 to 7 pm; Saturday from noon to 4 pm and Sunday from 1 to 4 pm.

You can also the Coloring Books online by going to their Facebook page if you are willing to pay an additional shipping charge.

Family’s Dog Shot and Killed in Crawford County

photo credit: Crawford County Sheriff's Office

photo credit: Crawford County Sheriff’s Office

A family’s dog was allegedly shot and killed in Crawford County and deputies are asking for your help to find out who did it. Deputies were called to a home near Pioneer and Stephan Bridge Road to investigate the shooting of a family’s dog. Deputies were told that a Golden Doodle dog, named Drake, got away from a South Branch Township residence Tuesday morning. Read more about the story here.

Traverse City Airport Dog Video Goes Viral

Traverse City Airport dog K-9 Piper is Northern Michigan’s newest rising star. Piper and his handler and owner Brian Edwards provide wildlife control at the Cherry Capital Airport. Click here for more on the story.

AC PAW Extends Adoption Hours to Seven Days a Week

adoption hours

AC PAW has added adoption times to their schedule and will now have adoption day sessions seven days a week. During non-adoption hours, the Cattery will be locked, which will be a lot less stressful on the cats. The new hours are as follows:

Monday: 11:00am – 1:00pm

Tuesday: 5:00 – 7:00pm

Wednesday: 11:00am – 1:00pm

Thursday: 5:00 – 7:00pm

Friday: 11:00am – 1:00pm

Saturday: 12:00 – 4:00pm (dogs as announced)

Sunday: 1:00 – 4:00pm (dogs as announced)

New Michigan License Plate Could Raise Money for Animal Shelters

Michigan’s next fundraising license plate for vehicles could be a cause for some paws. The legislation introduced in the state House of Representatives Feb. 10 by Rep. Charles Brunner, D-Bay City, would create a license plate that raises money for no-kill shelters in the state. The idea came from Dee Bishop, former president of the Humane Society of Bay County, said Humane Society board member Marykay Plotnik. She presented the idea to Brunner, and “he just rallied for it,” Plotnik said. For more on the story, click here.

Almost Halfway to their Fundraising Goal, Cherryland Humane Society Asking Supporters to Help Purchase Furnace

The following is a plea from the Cherryland Humane Society’s Fundraising page…

It happened during the coldest week of the year. The furnace that covers half of our building chose to quit as the snow swirled outside and temperatures hovered near zero. Fortunately we were able to shuffle the affected animals to other portions of the building so none of our residents suffered. However, we were left with no choice but to fix the broken furnace – at a painful cost of almost $3000. Any unexpected expenditures ultimately have a negative impact on animal care. Therefore, we are hoping our friends and supporters will help us offset this expense so that we can get back to doing what we do best – providing the best possible care for the animals entrusted to our care. Thank you in advance and please share our story! Please click here.

Spring Bulb Fundraiser for the Kalkaska Animal Shelter’s Building Fund Coming Soon


Northwoods Animal Coalition is teaming up with Dutch Mill Bulbs to earn money for the animal shelter’s building fund. All items are guaranteed to grow and bloom, and Northwoods earns a 50% profit on every sale. This “Raise the Woof” fundraiser runs from March 15th through June 1st.

Please go to the website here to place your order. You will need to make your selections, provide billing and shipping information, and choose a secure method of payment (credit card or PayPal). A shipping fee of $6.00 will be applied to orders 24 packages or less with free shipping on orders 25 packages or more. You’ll be directed to our custom page. Items you select will be sent directly to the shipping address you provide.

Tails of the Presidential Candidates – Pet Facts for You to Chew On

Jonah Isbell, Patriot

Jonah Isbell, Patriot

Written by Guest Correspondent, Jonah Isbell, Cairn Terrier, Independent

War, poverty, the economy, ISIS, immigration, taxes… some people might think that these are fine things to debate about and that they should be top priorities in a presidential campaign. But really, humans. There ARE far more important things to consider. What kind of pet does your candidate have? Do they support humane pet legislation? Are veterinarians sending them campaign donations?

Quite often, as the dog of the Pet Friends Magazine’s publisher/treat distributor, I usually sit on the chair next to the computer being good and occasionally instructing the cat to stay out of the living room or subtly directing the Fed Ex driver to slow down on my street. However, when it comes to politics, I decided to take over this article. I know what is important to pets and their owners – and it’s not income tax brackets. Continue reading

Wexford Animal Shelter Seeing Low Numbers, More Adoptions

The Wexford County Animal Shelter isn’t as busy as they normally are, but that’s a good thing. Most of their animals are being adopted into loving homes. The shelter only has two dogs and five cats right now, which isn’t nearly as much as they had at this time last year. Click here for the rest of the story.

Measuring Canine Cleverness – The New ‘Dog IQ Test’

This is an article sent in by Sally Jenson

Ever laughed at a dog doing something ‘dumb’, only to be hotly informed by the owner that they’re very clever, actually? Ever wondered why one of your dogs can steal food from behind closed doors while the other can’t seem to work out that its tail is actually a part of its body? Well, researchers at the London School of Economics and Edinburgh University are working on a way which could help to settle these issues for good. They’re devising what they describe as a ‘canine IQ test’, which they believe will tell us a lot about how intelligence works in all animals (as well as rating your dog’s grey matter!). Continue reading

Flint Water Crisis Causes for Worry for Pet Owners

Lee Knorr and her American bulldog Roadie. Knorr said her three dogs and two cats drank Flint's toxic tap water for about a year before she bought a filter for her pets water. photo credit:

Lee Knorr and her American bulldog Roadie. Knorr said her three dogs and two cats drank Flint’s toxic tap water for about a year before she bought a filter for her pets water. photo credit:


Four dogs have tested positive for lead poisoning in Genesee County in the last two months, but it is unknown if the animals were in Flint or how they were exposed to the hazardous material.

Jennifer Holton, spokeswoman for the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, said the Animal Industry Act of 1988 doesn’t allow her to reveal where the animals were located or talk about an individual dog. Read more on the story here.

In 2014, 40% of Michigan’s Counties Were Saving 90% or Better of their Homeless Pet Population

from Michigan Pet Fund Alliance

The good news is that Michigan Animal Shelters are improving. “Each year we see the number of counties increase,” commented Deborah Schutt, chair of the Michigan Pet Fund Alliance.  “We expect to see even more in 2015.”

Several shelters have transitioned to live-saving management, including Lapeer County, Genesee County, and both shelters in Macomb County. The 2015 numbers will reflect those changes along with several shelters that just missed the 90% goal in 2014.

The live-release rate shown on the map (click here) is determined by combining the results of all the shelter reports that are submitted to Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development within each county.

Silver Muzzle Cottage Volunteer Needs Help Paying for Urgent Dental Work for Her Dog

gracie dental

A dedicated Silver Muzzle Cottage volunteers is in dire straits and needs help with her senior dog, Gracie. Gracie needs her teeth pulled as soon as possible because it is bad enough to be life threatening due to infection. Gracie’s mom needs $2000 to pay the veterinarian and has raised $1435 so far. To learn more about Gracie and her mom – and to donate, please click here.

March Pet Supply Drive Benefits Local Animal Shelter and Rescue Groups

For the month of March, Sleeping Bear Riders is having a fundraiser for animals in need. A donation box is set up at Grand Traverse Pet Supply at 1185 W. South Airport Rd. in Traverse City and also at Pets Naturally in Traverse City. All supplies and food donated will go to Cherryland Humane Society, AC PAW and the Animal Welfare League of Benzie County. Pets Naturally is offering 10% off all items donated for the food drive.

Sleeping Bear Riders is an officially chartered AMA Social Club of Motorcycle Enthusiasts who love to ride and have fun. Continue reading

Help Michigan Shelter Pets When Filing your Income Tax Return

from HSUS Michigan

Helping Michigan shelter animals is as easy as checking a box on your annual income tax return! Attorneys for Animals has launched a promotional campaign to increase public donations to Michigan’s Animal Welfare Fund (AWF), a taxpayer-funded program administered by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development that awards annual grants to the state’s animal shelters for spay/neuter, training, and equipment.

Now that tax season has arrived, please ask your local shelter, rescue, veterinarian and pet supply store to promote the Animal Welfare Fund using materials available at These materials can be printed and handed out, or used electronically to post on social media, on the web, or in e-newsletters. Consider making copies of the materials and taking them to these shelters or businesses to reach even more people. And, of course, contribute to the Animal Welfare Fund when filing your state income tax documents, and encourage your friends, relatives, and acquaintances to do so, too. Each dollar collected will be another dollar that goes to help animals in Michigan!