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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.

Shelter seeks homes for 10 neglected dogs

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - The Kent County Animal Shelter is looking for homes for ten dogs taken from a home in Grand Rapids.

The shelter received the underweight and injured dogs in November when Animal Control Officers rescued them from a home.  The owner of the dogs has pleaded guilty to a charge of animal cruelty.

Amongst the dogs is Hundi, a 13-year-old lab mix that only has three legs.  The injured leg was amputated years ago due to unrelated incident.

The dogs are at the Kent County Animal Shelter at 740 Fuller NE.  The shelter is closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Vet: Warm 2012 means bad flea season

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- The unseasonable weather this year could lead to a problem for pets.

According to Banfield Pet Hospitals -- a national chain of pet clinics -- Michigan is among the worst states for fleas on dogs.

Dr. Karyl Ropko, of the Northeast Cat & Dog Hospital in Grand Rapids, says this is the time of year when fleas are at their worst. Until there's a good, hard frost, says the veterinarian, the bugs will remain a problem outside -- and could easily make it into your home.

"The thing about fleas that most owners don't realize is we see more fleas between October and December than any other time of the year," says Dr. Ropko. "What happens is when we have a hot summer like we had this year, those fleas are out all summer, hatching out, all over the place in the environment.

Animal shelter meets goal of 300 adoptions

Animal shelter meets goal of 300 adoptions

The Kent County Health Department is thrilled to announce the Kent County Animal Shelter (KCAS) met its goal of 300 adoptions in the ASPCA/Rachel Ray $100K Challenge, which was held August 1-October 31, 2012.  That’s 174 adoptions more than last year.  In all, 674 pets were saved in the three month challenge – 137 more than last year.

The winning shelter will receive $100,000 in prize money.  KCAS did not save the most pets in the competition, but the contest helped build awareness about the KCAS and the thousands of animals that come through the doors every year.  “This competition brought in dozens of families who had never come to the Kent County Animal Shelter in the past,” said Cathy Raevsky, the Administrative Health Officer of the Kent County Health Department.  “Our dedicated staff worked incredibly hard to promote adoptions and return lost pets to their owners over the past three months.”

Crash’s Landing Open House

Crash’s Landing Open House

Families are encouraged to visit Crash’s Landing located at 1545 Diamond Avenue NE in Grand Rapids on Saturday, October 27 from 1:00 to 5:00pm for the opportunity to tour the shelter, learn about the facility and best of all meet the cats & kittens. An added bonus is the celebration of the 10 Year Anniversary of Crash’s facility.

Call: (616)821-6065 or on-line at www.crashslanding.org for more information.

Humane Society of West Michigan Wins Grand Rapids Gem

Humane Society of West Michigan (HSWM) has won the Grand Rapids Gem competition, organized by Grand Rapids-based Craft-Revival Jewelers.  As a result of earning 65 percent of the public vote on grandrapidsgem.com, HSWM earned $6,640. 

“We are truly honored and ecstatic to be the winner of this exciting competition,” said Trudy Ender, executive director of the Humane Society of West Michigan.  “We currently have 300 animals at our shelter and these funds will be used directly for their care.  As a 100-percent donor-funded organization, donations like this are vital and we couldn’t care for our animals without the community support.”

Hoarded animals pulled from GR home

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Kent County authorities are investigating an apparent case of animal hoarding.

Authorities say last week they removed ten dogs, three cats and a chinchilla from a home on Grand Rapids' northeast side.

Police went to the home after receiving a tip that the animals were living in unsanitary conditions.

The animals are being rehabilitated right now at the Kent County Animal Control.

The homeowner is charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty and neglect. Her name is not being released. 

Shelter workers are in the process of washing, grooming and treating the animals for parasites.

"Most of these dogs seem like they will make great pets once we can get them healthy and we are able to place them up for adoption," said Carly Luttmann, Kent County Animal Shelter supervisor. 

Rehabilitation is expected to take several weeks.