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!


Harding’s new rewards helps you and KHS

I’ve been a member of Harding’s eScrip program for years, and each time I shopped there I tried  to remember to hand over my key-chain to the cashier so my card could be scanned.  I was happy to know that I was just one of thousands of residents in southwest Michigan who was supporting the Kalamazoo Humane Society when I shopped!

Earlier this year, Harding’s changed over to a new Community Rewards program.  No more key-ring to hand over, lots more coupons and savings for me, and now I get email notices telling me how much I’ve personally helped raise for KHS!  Check out the email I had in my inbox this morning!


From my email this morning!

If you were a part of the old eScrip program, or if you’ve never joined before, this is a great time to get started with the new Community Rewards program!  It’s really easy to sign up and your account is active immediately.

Click the image below to get started.

Community Rewards click graphic



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.




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


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

One week left to register for the Dog Walk with Early Bird pricing!

The registrations are rolling in, which is great!  We are so excited for the Dog Walk this year and your support has been fantastic!

A few short reminders:

  1.   Early Bird registration fees end Friday, April 17 at 5pm – Register now and get the best deal on all the goodies!
  2.   Don’t forget to ask friends, family and co-workers to support you and make a donation!  You can also ask your employer if they’ll do matching gifts.  Using our new Give2Gether platform, getting donations from friends and family has never been easier.  Just set up your fundraising page and send the link to all of your friends and social media contacts.
  3. Consider joining a Pack!  Packs generate more donations by working as a team to collect funds!  Any registered walker can join any team, so just let us know if you’d like to start or join a team and we’ll get you squared away!

We only have 3 weeks left to make the most impact, so please don’t be afraid to ask your friends to support you, and the Kalamazoo Humane Society!  We’re here to answer any questions you might have, so feel free to connect with me here, on facebook, or email me at

The Kalamazoo Humane Society cannot do what we do without you!  Your donations and fundraising ensure that animals all over the Greater Kalamazoo Area can still rely on us to help when it’s needed.  Thank you!


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