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Pet Paparazzi: Send us your pics!

Pet Paparazzi: Send us your pics!

Calling all residents, we want your pet photos! Send us your pet's cutest, silliest, craziest photo and it may make it on your city's community site. The more creative, the better! Make sure you include your name and the name of your pet along with their breed, your city of residence and, if you like, add a caption.

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Bissell Blocktail Party

Bissell Blocktail Party

The hippest people and pets convene at the 2011 BISSELL Blocktail Party, a benefit for Humane Society of West Michigan.

Celebrating our 6th anniversary we invite you, your friends and your pooch to join us and fellow animal-lovers at this one-of-a-kind “block” party. Enjoy succulent appetizers from Mangiamo, beer, wine and cocktails, local entertainment and the company of some fabulous pooches – all while supporting your local Humane Society!

And don’t forget – the event will feature a silent auction where you can bid on great items and of course the chance for your pooch to be the face of the 2012 BISSELL Blocktail Party!

Mark your calendars – the 2011 BISSELL Blocktail Party® is Wednesday, June 15 from 6 to 9 pm at Mangiamo!, a Gilmore Collection restaurant.

Adopt One- Get One Free Kitten Promotion

Adopt One- Get One Free Kitten Promotion

News Release: 

(Grand Rapids, MI) – For the entire month of May, the Kent County Animal Shelter is hosting an “Adopt One, Get One Free” kitten event.

This program is a partnership between Vicky’s Pet Connection (VPC) and the Kent County Animal Shelter (KCAS).  VPC and KCAS have been teaming up and providing services to help find homes for adoptable pets since 2000.  Vicky’s Pet Connection is a non-profit animal rescue group, established in 1998, that has agreed to pay the spay/neuter fee and adoption fees for one of every two kittens adopted as a pair.  Typically, a male kitten neutering fee is $55, a female kitten spay fee is $70 and the adoption fee is $50.

Trip to dog park keeps dog, owner happy

Trip to dog park keeps dog, owner happy

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - If your dog is anything like mine, months of staying inside due to cold weather can really make him (and his owner) frustrated. You might not know it but, there is a great dog park located off of Lyon Street NE near Michigan and Fuller (see map below). Luckily I was able to take Ted to the park earlier this week since the snow had melted and warmer temperatures allowed him to stay outside and on his feet longer. As you can see from the photo, it left him feeling very happy.

Eastown Veterinary Clinic Ground-Breaking Ceremony on Mar. 10th

Eastown Veterinary Clinic Ground-Breaking Ceremony on Mar. 10th

Celebrate a ground-breaking ceremony for the Eastown Veterinary Clinic at 1350 Lake Dr. SE, Grand Rapids, at 10:00 a.m. on Mar. 10th. Construction will renovate the location's former bank branch into a 3,270 square-foot clinic, with 3 exam rooms, x-ray and ultrasound equipment, dental radiology, dog ward, waiting room, isolation room, treatment room, surgical suite and lab.

Dr. Lynn Happel hopes to have the facility open by May/June. For progress updates, click here.

Kent County Animal Shelter Gets Grant to Vaccinate Dogs for Influenza

News Release:

Kent County Animal Shelter Gets Grant to Vaccinate Dogs for Influenza
Petfinder.com Foundation furnishes funds to protect shelter dogs from canine flu.


TUSCON, December 22, 2010 - Kent County Animal Shelter, Grand Rapids, now has help in protecting dogs against canine influenza virus (CIV), a highly contagious disease that spreads easily from dog to dog, especially those in close proximity. The shelter received a grant for the vaccines as part of a Petfinder.com Foundation program to build community immunity against this respiratory infection. The foundation partnered with Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health, a global animal health company and makers of the NOBIVAC(r) Canine Flu H3N8 vaccine, to fund the grant.

Because CIV is relatively new, most dogs have not built up immunity to the disease.

Wildlife rescuers unable to catch duck with arrow through it in Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- At least two West Michigan wildlife groups are trying to help a duck with an arrow sticking through it.

A Grand Rapids woman spotted the duck Friday morning on the Grand River near the Fish Ladder.

The arrow appears to have penetrated the duck's lower breast area and comes out its body on the other side.

Representatives of the Grand Rapids Wildlife Rehab Center and the Circle D Wildlife Refuge tried capturing the duck Friday, but it flew away from rescuers.

Peg Markle, Executive Director of the Wildlife Rehab Center, says workers may have to wait until the duck weakens from its injury before they are able to capture it.