Monthly Archives: January 2018

Bay County Animal Shelter Nearly Reaches No-Kill Designation

The Bay County Animal Shelter reported a big increase in the amount of animals leaving the facility alive, nearing “no-kill shelter” status. In 2017, the live release rate jumped to 85 percent — up from 66 percent the year before. New County Executive Jim Barcia made it his mission to make Bay County a “no kill county,” which requires at least 90 percent of animals in the shelter to be saved. Click here for the rest of the story.


Help End Breed Discrimination Laws in Michigan

From Best Friends Animal Society

We all want safe and humane communities for people and pets. Breed discriminatory laws fail to enhance public safety, are a waste of tax dollars, and interfere with the rights of responsible dog owners. But there is good news! Michigan Senate Bill 741 was introduced with the goal of safety (first and foremost) in the most effective and most comprehensive way possible. Senate bills 708, 709 and 710 were also introduced to complement SB 741 in promoting public safety in Michigan.  

These bills make up a comprehensive public safety package that would eliminate breed discrimination in municipalities throughout Michigan, hold reckless owners of animals responsible for the behavior of their individual animals, and provide protections to dog victims seized from abusive fighting situations. The protections provided in these bills are long overdue for our communities and our pets. Your senator needs to know that you support these important pieces of legislation that would protect families and their pets in our state. Your voice needs to be heard today.

Politics is not a spectator sport, so please take action today by sending an email asking your senator to support Senate bills 741, 708, 709 and 710. Please also also ask your senator to communicate support of this bill package to the Senate Judiciary Committee. Phone calls can also be effective. You can use our online tool to locate your senator’s phone number.

Thank you for speaking up. Together, we are ending breed discrimination to Save Them All. Click here to email your Senator…

Famous Traverse City Airport Dog, Piper, Dies of Cancer

photo credit: Cherry Capital Airport K-9 Team Facebook page

Piper, the Traverse City airport dog who became an overnight hit nearly two years ago, died Wednesday night, social media accounts for the dog confirmed. The border collie, who was tasked with running birds and wildlife off the runway at Cherry Capital Airport, died after a year-long battle with prostate cancer, according to the Facebook and Instagram posts signed, “Your friends, Brian & Piper.” 

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SOS Kitty Fundraiser Close to Goal

After receiving their yearly visit from the Michigan Dept. of Agriculture in the Fall of 2017, Shelly Olree’s Shelter (SOS) was given an order of changes that needed to be made in order to be in compliance with the state of Michigan. Since they are licensed as an animal shelter with the state, they receive yearly inspections and have minimum requirements to fulfill. The repairs that need to be made come to about $5000 so that the shelter can continue to operate. Currently, the online fundraiser has raised $4505. Please click on this link to learn more about the shelter’s needs and please donate to help them continue their rescue mission. Click here to donate.

Pets Naturally Having Donation Drive for Cherryland Humane Society

Pets Naturally in Traverse City is having a donation drive for Cherryland Humane Society through February 9th. Any items purchased at Pets Naturally for donation will be 15% off (including clearance items). All products donated will be going to the shelter.

Grand Traverse County Animal Control Gets Funding in Narrow Vote

In tonight’s Grand Traverse County Commissioners meeting, the fate of the Animal Control Division was decided by a narrow margin of 4-3 in favor of increasing the budget by $150,000 in order to fully staff the division with three animal control officers (one of them supervisor) and one part-time clerical person.

At the beginning of the meeting, it was announced that they received the resignation of Administrator Vicki Uppal. Uppal was tasked by the Animal Control Ad Hoc Committee to submit the recommendation for the increase in funding, an increase in staffing and recommending the move the Animal Control Division to the Keystone Road building where the former animal shelter used to be. She did this work before her resignation and Interim Administrator Jean Derenzy took her place at the meeting. Derenzy said she had gone on site to visit the location and found enough room for both Animal Control and the Commission on Aging to share the building.

Commissioners Bob Johnson, Ron Clous, Dan Lathrop and Sonny Wheelock all discussed their problems with supporting three full-time animal control officers but they seemed open to funding two officers. Commissioners Clous and Wheelock had a problem with the additional funding, citing the fact that animal control services not being mandated by the state. Also a concern was the recent loss of staff, including the administrator, and not knowing what direction they were going to go in the future. Continue reading

Will the Grand Traverse Animal Control Division be Funded on Wednesday??

After providing limited animal control services since the previous Board of Directors and Administrator Tom Menzel eliminated the Animal Control Division and two full-time Animal Control Officers, Vicki Uppal, the current Administrator, will be presenting a recommendation to fund the Animal Control Division at Wednesdays Board of Commissioners meeting on January 17th.

The Animal Control Ad Hoc Committee has been meeting with the staff of the Health Dept. and Sheriff’s Office to determine how to meet the long term needs of Animal Control. They also received assistance and support from the public. At the meeting on January 10th, they made a recommendation to the Administration to find funding for the Animal Control Division as well as identify a location for where it should be relocated. Continue reading

More Funding and Staff Recommended for Grand Traverse Animal Control

The Grand Traverse County Animal Control Ad Hoc Committee held another meeting today concerning the funding and staffing of the Animal Control Division. Commissioners Cheryl Gore Follette, Dan Lathrop and Bob Johnson discussed options at the meeting with others in attendance.

Information was presented at the start of the meeting by Commissioner Cheryl Gore Follette that Sheriff Bensley did not have a desire to administer the Animal Control Division within the Sheriff’s Office so they would have to search for alternatives.

Commissioner Gore Follette continued to say that the goal of the meeting was to make a recommendation to the Administrator so that she could gather information and make a recommendation to the full Board at their next meeting on Wednesday, January 17th. Continue reading

Grand Traverse Animal Control Funding in Sight

After a previous Grand Traverse County Board of Commissioners and past Administrator Tom Menzel eliminated the Animal Control Division at the end of 2015 with no public input, 2018 brings with it new hope that animal control services will be restored to at least what the previous budget and staffing before the division was eliminated.

With Vicki Upppal in place as the new Administrator in addition to more recently elected pro-animal control commissioners on board, it looks likely that the next few weeks will bring decisions that will once again fully fund the Animal Control Division. With the urging of Commissioner Cheryl Gore Follette, an Animal Control Ad-Hoc Committee was formed in 2017 to look into the situation, utilizing opinions and resources from the county staff, the commissioners and the public. This has led to more communication between the county staff and commissioners regarding how to move forward in able to offer the animal control services that the county residents deserve. Continue reading