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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.

Wine & Art Gala for Crash’s Landing returns

Wine & Art Gala for Crash’s Landing returns

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-This Wine & Art Gala is a dazzling evening with delicious wine tastings, hors d’oeuvres, raffles and the chance to bid on amazing auction items, with all proceeds directly benefitting the cat’s of Crash’s Landing and Big Sid’s Sanctuary.

The fifth annual Wine & Art Gala takes place on Saturday, November 9, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. in the Grand Oaks Hall at Thousand Oaks Golf Course, located at 4100 Thousand Oaks Dr. in Grand Rapids. Details and tickets are available at http://www.crashslanding.org/.

Pizza Hut Fundraiser Night on October 23

Pizza Hut Fundraiser Night on October 23

Fourteen local Pizza Hut locations on Wednesday, October 23 from 11am to 11pm will donate 20% of the customer’s bill to Crash’s Landing & Big Sid’s Sanctuary.

Go to www.crashslanding.org locate Upcoming events for October 23 Pizza Hunt Fundraiser to print flier for participating locations; must present flier with your order.

Call: (616)821-6065 or more information.

Company donates storm comfort wraps for shelter dogs

Company donates storm comfort wraps for shelter dogs

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—   A company is stepping in to help the Kent County Animal Shelter reach its goal of helping pets.

Mindy Smith-Pierman organized a fundraiser to provide 70 ThunderShirts for shelter dogs.  The ThunderShirt tightly wraps around dogs, providing extra comfort to animals normally scared during thunderstorms. Kent County Animal Shelter representatives say dogs are often come into the shelter skittish, either by nature or because of years of neglect and abuse. Storms usually increase anxiety in the dogs, prompting potential owners to shy away from choosing that particular pet.

 Last week, Smith-Pierman’s fundraiser with Chow Hound and Pet Supplies Plus covered the cost of 55 ThunderShirts, 15 shy of her goal.  But when the maker of ThunderShirts heard about the effort, it decided to donate the last 15 wraps.

Dog Day in the Park this weekend

(WZZM) - Dog Day in the Park is this Saturday from 9:30am to 3:00pm at Riverside Park in Grand Rapids.

Watch the video for more details from Dr. Karyl Ropko of the Northeast Cat and Dog Hospital.