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

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!

Beer and wine tasting to benefit KHS


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:


Barktoberfest tomorrow!

We’re excited to see you all tomorrow for the Barktoberfest dog contests happening at the Fountains at Bronson Place!  We’ll be registering dogs from 11:30am to Noon, and then the contests will start for Best Dog Costume, Best Trick or Talent, and Dog & Owner Look-Alike!  Each contest will be awarded a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winner with a top prize valued at $100!

Pre-register your dog to stay out of the line for just $10 – your entry fee of $10 includes all three of the contests!  We’ll also have snacks and drinks available and you’ll be able to meet our special guest emcee, Ken Lanphear from FM 106.5 WVFM!

All proceeds benefit the Kalamazoo Humane Society!



Senior Services Pet Food Drive

Senior Services is one of the largest and most comprehensive organizations serving older adults and persons with disabilities.  They provide vital, life sustaining services to their clients.  Serving Kalamazoo and Calhoun Counties, as well as other portions of Southwest Michigan, Senior Services has been caring for those in need for over 50 years.  Their integrated model of care helps keep their clients living safely within their own homes.  With just one call to Senior Services a complete array of services become available.  When you call Senior Services of Southwest Michigan, “One call does it all”.

Donate Pet Food to help keep seniors and Pets together –

Monday October 10th marked the kick off for the annual Pet Food Drive, a project of RSVP – Your invitation to Volunteer and Cool 101FM. The drive will run from Oct 10-14. Pet food collected will help seniors who may be struggling financially to feed their pets while meeting their own needs.

Here’s how you can help: spread the word, make a pet food or monetary donation at Senior Services in Kalamazoo or at Cool 101 collection events listed below.

Needed:  Dry dog and cat food in 10 pound bags or smaller for easy handling by seniors and monetary donations.

  • Senior Services of Southwest Michigan 918 Jasper St.
    Monday, Oct. 10—Friday, Oct. 14 from 9 a.m.— 4:30 p.m.
  • Cool 101 FM Live Broadcasts at these Harding’s Friendly Markets:
    • 4 to 6 p.m. Mon., Oct. 10—5161 W. Main, Kalamazoo
    • 4 to 6 p.m. Tues., Oct. 11—618 N. Riverview, Parchment
    • 4 to 6 p.m. Wed., Oct. 12—3750 W. Centre St., Portage
    • 4 to 6 p.m. Thurs., Oct. 13—6330 S. Westnedge, Portage
    • 4 to 6 p.m. Fri., Oct. 14—6430 W. Stadium Dr., Oshtemo
  • For more information: Call Senior Services at 269-382-0515 or call Cool 101 FM at 269-343-1111

Get the PDF flyer here!


Dog Walk Registration Now Open!

Get in on all the fun and pre-register for the 32nd Annual Dog Walk & K-9 Festival, sponsored by Bishop Construction!  This is our biggest fundraiser of the year and we need you and all of your animal loving friends to register, and help raise funds for local animals that need our help!


Pre-Register for just $20!

$20 – Pre-Register by 5PM on April 29 to guarantee your t-shirt size
$30 – Register after April 29 or at the event; t-shirts available while quantities last

Registration includes:

Event T-Shirt | Youth XS to Adult XXXL
Lunch | Food provided by Subway and Papa John’s Pizza
Drinks | Drinks provided by Paw Paw Wine Distributors and Coca-Cola Bottling
Wristband | wristband gives you free access to our Photo Areas, the Doggie Dash obstacle course, Crazy Pet contests, 2 Free raffle tickets for a chance to win a prize at our Raffle Tent and Free Coffee at the Bake Sale tent

Activities Include:

Dog Walk & K-9 Festival Walk
Sponsored by Bishop Construction

Stroll, power-walk or wiggle your way through 2 miles of wooded pathways. Along the trail you’ll find plenty of fresh water at one of our four Watering Holes for you and your four-legged friends. Don’t forget to stop at Watering Hole #3 for a photo taken by a professional photographer! Find the starting line just north of the parking area and finish south of the Food Pavilion.

Ultimate Air Dogs
Sponsored by Portage Printing

UAD, or dock jumping, has been a favorite event for years! You can pre-register your dog at the UAD website, or just come for the show. Walkers of all ages love to see the dogs diving into pool. Just make sure you stand back once they get out or you might get wet! UAD will be stationed between the Main Event area and the South Field. Competitors must park in the main parking lot. There will be no parking in the event areas to anyone.

Click Here for the UAD website to pre-register your jumps

Skyhoundz Hyperflite Disc Competition
Sponsorship Available!

Register your dog at the event for FREE beginning at 9am at the Dog Walk & K-9 Festival and see if your dog has what it takes to be called a ‘disc dog’! Skyhoundz Local Championships are free events, open to all competitors regardless of experience. Time slots may be limited so be sure to register right away when you get to the Dog Walk & K-9 Festival. Skyhoundz Hyperflite Disc Competition will be located in the center of the Main Event Area. Competitors must park in the main parking lot. There will be no parking in the event areas to anyone.

America’s Best Frisbee Dog Demonstration
Sponsorship Available!

See how the professionals do it! Watch as Bill Camp, a trainer with America’s Best Frisbee Dogs and his pack of furry athletes perform tricks and give it all they have to get the coveted disc! Bill’s incredible disc dogs are all rescued, and have performed for major sporting events and halftime shows, the Disney Channel, National Geographic, and many other venues. We’re happy to have him back for another exciting event!

Pet Photographs
Sponsorship Available!

We have three photo areas waiting for you! Get an updated family photo that includes your four-legged children, taken by one of three talented local photographers. All photos are available for download about 10-14 days after the event. Photos will be taken with Nipper, our 6 ft. fiberglass mascot near the entrance of the event. We’ll also have photos along the tree-line in the main event area and another photo area at Watering Hole #3. We’ll also have roaming photographers capturing the moments as they happen.

Main Stage
Sponsored by Derspinna Kennels

Live music is planned for the music stage, which is in the Main Event Area next to the Food Pavilion. Grab lunch and wander over for some good music. Don’t forget to come back for the Crazy Pet Contests, which will be in front of the Main Stage at 12:30pm!

Children’s Area
Bullfrogs & Butterflies Christian Learning Center and Preschool

We have entertainment for everyone, including our Children’s Area. Play in the bounce house courtesy of Jungle Joe’s, make cool things with noodles provided by Noodles & Co. and get your faces painted! Everyone is going to sleep good after the Dog Walk & K-9 Festival.

Doggie Dash Obstacle Course
Sponsored by Yogi’s Diner

The Doggie Dash is a short and simple course but can prove challenging for even the most athletic dog. Hurdle over hay bales, run over ramps and lunge around the bend to make it to the finish line. Must be a registered Walker to participate. Try 3 times. Your best score will be used to qualify you for a trophy! The top 3 finishers will be awarded.

Crazy Pet Contests
Sponsored by Bark Busters In-Home Dog Training

We know that every dog isn’t an athletic superstar, so if physical activity isn’t your thing, maybe your dog can reign supreme in one of our other competitive categories!

  • Best Singer/Talker
  • Best Dressed
  • Dog and Owner Look-a-likes
  • Cutest Dog
  • Most Attractively Challenged Dog
Paw Print Art

Stamp your dog’s paw on an artistic print and keep it as a memory of your precious canine friend! Ink is non-toxic and washable. These one of a kind prints are a perfect way to remember your pet and this special event you celebrate together! Each print is $5.00; all proceeds benefit the Kalamazoo Humane Society. Find us next to Nipper’s Trading Post!

Raffle Tent

We’ll have 30 great prizes to give away and you could win! Each registered Walker starts with 2 free tickets, but you can get more at the Raffle Tent. Tickets are 2 for $1.00. Ticket sales will end at 1:15PM and prizes will be drawn at 1:30PM. All prizes must be picked up from the KHS office no later than Friday, May 20 or prizes may be forfeited. We cannot ship prizes.




Happy Neuter Year $20 Male Cats and Dogs Now Open For Scheduling


Make a New Year’s resolution to neuter your male dog or cat during Kalamazoo Humane Society’s “Happy Neuter Year” campaign.

Sponsored by PetSmart Charities®, “Happy Neuter Year” provides $20 neuter surgeries for male dogs and cats.

Kalamazoo, MI (December 15, 2015) – The Kalamazoo Humane Society wants you to ring in the New Year by making a resolution to neuter your male dog or cat during their “Happy Neuter Year” campaign.

Sponsored by PetSmart Charities, the largest funder of animal welfare efforts in North America, the “Happy Neuter Year,” campaign will provide $20 neutering surgeries for male dogs and cats during the month of January.

Spaying and neutering is one of the most effective ways to reduce the homeless pet population and is safe for puppies and kittens as young as eight to 10 weeks old, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association.

“Neutering male pets is a simple surgery that reduces unwanted behaviors, like roaming, fighting, and urine marking territories,” says Julie Barber, Kalamazoo Humane Society. “It also guarantees your dog or cat never fathers a litter of puppies or kittens.”

This special $20 rate is even less than the organization’s normal low-cost price and is available to all residents of southwest Michigan. Pet parents who wish to take advantage of this offer must mention the “Happy Neuter Year” campaign when they schedule their appointment. This campaign is based on availability.

The Kalamazoo Humane Society will provide 700 “Happy Neuter Year” sterilizations for $20 in January. Please visit or call 269-345-1181 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

PetSmart Charities’ “Happy Neuter Year” campaign provides more than $733,180 to spay/neuter clinics to fund affordable, high-quality spay and neuter surgeries for more than 20,650 male dogs and cats across the nation during the month of January.

January 2016: “Happy Neuter Year”
  • Spay or Neuter = $20.00 for male cats and dogs
  • Scheduling is now open!
  • You must mention “Happy Neuter Year” in order to get the discounted price!
  • Dog appointments must be pre-paid and have a Registration Form completed. Cat appointments are available first-come-first-serve and are payable at the time of services.
  • Click Here for “Happy Neuter Year” Dog Registration Form

Holiday Lights of Love 2015


The Kalamazoo Humane Society invites you and other animal lovers to our annual Holiday Lights of Love campaign. Help celebrate the animals that have warmed your life with their love and companionship. During the holidays, your special gift of light in honor or memory of a beloved pet can bring food, hope and comfort into the lives of many other animals in the community by supporting KHS programs and services.

If you don’t own a pet, you can still become part of the KHS family by remembering a friend or family member’s pet. You can also honor the many animals waiting for a good home in shelters, rescues and foster homes across the country.

Please use the easy online form to designate white light(s) in memory of a pet or pets that have passed on, or colored light(s) for a living pet or pets (including those in shelters). We will place the light and a tag with the animal’s name on the tree.

A Lights of Love Registry List will be created, indicating the name of the person who contributed, as well as the name(s) of the animal or animals being represented by each light on the tree. If you would like to be included on this list, be sure to make your donation prior to December 9th. The Registry List will be available on the night of the Open House and a copy will also be posted to the KHS website and social media.

The special Open House and Lighting Ceremony will be held on Friday, December 11, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Kalamazoo Humane Society office at 4239 S. Westnedge. The tree will be lit at 7:30 p.m. and will shine throughout the holiday season as a reminder of our beloved pets past and present.

The KHS be accepting donations of dry dog and cat food, kitty litter and other Wish List items to put under the tree during the holiday season to benefit KHS programs.

Share your gift of light with animals in need now!

KHS is participating in the Smart Energy Challenge, and we hope you will too!

The Consumers Energy Smart Energy® Challenge is a great way to support our work in the community while you learn about home energy efficiency and earn rewards!

Now through March 26, when you participate in Smart Energy Challenge activities online at, you’ll learn new ways to reduce home energy costs while you earn points that you can redeem for great rewards. For each point you earn, we’ll receive matching points. The organization with the most points each month will receive $1,000. While you learn ways to save money and make your home more comfortable, please use your points to help us—and those we serve—to be winners, too!

Supporting the Kalamazoo Humane Society has never been easier! Sign up today at


Senior Services Pet Food Drive Oct 12-16

Senior ServicesSenior Services of Southwest Michigan is holding a pet food drive October 12-16.  Your generosity helps seniors care for their furry friends during tough times.  In many cases, pets are the only friend, family or companion local seniors have, and with limited incomes it’s hard for elderly pet owners to provide food for themselves and their pets.

The Kalamazoo Humane Society does offer a pet food bank which is open to anyone, however this program is different in that they cater to seniors, and the pet food can be delivered with Meals on Wheels for those who are receiving that service.

The next time you stop at the store, please consider buying an extra bag or two of pet food to help local seniors in need or you can also make a donation via PayPal here!

How to Help

Senior Services is asking for unopened 10lb bags or smaller of dog and cat food

Food can be dropped off at:
Senior Services of Southwest Michigan, 918 Jasper Street
Monday October 12 thru Friday October 16 from 9am to 4:30pm

Food can also be dropped off at the following Harding’s locations and times during Cool 101 FM live broadcasts:
Monday, Oct 12 from 4-6pm – 5161 W Main, Kalamazoo
Tuesday, Oct 13 from 4-6pm – 618 N Riverview Dr, Parchment
Wednesday, Oct 14 from 4-6pm – 3750  W Centre St, Portage
Thursday, Oct 15 from 4-6pm – 6330 S Westnedge, Portage
Friday, Oct 16 from 4-6pm – 6430 W Stadium Dr, Oshtemo

Monetary donations are also welcome!

For more information, visit  You can also call Senior Services at 269-382-0515 or Cool 101 FM at 343-1111

If you need help

Seniors aged 55 years or older may qualify for assistance.  To request help, call 269-382-0515 and ask for Traci Furman (ext. 123) or Kathy Cox (ext. 127).

This program is sponsored by Cool 101 FM, 92.5 The ZUU, Harding’s Friendly Markets, Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Department and the Kalamazoo Humane Society.

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 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.


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