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My Town: Kroc Center to extend hours, welcome animals for spring break

My Town: Kroc Center to extend hours, welcome animals for spring break

WYOMING, Mich.—The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center is extending its hours and  teaming up with John Ball Zoo, the Kent County Animal Shelter and Blandford Nature Center to provide spring break staycation solutions for children.

From Monday, April 7 through Friday, April 11, kids can take part in activities like three-on-three basketball tournaments, dodgeball, bounce houses and art activities.  Animals from John Ball Zoo, the Blandford Nature Center and the Kent County Animal Shelter will also visit the Kroc throughout the week.    Children will also get more time to enjoy the climbing wall, pool and game room throughout the week.

My Town Wyoming: Animal Hospital fundraiser pays for K-9 cop

My Town Wyoming: Animal Hospital fundraiser pays for K-9 cop

WYOMING, Mich.—The City of Wyoming is rebuilding its K-9 Unit, with the help of donations collected by the Wyoming Animal Hospital.

Last year, the hospital, which is the sole health care provider for the city’s police canines, held a canine demonstration and 5k walk featuring the Wyoming Police K-9 Unit.  The events raised more than $6,300, which Wyoming Animal Hospital donated back to the K-9 Unit.

Shortly after the events, the police department  lost an officer and two canine partners to retirement.  The search for a new handler and two dogs took the department to Vigilant Canine Services International, where they found Azar.  The department was able to pay for Azar using the money raised by Wyoming Animal Hospital. 

The Wyoming Animal Hospital plans to make the Wyoming 5-0 5k walk an annual event.  Plans are already underway for this year’s event.

My Town Update: Former meat retailer goes to the dogs

My Town Update: Former meat retailer goes to the dogs

HUDSONVILLE, Mich.—A former meat shop in Hudsonville has gone to the dogs.

Tolman’s Wholesale Meats recently moved from 6363 56th Avenue to a larger facility, to accommodate growing demand. Realtor Olga Hallstedt says the building’s specialized washable walls appealed to retiring Wyoming Police Officer Randy Adams, who was looking to open a daycare, boarding and training facility for dogs. Adams, who handled and trained police service dogs for more than 20 years, bought the building in January 2014 to expand his dog training business, Adams K-9, which started in his garage in 2009. He says work is still underway to transform the facility into a business that will serve up to 18 dogs a day.  Adams hopes to celebrate the business' grand opening by the end of April or early May. 

Adams retired with his police K-9 companion, Mojy in November.

Two members of Wyoming police force retiring

Two members of Wyoming police force retiring

WYOMING, Mich.—A four-legged member of the Wyoming police force is retiring, along with his handler.

Officer Randy Adams and Moji will retire this week.  Adams has been handling and training police service dogs for more than 20 years.  He plans to keep busy by expanding his dog training business, called Adam’s K9 Training.  You can find the business’ website here.

Time To Get Your Dog's New License

Time To Get Your Dog's New License

 

2013 Dog Licenses available in Kent County.

Michigan law requires that all dogs four months of age or older be licensed.

A dog license is considered late if your animal is 5 months of age or older and you have owned the dog longer than 30 days. Dog licenses are discounted for senior citizens, and if your dog has been spayed or neutered (See fees here). To qualify for senior prices a person has to be 62 years old at the time of purchase and provide proof of age.

The fees through March 1, 2013 range from $6-26. After March 1, the costs of licenses doubles.

Animal shelter meets goal of 300 adoptions

Animal shelter meets goal of 300 adoptions

The Kent County Health Department is thrilled to announce the Kent County Animal Shelter (KCAS) met its goal of 300 adoptions in the ASPCA/Rachel Ray $100K Challenge, which was held August 1-October 31, 2012.  That’s 174 adoptions more than last year.  In all, 674 pets were saved in the three month challenge – 137 more than last year.

The winning shelter will receive $100,000 in prize money.  KCAS did not save the most pets in the competition, but the contest helped build awareness about the KCAS and the thousands of animals that come through the doors every year.  “This competition brought in dozens of families who had never come to the Kent County Animal Shelter in the past,” said Cathy Raevsky, the Administrative Health Officer of the Kent County Health Department.  “Our dedicated staff worked incredibly hard to promote adoptions and return lost pets to their owners over the past three months.”

Make Fluffy a Star!

Make Fluffy a Star!

Is your pet cute, talented, smart, funny or special in another way? Then you need to enter it in one of KDL’s Pet Shows! Several branches will hold outdoor pet shows this summer, and you and your pet can be part of the fun. Just pick up a registration form from your local KDL branch and get your pet ready to be a star! For kids and pets of all ages.

Pet Shows are scheduled for the following dates:

Thursday, July 19, 7:00 PM – Grandville branch 
Thursday, July 26, 2:00 PM – East Grand Rapids branch