Monthly Archives: December 2017

Keep Pets Safe for the Holidays

The holiday season is filled with special food, decorations and gatherings with relatives and friends. Some of that fun can be dangerous to pets. Each year many pets are rushed to emergency veterinary clinics over the holidays after often preventable mishaps with food or decorations. Click here for a list of things to watch out for. 


New Non-profit Spay/Neuter Clinic Opening in Flint

Eva Worthing, councilwoman for Flint’s 9th Ward, cut the ribbon at the grand opening of a new non-profit spay/neuter clinic for pets on Saturday, Dec. 16. Michigan non-profit, All About Animals Rescue, opened the state of the art high-volume affordable spay/neuter and wellness clinic in the former Boy Scouts of America headquarters building at 507 W. Atherton. Click here for more info.

Peace Ranch Receives $127,500 Grant

On Wednesday, November 8th, 255 members  of Impact Traverse City cast their vote for the finalists they felt most deserving for their grant awards and the 2017 grant recipients they chose are Inland Seas Education Association and PEACE Ranch. Impact Traverse City said both of these well-deserving non-profits received a $127,500 grant to transform their programs. Click here for more information about all the finalists, their projects and access to their wish lists to show your support. 

Benzie County Animal Control Officer Remembered for Love of Animals, Job

A beloved animal control officer being remembered throughout Benzie County. Ed Carter worked with the Benzie County Animal Control for nearly a decade. He died Friday after a brief battle with cancer. A love for animals and a passion for the job is the best way you could describe Ed Carter. That passion and love was on full display for the nearly 9 years he gave to the Benzie County Animal Control. Click here for more on the story.

Parvovirus Kills Otsego Co. Family’s 4 Dogs; Experts Stress Importance of Vaccinations

An Otsego County family is mourning the loss of their four dogs, they were all killed by the canine parvovirus. For unvaccinated dogs the virus is almost always deadly. Dogs contract it by eating fecal matter but it can be prevented.

“About two weeks ago I brought my two adult dogs. We left and about a week later my dogs started getting really sick and progressively got worse,” Gaylord Resident Michael Richison, explained.

Click here for the rest of the story.

New Michigan Bill May Fan Drivers From Driving With Dogs on Their Lap

New legislation introduced in the Michigan state house would prohibit drivers from driving with a dog on their lap. The bill was unveiled Tuesday by Detroit Democratic Rep. LaTanya Garrett. It states that one should not be allowed to drive with a dog on their lap unless it is there for a medical purpose. If violated a driver would be fined $100 on the first offense and $200 on each offense there after. Click here for the rest of the story.

How to Help Cats and Dogs This Holiday Season

photo credit: Digital Street SA website.

The holidays are a good time to spread some joy by volunteering time and donating money or supplies to your local animal organizations.

In Northern, lower Michigan, several animal rescue groups are wrapping presents for donations at the Traverse City BAM in exchange for donations. They will be there from now until Christmas Eve from morning until night time. You can click here for the schedule. 

AC PAW is currently looking for volunteers to help out at adoptions and cleaning the cat cages at PetsMart in Traverse City. Adoption hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5 to 7 pm, Saturdays noon to 4 pm and Sundays 1 to 4 pm. Please click here to volunteer.

Cherryland Humane Society has a wish list of items that they need including non-clumping cat litter, laundry soap, bleach, paper towels, medium and large size Kongs, gift cards, gas cards for transporting animals, hand sanitizer, and trash bags.

H.A.N.D.D.S. to the Rescue is signed up with so that money will be donated to the rescue group when you sign in to Amazon Smile here

Please consider donating to your local animal rescue organizations and shelters this Christmas to help make the holidays happier for homeless cats and dogs.