#PuppyLove Dating Show! Presented by the #ASPCA. Help Shelter Pets Find Homes For Valentine’s Day!




Event to feature adoptable animals, donations to our canine active forces


This election season, it may not seem like there’s much that we all agree on, but there is one thing that brings us all together – our shared respect and admiration for our armed forces. This Veterans Day, Sunday, November 11, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., the Michigan Humane Society (MHS) will honor that tradition by hosting “Pets, Packs and Patriots” a celebration of our two-legged and four-legged veterans, at Petco in Sterling Heights.


“We are forever grateful to the brave men and women who risk their lives to defend our nation,” said Marie Skladd, MHS Director of Community Outreach. “This event is a way for us to say thank you and honor a debt to them that we can never truly repay.”


“Snoopy, a 6-year-old Boston Terrier mix, is ready to honor our armed forces this Veterans Day.”

The event, held at the MHS off-site adoption center at Petco Sterling Heights, will showcase pets who are available for adoption through the “Pets for Patriots” program, which connects animals who face adoption challenges with members of our armed forces who are looking for their new best friend. The program provides heavily discounted adoption fees and veterinary care for the life of the pet.


Local Cub Scouts will be serving refreshments, and attendees will be able to contribute or purchase items for care packages that will be donated to Desert K9s, an organization that provides supplies and protective gear to military canines deployed overseas. Examples of needed items include collapsible food and water bowls, large Kong-style toys, dry dog biscuits and more.


“Without these four-legged soldiers, thousands more of our brave men and women would lose their lives,” said Sandie Smith, Desert K-9s Coordinator.


Petco is located at 13701 Lakeside Circle in Sterling Heights. For more information about this event, please visit www.michiganhumane.org or call 1-866-MHUMANE (648-6263), Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


The Michigan Humane Society is a private, nonprofit organization which cares for more than 100,000 animals each year, while working to end companion animal homelessness, provide the highest quality service and compassion to the animals entrusted to our care, and to be a leader in promoting humane values.


The Perks Of Owning A Pet!

Perks of Pets Infographic


START OF WALK-by Ed Serecky

The wait is finally over! The seventh annual Mega March for Animals, the largest walk for animals in Michigan, will hit the streets of downtown Detroit and the beautiful trails of Kensington Metropark this Sunday, Oct. 7. Thousands of pet lovers, many accompanied by their four-legged friends, will march to end pet homelessness and to create a better future for pets here in our community. Last year’s event drew more than 7,000 people.

The seventh annual Mega March for Animals


WHERE:        Hart Plaza

                              1 Hart Plaza, Detroit


                              Kensington Metropark

                              2240 West Buno Road, Milford

WHEN:          Sunday, Oct. 7

                        Registration opens at 9 a.m., walk begins at 10 a.m.


Twice the Drool and Twice as Cool – Mega March for Animals

Mega Marchers raise funds in support of MHS’ programs and services that touch the lives of 100,000 animals every year. These include animal sheltering and adoption, veterinary care, cruelty investigation and rescue, services for struggling pet owners and much more.



For more information, please visit  www.michiganhumane.org/MEGA.

“Meet Your Best Friend at the Zoo”—Michigan

Meet Your Best Friend at the Zoo – MG_3452 – Photo by Ed Serecky



Collaboration to bring awareness, help more homeless animals find their way home

MYBFZ boy and dog


Tens of thousands of homeless animals find their way to area animal shelters and rescue groups every single year, and not enough of them find forever homes. That’s why the Michigan Humane Society (MHS) is partnering with Meijer and Purina ONE to raise awareness of the number of homeless pets in our community, and to help more of them find loving homes. As part of this partnership, Meijer and Purina ONE are sponsors and key participants in the


adoption event

 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sept. 22 and 23

at the Detroit Zoo

 Royal Oak, Michigan


Angela-mom and Kaya Scott of Ferndale adopted Stanley_pictured with Emily and Nadia Jackson

The partnership will assist pet owners in every phase of pet ownership – from adopting a pet at the Michigan Humane Society to keeping your new family member healthy and happy by purchasing Purina ONE food and other pet-related items at Meijer. Meijer and Purina ONE will also provide every dog and cat adopter from MHS with valuable moneysaving coupons including free pet food, cat litter, photo prints, and huge savings on other pet supplies.


Abby finds new home with Matt Hutchins and family_Royal Oak (1)

Meijer and Purina ONE have also teamed up to sponsor

Michigan Humane Society’s 2012

Mega March for Animals

being held Sunday, Oct. 7,

at Hart Plaza in Detroit

and at Kensington Metropark in Milford

The largest walk for animals in Michigan, the event supports MHS’ many lifesaving programs, including animal sheltering and adoption, veterinary care, cruelty investigation and rescue and much more.

For more information about the 2012 Mega March,

please visit  www.michiganhumane.org/MEGA.


“It is important for people to understand that shelter pets are among the very best companions you can bring into your home and as such, we are so proud to partner with the Michigan Humane Society, Meijer and the greater Detroit community to make more adoptions possible,” said Pamela Hill, Purina ONE Shelter Pet Program Manager.


If you’re interested in bringing a homeless pet into your life, visit www.michiganhumane.org, or call 1-866-MHUMANE (648-6263) from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The Michigan Humane Society is a private, nonprofit organization which cares for more than 100,000 animals each year, while working to end companion animal homelessness, provide the highest quality service and compassion to the animals entrusted to our care, and to be a leader in promoting humane values.



It’s the 20th year of the “Meet Your Best Friend at the Zoo” adoption event, and the Michigan Humane Society (MHS) and Detroit Zoological Society (DZS) are partnering to commemorate this anniversary by hosting the biggest and best event yet! The fall Meet Your Best Friend at the Zoo event will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 22 and 23 at the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak, in the front parking lot underneath the landmark water tower. Meet Your Best Friend at the Zoo is presented by Purina ONE

 and sponsored by Meijer 

and PetSmart Charities

Hundreds of dogs, cats, puppies and kittens from MHS and more than 20 additional animal welfare groups will be available for adoption, with other groups offering next-day or later adoptions. Also, a number of additional breed-specific rescue groups will be on-hand providing information to potential adopters about the breeds they represent. For a full listing, visit www.michiganhumane.org/zoo.

Puppies are often in high demand and can lead to tent overcrowding, which is why special MHS “puppy passes” will be given each morning to the first 25 adoption event guests who are looking specifically to adopt a puppy. Those with a puppy pass will be allowed to enter the adoption tents at 9:45 a.m. A get acquainted area will be offered to give guests an opportunity to spend time with an animal.

The Detroit Zoo is at 8450 W. 10 Mile Road in Royal Oak. There is no charge for admission or parking for the event. Media partners for the event include 98.7 AMP Radio; 97.1 The Ticket; 99.5 WYCD; 104.3 WOMC; Talk Radio 1270; and WWJ Newsradio 950.


Adoption fees and policies are set by each participating group and not by event hosts or sponsors. Animals will be adopted only to qualified homes. Adopters must present a valid driver’s license or state ID card. All dogs and cats will have received a medical check-up and age-appropriate vaccinations. For health and safety reasons, please leave current companion animals at home.


For more information, visit the MHS website at www.michiganhumane.org or call 1-866-MHUMANE (648-6263), from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The Michigan Humane Society (MHS) is a private, nonprofit organization which cares for more than 100,000 animals each year, while working toend companion animal homelessness, provide the highest quality service and compassion to the animals entrusted to our care, and to be a leader in promoting humane values.

“Yappy” National Dog Day!!

Since Mom was late on getting a post together for National Dog Day, here is a video she found from 2011….

In honor of National Dog Day, Mom and I have installed PetFinder widgets on our side bar, that way, people can search for adoptable dogs ANY day of the year!

Want some ideas about how YOU can help?

Click HERE:


Barks and licks and love, Dakota

Bloggers Unite For Dog Rescue!! Promote Dog Adoption On July 23!

Blog the Change

Hi everyone! It’s Dakota, and this is my first time participating in Blog the Change for animals. Normally, my brother Cody from Cat Chat participates, but this time he passed it on to me. Why? Because I am here to tell you about a special event coming up on July 23rd.

Many of you are probably shaking your head wondering why a pure breed dog would be promoting Dog Rescue.  I’ll tell you why. If my parents had a Sheltie rescue near their home, that is where they would have gotten me. Not that they regret having me, NEVER! It’s just that when they wanted to get a Sheltie, my Mom wasn’t blogging, she didn’t know that there are pet transport services such as Pilots N Paws that could have flown a Sheltie to HER!!

All my parents knew then, was that the Sheltie rescues that they searched online for were much too far for them to visit. They do not regret purchasing me from a RESPONSIBLE breeder at all. Mom and Dad love the breeder where I came from and still keep in touch with her. It is just their first choice would have been to help a dog in need.


One important reason is from http://btc4animals.com

“Millions of dogs are euthanized each year because not enough people are adopting dogs through local rescue groups and shelters.  Instead, many people purchase from pet stores not knowing that most come from puppy mills – read more at: http://www.aspca.org/fight-animal-cruelty/puppy-mills/puppy-scams-cons.aspx:  Additionally, many people underestimate the time and dedication it takes to become a responsible pet owner, and surrender their dogs, or worse.”

So, on July 23rd we are going to be joining other dog bloggers in helping to spread the word about Dog Rescue. 

How can YOU help?

  • You can blog  about a Dog Rescue related topic on July 23rd, 2012
  • Adopting a companion: http://theshelterpetproject.org/
  • Donating to a local dog rescue organization
  • Fostering a dog
  • Volunteering at a local shelter or rescue organization
  • Sharing this post across all forms of social media and encourage others to participate!

Be sure to join us and all of our dog blogging buddies on July 23rd and help us to spread the word about the importance of


Barks and licks and love, Dakota

October Is Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month

Let me begin by saying I am not a Shelter Dog. Nope, I’m not.  In my case fate just didn’t work that way.

Before I came to live with my Mom and Dad they DID search shelters on PetFinder looking for a Sheltie to adopt. At that time there were none close enough to our home for my Mom and Dad to adopt.  But things could have been different.

What if another family had brought me to live with them and it didn’t work out? There are a number of reasons why maybe it wouldn’t. Maybe I wouldn’t be a good fit for their family? Maybe they would fall on hard economic times and wouldn’t be able to care for me any longer  and be forced to bring me to a shelter? These things happen every day.

Shelter dogs aren’t just mutts. There are many pure breed dogs there too who for a variety of reasons have now become Shelter dogs.  Whatever type of dog you are looking for I bet you can find at your local shelter.

Times are tough in our country which has caused shelters to have a glut of both dogs and cats, (for the record, my brother Cody WAS  a shelter cat!)

When possible always try to ADOPT FIRST!

How can you help if you aren’t able to adopt?

There are many things that you can do.  You can read about them here on Petfinder.com

Here is an adorable Sheltie boy that Mom and I found on Petfinder, can you help spread the word?


Shetland Sheepdog Sheltie: An adoptable dog in Livonia, MI

Max is a pure bred Shetland Sheepdog. He is around 2 years old and a small boy , He seems to be very sweet and a little timid,

More about Max

Pet ID: D110619 • Spayed/Neutered • Primary color: Tricolor (Brown, Black & White) • Coat length: Long

Max’s Contact Info

Last Day Dog Rescue, Livonia, MI

We hope that Max finds his “furever” home soon!

Barks and licks and love, Dakota

Meet “Almost Home, A Truly No-Kill Animal Rescue and Haven”, Please Help US, Help Them!

I would like to introduce you to  a rescue here in Michigan,  “Almost Home, A Truly No-Kill Animal Rescue And Haven” whose founders Gail and Lauren Montgomery,  work tirelessly in their quest to find the  dogs and cats  at their rescue a furever home.


Meet Gail Montgomery, co-founder,with her daughter, Lauren, of Almost Home:

This message is directly from  Gail: “After volunteering at a number of animal shelters and rescue groups I became disenchanted and sad about the philosophies of so many such organizations. Even the so-called “no kill “shelters were euthanizing adoptable animals. I was devastated, to say the least.

Being a person who is so very passionate about animals, I decided to make a difference. In 2001 I started Almost Home Animal Rescue League. It consisted of myself and my daughter, Lauren. I wanted to help all animals, whether they were young or old, sick or healthy, maimed or beautiful. I wanted to create a place for them not only to FEEL SAFE  but to BE SAFE.


Please help Andrew

It was really difficult in the beginning. Many people thought I was unrealistic. I have proven them wrong. With my compassion for these helpless creatures who ask for so little and give so much in return, I am able to continue my work with a motivation that, well… kind of drives people a little crazy! I have never been so tenacious and diligent in my whole life. Most of the animals that we rescue are so frightened, confused and sick. It breaks my heart to see them in this condition. There is nothing more rewarding than to help them recover from these traumas. Hugging them, bathing them, loving them and giving them a sense of security is just a start. A big bowl of nutritious food to help make them strong and healthy, and then trips to the veterinarian. Then, ultimately finding them their loving, responsible  “forever home”. Now, what can be more rewarding than that?


“Armando” Read About Him Here

It’s hard to believe we live in a world where innocent animals are put to sleep simply because  society says there is no room for them. I feel there is a way to SAVE EVERY ANIMAL. And this is my mission. I encourage every caring person to do your part to help the animals. If you work at a shelter and you see that bad things are going on, speak out. Or start your own organization to advocate for them. Speak for the animals. Do what you can.


“Farrah” Look at that FACE! Read about her here
One day I hope to walk into an animal shelter and all I will see are a few animals there, waiting for their owners to arrive because they were licensed and properly tagged. One day when I see a pregnant dog or cat I won’t cry, feel sad or be frightened. One day I hope there will be no use for organizations like mine.

But, for now, there’s Almost Home.



Help us save the lives of animals

As always, we are in dire need of monetary donations. We can really use your help. We receive no money from governmental funds in any way. All donations, either monetary or material, are TAX DEDUCTIBLE! The more money we raise through donations, the more lives we can save. It’s as simple as that. Please help our animals find their way with a donation today.

You can help by clicking on the widget on the top right hand side of the original blog post that my Mom and my brother Cody put up on their Cat Chat blog. You can see that post and find that widget  here

Or, please send donations to:

Almost Home, P.O. Box 250602

 West Bloomfield, Michigan 48325

Please make checks payable to Almost Home

 It would mean a lot to my Mom, my brother Cody and me if we could help!

Thank you for your support!

Barks and licks and love, Dakota