Celebrate your pets and help out others this weekend by attending one or more of the various events happening in West Michigan.
One event in particular, the Pet Celebration Day on Saturday, is happening practically in my back yard. The celebration at the Tractor Supply Company in Coopersville runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
It includes an in-store photo contest, informational classes, fecal testing and goat polio testing. In addition, there will be items for sale, including homemade hand soap made from goat milk, homemade Jane Lees popcorn and hot dogs. There will be live animals on site, some available for adoption!
In addition, yours truly will be on hand for part of the day to talk about West Michigan’s free magazine, Dogs Unleashed. I’ll have copies of the magazine (also available inside the store) and hope to see you there!
The Dushanes benefit concert: The popular local alternative country band is putting on a show to benefit the Bellwether Harbor animal shelter and training facility’s 10-year anniversary. The event is from 5:30 to 10 p.m. at Bellwether, 7645 West 48th St. in Fremont and also features an open house. Tickets are $35 in advance or $40 at the gate. Food provided by Smokin’ Good Time BBQ. For tickets, call 231-924-9230.
Open house, run: As part of its 10-year anniversary celebration, Bellwether Harbor in Fremont will have an open house from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and the 8th annual Run Forrest Run from noon to 2 p.m. There also is a kids fun run. Other events include microchipping, tours, dunk tank, petting zoo, crazy pet trick contest, bounce house, agility for dogs, games, demonstrations and food! Call 231-924-9230 or visit bellwetherharbor.org.
ASPCA/Rachael Ray $100K Challenge: Kent County Animal Shelter has a challenge to “save” 300 more animals during the three-month Challenge than last year. 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. During the challenge, dogs can be adopted for just $50 and cats for $5. Visit KCAS to find your new family member!