Mama Mia!! Second Annual Pasta Dinner to Benefit Dearborn Animal Shelter

Fundraiser serves up homemade recipe to help homeless animals

The 2nd annual Pat’s Pawsitively Pasta Dinner returns on Monday, October 12 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Park Place, 23400 Park Street, Dearborn, Mi. A community fundraiser dinner; all are invited to attend and participate in the casual affair to help animals in the care of the Dearborn Animal Shelter.

Pat D'Ambrosio with shelter pup.  Little Miss Muffet      0915--Photo Courtesy of Dearborn Animal Shelter

Pat D’Ambrosio with shelter pup. Little Miss Muffet 0915–Photo Courtesy of Dearborn Animal Shelter

Dinner organizer, Pat D’Ambrosio, is a longtime supporter of the Dearborn Animal Shelter and hopes that the fundraiser will continue annually, on Columbus Day, which falls on October 12 this year.  D’Ambrosio described his motivation for hosting the event, “There are many people who may not realize the costs involved in caring for so many animals every day.  This is one way that I can help, to bring the community together to raise funds with my “secret family recipe”.   The secret family recipe that D’Ambrosio referenced is a beloved pasta sauce that has been passed down for generations in his family, enduring more than 100 years.

 

Attendees can enjoy a taste of the D’Ambrosio traditional meat sauce served over mostaccioli with optional meatballs or choose a marinara selection.  Tickets are $30 each and include pasta, salad, bread, beer, wine, soft drinks and dessert.  Children under 5 years of age are free.  Purchase tickets in person at the Dearborn Animal Shelter or online  www.DearbornAnimals.org, navigate to the Get Involved tab and click on Events.

 

Last year 200 guests came out to support the event and raised $6,000 to help the adoptable animals in the Shelter.  This year, D’Ambrosio hopes to see 300 guests and get as close to $10,000 as possible.

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Learn more about adoption, events, volunteering or donating online. The Dearborn Animal Shelter is located at 2661 Greenfield Road, Dearborn, and is operated by the Friends For the Dearborn Animal Shelter, a 501C3 nonprofit organization. Main phone (313) 943-2697 and on the web www.DearbornAnimals.org, you can follow the Shelter on Facebook or Twitter.

 

 

Contact:  Elaine Greene, Friends Executive Director

EGreene@DearbornAnimals.org  or 313-943-2697

GREAT LAKES ANIMAL WELFARE CONFERENCE COMING TO BATTLE CREEK OCTOBER 19-20

Registration is now open for the region’s largest animal welfare conference

 

The 2015 Great Lakes Animal Welfare Conference (GLAWC) will be the region’s premier educational and networking event for animal sheltering and veterinary professionals, animal control agencies, rescue groups, and individuals interested in saving more animal lives. The Michigan Partnership for Animal Welfare (MPAW) has joined with the Michigan Association of Animal Control Officers (MAACO) to offer this two-day event. The 2015 Great Lakes Animal Welfare Conference will be held October 19-20 at FireKeepers Hotel and Casino in Battle Creek. The conference is presented by the Petco Foundation, Merck Animal Health, the ASPCA, and Nestle Purina and Petfinder with generous support from the Kenneth A. Scott Charitable Trust, a KeyBank Trust.

Photo Courtesy of Michigan Paw.Org

Photo Courtesy of Michigan Paw.Org

 

“This conference is the perfect opportunity for those working in, or interested in, animal welfare to gain and share knowledge on how to better care for, serve and save animal lives,” said Ann Griffin, MHS Special Projects Manager. “Attendees will have the opportunity to learn and discuss new trends and best practices in a relaxing and fun setting.”

 

This year’s conference features more than 40 sessions and a certificate course. A wide variety of sessions will include information on animal behavior, animal handling, fundraising and much more.

 

“It’s great to be able to bring this specialized training to animal control officers statewide,” said Andy Seltz, Vice President of MAACO. “It’s a perfect opportunity to come together and share ideas that will ultimately raise our collective abilities to better serve the animals and people in our communities.”

 

For the list of sessions, registration fees and hotel information for the 2015 MPAW-MAACO GLAWC Conference, and to register online, visit www.mpaw.org or call (248) 283-5635.

 

FireKeepers Casino Hotel is located at 11177 E Michigan Ave in Battle Creek.

 

 

The Michigan Partnership for Animal Welfare (MPAW), founded by the Michigan Humane Society in 2004, is a collaboration of animal welfare organizations from around the state with a goal of working together for the good of the animals in Michigan.

 

MAACO is a not for-profit organization registered with the State of Michigan dedicated to the enhancement of the profession of Animal Control Officers in the State of Michigan by establishing professional standards, training and practices, for the control and care of animals and the protection of the public health.

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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. For more information, visit www.michiganhumane.org.

 

Hurricane Katrina 10 Years Ago Today:Are YOUR PETS SAFER? #NatlPrep

Hurricane Katrina was one of the most devastating hurricanes in history. It killed nearly 2,000 people, and left 600,000 pets deceased or homeless.

Almost half (44%) of the people who refused to evacuate during Hurricane Katrina said they did so because they felt they could not bring their animals with them. Despite this tragedy, recent poll shows that 35% of pet owners still don’t have plans in place for the next big storm.

The ASPCA is encouraging  pet owners to pledge to prepare for their pets in the event of a natural disaster.

 

PLEDGE TO BE PREPARED BY CLICKING ON THE INFOGRAPHIC AND SIGNING

PLEDGE TO BE PREPARED BY CLICKING ON THE INFOGRAPHIC AND SIGNING

 

 

 “It’s been 10 years since Hurricane Katrina.

Are your pets safer? Pledge to be prepared: aspca.org/disasterprep #NatlPrep.” 

Meet Your Best Friend at the Zoo!! #Michigan

The above video was from the 2014 Meet Your Best Friend at the Zoo event.

Friday & Saturday
May 15 & 16, 2015
Fri.: 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. 
Sat.: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Detroit Zoo, Royal Oak

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. All dogs and cats will have received a medical check-up and age-appropriate vaccinations. For health and safety reasons, please leave current pets at home.

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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.

#Michigan 10th Annual Mutt Strut & Pet Expo Takes Place This Saturday

Fundraiser walk benefits adoptable animals in the care of the Dearborn Animal Shelter 

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Mutt Strut & Pet Expo is coming this Saturday to Ford Field Park in Dearborn, 22051 Cherry Hill Street.  It’s a pledge-driven dog walk and community-wide animal celebration day.  The Strut is a casual, relaxing opportunity to participate in a fundraiser walk with your dog (or without) to raise funds for the Dearborn Animal Shelter’s adoptable animals.

Walk start 2015                                                                         Photo courtesy of Dearborn Animal Shelter

Walk start 2015 Photo courtesy of Dearborn Animal Shelter

 

Registration is available online in advance on the shelter website and opens for walk-up at 9 a.m. on Saturday morning. The walk formally begins at 11 a.m., turning Ford Field Park and the neighboring streets into an easy, flat surface 2.4 mile walk. Mutt Strut & Pet Expo is the largest pet enthusiast event in the area with free, family friendly activities throughout the day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

 

Highlights of this year’s event include:

 

  • 11am Walk start with Indy the spokes-dog and other dignitaries at the ribbon-cutting
  • The metro Detroit Food Trucks return with great street food for every palate to enjoy
  • Fastest Mutt in the Midwest K9 Fun Run contest
  • com VIP Hound Lounge for walkers raising $300 or more
  • Celebration Tent with a chance to meet new adoptable pets
  • Former Detroit Tiger Milt Wilcox and his Ultimate Air Dogs in dock-diving competition
  • Luring-style race for family pets
  • Doggie Fun Zone offering games and contests
  • Midway of vendors with pet-related and human friendly items
Family fun while a pup looks on                                                Photo courtesy of Dearborn Animal Shelter

Family fun while a pup looks on Photo courtesy of Dearborn Animal Shelter

Attending Mutt Strut & Pet Expo is free and open to the public.  Some activities for dogs may include a nominal donation to benefit the Dearborn Animal Shelter.  Even families without companion animals are welcome and are sure to be delighted by activities such as the Ultimate Air Dogs and the dock-diving competition.

 

Mutt Strut is a key fundraiser for the Dearborn Animal Shelter and this year has a goal of $75,000.

Fundraising by pledging is made easy with personalized online Web pages that teams or individuals can set up in minutes by visiting www.DearbornAnimals.org.

Relaxing in the park after the walk                                            Photo courtesy of Dearborn Animal Shelter

Relaxing in the park after the walk Photo courtesy of Dearborn Animal Shelter

 

The Dearborn Animal Shelter is located at 2661 Greenfield Road, Dearborn, and is operated by the Friends For the Dearborn Animal Shelter, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Phone (313) 943-2697 and online www.DearbornAnimals.org  Follow the Shelter on Facebook and Twitter.

Indy is the 2015 Mutt Strut spokes-dog.                                   Photo courtesy Ed Serecky, pet photographer.

Indy is the 2015 Mutt Strut spokes-dog. Photo courtesy Ed Serecky, pet photographer.

 

Meet Indy, the Mutt Strut Spokes-Dog 

Abandoned dog in the care of the Shelter is chosen to become a therapy dog for military veteran.

Every dog has its tale and Indy’s story is extra special.  Brought to the Dearborn Animal Shelter in November last year, the nearly one year old Spaniel-Labrador mix was found tied to a fire hydrant and abandoned.  The good-natured little dog had greatness in store that was soon to be discovered.

Donna Fournier, director of training, Stiggy’s Dogs, stopped in to the Dearborn Animal Shelter looking for therapy candidates, who are evaluated based on personality, compassion and intelligence. While there, Donna met the dog she would later dub “Indy”, short for Independence, who performed like a shining star in his evaluation.

 

Caleb and Indy recently visit a pet store in training together.   Photo courtesy of  Donna Fournier, Stiggy’s.

Caleb and Indy recently visit a pet store in training together. Photo courtesy of Donna Fournier, Stiggy’s.

Fournier took Indy home and began the process of readying him for Good Canine Citizen training and ultimately, his new role as a therapy companion for a military veteran.  Indy has recently been paired with his human companion, Caleb, and the pair is building a bond while learning how to work together.

 

Indy is this year’s spokes-dog for the Dearborn Animal Shelter’s Mutt Strut & Pet Expo, representing the special stories of every homeless animal that comes into the care of the Shelter.  You will have a chance to see Indy in person at the 11 a.m. ribbon-cutting of the walk on Saturday.

Caleb and Indy becoming more familiar on a leisurely walk.    Photo courtesy of  Donna Fournier, Stiggy’s.

Caleb and Indy becoming more familiar on a leisurely walk. Photo courtesy of Donna Fournier, Stiggy’s.

 

Stiggy’s  Dogs is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit group that matches therapy dogs with military veterans who suffer from post- traumatic stress disorder or traumatic brain injury, at no cost to the veteran.  They are located at 2610 Bowen Road, Howell, Michigan, 48855. Stiggy’s is online at www.StiggysDogs.org and on Facebook. Phone 248-667-8364.

 

 

 

 

 

#Michigan YOU CAN ‘MEET YOUR BEST FRIEND AT THE ZOO’ ON MAY 15 & 16

Event has placed over 20,000 homeless animals into loving homes since 1993

Looking for a four-legged best friend? The Michigan Humane Society (MHS) and the Detroit Zoological Society invite you to the Spring 2015 Meet Your Best Friend at the Zoo, where nearly 1,000 adoptable animals will be waiting to meet you! The event, which takes place on Friday, May 15 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, May 16 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., has found homes for more than 20,000 animals since 1993. Meet Your Best Friend at the Zoo is presented by Purina ONE and sponsored by PetSmart, PetSmart Charities, Genisys Credit Union, Premier Pet Supply and Modernistic.

Photo courtesy of Michigan Humane

Photo courtesy of Michigan Humane

 

“With around 1,000 dogs, cats, kittens and puppies and rabbits, Meet Your Best Friend at the Zoo is the best place for anyone looking to add a new four-legged family member,” said Michael Robbins, MHS Vice President of Marketing and Communications. “With so many  adoption groups from around the state and beyond, there’s always a great variety of pets and you’re sure to find your perfect match.”

 

Dogs, cats, puppies and kittens and rabbits from more than 40 animal welfare organizations including the Michigan Humane Society will be available for adoption.

 

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.

Photo Courtesy of Michigan Humane

Photo Courtesy of Michigan Humane

 

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. All dogs and cats will have received a medical check-up and age-appropriate vaccinations. For health and safety reasons, please leave current pets at home.

 

For more information, visit www.michiganhumane.org or call (248) 283-1000, Monday through Friday, from 8 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.