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Condo raffle benefits Mackenzie's Animal Sanctuary

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM)- A developer is raffling off a condo in downtown Grand Rapids to help abused and abandoned dogs.  Parkland Properties of Michigan teamed up with Mackenzie's Animal Sanctuary for the drawing.  Contestants can enter to win a Boardwalk condo or $100,000 in cash.  All proceeds from the home raffle will benefit dogs at the sanctuary and keep the safe haven running.

Amanda Parrish is the Marketing & Fundraising Coordinator at Mackenzie's Foundation.  Parrish says, "It's a tough economy and people are really pulling through it, but realistically, charitable giving is on the last of people's lists right now of things to do and that's why we want to kind of create something a little more unique and fun and engaging." 

Parish continues, "That's why we created this where you know you're helping a great organization by buying a raffle ticket, but ultimately you're going to win a pretty cool prize."

Baby-Ready Pets workshop hosted by Humane Society of Kent County

From: http://www.hskc.org

Sept. 4
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Baby-Ready Pets
Humane Society of Kent County
The Humane Society of Kent County offers a workshop to help prepare your pet for the arrival of your bundle of joy. With a little training and assistance, you can make it a safe and (relatively) stress-free experience for the whole family. To register for Baby-Ready Pets, please contact Jennifer Self-Aulgur, Humane Education Coordinator, (616) 791-8066 or jennifer@hskc.org.

John Ball Zoo shows off the new baby flamingos

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM)- For a limited time visitors can watch the John Ball Zoo's newest additions get their daily exercise.  The zoo is raising ten baby Chilean flamingos.  As part of their exercise, zookeepers walk the flamingos from their holding area to the central zoo plaza.

The flamingos are about 40 days old and won't turn pink for another two years. 

The zoo will hold two more flamingo parades Thursday at 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.