Friday, February 27, 2009

Montcalm's Report Card from Kent~Dr. Swift THANK YOU!

Dear All,
It is evident that the findings and recommendations from Dr. Swift's report at this week's Blue Ribbon Panel meeting have generated a response from our public officials. Dr. Swift delivered her report in a most professional manner, detailing specific, hands-on recommendations for improvement. She provided numerous examples of good practices that can be used as examples by the Animal Control department. Her caring spirit and dedication are remarkable. I would encourage you to write a hand written thank you note to Dr. Swift if you could. She and her colleagues donated their time and their expertise, and Dr. Swift personally spent many, many of her own hours working on this detailed report. I would also encourage you to send a donation of any amount to the Humane Society of Kent County in Dr. Swift's honor. HSKC is generous not only with respect to this, but also in taking in animals from our county and treating them appropriately. You may know that a number of the dogs they received from Montcalm were infected with Parvo, and needed immediate care. This is also an opportunity to demonstrate to Montcalm County officials that when the right thing is done, the resources will appear. The Humane Society of Kent County is in need of funds for their "Buddy Fund." This fund is used to provide needed medical care to injured and sick animals. Some are cases of abuse or neglect, others are surrendered by their owners because the owners cannot afford to provide the needed care. This is the fund that is utilized when the HSKC accepts dogs from other counties, including Montcalm County, and cares for them. If you could send a donation in any amount, it will be appreciated by our gentle friends who rely on our support. I also commend each of you on your tenacity and your perseverence toward doing the right thing for the people and the animals. Special thanks to all of you who serve in a rescue capacity, whether that is housing, transport, or other contribution. Please continue your support and your activities. Please invite your friends and colleagues to send a check to the Humane Society. It is this variety of approaches that will result in achieving our mission - together. Thanks ever so much,
Fran Schuleit
Here is the address for Dr. Swift:
Wendy Swift,
DVMActing Executive Director and Veterinary Medical
DirectorHumane Society of Kent County
3077 Wilson
NWGrand Rapids, Michigan 49534

Greenville Daily News Coverage of Montcalm Animal Shelter

Animal group drafts plan for local shelter 01/23/09


Animal shelter to be discussed again Monday 01/23/09


Animal shelter foes: "Here we are' 01/27/09


Officials barraged by calls, e-mails 01/27/09


A better image may stimulate more help 01/27/09


Expert: Large animal research still needed 01/27/09


Shelter critics aren't excited about panel 01/28/09


Animal shelter panel to meet today 02/05/09


Group's first meeting gets off to rough start 02/06/09


New committee hopes to build trust in shelter 02/06/09


Commissioner tries to abandon contract with R&R Research 02/10/09


Officials disagree on new committee's role 02/10/09


Shelter committee looking at options 02/12/09


R&R Research owner faces 'interrogation' 02/19/09


Animal shelter panel spars over members – again 02/19/09


Shelter gets failing marks from Kent County official 02/26/09


University of Michigan stops operating on dogs 02/27/09

POOCINI REPORTS BY NICOLE

U-M Announces End to Live Animal Trauma Simulations 02/26/09

FREE PRESS ARTICLES:

U-M's surgical training experiments on dogs blasted 01/14/09


U-M halts use of dogs to train surgeons 02/27/09

Wednesday, February 18, 2009



STOP pound seizure--

STOP giving our pets to research--

a fate worse than death.



What is pound seizure? Pound seizure is the practice of "seizing" dogs and cats from shelters and pounds to sell to the biomedical research industry (their fate is death, sometimes after long-term agonizing studies).

What can you do? Two things; Send letters or call and donate to the cause. Read on for more details.



STOP which stands for Stop Taking Our Pets is comprised of members from several different groups already working hard to end pound seizure and rescuing dogs and cats from the pounds that still continue this barbaric practice. Our initial focus is Montcalm County, Michigan, and stopping pound and shelter animals from being given or sold into research. There are only 10 animal dealers left around the country that take animals from pounds and shelters and sell to research—and three of them (including the biggest) are in Michigan



The only way we can stop this is to get the word out--create noise. And for the noise to have the maximum impact on the Montcalm County Commissioners, we need to get the local folks to make noise as well. So we are undertaking a campaign to get the word out --locally through newspaper ads, postcard campaigns directed at the Commissioners and billboards -- and nationally (perhaps internationally as well) through the internet, letter writing campaigns and media attention.



*** We are in need of donations to help us raise public awareness on this horrific practice and put local as well as national and international pressure on the Montcalm County Commissioners. We only have a few months so we need to work quickly to raise funds. We would also be interested in any organizations sponsorship on this effort, so please contact us if interested! ***


Or you can send a payment via paypal at stoptakingourpets@yahoo.com



**We are also looking for solid connections with national media. If anyone wants to be actively involved in the working process, please contact Polly Sack at psack@gatehousemedia.com **





.Remember, together we are powerful. Thank you all for helping stop the ultimate betrayal of our best friends - the ultimate betrayal of public faith in the county "shelter" system.



Coming soon:

www.stoptakingourpets.org

Sunday, February 8, 2009

02/08/09 Sunday Montcalm Updates

02/08/09 Sunday

LOTS OF KITTENS AVAILABLE AT MONTCALM TO ADOPT!!

Teddy: Lab Retriever~he is a very sweet and gentle boy. He is a very active dog who requires plenty of exercise. He needs a little bit of training but he would make a great addition to just about any family. He will be available for adoption on Feb. 8Th!
Husky Puppies: What a group of cuties!! They are about 4 months old and cone in a variety of colors. There are males as well as females to choose from. They are all in need of good homes. Adopt a new puppy today!!
Daisy: Spaniel Mix~She is about 10 weeks old and full of life! She loves to romp and play around. She is current on all of her vaccinations except he rabies. Adopt her today!!

We also have the Montcalm Shelter PF site below to look at what dogs posted. http://www.petfinder.com/shelters/MI669.html

We have added our dogs from DJ’s Lakeside Pet Kennels onto a Petfinder site to show you what dogs still need to be adopted
http://www.petfinder.com/shelters/MI706.html
http://www.lakesidepetkennels.com/petpage.html


We have a ChipIn (CLICK on it) set up or email it to paypal address melissahenchen@yahoo.com as we are in constant need of donations to care for the dogs in Lakeside Kennels care. Thank You!!

Please contact goingtothedogsmail@yahoo.com if you can or know someone who can help us save these dogs!!! We can set up an application to foster as well.

02/06/09 Friday Montcalm Updates

02/06/09 Friday

Here are some updates for you today
We do still need help finding adopters for the dogs listed on Grand River Rover Rescue (Lakeside Kennels) if you are interested in adopting a Stanton/Montcalm dog.
Sara’s puppies: They are all available for adoption!
Teddy: Lab Retriever~he is a very sweet and gentle boy. He is a very active dog who requires plenty of exercise. He needs a little bit of training but he would make a great addition to just about any family. He will be available for adoption on Feb. 8Th!
Wilma: Beagle~She is not as old as she looks. She is probably only 4-6 years old. She is very sweet and well mannered. She will be available for adoption on Feb.6Th!
Husky Puppies: What a group of cuties!! They are about 4 months old and cone in a variety of colors. There are males as well as females to choose from. They are all in need of good homes. Adopt a new puppy today!!
Daisy: Spaniel Mix~She is about 10 weeks old and full of life! She loves to romp and play around. She is current on all of her vaccinations except he rabies. Adopt her today!!

We also have the Montcalm Shelter PF site below to look at what dogs posted. http://www.petfinder.com/shelters/MI669.html

We have added our dogs from DJ’s Lakeside Pet Kennels onto a Petfinder site to show you what dogs still need to be adopted
http://www.petfinder.com/shelters/MI706.html
http://www.lakesidepetkennels.com/petpage.html

02/03/09 Tuesday Stanton Updates

02/03/09 Tuesday

Below is a list of updated dogs to tell you about. As of right now we have seen a large support in more local rescues to help save the dogs, so they obviously take first priority in helping these dogs out to safety as it is quicker and cheaper to coordinate, so we are ok there, but we do still need help finding adopters for the dogs listed on Grand River Rover Rescue (Lakeside Kennels) if you are interested in adopting a Stanton/Montcalm dog.
Sunny: the Golden: GROMM has already been up and evaluated the dog and is ready to pull him if he is not adopted. There is another woman in Bay city who would foster him for Orphan Animals if for any reason GROMM did not take him.
Kiwi: Mid Mich Boxer Rescue committed to Kiwi as soon as she hit the shelter.
Scooter: Sheltie rescue is taking him if he is a purebred and Last Day and Carole Powell both want him if he is not a purebred. If Carole Powell takes him there will be no need for any money as they don't charge her. If Sheltie rescue takes him it would be great if there is money to pay the bail fee as they are smaller and could use the help.
Hannah: the Beagle is the only dog listed as of Sunday that there was no one stepped up for yet.
Sara and puppies: This is Sara the “dalmation” mix, she was surrendered to the shelter by her owners along with her seven puppies. They are all in need of a good home. They are all available for adoption! There is listed as 7 but the shelter told me today that 1 was adopted.
Diesel: Pit young boy that the shelter told me he was adopted, but I think he was the pit we pulled this am to go to the HS of Kent~I will check on this!
West: Dachshund~This is little West. He is a very friendly little guy. He is about 1 year old and full of energy He will be available for adoption on Feb.6Th!
Wilma: Beagle~She is not as old as she looks. She is probably only 4-6 years old. She is very sweet and well mannered. She will be available for adoption on Feb.6Th!
River: he is as friendly as can be and will sit for just about any kind of treat. He is a very high energy dog who will need a family who can allow him plenty of exercise. He will be available for adoption on Feb 5Th!

We also have the Montcalm Shelter PF site below to look at what dogs posted. http://www.petfinder.com/shelters/MI669.html

We have added our dogs from DJ’s Lakeside Pet Kennels onto a Petfinder site to show you what dogs still need to be adopted
http://www.petfinder.com/shelters/MI706.html
http://www.lakesidepetkennels.com/petpage.html


Dolly should be getting treated for her heartworm in the next few days thanks to all the donations we have received!!!

Monday, February 2, 2009

02/02/09 Montcalm Updates

02/02/09 Monday

Below is a list of updated dogs to tell you about. As of right now we have seen a large support in more local rescues to help save the dogs, so they obviously take first priority in helping these dogs out to safety, so we are ok there, but we do still need help finding adopters for the dogs listed on Grand River Rover Rescue (Lakeside Kennels) if you are interested in adopting a Stanton/Montcalm dog.
Oakley: was adopted from Montcalm today or yesterday so that is one less dog we have to arrange rescue for!!!!!
Sunny: the Golden: GROMM has already been up and evaluated the dog and is ready to pull him if he is not adopted. There is another woman in Bay city who would foster him for Orphan Animals if for any reason GROMM did not take him.
Kiwi: Mid Mich Boxer Rescue committed to Kiwi as soon as she hit the shelter.
Scooter: Sheltie rescue is taking him if he is a purebred and Last Day and Carole Powell both want him if he is not a purebred. If Carole Powell takes him there will be no need for any money as they don't charge her. If Sheltie rescue takes him it would be great if there is money to pay the bail fee as they are smaller and could use the help.
Hannah: the Beagle is the only dog listed as of Sunday that there was no one stepped up for yet.
And we have the Humane Society of Kent County here as back up for anything that gets urgent although I do need to clarify with them what the stance on pit bulls is.
We have added our dogs from DJ’s Lakeside Pet Kennels onto a Petfinder site to show you what dogs still need to be adopted
http://www.petfinder.com/shelters/MI706.html
http://www.lakesidepetkennels.com/petpage.html

We also have the Montcalm Shelter PF site below to look at what dogs posted. http://www.petfinder.com/shelters/MI669.html


Dolly should be getting treated for her heartworm in the next few days thanks to all the donations we have received!!!