Michigan Humane Society And PetSmart To Host ‘CERTIFIED PRE-OWNED PET SUMMER TENT EVENTS’ – STARTING JUNE 15

Three adoption events

to feature dogs, cats and rabbits

from MHS and local rescue groups

The Michigan Humane Society (MHS), in partnership with PetSmart and PetSmart Charities, will host three Certified Pre-Owned Pet Summer Tent Events, on Saturdays June 15, July 20 and August 17, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Each of the adoption events will take place at a participating PetSmart location, with certified pre-owned dogs, puppies, cats, kittens and rabbits – all loaded with adorable features – from MHS and several local rescue groups.

 

"Liza" Photo courtesy of Michigan Humane

“Liza” Photo courtesy of Michigan Humane

“With so many pets in our community in need of new homes, the Michigan Humane Society is pleased to partner with other local animal welfare organizations to showcase our wonderful adoptable animals,” said Marie Skladd, MHS Director of Community Outreach. “Thanks to our hosts, PetSmart and PetSmart Charities, and the participating groups, dozens of makes and models will be available at these events and ready for you to drive them home!”

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“Walter” Photo courtesy of Michigan Humane

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The summer tent adoption event locations are as follows:

June 15 at PetSmart Roseville, 20530 E 13 Mile Rd;

July 20 at PetSmart Ann Arbor, 2865 Oak Valley Dr;

 August 17 at PetSmart West Bloomfield

7260 Orchard Lake Rd.

(which is by our house!

Mom is gonna see if she

can volunteer that day!)

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For more information, visit www.michiganhumane.org or call 1-866-MHUMANE (648-6263), Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

The Michigan Humane Society is the largest and oldest animal welfare organization in the state. MHS works 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 time for the ASPCA-Rachael Ray $100K Challenge!

Click on the logo for more info!

Click on the logo for more info!

The ASPCA is gearing up for the start of the 2013 ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge, where a total of $600,000 in prize grants are up for grabs to help shelters save more homeless cats and dogs.

The ASPCA Rachael Ray $100K Challenge is a groundbreaking contest that challenges animal shelters across the country to come up with innovative ways to engage their communities and get more homeless cats and dogs into loving homes.

The 49 contestants will work to save more animals – during the months of June, July and August 2013 – than they did over the same three-month period in 2012. Last year’s competing shelters saved more than 56,000 cats and dogs during the contest, an increase of 14,376 over the same period in 2011. For a full list of participating shelters, visit challenge.aspcapro.org.

Since Dakota and I live in Michigan, we are going to be pulling for the  Friends for the Dearborn Animal Shelter  and will help promote them when we can to help them increase their adoption numbers!

The ASPCA and Rachael Ray will award a $100,000 grand prize to the shelter contestant that achieves the greatest increase in lives saved during this three-month period. The contestant that does the best job of engaging its community members in helping to save more animals will win $25,000. Those organizations that do the best in their divisions will be eligible for between $10,000 and $25,000 in additional grants. In total, $600,000 in grant funding will be awarded for increases in animal lives saved, as well as a photo contest and general participation.

All her life, Rachael Ray has been an advocate for animals and a supporter of animal welfare groups. Her love for animals and for her pit bull, Isaboo, inspired her to create her pet food (which you read about A LOT on Dakota’s blog) called Nutrish® to raise money for animals in need.  Ray donates 100 percent of her proceeds from the sale of Nutrish® to organizations like the ASPCA so they can implement programs like the $100K Challenge and support shelters and animal organizations around the country.

So what are you waiting for? Find a participating shelter in your area that you can support by visiting:  challenge.aspcapro.org

Follow all the #100KChallenge action this weekend on Twitter, and best of luck to all the shelters as they embark on this exciting Challenge to save more lives!

Dakota and I wish them all the best of luck!

In full disclosure: Dakota and I were not compensated for this post. We were contacted by the ASPCA and were asked if we would share this info and we are more than happy to do so!

 

 

 

Book Review: Circling the Waggins How 5 Misfit Dogs Saved Me From Bewilderness by C.A. Wulff

Many of you saw my blog post from April 15th, where I featured the book “How To Change The World in 30 Seconds” by C.A. Wulff.  She is one talented author! Today, I have the pleasure of presenting to you “Circling the Waggins, How 5 Misfit Dogs Saved Me From Bewilderness” also by Author C.A. Wulff.

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From www.yelodoggie.com

Living in a rugged log cabin in a National Park can be challenging for two middle-aged women; especially when one has physical limitations and the other’s mental illness is a wilderness of its own. Add in the daily trials of senior pet care, plus a mouse rescue gone comically awry, and it might just be a recipe for disaster. But even as the two women care for, and say goodbye to, longtime companion animals, a pack of misfit dogs enter their lives to keep them grounded. The couple find a new awareness and understanding of the experience of living.

You don’t have to be involved in animal rescue to appreciate this book, but if you are, you will love it all the more.  One of my favorite lines from this wonderful book happens to be at the beginning. When speaking about the animals that she has rescued and why she continues to do so, even after having her heart-broken when they pass, C.A. Wulff says: “They reminded me that joy comes in furry packages, and love is an eternal circle that keeps on waggin.”

Just when you think that you cannot bear to experience the loss of a beloved animal again, you find another, and yet ANOTHER, each unique, each special,  each needing love, and you learn that YES indeed you CAN (and you will) dedicate your life to an animal again.

If you love animals, you will love Circling the Waggins.

You will smile, nod your head in recognition and yes you will cry, you will be as moved by the dedication of C.A. Wulff and her partner Dalene, as I was.

The ONLY criticism that I have of this book is Wulff’s obvious lukewarm attitude about cats. I know that 99.9% of you who read my blog are die-hard dog lovers, most of you do not have cats, many of you do. Until Dakota came into my life in 2007 I was 100% TEAM CAT and TEAM CAT ONLY. Don’t get me wrong, I ADORE DOGS, I just feel that I understand and relate to cats better. So, passages such as these, upset me:

It’s not that I dislike cats. Cats are beautiful animals and make lovely pets. Perfectly fine pets for SOMEBODY ELSE to have. I have loved felines in the past, counting myself fortunate to have known them. But over the years, I’ve come to understand that I find relationships with dogs much more rewarding.

One of the things I dislike about our current group of cats is their blatant disregard for our furniture and carpeting. They remind me of wild and uncontrollable rock stars who trash hotel rooms. My role in the relationship with them has evolved into little more than a janitorial service.

I must be part cat because I felt my hair beginning to stand on end and my claws began extending. I had my first cat for 18 wonderful and MEANINGFUL years. He was my soul mate, he lived for me as much as I lived for him.  The unbearable devastation and pain I felt when he passed, was excruciating as all of us who have loved and lost beloved pets know. The above couldn’t be FURTHER from the truth IN MY WORLD.  I won’t lie. This passage and a few other cat references didn’t sit well with me.

The book also, for me, seemed to end rather disjointedly without obvious closure. When it ended, it was DONE and I was left confused about one issue in particular, whatever happened to Max? (the cat)

There is much in this book that I DID like:

  • It made me remember what it was like to care for a senior pet
  • What would I do if my dog or cat were to be diagnosed with cancer?
  • How do those in multiple pet households cope? (When I say multiple, I mean more than 2 pets)
  • It made me relive having to euthanize my “soul kitty”
  • It discusses the importance of spaying/neutering
  •  the love and dedication to animals that is clear by C.A. and her partner

If you have ever rescued an animal, loved a pet (dog OR cat) with your entire being, sacrificed for your pet, and experienced the unconditional love that they offer in return, you will appreciate Circling the Waggins and be able to relate to the “Circle Of Life” going on.

Paperback: 344 pages
Publisher: Barking Planet Productions (July 16, 2012)
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SBN-10: 0978692861
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SBN-13: 978-0978692865

C.A. Wulff has generously offered my readers a $5 discount!

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and the $5 off discount code is:
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To purchase on Amazon  click here

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#MICHIGAN PET ADOPTION EVENT! FIND YOUR NEW BEST FRIEND!

MICHIGAN HUMANE SOCIETY PARTNERS WITH PETSMART

FOR NATIONAL ADOPTION WEEKEND

Pets available for adoption at three metro-area PetSmart stores

The Michigan Humane Society (MHS) is teaming up with PetSmart for its National Adoption Weekend, being held February 22 through 24 at PetSmart locations across North America.

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In order to help more animals find loving homes, MHS will hold three major adoption events at PetSmart locations around metro Detroit this weekend, featuring adorable dogs, cats and rabbits!

 

 Katie Johnson, MHS Offsite Adoption Manager, holds a feline friend at the adoption center in the Dearborn PetSmart. Photo Courtesy of Michigan Humane

Katie Johnson, MHS Offsite Adoption Manager, holds a feline friend at the adoption center in the Dearborn PetSmart. Photo Courtesy of Michigan Humane

The adoption events will be held at the following locations and times:

 

  • Friday, February 22 – Dearborn PetSmart, 5650 Mercury Drive, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 

  • Saturday, February 23 – Taylor PetSmart, 23271 Eureka Road, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 

  • Sunday, February 24 – Rochester Hills PetSmart, 2724 S. Adams Road, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 

MHS adoption fees for cats and kittens at its PetSmart partner locations are $65 or two for $95; adoption fees for dogs over 4 months are $200; puppies and lap dogs (20 pounds or less) are $300. Rabbits are $20. All dogs and cats have been spayed or neutered and received age-appropriate vaccinations. All cats have been microchipped at no additional cost.

 

The adoption process mirrors that at MHS’ three adoption centers. Adoptions are on a first-come, first-served basis to qualified families. A listing of pets and further information about the MHS Adoption Package is available at www.michiganhumane.org/adopt. For more information, call 1-866-MHUMANE (648-6263), Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., or visit www.michiganhumane.org.

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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.

 

Michigan Humane Society’s Valentine’s Telethon, Presented by Purina, Airs Thursday, February 14th, As a bitterly cold winter drives need!

MHS asks community to

Say “I Do” to Saving Animal Lives

 

Photo Courtesy of Michigan Humane

Photo Courtesy of Michigan Humane

Love is in the air, and there’s nobody who loves you quite like a furry friend. Show them you care by supporting the Michigan Humane Society’s 2013 Valentine’s Telethon, presented by Purina. WXYZ-TV Channel 7 Action News Anchor Alicia Smith will host the event, airing Thursday, Feb. 14, between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m.

Alicia Smith and doggies, photo courtesy of Michigan Humane

Alicia Smith and doggies, photo courtesy of Michigan Humane

 

“There are so many animals out there who need the Michigan Humane Society, and sadly, this need has never been greater,” said Cal Morgan, MHS President and CEO. “We rely on the support of pet lovers across Michigan to help us care for animals who are homeless, hungry, neglected and abused. On Thursday, Feb. 14, please say ‘I do’ to saving animal lives.”

 

The 17th annual MHS Valentine’s Telethon will feature adoptable pets and stories that show how your support can make a lifesaving difference for animals in need.  As a private, nonprofit agency, MHS receives no government funding and is not affiliated with any national humane organizations, relying instead on the generosity of its supporters to help save animal lives.

 

MHS Valentine’s Telethon donations can be made online at www.michiganhumane.org on or before Thursday, Feb. 14, or by calling 855-MHS-GIVE (647-4483), 24 hours a day.

 

In addition to Purina, sponsors of this year’s Valentine’s Telethon include Jim Riehl’s Friendly Automotive Group, US-Mattress.com, Center for Computer Resources, Meijer, Grid4 Communications, Strategic Staffing Solutions and Petco.

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The Michigan Humane Society (MHS) 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.

 

Book Review: The Rescue Team by Billi Tiner

When I  first met Author Billi Tiner  on Twitter and saw the cover of  The Rescue Team, the first thing that intrigued me about this wonderful book for youngsters in the “middle grades” or grades 9-12, was the cover! The cover features the two “stars” of this heartwarming and excitement filled book, Ellie, a Border Collie with an endearing “smile”  and a penchant for “spinning”, ( Shelties can certainly relate!), who was unceremoniously “dumped” off at a shelter when his owners discovered they were going to have a baby, and Toby, a silver-gray tabby cat, who was also treated less than admirably by his owners.  For those who read both of my blogs, do these two remind you of anybody?

 

to purchase in paperback or Kindle form, click on the book cover!

to purchase in paperback or Kindle form, click on the book cover!

That’s right! The two featured on the cover remind me of my Dakota and Cody!

Flat Cody and Flat Dakota that Mom had bought for trip

Cody and Dakota!

When I read the first few pages I was hooked!  There were many things that I loved about this book, but one of the main themes that I loved was the “pay it forward” message that Ellie and Toby display throughout the entire story. Having been rescued, they live their lives rescuing OTHERS, both people and other animals. Ellie, being a “working” dog, finds her “job”,  her  “purpose”  rescuing others with Toby the cat, working devotedly by his side.

There are delightful “messages” or “lessons” that are learned when young people AND adults read The Rescue Team. The “pay it forward” message is clear but there are more messages such as, the power of love, devotion, determination, trust, courage, hope, to name a few.

Another aspect of The Rescue Team that I found to be delightful, was how Author Billi Tiner has the animals that are in this book “speak” to each other.  There are examples of how they speak with their “eyes” throughout the book, sensing whether a person or an animal can be trusted, just by looking into their eyes.  The animals in The Rescue Team “speak” to each other when no humans are around, they also have an uncanny ability to “speak” to the humans, Anne Richards, who adopts Ellie and Toby, and Brent Davis, the EMT who rescues Anne,  (in more ways than one!)


Animals have an inherent form  of communicating  that humans who LISTEN  understand, be it a “smile”, a “spin”, a tail wag, a cat showing love through brushing up against a human, Tiner shows throughout this book that SHE is an animal lover by her obvious understanding of these “gestures.”

 The Rescue Team also teaches us  how, often our first impressions can be wrong, as exhibited when Toby the cat is startled by Tank, the “huge” dog with the “freaky” eyes (one blue, one brown) that sent Toby running up the first tree that he could find!

The Rescue Team is a quick read,  fast-moving, exciting, packed with warmhearted “feel good” moments and lessons that can be learned by both young people and adults alike.

Be sure to put this one on your MUST READ list!

 

ISBN 9781478318156

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MICHIGAN HUMANE SOCIETY AND DETROIT RED WINGS: TEAMING UP TO HELP ‘FILL THE TRUCK’ FOR PETS IN NEED

Former Red Wing greats Kirk Maltby, Ken Kal to ‘assist’ at Dec. 19 pet food drive

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Every year, too many struggling pet owners are forced to give up their pets because they can no longer afford to feed them. This holiday season, the Michigan Humane Society (MHS) is teaming up with the Detroit Red Wings for a “Fill the Truck” event to support MHS’ free pet food bank and help keep families together. MHS is asking for the public’s support of this pet food drive to help keep its pet food bank stocked throughout the holiday season and beyond. The “Fill the Truck” event takes place on Wednesday, Dec. 19, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the MHS Detroit Center for Animal Care.

 

“Every day, our lobby is full of people who love their pets, but have fallen on hard times and can no longer afford to care for them,” said Debby MacDonald, MHS Chief Cruelty Investigator and MHS Detroit facility manager. “Our free pet food bank program feeds thousands of hungry pets every single year. That’s what MHS’ Keeping Families Together program is all about – helping those most in need in order to keep pets in their loving homes.”

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During the event, an empty truck will be parked outside the MHS Detroit Center for Animal Care at 7401 Chrysler Drive. MHS needs the community’s help to fill it up for local pets in need. From 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., MHS will be joined by former Detroit Red Wing great Kirk Maltby, and the voice of the Red Wings, Ken Kal, to help fill the truck. All members of the public are welcomed and encouraged to drop by with donations of food and to lend their support.

 

Unopened bags of pet food are preferred. If a bag is opened, it can still be accepted as long as the food is in its original manufacturer packaging and includes the expiration date. All dog and cat food donations will support the MHS free pet food bank program. For more information, visit www.michiganhumane.org or call

1-866-MHUMANE, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

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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.

Puppies are not Toys: Take the ASPCA Pledge not to Shop in Stores that Sell Puppies-Enter to win an ASPCA Holiday Gift Pack!

Before I began blogging I knew nothing about Puppy Mills and was one of many others who would walk into a pet store and would begin to “ooooh and ahhhh” over the adorable puppies that would greet me.

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I didn’t have a clue.

I knew nothing about where these puppies came from and what they had been through, until one day when I was playing with a darling Shetland Sheepdog puppy named Scarlet whom I had fallen madly in love with. I had fallen so deeply, that my husband and I were set to pay the $900 (YES $900 fee to purchase her), and then…I called the vet.

While excitedly telling him of my incredible “find”,  he asked where I had found this puppy. When I told him she was at a pet store I received an education…AND FAST. In no uncertain terms he told me NOT to purchase this puppy no matter how much I had fallen in love with her because she had more than likely come from a puppy mill. He proceeded to tell me exactly what that meant.

Please share this video with your friends on Facebook and Twitter—and kindly ask them to share it, too. We’re counting on your help to reach millions of people with this important message. For more info please visit www.nopetstorepuppies.com.

As you may know, the holiday season presents a time when many people are buying gifts in pet stores. According to newly released pollAmericans plan to spend more than $2.5 billion on pets over the holidays this yearUnfortunately, 59% of pet gift shoppers would consider shopping at a store that also sells puppies—meaning some of that $2.5 billion in revenue may be supporting the puppy mill industry.  The ASPCA is aiming to reduce this high percentage of potential shoppers by encouraging them not to shop for gifts at stores that sell puppies. As an alternative, shoppers may consider giving gifts that make a difference in the lives of animals in need, such as those from our online store.

When the ASPCA contacted me asking if I would share this video and information I happily agreed. If it will help educate millions of others the way I needed educating myself, I am happy to do so.

For those who may not be familiar with the ASPCA here is information about them from their website: “Founded in 1866, the ASPCA was the first humane organization in the Western Hemisphere. Our mission, as stated by founder Henry Bergh, is “to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States.” The ASPCA works to rescue animals from abuse, pass humane laws and share resources with shelters nationwide.”

The ASPCA has kindly offered a Holiday Gift Pack for one of my lucky readers and YES, THIS CONTEST IS OPEN TO EVERYONE, NO MATTER WHERE YOU LIVE!!!

THE HOLIDAY GIFT PACK CONTAINS:

How to win:

1) Please “like” the above post

2) Please share it either on Facebook or Tweet it or share it via email

3) Please visit http://www.nopetstorepuppies.com/ and take the pledge that if a pet store you visit sells puppies, you will NOT purchase anything there!

Leave a comment (with a way of contacting you should you be the lucky winner) and let me know how many of the above steps you have completed. (The more steps you complete the more entries you will have in the contest). All entries must be received by 5pm EST MONDAY, DECEMBER 10th. THE LUCKY WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 12! GOOD LUCK!

Also check this out! I am going to try to make it and hope that many of YOU will be there too!!!

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‘MEET YOUR BEST FRIEND AT THE ZOO’ ADOPTION EVENT SEPTEMBER 22 AND 23rd AT THE DETROIT ZOO

DOZENS OF RESCUE GROUPS TO JOIN MICHIGAN HUMANE SOCIETY 

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:

“YAPPY” NATIONAL DOG DAY!!!

Barks and licks and love, Dakota