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My Town GR North: Think twice before buying bunnies and chicks for Easter

My Town GR North: Think twice before buying bunnies and chicks for Easter

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.--  The Kent County Health Department is encouraging families to think twice before  buying bunnies or chicks to celebrate Easter.

County officials say before adults open up their wallets, they should  consider the fact that rabbits can live seven to ten years and chickens can live into their teens.

“The Kent County Animal Shelter received nearly 100 unwanted rabbits and chickens last year,” says Adam London, health officer for the Kent County Health Department. “Pet rabbits have specific health needs, special diets, and must live indoors.  While they can be very social with the right care and supervision, they don’t like to be held or cuddled.”

My Town: Kroc Center to extend hours, welcome animals for spring break

My Town: Kroc Center to extend hours, welcome animals for spring break

WYOMING, Mich.—The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center is extending its hours and  teaming up with John Ball Zoo, the Kent County Animal Shelter and Blandford Nature Center to provide spring break staycation solutions for children.

From Monday, April 7 through Friday, April 11, kids can take part in activities like three-on-three basketball tournaments, dodgeball, bounce houses and art activities.  Animals from John Ball Zoo, the Blandford Nature Center and the Kent County Animal Shelter will also visit the Kroc throughout the week.    Children will also get more time to enjoy the climbing wall, pool and game room throughout the week.

Pizza Hut’s Pizza Wednesday Fundraiser – February 26

Pizza Hut’s Pizza Wednesday Fundraiser – February 26

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Enjoy some pizza well helping cats by printing this flier from Crash’s Landing & Big Sid’s Sanctuary website.

Visit your local Pizza Hut on Feb. 26  anytime between 11 a.m. and 11 p.m., present this flier and 20 percent of your total bill will be donated to Crash’s Landing & Big Sid’s Sanctuary.

Participating locations are on the flier.  Dine in, delivery and carry out are available. 

Visit www.crashslanding.org for additional details and the flier.

Kent County Animal Shelter waives late fees for dog licenses

Kent County Animal Shelter waives late fees for dog licenses

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The Kent County Animal Shelter will not be charging late fees for dog licenses this year, as the county changes its program.

Now, dog licenses will be linked to the month a dog receives its rabies vaccination.  Dogs that get a one-year rabies vaccine will be eligible for a one-year license; dogs with a three-year rabies license can purchase a three-year license. 

“If your dog’s rabies shot was updated after you bought your 2013 license, you may need to update your registration with us, to show proof of vaccination and the expiration date,” said Carly Luttmann, Kent County Animal Shelter Supervisor. “Most veterinarians can provide us with proof of vaccination quickly.

American Red Cross offers pet emergency app

American Red Cross offers pet emergency app

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The American Red Cross is giving pet lovers another way to protect their furry family.

The organization’s Pet First Aid App puts life-saving information right into the hands of dog and cat owners so they can provide emergency care until veterinary assistance arrives.  

“Pet owners learn how to recognize health problems and when to contact their veterinarian,” said Kelly Hudson, regional communications officer for the American Red Cross of West Michigan. “The Pet First Aid App provides step-by-step instructions, videos and images for more than 25 common first aid and emergency situations including how to treat wounds, control bleeding, and care for breathing and cardiac emergencies.”

 The app also covers burns, car accidents, falls and cold and heat related emergencies, as well as pet health maintainence information.  The app also allows pet owners to:

Record number of pets find a home for the holidays

Record number of pets find a home for the holidays

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—  Dozens of pets have a new home for the holiday after a record-breaking adoption event at the Kent County Animal Shelter.

According to the organization’s Facebook page, 27 pets were adopted during the Home for the Holiday adoption event Saturday, Dec. 7.  Funding from the Bissell Pet Foundation helped organizers lower adoption fees, leading to a new one-day adoption record at the shelter.

Crash's Landing and Big Sid's Sanctuary hosts volunteer orientation Nov. 10

Crash's Landing and Big Sid's Sanctuary hosts volunteer orientation Nov. 10

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Interested in volunteering?

Reserve your spot now to join this Volunteer Orientation Tour, taking place Sunday, November 10 at Crash’s Landing and Big Sid’s Sanctuary in Grand Rapids.  This opportunity gives guests the chance to tour the shelters, meet some furry friends and learn how your time can impact the shelters.

Call (616) 826-8613 or email  volunteer@crashslanding.org to reserve your spot.