Monthly Archives: November 2017

Keeping Your Pets Safe at Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a special holiday that brings together family and friends, but it also can carry some hazards for pets. Holiday food needs to be kept away from pets, and pet owners who travel need to either transport their pets safely or find safe accommodations for them at home. Follow these tips to keep your pets healthy and safe during the holiday. Click here for the rest of the story.


Antrim County Sheriff’s First Police Dog Struck By Car and Killed

The Sheriff’s Department plans to continue its K9 program despite the loss of its first police dog, Ori, a German shepherd that was struck by a car and killed.

“It is with heavy heart to announce that Deputy Ori was killed …,”Sheriff Daniel Bean said in a statement.

“Deputy Ori’s death was a very unfortunate and tragic accident.”

The Community Foundation Endowment for Antrim donated $17,250 to establish Antrim County’s K-9 program.

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With Grand Traverse County Not Funding Animal Control for 2018, Dog Licensing Campaign Becomes Major Focus for Funding

photo credit: Brauer Productions

Unlike just about every other Animal Control Department in Michigan who funds their staff and services from a millage or general fund, Grand Traverse County gets their funding strictly from dog license fees. Their refusal to fund the Division because it’s not a state “mandated service” means the county’s Animal Control Division is short-staffed and will go back to one part-time Animal Control Officer this month.

With the 2018 budget approved by the County Commissioners last night and no money allocated for the Animal Control Division, they are hoping that the just-released dog licensing campaign yields enough new income to increase staff hours and services back to where they should be. Continue reading

AC PAW 2018 Dog and Cat Calendars Now on Sale

Every year, AC PAW prints dog and cat calendars as a fundraiser and also to keep their supporters updated on the furry lives that they’ve been saving during the year. The advertisers in the calendar help pay for the printing of the calendars so as much of the proceeds can be used as possible for the rescue organization. Continue reading

New Livingston Animal Control Director Focuses on Keeping People, Pets Together

Educating people on how to care for and keep their pets is a primary goal of Aimee Orn, the new Livingston County Animal Control director.

“Some cases are out-and-out cruelty, but a lot come from ignorance and not understanding that there is more to owning an animal than giving it food and water,” said Orn, noting that some people are simply unaware of the importance of veterinary care, licensing, proper shelter and other issues. “Putting a leash on a dog and walking him or her when you get home doesn’t cost money, but it makes a world of difference to your dog.”

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GT County Animal Control’s Uncertain Future

Deb Zerafa is the person who checks on someone suspected of hoarding cats. She’s whom the police call if they find sickly dogs locked up in cages in a house. If you’re walking down a trail and get bitten by a dog, it’s Zerafa who comes to investigate.

“A lot of [my job] is just trying to diffuse a situation that could become volatile between neighbors,” Zerafa said. “There’s a lot of neighbor-to-neighbor issues.”

On Oct. 17, Zerafa was working on one of those neighbor disputes in East Bay Township. Several weeks earlier, a woman had been bitten by a neighbor’s dog and required a rabies quarantine. Zerafa needed to follow up because the at-fault dog owner continued to let her dogs run loose. Zerafa knocked on the woman’s door, and while the cars outside and lights on inside suggested otherwise, no one was home — at least no one who would come to the door.

“I’ve got to talk to the owner,” Zerafa said. “I’ve gotten four calls since last week. This has got to stop.”

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Four Fighting Dogs from Lansing to be Transferred for Rehab and Adoption

The Ingham County Animal Control office announced today that four of the dogs from the mid-Michigan dog fighting have been transferred to a rescue. They were sent to Bark Nation, a non-profit organization in Detroit that specializes in fighting dogs. The group evaluated the dogs and deemed all four to be good candidates for rehabilitation. Ingham County Animal Control stated that Bark Nation has a behavior team that are experts at evaluating fighting dogs and area able to better determine if those animals are good for rehab. After rehabilitation, the dogs will be found forever homes. Click here for the rest of the story.

Area Veterinarians Keep Animal Rescuers Rolling Along

Behind every successful animal rescue organization and animal shelter are passionate and committed veterinarians who helps them treat and save pets in their community. For a lot of animal rescuers, their veterinarian bill is one of their biggest expenses and their veterinarians are one of the most important reasons for their success.

Often, stray pets – and even previously owned pets – don’t get the veterinary care that they need. It’s a rare moment when a rescue group or animal shelter gets a healthy pet that is also spayed and neutered. Before these animals get adopted out, they go to a veterinarian for an exam and are often also treated for things such as fleas, rabies shots, ear infections, malnourishment, skin issues, heartworm disease and some receive expensive treatment like surgery after getting hit by a car or parvo treatment. Although an adoption fee from an animal shelter or rescue group can seem like a lot of money, it is often quite a “deal” as these animal rescuers have already had the pets get the veterinary care described above and they have otten these pets updated with their shots, spayed and neutered and some are also microchipped.

In the Grand Traverse area, Veterinarians Dr. Sara Lint and Dr. Leslie Littlefield of The Clark-Everett Dog and Cat Hospital in Traverse City help many groups including AC PAW, Cherryland Humane Society and The Munchkins’ Mission.

This little bottle baby who was fostered with AC PAW is just one of many pets who the organization is able to save thanks to help of local veterinarians.

In addition to Clark-Everett Dog and Cat Hospital, Cherryland Humane Society also relies on veterinarians at Grand Traverse Veterinary Hospital, Northwood Animal Hospital and Suttons Bay Animal Hospital. Dr. Albert Lynch of Companion Animal Hospital also comes into the shelter every other Wednesday, donating his time. Since the shelter opened, CHS has relied on the services of many area veterinarians along the way. Continue reading