#Sponsored 5 Ways You Can Help Your Local Animal Shelter on National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week #NutrishPets

Rachael Ray Nutrish has sponsored this post, but all opinions are my own.

Hi my friends, it’s Dakota!

  Happy National Animal Shelter

Appreciation Week

which is 

NOVEMBER 6NOVEMBER 12

Now, while I was NOT rescued from a Shelter, my kitty brother,  Cody, was adopted from a foster home affiliated with a rescue. When I came to live with my family, my Mom and Dad did search Sheltie rescues but there were none in our area. Mom wasn’t blogging then and didn’t know about pet transport, so that is the reason an adopted Sheltie did not come to live with Mom, Dad and Cody.

That being said, our family has close ties to Animal Shelters though, and we DEEPLY appreciate them! My human “bonus-sister” is the Manager at Almost Home Animal Rescue League & Haven,  and Mom featured her on our blog last summer. 

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Mom also frequently features adoption events/fundraisers for Michigan Humane as well as  the shelter, Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit.  It is our way of at least doing SOMETHING to help. We think animal shelters should be appreciated EVERY day, not just one week out of the year. Thankfully Rachael Ray feels the same way that is why a portion of Nutrish proceeds go to Rachael’s Rescue®, which was created to help animals in need. To date, over $14MM has been donated. This money has gone toward food, medical supplies and treatments for these unfortunate animals. 

Logo courtesy of Nutrish.

5 Ways YOU Can Help Your Local Animal Shelter

 SHARE ADOPTABLE PETS–Visit a Shelter’s website and if they have a widget for a daily featured adoptable animal, you can install it on your blog if you are a blogger. (We have had one on our sidebar for years). If you are not a blogger, you can share an adoptable animal on your Facebook page.

 GET TO KNOW YOUR LOCAL SHELTER–Visit their website,  “like” them on Facebook, follow them on Twitter, stop in and visit in person.

 PURCHASE ITEMS FROM YOUR LOCAL SHELTER–Many shelters have websites where you can purchase items such as  T-shirts, mugs,holiday cards, calendars,  all sorts of things that you can order and the proceeds go towards helping animals. (In many instances the shelters also offer the items that are for sale online at their physical locations too). For the past few years my Mom has bought holiday cards from Michigan Humane (some of you may have received one in past years). It’s a “win-win” for the animals, you and your card recipients.

 VOLUNTEER–Many shelters would appreciate a volunteer coming to walk or play with dogs, clean cages for dogs and cats, help with feeding and so much more….SPEAKING OF FOOD….

 DONATE MUCH NEEDED ITEMS SUCH AS FOOD! Shelters can always use blankets, toys in good condition (that can’t be swallowed, Mom always puts together a bag of toys that Cody and I no longer use when she visits Pet Expos. Usually there are shelters there who will gladly accept them.), newspaper, paper towels, cleaning supplies, and MORE! You can give your local shelter a call to see what they need.

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(Always check with your Shelter or Rescue first though to find out if they are accepting food donations). If they are,  you might want to purchase a few bags of MY FAVORITE from Rachael Ray Nutrish!

Super Premium Food for Dogs

Real Chicken & Veggies Recipe

Photo Courtesy of the Nutrish website, click on the photo to visit!!

Photo Courtesy of the Nutrish website, click on the photo to visit!!

 

Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® Real Chicken & Veggies Recipe is made with simple, natural ingredients, like real U.S. farm-raised chicken, combined with wholesome vegetables, plus vitamins & minerals.

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Real U.S. farm-raised chicken is the #1 ingredient

No poultry by-product meal, fillers, wheat or wheat gluten

No artificial flavors or artificial preservatives

 “Whether intended for dogs or cats, Nutrish recipes are made with simple, wholesome ingredients like real meat or fish, and do not contain poultry by-product meal or fillers.”

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All of the Rachael Ray Nutrish products are available where you shop for your family’s groceries, making specialty recipes accessible and convenient for every pet parent.

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Mom and I hope that if you haven’t made the “switch to Nutrish” that you will make TODAY the day that you make that switch!!

Barks and licks and love,

Dakota

 

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Michigan Humane Society Celebrating “Pet Independence Days” With $17.76 Adult Dog & Cat Adoption Fees!

Helping pets pursue forever homes and a lifetime of happiness

with reduced adoption fees through July 10

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 The Michigan Humane Society (MHS) is celebrating “Pet Independence Days” now through Sunday, July 10 with low-cost adoption fees for cats and dogs (excluding lap dogs) who are 1-year-old and older. During the promotion, an adult cat or dog can be adopted for $17.76 at any MHS adoption location. The regular MHS adoption process will apply, and all adoptions will include the valuable MHS adoption package.

“Summer is all about families spending time together, and many homeless pets are waiting for their second chance to be a part of a family,” said CJ Bentley, MHS Senior Director of Operations. “We’re celebrating the Independence Day holiday by reducing adoption fees so the dogs and cats in our care can more quickly pursue their forever homes and a lifetime of happiness.”

Visit MHS at:

  • MHS Dresner Foundation Animal Care Campus (Detroit): 7887 Chrysler Dr.
  • MHS Rochester Hills Center for Animal Care: 3600 W. Auburn Rd.
  • MHS Berman Center for Animal Care (Westland): 900 N. Newburgh Rd.

In addition, MHS cats can be adopted at PetSmart in Roseville at 20530 E. 13 Mile Rd.; Premier Pet Supply in both Novi at 47810 Grand River Ave. and Rochester Hills at 63 W. Auburn Rd., while MHS cats and dogs can be adopted at Petco in Sterling Heights at 13701 Lakeside Cir.

Adoption hours vary by location. For the complete list of MHS locations and hours, visit www.michiganhumane.org.

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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.

Summer Adopt-A-Thon to Feature 50 or More Adoptable Pets

We are happy to present to you the first of two large offsite tented Adopt-a-Thons this summer takes place on Saturday, June 18th  from 10a-4pm in the parking lot in front of Home Depot in Allen Park in the Fairlane Green II shopping mall.  Described locally as “On the Hill”, Home Depot is near the Oakwood boulevard entrance to the mall, just off Southfield freeway.  The Dearborn Animal Shelter plans to have 50 animals or more available for adoption that day including playful kittens, adult cats and all shapes and sizes of dogs.

 Chiquita finds a home with Bill and Sharon

Chiquita finds a home with Bill and Sharon

 

Attendees will enjoy adoption specials and be able to shop Shelter merchandise and purchase Fido Bakery treats for their canine best friends.  Adoption counselors will be on hand to help visitors find their new best friend, including a meet and greet area to get to know new dog family members in a separate section.

Elaine Greene, Executive Director, Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit, commented “This Adopt-A-Thon kicks off the summer season for us and is similar to bringing a one day “pop-up” Shelter to a highly visible location for one day.  Each year, we find that prospective adopters really appreciate the opportunity to see so many animals showcased under the tent, in an easily accessible place on a Saturday.  It’s a completely different feel they tell us, than seeing the adoptable animals while in the Shelter”.

This is the fourth year that the event is being hosted in the parking lot of Home Depot in Allen Park.  It will also be the location for this year’s second offsite tented Adopt-A-Thon on Saturday, August 13th.

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The Dearborn Animal Shelter is located at 2661 Greenfield Road, Dearborn, and is operated by the Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit, a 501C3 nonprofit organization. Main phone (313) 943-2697 and on the web www.MetroDetroitAnimals.org, you can follow the Shelter on Facebook or Twitter.  Currently, the organization is engaged in a Capital Campaign to raise funds for a much-needed new sheltering facility that includes animal education and an adoption center.  More information and donations welcome to support this new facility, www.RaisetheWoofNow.org

New Animal Rescue Site: 911fosterpets.com Launched by Petfinder Founder

New website will help the most urgent pets

in animal shelters find temporary homes

Throughout our years of blogging it has been our pleasure to share news/information from Petfinder.com and we are grateful for all of the animals they have helped find  forever homes. We have family members who have adopted pets from Petfinder! Now we are proud to share some news that we received from the founder of Petfinder.com, Betsy Saul,   announcing the launch of her newest mission-driven website, 911fosterpets.com.

               The mission of 911fosterpets.com is simple:

create a foster revolution

to give these pets the extra time

they need so they can live  

Click to visit the website

Click to visit the website

                “While we have found over 25 million forever homes for adoptable pets at petfinder.com,” Saul says, “pets’ lives are still being lost daily purely due to lack of space or unrealistic time limits on length of stay at a shelter.  I am still haunted by some of the special souls I met along the way that just needed extra time to find homes.  Our new website, 911fosterpets.com, will be dedicated to finding short-term foster families for these urgent animals.” 

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Chico Brunswick GA

   

                Eric Theis, who, with his wife, Traci, is a co-founder of the site, says, “People don’t realize that many pets about to be destroyed only need a temporary place to crash–sometimes less than a week.  Then these pets will be moved to a rescue group or to their new forever homes. I have to believe if people knew they could save a puppy or kitten’s life by letting it stay with them for a few days, they would act now to save them. We are providing that platform.”

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Hank

                The site is easy to use. Animal shelters post pets that are urgent (typically meaning they will be destroyed in 72 hours or less) and potential foster families view them.  Foster families can search the urgent pets in their community with various search criteria, including length of time they can foster a pet–starting with less than one week.  Once a foster family sees a pet they would like to help, they simply click the foster button to be connected with the shelter where the pet is currently housed. Individuals can also sign up at http://911fosterpets.com/join.html to be notified when new urgent pets in their community are posted.

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                “This will only work,” Traci Theis adds, “if caring people step up and provide short-term shelter for these urgent pets. We’re confident that there are thousands of people who want to make a tangible difference in pets’ lives but cannot make a long-term commitment. Now they will have an opportunity. 911fosterpets.com will introduce them to the pets who so urgently need them.”

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                To learn more visit

 www.911fosterpets.com

#NutrishPets A Passion for Volunteering Turns Into A Career! #Sponsored

Rachael Ray Nutrish has sponsored this post, but all opinions are my own.

April is National Volunteer Month,  and the true definition, (per Wikipedia is: This month is dedicated to honoring all of the volunteers in our communities as well as encouraging volunteerism throughout the month) and here at Dakota’s Den, we say ALL YEAR!

It is with great pride, that today I am featuring an individual who has a dedication to animals that I am blessed to witness first hand. How? The individual I am featuring is  Marla Weingarten, who is a Manager at Almost Home Animal Rescue League and Haven. She also happens to be one of my “bonus daughters”. (That means step daughter but I prefer the term “bonus daughter. Because I happen to be married to her Dad!)

Marla is not normally this glamorous working at a shelter! She knew I was coming :)

Marla is not normally this glamorous working at a shelter! She knew I was coming 🙂

I first met Marla in 2001,   ONE thing that was  evident from the beginning,  is that she has a LOVE, DEDICATION, AND PASSION for all animals.

Marla had volunteered hours and hours upon end both at shelters and on her own, helping to care for and promote animals that needed loving homes. I was beyond thrilled for her when she was offered the opportunity of a full-time job, doing what she has a true passion and a calling for. Marla would be caring for, helping, loving and spending time with animals whether she was being paid or not!!

It is my pleasure to present to you my interview with Marla Weingarten, of Almost Home Animal Rescue League and Haven:

WHEN DID YOU FIRST START LOVING ANIMALS? My love of animals began when I was a child. I was lucky enough to grow up with dogs, rabbits, cats, lizards, etc…animals were always my passion! I loved horse back riding, and going to the petting zoo. I always wanted a farm since I can remember, but working at an animal rescue is my dream job!

WHAT MADE YOU GET INVOLVED IN RESCUE? I have been involved with Almost Home Animal Haven since I was 15 years old and other rescues prior to that.    I was so fortunate when the position for manager at Almost Home became available, and I have been working here for the past 3 years.

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TELL US  ABOUT ALMOST HOMEAlmost Home is a non-profit (c) 3 no-kill organization dedicated to finding loving, forever homes for unwanted , homeless animals that was founded and is run by Gail Montgomery and her daughter, Lauren. We are strongly against the senseless act of euthanasia. We have a small group of dedicated volunteers who are passionate about keeping Almost Home operating. Almost Home believes every animal can be adoptable. It just takes time, patience and money. Almost Home believes that every animal is worth saving. They don’t deserve to be tossed aside, abused or worse. The haven is a place where animals can feel safe and be safe. Every animal in our care gets the very best love and attention we can give them. 

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Just some of the cuteness that exists in the waiting area at Almost Home.

WHAT IS AN AVERAGE DAY LIKE AT THE RESCUE? Every day is different. It is all about making sure the animals are safe, and healthy. We are constantly taking sick dogs from animal control and rushing them to the vet to get better so they can become available for adoption. There are days when we get multiple dogs from Animal control or owner surrenders and we have to make room. We get calls every day from people wanting to surrender their pets, and it’s quite difficult to turn people away, especially because we are such a small facility and we just don’t have the space to take in another dog. We noticed there are so many pit bulls that people want to surrender and it’s really sad that the majority that come in are not spayed or neutered. We wish more people would be responsible pet owners and not just buy a puppy for their kids,  because it is cute, then, once they are  older, they want to dispose of them. Every day is a constant struggle, as Almost Home does not receive government or city funding.  They rely on donations from the community, and the generosity of people on their Facebook page to help with the cost of medical issues, etc. Working at an animal shelter has opened my eyes to the sadness of animal abuse and neglect, but I do know there are good people out there too who foster dogs, and who care, by donating to our cause and other wonderful causes.

APPROX HOW MANY ANIMALS ARE ADOPTED EACH MONTH? I would say between 9-13, it depends. Unfortunately, the reality is the smaller dogs get adopted a lot quicker then the big dogs. Most of the big dogs we have at the shelter are Pit Bull mixes, and a lot of them  can take longer to be adopted due to breed stereotypes, etc.

Marla with the cutest dog EVER,(Luna,...see further down for info about her, she is available for adoption!! and me!!

Marla with the cutest dog EVER, (Luna…see further down for info about her, she is available for adoption!!) and me!!

TELL US ABOUT YOUR PETS AND HOW MANY ARE RESCUE PETS? I currently own 3 dogs and 3 cats. I adopted two of my pets from Almost Home.  One of them is “Chico”, a 14-year-old Chihuahua who I found while taking part in a rescue mission at a puppy mill.  He is a special needs dog, he was  blind in one eye at the time and recently has lost his vision in both eyes. He is such a special little man and is so happy to finally be spoiled!  I also adopted a Devon Rex, 8-year-old cat named “Muffins”. She was owner relinquished. The owner said that “she was too needy” and she didn’t have time for her because she was expecting a baby.   I immediately took Muffins home that day, she is still with me!

Rescue pets are so thankful for love. They are pure and trusting and never pass judgement towards humans. I only wish that people could follow in their paw prints, the world would be a much better place.

A huge thank you to Marla for taking the time to visit with me before her busy day began!! 

 Did you see sweet, ADOPTABLE, Luna, above?  She is one of the SWEETEST dogs I have ever met. She was brought in as a stray and would do best as the only dog. She is 48.6 pounds of SWEETNESS!!! Here she is!!!

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Almost Home can always use help to help subsidize the cost involved in caring for the animals. To donate you can visit them on GO FUND ME  and on the DONATE tab on their website.

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Almost Home in the NEWS!!!! 

 

Another person who holds animal rescue close to her heart is  Rachael Ray. Rachael, like Marla,  doesn’t just “talk the talk”, she “walks the walk!!”

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What is Rachael’s Rescue®?

Rachael’s Rescue was created for all of the forgotten pets — the ones that might not have someone who loves them as much as you love your pet.

Rachael’s personal proceeds go to Rachael’s Rescue®, which was created to help animals in need. To date, she has donated over $10MM. This money has gone toward food, medical supplies and treatments for these unfortunate animals. All of the Rachael Ray Nutrish products are available where you shop for your family’s groceries, making specialty recipes accessible and convenient for every pet parent.

If you can volunteer or donate

to a shelter, please do!!

if you can adopt a shelter pet,

that’s even better!

it will make YOU and your pet

feel “REAL GOOD”!!!

How Can You Help The Shelters

During National Volunteer Month and EVERY DAY?

  • you could volunteer to play with and walk dogs
  • clean cages
  • share adoptable pets on social media
  • donate items such as newspapers, towels, cleaning supplies
  • Buy Rachael Ray Nutrish !!
  • do something to thank the Volunteers!! (Everyone LOVES FOOD!!)

That’s what Nutrish did! They mailed me coupons for food for the animals, to give to Almost Home!  Marla, on behalf of Almost Home, and myself,  would like to thank Nutrish for the coupons they donated to the animals!!

 

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About Rachael Ray Nutrish:

In 2007, with help from pet nutrition experts, Rachael Ray created Nutrish super-premium food and treats for dogs inspired by recipes from her own kitchen. In 2014, we were very excited to grow the brand into the world of cat food. Whether intended for dogs or cats, Nutrish recipes are made with simple, wholesome ingredients like real meat or fish, and do not contain poultry by-product meal or fillers. 

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‘MEET YOUR BEST FRIEND AT THE ZOO’ ON SEPTEMBER 18 AND 19 #Michigan

40 adoption groups will seek to place hundreds of pets in loving homes


 Looking for a four-legged best friend?
The Michigan Humane Society (MHS) and the Detroit Zoological Society invite you to the Fall 2015 Meet Your Best Friend at the Zoo, where nearly 1,000 adoptable animals will be waiting to meet you! The pet adoption event, which takes place on Friday, September 18 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, September 19 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., has found homes for more than 21,000 animals since 1993. Meet Your Best Friend at the Zoo is presented by Purina and sponsored by PetSmart, PetSmart Charities, Banfield Pet Hospital, Premier Pet Supply and Genisys Credit Union.

Zoo 1

 Photo Courtesy of Michigan Humane

“Meet Your Best Friend at the Zoo is the perfect place for anyone looking to add a dog, cat, puppy or kitten to their family,” said C.J. Bentley, MHS Senior Director of Operations. “Nearly 1,000 animals of all ages, shapes, sizes and energy levels will be on-hand, waiting for their perfect match.”

 

Dogs, cats, puppies and kittens from 40 animal welfare organizations, including the Michigan Humane Society, will be available for adoption. All dogs and cats will have received a medical check-up and age-appropriate vaccinations.

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Photo Courtesy Of Michigan Humane

GREET DETROIT LIONS PUNTER SAM MARTIN WHILE YOU
‘MEET YOUR BEST FRIEND AT THE ZOO’

Martin will be on-site to meet adopters on Friday ONLY,

Sept. 18 from 3 p.m.-4 p.m.

During his appearance, Martin will be available at the Michigan Humane Society (MHS) information tent for photos with Lions fans and their new furry best friends.

We’re grateful that Sam has taken an interest in helping animals in our area find loving homes,” said Ryan McTigue, spokesperson for MHS. “Sam is a huge animal advocate, which is pretty clear to anyone who has seen him with his canine best friend, Leo.”

The Detroit Zoo is located at 8450 W. 10 Mile Road in Royal Oak. There is no charge for admission or parking for the event, which takes place under large tents in the front parking lot. The event does not include admission to the zoo.

 

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 driver’s license or state ID card. For health and safety reasons, please leave current pets at home.

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Photo Courtesy of Michigan Humane

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

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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.