Animals & Pets

Published February 24, 2016

FERNDALE — When the Ferndale Cat Shelter’s Catfé Lounge opened up in November, the purpose was to help cats who needed homes.

A new event, which organizers hope to make a monthly occurrence, is showing the cats can help people in return.

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Published February 18, 2016

MOUNT CLEMENS — For more than 20 years, low-risk inmates at the Macomb County Jail have helped staff the county’s Animal Control Division by cleaning kennels.

The inmates were part of the county’s trustee program, which allowed for two inmates to be transferred to the shelter for about eight hours a day, seven days a week.

In the first week of January this year, the trustee program was suspended after a sweep of the prison found contraband that was concerning to Sheriff Anthony Wickersham.

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Published February 17, 2016

BEVERLY HILLS — Now in its 35th year, Birmingham Youth Assistance will hold its Kids’ Dog Show 1-3 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 28, at Berkshire Middle School, 21707 W. 14 Mile Road.

The dog show, for kids ages 4-14, will benefit BYA, a nonprofit that aims to reduce delinquency and neglect of children in the community.

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Published February 16, 2016

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Macomb Township residents could have a new place for their dogs to play as soon as later this summer.

During a township Board of Trustees meeting Feb. 10, Parks and Recreation Director Sal DiCaro received permission to submit plans to the township’s Planning Department for a dog park that would be located on 21 Mile Road between Garfield and Romeo Plank roads, directly behind Fire Station No. 2.

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Published February 16, 2016

FARMINGTON HILLS/LIVONIA — Are you a herpetologist at heart? 

Then put your love of protecting amphibians to good use through the 19th annual Rouge River Watershed Frog and Toad Survey.

The Rouge River Watershed Frog and Toad Survey is a volunteer listening survey that requires volunteers to distinguish the breeding calls of seven types of frogs and one toad type found in the watershed, according to a press release. 

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Published February 2, 2016

ROCHESTER HILLS — The Lions Club International Foundation has given a $100,000 matching grant to Leader Dogs for the Blind.

The funds are aimed at sponsoring the advanced training bay in the new Leader Dogs Canine Development Center.

“Internationally, Leader Dog and Lions share a joint mission to serve,” Sue Daniels, president and CEO of Leader Dogs, said in a statement.

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Published February 2, 2016

At the request of the Troy City Council, a police service aide and a Michigan Department of Natural Resources representative presented a program at the Jan. 25 council meeting about the coyotes in Troy.

Troy Mayor Pro Tem Ed Pennington said that a coyote attacked his neighbor’s dog.

“It’s a problem we’ve never had before,” Pennington said. 

“This has been a topic in the city,” Mayor Dane Slater said.

Troy Police service aide Steve Vaillancourt estimates that there are 40-50 coyotes in Troy.

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Published February 2, 2016

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METRO DETROIT — Sometimes people balk at the cost of adopting an animal. A rescue may charge $200 for a dog, but they might have already spent hundreds more on spaying or neutering, dental care, food and more. Treating heartworm alone can cost $400. And then there are cases where an animal has mange, broken limbs or other ailments that require immediate treatment.

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Published February 1, 2016

WEST BLOOMFIELD — Exams can be “ruff.”

To ease the tension from final exam preparation, West Bloomfield High School students shook paws and relaxed with therapy dogs in the school’s iCenter Jan. 21.

The Paws and Relax program, organized by information and technology specialist Julie Abeska, originated after Abeska began researching how therapy dogs can benefit students. 

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Published January 20, 2016

MADISON HEIGHTS — What was looking like a mild winter is beginning to show some bite, with temperatures dropping down into the teens.

Which is why pet owners need to take responsibility and minimize their pets’ exposure to the cold. Failing to do so can put pets in grave danger — and lead to legal troubles for the owner.

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Published January 19, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — While you can easily catch them at the zoo or in a bird show, it still seems to surprise residents when they spot the symbol of the country hanging around a local field or backyard.

“We were driving down Jefferson and we looked at this bird. ... We ran back home and she got her camera. These pictures were amazing,” said Cathy Sitek, of St. Clair Shores. 

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Published January 12, 2016

ROYAL OAK — The Detroit Zoo reported record-breaking 2015 attendance numbers last week, smashing totals reported in previous years.

Zoo officials announced Jan. 5 that total attendance reached 1.48 million visitors in 2015, breaking the record of 1.36 million visitors set in 1997. Officials said the 2015 numbers mark the ninth consecutive year the zoo’s attendance exceeded 1 million visitors.

Detroit Zoo Communications Director Jennie Miller said she believes the new record was set as a result of many factors, including new exhibits, animals and attractions.

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Published January 12, 2016

ST. CLAIR SHORES — More than two years after a mixed-breed dog who allegedly lunged at police officers was shot by an officer, a federal district court judge has ruled that a lawsuit against the city of St. Clair Shores and the officers involved will be dismissed.

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Published January 6, 2016

ROYAL OAK — Arriving via FedEx, 20 gentoo penguins marched into the Detroit Zoo last month to nest in the Polk Penguin Conservation Center when construction wraps up this April.

Zoo officials said the aquatic birds – 10 females and 10 males – currently are chilling in a special quarantine area at the Penguinarium. People can recognize the long-tailed penguin by the white stripe extending across its head and its bright red-orange bill. It is the third-largest penguin, reaching a height of up to 30 inches and a weight of up to 20 pounds.

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Published December 30, 2015

ROYAL OAK — Organizers of the Make My Christmas Merry holiday pet adoption event are calling it a success, and the official count of forever homes is still growing.

Event organizers said about 100 people came through the shelter’s doors on Saturday, Dec. 19, and four pets went home that day with their new families in time for the holidays.

“We had so many people in and out, and it was just amazing how many people we had,” said shelter volunteer Pamela Wilson.

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Published December 22, 2015

FRASER — More than two months after Fraser first delved into the topic of commercial pet breeding, the city unanimously approved an ordinance to provide stability in the future.

The decision, which was made Dec. 10 by City Council, comes on the heels of an October presentation made by Pam Sordyl, founder of Puppy Mill Awareness of Southeast Michigan, which came to fruition in 2008.

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Published December 16, 2015

FERNDALE — Does everyone in your household want a dog? And if you get a dog, do you really have time to give it the exercise and attention it needs?

These questions, and more, were discussed by FIDO Personal Dog Training during a free dog adoption informational event held Dec. 9 at the Ferndale Area District Library. The presentation was meant to educate families on the questions they should ask before deciding which dog to adopt, or any dog at all.

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Published December 16, 2015

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Six months after retiring in April, former Shelby Township Police Department K-9  dog Henry succumbed to an aggressive infection Dec. 6 at age 11.

Since November 2005, Henry lived and worked with his handler, patrolman Kevin Treworgy. The duo went on hundreds of raids, sniffed out the tracks of countless criminals and helped fight crime in a wide range of capacities.

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Published December 15, 2015

Chris Barnett and his family are breathing a huge sigh of relief this morning now that they have their dog back at home where he belongs.

According to Bloomfield Township police Cmdr. James Gallagher, Barnett had walked his dog Kodi  up to the Kroger on Telegraph just before 7 p.m. Dec. 14. He made the trip nearly every day, and like always, he tied the dog’s leash to a pole out front and then went inside the store to shop for around 20 minutes.

When he came back outside, Kodi was gone.

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Published December 14, 2015

ROYAL OAK — The city’s animal shelter has a lot of animals at the moment, and employees are hoping those prepared for a pet would like to place a furry friend in their forever home during the holidays.

To help assist with a perfect pairing, the Royal Oak Animal Shelter is hosting Make my Christmas Merry from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, at the shelter, located at 1515 N. Edgeworth Ave.

The adoption event will feature reduced fees, cookies and giveaways from local businesses upon pet adoption.

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