Pet Behavior Help Line Launched by Michigan Animal Shelter

 

Dog and cat owners can use help line to get tips for helping family pets

 

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Earlier this month, the Dearborn Animal Shelter launched a new pet behavior help line 313-355-7553, along with corresponding email addresses, HelpMyCat@DearbornAnimals.org and HelpMyDog@DearbornAnimals.org. The purpose of the new outreach service is to give pet owners in the community a place to get some guidance for minor behavioral issues with their furry family members.

 

According to Elaine Greene, Executive Director, Friends For the Dearborn Animal Shelter, “Having behavioral issues is one of the leading manageable reasons we find people surrendering their pet to the Shelter. There are unavoidable reasons of course, like a relocation where pets are not allowed, sickness in the family or loss of employment, but behavior issues, if given proper guidance, can often be corrected. Greene continued, Sometimes people ask friends or family members, but are not sure where to turn for professional advice or are not able to afford training courses. Our goal is to give them some help, an option to connect with one of our team members who are skilled in offering cat and dog advice”.  

 

In preparation for the new help line, Dearborn Animal Shelter staff members were trained through a grant program made possible by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).  This program focuses on cat behavior issues; as many pet owners understand that there are dog training options available to them; but are not as familiar with finding cat behavior advice.  Once the Dearborn Animal Shelter staff members completed their training, they decided to extend the help line to dog owners as well, as they felt this service was important for dog family members too.

dearborn dog named Allie

Linda Thomas, Certified Professional Dog Trainer for the Dearborn Animal Shelter, will oversee the new help line service.  Thomas has completed the HSUS training and many other certifications in her role for the organization.  The help line is free to callers and open to those who have pet family members.  Recent Shelter adopters with any pet behavior issues are encouraged to continue their correspondence directly with their adoption counselors and not use this help line service.

The information can be found on the Dearborn Animal Shelter’s website under the Contact Us section. The following is a direct link to the Help line information on the site: https://www.dearbornanimals.org/contact/pet-behavior-helpline/

 

Learn more about adoption, training, events, volunteering or donating online at www.DearbornAnimals.org. 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 you can also follow the Shelter on Facebook or Twitter.

 

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

#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.

 

 

 

 

 

Looking for a new friend? Dearborn Animal Shelter Hosting Summer Adopt-A-Thon at Westborn Mall

Meet up to 70 adoptable animals on Saturday, August 16th

The second of two tented Adopt-a-Thons this summer takes place on Saturday, August 16th from 10a.m.-4p.m. in the Westborn Mall parking lot, 23239 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn, at the corner of Michigan Avenue and Outer Drive. The Dearborn Animal Shelter plans to have 70 animals available for adoption in all shapes and sizes, kittens, cats, puppies and dogs, small and large. 

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Counselors will be on hand to help potential adopters find their new best friend, including a meet and greet area to get to know dogs a little better in a separate section.  Attendees will enjoy reduced adoption fees, can shop Shelter merchandise and select from fresh Fido Bakery treats for their canine best friends.  

 

Photo Courtesy of the Dearborn Animal Shelter

Photo Courtesy of the Dearborn Animal Shelter

Summer is a busy time for animal shelters, and there are many pets for families to consider.   Elaine Greene, Executive Director, Friends For the Dearborn Animal Shelter, commented “Adopt-A-Thons help improve the potential for our animals to get adopted. This is the third year that Westborn Mall has hosted one for us and it is great place to feature many adoptable pets in a high-profile location.”      

 

This year, Lori Bennett, 96.3 WDVD midday on-air talent will be on hand from 11a.m.-1p.m. to greet attendees and welcome fans with a little music and fun.

 

"Taffy" Photo courtesy of the Dearborn Animal Shelter

“Taffy” Photo courtesy of the Dearborn Animal Shelter

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.

Dearborn, #Michigan Is Hitting the Streets to Help Homeless Animals

Exchange Club of Dearborn is Hitting the Streets to Help Homeless Animals  

Support the collection drive on Saturday, May 10th along Michigan Avenue in Dearborn    

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 Keep an eye out for Exchange Club volunteers on Saturday May 10th as they hit the streets for a collection drive at key intersections along Michigan Avenue, in support of the Dearborn Animal Shelter’s 9th Annual Mutt Strut & Pet Expo.  Donations will benefit adoptable animals in the care of the shelter.

 

“Our members and volunteers are excited about lending a hand again this spring. Many people driving down Michigan Avenue that day might not otherwise know about Mutt Strut, and this could be a great way for them to help too.”  Adorned with bright vests, the canister collection team is going to be stationed at each intersection along Michigan Avenue extending from Outer drive to Oakwood Boulevard.  Plus, there’s one satellite location at Dearborn Farm Market at Monroe and Outer drive.

 

Mutt Strut ribbon cutting ceremony about to begin

Mutt Strut ribbon cutting ceremony about to begin

Mutt Strut & Pet Expo is a pledge-driven dog walk and community wide animal celebration day.  It is the largest gathering of pet fans in the area. Festivities take place at Ford Field Park in Dearborn from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., with the walk commencing at 11 a.m.  Register for the walk online at www.DearbornAnimals.org 

 

Additional Mutt Strut highlights include a midway of vendors with services and products for pets and humans.  There is a Paws-itive Energy Zone with pet and human psychic readings, Doggie Fun Zone with activities for your dog, an adopted-pet Celebration Tent to honor adoption alumni and former Detroit Tiger great, Milt Wilcox’s Ultimate Air Dogs in a dock diving competition.  Entertainment and free family fun events take place all day long.  The Food trucks will be on hand serving a great variety of street cuisine.

 

A young walker with her doggie companion after the Strut.

A young walker with her doggie companion after the Strut.

Exchange Club of Dearborn is the local chapter of the National Exchange Club, a 100-year-old service organization.  Members participate in fundraising activities and outreach to support local youth and other non-profit organizations to improve lives for those in Dearborn and surrounding communities. Call 734-355-8114 to learn more about the Exchange Club.

 

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.

The Tuesday’s Tails blog hop hosted by Dogs N Pawz andTalking Dogs. This is the blog hop that features shelter pets.  Find a pet at your local animal shelter or rescue and join the hop!


Tuesday’s Tails blog hop participants can post any day of the week and link up with a fresh blog hop linky every Tuesday.  Though targeted at adoptable pets, they  also welcome blog posts regarding pet adoption, rescue organizations and adoption events. Fetch the new Tuesday’s Tails Facebook page and give them a like! Please help spread the word about these beautiful animals via social media and help find them forever homes!  

 

 

ASPCA/Rachael Ray Challenge Update from Friends for The Dearborn Animal Shelter-Michigan (Thankful Thursday)

Hi and Happy Thursday all! Remember when I blogged about the:

Dearborn Animal Shelter to

host Adopt-A-Thon at Westborn Mall 

"Tent Event. Digger Waits"

“Tent Event. Digger Waits”

Well, guess what I just found out, right from their newsletter!

Our 2nd endeavor in the ASPCA/Rachael Ray Challenge officially ended on August 31. It has truly been a “labor of love” summer, with so many volunteers and community friends lending a paw!  At our August 17 Westborn Mall adopt-a-thon event, 49 hopefuls were lucky enough to find forever homes.  That brings the total number of extravaganza adoptions to 166!

MAGICAL HOME FOR DIGGER

Three-month-old Digger epitomizes the amazing results that YOUR dedication can achieve.  Found as a stray, Digger is profoundly deaf.  Walter and Rebecca Kingsley, former Michiganders and Friends adopters who now live in South Carolina, were visiting relatives when they spotted the smiley boy at our Westborn off-site.

Digger in Kentucky

Digger in Kentucky

Digger is on his way home to South Carolina!!! The Kingsleys adopted a pup named Sirius from the Friends eight years ago and, after meeting the charming Digger, decided to add to the family.  Since they utilize hand-signals for training,it’s a perfect match.  And being Harry Potter fans, Digger is now named Draco.  That’s pretty magical!

Digger got adopted

DIGGER,  WITH HIS NEW DAD

AND THE SHELTER MANAGER

Mom and I just LOVE reading stories like this! Never, ever underestimate the power of your local shelters to help place these precious babies in their furever homes!!!

Friends for The Dearborn Animal Shelter in Michigan,  YOU ROCK!!!

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Barks and licks and love,

Dakota