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Urban Wildlife in Forest Hills – George’s Backyard Critters

Urban Wildlife in Forest Hills – George’s Backyard Critters

This is a story about urban and suburban wildlife.  It’s probably a story that is repeated across West Michigan from the lakeshore to Greater Grand Rapids.  You can imagine this story happening in Grandville, Hudsonville, and Walker on the west side to Ada, Cascade, and Lowell on the east side and Rockford and Sparta to the north and Kentwood and Wyoming to the south.  It’s a story about how backyard critters can entertain us, and at other times, causes us to cringe.  This particular story is based in the Forest Hills neighborhood in eastern Kent County. 

Part 1 – Meet the Cast of Characters:

My dog, George, loves to watch what’s going on in our backyard.  My husband and I have our TV set; George has his “Backyard TV Set”.  Sometimes the scene in the backyard is a drama, other times it’s a comedy.  George can spend hours watching the “characters” having breakfast, lunch and dinner.  Eating a

Muskegon pet pantry holding bingo charity event

A Muskegon group providing pet food to struggling families is holding a bingo event in Grand Haven.

The Pet Pantry of Michigan's charity event runs from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Washington.  It's $5 to play for more than $1,000 worth of prizes. 

Michele's Rescue will be there with pets looking for a forever home.

The Pet Pantry of Michigan celebrates record number of donations

The Pet Pantry of Michigan celebrates record number of donations

Organizers of the Pet Pantry of Michigan say donations helped them serve more than 2,000 animals last year.

That’s according to a new report released Monday. According to the pantry’s Facebook page, volunteers helped double the amount of animals than the previous year.  The Pet Pantry of Michigan also donated an estimated 1,000 pounds of food to local rescues and shelters. Organizers say most owners in need visit the pantry six ore more times a year.

With the help and support of the community, the Pet Pantry of Michigan hopes to double these numbers yet again in 2011.  To find out where and how you can donate, visit the Pet Pantry of Michigan website, at http://www.petpantrymi.org/.

Deadline approaches to buy Dog Licenses in Muskegon


Muskegon, MI(WZZM)–  The deadline to renew a dog license in Muskegon is March 1st, after that there is a late fee added on to the regualr cost of a license.

Licenses purchased after the first of March and before April 30th will be assessed a 35 dollar late fee, any licenses puchased after May 1st will be a flat fee of $125.

All dogs must have a current rabies vaccination.  Licenses are available at the public health department, and at county, city, and township treasurers' offices until March 1st.

Owners of dog's licensed in 2010 who fail to purchase a new one by March 1st will be put on a delinquent list for follow-up and will be visited by a Vector Control officer to check the status of the pet and issue a ticket if the dog is not vaccinated and licensed.  Residents who no longer own a dog should report the change to Vector Control by calling (231) 724-6007. 

The dog license application and instructions a

Historic animals exhibit free at Lakeshore Museum Center

Animals that made up Muskegon’s history are being featured at the Lakeshore Museum Center, located at 430 W. Clay Avenue.

“Four Legged Friends” is a display of photographs of area animals, taken from the late 1800s to 1960.  The photos include Max Gruber and his wife at a circus act with their elephant, horse pony and dog, and Margaret Hume knitting alongside her cat.

The photographs are on display during museum hours, which are weekdays from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and weekends from noon to 4 p.m.  Admission is free.  For more information, call (231) 722-0278 or visit the museum’s website.

Police learn about preventing animal cruelty

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) - The Muskegon community is taking a stand against animal abuse and dog fighting.

PAACK, People Against Animal Cruelty and Killing, put together a seminar in Muskegon.  They raised money to bring in Sergeant David Hunt.  Hunt is a national expert on animal cruelty, and worked on the Michael Vick case.

Wednesday Hunt taught local law enforcement agencies how to recognize the signs of dog fighting.  Some signs include hanging tires, and treadmills for training dogs.

Experts say animal cruelty and dog fighting are often linked to other crimes including child abuse, drugs, and illegal gaming.

Holiday pet supply drive

From: Paige Dolphin

During the Holidays, and all throughout the year, many pets are in shelters, many without blankets or beds in their cages, and most with no toys. We need to remember the pets this holiday as well, the creatures who know the true meaning of Christmas, to give and not expect to receive.

This Holiday season I am holding a Pet Supply Drive. All Proceeds will be donated to local shelters, Pay it Forward Outreach (Low income Animal Clinic) and the Pet Pantry of Michigan (Keeping pets in their home during these hard economic times).

Things to consider donating:

  • Blankets
  • Dog beds
  • Cat and dog toys
  • File Folders
  • Pet food and treats
  • Cages and Crates
  • Monetary donations

Any donations, no matter the size, are greatly appreciated by all the animals!