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My Town Walker: Movie crews drop off donations to Humane Society of West Michigan

My Town Walker: Movie crews drop off donations to Humane Society of West Michigan

WALKER, Mich.—  The Humane Society of West Michigan got a surprise Friday  in its donation cart, courtesy of  the crew filming “The End of the Tour”. 

After finishing scenes with a dog featured in the film, production members visited HSWM to drop off the dog’s crate, as well as extra dog food and toys.  The crew even threw in some donations for the cats of HSWM.

“The End of the Tou”r stars Jason Segel, Jesse Eisenberg and Joan Cusack.  The film is based on David Lipsky’s book about his travels and conversations with author David Foster Wallace during a promotional book tour.

Crews began shooting scenes for the movie on I-196 in Grand Rapids on March 5.  Filming also took them to Grand Haven, Kentwood and the Cascade area.

My Town Walker: Griffins' April 4 ticket special benefits shelter animals

My Town Walker: Griffins' April 4 ticket special benefits shelter animals

WALKER, Mich.—The Grand Rapids Griffins are giving back to shelter animals with a ticket special for Friday, April 4.

The Griffins are teaming up with the Humane Society of West Michigan for Pet Care Night. Proceeds from every ticket sold through the special ticket discount will go back to HSWM.  The Griffins’ $2 beer and $2 hot dog promotion will be running during Pet Care Night.  For more information, contact Scott Berry at (616) 774-4585 ext. 3017 or sberry@griffinshockey.com.

My Town Walker: Humane Society of West Michigan up for $100K adoption challenge

My Town Walker: Humane Society of West Michigan up for $100K adoption challenge

WALKER, Mich.--  The Humane Society of West Michigan is one of just 50 animal shelters nationwide selected to compete in this year’s ASPCA Rachel Ray $100K Challenge.

In order to be eligible for the $100,000 grand prize, HSWM must adopt 300 more animals from June 2014 to August 2014 than it did during the same time period last year.  That means the nonprofit must find permanent homes for 901 animals this summer.

“The ASPCA Rachel Ray $100K Challenge is a great motivator for our staff and volunteers to get creative with adoption specials and events to help connect hundreds of cats and dogs in our shelter with their forever families,” said Nicole Cook, HSWM’s marketing and events coordinator. “Working together as a community, we will save hundreds of animals and enrich the lives of the adopters by adding one of our amazing animals to their families!”

Kent County Animal Shelter waives late fees for dog licenses

Kent County Animal Shelter waives late fees for dog licenses

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—The Kent County Animal Shelter will not be charging late fees for dog licenses this year, as the county changes its program.

Now, dog licenses will be linked to the month a dog receives its rabies vaccination.  Dogs that get a one-year rabies vaccine will be eligible for a one-year license; dogs with a three-year rabies license can purchase a three-year license. 

“If your dog’s rabies shot was updated after you bought your 2013 license, you may need to update your registration with us, to show proof of vaccination and the expiration date,” said Carly Luttmann, Kent County Animal Shelter Supervisor. “Most veterinarians can provide us with proof of vaccination quickly.

Brewery surprises animal shelter with large check

Brewery surprises animal shelter with large check

WALKER, Mich.—The animals at the Humane Society of West Michigan are getting a boost, thanks to beer drinkers.

The Mitten Brewing Co. named HSWM its charity partner for the month of December.  This week, the business surprised the shelter with a giant check for more than $1,600 in donations.

In a post on Facebook, the Humane Society of West Michigan says, “We are so grateful to receive this donation and encourage all of you to stop by this awesome vintage baseball-themed microbrewery!”

The Mitten Brewing Co. is located at 527 Leonard St. NW.  This month, the company will be donating a portion of sales to Paws With A Cause.  On Jan. 27, half of food sales at The Mitten Brewing Co. will go to the organization. 

Furry Friday Films provide night out for parents

Furry Friday Films provide night out for parents

WALKER, Mich.—   The Humane Society of West Michigan will host its first Furry Friday Film of the year on Jan. 17.

Parents are encouraged to drop off their child from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and enjoy a night out.  The cost is $25 per child with a $10 sibling discount.  Furry Friday Films is open to children in kindergarten through fifth grade.  Kids can hang out with the animals, enjoy pizza and popcorn and watch an animal related movie.

Furry Friday Films will take place the third Friday in January, March, May, July, September and November.  For more information and to register, click here!

Humane Society of West Michigan evaluates cats dropped off in sealed box

Humane Society of West Michigan evaluates cats dropped off in sealed box

WALKER, Mich.— A veterinarian with the Humane Society of West Michigan will examine two cats left outside in a plastic box that was duct taped shut.

Nicole Cook with HSWM says the box did not have air holes so the animals could breathe.  There was also no food, water or blankets included in the box, which was likely dropped off  at HSWM early Monday morning.  HSWM is closed to the public on Mondays; fortunately, an employee decided to go through the front door and spotted the box.

A note left on the box says the cats names are Rossy and Tigger.  The note says because of housing issues, the cats’ owners could no longer keep them.  The note ends with “We hope u [sic] can find us a good home.”

Employees are allowing the cats to adjust to the shelter before thoroughly examing both of them.