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My Town: Officer's legacy of love benefits Grand Rapids police dogs

My Town: Officer's legacy of love benefits Grand Rapids police dogs

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.--  Even in death, a Grand Rapids police officer is caring for the dogs he loved.

Monday afternoon, the father of Officer Andrew Rusticus will present a check to the Grand Rapids Police Canine Team, to cover the cost of purchasing and caring for retired police dogs.  The money came from the inaugural K9K race created in honor of Rusticus, who died from a heart attack while on a training run to become a canine handler.  Rusticus was just 29 years old when he collapsed Feb. 25, 2012.

The first K2K race took place Aug. 9, 2014 at Riverside Park.  Proceeds from the event are going to the Grand Rapids Police Department Canine Unit Foundation, the Thin Blue Line of Michigan and a scholarship at Trinity Christian College, in Rusticus’ name. 

My Town GR Central: Bissell Blocktail Party returns June 11

My Town GR Central: Bissell Blocktail Party returns June 11

GRAND RAPIDS, MIch.-- The Bissell Pet Foundation invites the public to the “Best Dog-gone Party in Town” Wednesday, June 11.

Visitors and their furry best friend can enjoy scrumptious "yappetizers", mingle with other mutts, and bid in a silent auction to benefit animal welfare organizations of West Michigan.

This year's Blocktail Party takes place on Wednesday, June 11 from 6 p.m to 9 p.m. at Mangiamo’s located at 1033 Lake Drive SE in Grand Rapids. Advance Tickets are $65.00 per person and can be purchased at www.bissellblocktailparty.com .   Tickets are $75.00 at the event.

For more information, call (616) 735-6666 or visit the event website.

Pizza Hut Fundraiser Night on October 23

Pizza Hut Fundraiser Night on October 23

Fourteen local Pizza Hut locations on Wednesday, October 23 from 11am to 11pm will donate 20% of the customer’s bill to Crash’s Landing & Big Sid’s Sanctuary.

Go to www.crashslanding.org locate Upcoming events for October 23 Pizza Hunt Fundraiser to print flier for participating locations; must present flier with your order.

Call: (616)821-6065 or more information.

What happens when art meets animals?

What happens when art meets animals?

WALKER, Mich.--- The Humane Society of West Michigan and the West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology are teaming up to show the public what happens when art meets animals.

This past spring, high school students in WMCAT’s Teen Arts Program traveled to HSWM  several times to take photos of animals the shelter cares for.  Ten of those photos were selected by HSWM staff to permanently adorn the facility’s walls.

Those images will be unveiled during a public exhibition at HSWM at 7 p.m. Thursday, August 22.  The teenage artists will also be on hand to discuss their work. The photo unveiling is free, but donations to HSWM are encouraged to help defray the $1,500 cost of framing and matting the artwork. 

HSWM is located at 3077 Wilson NW in My Town Walker.

Join the Cause

Join the Cause

Are you a person who would like a dog but not sure if you could make a real commitment? The following may just be a reality check for you. If you are a person with lots of patience, check this out. It is such a worthy cause and a way to see if you, yourself might eventually become a pet owner.

Join the Cause!!! Paws with a Cause organization is looking for people to raise a future Assistance Dog. Join PAWS for an informational orientation on Monday, July 29th at 6:00pm at the Paws with a Cause National Headquarters, located at 4646 So. Division in Wayland, MI.

Please RSVP to jthorington@pawswithacause.org or call, 1-800-253-7297 to reserve your spot.

'GR's Got Talent!' looking for acts

'GR's Got Talent!' looking for acts

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The Arena District is looking for comedians, dancers, singers, bands and other acts to take part in this year’s “GR’s Got Talent!” competition. 

This is the second year for the competition. Anyone age 10 and up can send in a submission to be part of the audition show at www.grsgottalent.com/howtoenter.  The submission fee is $30 per person or $50 for a group. The deadline for audition submissions is July 15 or when 120 submissions are received. 

The public is invited to watch the auditions at the Peter Martin Wege Theatre, 341 Ellsworth SW.  Admission is $5.

Cooley Law School graduate honored for animal advocacy

Cooley Law School graduate honored for animal advocacy

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Cooley Law School graduate is being honored for her dedication to animal law.

On May 22, the State Bar of Michigan Animal Law Section presented 2013 graduate Renee Edmondson with the Wanda A. Nash Award.  Edmondson was selected from a group of Michigan law students who were nominated by their animal law professors.   

Edmondson is the co-founder of the Thomas M. Cooley Animal Law Society and played an important role in a recent state bill that would establish an animal abuse registry.