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Run for Sight on August 31

Run for Sight on August 31

MUSKEGON, Mich.-- Make a difference with the Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired (ABVI) in West Michigan by taking part in this 5K run/walk at Pere Marquette Park Saturday, August 31.

Pere Marquette Park is located on Beech Street. Race registration will take place at 7 a.m. with the run/walk beginning at 8:30 a.m. All proceeds will be donated to the Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired.

The 5K is a non-competitive event for all ages.  The race is dog friendly, but dogs must be on leashes. An awards ceremony will take place at 9:30 a.m. for overall male and female winners.

For more event information, call  (231) 737-4717 or visit www.run4sight.com.  

Petco Foundation provides wheels for animal rescue group

Petco Foundation provides wheels for animal rescue group

MUSKEGON, Mich. – An animal rescue group is getting help on wheels, thanks to a grant from the Petco Foundation, and a generous graphics business.

Pound Buddies Animal Shelter & Adoption Center will show off its new cargo van and thank donors during an April 27 adoption event at Petco. 

The van will allow Pound Buddies to transport homeless dogs and cats to fundraisers, adoption events, veterinary appointments and no-kill shelters throughout the state.  The graphics on the side of the van will also help promote the non-profit organization.  Miles Kieft who owns GOBOGRAPHIX in Muskegon donated the graphics.

The Adopt-A-Dog event runs from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Petco, located at 5239 Harvey Street in Norton Shores.

New Muskegon Animal Control rules start today

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM)- If you live in Muskegon, there are a few changes with the county's animal control policies that you should know about.

Starting October 1st, all Animal Control-related issues, such as stray dog impounds and dog complaints, will be handled by Animal Control officers through the Sheriff's Office. Prior to the change, these types of issues were handled through the Public Health Office.

Also, the Treasurer's Office will now sell dog licenses.

Public Health will continue to handle all animal bite cases to assure minimal risk of rabies exposure to humans.

For licensing information, call the Muskegon County Treasurer's Office at (231) 724-6261

To report a stray dog, call the Muskegon County Sheriff's Department at (231) 724-6007

To report an animal bite, call Public Health- Muskegon County at (231) 742-1288

My Dog Spot is my dog's spot

My Dog Spot is my dog's spot

In February 2011, my husband and I decided to stop at the Harbor Humane Society in West Olive on our way home from Holland. We've always liked the shelter and always enjoy being around pets. We already own a lab/shepherd mix who we named Reese. And a cat, whose name has changed about a billion times and has most recently gone by the name Pantherrazzi (think Panther and Lady Gaga). Both of these babies were rescues from our local Muskegon Humane Society.

Anyway, this particular evening as we strolled through the "big dog room", we came across a kennel with a very interesting dog in it. This dog was TERRIFIED - Terrified of EVERY little thing.

I said to my husband, "this dog looks like some kind of a hound."

Not hot enough? Try it in a fur coat

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM)-If you think this heat is tough to take, try going outside in a fur coat.

Workers at Pound Buddies Rescue in Muskegon say they're seeing more dogs suffering from dehydration. Volunteers say the best thing you can do for your pets is limit their time outdoors, give them a cool, shady place to rest, and make sure they have enough water.

"The heat takes a huge toll on the animals. They don't have a way to get water for themselves; they're dependent on us," explains shelter volunteer Cindi Kaiser. "It's very important in this kind of weather because they're wearing fur coats. We're not. And they're sweating a whole lot more than we are."

Kaiser says the rescue is also seeing more runaway pets that were scared off by fireworks.

Search on for Airman's missing dog

NORTON SHORES, Mich. (WZZM) - A Muskegon County woman is doing everything possible to find a missing pet. The dog is a two-year old rottweiler and may be wandering in Norton Shores.

Viewers call our Information Center all the time for help finding lost pets, but because it happens so often, we cannot get involved in most cases. But, when we heard the details about this one during our morning meeting, we decided we needed to get involved.

The dog, Midas, belongs to a West Michigan Airman serving in Afghanistan. His dog escaped from the home in Norton Shores Wednesday evening or early Thursday morning.

The woman watching Midas says so far she's done everything she can think of to find the dog.

Midas should have on a bright orange collar and could have gone to a place he knows well, Lake Harbor Park.

If you see Midas, call Charlee at (616) 550-9632.

Turkey crashes into a home

ROOSEVELT PARK, Mich. (WZZM) - A Roosevelt Park couple had a surprise visitor Thursday night.

Ed Merrill says it looked like a big, fast-flying, black blob. That blob was actually a wild turkey.

The turkey smashed out the large picture window at the home on Greenwich road. The impact broke both panes of glass while the Ed and his wife were were watching television. Ed says in an instant there was a load bang, then the room filled with glass and feathers.

The turkey did not survive the impact. Ed and his wife were not injured by the broken glass. Turkeys aren't common in the neighborhood, but Ed says there are some at a nearby golf course.