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 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. 



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.


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 or call 1-866-MHUMANE (648-6263).

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, 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, you can follow the Shelter on Facebook or Twitter.



Contact:  Elaine Greene, Friends Executive Director  or 313-943-2697

#Michigan Youngster Helping Dearborn Animal Shelter To Get A New Shelter Built:YOU Can Help Too!

Ten-Year-Old Commits to Helping Build New Dearborn Animal Shelter  

Zoe Acker is youngest table captain for

Raise the Woof Community Breakfast on June 10  

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 The Friends For the Dearborn Animal Shelter are hosting a Community Breakfast on Wednesday, June 10, at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn, from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.  Dubbed “Raise the Woof” Community Breakfast, it is an open invitation to the public to take a behind-the-scenes look at the Friends’ proposed new Animal Adoption & Education Center and become involved in this essential community-wide project.


One of the organization’s youngest supporters is ten-year-old Zoe Acker, who been raising funds for the homeless animals at the Dearborn shelter since she was five years old. Her fund-raising methods? Lemonade stands, routing her birthday gifts, and even “selling” some of her father Mike’s time as an electrician. “They help a lot of dogs and I want to do the same,” says Zoe. “Every dollar can help a dog feel better!” According to her mother Beth Vessels, “I know it’s a Mom thing to say, but I am truly so proud of her, she inspires all of us with her determination.”   

Zoe Acker, Dad, Mike & pup Rigby

Zoe Acker, Dad, Mike & pup Rigby


Zoe recently raised more than $2,000 for the Friends’ annual Mutt Strut & Pet Expo, coming in second place for the overall individual pledge-getter. Funds raised at the Mutt Strut help with ongoing shelter operations. Now Zoe is turning her time and talents to raise donations for the capital campaign to Build a Home with Heart. “The animals and humans deserve a new Shelter,” says Zoe.


In her newest endeavor to help, Zoe is the youngest table captain registered for the Raise the Woof breakfast, a role that includes hosting a table at the event and inviting prospective donors to attend.  She plans to invite her school principal, her dentist, and her pediatrician to join her and take an active role in her philanthropy.


The Dearborn Animal Shelter is seeking other community members to become table captains as well, even if this is their first venture into fundraising. “The fact that a ten-year-old is willing to be a table captain is amazing,” shares Kelle Sisung, Friends development director. “Most adults are somewhat hesitant. Zoe is fearless and shows all of us that we can do it too!”

The Raise the Woof fundraising breakfast is a one-hour event that tells the story of the journey to build a new Animal Adoption & Education Center. Guests will hear testimonials from some of the adopters, volunteers, and families who have been involved with the Friends For the Dearborn Animal Shelter since their inception in 1993. They will also learn how this community project will positively benefit both two and four-legged friends throughout Southeast Michigan.

Some of the features of the new facility will include:

  • A healthy, soothing, low-stress home for animals in our care
  • Significantly improve the experience for adopters, volunteers, and all community visitors
  • Employ sustainable ecological design (“Green Building”) and innovative housing, equipment, and practices
  • Provide the opportunity for robust community involvement, education, and enrichment
  • Be conveniently located to fully integrate with other public services (Dearborn Administrative Campus on Michigan Avenue; Amtrak site)
  • Create a best-in-class work environment for staff, volunteers, and visiting veterinarians
  • Growing from 4,000 square feet to 16,000 square feet


There is no cost to attend the event.  Table captains and attendees are encouraged to register by June 5 to ensure your seat online at or by calling the Shelter 313-943-2697.  


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  Follow the Shelter on Facebook and Twitter.

Book:Last Stop Before Rainbow Bridge (True Animal Rescue Stories) by Mark Feldstein

Don’t let the title of this book deter you from reading it. I must confess that when I first saw the title, my gut reaction was, “Oh no, a book that is going to make me sad, do I REALLY want to read this?” Then, when I read the first chapter, (which I will admit DID upset me) entitled Hoarder I still had my doubts.

I am glad I continued on. 


turned out to refer to a situation that is close to my heart. I live in a suburb of Detroit, and Rambo and the City discusses the sad (and SADLY TRUE), fact that there are an estimated 50,000 dogs left behind in the city of Detroit due to financial woes that had befallen many in the city for at least the past ten plus years.

Photo Courtesy of

Photo Courtesy of

One of the dogs that had been left by his owners due to financial hell was Rambo, a Pit Bull Terrier Mix. The chapter tells of how The Detroit Dog Rescue (DDR), a non-profit, no-kill center works tirelessly to help save dogs like Rambo. Thankfully, Rambo had been given a family for his final three months of life.


From Mark Feldstein:I had planned to help you justify your purchase of this book and inspire you to join the fight by sharing the vast number of animals that are euthanized every day, the irresponsibility of those who abuse or mistreat animals, and the lack of strong laws and regulations.

Instead, I will let these inspiring rescue stories speak for themselves.

Click to visit the website

Click to visit the website

Last Stop Before Rainbow Bridge Brings Together

Heartbreaking and Heartwarming True Animal Rescue Stories,

Helps Support Ongoing Efforts to Give Animals A Second Chance

FROM THE PUBLISHER: In preparation for the book, Feldstein contacted shelters and sanctuaries from across the country and found animal rescuers hungry to have their stories told. Most of the people he spoke to expressed that animal rescue is not a vocation or choice: rather, it’s their passion. As one rescuer explained, “I do it for the times when an abused horse nuzzles my shoulder, for the times a cat has been burned climbs right into my lap, for the times a dog from a hoarding case licks my chin. I do it for the times when I see people connect with chickens and tell me I’ll never eat meat again. I do it for the times when all the animals are laying happily in the sunshine, feeling safe and loved.”

During his research, Feldstein also learned that many of these non-profits struggle to get by on very little funding from the public. He decided to help by raising funds in the only way he could conceive: through writing and sharing their stories, with over a third of the profit to be donated to animal rescues.

Now you see just part of why I continued reading and why YOU will too.

All of the animals mentioned above (and MORE) are written about in this book. Some of the stories ARE tear-jerkers, some are funny, some will disgust you, but MOST will WARM YOUR HEART.

“Sharing the individual tales of animal rescue from varied points of view, including the good and the bad, the sad and the more humorous sides of the stories featured in this book takes the reader beyond the nameless and faceless statistics and gives a voice to creatures, big and small, who can’t tell their own stories of hardship, tragedy and survival.”

Because I have a Sheltie,

a couple of MY favorite stories were:


Bella, a dirty and neglected Shetland Sheepdog is matched with an older gentleman who was grieving the passing of his beloved Sheltie, (ready for this?) who ALSO had been named Bella.



I won’t reveal all of the details of this chapter but it touched me enormously.


Sheltie dogs are brought to shelters for all different reasons. Some are abandoned, some lost and some for no known reason except maybe an owner simply no longer wants the responsibility. By far, though, the worst reason is when it is due to a severe injury. 

More often than not, these types of injuries are caused by being hit by a car. Seldom does the driver involved in the accident deliver the animal. Usually, they pretend to be ignorant of hitting the innocent animal and continue driving. More often, it’s a witness to the accident, or the person discovering the aftermath.

This is exactly what happened to Charlie. The gorgeous little Sheltie was hit by a car and two girls found him by the side of the road in a great deal of pain. He was breathing very slowly. They gently picked him up and took him to the nearest animal shelter.






FROM THE PUBLISHER: Feldstein is already working on Volume Two. He hopes that his book will increase public awareness of animal abuse and motivate volunteerism, donations, fostering and pet adoptions by subtly educating and entertaining through real-life stories that illustrate the extent of the problem of animal abuse and neglect across the nation-sharing what underfunded non-profit, no-kill shelters see every day-and also revealing the quiet joy and the hope at the heart of every rescue.


Don’t let the title deter you from reading this much-needed book. You will find Last Stop Before Rainbow Bridge to be as enlightening and heartwarming and NECESSARY, as  I did.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:Mark Feldstein, the stepson of the late Al Feldstein (co-creator and former leading editor of Mad Magazine, 1956-1985) carries on his dad’s legacy as a rescuer who saved hundreds of animals in the span of 20 years. In “Last Stop Before Rainbow Bridge,” the younger Feldstein collects narratives from no-kill, non-profit shelters and sanctuaries that have changed not only the lives of rescued animals but also the lives of their beloved rescuers and adoptive “forever” families. You can read more about Mark on his website





In full disclosure:I was not compensated for this review. I was sent a copy of Last Stop Before Rainbow Bridge, in exchange for my honest review.



MHS asks for community’s support to save thousands of animal lives this year


In this season of caring, show your love to homeless animals by supporting the Michigan Humane Society’s (MHS) 2015 Valentine’s Telethon, presented by Purina. WXYZ-TV Channel 7 Action News anchor Alicia Smith will host the Telethon, which will air in commercial breaks throughout the day on Thursday, Feb. 12, from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. Funds raised by the Telethon are critical to helping MHS rescue and care for thousands of animals in great need.

Alicia Smith and furry friend!

Alicia Smith and furry friend!

From Dakota: Last year my Mom worked a telethon for Michigan Humane and  so many of the kind people she met on the phone brought tears to her eyes!

“The Michigan Humane Society has numerous programs that are absolutely vital to the animals and pet owners in our community,” said CJ Bentley, Senior Director of Operations for MHS. “But without the community’s crucial support, we cannot help those who need us most. On February 12, please share the love and help us save animal lives throughout the year.”


The 19th annual MHS Telethon will feature adoptable pets and stories that show how your support can make a lifesaving difference for area animals who are homeless, abused or neglected.  As a private, nonprofit organization, MHS receives no government funding and is not affiliated with any national humane organizations, relying instead on the generosity of its supporters to save more animal lives.


Lifesaving donations can be made on or before Feb. 12, online at or by calling (855) MHS-GIVE (647-4483), 24 hours a day.


In addition to Purina, sponsors of this year’s Telethon include PetSafe,, Wendy’s-The O’Brien Foundation, Premier Pet Supply, Center for Computer Resources, Strategic Staffing Solutions, Bravecto, Heidebreicht Chevrolet and Grid4 Communications.


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.