Local UAW 2093 Annual Poker Run to benefit the Kalamazoo Humane Society

The Local UAW 2093 Annual Poker Run will be July 16th, 2017!  Pre-register thru June 29th for just $25, which includes the event shirt and after ride meal, soda and water (feel free to bring your own beverages)!  Music provided by the Nicky Platinum Band.

Proceeds will be used to purchase items for the St. Joseph County Animal Control and the Kalamazoo Humane Society.  Feel free to bring extra donations of dog and cat food, flea and tick medication, blankets, cat litter, paper towels, leashes or other pet supplies.

$150 – Best Hand
$50 – Worst Hand
50/50 Drawing
Door Prizes!

Click here for registration form –>
http://www.kazoohumane.org/pdf/pokerrun2017.pdf

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Poets Unleashed benefit at Meadow Run Dog Park

Find the event on facebook here –>
https://www.facebook.com/events/1152805721515501


Join us Wednesday, May 31st at 6:30pm for a dog-friendly poetry reading and book signing at Meadow Run Dog Park!

The Kalamazoo Poetry Festival and the Kalamazoo Humane Society present a reading celebrating poetry and animals. Michigan News Agency will sell books by the poets after the event, and a portion of the proceeds of the sale of “To Unsnare Time’s Warp: Stories and Poems About Dogs” will be donated to the Kalamazoo Humane Society.

Well behaved dogs on leash are welcome! This event is FREE and open to the public.

Poets reading at this event include:
Kit Almy
Margaret DeRitter
Kathleen McGookey
Mark Nepo
Jennifer Clark
Elizabeth Kerlikowske
Gail Martin
Lynn Pattison

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Menards hosts May pet supply drive

Throughout the month of May, Menards is hosting a pet supply drive for the Kalamazoo Humane Society.  Donations of pet supplies can be purchased at thee Menards on West Main or Gull Road in Kalamazoo, MI, and then left at the store to be donated to KHS at the end of May.

Supplies in high-demand include dog and cat food (wet and dry), cat litter, treats and pet grooming products.  Other items needed include bleach, zip top baggies, disinfectant wipes, laundry soap, antibacterial hand soap and paper towels.  We can also large items such as crates and dog houses.

Thank you, Menards for hosting this amazing pet supply drive!  Your participating local Menards can be found here:

Menards on West Main
Address: 6800 W Main St, Kalamazoo, MI 49009
Phone: (269) 544-1461

Menards on Gull Road
Address: 5300 Gull Rd, Kalamazoo, MI 49048

See you at the Women’s Expo!

As I type this there are a million things I SHOULD be doing right now, but before I go set up at the Women’s Expo I wanted to give you all one last reminder that we’ll be there selling beer and wine tickets for samples and full pours of some amazing brews and wines!

All proceeds benefit KHS, which helps animals, which makes Kalamazoo an even better place to live!  Please don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity!  How many times in your life can you actually say that you drank to help animals?  But seriously…

The Women’s Expo is Friday, 12-6 and Saturday, 9-4 at the Kalamazoo County Expo Center at 2900 Lake St, Kalamazoo MI  49048.

Register for the Dog Walk while you’re there!  Just $20 – if you can’t make it, register online at http://www.kazoohumane.org/dogwalk

See you there!

PS – BIG Dog Walk updates coming next week!  I have so many things I’m dying to tell you but we need to get through the Women’s Expo first!

Dog surgery scheduled booked through April!

Our dog schedule is completely full through the end of April!  We’re still taking appointments for cats, but we’ve temporarily closed registration for dogs.

We plan to resume scheduling of dogs on April 1st, when the May schedule will be ready.  The $20 Fix-A-Pit promotion will still be available at that time.

Thanks for being such amazing dog owners!

Dog license renewals due March 1!

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In Michigan, all dogs 4 months of age and older are required to be licensed in the county you reside.  If you have just acquired your dog, you have 30 days to license it.  If your puppy is less than 4 months old, you have until it is 4 months old to license it.

College Students with Dogs

Did you bring your dog with you to school?  You too, must also license your dog.  You may choose to license your dog in the county you’re living in now, or you can license it in the county you came from if your permanent address is in Michigan as well, but in either case, the tag must be on your dog at all times.

Some other states do not require a license, and only require a Rabies tag.  In Michigan, even dogs with a Rabies tag must have a separate license tag issued by the county you’re currently living in.

Proof of Rabies is Required

Anyone applying for a dog license must provide proof of Rabies signed by a licensed veterinarian.  Every time you Rabies vaccinate your dog, the vet clinic will give you a rabies certificate or other proof of the vaccine.  Save this paper and bring it with you to Animal Services, the Treasurer, or your licensing agency.  At this time of year, those selling licenses are extremely busy and likely won’t be able to call your vet for you to get your proof of Rabies.  It’s part of your pet-parent responsibilities to have this documentation with you, so make sure you have it, or call your vet in advance and get a duplicate copy if you’ve lost yours.

Some counties do things differently!

Michigan requires it, but they’ve left it up to each county to figure out how to manage it.  Make sure you know the requirements in the county you reside in, because if you’ve recently moved from one county to another, things could be a little different than you’re used to.

Service Dogs must be licensed, too!

Your service dog is entitled to a license at no charge, but you must still apply for it on time.  Service dogs are different from emotional support dogs and therapy dogs.  For questions about service dog licensing requirements, contact your local dog licensing agency.

Where to get your License in Kalamazoo County

kcase-logoIn Kalamazoo County, licenses are issued for 1 year at a time.  All renewals are due March 1 and can be purchased at Kalamazoo County Animal Services or the county Treasurer.  Many veterinarians are also selling them, so if you’re upping your Rabies vaccine this week, don’t forget to ask your get to sell you a license too!

Kalamazoo County Residents can visit or mail your license information to:
Kalamazoo County Animal Services & Enforcement
2500 Lake St
Kalamazoo, MI  49048

KCASE also has a convenient drop box in their lobby, so you can put your renewal, proof of rabies and payment in an envelope and drop it off in the box without having to wait in line during regular business hours!

Their website is also a wealth of information:  KCASE Licensing Page
Printable Kalamazoo County Dog License Application:  Click Here for PDF

Residents outside of Kalamazoo County

Check with your own licensing agent to find out more about fees and due dates.  Here’s a quick list of whom to contact:

Southwest Michigan Area dog licensing agencies can be reached at the following numbers:

• Allegan County residents call the Allegan County Treasurer’s Office at 269-673-0260
• Barry County residents call the Barry County Animal Control at 269-948-4885
• Berrien County residents call the Berrien County Animal Control at 269-471-7531
• Branch County residents call the Branch County Animal Control at 517-639-3210
• Calhoun County residents call the Calhoun County Treasurer’s Office at 269-781-0807
(Residents in the Battle Creek City Limits must purchase from the Battle Creek City Offices)
• Cass County residents call the Cass County Treasurer’s Office at 269-445-4468
• Kalamazoo County residents call Kalamazoo County Animal Services at 269-383-8775
• Kent County residents call the Kent County Animal Control at 616-632-7100
• St. Joe County residents call the St. Joe County Animal Control at 269-467-6475
• Van Buren County residents call the Van Buren County Treasurer’s Office at 269-657-8228

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Beer and wine tasting to benefit KHS

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We’re so excited to be a part of the Greater Kalamazoo Women’s LifeStyle Expo!  We have 11 amazing breweries and wineries lined up with a huge group of our amazing volunteers ready to serve samples and full cups during the expo.

Drink tickets are $1.00 each and can be purchased at the expo.  Sample pours are 1 ticket, and full pours are 4 tickets.  All proceeds benefit the Kalamazoo Humane Society!

You can also sign up for the Dog Walk & K-9 Festival while you’re there!  See you next weekend!

Click here for $1 off your entry into the expo:
http://womenslifestylekazooexpo.com/coupons.html

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$20 surgeries for Pit Bull-type dogs!

Kalamazoo Humane Society Receives More Than $30,000 from PetSmart Charities® to fund Fix-A-Pit program

Local pet parents can get their Pit Bull and Pit Bull mixes spayed or neutered for $20

KALAMAZOO, MI (February 21, 2017) – Pit bull terriers end up in shelters in large numbers due to myths and misperceptions, which impact public opinions of the breed and reduce the adoption rates of these dogs in local animal shelters.

That’s why the Kalamazoo Humane Society, with funding support from PetSmart Charities, the leading funder of animal welfare in North America, is offering the Fix-A-Pit program. Thanks to a generous grant for more than $30,000 from PetSmart Charities, the Kalamazoo Humane Society will provide a special $20 spay/neuter surgery and free nail trim for pit bull terriers and pit bull terrier mixes throughout 2017.

“Spaying/neutering a pet is the most effective thing a pet parent can do to prevent unwanted litters from being born that will ultimately end up in local shelters,” says Aaron Winters, Executive Director of the Kalamazoo Humane Society.

Some pet parents may be hesitant to get their young puppies 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.

“At PetSmart Charities, we are committed to ending pet homelessness,” said Kelly Balthazor, regional relationship manager at PetSmart Charities.  “By supporting the Kalamazoo Humane Society in their effort to make spay and neuter services more accessible and affordable for all pet parents, we hope to reduce unwanted litters and pet overpopulation and end pet homelessness across the state of Michigan.”

This special $20 rate is even less than the organization’s normal low-cost price and is available to the public.  This program is based on availability.

Thanks to the PetSmart Charities grant, the Kalamazoo Humane Society will provide 350 Fix-A-Pit sterilizations for $20 in 2017. Please visit www.kazoohumane.org or call 269-345-1181 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

About the Kalamazoo Humane Society:

Founded in 1897, the Kalamazoo Humane Society is a non-sheltering animal welfare organization that provides pet population control, humane education and emergency response services to pets, pet owners and other animal agencies throughout southwest Michigan.  Find out more at http://www.kazoohumane.org, or follow KHS on Facebook.

About PetSmart Charities:

PetSmart Charities, Inc. is a nonprofit animal welfare organization that saves the lives of homeless pets.  Each year nearly 500,000 dogs and cats find homes through our adoption program in all PetSmart® stores across the U.S. and sponsored adoption events.  Each year millions of PetSmart shoppers contribute to PetSmart Charities to help pets in need by making donations on a pin pad at the register.  PetSmart Charities efficiently uses 90 cents of every dollar to support its mission of finding lifelong, loving homes for all pets.  PetSmart Charities grants more money to directly help pets in need than any other animal welfare group in North America, with a focus on funding adoption and spay/neuter programs that help communities solve pet overpopulation.  PetSmart Charities is a 501(c)(3) organization, independent from PetSmart, Inc.  PetSmart Charities has received the Four Star Rating for the past 13 years from Charity Navigator, an independent nonprofit that reports on the effectiveness, accountability and transparency of nonprofits, placing it among the top one percent of charities rated by this organization.

Clarifying News Reports on KHS and the County Shelter

You may have seen news reports about Kalamazoo County’s plan to replace its old and outdated animal shelter. Some of the coverage wasn’t clear, so we’re taking this opportunity to clarify.

First, and most important, we applaud Kalamazoo County’s plan to replace the shelter. Our long partnership with the County to promote spaying and neutering has greatly reduced the unwanted pet population. That’s good news! At the same time, it’s not a perfect solution. There’s still a need for a shelter. And the current one falls far short of the commitment to humane treatment of animals that both the County and the Humane Society share.

Second, as most of you know, we’re in the early stages of creating a capital campaign to build a new home for the Kalamazoo Humane Society. We hope to officially launch that campaign later this year. The new KHS facility will not be a shelter. Our primary mission will be to expand spay/neuter and educational services so we can reduce the unwanted pet population even more. That will give the County’s new shelter more opportunity to find homes for the pets that go there. So it’s a win-win for both of us, and especially for the animals. That’s the heart of our partnership.

We’re grateful for the hard work of the Animal Services Advisory Board, Kalamazoo County Animal Services & Enforcement and County leaders. We’re eager to strengthen our partnership with them to benefit the animals of our community.

Original News Story on mLive –> http://www.mlive.com/news/kalamazoo/index.ssf/2017/02/kalamazoo_county_seeks_alterna.html

 

Stronger penalties needed for animal abusers

Today we’ve officially released a statement regarding the disappointing outcome of the Kelvin Thomas case.  Immediately after the sentencing hearing our office started taking calls from upset citizens concerned about yet another “slap on the wrist” sentence for such a horrible crime.  We share those concerns, but before we put out a knee-jerk statement we did our homework.  We contacted the Humane Society of the United States, the Animal Legal Defense Fund, the prosecutor’s office and several other attorneys who are experts at sentencing guidelines and plea bargain negotiations.  All of our research helped us write a more informed response and has also given us a good direction to head in to prevent this type of sentence in the future.

Please know that our work on this is not done.  In fact, it is just truly beginning.  We will be releasing information as it happens  and we hope you will join us as we continue to fight for stronger penalties for crimes  with animal victims.  You can stay informed about this and other Michigan animal relate issues with #protectMIanimals


On Monday, January 23, 2017 at 1:48PM, Judge Gary C. Giguere Jr entered his courtroom at the Kalamazoo County 9th Judicial Circuit Court and took a seat in front of Kelvin Eric Thomas (56) of Oshtemo Township, MI.  This is not the first time these two have meet under these circumstances.

With his attorney’s hand on his back and news cameras rolling behind him, Thomas stood facing the bench and listened as Gigeuere stated, “This behavior is disgusting, it frightens me and it has no part in our community.”  Giguere ended his beratement with, “if it were my discretion, you’d be going to jail.”

We at the Kalamazoo Humane Society were proud to have been invited to assist during the search warrant executed in 2012.  We saw first-hand the unacceptable conditions that 36 dogs were forced to live in.  We saw the basement walls painted red to cover blood stains and we saw that blood come to life with the help of forensic chemical reagents.

In 2016 we were asked to assist again as officers found that Thomas had not given up a life torturing animals for profit.  Seven young Pit Bulls and three Dobermans were being subjected to the same fate as untold numbers of dogs before them; forced into feces caked pens that were too small, chained to dog houses with no food or water, left out in the bitter cold and snow, growing accustomed to a life of neglect and abuse.

Followers of this case expected to hear that Thomas would be going to jail; instead they listened as the judge read off the sentencing agreement, including five years of probation in which he cannot own or possess animals and fines totaling $10,126.00. $8860.00 of those fines is to be paid to Kalamazoo County Animal Services & Enforcement for the care of the dogs that were in their custody from February to October 2016.

What we’re seeing here is a two-part problem.  Firstly, the plea agreement with Kelvin Thomas did not allow the judge to utilize his own discretion in exchange for his plea of No Contest.  Secondly, and of even greater concern, the lack of harsher punishment is a result of the fact that dog fighting and other animal-related felonies are only Class F felonies.  On a scale of A-H, with Class A resulting in life imprisonment, a class F felony does not rack up much in the way of jail time even for habitual offenders; however jail is still possible if he violates his probation.

While we all wish to see animal crimes treated with the same severity as crimes against humans, the reality is that unless felonies involving animal victims can be elevated to a higher class, animal lovers will be forced to sit by and watch as more animal abusers get away with what can only be considered a slap on the wrist.

We need direct our frustration and show legislators that there is still more work to be done concerning animal protections in the State of Michigan.  Using the momentum from this case, we will take the steps needed to change our existing animal protection laws to include harsher punishments for those who violate them.  You can help by contacting your state representative and letting them know that you support stronger punishments for habitual animal abusers.


Video of sentencing hearing available on our YouTube channel here –>
https://youtu.be/FKHEzIYvS44

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