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3 Things to Consider Before Gifting a Pet this Holiday Season

3 Things to Consider Before Gifting a Pet this Holiday Season

For many people, young and old alike, a pet for Christmas is the top desire for the season. For a long time, it was assumed that pets as gifts were a really bad idea, increasing adopted animals being returned to the shelter after the excitement of the holidays is over. Data supports just the opposite.

“It’s a myth,” states Trudy Jeffers, Executive Director of HSWM, “that giving a pet as a gift is a bad idea. In fact, with the right research, identifying the needs of the new pet, and knowing the person you are gifting to, helps make the right decision for both the pet and the person.”

A 2013 study by Dr. Emily Weiss says, “There is no increased risk of relinquishment for dogs and cats received as a gift.” In her research, Dr. Weiss found that over 87% of the pet owners in the study still had their pet in their home or had kept the pet in their home for the pet’s lifetime, even when the pet was given as a surprise or a gift, according to the ASPCA.

Animal Welfare Fund Provides $155,500 to Local Animal Shelters

Animal Welfare Fund Provides $155,500 to Local Animal Shelters

News Release:

Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development’s (MDARD) State Veterinarian Dr. James Averill announced the Michigan Companion Animal Welfare Fund check-off will fund projects totaling over $155,500 for 26 registered shelters in 2015. 

The Michigan Animal Welfare fund was established under Public Act 132 of 2007 as a tax check-off to support animal shelters statewide. This year’s awards will go to the spaying and neutering of animals, fund registration fees for anti-cruelty training conferences, and help cover costs for protecting and caring for Michigan animals subjected to cruelty or neglect.

“Thanks to the generous support of Michiganders, local shelters will be able to train more staff on anti-cruelty, care for animals looking for their forever home, and conduct spay and neutering programs in their communities,” said Averill.

My Town: Bill would protect veterans with service dogs on flights

My Town: Bill would protect veterans with service dogs on flights

MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich.--- Legislation that would protect veterans who use service dogs is making its way through a Michigan committee.

Holly Hughes, who represents the Montague and Muskegon areas, introduced House Bill 4313 this week.  The measure would make it unlawful to refuse service to veterans who use service dogs as treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder, closed head injuries and other service related conditions.  The bill would amend a current state law to specifically include veterans with service disabilities and add airplanes to the list of places that must accommodate service dogs.

Hughes proposed the changes after hearing the plight of veteran Eric Calley.  Hughes says Calley, who uses a service dog, was treated poorly on a recent flight.

“I want to make sure that Eric and others like him never have to endure similar treatment again,” said Hughes.

My Town: Baker College students rescue local animal shelter

My Town: Baker College students rescue local animal shelter


Two Baker College of Muskegon information technology (IT) students spent their holiday break giving back to the community. The lucky recipient, Pound Buddies Animal Shelter & Adoption Center, the largest animal shelter in Muskegon County, is beginning the new-year able to find homes for shelter pets quicker than ever before.

Although the shelter counts eight staff members and dozens of active volunteers as critical to the organization’s success, it didn’t have the necessary resources to fix and upgrade technology at the shelter.

“We never could have done this without the help from Baker College,” said Lana Carson, executive director of Pound Buddies. “The students didn’t just repair and replace equipment, they evaluated our processes and recommended new ways of doing things that we never would have considered before.”

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