We could use a little good news these days, and we got some Friday. We happened to meet a friend at the Kent County Animal Shelter, who was waiting before the doors even opened to adopt a little terrier/Corgi mix named Peanut.
Peanut, whose name was Harmony when he came to the shelter, was one of the 37 dogs seized in late July in a neglect case in Grand Rapids.
Our friend had wanted Peanut from the get-go, and she finally was able to bring him to her home on a lake Friday morning. As we met at the shelter’s doors, Lisa LaPlante, communications manager for the Kent County Health Department, wandered over to share great news.
Area vets in Grand Rapids were doing a remarkable job with the dogs from the seizure case, most of home had severe dental disease. And when the bill came to pay for all that dental work… well, it didn’t come. They donated their services for these special dogs!
Dr. Laurie Wright, Kent County Animal Shelter veterinarian, had put out a call to west Michigan area vets to “adopt” a dog to provide the care they needed, KCAS said in a news release Friday.
If you know Dr. Wright and the respect she has earned in this community, you know the vets answered her call.
“Within minutes, I had veterinarians offering to care for these struggling pets,” Wright said in the release. “They wanted to make a difference in the lives of these dogs.”
So far, 11 veterinary offices have provided free care or pledged care: Great Lakes Hospital for Animals in Belmont, Animal Medical Center of Wyoming, Kelly’s Animal Hospital in Walker, Eastown Veterinary Clinic of Grand Rapids, Northland Veterinary Hospital of Rockford, Westwood Hills Animal Hospital of Grand Rapids, Allendale Animal Hospital, Wyoming Animal Hospital, Safe Harbor Veterinary of Cascade, Animal Hospital of Kentwood and Weisner, Innis & Schoen, PC of Grand Rapids.
In addition, Green Paws Unlimited has provided grooming services for many of the dogs, also free of charge. And a wonderful job they have done. For before and after pictures of their remarkable work, check out the Green Paws Facebook page as well as this feel-good story by Barton Deiters, who has been following the story for MLive.com.