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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.

Enjoy art from Alpacas at Michigan Fiber Fiesta May 11

Enjoy art from Alpacas at Michigan Fiber Fiesta May 11

GREENVILLE, Mich.—Visitors are encouraged to enjoy food, fun and fiber as the Michigan Fiber Fiesta returns to Greenville May 11.

The event will feature the latest yarns, wools and textiles, as well as a spinning cirle, demonstrations and live animals. More than 30 vendors will attend the Michigan Fiber Fiesta, including:



Vicky’s Pet Connection of Ada is sponsoring the $5 Micro-chipping for pets for the month of April at the Kent County Animal Shelter located at 740 Fuller Avenue NE in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The Animal Shelter is open for this procedure Monday through Friday from 10am to 6pm and Saturdays from 8am to noon.

Call (616)682-4855 or go on-line to www.vickyspetconnection.org to confirm that microchips are still available

The effects of extreme cold temperatures

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - According to WZZM TV-13 meteorologist Alana Nehring, Tuesday was the coldest day in Grand Rapids since January 15, 2009.  It only managed to get to 10 degrees that day.

Tuesday's high temperature matched it, forcing many of us to be reminded on how to take care of your car, pets and yourself in the bitter cold.

It's been quoted that extreme cold presents problems for man and beast.  It also can present problems for cars.

"These cold starts are the hardest things on vehicles," said Dustin Wiegerink, service manager at Keller Ford in Grand Rapids.

Wiegerink says the three main issues people have with their cars on these bitterly cold days are dead batteries, frozen door locks and low tire pressure.

Purrfect Health: Signs of Illness

(WZZM) - When people have a health problem, sometimes they hide it.

Your pets can do that too, instinctively hiding their pain and let's face it, they can't really tell you when something is wrong.

So we asked Doctor Amanda Conkling with BluePearl Veterinary Services in Grand Rapids to share five signs your pet could have a problem with their health.

Click here to learn more about BluePearl Veterinary Services.