Rescued Jack Russells, Shiba Inus will be available for adoption at Kent Co. Animal Shelter

More than 150 dogs, mostly Jack Russell terriers and Shiba Inus, were rescued from this outdoor kennel, a suspected puppy mill.

More than 150 dogs, mostly Jack Russell terriers and Shiba Inus, were rescued from this outdoor kennel, a suspected puppy mill.

You may have seen a story on the television news last week regarding the seizure of 150 dogs, mainly Jack Russell terriers and Shiba Inus, from a suspected puppy mill operation near Lake City, Mich.

Wednesday, 20 of those dogs will arrive at the Kent County Animal Shelter and will be available for adoption. And because of grants earlier this year from the Michigan Animal Welfare Fund and “George’s Fund,” KCAS will make available all the dogs  for a $50 adoption fee, plus the $12 to license them. The adoption fee covers spay/neuter, vaccinations and microchipping. Check out the “How to Adopt” section on the KCAS website to make sure you’re prepared when you visit the facility.

Animal Shelter Program Supervisor Carly Luttmann said the dogs should be arriving sometime before noon on Wednesday. They’ve already been evaluated for behavior and medical issues and will be immediately available. The dogs will need to be spayed or neutered before being released from KCAS, but that process shouldn’t take more than a few days, Luttmann said.

A Shiba Inu gets a medical evaluation after rescue. (Roscommon County Animal Shelter photo)

A Shiba Inu gets a medical evaluation after rescue. (Roscommon County Animal Shelter photo)

The dogs were taken from two locations: JRT John’s Jack Russell and Shiba Inu Kennel, as a result of civil action prompted by violation of Michigan’s Dog Law. The Missaukee County Sheriff’s office and the Roscommon County Animal Shelter led the way and called on the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) to help in the removal of the dogs.

The ASPCA said in a news release that the dogs were discovered living in outdoor enclosures with little protection from the elements. Many dogs had no access to clean drinking water or proper shelter, with plastic carriers being their only refuge from rain, snow or sun, the ASPCA said. Many of the dogs were unsocialized and fearful when handled by humans.

For that reason, Luttmann said those planning to adopt any of the dogs should realize that patience and training will be required. KCAS will offer information on Jack Russell and Shiba Inu breeds in addition to recommendations on training.

“We’re hoping people will come out (to KCAS) and help us find these dogs homes,” Luttmann said. “They lived in outdoor conditions at a puppy mill, so they might be shy at first and need training to adjust to their new lives. These Jack Russells are very smart, but they’re not all like the dog from ‘Fraiser.’ They will need training.”

A Jack Russell rescued from the suspected puppy mill who will be looking for a new home. (Roscommon County Animal Shelter  photo)

A Jack Russell rescued from the suspected puppy mill who will be looking for a new home. (Roscommon County Animal Shelter photo)

Luttmann added that the dogs may need dental work, not entirely uncommon for smaller breeds and terriers older than 2 or 3 who have never had dental care.

If you’re interested in taking advantage of the $50 adoption special and giving one of these dogs (or any other dog at KCAS) a loving home, be sure to stop by the animal shelter Wednesday afternoon or later.

The rest of the dogs seized are being housed at various locations, the ASPCA release said. They’ve undergone medical examinations and those that are medically and behaviorally sound, like those headed to Kent County, will be immediately placed by Roscommon County Animal Shelter with ASPCA response partners. Those response partners also include Medina County SPCA (Medina, Ohio) and Animal Humane Society (Golden Valley, Minn.), which are also supporting the sheltering operation and will help provide daily care for the animals.

Aside from KCAS, other agencies in Michigan assisting the operation include Michigan Humane Society (Bingham Farms), Kalkaska County Animal Control (Kalkaska) and Clare County Animal Shelter (Harrison).

“This case has been years in the making and we felt strongly that something had to be done to protect these animals,” Missaukee County sheriff Jim Bosscher said in the ASPCA release. “The ASPCA’s resources and sheltering knowledge, combined with the support of the Roscommon County Animal Shelter, will finally allow these dogs the chance to have a happy life.”

 

Adopt Kent Co. Animal Shelter dogs and cats at a much reduced fee, by George

When George Lewis passed away in Grand Rapids last Halloween, there was a small obituary in the local newspaper and online. It was a typical obit — it listed family members who preceded the 64-year-old in death as well as survivors.

George Lewis and his dog, Sheba.

George Lewis and his dog, Sheba.

It told readers the native of Port Washington, N.Y., was a veteran of US Navy, Vietnam Era. It gave the usual details of funeral services, and said he would be buried in Westbury, N.Y.

What Lewis’ obituary didn’t say was that he had a soft spot for animals, particularly dogs. It didn’t say that when he died, he would leave behind a $9,000 gift to help hundreds of animals in Kent County.

Lewis’ brother, Brett, contacted Kent County Animal Shelter program supervisor Carly Luttmann not long after George’s death. He explained that he had a donation he wanted to give to KCAS on behalf of his brother. But he wanted to make sure the gift would go to help animals. Luttmann assured him it would.

“When I found out how much the donation was, I was blown away,” Luttmann said. “It was a very generous donation, more than we generally get.”

Starting Monday, because of “George’s Fund” and a $9,956 grant from Michigan’s Animal Welfare Fund, KCAS will kick off a campaign that offers adoptions of dogs and cats at a reduced fee.

Dogs can be adopted from KCAS for just $50, plus the $12 licensing fee, and cats will be just $5. All animals will be spayed or neutered and up to date on all vaccines prior to adoption.

Mouse has been at Kent County Animal Shelter for two months and is available for adoption.

Mouse has been at Kent County Animal Shelter for two months and is available for adoption.

“I talked to Brett about how we used our grant from the Bissell Blocktail Party last year to offset the cost of adoptions and how much it helped us and the animals,” Luttmann said. KCAS was able to offer the same reduced adoption fees last fall during the ASPCA/Rachael Ray Challenge and ended up with hundreds of animals finding forever homes during the three-month challenge.

“I told him we could use the donation toward reducing the fees in the spring, when animal intake rises,” Luttmann said. “He said that sounded like a good way to use the money and that he’d be in touch in the spring. He called me back a couple weeks ago.”

Luttmann said she could hear Brett Lewis get a bit choked up over the telephone when she suggested the name “George’s Fund” for the donation and adoption drive.

“We’re estimating George’s Fund will cover the balance of the adoption fees for at least 150 animals,” Luttmann said. “Our goal is to encourage people looking for a pet to think about adoption first, before going to an alternate source. And we’re trying to make sure the animals in Kent County are vaccinated and spayed or neutered right off the bat.”

The reduced fees will be in place until the fund runs out, Luttmann said.

 

 

 

 

 

Area animal advocates come together for a common goal

Had a great time at Bow-Wows & Brews, a big fundraiser for C-SNIP, on Thursday night. The food was great, beer was flowing (although I don’t drink and didn’t partake, I was told by many the microbrews were tasty) and the “Heads or Tails” game to win prizes went over quite well.

There were a ton of silent auction items and several people took advantage of pet portraits shot by Grumpy Pups Pet Photography‘s Jennifer Waters. While we didn’t bring our dogs to the event, there were a TON of dogs at the DeltaPlex. In fact, we “borrowed” Shelley Irwin’s Jack Russell terrier, Petie, for a portrait and kept an eye on him while the WGVU Morning Show host helped to emcee the event.

But the best part of the evening, aside from raising funds for such a worthwhile cause, was seeing representatives from many of the other west Michigan non-profit organizations on hand to support C-SNIP.

Aside from the many staff and volunteers from C-SNIP, it was wonderful to visit with Trudy Ender and Jennifer Self-Aulgur of the Humane Society of West Michigan, Carly Luttmann, program supervisor of the Kent County Animal Shelter, and Cathy Bissell, whose Bissell Pet Foundation helps shelter animals nationwide.

Laurel Pruski, who is co-chair with Cathy Bissell for June’s Blocktail Party, was working the silent auction tables. She also is in charge of Mackenzie’s Bark at the Bob event on April 18.

Many other Grand Rapids organizations were on hand as well. It warmed my heart to see the collaboration of these organizations, who all are vying for fundraising dollars. Rather than thinking only of their own organizations, they banded together to support one another and, most importantly, to support the cause of helping prevent pet overpopulation and finding homes for shelter pets.

Next up on the big event calendar is HSWM’s Paws, Claws & Corks on March 25. For information or to purchase tickets, check out the HSWM website. It’s my hope the various non-profits will continue to offer support to each other. After all, united we stand. Right?

 

 

Update: Hundi, 3-legged dog rescued from neglect, finds her home in time for Christmas

Hundi, the three-legged dog among 10 rescued last month from a neglect situation who became available for adoption yesterday, has found her forever home in time for Christmas.

Mary and Hundi will spend Christmas together. (Photo courtesy IC Pawz)

The 13-year-old Lab/border collie mix, who was featured in the news on Friday (including in Press Unleashed). Hundi was featured on the local television news, where a woman named Mary saw the story.

Mary headed to the Kent County Animal Shelter Saturday morning, spent time with Hundi and ended up adopting her.

A joyful holiday, indeed!

The other dogs from the case are available for adoption at KCAS. A grant from the BISSELL Pet Foundation is paving the way for $82 dog adoptions, which includes vaccines, microchip, spay/neuter and license for 2013.

 

Dogs from neglect case available for adoption at Kent Co. shelter

The Kent County Animal Shelter has announced that 10 dogs taken in from a recent animal cruelty case in Grand Rapids are now ready and available for adoption.

Hundi is a 13-year-old Lab mix who has only three legs. She was saved from a neglect case in Grand Rapids and is now available for adoption.

Because the former owner pleaded guilty to animal cruelty and thus forfeited ownership, KCAS (with the help of Mackenzie’s Animal Sanctuary) was able to save and rehabilitate the dogs, many of whom were underweight, injured and suffering from signs of neglect.

The dogs include two Chihuahuas, two German shepherd mixes, three Doberman pinschers, two Lab/border collie mixes and one long-haired mixed breed dog.  Ages range from 2 years to 13 years old, according to Lisa LaPlante, marketing and communications manager for the Kent County Health Department.

Hundi, a 13-year-old Lab mix, is among the dogs rescued from the animal cruelty case. She is a special case in that she has only three legs. One of her hind legs was amputated previously, LaPlante said in a news release, in an incident unrelated to the neglect situation.

The release said Kent County Animal Control Officers had worked with the former owner for several months, asking her to improve the living conditions for these dogs. In November,  according to LaPlante, it became apparent that KCAS needed to intervene.

The former owner was charged in November with animal cruelty, punishable by up to a year in jail, and failure to license a dog. The guilty plea to the cruelty charge dropped the second charge. The former owner is scheduled to be sentenced next month, the release said.

KCAS took control of the dogs in November. Mackenzie’s assisted, taking in five of the dogs for a week.

Anyone interested in adopting one of the dogs, or any dog at KCAS, can visit the shelter at 740 Fuller NE in Grand Rapids. Thanks to a grant from the BISSELL Pet Foundation, dog adoptions through the end of the year are just $82 and include spay/neuter, all vaccinations, microchip and licensing for 2013.

The Kent County Animal Shelter is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. KCAS will be closed Christmas eve and Christmas day a well as New Year’s day.

 

Challenge not met, but Kent Co. Animal Shelter a big winner with 300 adopted pets

The Kent County Animal Shelter may not have reached the goal set by the ASPCA and Rachael Ray in the $100K Challenge, but officials at KCAS say they’re thrilled at what the staff did accomplish during the three-month contest period.

This adorable Jack Russell terrier mix was one of 300 pets adopted from the Kent County Animal Shelter during the three-month challenge. (Photo courtesy KCAS)

KCAS was challenged to “save” 300 more animals in the three-month period from Aug. 1 to Oct. 31 in 2012 over last year’s numbers for the same period. Saves included adoptions, field officers returning pets to their owners and owners claiming lost pets at the facility.

Total “saves” for the three months in 2012 was 674, beating last year’s total of 537. That’s a 26 percent increase, but it didn’t quite meet the goal of the challenge.

What surpassed expectations, however, was a 138 percent increase in adoptions from the animal shelter. In all, 300 pets were adopted in three months, beating last year’s total of 126 during the same period.

KCAS earned enough votes in the West Michigan community to qualify for the competition and was one of 50 shelters nation wide competing. The Challenge includes several other categories such as divisional winners and community engagement. Winners of the various monetary prizes will be announced Nov. 30.

KCAS was able to use special pricing on its adoptions, just $50 for dogs and $5 for cats, throughout the contest thanks to a grant from the Bissell Pet Foundation’s Blocktail Party. While the pricing no doubt played a big role in the number of pets adopted, equally important was getting the word out about the animal shelter’s adoption program.

Animal shelter program supervisor Carly Luttmann and her staff worked tirelessly to promote the campaign online through the IC Pawz website and Facebook page, even posting pictures of every adopted pet with its new family.

“This competition brought in dozens of families who had never come to the Kent County Animal Shelter in the past,” Cathy Raevsky, the Administrative Health Officer of the Kent County Health Department, said in a press release. “Our dedicated staff worked incredibly hard to promote adoptions and return lost pets to their owners over the past three months.

 “We are so grateful to the Bissell Pet Foundation for the support they gave us these past few months. The real winners are all of the pets who found homes through this event, as well as the families who found a new friend.”

Lisa LaPlante, marketing and communications director of the health department, said she’s happy to celebrate the “little victories” of the Challenge.

“There are nearly 300 families who adopted a pet during this competition — some had never been to the KCAS,” LaPlante said. “There are 300 pets that are up-to-date on vaccines, spayed or neutered, and microchipped, that if they get lost, there is a much better chance of them being returned to their owner. Our efforts raised the level of visibility of the work the KCAS does every day. We may not have won the Challenge, but we can celebrate these victories.”

LaPlante pointed out that while the competition is done, there still are still many pets at KCAS in need of homes. The shelter is open  from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon. Adoptions and visitations end one hour before closing.

For more information, call the shelter at (616) 632-7300 or check them out online at www.accesskent.com/kcas.

 

West Michigan happenings: Humane society up for ‘Grand’ prize via ArtPrize

ArtPrize isn’t the only thing going on in West Michigan these days, but there’s no question it’s the biggest event in town. Aside from the animal-related art (there are some cool exhibits for animal lovers to check out), one area animal advocacy group, the Humane Society of West Michigan, has its paws in the prize as well.

HSWM was selected as one of three non-profit organizations (Kids’ Food Basket and Friends of Grand Rapids Parks are the others) competing for proceeds netted from a $25,000 necklace, “The Grand,” entered as an ArtPrize exhibit.

The non-profit receiving the most online votes will receive 80 percent of the proceeds from the eBay auction of the necklace. The other two organizations will split the other 20 percent.

So far, HSWM is off to a spectacular start with 57 percent of the vote! To vote for HSWM or one of the other non-profits, go to grandrapidsgem.com and click … yes, it’s that easy! You can vote once per day until Oct. 8, so tell your friends.

For those who want to see the necklace in person, it’s on display at ArtPrize venue Craft Revival. Photos of the necklace, which include icons of the city of Grand Rapids, also accompany a story on MLive.com.

There are a few other events happening around west Michigan, so be sure to check them out, too.

SATURDAY

Harborfront Dog Wash: From 1 to 4 p.m. at the Harborfront Hospital for Animals parking lot, 807 W. Savidge, Spring Lake. In the event of inclement weather, the dog wash will move indoors! Also includes a bake sale. A suggested $10 donation will benefit Love Inc. and HHFA friends Jim and Pam Koop and Brenda Blahnik. All dogs get a bandana and a treat once they ‘re spiffed up!

SEPTEMBER 28

The Dushanes benefit concert: Next Friday, the popular local alternative country band is putting on a show to benefit the Bellwether Harbor animal shelter and training facility in Fremont. The event is from 5:30 to 10 p.m. at Bellwether, 7645 West 48th St. in Fremont. Tickets are $35 in advance or $40 at the gate. Food provided by Smokin’ Good Time BBQ. For tickets, call 231-924-9230. Please note Bellwether’s hours on their website, bellwetherharbor.org.

ONGOING

ASPCA/Rachael Ray $100K Challenge: Kent County Animal Shelter director Carly Luttmann reported a problem with their drive to “save” 300 more animals during the three-month Challenge than last year: KCAS keeps running out of adoptable kittens! It’s a great problem to have. Luttmann’s organization has adopted out 181 dogs and cats so far in the Challenge, which began Aug. 1 and runs through Oct. 31. That’s a 235 percent increase over the same period last year. They’ve “saved” a total of 377, including animals from KCAS transported to other facilities and adopted out as well as found animals returned to their owners via animal control officers. To check their progress and see pictures of all of the pets who found forever homes through the event, go to the official site, ICPawz.com or visit the IC Pawz Facebook page. Please note that IC Pawz is the official site of KCAS on Facebook. A Kent County Animal Shelter page has been created but is not part of the organization.

ArtPrize: There are a few exhibits that feature animals, including one I recently wrote about, Kent Ambler’s Running Dogs. Another exhibit worth checking out is Aimee Brumleve’s “Steps Toward Independence.” Brumleve used puppies from Paws with a Cause, the national organization headquartered here in Michigan that trains assistance dogs nationally for people with disabilities, to create the painting. Brumleve is the national breeding coordinator for PAWS, which encourages independence for people with disabilities by providing a lifetime of support with PAWS dogs.

 

Time to Unleash the news on a new and fun adventure

Update: Click here to find the podcast!

I chose to announce our latest venture, a new magazine called Dogs Unleashed, on Wednesday’s WGVU Morning Show with Shelley Irwin for a couple of reasons. I love public radio and am an NPR nerd, and what better place to share community news than on a community news show?

If you like The Morning Show with Shelley Irwin’s Facebook page, you know she always snaps a shot of her guests and posts! Yours truly today. (Photo/Shelley Irwin)

And what better person to talk to about a dog publication than Shelley Irwin, who has three Jack Russell terriers? I will admit, I’m partly responsible for one of them, Petey, ending up in her home. I sent Shelley his cute photo and bio from the Kent County Animal Shelter because I knew she was beginning to search for a new sibling for Ralphie, her JRT.

I didn’t know at the time she was headed to Indiana (that same weekend) to rescue yet another one, Leah. She fell in love with both Petey and Leah and opted for a full house with three Jacks.

So I thought it was fitting that I my friends, former co-workers at the Grand Rapids Press and the rest of West Michigan find out about Dogs Unleashed via WGVU. For those who missed the show, here’s a link to the podcast.

Now, about that magazine:

Dogs Unleashed is a free bimonthly publication. It will be distributed via hundreds of locations in Kent, Ottawa and Muskegon counties, and I’ll personally drive some copies to shelters and humane societies in neighboring counties.

Yes, I bribed Shelley Irwin with “swag,” then turned the camera on her.

We are billing it “A lifestyle magazine for dog lovers” because that’s what it is. It includes  advice, feature stories, columns, great photography, reader submitted photos, kids’ activities, marketplace items and more.

Tom Dodson did some amazing design work that I think readers will find appealing and entertaining. We wanted to have fun with this magazine, and I think it shows in both the design and the writing. Contributors include fellow journalists and photographers no longer with their newspapers who wanted to be a part of a new adventure and help out a friend and former colleague in the process.

You’ll start to see the publication popping up in several locations, from pet boutiques to coffee shops, the week of Aug. 27. Please take one, and grab one for your friends, too.

If you dig this website but don’t live in West Michigan (or if you’re my family from out of town), don’t worry. The publication will be available on Press Unleashed in an e-format.

KCAS announces ICPAWZ campaign to meet $100K Challenge goals

If you’ve seen the ICPAWZ billboards and signs around the Grand Rapids area and wondered what it’s all about, Carly Luttmann of the Kent County Animal Shelter today finally let the cat out of the bag, so to speak.

In fact, Luttmann, KCAS program supervisor, is behind the campaign, which kicks off the organization’s entry in the ASPCA/Rachael Ray $100K Challenge. The animal shelter qualified for the Challenge by finishing 27th out of 108 shelters nationwide during the preliminary voting period earlier this summer.

Now, the real “Challenge” begins. KCAS must “save” 300 more animals from  Aug. 1 through Oct. 31 than it did in that same span last year. A “save” is counted if an animal is adopted from KCAS, or a stray from the field is returned to its owner by KCAS, or an animal transferred to another organization is then adopted from that facility.

KCAS received a big boost to help meet the Challenge. With $41,000 in grant money it received from the BISSELL Pet Foundation, from the profits generated through this year’s successful BISSELL Blocktail Party, the animal shelter is able to offer adoptions of its dogs and cats at significantly reduced rates.

Cat adoptions during the 90-day Challenge are just $5, while families can adopt a dog from      KCAS for just $50, plus the cost of a dog license. All animals will be up to date on vaccinations and spayed and neutered, so if you or a family member or friend is thinking about getting a new pet, doing so from August to the end of October not only saves you money, it also helps KCAS in its effort to win the $100,000 Challenge prize.

KCAS has launched a website, ICPAWZ.com, as well as a Facebook page and Twitter account (@ICPawz) to promote the event and give the public the opportunity to monitor how it’s doing. The public can use the website to follow the progress, see how many pets have been adopted and see photos of pets and families who adopted them for the duration of the contest. People also can view the many adoptable pets at KCAS.

A kickoff celebration with food, fun, prizes and adoption opportunities, sponsored by BISSELL Pet Foundation, takes place Saturday, Aug. 4  from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (last adoption counselor appointment is 3 p.m.), and the public is invited. The event will be held at KCAS, 740 Fuller NE in Grand Rapids.

 

Crash’s Landing, Kent Co. Animal Shelter, Harbor Humane all could use our help

You know what? The world would be a much better place if we all helped each other out just a little more. Sounds pretty simple, but oftentimes opportunities are lost when even one small gesture could make a huge difference.

Taking anywhere from 8 to 30 seconds to vote for a good cause on Facebook, helping an organization or person/pet in need. Signing a petition on change.org or some other cause. Donating when you have a few extra dollars instead of spending it on something frivolous.

Not only do you make someone else feel good, you feel pretty good about being able to help, too.

I bring this up because some events are going on (and coming up) that require action, and because some of our own stepped up to help out others in need.

ERHARDT CONSTRUCTION BUILDING OUR COMMUNITY CONTEST

Crash’s Landing & Big Sid’s Sanctuary is the only pet-related organization to make it to  the top five in Erhardt Construction Building Our Community contest. The top vote-getter for the final round will receive a $45,000 construction project. For those unfamiliar with Crash’s, it’s a cage-free shelter for sick and injured stray cats in Grand Rapids.

Check out the video Crash’s submitted for the contest: Cat Rescue–Crash’s Landing Video for Erhardt Building Our Community Contest

Only one vote per person is allowed in the final round of voting, which started Monday and continues through Aug. 17. You must register to vote, and you’ll be sent a confirmation e-mail after you vote. Note that you must click the link on your confirmation in order for your vote to count!

If Crash’s wins the big prize, it plans to build an on-site medical treatment room for its many cats in need. To register and vote for Crash’s, go to: http://www.erhardtcc.com/community/vote.php. Check for updates on Crash’s Facebook page.

KCAS $100K CHALLENGE KICK-OFF PARTY

The Kent County Animal Shelter made it through the qualifying heat of the ASPCA/Rachael Ray $100K Challenge and now must “save” 300 more animals from Aug. 1 through Oct. 31 than it did for those three months in 2011. A “save” is defined as an adoption, stray animal reclaim to its owner or transfer to another organization that results in an adoption.

To meet its goal, KCAS must save at least 843 animals (300 more than during that period last year). If you or your friends or family have been thinking about a new pet, visit KCAS during the Challenge and help them meet their goal.  

KCAS will have a Challenge Kick-Off Party on Saturday, Aug. 4, featuring extended Saturday adoption hours, free pizza, raffle prizes and demonstrations. The BISSELL Pet Foundation is sponsoring the bash, which runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The last adoption counsels that day are at 3 p.m.

Cat adoptions for the event are just $5, and dog adoptions are just $50 plus the cost of a dog license. Pre-approved adoption applications are highly encouraged for this event to help expedite the adoption process on event day. Go the KCAS adoption program page to download the application by clicking Dog Adoption Survey.

Once the Challenge begins, follow the progress on the Kent County Health Department  Facebook page.

HELPING HARBOR HUMANE SOCIETY

Harbor Humane Society recently sent out a plea for financial assistance from the public. The organization experienced a spike in serious medical conditions of many of its animals and launched an emergency medical campaign to raise $75,000 in public donations.

While it isn’t flush with funds, the Humane Society of West Michigan stepped up to help. HSWM will take in two of Harbor Humane’s dogs who are in great need of medical assistance. One dog has a broken front leg and the other is heartworm positive.

 “Animal welfare is not a single organization’s responsibility.  In order to have the most impact we must collaborate and assist one another whenever possible,” Trudy Ender, HSWM Executive Director, said in a press release.  “Our staff at Humane Society of West Michigan are pleased to shelter these two animals and assist Harbor Humane in this difficult time. “

HSWM is caring for more than 275 animals on its own and couldn’t take in more from Harbor Humane, but is doing what it can by taking a couple of the more severe medical cases.

If you’d like to donate to Harbor Humane’s emergency medical campaign, click here.