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Animal Welfare Fund Provides $155,500 to Local Animal Shelters

Animal Welfare Fund Provides $155,500 to Local Animal Shelters

News Release:

Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development’s (MDARD) State Veterinarian Dr. James Averill announced the Michigan Companion Animal Welfare Fund check-off will fund projects totaling over $155,500 for 26 registered shelters in 2015. 

The Michigan Animal Welfare fund was established under Public Act 132 of 2007 as a tax check-off to support animal shelters statewide. This year’s awards will go to the spaying and neutering of animals, fund registration fees for anti-cruelty training conferences, and help cover costs for protecting and caring for Michigan animals subjected to cruelty or neglect.

“Thanks to the generous support of Michiganders, local shelters will be able to train more staff on anti-cruelty, care for animals looking for their forever home, and conduct spay and neutering programs in their communities,” said Averill.

My Town Wyoming: Critters invade public library July 10

My Town Wyoming: Critters invade public library July 10

WYOMING, Mich.—A little of the farm is coming to the city July 10 as The Critter Barn of Zeeland visits the Wyoming Public Library.

Visitors can meet and pet barnyard animals from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  The family friendly program is open to all ages.

The Kent District Library’s Wyoming branch is located at 3350 Michael Ave. SW.  For more information, visit the KDL website here.

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.