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Animal Welfare Fund Provides $155,500 to Local Animal Shelters

Animal Welfare Fund Provides $155,500 to Local Animal Shelters

News Release:

Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development’s (MDARD) State Veterinarian Dr. James Averill announced the Michigan Companion Animal Welfare Fund check-off will fund projects totaling over $155,500 for 26 registered shelters in 2015. 

The Michigan Animal Welfare fund was established under Public Act 132 of 2007 as a tax check-off to support animal shelters statewide. This year’s awards will go to the spaying and neutering of animals, fund registration fees for anti-cruelty training conferences, and help cover costs for protecting and caring for Michigan animals subjected to cruelty or neglect.

“Thanks to the generous support of Michiganders, local shelters will be able to train more staff on anti-cruelty, care for animals looking for their forever home, and conduct spay and neutering programs in their communities,” said Averill.

My Town GR North: Record-setting number of pets get a 'Home for the Holidays'

My Town GR North: Record-setting number of pets get a 'Home for the Holidays'

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Hundreds of cats and dogs are starting the New Year in a new home, after a record-setting 2014 at the Kent County Animal Shelter.

The BISSELL Pet Foundation covered all adoption fees at the shelter from Nov. 3 to the end of the year as part of the Home for the Holidays campaign. In turn, potential pet owners were encouraged to bring in donations of canned pet food or new blankets. Altogether, the shelter adopted out 270 pets through the program, bringing the organization’s adoption rate to 80 percent. 

My Town: Officer's legacy of love benefits Grand Rapids police dogs

My Town: Officer's legacy of love benefits Grand Rapids police dogs

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.--  Even in death, a Grand Rapids police officer is caring for the dogs he loved.

Monday afternoon, the father of Officer Andrew Rusticus will present a check to the Grand Rapids Police Canine Team, to cover the cost of purchasing and caring for retired police dogs.  The money came from the inaugural K9K race created in honor of Rusticus, who died from a heart attack while on a training run to become a canine handler.  Rusticus was just 29 years old when he collapsed Feb. 25, 2012.

The first K2K race took place Aug. 9, 2014 at Riverside Park.  Proceeds from the event are going to the Grand Rapids Police Department Canine Unit Foundation, the Thin Blue Line of Michigan and a scholarship at Trinity Christian College, in Rusticus’ name. 

Crash’s Landing Fundraiser on September 24

Crash’s Landing Fundraiser on September 24

Crash’s Landing & Big Sid’s Sanctuary invites the community to participate in this worthy cause.

Print a flier from Crash’s Landing & Big Sid’s Sanctuary website below. On Wednesday, September 24 from 11am to 11pm the public is invited to present the coupon to any one of the 14 Pizza Hut locations and 20% of their total bill will be donated to Crash’s Landing & Big Sid’s Sanctuary. This is included for Dine-in, Carry out or Delivery.

The Flier has the list & addresses of the 14 participating Pizza Hut locations on the North & South side.

Visit http://www.crashslanding.org for the flier & print the coupon.  

2014 MidWest Ferret Fellowship Faire on September 20

2014 MidWest Ferret Fellowship Faire on September 20

The Midwest Ferret Fellowship invites the public the chance to see the judging of a variety of Ferrets at their best. 

This Faire takes place on Saturday, September 20 at 9:30am at a new venue, Whiskers University located at 2855 29th Street, Suite D in Grand Rapids, Michigan 49512.

This Faire is sanctioned by the American Ferret Association and proceeds will benefit the West Michigan Ferret Connection.

Admission is $5.00 for adults, $2.00 for children 7-15 yrs. Free for children under 7 with paid adult.

For details, visit www.midwestferretfellowship.org.

My Town: Pizza to help pets Aug. 27

My Town: Pizza to help pets Aug. 27

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Crash’s Landing & Big Sid’s Sanctuary invite the community to help rescued cats Wednesday, Aug. 27 by picking up a pizza.

Print a flyer from Crash's Landing's website and present it to employees at any of the 14 participating Pizza Hut locations Wednesday to donate 20 percent of your total bill to Crash’s Landing & Big Sid’s Sanctuary.  The benefit runs from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Aug. 27 and includes dine-in, carry out or delivery orders.

The flyer has the list and addresses of the 14 participating Pizza Hut locations in the Grand Rapids area.

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.”