Operation Fix-It October Schedule available!

The Operation Fix-It schedule for October 2015 is now open and ready to book!  We have openings for cats and dogs available with no breed or size restrictions (must be at least 2 lbs/8 weeks old).

All surgery appointments are Monday-Thursday; there is no surgery on Friday or weekends. All appointments are subject to availability and may be postponed or canceled due to unforeseen circumstances such as severe weather. If KHS closes due to an emergency, our staff will contact you within 48 hours to reschedule at the phone number provided to us at the time of scheduling.

How to Schedule a Cat Surgery

By Phone: Call us at 269-345-1181 to schedule over the phone
In Person: Stop into our office at 4239 S. Westnedge Ave. to schedule in person

How to Bring in a Feral Cat

*Feral cats must be in a live-trap; no exceptions. Unscheduled socialized cats and/or cats in carriers will be turned away. Appointments are required for all owned, domesticated cats.

Due to the nature of feral cats, we understand that scheduling an appointment is not possible. Feral cats can be brought in Thursday from 7:30-8am without an appointment.

$40.00 will be due at the time of drop-off and includes the Spay/Neuter surgery, a 1 Year Rabies vaccine and an ear-tip. Pick-up time is 4-5pm.

How to Schedule a Dog Surgery

Download the Dog Registration Form – Download the Form Here (Open to anyone; no special qualifications).  Forms are also available in our office at 4239 S. Westnedge Ave.

Operation Fix-It $80.00 Regular Rate for dogs of any size and gender.  All canine surgeries are pre-paid.

By Fax/Phone: Fax the completed form to our office at 269-345-1290 and our staff will call you back to take your credit/debit card payment over the phone and schedule your appointment.

In Person: Complete and turn in a Dog Registration Form and your cash/check/credit/debit payment to our office staff and we can schedule your appointment.

Operation Fix-It Needs Your Help!

Operation Fix-ItPet overpopulation is a real problem here in the Kalamazoo Area.  Free Puppy and Free Kitten signs can be found along roadsides, social media and other online market places.  Local shelters and rescues are inundated with the results of irresponsible breeding, and many owners who would spay and neuter their pets are unable to afford the surgeries at local vet clinics.  There are a number of factors that attribute the problem, but the Kalamazoo Humane Society took a proactive approach to reducing pet overpopulation by making surgery affordable to more people.  Operation Fix-It  altered it’s first animal in May of 2002, and since then has altered over 54,000 more local cats and dogs.

Take a moment and let that number sink in.  54,000 cats and dogs in just 13 years and we still have a waiting list to get in each month.  The need is great and the difference we’re making is tangible!  Fewer and fewer boxes of puppies and kittens are being dropped off at local shelters each year, which leads to less euthanasia and more animals being adopted.

More feral cats are vaccinated and are unable to continue adding to the stray cat problem because Operation Fix-It has made it affordable for residents to participate in trap-neuter-release programs.

Reverse Raffle

The Reverse Raffle event is a fundraiser dedicated to Operation Fix-It.  We need your help to make it successful!  With a goal of $50,000 to raise by November 20th, we’re reaching out to find sponsors, donors, and event-goers.  Here is a list of some of the easy and specific ways you can help us achieve our goal to keep Operation Fix-It going strong:

Business and Corporate Support

  • Become a Sponsor – Sponsoring is cost-effective advertising in your service area with the added benefits of positive PR and partnering with a long-standing, trusted local non-profit.  People love animals, and people love business that donate to their favorite charities.  Sponsoring is a great way to build trust and credibility in your brand.
  • Donate a Raffle Item – Raffle Item donations are an affordable way to get your brand and services in front of your target audience without breaking your marketing budget.  Your item will be promoted and advertised, and some lucky winner is going to take it home and love it, then come  back to you directly for more of what only you can offer.
  • Host a VIP Table – The event itself is a lot of fun!  With great food, and open bar, entertainment and a chance to win $3500, hosting a table and inviting your staff, coworkers or top clients to join you is a great way to show your appreciation around the holidays.  Your brand will be acknowledged for your support, and those who you invite to join you will have a great time.

Individual Support

  • Donate – If every person who likes us on facebook donated just $15 we could exceed our fundraising goal by nearly $9000!  That’s incredible!
  • Spread the Word! – Get your friends, family, employer, and coworkers excited about the Kalamazoo Humane Society!  Ask your boss if they’re interested in sponsoring the event and let them know how their support can make a difference.
  • Buy Tickets – Buy a Raffle or Dinner ticket and join us for a great night of fun, drinks, music, and games.  The Reverse Raffle event is the social event of the season for any animal lover, and promises to be an exciting evening.

For any information about the Reverse Raffle event, please contact me, Julie Barber at jbarber@kazoohumane.org or 269-743-0393.  We are so lucky to have such dedicated supporters and we’re proud to be able to continue our programs here in Kalamazoo.  Your generous giving, and your commitment to helping local animals in need is what keeps us moving forward.


New KHS SparkPeople Team!

We’ve had great weather the last few days and while I was taking a run in the morning, enjoying my time unplugged and out of the office (actually, I was trying to figure out how long it would take someone to find me laying on the side of the road and get me hooked up to an oxygen machine.. but that’s a totally different story), I thought that SparkPeople might be a great way for other animal lovers in the Kalamazoo area, and those who support the Kalamazoo Humane Society, to band together and support each other in becoming healthier!  Not only should we be making healthy choices for ourselves and our families, but we should be making healthy choices for our pets, too!

If you’re already on SparkPeople, just add yourself to our team.  If you aren’t familiar with SparkPeople, it’s a great way to track your fitness, food, goals and connect with people who are in it with you!  Best of all, it’s totally free!  We’re also included on the leader boards, so we can see how we stack up to the other non-profit teams on SparkPeople.  Right now it’s just little ol’ me, so don’t leave me hanging!  Join me!

Head over to our new SparkPeople team page and sign yourself up!  I’m looking forward to meeting more people in our area who share a love of animals and are trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

See you there! Click here…

Berrien County Gas Chamber Debate

Berrien County, one of the last two remaining counties in the State of Michigan to use the gas chamber for euthanasia will be discussing the topic at their August 27th Commissioner Meeting.  The current Director, Val Grimes, is in favor of keeping the gas chamber however she is facing opposition from the community and some Commissioners.

We talked to Grimes, who states that they have been using the injection method for cats and dogs, rabbits, and other “easy” wildlife since 2013, but that wildlife, such as skunks, or animals that aren’t so easy are still euthanized in the gas chamber.

Considering that all but two other counties are no longer using gas chambers, and that 22 states have outlawed gas chamber euthanasia entirely, it’s clear that there are other safe and effective methods that are more humane than gassing animals.

The meeting begins at 8am on Thursday, August 27th at the Berrien County Administration Center, 701 Main St., St. Joseph, Michigan.  This meeting is open to the public.

Berrien County residents who have concerns should feel free to contact your Commissioner and let them know how you feel about the use of the gas chamber in your county.

Related Information:
Berrien County Commissioners
Animal Sheltering Magazine: Carbon Monoxide Gas Chamber Fact Sheet
American Humane Association: Stop Gassing
American Veterinary Medical Association: Gas Chamber Debate

Reverse Raffle 2015

Reverse RaffleI know, I know…  I don’t want to rush into Fall any more than you do, but I’ve been preparing for November 20th for weeks now and I can finally let loose some of the details for this years Reverse Raffle Fundraiser!

Here are the basics:

Anyone (18 yrs or older) who loves animals and winning money (in short, everyone 18yrs and older!).  By State Law, must be 18 years of age or older to purchase a Raffle Ticket.

Fall fundraiser for Operation Fix-It.  We have a goal of $50,000 to raise by November 20th to keep OFI running smoothly well into 2016.

Friday, November 20th, 2015 – Doors open at 6:00PM

The Fountains Banquet Center at 535 S. Riverview Dr, Parchment, MI  49004

Well, since you asked, because animals need YOU!  The Kalamazoo Humane Society works diligently to reduce pet-overpopulation.  We’re altering 400-500 cats every month with a total of over 54,000 since we started in 2002.  The demand is overwhelming, and we need your help to make sure we can continue to offer this service.  Without it, hundreds of thousands of unwanted animals would be flooding local rescues and shelters, and the streets you live on.  You think there are a lot of outdoor cats now?  Trust us, it could be worse.

Sponsorships are available!  We need the support of local business owners and the general public to help us pull this off.  Aside from sponsors, we also need cool prizes to raffle off during the event to help us raise even more money.  The prizes we’re looking for are cool gift baskets or packages from local stores, breweries, bed-n-breakfasts, casinos, electronics, autographed or collectable stuff, or anything else that someone would pay for a chance to win.

Download the Sponsorship Information Packet Here and let us know if you can help!

Caring for Cats in the Dog Days of Summer

Cat under car (small)As we can tell from the success of our feral cat trap and release, spay and neuter program our community is bursting at the seams with feral cats and generous community members willing to help them. In addition to these community cats we also know that many owned cats spend time outside and could use a little extra TLC during these brutal summer months. In order to help you continue to provide the best care for your furry friends we have complied a list of tried and true tips for getting outdoor cats through the dog days of summer.

The Best Part of Waking up, is Dry Food in Your Cup

In order to ensure that these cats receive the freshest food you may want to consider switching to dry food for the summer months if you haven’t already. Feeding dry food will help prevent spoilage and will be less likely to attract insects. Placing the food dish inside of a larger shallow tray can also deter insects. Filling this tray, such as one you would use under a flowerpot, with an inch of water will help prevent pests from climbing into the food bowl. Additionally, you can place a ring of baking soda around your food bowls to deter insects from walking toward the food bowls.

Especially during these hot months it is a great idea to stick to a “30 minute rule” when feeding cats outdoors. By placing the food out for only thirty minutes before rechecking it you are making sure that they are receiving fresh food and that you aren’t attracting any unwanted visitors to your yard.

Let’s Head on Down to the Watering Hole

Just as we need more water as the temperature climbs, so do our feline companions. Cats are naturally prone to dehydration and aren’t as ready to drink as their canine counterparts so providing plenty of water sources will help encourage them to stay hydrated when they need it most. Using deep, narrow bowls and placing them in the shade will help decrease the rate of evaporation and ensure that these cats have plenty of water to help cool them down.

Home is Where the Hammock is

When it comes to thermoregulation, cats really got the short end of the stick. Imagine sitting in your back yard on a hot summer day, wearing a fur coat, and only being able to sweat through your palms and the soles of your feet. You’d overheat easily and maybe even dangerously so if you didn’t find a shady spot quickly. Any extra shade you can lend to these cats will be graciously appreciated. While bushes and trees provide excellent spots to get out of the sun, a patio umbrella, hammock, or canopy will do the trick as well. Any increase in shade will help decrease potentially life-threatening conditions such as dehydration and heat stroke for your feline visitors.

Safe and Timely Trap and Release

We love that we are able to offer cost effective spay and neuter surgeries for our community’s feral cats and greatly appreciate our community members that help us by trapping, releasing, and caring for these cats. In order to make this endeavor as safe as possible for all parties this summer we suggest you trap these cats in the late evening or early morning before your appointment to ensure that they do not get too hot while inside of the trap. Also being conscious of the surface on which you are placing the trap will help to ensure a safe experience for both you and the cat. Placing traps on surfaces that heat easily, such as asphalt, may result in burned paws and increase their risk for heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

We appreciate your help in controlling the population of and caring for the community cats of Kalamazoo. We hope that these tips will help you to continue to provide the best care to your feline friends.

The Kalamazoo Humane Society can take in feral cats on Thursdays from 7:30-8:00AM.  For $40.00, each cat will be altered, get a 1yr Rabies vaccine, and be ear-tipped.  For more about this program, please visit our website here.

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