Press Release: KHS announces $4.75 mil capital campaign for new facility; $3 mil already raised

PRESS RELEASE

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June 13, 2017
MEDIA CONTACT:
Aaron Winters, Executive Director
Kalamazoo Humane Society
269-345-1181 / awinters@kazoohumane.org

$4.75 MILLION CAPITAL CAMPAIGN
TO CREATE CRUCIAL CARE AND RESOURCE CENTER FOR ANIMALS

Kalamazoo Humane Society Kicks Off Fundraiser for New Facility
Expanding Spay/Neuter Services, Education, Support Services

KALAMAZOO, Michigan—The Kalamazoo Humane Society’s new animal care and resource facility edged closer to reality today as the Kalamazoo Humane Society (KHS) announced it had raised $3 million toward a goal of $4.75 million and invited the community to help finish the task.

KHS kicked off the public portion of its capital campaign at a news conference in downtown Kalamazoo, surrounded by supporters, local dignitaries and a few pets.
“The amazingly generous response we’ve seen in the early part of our capital campaign shows what I’ve always known, that this community loves, cares for and wants to protect its animals,” said Aaron Winters, Executive Director of KHS.

Robert Cinabro and Colleen Killen-Roberts, co-chairs of the Compassion/Prevention/Results Campaign, shared Winters’ enthusiasm.

“The Kalamazoo Humane Society’s campaign began with a simple goal: to fund an animal care and resource center to tackle increased demand for access to services that help not only reduce the number of unwanted pets in shelters and on the streets but also help keep pets safe and in their own homes,” said Cinabro. “Thanks to the vision and commitment of 140 donors to date, we’ve made outstanding progress toward that goal.”

“The specific needs of the Kalamazoo community may have changed over 120 years, but the Kalamazoo Humane Society has remained committed to protecting the vulnerable since 1897,” added Killen-Roberts. “This new animal care and resource center, which expands the Humane Society’s crucial medical, education and support services, is the next step in advancing our identity as a compassionate community. Now we’re asking the rest of the community to take us over the finish line in this important campaign.”
The new facility will be located in Comstock Township at River Street and the I-94 Business Loop. It will replace the Humane Society’s current home, which is a converted bridal shop. Winters said the center will expand KHS’s low-cost spay and neuter services to reduce unwanted litters, increase access to its emergency pet food bank and other services for pet owners in crisis, and provide humane education activities to promote responsible treatment of animals.

Operation Fix-It, KHS’s spay and neuter program, has exceeded 60,000 procedures since 2002, which correlates to dramatic reductions in the number of animals housed in the shelter operated by Kalamazoo County Animal Services & Enforcement. Reportedly, in 2015 no dogs were euthanized for lack of space—a result attributed to Operation Fix-It.
The new animal care and resource center will increase the scope of Operation Fix-It, according to Winters.

“When complete, our new home will allow us to grow programs that reduce the number of shelter animals through education and access to medical services and assistance,” Winters said.

Construction of the animal care and resource center should begin by spring 2018.
The Kalamazoo Humane Society is a qualified 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, meaning gifts are tax-deductible. Individuals and groups wishing to support the Compassion/Prevention/Results Campaign may do so in any of the following ways:

• A one-time cash gift
• A multi-year pledge commitment that can be paid over three years
• A gift of appreciated assets, such as stocks
• A donation of an asset that can be converted to cash, such as property, a car, collectibles, etc.
• An estate gift

More information about the Kalamazoo Humane Society and the Animal Care and Resource Center, including an informational video, is available online at www.kazoohumane.org/campaign

About the Kalamazoo Humane Society
Founded in 1897, the Kalamazoo Humane Society provides humane education, pet population control and emergency response services to pets and pet owners throughout Kalamazoo County and many under-served Southwest Michigan communities. Find out more at http://www.kazoohumane.org, or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

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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!

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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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!

REGISTER NOW – CLICK HERE!

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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!

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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.

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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!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER NOW!

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.

 

 

 

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