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Humane Society of West Michigan Places Record-Setting Number of Pets in Forever Homes in 2016

Humane Society of West Michigan Places Record-Setting Number of Pets in Forever Homes in 2016

With a new year underway, the Humane Society of West Michigan (HSWM) is looking back and celebrating another successful year. In 2016, HSWM helped more than 3,700 animals find their forever homes – a record-setting number for the organization.

The new record surpasses the more than 3,000 adoptions that took place in 2015. The increase in adoptions can be attributed to community support of adopting shelter animals, families embracing multiple shelter animals, and the variety of ages and breeds of animals up for adoption at HSWM.

“We cannot thank our team of staff and volunteers, as well as our generous donors, enough for another successful year,” said Trudy Jeffers, Executive Director of HSWM. “They are the backbone of our organization and we are blessed to have them assist HSWM with saving lives, raising awareness and educating the community.”

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.

Rainbow Child Care Center Introduces Kids for Canines Program to Support Animals in Need

Rainbow Child Care Center Introduces Kids for Canines Program to Support Animals in Need

Each year thousands of animals are surrendered to local Humane Society shelters in Michigan. These Humane Society shelters rely solely on donations to sustain their operations, making the need for essential pet supplies substantial.

To aid these animals in need, Rainbow Child Care Center, a leading early childhood education provider, is introducing its Kids for Canines program. Rainbow is teaming up with humane societies across the state, including the Humane Society of West Michigan locally, to collect essential pet supplies for dogs waiting to be placed in their loving forever homes.

My Town: "Bella" is top dog for 2014

My Town: "Bella" is top dog for 2014

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“Snoopy” and “Lassie” may be some of the most familiar dog names in American culture but not the most popular when people license their dog in Ottawa County, as the Ottawa County Treasurer announced today that “Bella” and “Buddy” were the most used names on licenses purchased in 2014.  

In addition to Bella and Buddy, Max, Sadie and Bailey round out the top five most popular licensed dog names in Ottawa County during 2014. Following is a list of the top 10 dog names in order of usage.

Ottawa Conservation District throws public picnic August 8

Ottawa Conservation District throws public picnic August 8

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.—The Ottawa Conservation District will celebrate its 75th anniversary this week with a public picnic in Coopersville Thursday, August 8.

The community is invited to Eastmanville Farm Park, located at 7851 Leonard Rd. for a pig roast, beginning at 5:30 p.m.  The picnic will also feature side dishes created from locally grown foods prepared in Ottawa County.  The event will also include presentations about Michigan’s feral hogs, as well as how highly-trained dogs are keeping the water clean all over the country.  Visitors can also bid in a silent auction and tour Eastmanville Farm Park.

The picnic celebration runs through 9 p.m. Thursday.

Ottawa County canvassing for Unlicensed Dogs

Ottawa County canvassing for Unlicensed Dogs

If you live in the Allendale or Park township area and have a dog, you may be getting a visit from an Ottawa County official in the next few weeks. They are canvassing the areas for unlicensed dogs.

Having your dog licensed assures it will be returned to you should it ever become lost. It is very simple to obtain a license in person at many government offices, on line or at many veterinarians. Cost for a license can run from $10 to $70.

Households with unlicensed dogs will be given information on how to obtain a license that includes proof of a current rabies shot and proof of spaying or neutering. Those who do not obtain a license run the risk of being issued a ticket. Having a license that can be identified eliminates the need for your dog to end up going to the animal shelter, should they become lost.

Funds from licensing help with shelter costs provided by the Harbor Humane Society.

Rare owl released back into wild

COOPERSVILLE, Mich. (WZZM) -- A rare owl that was found near death in a Coopersville barn was released back into the wild Friday afternoon.

The barn owl, thought not to exist in Michigan, was found inside Bruce and Laura Conrad's barn, back in June. The family took the owl to Blandford Nature Center in Grand Rapids, to be treated.  A veterinarian determined the bird had ingested rat poison.

After six months of rehab it was released near the home where it was found.  Sam Smith and Lori Lomoro from Blandford worked with the bird.

"We weren't sure if we caught it in time, or what was going to happen, but he bounced right back," says Smith.  "It's pretty amazing how far he came from where he was to what we saw today.  Absolutely amazing."

"It's awesome to see he made it," says Lomoro.  "We haven't seen him make noise like that".

"It's cool, he didn't make noise then," says Bruce Conrad.