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43 Pets Seized From Home, Roscommon County Animal Shelter Seeking Donations

The animal shelter says they took 41 cats and two dogs from a home last Thursday. The shelter is asking for donations to help handle the rise in the number of animals they must care for. They are asking for cat litter, disposable plastic paint trays and other items. Click here for more on the story.

Click here for the story about the seizure.


Young Girl Remembers What’s Important at School Show-and-Tell

The book “Maggie and the Summer Vacation Show-and-Tell” by Randi Lynn Mrvos is an entertaining children’s book which will remind its young audience – just like the main character is reminded – that sometimes you have to take a step back and remember what is important in life. Faced with having to come up with something to show-and-tell at school about her summer vacation, young Maggie is worried because, unlike her friends, she did not go anywhere or do anything exciting. Her mom reminds her why they weren’t able to go anywhere that summer and it involves a heartwarming story of a dog.

The book is for kids ages 4 to 8 years old and especially those that are pet lovers. The end of the book also has some questions for kids to answer about pets and information about the dog that inspired the book.

Check out this book at the link here or on Amazon.

This is not a paid advertisement – it is a review of a book – if I don’t like the books I review, I don’t post them on my website

Dog Hailed as Hero After Saving Owner’s Life

A man who was paralyzed after he slipped and fell in the snow is alive thanks to the heroic actions of his dog. On New Year’s Eve while many were celebrating the start of the new year, Bob was lying in the snow just feet from his home’s door, paralyzed. Around 10:30 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, Bob was home with his golden retriever, Kelsey, watching football and waiting for the New Year’s Eve programming.

During the commercial break, Bob ran outside of his house in just long jons, slippers and a shirt to get a log for his fireplace. While he was walking outside, he slipped and fell, breaking his neck.

“I was screaming for help but my nearest neighbor is about a quarter mile away and it was 10:30 p.m., but my Kelsey came,” stated Bob. “By morning my voice was gone and I couldn’t yell for help, but Kelsey didn’t stop barking.”

Bob laid paralyzed in the snow with temperatures as low as 24 degrees for the next 20 hours. Kelsey the dog kept Bob warm by lying on top of him and licking his face and hands to keep him awake. Click here for the rest of the story.

Students Create Mural for Otsego County Animal Shelter


The Otsego County Animal Shelter has been beautified! According to the shelter, these wonderful ladies from the 6th hour, Studio Art class at Gaylord High School came up with the idea of a mural and made it happen. They have been working on it for a couple weeks now and it looks fabulous.

It was not complete at time of picture but a new photo will be posted soon on the shelter’s Facebook page here

Pictured in the photo L.-R…..Savannah Roemer, Katie Brand, Nicole Czarniecki, Robin Deisig

Fife Lake Couple Overjoyed After Traverse City Man Donates Ducks

A Traverse City man has donated his four ducks to the Fife Lake couple who lost their chickens and ducks in an alleged dog attack earlier this week. The two dogs were on the loose in Traverse City after one allegedly killed a shih tzu on Grant Street the week prior. According to the Traverse City Police Department the 2-year-old Husky and a chow-lab mix were found Wednesday night in on the 1300 block of Coster Road in Springfield Township. Click here for more info.

Otsego County Animal Shelter & 4 Paws Love, Inc. are Collecting Water for Pets in Flint

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Flint, Michigan’s water has been poisoned with lead. Finally, the country is taking notice of the residents’ needs. However, Flint’s pets need our help, too. Veterinarians warn Flint residents that water unfit for human consumption should not be consumed by animals either.

4 Paws Love, Inc. is collecting water to donate to the Humane Society of Genesee County, who will share it with Flint citizens and their pets.

Please donate bottled water by dropping it off at the Otsego County Animal Shelter (see below for other drop off locations) during regular shelter hours. When they get a full truckload, they will transport it to Flint. If you prefer to donate by cash or check, 4 Paw Love, Inc will purchase water for you. Help the Flint community who also loves their pets and their pets’ health.

Otsego County Animal Shelter is located at 256 Fairview Road, Gaylord, Michigan 49735

Shelter Hours:

Mon – Fri : 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

Saturday : 9:00 am – Noon

Lewiston Residents can drop off water at

Bud Jones Insurance 4422 Salling Ave., Lewiston, Michigan 49756 (across from Talley’s) where it will be transported to the Otsego County Animal Shelter by one of our 4 Paw Love Angels.

Bud Jones Insurance Hours:

Mon-Fri : 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

If you prefer to donate by check and 4 Paw Love, Inc will purchase water- please make check payable to 4 Paw Love (include ‘water’ on the memo) and mail to PO Box 1641, Gaylord MI 49734.

Animal Shelter Updates from Michigan Pet Fund Alliance

Genesee County Animal Control is making progress now that new management is in place. Animals are now being spayed/neutered before adoption, but there is still work to be done. Listen to an interview by Tom Sumner of WKUF 94.3 FM with Roberta Angelo and Leann Earns of GRACE here.

Humane Society of Macomb County has responded to community protests by collaborating with rescue groups, making shelter improvements, changing adoption policies, and more.  Michigan Pet Fund Alliance and award-winning Humane Society of Huron Valley have willingly offered guidance and recommendations for changes. Read the latest coverage here.

If you are part of a rescue group willing to take animals from Humane Society of Macomb, apply here.

Thank you, Michigan Pet Fund Alliance, for the updates!

Golf Challenge Benefits AC PAW & PEACE Ranch

The 2nd annual Golf Star Rider Challenge is right around the corner and now is the time to set up teams. The benefit golf outing helps to raise money for animal rescue group, AC PAW and PEACE Ranch which uses horses to help at risk youth and veterans with PTSD. The golf outing is set for Friday, July 17th at Grand Traverse Resort and Spa with registration at 9:30 a.m. Click here for the rest of the story.

2015 Animal Rescue Calendars Available


It’s that time of year again when the animal rescue groups get their calendars printed in time for everyone to buy Christmas gifts for friends and family – and themselves! Here is the rundown on what is available:


AC PAW has two calendars available – both a cat calendar and a dog calendar. They are $12.00 and available at their weekend adoptions at PetSmart, The Copy Shop, D.O.G. Bakery, Banfield Pet Hospital, Pets Naturally, Animal Medical Center of Traverse City, Elk Rapids Animal Hospital, Riverfront Pizza & Specialties of Glen Arbor, Bowsers by the Bay (dog calendars only), Companion Animal Hospital, Clarke-Everett Dog & Cat Hospital, Bay Area Pet Hospital, Grand Traverse Veterinary Hospital, Northern Michigan Veterinary Hospital and Northwood Animal Hospital.

Missaukee Humane Society

You can get a Missaukee Humane Society calendar for $10 online here or at the shelter. You can also pick them up at Meyer Veterinary Clinic.

Horse North Rescue

The Horse North Rescue calendars are $10 and can be picked up at Brookside Vet in Kingsley.

Spring Cleaning for Pet Parents

Spring arrives, and there’s something in the air. Is it the scent of flowers and freshly mown grass that has you sniffing — or is it pet hair and dander that has you sniffling? If it’s the latter, open the windows wide, let in the fresh air, and start spring cleaning. Click here for the rest of the article.

Stem-cell Therapy Restores Faith for Arthritic Pets

photo credit: With a Little Help From My Friends FB page

photo credit: With a Little Help From My Friends FB page

Visitors to the Bellaire pet crisis center With a Little help From My Friends get an official welcome from Moka. The Labrador Retriever was found behind a Bellaire restaurant in 2011 and now serves as the center’s mascot. Peforming her duties has been increasingly difficult for the dog, who suffers from severe arthritis in her hips. So recently the center turned to Ellsworth veterinarian Christian Randall of North Country Veterinary Services, the first in northern Michigan to offer in-clinic adipose stem cell therapy. Click here for the rest of the story.

Grand Traverse County Sheriff’s Department Mourns Loss of K-9

The Grand Traverse County Sheriff’s Department has reported that one of their K-9 units died suddenly over the weekend.

photo credit: Grand Traverse County Sheriff's Dept.

photo credit: Grand Traverse County Sheriff’s Dept.


Janusz was a 5-year-old German Shepherd that specialized in explosive detection, tracking of missing persons, article searches, criminal apprehension,  and handler protection since August 2009.  Janusz worked primarily in Grand Traverse County, but also assisted in surrounding counties. Click here for the rest of the story.

Bellwether Harbor Animal Shelter in Fremont Temporarily Closes

The following statement was posted to the Bellwether Harbor Facebook site on December 10th, 2013…

Hello Friends,

I need to let you all know we are experiencing a problem at our animal shelter that has made it necessary to close our doors until further notice for the protection of you, your pets, and the community we serve. We have a few animals and 2 staff members that have been diagnosed with Ringworm. We are in the process of determining the extent of this problem with the animals in our care and in our building. As you can imagine, we are all in major cleaning mode right now. Please be patient with us as we work through this problem.

Diagnosing and treating this problem will be costly. If you would like to help us during this time and after, there are numerous ways you can help. Financial support is at the top of our list! Your monetary donations would be greatly appreciated in order to purchase diagnostic materials and treatment medications. If you would prefer to donate material goods, we are working on setting up a gift registry with Walmart and The Container Store. Gift cards from Walmart, Petco and Tractor Supply would be greatly appreciated to help us replenish material goods we have needed to remove due to our inability to disinfect them. You also might consider giving gift certificates from our area restaurants to sustain our staff that are working diligently and need nourishment. Any and all donations would be greatly appreciated!!!

When we have more information, we will let you know. Thank you so much for your understanding, patience and support during this time.


Danielle Merrill

Bellwether Harbor Founder and Shelter Director

Wexford County Will No Longer Allow Trial Periods for Adopters

Trial periods: It’s something that every other local animal shelter that I contacted offers to pet adopters because it’s common sense that animals act differently in a home than in a shelter. If you have kids or other pets, there can be additional problems and the animal may feel threatened or be uncomfortable. Animal shelters and rescue groups offer trial periods where an adopter is allowed to take the animal into their home to make sure it’s a good match for their household. If it doesn’t work out, they are allowed to bring the animal back to the shelter within a certain time period to get a refund. The goal of any good shelter or rescue group is to make a good match so that the animal stays in that home forever and trial periods are the way to get things started off on the right foot. Continue reading

Gaylord to Have New Dog Park in 2014

From Friends For Life of Otsego County Inc. Facebook page…

For dog owners who are not aware…Gaylord will be sporting a brand new Dog Park next year!! Now you & your pooch can run and romp in a safe, enclosed area that is designed and built by dog lovers understanding the needs of pet owners.

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The site, a 1.4-acre space located at 540 S. Illinois Ave., was formerly owned by the Department of Natural Resources. However, the park’s opening is dependent upon funding which has been coming in in many forms ~ one of which is through volunteers willing to donate their time, efforts, funding and volunteering on site once the warmer spring weather allows it. Continue reading

Michigan Animal Legislation to Watch

from MPAW – Michigan Partnership for Animal Welfare

The Michigan House and Senate will be back in session on September 3rd. Some of the legislation to keep track of include:

• Puppy Protection Act – This would require large-scale commercial dog breeding kennels with more than 15 adult intact female dogs to register with the Michigan Dept. of Agriculture, pay an annual fee and comply with care and housing regulations.

• Stricter Penalties for Animal Abusers Concerning Animal Ownership – This would require courts to prohibit ownership of animals for a minimum of five years by any person convicted of certain crimes against animals, including neglect, abuse and dog fighting.

• Euthanasia Procedures – This would mandate that a cat or dog under control of a municipal animal control shelter could only be euthanized by administering an injection of a commercially prepared solution (this would ban the use of the gas chamber).

There are many more bills to check out by clicking here.

More than Two Dozen Cats Rescued from Abandoned Home in Mio

Information from the Shelley Olree’s Shelter Webpages…

The SOS recieved a call on August 13th desperately asking for help. A home rented to an individual was found abandoned in Northern Michigan with 20-30 cats and kittens left inside. It is known that the renter had vacated the home and left no food or water, for at least three weeks before being discovered.

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Questions Answered by the Four Non-Profit Organizations Who Put in Bids to Run the Wexford County Animal Shelter

On July 31st, Wexford County opened the bids from the non-profit groups who want to run their animal shelter. These groups who submitted proposals include CARE of Clare County, Pine Cone Farm, Our Promise Animal Rescue and Stephanie’s Rescue.

The information below (listed alphabetically) includes the same questions that were given to each group and a few at the end that pertain to the challenges their specific organization might face running the shelter. All answers are in their entirety and unedited. If there are questions unanswered, I will publish an update as new information becomes available.

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Viggo is Waiting for You!

Viggo’s adoption fee is being sponsored and since he’s already neutered, he’s ready to go home with you now! Just stop by the Cherryland Humane Society and meet your new family member. Take him for a walk and see what a good dog he is. Viggo will do best in a home without kids and with someone who’s owned a dog before. Just remember – being FREE doesn’t mean the value of the dog is any less priceless. He’s just got a lot of friends who want to help him get adopted!



Grand Traverse County Dogs Now Housed at the Cherryland Humane Society

It’s been a smooth transition for the collaboration between Grand Traverse County and the Cherryland Humane Society (CHS) now that the dogs are being housed at the Humane Society. The dogs are being kept in a much more spacious, cleaner and healthier environment. The dogs also have dog beds and are allowed to have toys to keep them busy such as tennis balls. Although CHS is sharing their toys with the Grand Traverse County Animal Control dogs, you can also donate toys specifically to the Grand Traverse County Animal Control dogs if you wish. This new collaboration allows dog owners a better opportunity to find lost pets as well as giving the public an easier way to adopt unclaimed animals.

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Parvo Dog Confirmed to Have Been at the Traverse City Dog Park

It has been confirmed by a local veterinarian that a dog with Parvo was at the Traverse City Dog Park on Wednesday, June 26th. Parvo (Canine Parvovirus) is a highly contagious disease of dogs that has a tendency to attack very quickly. The virus is shed in large amounts of stools of infected dogs for up to several weeks following infection. According to Web MD, the disease is transmitted by oral contact with infected feces. Parvo can be carried on the dog’s hair and feet, as well as on contaminated crates, shoes and other objects. When the dog licks the fecal material off hair, feet or anything that came in contact with infected feces, he or she acquires the disease. You can read more about Parvo here.

Parvo affects dogs of all ages, but most cases it occurs in puppies from six to 20 weeks old. Symptoms include lethargy, no appetite, vomiting and diarrhea. The typical incubation period is three to seven days between initial infection and the onset of the first symptoms. Some dogs have a high fever. If you suspect your dog may be sick with Parvo, please see your veterinarian immediately. Humans cannot contract the virus.

The virus is very hardy and resistant to nearly every household cleaning product. Despite its resistance to most cleaning agents, Parvo can be eliminated by bleach – one part bleach mixed with approximately 30 parts water for any indoor area. Because it’s difficult to bleach an outside area, thoroughly watering down an area will at least dilute any present virus.

Because the Parvo virus can live on the ground for at least six months to a year (even through the winter), having a diseased dog at a public dog park is a big deal.

Although the Traverse City Dog Park has guidelines, it is a self-regulated park that does not require dogs to be vaccinated or for pet owners to prove their dogs are healthy before bringing them into the park. The website states that dogs need to be up to date on their vaccinations. However, it also states that users of the park enter at their own and their dog’s risk of enjoyment and injury.

Vaccinated adult dogs are at low risk of getting the disease but pups who have not reached maturity or completed their vaccinations, dogs with compromised immune systems or any dogs with an unknown vaccination history shouldn’t visit the park. As the rules at the dog park state, you are entering at your own risk and that of your dog. Once again, if you have any questions at all about the safety of taking your dog to a public dog park that has had a Parvo dog present, please contact your veterinarian.

UPDATE: Pet Friends Magazine was contacted by the Traverse City Parks & Recreation Department. As a precaution, they closed the dog park for the day on Monday, July 1st and irrigated the entire park to dilute the possible exposure for other dogs. They will re-open sometime tomorrow morning, on Tuesday, July 2nd.


Cherryland Cats Enjoying Their New Cat Scratchers

An anonymous donor purchased 25 “Stretch and Scratch” boxes for the cats at the Cherryland Humane Society in Traverse City and the cats are busy using them. These scratchers are used by animal shelters all over the country to reduce stress in caged cats and to give the cats something in their cage that they can “own” with their scent on it. It also gives the cats an activity to participate in and encourages their natural behavior of scratching. These scratchers are easy to install and are very strongly made even for the toughest cats.

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