Monthly Archives: February 2018

A Mother in San Diego Finds a Way to Give Back to Animals in Need

Amie Brenner knew she needed to do more to help animals in need. After volunteering at the Helen Woodward Animal Center for over a year, and having three rescue animals of her own, she decided to start a company designing and selling rescue themed phone cases. Her company, PhoneCasesToTheRescue donates 15% back to the rescues and shelters and has already seen the positive impact the proceeds have made, which is her entire goal. “Sending out the proceeds checks is by far my favorite part. I know that the money is helping to get these homeless pets into their forever homes and give them much needed medical care and that warms my heart. We fed over 600 shelter dogs with the proceeds last year!” Amie Brenner, Founder of PhoneCasesToTheRescue. Continue reading


Heartbroken College Student Looking for a New Home for Her Best Friend

Jessica has been with Kaiah, the German Shepherd, since her parents brought the nine-week-old puppy home to be their family dog. Kaiah is now four years old and Jessica is a 19-year-old college student in Traverse City, studying biology and working part-time at a hotel. In July of 2017, Jessica’s parents got divorced and her mom got sick in the fall of that year, ending up going in and out of the hospital. Her mom could no longer care for Kaiah so Jessica brought the dog home with her, intending do her best to find a new home for the dog. Continue reading

How to Ride a Horse

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Horses are beautiful, majestic creatures. They have an air of elegance about them that is hard to beat in the animal kingdom. So why isn’t everyone buying a horse and taking horseback riding lessons?!

Horseback riding isn’t a hobby you pick up over a weekend. It requires grit (riding will harden muscles you didn’t know you had). It demands patience (horses can get moody). And it involves an emotional, nearly spiritual connection between human and beast that goes beyond just learning technique. Ready?

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Traverse City School System Dissecting Cats in Science Classes

The Anatomy and Physiology advanced science courses taught at both Traverse City  High Schools are dissecting dead cats in their classrooms. They have been doing this for at least 15 years according to Traverse City Principal Jessie Houghton and district science administrator Charles Kolbusz who responded to questions from Pet Friends Magazine.

TCAPS acquires approximately 50 dead cats each year from Carolina Biological in North Carolina. The company gets their already euthanized cats from government operated or regulated humane societies who would otherwise have disposed of the cats in a landfill or used an incinerator. Houghton says that Carolina diverts the euthanized cats for use in education rather than simply being wasted. Continue reading

Carol’s Ferals Proposed to Lead Feral Cat Program at Sandy Pines

From the Carol’s Ferals Website:

As you know in late January of this year, a cat was found on the property at Sandy Pines Resort that had apparently frozen to death in an unattended trap.  Carol’s Ferals reached out to Sandy Pines with hope of changing ideas and policies about feral and stray cats in the park. On February 8th, Carol met with Gene (Park President), Mel (Head of Security) and Josh (Marketing and Member Service Manager) to discuss a program going forward that would ensure that no more animals are harmed on Sandy Pines property. The meeting went very well.  Carol shared her knowledge about TNR and explained The Vacuum Effect.  Plans were discussed about how things being done differently going forward would be beneficial not only to the cats and wildlife, but to the public perception of Sandy Pines as well. Click here for the rest of the story.

Additionally, no charges were filed in this case. Click here for more info.

Clare County Animal Control Seeks Stronger Dog Ordinance

At the January meeting of the Clare County Board of Commissioners, two representatives of the Clare County Animal Shelter addressed the Board regarding the safety and welfare of dogs held outside during severely cold weather. Animal Control Director Rudi Hicks and Animal Control Officer Bob Dodson sought the Board’s support by rescinding the old ordinance for pet shelter and adopting a new one that Hicks and staff had written up.

“We’ve had a lot of trouble this year, when the temperatures dropped, with people who just absolutely will not take care of their animals,” Hicks said. “Specifically, we’re speaking of dogs right now, not livestock.”

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Wexford County Animal Shelter Gets More than $160K in Donations

The Wexford County Animal Shelter is weighing its options after it recently received a large donation. At a Wexford County Finance Committee meeting last week, the committee was told about a recent donation of $153,708.78 from an estate. It was the second large donation that has been made recently to the shelter, which also received a $10,000 donation. Click here for the rest of the story.

Bella the K-9 Joins Newaygo Police Department

Meet the newest member of the Newaygo Police Department. This is Bella the K-9. Bella came to the Newaygo Police Department after her previous owners gave her to West Michigan K-9 to find her a home with a police department. She already had training in personal protection and the Newaygo Police got her at no charge. Click here for the rest of the story.

Duke the Dog Reunited with Owners After Chance Appearance in 9&10 Story

We have an extremely happy update for you on a story that aired Tuesday on 9&10 News and it involves a dog. On Tuesday we aired a story about the Wexford County Animal Shelter receiving a donation of more than $160,000. Our story included a clip of a dog named Duke. Duke had been at the Wexford County Animal Shelter since late January when he was seen wandering around Cadillac. Click here for the rest of the story.

Missing Sutton’s Bay Dog Found After 7 Days Without Food or Shelter

After being missing for seven days, Grizzly the sled dog from Suttons Bay was found on Wednesday laying in the snow off of a steep cliff in his owner’s backyard. Grizzly’s owner, Sarah Kelson, was searching for Grizzly on her property when she decided to get a hiking rope and repel down the cliff behind her home. That’s when Kelson saw Grizzly, nearly 100 feet down the cliff, laying in the snow. Click here for the rest of the story.

Family Reunites with Missing Kalkaska Dog After 71 Days

A Kalkaska dog, missing since before Thanksgiving, was reunited with his family after 71 days on the run.

“I had about given up. I mean I didn’t totally give up, I left the deck lights on every night just in case he came home during the night time then the lights would be on for him,” said Barbara Ryan, Ralph’s owner.

Barbara Ryan and her son, Scott Matley, are having better days now that their beloved dog Ralph is back home. Click here for the rest of the story.