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You may have seen news reports about Kalamazoo County’s plan to replace its old and outdated animal shelter.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

 

Kalamazoo dog fighter accepts plea deal. Again.

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A pit bull is seen chained on Kelvin Thomas’ property during a rescue conducted by Kalamazoo County Animal Services in Oshtemo Township, Mich. on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016.

The Kalamazoo Humane Society was able to offer a helping hand to Kalamazoo County Animal Services this February while they executed a search warrant at the home of Kelvin Thomas for the second time.  Now, just 9 months after Faith Temple Church of God Bishop T.D. Lockett proclaimed that he felt Thomas was being framed, Thomas, a former church Elder, has pled to felony dog fighting charges making this his 3rd conviction for dog fighting.  Thanks to the hard work and dedication of everyone involved, Thomas has now accepted the harshest penalty to be handed down to a dog fighter in Kalamazoo County history.

For those following this case, we know the hope was that he would receive jail time, however due to the sentencing guidelines, we’re happy to say he’s getting the max penalty he can receive at this time, based on the charges he pled to.  If he fails to meet the requirements of his probation, jail/prison time is still an option.

Link to story: http://wwmt.com/news/local/kelvin-thomas-takes-plea-deal-in-animal-fighting-case

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – An Oshtemo Township man charged for the third time with animal fighting is taking a plea deal.

10 dogs were taken from Kelvin Thomas’ home in February.

The United States Humane Society was even called in to help with recovery.

Despite being a habitual offender, Thomas isn’t expected to face jail time for these crimes. Instead he’ll have to complete several classes, and serve years of probation.

Thomas waived his right to a trial in court on Tuesday.

“He told the officer he owned 7 dogs, records show none were registered,” said Steve Lawrence, the Kalamazoo County Director of Animal Services. “None of them had water, several we think all were anxious to get into a warm place.”

10 young dogs were taken from Thomas’ Oshtemo Township home this Feburary.

Dogs experts say he was training them to fight.

“They were able to find that he had been advertising the dogs or the puppies which they do for fighting dogs,” Lawrence said.

36 dogs were taken from the same home back in 2012.

Thomas was ordered to two years probation at the time.

“Michigan has some of the best cruelty laws in the country; the problem is the penalty for them is not as strict as it needs to be in some cases,” Lawrence said.

Now, jail time will likely be waived, but his probation extended, thanks to stronger animal cruelty laws passed since his first charge.

Thomas will be sentenced in January.

If he violates any of his probation terms, he could also serve jail time.

He’s not allowed to own any animals during that time.

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Related News:

http://wwmt.com/news/local/more-dogs-seized-from-home-of-convicted-dog-fighter

http://wwmt.com/news/local/church-leader-claims-dog-fighting-suspect-church-elder-is-innocent

http://wwmt.com/news/local/facing-possible-animal-cruelty-charges-w-mich-man-resigns-from-church-position

http://wwmt.com/news/local/kalamazoo-co-man-facing-dogfighting-charges-turns-himself-in

http://wwmt.com/news/local/repeat-offenders-causing-michigan-to-re-evaluate-animal-cruelty-laws

http://www.mlive.com/news/kalamazoo/index.ssf/2012/12/oshtemo_township_man_given_com.html

http://www.mlive.com/news/kalamazoo/index.ssf/2012/08/suspected_dogfighting_operatio.html

 

 

$20 spay/neuter surgeries for puppies and kittens; June only!

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Sponsored by PetSmart Charities® “Precious, Not Parents” campaign offers $20 spay/neuter surgeries for puppies and kittens under 6 months old

Kalamazoo, MI (MAY 18, 2016) –  They may be just babies, but kittens as young as 4 months and puppies as young as 5 months are old enough to get pregnant and have their first litter just two months later.  “These precious babies shouldn’t be parents at 5 and 6 months old,” says Julie Barber, Community Connections Director for the Kalamazoo Humane Society.

That’s why the Kalamazoo Humane Society, with funding provided by PetSmart Charities, the largest funder of animal welfare efforts in North America, is introducing the “Precious, Not Parents” campaign. Through the “Precious, Not Parents,” campaign, the Kalamazoo Humane Society will provide $20 spay and neuter surgeries for puppies and kittens under six months of age during the month of June.

Some pet parents may worry that their pet is too young for this procedure, but spaying and neutering is safe and easy for kittens and puppies as young as eight to 10 weeks old, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. In fact, the Kalamazoo Humane Society has performed more than 58,000 spay/neuter surgeries since 2012, many of which have been on puppies and kittens.

“Many owners put off the procedure and wait until the puppy or kitten is six to eight months old,” says Barber. “But by then, a litter of puppies or kittens can be born.”

This special $20 rate is even less than the organization’s normal low-cost priced and is available to the public with no residency or income requirements. Pet parents who wish to take advantage of this offer must mention the “Precious, Not Parents” campaign when they call to schedule their appointment. The campaign is based on availability.

the Kalamazoo Humane Society will provide “Precious, Not Parents,” sterilizations for $20 in June, while appointments last. Please visit http://www.kazoohumane.org or call 269-345-1181 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

PetSmart Charities’ “Precious, Not Parents” campaign provides more than $677,339 to spay/neuter clinics to fund affordable, high-quality spay and neuter surgeries for more than 16,864 puppies and kittens across the nation during the month of June.

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. Find out more at http://www.kazoohumane.org, or follow us on Facebook or Twitter

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

Aaron Winters on the Lori Moore Show today at 4pm

Aaron Winters, Executive Director of the Kalamazoo Humane Society appears on set with Lori Moore

Aaron Winters, Executive Director of the Kalamazoo Humane Society appears on set with Lori Moore

Make sure to catch the Lori Moore show today at 4pm on the CW7 and watch Aaron Winters, Executive Director of the Kalamazoo Humane Society!  Today he’ll be talking about the Dog Walk & K-9 Festival and more about the services KHS provides.

Thanks for having us Lori!  Check out Lori’s facebook page here!

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