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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.

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.”

Humane Society of West Michigan Wins Grand Rapids Gem

Humane Society of West Michigan (HSWM) has won the Grand Rapids Gem competition, organized by Grand Rapids-based Craft-Revival Jewelers.  As a result of earning 65 percent of the public vote on grandrapidsgem.com, HSWM earned $6,640. 

“We are truly honored and ecstatic to be the winner of this exciting competition,” said Trudy Ender, executive director of the Humane Society of West Michigan.  “We currently have 300 animals at our shelter and these funds will be used directly for their care.  As a 100-percent donor-funded organization, donations like this are vital and we couldn’t care for our animals without the community support.”

Dog photo shoot at Calder Plaza Monday

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - Are you looking to do something fun with your dog?   Do you want to attend City Lights Music Festival?  Monday night you can do both by attending the video event shoot at the Calder Plaza. 

Photos and video will be taken at 8:00pm Monday.  Anyone who attends with their dog will be given a free 2-day general admission ticket.  If you bring your pet dressed up for the occasion, you will be given two free 2-day general admission tickets.  The top three best dressed dogs, will be given two free 2-day VIP tickets. 

Donations are not required, but The Humane Society will be at the event.   


2012 BISSELL Blocktail Party was the Best Dog-Gone Party Yet

2012 BISSELL Blocktail Party was the Best Dog-Gone Party Yet

Nearly 800 animal lovers, and their canine companions alike, attended the 2012 BISSELL Blocktail Party at Mangiamo! on Wednesday, June 13. A total of $187,000 was raised at the event, surpassing the fundraising goal of $150,000 that was set for its seventh year.  Funds from the party benefited the new BISSELL Pet Foundation, which administered the proceeds to West Michigan animal welfare organizations in the form of BISSELL Blocktail Grants, along with a $10,000 gift that was allocated to "Party Partners" earlier in the year to thank them for their good work in the community.