October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month:#31DaysOfRescueDogs

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 October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month and with millions of dogs entering shelters each year, the ASPCA is hoping to raise awareness about how great adoptable pups can be.  They have launched #31DaysOfRescueDogs, a social media campaign to raise funds for homeless pets. Participants will be asked to post one photo of their favorite rescue every day, and each post will encourage their friends to donate $1 a day in exchange for 31 days of adorable photos. The featured dogs could be rescues, fosters, or shelter pups in need of homes. Each post should contain the hashtag #31DaysofRescueDogs for the chance to win prizes and be featured on Pit Bulls and Parolees. Users can visit www.aspca.org/31days to learn more and sign up.

 

The ASPCA is also hosting a #TricksOrTreats HOWLoween Twitter Trivia Party on Tuesday, October 25th at 2pm EST. There will be lots of spooky trivia and treats, and prizes!! Register here!!! 

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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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                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

Camp Bow Wow:National Bow Wow Buddies Foundation Week (Guest blog)

In the holiday giving spirit, Camp Bow Wow, the nation’s leading doggie daycare franchise, has launched the first-ever National Bow Wow Buddies Foundation Week—a nationwide holiday fundraising initiative to help provide lifesaving medical care to dogs in need—that will continue all month long.

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As part of the nationwide effort, select Camp Bow Wow locations from across the country are up with local vets and shelters to host doggy adopt-a-thons, “Photos with Santa Paws” fundraisers, and other festive events to benefit the Bow Wow Buddies Foundation (BWBF), a nonprofit that covers urgent medical care costs for dogs who are either homeless or whose parents cannot afford the treatments.   For struggling pet parents, BWBF acts as a lifeline that offers medical care grants of up to $2,500 to treat broken bones, abdominal obstruction, heartworm, parvovirus, cancer, emergency services, and more.

 

Among the participating Camp locations is Camp Bow Wow Cuyahoga Falls in Ohio.  Starting this Sunday, December 6 through Saturday, December 12, Camp Bow Wow Cuyahoga Falls will offer “Photos with Santa Paws” to all of their furry Campers, where, for a $10 donation to the Foundation, they’ll be able to get their 4 x 6 winter wonderland holiday “pawtrait” taken with Santa.

 

Donations, which can be made online at www.bowwowbuddies.com or by participating in a National Bow Wow Buddies Foundation Week fundraiser at your local Camp Bow Wow, will benefit dogs in need, like Chester, Barney, Gypsy, and Angus (pictured below) – who received lifesaving medical care thanks to grants from the Bow Wow Buddies Foundation.

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Photo: Chester, a registered therapy dog who provided more than 130 hours of service to survivors of the Aurora, Colorado theater shooting, comforts Jansen Young, girlfriend to one of the tragedy’s victims. Chester was the first recipient of a Bow Wow Buddies Foundation grant, which helped fund his treatments for a slipped disk and spinal infection. 

 

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Photo:  After receiving a $2,500 grant from Camp Bow Wow of Bridgewater, N.J., Barney, a 4-year-old Mastiff mix rescue, was able to have surgery to correct a painful injury to his cruciate (ACL). Barney is now looking for his “forever home” at the Friends of Linden Animal Shelter, N.J.

 

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Photo:  Gypsy, a loving 6-year-old Catahoula mix of Belle Chasse, L.A. was rescued by PAWS (Plaquemines Animal Welfare Society) after being hit by a car.  Gypsy, who also suffered from heartworm, received a Bow Wow Buddies Foundation grant raised by her local Camp Bow Wow for surgery to repair her multiple leg fractures as well as necessary heartworm treatments.  Gypsy is now healing as she awaits her new forever home.

 

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  Photo: After falling on hard times, the loving owners of 10-month old pit bull mix, Angus, were unable to afford the costly emergency surgery he needed to repair a severe intestinal blockage. Thanks to a Bow Wow Buddies grant raised by their local Camp Bow Wow in Sarasota, Fla., Angus received his life-saving procedure and is currently recovering at home with his family.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

#KickOrTreatfor6: Detroit Lions Punter Sam Martin and Premier Pet Supply Invite You To Dress Your Pet for Halloween To Help Homeless Animals

For each costumed pet entry, Michigan Humane Society

will receive $6 and 6 pounds of pet food

Detroit Lions punter Sam Martin, with support from Premier Pet Supply, is kicking off a social media Halloween pet photo contest to benefit the Michigan Humane Society (MHS). Pet lovers are asked to dress up their furry friend in a Halloween costume and post it to their social media account using the hashtag #KickOrTreatfor6. For each photo entered in the contest, Martin will donate $6, and Premier Pet Supply will donate 6 pounds of food to MHS.

 

“This is a fun and creative way to celebrate the season and show your love for your pet while helping animals in need,” said Mike Robbins, Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer at the Michigan Humane Society. “We are grateful for the continued efforts and commitment of Sam Martin and Premier Pet Supply in helping animals in need.”

Sakura Dressed as an Elephant--Photo Courtesy of Michigan Humane

Sakura Dressed as an Elephant–Photo Courtesy of Michigan Humane

 

The contest will run from Thursday, Oct. 1 through Sunday, Oct. 25 with Martin announcing the winners of his Halloween social media campaign on Oct. 26. There is no fee to enter. The top three entries will be chosen by Martin and will receive the following prizes: First place – Four tickets to a Detroit Lions game and free dog food for a year. Second place – Two tickets to a Detroit Lions game and a Premier Pet Supply gift card. Third place – A Premier Pet Supply gift card. 

 

“It’s always been an interest of mine to help out animals in need, and partnering up with the Michigan Humane Society and Premier Pet Supply is a great way to continue to help support animals right here in Michigan,” said Martin.

Molly Dresses as a Bumblebee--Photo Courtesy of Michigan Humane

Molly Dresses as a Bumblebee–Photo Courtesy of Michigan Humane

“We are very excited to be teamed up with Sam Martin in a campaign that benefits the Michigan Humane Society and of course, a great cause,” said Mike Palmer, owner of Premier Pet Supply.

 

Premier Pet Supply, located at 31215 Southfield Road in Beverly Hills, offers cutting edge items at a great price with a product focus on natural & holistic foods, treats and supplements for all pets. A second location will open soon in Rochester Hills. At Premier Pet Supply, every customer is treated like family. In 2015, the store launched a Buy Local Help Local campaign to benefit the Michigan Humane Society.

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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. To learn more, visit www.michiganhumane.org or call 1-866-MHUMANE (648-6263).