Animals/Pets

Published November 15, 2017

There will be countless animals available for adoption at this year’s Guardians for Animals Pet Expo, as well as opportunities for low-cost microchipping to help dogs and cats find their way home if they go missing, with free microchipping available for the family pets of military members and first responders. 

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Published October 16, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — The township is partnering with Macomb County Animal Control, the Macomb Food Program, Clinton Township and Pet Supplies Plus to help elderly pet owners living in county-subsidized senior housing complexes.

The initiative kicked off when township employees heard from Meals on Wheels volunteers that seniors were sharing delivered meals with their furry companions. There are seven such complexes in the county that allow pets.

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Published October 10, 2017

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — As rain fell gently on Grosse Pointe Equestrian’s grounds Oct. 6, Federation Equestre Internationale dressage trainer Jesse Collins was inside the arena training atop a Lusitano horse.

Collins, who also competes in the sport, has been tapped to teach dressage instruction at Grosse Pointe Equestrian, formerly known as the Grosse Pointe Hunt Club.

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Published October 6, 2017

PONTIAC — Visitors, of the human variety, packed into the newly built Oakland County Animal Shelter and Pet Adoption Center Oct. 4 for the grand opening of the more than 35,000-square-foot facility.

Even though there were remarks from Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, guided tours of the state-of-the-art building and even snacks for guests, it was clear the day was all about the animals.

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Published September 19, 2017

AUBURN HILLS — A special group of dogs had some training tips for college staff recently. 

An Oakland Community College Economic Workforce Development Leadership Training session Sept. 12 offered a new program through Leader Dogs for the Blind at the Auburn Hills campus. The program, called Harness the Power of Leadership, included networking, training and more.

Joe Bommarito, OCC business development manager of economic and workforce development, said in a press release that the event is designed for human resources and training directors.

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Published September 19, 2017

FERNDALE/FARMINGTON HILLS — The home of one Farmington Hills couple now shares the distinction of having not one, but two cats that hold Guinness world records.

Lauren and Will Powers are the cat parents to Cygnus and Arcturus, who hold the records for longest tail on a cat and tallest domestic cat, respectively, which were revealed in the 2018 Guinness Book of World Records.

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Published September 15, 2017

OAKLAND COUNTY — Think before you snuggle.

That was the warning that came from the Oakland County Health Division last week after confirming a case of rabies in a stray kitten found in an area bordering Rochester Hills and Troy.

While many would be quick to help a stray cat in need, the department stresses that any wild animals should be treated with caution.

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Published September 12, 2017

TROY — The P. Terry and Barbara Knight Park and Daisy Knight Dog Park will open at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 30. 

Admission to the 16-acre park — on Livernois Road, just north of Big Beaver Road, next to the Stonecrest Senior Living Center — will be free on opening day. 

In the spring of 2016, Barbara Knight donated $100,000 to the park in memory and recognition of her husband, P. Terry Knight. 

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Published September 12, 2017

ROYAL OAK — Furry friends looking for a place to call home will be visiting the Detroit Zoo this weekend during one of the largest off-site adoption events open to the public.

The fall edition of Meet Your Best Friend at the Zoo will take place from noon to 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, in the small parking lot under the landmark water tower at the northwest corner of Woodward Avenue and 10 Mile Road.

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Published September 12, 2017

ST. CLAIR SHORES — It may be the circle of life, but a local woman is working hard to make sure monarch butterflies have the best shot at a life without being eaten by ants, spiders or other predators.

“The butterfly population, it’s been down in recent years because people use pesticides on their lawn or flower garden,” said Alisa Audet, of St. Clair Shores. “People don’t understand that the milkweed plant is the only plant that a monarch butterfly will lay eggs on. Without milkweed, they would die.”

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Published September 6, 2017

ROYAL OAK — What do you get when you combine dogs, craft beer and live music? Barktoberfest, of course.

The Royal Oak Chamber of Commerce’s Barktoberfest will take place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 16 and 17 at Memorial Park, located at the northeast corner of Woodward Avenue and 13 Mile Road.

“With the popularity of craft beer and the focus of so many businesses on pets and Michigan-made products, Barktoberfest creates a destination event that owners and their four-legged friends can enjoy together,” said Chamber Executive Director Shelly Kemp.

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Annual Christmas gala
6-10 p.m.
Penna’s of Sterling
Rochester
Downtown Rochester winter farmers market
10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Rochester Fire Department
Grosse Pointe Woods
'The 1940s Radio Hour' performances
8 p.m.
University Liggett School auditorium
Farmington Hills
Farmington Hills
Cats and kittens adoption event
11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Petco

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