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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.”

North American International Auto Show and Auto 1910

North American International Auto Show and Auto 1910

I recently got an e-mail from one of my friends and it really rang a bell with me being the North American International Auto Show begins tomorrow, Saturday, January 14, 2017 in Detroit.

The auto featured above looks quite different from the auto posted below this article. The auto featured above sold for $950.00 in 1910 but the average wage at that time was 22 cents an hour. The average man earned between $200 and $400 per year. By comparison, the averge houly rate today is $13.33 and the high weekly wages $1644.00. These are jobs in manufacturing, building, etc.

There were 8000 automobiles total in the USA at that time and only 144 miles of paved roads. Can you even imagine what that ride was like?

Gas for automobiles could only be purchased at Drug Stores. Top speed was 10 miles an hour.

In doing a little research I found the average price of a new automobile today for the average family is too expensive for them to own at $34,000.00.

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.

Jay & Kai Jazz Trombone Tribute

Jay & Kai Jazz Trombone Tribute

The community is invited to a free Jazz musical evening with incredible arrangements of J.J. Johnson & Kai Winding, the renowned jazz duo!

Make plans to meet your friends at The B.O.B. located in downtown Grand Rapids on Wednesday, December 14 from 7-10pm to hear MSU Professor of Jazz - trombonists, Michael Dease and Aquinas College Director of Instrumental Music, Paul Brewer, along with bassist, Ed Fedewa, drummer, Eddie Eicher and pianist, Robin Connell.

Call: (616)490-9506 or visit www.wmichjazz.org for more information.

Beneath the Wreath Returns

Beneath the Wreath Returns

The Junior League of Grand Rapids invite the community to attend this Beneath the Wreath fundraiser, while supporting the projects that help to improve children’s physical health.

Great holiday gifts can be found this Friday, November 4 from 9:00am - 8:00pm and Saturday, November 5 from 9:00am – 4:00pm. Visit St. Nicholas Cultural Center located at 2250 East Paris Avenue SE in Grand Rapids.

These important projects are funded by the generous 15% donation of selected exhibitor’s sales, along with 100% tickets sales.

Visit www.juniorleaguegr.com for more the exhibitor list.

Oldest Toastmasters Club in Michigan Still Talk of the Town on its 70th Birthday

Oldest Toastmasters Club in Michigan Still Talk of the Town on its 70th Birthday

Often listed among the top 10 fears people have, public speaking is a skill that can help anyone regardless of their age or background. Whether it’s at school, work or among friends and family, the ability to speak in front of an audience – even if it’s an audience of one – can be the key to future success. Thus, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the oldest Toastmasters International organization in Michigan – located here in Grand Rapids – continues to thrive as it celebrates its 70th birthday.

Toastmasters International is a world leader in communication and leadership development. With more than 345,000 members around the world, Toastmasters empowers individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders by providing a safe, supportive and structured setting for its members to acquire and practice meaningful communications and leadership skills on a regular basis to promote and enhance career and personal growth.

Preschool Students Decorate 1,400 Brown Paper Bags to Support Children Experiencing Food Insecurity

Preschool Students Decorate 1,400 Brown Paper Bags to Support Children Experiencing Food Insecurity

Rainbow Child Care Center locations throughout West Michigan teamed up with Kids’ Food Basket, a local nonprofit organization attacking childhood hunger, to support children experiencing food insecurity. The preschool students decorated brown paper bags for children aided by Kids’ Food Basket’s Sack Supper program, which serves 7,500 kids each weekday in West Michigan.

All eight West Michigan Rainbow Child Care Center locations decorated 1,400 bags with positive images using crayons and markers. Each decorated sack not only provides a well-rounded nutritious meal critical to the development of the brain and body, but also helps brighten each recipient’s day.