August Operation Fix-It Schedule Open; Pits Get Discount!

slider_pyp15 Pit bull terriers end up in shelters in large numbers due to myths and misconceptions , which impact public opinions of the breed and reduces the adoption rates of these dogs in local animal shelters.

That’s why the Kalamazoo Humane Society, with funding support from PetSmart Charities, the largest funder of animal welfare efforts in North America, is participating in the “Primp Your Pit ” spay/neuter campaign. Through the “Primp Your Pit” campaign, KHS will provide a special $20 spay/neuter surgery and free nail trim for pit bull terriers and pit bull terrier mixes during the month of August.

Some pet parents may be hesitant to get their young puppies and kittens sterilized, but the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) endorses spaying and neutering puppies as young as eight to 10 weeks old. Research also shows that the procedure may improve the behavior and health of the pet, including reducing the risk of certain reproductive cancers and infections.

This special $20 rate is even less than the organization’s normal low-cost $80 price and is available to anyone. Pet parents who wish to take advantage of this offer must mention the “Primp Your Pit” campaign when they call to schedule their appointment. The campaign is based on availability.

Thanks to the PetSmart Charities grant, KHS will provide 300 “Primp Your Pit” sterilizations for $20 in August.  To schedule an appointment, please download and complete the PYP Dog Registration Form and call or stop in with your payment.  All appointments are first-come-first-serve after your payment and registration form have been completed.

Petsmart Charities Logo 400x200PetSmart Charities’ “Primp Your Pit” campaign provides more than $328,764 to spay/neuter clinics to fund affordable, high-quality spay and neuter surgeries for more than 5,721 pit bull terrier-type dogs across the nation during the month of August.

  • For all other dogs needing to be scheduled, please fill out our regular Dog Registration Form and turn that in with your payment of $80.00.
  • Cats that need to be scheduled can call our office at 269-345-1181.
  • Feral cats are welcome without an appointment Monday-Wednesday for $40.00 from 9-10am, or Thursdays from 7:30-8am.  Feral cats must be brought in a live-trap and includes a 1 yr Rabies vaccine and ear-tip.  Socialized/friendly cats not permitted in the feral cat program and must be scheduled.

For a complete list of rates and services offered by Operation Fix-It, please go to our regular website at:

And the Winners Are…

2015 Dog Walk LogoWe’re excited to announce the Top Dogs (and people, too!) from the 2015 Dog Walk & K- Festival.  With your help we were able to raise $71,000 to help us continue our programs like Operation Fix-It, the Pet Food Bank, Domestic Violence Pet Sheltering and Dog Houses for outdoor dogs.  Thank you!  We certainly couldn’t have done this without all of your dedication.

Prize winners will be contacted about collecting your prizes.  Thank you everyone who participated and made this a Dog Walk to remember!

Doggie DashDoggie Dash Obstacle Course Winners:
1st Place:  Charlee Hamming with Jane; 6.71 Seconds (Middleville, MI)
2nd Place:  Bodhi Miller with Carly; 6.95 Seconds (Vicksburg, MI)
3rd Place:  A. William with Eli; 7.28 Seconds (Lansing, MI)

Top Fundraising Walkers and Packs
Top Packs
1st          Camp Fido and TTT Peace Pack               $3,590.00
2nd         Kalamazoo Pug Meet Up                            $471.00
3rd          The Simonds Pack                                       $260.00
Honorable Mentions :  Girl Scout Troup 80423 & Team Fix-It

Top Adults (14 and Older)
1st          Yvonne Stork                                                 $2,250.00
2nd         Janet Leonard                                                $1,000.00
3rd          Melissa Sholander                                        $552.50
Honorable Mentions :  Karen Arvanigian, Lynne Kruse & Kristin Goodchild

Top Youth (13 and Under)
1st           Violet Kaplan                                                   $300.00
2nd         Hannah Burcroff                                             $200.00
3rd          Gisella Marceletti                                            $170.00

Top Pledge Participants by Dollar Amount

Connie Betz
Darlene Clifford
Kim Crawford
Victoria Harris
Dawn Lovell
Laura Mowry
Mark Webber
Heather Cerridwen
Cathy Devereaux
Christine Fee
Renee Bertman
Tari Eldridge
Angela Graham
Judith Stoneburner
Linda May
Eugene Wood
Heidi Rinne
Natalie Tramel
Heather Reetz
Gisella Marcelletti
Laurie  Ulrich
Julie Barber
Hannah Burcroff
Kelli Dodson-Hunt
Aaron Winters
Jessica Foley
Kathy Smyser

Clara Jacko
Kristen Simonds
Bette Zawacki
Violet Kaplan
Debra Marr
Genipher Oswalt

Kristin Goodchild
Lynne Kruse
Melissa Sholander

Janet Leonard
Karen Arvanigian
Yvonne Stork
Kerry Mulholland

DW Thank You

Shaving Your Dog in the Summer is Not Cool

Red ChowOwners of double-coated dogs (dogs with both a topcoat and an undercoat) don’t need to do anything drastic like shave your dog in the summer.  In fact, shaving your double-coated dog can have unintended negative consequences and lead to an even worse response to the warm weather.

(For a complete list of double-coated dogs, click here)

Top Coats:
The topcoat of a dog is the coat you see when you’re looking at the dog, and it gives the dog its unique and breed-specific look.  The topcoat hairs are the longest, and grow out and over any shorter undercoat hairs.  The top coat is course, glossy and straight.  Most of the color of your dog’s fur is in the top coat hairs.  These hairs protect your dog’s skin from water, UV rays, and insects among any number of other environmental debris.

Under Coats:
The undercoat is shorter, softer and may be a different color from the rest of your dog’s fur.  There are a lot more strands of undercoat than there are of topcoat.  This layer of fluffier fur serves as a natural heating and cooling system for your dog by maintaining a layer of air between your dog’s skin and the top coat.  This layer of air is what helps regulate your pet’s body temperature in cold and hot weather.  The undercoat “blows out” or sheds and regenerates several times a year, and especially during seasonal changes.  This layer may start sticking out in patches from underneath the top coat when it’s ready to blow out, and can be managed by using an appropriate dog brush to remove these soft, fine hairs.

Brushing Mountain DogWhen you shave your dog, you’re removing it’s natural defense against the heat.  You’re taking away the insulator of it’s fur and removing the layer of air that keeps your dog’s skin cooler.  You’re also exposing your pet’s skin to UV rays which can lead to severe sunburns.  Dog skin has significantly less layers than humans, which can result in more severe burning when exposed to the sun’s rays.  You’re also giving ‘skeeters, ticks and other insects direct access to your dog’s skin.  In short (no pun intended), leave the fur alone.

It’s easy to think that by shaving your dog he’ll be cooler in the summer, because after all, aren’t you cooler when you’re wearing “summer clothes”?  The problem here is that people get sweaty; dog’s don’t.  Humans release heat and control body temperature through their skin by sweating, but dogs rely on panting, the pads of their paws, and their fur to control their body temperatures.  Shaving your dog can actually speed up the over-heating process which is exactly what you’re trying to avoid.

Great PyreneesIt’s also not true that shaving a dog will reduce shedding.  Excessive shedding is a result of nutritional deficiencies, improper or irregular grooming, stress or another medical problem; it has nothing to do with the dog’s hair.  A shaved dog will shed just as much as an unshaved dog, with the only difference being the length of the dog hair.  It’s important to choose a breed that will fit into your lifestyle.  Choosing a double-coated breed may not be a good match for an owner with minimal time or patience for cleaning up and grooming needs.

Allergies to your dog is also not a valid reason to shave it.  If you’re allergies are a result of the dander, which are the microscopic skin flakes shed by your dog, shaving off the fur is allowing those allergens to escape the fur layer and increase your allergy.  If you have, or develop, allergies to your dog, you will find more ease in properly grooming and maintaining your dog’s skin and coat.

Shaving is different than a “summer cut”.  Giving trims here and there is acceptable as long as you aren’t actually using clippers to get down to remove undercoat.  Regular brushing will help keep your dog’s coat in optimal condition and reduce the loose hairs.  How much brushing needed depends on the breed and your dog.  Shaving your double-coated dog will do more harm than good.

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Canine Flu in Michigan; Added To Reportable Disease List

Canine Flu is a scary thing and now with 3 confirmed cases in Michigan (none so far here in Kalamazoo), many dog owners are taking a “better safe than sorry” approach by keeping pets at home from places they would normally take them such as dog parks or popular walking trails.  “Canine Flu” or Canine Influenza was first discovered in the United States in 2004 as H3N8, however the deadly outbreak we are seeing recently is a new H3N2 strain, for which there is no vaccination.

Press Release from the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development

MDARD’s State Veterinarian Adds Canine Influenza to 2015 Reportable Disease List

Canine Influenza Infographic from Chicago Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Center

Canine Influenza Infographic from Chicago Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Center

Lansing – The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development’s (MDARD) State Veterinarian Dr. James Averill today added canine influenza to the 2015 Reportable Disease list in Michigan meaning veterinarians and diagnostic labs across the state must notify the department if they suspect or have a positive test.
“Canine influenza poses a serious health risk to dogs, especially in animal shelter settings. MDARD is working with Michigan veterinarians to provide the most up to date information to pet owners and shelter operators,” said Averill. “By adding canine influenza to the state’s reportable disease list, it provides a much clearer and more accurate picture of where the virus is in Michigan aiding us in our prevention and response efforts.”

Canine influenza, or dog flu, is a highly contagious respiratory infection in dogs and has not been found to cause human illness. There are currently two types of canine influenza, H3N8 and H3N2, found in the U.S. both of which have been added to the state’s reportable disease list.

“In Michigan, three dogs, (two from Kent County and one from Macomb County), tested positive for canine influenza. MDARD received courtesy notifications of the positive samples because it was not a reportable disease. This hamstrung our efforts to track the disease and the potential risk to Michigan’s canine population,” added Averill.

Signs of canine influenza can include fever, lethargy, coughing, and nasal and/or eye discharge. Most dogs are susceptible to canine influenza; however, most affected dogs recover from illness within two-three weeks. There is a vaccine available to help provide immunity against H3N8 canine influenza, but there is no vaccine available to protect against H3N2 strain. Dog owners should consult their veterinarian about options for vaccination.

If you suspect a dog may have canine influenza you should report it to MDARD at 800-292-3939, or for after-hours emergencies, 517-373-0440. MDARD is prepared to assist animal shelters with initial testing and will be reaching out to shelters and veterinarians with more canine influenza information.

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Dave Coverly Talks Dogs with KHS

Dave Coverly will be signing copies of his newly released book “Dogs Are People, Too” at Book Bug on June 6th at 2PM.  Meet Dave, and visit with our mascot Nipper.  Don’t forget to bring cat or dog food to donate to the the KHS Emergency Pet Food Bank and be entered into a drawing for Dave Coverly artwork.

Dog Blogs, by Dave Coverly

Dog Blogs, by Dave Coverly

Dog Blog
Guest Blog by Dave Coverly

They smell. They shed. They drool. Sometimes their whining even wakes you up in the middle of the night. But enough about my college roommates – let’s talk about dogs.

Why do we love dogs? They make eye contact. They reciprocate. They love unconditionally. And even when they’re being bad, they WANT to be good. For all these reasons, and more, they make for the perfect subject for cartoons.

I grew up with dogs, and have pretty much had one ever since (even in college when I wasn’t supposed to). Spending that much time around them, I feel like I understand them to a point…but they also remain a mystery. It’s a great combination when writing humor. What motivates my dog? What is she thinking? Why is she barking at that stick? What would she do if she put on a dress and ate at a fancy restaurant? The questions – and possibilities – are endless. It makes my job easy, and explains why I’ve drawn so many cartoons about dogs over the years. Because, you know, who doesn’t want to make a job easier?

The sheer number of dog cartoons I had drawn struck me a couple of years ago when I was putting together an exhibit, and I naturally thought, “Do I need therapy?” But then I had a more rational thought: “Wouldn’t it be fun to collect these in a book?” And the answer was, “Yes, yes, it would be fun! And I’m all for fun!”

That was the easy part. Finding a publisher gullible enough willing to agree to put out a book of dog cartoons was another story. But that’s why I’m writing this, to tell you that story, right? I was already illustrating children’s books written by the brilliant Jim Tobin, which were being published by Macmillan. My editor there, the equally brilliant Christy Ottaviano, is someone I also consider a friend, so I reached out to her for advice. Could she recommend any smaller, boutique publishers who might be worth approaching with my quixotic little project? She gave me some good advice and a short list of publishers, but also asked if she might see my mock book for herself. Before I even had a chance to put together submissions for the small publishers – granted, I’m slow – she had pitched my book to the acquisitions committee at Macmillan, and they had agreed to publish it. Forever indebted doesn’t even begin to describe how I feel about Christy O. To top it off, she asked their top designer, April Ward, to put the book together, and she did a magnificent job. I found myself wishing the cartoons were funnier so they’d live up to the amazing design. Too late now.

So now Dogs Are People, Too is a thing that exists in the world, much to my surprise. I just hope that readers find some humor on its pages, and that they recognize the author as a fellow lover of dogs. I also hope they pick up after their dogs on their walks, but that’s a topic for another blog…

Many thanks to the KHS, too – not just for agreeing to join me for a fun food drive and book signing at Bookbug on June 6th, but for everything they do for the dogs and cats. Please support them as much as you’re able – they make the world a better, happier, and saner place.

–Dave Coverlyhome_dave_coverly

Dave Coverly Bio excerpts from

Coverly grew up in Plainwell, Michigan, and began cartooning seriously in 1986 as an undergraduate student at Eastern Michigan University, where he penned a comic panel called “Freen” for the Eastern Echo. He also studied in England during this time, and returned to EMU to receive his bachelor’s degree in both philosophy and imaginative writing in 1987. He continued his cartooning in graduate school at Indiana University, where his panel in the Indiana Daily Student won numerous national awards; he was graduated from IU with a master’s in creative writing in 1992.

In 1995, and again in 2003, Speed Bump was given the Best Newspaper Panel award by the National Cartoonists Society, an honor for which it was also nominated again in 1997, 2001, and 2002. In 1998, the same organization gave him another award for Best Greeting Cards, which were nominated again in 1999.

In 2009, Coverly was given the prestigious Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year, the highest honor awarded by The National Cartoonists Society. More information on the award and its past winners may be found at

2009 also saw the release of Coverlyís first major childrenís book, Sue McDonald Had a Book, authored by Jim Tobin, and published by Henry Holt, Inc. His next book, 10 Things You Should Never Do During a Soccer Game, will be published by Holt in 2011.

In addition to his syndicated work, Coverly’s cartoons have been published in The New Yorker, and his cartoons are now regularly featured in Parade Magazine, the most widely read magazine in the world with a circulation of 73 million. He also donates cartoons and artwork to both of PETA’s magazines, Animal Times and Grrr! For Kids. Over the years, his work has been published in hundreds of school textbooks, magazines, newsletters, and a variety of merchandise, including greeting cards and calendars for American Greetings, beer bottle labels for Bellís Brewery, and CD covers for The Bob & Tom Show. His art has been exhibited in Kilkenny Castle in Ireland, been honored with a retrospective gallery show at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, and original pieces also hang in the offices of numerous luminaries, including Wolf Blitzer and Anderson Cooper.

Coverly works out of an attic studio in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He is married to Chris, and they have two daughters, Alayna and Simone.

#KHSTBT – KHS Pet Ambulance, 1948

KHS Pet Ambulance, 1948

KHS Pet Ambulance, 1948

Dave Coverly Speedbump Comic Artist at Book Bug in Kalamazoo Saturday June 6 2PM

Dave Coverly Book Bug Flier

Dave Coverly Book Bug Flier

Dave Coverly is an award winning artist behind the nationally syndicated Speed Bump comic strip, and will be here in Kalamazoo on Saturday, June 6th at 2PM to promote his new book “Dogs Are People Too”.  Speed Bump cartoons appear in more than 200 newspapers, including The Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, and Parade magazine.

Over the years spent creating his nationally syndicated panel “Speed Bump,” Reuben Award-winning cartoonist Dave Coverly has seen trends in which themes are the most popular. The perennial favorite, though, is dogs.

With categories like working dogs, techie dogs, badly behaving dogs, and profiles of dogs both famous and not-so-famous, this hilarious cartoon collection is perfect for animal lovers.

While he’s here, Dave will be signing copies of his book which can be purchased for $12.99 at Book Bug.  Click here to order your copy now!

Anyone who attends the book signing at Book Bug and brings a donated item for our Pet Food Bank (Can or bag of cat or dog food, or cat litter), will be entered into a drawing to win signed artwork by Dave!  We’ll also have Nipper there, so please stop by and visit with us.

KHS Shirt design by Dave Coverly

KHS Shirt design by Dave Coverly

Years ago, before Dave was famous for his hilarious comics, he drew a t-shirt design for KHS which we did print and sell in the 1980’s.  We dug into our archives and found the last remaining shirt packed away.  This original artwork was done especially for KHS and Dave continues to support KHS by accepting Pet Food Bank donations at his book signing at the Book Bug on Saturday.

We’ll be there!  Don’t forget to bring a food item.  If you can, purchase his book from Book Bug and help support your locally owned, independent bookstore!  Purchase Dave’s book Dogs Are People Too from Book Bug Online or In Stores!

Related Links:

  • Official Dave Coverly Website
  • Buy the book Dogs Are People Too from Book Bug Online

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