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Animal shelter receives "thunder shirts"

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) - The Kent County Animal Shelter now has a new tool to use for dogs in severe weather.

The ThunderShirt is supposed to tightly wrap around dogs, providing a little extra comfort during the scary sounds of thunderstorms.

Kent County Animal Shelter representatives say the dogs often come into the shelter as skiddish animals, either by nature or because of years of neglect and abuse. Storms usually give the dogs more anxiety, prompting potential owners to shy away from choosing that particular pet.

54 ThunderShirts were donated on Tuesday thanks to Chow Hound and Pet Supplies Plus.

Two fat cats show obesity a real problem

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Garfield isn't the only fat cat who's been shoving in the pasta.

A cat in Tennessee -- named Buddha -- weighs in at 31 pounds.  He's being forced off his love for spaghetti at an animal shelter.  

Then there's Albert, who also showed up at an animal shelter this week in Phoenix weighing in at 28 pounds.

Join the Cause

Join the Cause

Are you a person who would like a dog but not sure if you could make a real commitment? The following may just be a reality check for you. If you are a person with lots of patience, check this out. It is such a worthy cause and a way to see if you, yourself might eventually become a pet owner.

Join the Cause!!! Paws with a Cause organization is looking for people to raise a future Assistance Dog. Join PAWS for an informational orientation on Monday, July 29th at 6:00pm at the Paws with a Cause National Headquarters, located at 4646 So. Division in Wayland, MI.

Please RSVP to jthorington@pawswithacause.org or call, 1-800-253-7297 to reserve your spot.

Crash’s Landing: Meet and greet open adoption hours

Crash’s Landing: Meet and greet open adoption hours

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.--Get your Papa an adorable purring feline for Father’s Day.

There is no appointment necessary to check out the adoption choices at Crash's Landing on Father’s Day. The rescue shelter will be open June 16 from 1 p.m. to  3 p.m.  

Crash's Landing is located at 1545 Diamond NE location in Grand Rapids. For more information, email adoptions@crashslanding.org.

Zumba for cats on June 11

Zumba for cats on June 11

Throughout the summer, Nylaan Dental will offer Zumba classes at 7 p.m. every Tuesday, with proceeds benefitting a different non-profit organization.

On Tuesday, June 11, that organization is Crash's Landing &  Big Sid's Sanctuary.  The community is welcome to visit Nylaan Dental that evening  for a lot of outdoor fun with “a bunch of crazy cat ladies."  Participants are encouraged to donate $5 each to benefit the animal shelter.

Nylaan Dental is located at 5011 Plainfield Ave. NE.  For more information, call (616) 361-7317 or visit www.nylaandental.com/ZUMBA .

Time To Get Your Dog's New License

Time To Get Your Dog's New License

 

2013 Dog Licenses available in Kent County.

Michigan law requires that all dogs four months of age or older be licensed.

A dog license is considered late if your animal is 5 months of age or older and you have owned the dog longer than 30 days. Dog licenses are discounted for senior citizens, and if your dog has been spayed or neutered (See fees here). To qualify for senior prices a person has to be 62 years old at the time of purchase and provide proof of age.

The fees through March 1, 2013 range from $6-26. After March 1, the costs of licenses doubles.

Purrfect Health: Diabetes in animals

Grand Rapids (WZZM) - Just like humans, your pets can suffer from diabetes.

The first step in caring for an animal with that condition is to know what to look for.

So for this Purrfect Health segment, we asked Doctor Cassandra Bliss with BluePearl Veterinary Services in Grand Rapids to talk about the condition.

Click on the video link to watch the segment. To learn more about BluePearl, click here. To learn more about diabetes in your pets, click here.