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Animals & Pets

Published September 26, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On Sept. 24, the Humane Society of Macomb invited the public to check out improvements at the shelter, take tours and share a meal.

The shelter at 11350 22 Mile Road has come a long way since protesters took a stand outside the building, demanding that the shelter change its policies and lower its euthanasia rate. On Sept. 15, the Humane Society of Macomb won an award from the Michigan Pet Fund Alliance at the Michigan No-Kill Conference for most improved kill rate of a limited admission shelter.

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Published September 20, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS — In celebration of the opening of its new Canine Development Center, Leader Dogs for the Blind is inviting residents inside the training facility.

Leader Dogs will hold an open house noon-4 p.m. Oct. 8 at its facility on the corner of Rochester and Avon roads.

The new $14.5 million center replaces outdated on-site kennels and aims to provide the optimal environment for the breeding, training and care of present and future Leader Dogs.

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Published September 19, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — At noon on Saturday, Sept. 24, Macomb Literacy Partners will host its inaugural Run, Walk & Wag 2 Read event, a timed 5K along partially shaded trails at River Bends Park.

MLP Director Alisa Diez said the canine-friendly event came about when staff at the nonprofit organization decided they wanted to hold a fundraiser that included pets and provided families with a fun outlet to walk or run through a park amid cooling temperatures and leaves beginning to turn.

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Published September 14, 2016

FARMINGTON — Dogs and dog owners, unite! 

This year’s third annual Bark in the Park event is sure to be a hit, said GrowFarmington founder Vera Lucksted, event creator.

“Farmington has a lot of much-loved pets; they deserve their own day,” Lucksted said in an email about the noon-3 p.m. Sept. 25 event at Riley Park, 33113 Grand River Ave.

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Published September 13, 2016

GROSSE POINTE WOODS — The Grosse Pointe Public Library offers a wide array of programs, many of them about nature, but on Sept. 12, the staffers found themselves caring for an injured critter themselves.

During the afternoon, patrons reported to library staff that a pigeon that appeared to be injured was lingering outside the entrance to the Woods Branch of the library system, said Pat McClary, the Woods Branch coordinator and youth librarian. 

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Published September 12, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Grab your pooches and prepare for a barking good time at the 2016 Paws in the Park Royal Oak.

The annual event will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 17 and 18 in Memorial Park, located at the northeast corner of Woodward Avenue and 13 Mile Road. The happening is sponsored through a cooperative effort between the Royal Oak Chamber of Commerce, 360 Event Productions and Street Marketing.

Event organizers said the pet-friendly event will include contests, food, shopping and plenty of entertainment for owners and their pets.

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Published September 9, 2016

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — Macomb County Animal Control is partnering with Wolverine Harley-Davidson in Clinton Township to raise money for the shelter’s Animal Welfare Fund, which helps provide medical treatment and enrichment to the lost, abandoned and abused animals that are rescued and cared for by Macomb County Animal Control.

The agencies are hosting the Dogs and Hogs Fundraiser 2016 from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 17 at Wolverine Harley-Davidson, 44660 N. Gratiot Ave. in Clinton Township. There will be live music, dinner, drinks and raffle prizes at the event.

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Published September 7, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — Lightning has struck Kennedy Middle School.

But don’t worry, there’s no damage.

Lightning is a 7-year-old black labrador and Bernese mountain dog mixed-breed canine that is the new face of the middle school — its therapy dog. 

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Published September 7, 2016

HARPER WOODS — The BP gas station at Harper and Vernier hosted a fundraiser on Aug. 26 to raise money to fund a new K-9 unit for the Harper Woods Police Department.

The fundraiser was organized by the Grosse Pointe Animal Adoption Society, a local group that fosters adoption in the Grosse Pointe area and works to improve animal well-being. The K-9 unit would consist of a specially trained police dog and a designated police officer who would manage the animal.

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Published September 7, 2016

ROYAL OAK — The dog days of summer may be behind us, but there are still plenty of pooches available this month during the Detroit Zoo’s upcoming pet adoption event.

The fall 2016 Meet Your Best Friend at the Zoo will take place 1-7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, at the Detroit Zoo, located at the corner of 10 Mile Road and Woodward Avenue.

Organizers said the zoo’s adoption events have placed more than 23,000 homeless animals into homes since 1993.

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Published August 23, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Shelby Township will collect donations of canned pet food, sealed bags of dry pet food and pet food coupons through Sept. 16 to give relief to low-income senior pet owners.

The initiative kicked off when township employees heard from Meals on Wheels volunteers that seniors living in Macomb County-subsidized senior housing complexes were sharing delivered meals with their furry companions.

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Published August 17, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — The animal shelter in Madison Heights has a long history of working with rescue agencies to find homes for dogs and cats in its care. But now it will also be able to do direct adoptions, something that hasn’t been allowed at the shelter for years.

The Madison Heights City Council unanimously approved direct adoptions at its meeting Aug. 8.

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Published August 12, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — In just a few short weeks, romping in the waters will be reserved for the dogs.

It’s no secret that this summer has been exceptionally warm, and while residents have enjoyed cooling down at the Family Aquatic Center on Farmington Road, the West Bloomfield Parks and Recreation Commission is preparing to close down the outdoor pool with the annual Pooch Plunge on Aug. 27.

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Published August 9, 2016

FERNDALE — Two local organizations will be holding a charity softball game to raise money for two establishments dedicated to helping cats and dogs.

The Ferndale Cat Shelter and Bubble & Bark will hold their softball game from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 21, at Geary Park, 1198 Earle Blvd.

The money raised from the event will go toward the Catfe Lounge and I Heart Dogs Rescue and Animal Haven.

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Published August 3, 2016

ROCHESTER — Firefighters are often known to rescue cats stuck in trees, but the Rochester Fire Department saved a different kind of animal in distress early last month.

Firefighters were called in to try to rescue a bird that was hanging from the cables over the duck pond in Rochester Municipal Park July 1.

Rochester Hills resident Noreen Warner said she saw the bird while walking her dog in the park, and she flagged down city staff to get help.

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Published August 1, 2016

SHELBY TOWNSHIP/UTICA — Due to complaints about the number and treatment of animals in Utica and Shelby Township, respectively, both municipalities recently took steps to amend their ordinances.

In Utica, the removal of approximately 40 animals from a home prompted the city to revise its definition of a kennel. In Shelby Township, caged beagles outside an apartment complex prompted the township to allow Macomb County to respond immediately to the situation.

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Published July 13, 2016

MACOMB COUNTY — For many senior citizens living in Macomb County, a special dog or cat may be their only companion. 

And while they provide unconditional love and companionship, their presence may be a burden on the low-income owners who keep them.

“In many cases, these seniors that are low-income or no-income wind up giving their own food to their pets. They’ll go hungry before their pets go hungry,” said Diana Rascano, president and co-founder of 4 Paws 1 Heart in St. Clair Shores.

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Published June 29, 2016

UTICA — On June 7, Shelby Township 41-A District Court Judge Douglas Shepherd granted a defense attorney’s motion to return three of 35 dogs taken, along with nine cats, during a March 31 raid of a Utica home on Nancy Avenue.

Macomb County Animal Control Chief Jeff Randazzo said he opposes returning the three animals until the case is resolved. Randazzo said the other animals currently are in the care of foster homes and rescue groups, and they are doing great.

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Published June 27, 2016

ROYAL OAK — A 28-year-old Royal Oak resident was taken to Beaumont Hospital the morning of June 27 after she was hit by a vehicle in the crosswalk at Main and Fourth streets.

According to a statement issued by the Royal Oak Police Department, she suffered a non-life-threatening injury to her leg and was transported to the hospital by the Royal Oak Fire Department.

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Published June 22, 2016

ROYAL OAK — City officials have an important message they want to spread: Do not feed the deer.

Members of the Royal Oak City Commission decided unanimously during the June 13 meeting that the best way to handle the surge in deer population is to wage a public information campaign telling residents to abstain from feeding the animals.

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