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Adoption event focusing on pit bulls

Walker, Mich. (WZZM) - A breed of dog that has a bad reputation is the focus of an adoption event this weekend.

Saturday, the Humane Society of West Michigan is holding a day called Luv-a-Bull.

The goal is to find new homes for some of the pit bulls the center is caring for.

"All of our dogs will be reduced to 75-dollar adoption fees," said Nicole Cook with the Humane Society of West Michigan. "So we hope to find lots of dogs new homes."

The Luv-a-Bull event is Saturday from 10:30 to 4:00 at the humane society on Wilson Drive.

The event also includes education seminars for pet owners.

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: 47 cats found in Kent Co. home

ADA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Kent County Animal Control officers are on the scene of a possible cat hoarding incident in Kent County.

Nicole Cook of the Humane Society of West Michigan says workers were called to a house near Fulton Street and Ada Drive SE Wednesday afternoon, and found 47 cats inside the home and its garage.

Cook says after a woman moved out of her father's home, he found 27 cats in her bedroom, ten in the basement, and ten more in the garage.

Workers say he had seen a number of cats outside the house, but knew nothing about the animals inside the home.

Cook says county Animal Control is investigating the incident.

K-9 Caberet benefitting the Humane Society of West Michigan

K-9 Caberet benefitting the Humane Society of West Michigan

News Release:

Thursday May 17 is the K-9 Cabaret!!

This brand-new event for Humane Society of West Michigan is designed to bring our community together to have fun and support the animals of West Michigan!

This year's event will honor the Grand Rapids Police Department's K-9 Unit. One of the K-9 dogs (and their handler) will be present at the event to accept the award signifying their work in the community!

We invite everyone to this event to bid on terrific auction items, enjoy fabulous food and learn how important animals are to our community! Auction items include autographed sports memorabilia, a Coach purse, a Brinkman 4-burner grill, U of M football tickets and more!!!

Tickets are $40 in advance or $50 at the door.

Rescued dogs up for adoption this Saturday

WALKER, Mich. (WZZM) -- Small dogs rescued from the home of an Allegan County breeder will be available for adoption this Saturday at a Humane Society of West Michigan event.

The Humane Society took at least 20 of the dogs rescued on April 9.

The group is holding its Spring Fling Adoption Open House from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at its facility at 3077 Wilson Ave. NW in Walker.

The event will also feature informational lectures, treats, children's activities and more.

Organizers say they hope to find adopting families for 75 animals, including dogs rescued from the Allegan County breeder.

Dog responds to stem cell therapy

WALKER, Mich. (WZZM)- Two months ago, Boris, a 12 year-old chow-mix dog, could barely walk. Arthritis was the problem. Now though, he's a "new dog" says his veterinarian. Dr. James Kelley credits a new stem cell treatment Boris received two months ago.

"It's the best thing I've ever done in my 40 years of practice - it's the most exciting thing I've ever seen" Dr. Kelley said Monday.

Dr. Kelley is the first vet in west Michigan to use the Medi-Vet America procedure. He's treated about 15 animals; 95%, he says, respond favorably. The procedure costs about $1,800 for dogs and cats.

Bow-Wows and Brews Benefit

Bow-Wows and Brews Benefit

For Immediate Release

What:  3rd Annual Bow-Wows & Brews to benefit C-SNIP

When:  Feb 10 2012 


Where:  The Delta Plex          

               $35.00 in advance / $45.00 at the door                                               

Join C-SNIP February 10, 2012 at the Delta Plex for our 3rd  Annual Bow-Wows & Brews Event!   Bring your best friend(s) and enjoy craft beer tasting, live music, heavy hors d-oeuvres, raffles and auctions.&nb