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.