Posted tagged ‘Humane Society of Southwestern Michigan’

Bunnies, Chicks, and Ducklings, Oh My!

March 21, 2016

They’re cute, fuzzy, and look like they would be very cuddly, something any child would like to find in an Easter basket. But unless one is prepared to house, feed, and properly care for them for the duration of their lives, baby ducks and chicks are really not meant to be bought for pets. They have very specific needs, and it can quickly become quite a chore for most of us to meet them. Baby bunnies are also cute and cuddly and can make excellent pets, even to being litter box trained, but again, their needs are different. For anyone choosing to buy one as a pet, please be aware of the care they require and make a commitment to keep them beyond their cute bunny stage when they become rabbits. Many shelters do take in unwanted bunnies after the cuteness has worn off, so if you really want one for a pet you might check with them to see if any are available for adoption.

The Humane Society of Southwestern Michigan has two fundraisers coming up this spring. On April 11th, they will hold a Share Night at Culver’s in Stevensville. From 5:00 to 8:00 pm, the shelter will receive a percentage of total store sales. It’s an easy way to help out the shelter and enjoy a nice dinner out with the family.

The 8th Annual Bids for Barks is set for Saturday, May 14th, at the Kickers Club, 2601 Hetler Dr., St. Joseph. All tickets are reserved at $45.00 and may be ordered at their website, www.humanesocietyswm.org. Or you may call Lynn at 269-921-6743. Tickets include dinner. There will be a silent as well as a live auction and entertainment and cash bar. Tables for 8 may be reserved for $350.00. Doors open at 5pm. Proceeds from the auction will help fund the Capital Campaign Fund. If you are unable to attend but would like to make a donation to the fund, you can go to their website and click on Capital Campaign. You may also view the plans for the new larger and more modern shelter that will replace the current one built in 1964.

These are some immediate needs the humane society shelter has this month: puppy food, both canned and dry, copy paper, laundry detergent and non-pine scented floor cleaner. As we will soon be headed into “kitten season,” I’m sure they would also appreciate kitten and cat food as well as non-clumping litter. While most shelters are full to brimming with cats all the time, spring and early summer always see0 a big influx of kittens into shelters everywhere. We know how quickly cats can and do reproduce, so if you have recently adopted a young kitten, please know how soon they mature. Female cats can have kittens as young as six months old, so check with your vet about when to have her spayed. Neutering your male cat is a win-win for you, the cat and the neighborhood. Please do your part to not add to the cat overpopulation. Spay and neuter your pets!

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Who Owns Who?

November 24, 2015

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Any of us who have had pets for years know the feeling of being owned by them. If you can identify with any of the following, you are definitely owned by your pets.

You save the last bite of whatever you are eating to share with the furry ones.

You sleep in one position all night so as not to disturb the sleeping ones.

You feel a little guilty going out at night after being gone all day, because they are looking at you with those sad eyes.

You rarely can sit in a chair or on the sofa without someone wanting to curl up in your lap.

You always have “help” when you are doing household chores; making the bed (playing hide and seek under the covers); laundry (overseeing how much detergent you use); sweeping the floor (inspecting the dirt for anything useful).

You always check out the pet section in a store to see what’s new.

There is usually an assortment of toy mice, stuffed animals, jingle balls and half-chewed treats strewn around the house.

Your holiday shopping list includes at least one of the above (except the half chewed treats!). They’ll want some new fancy ones.

Speaking of the holidays, here are some dates to put on the calendar for upcoming events.

Saturday, December 5, Animal Aid will host their annual Holiday Open House. This year it is being held at the pet-friendly Silver Beach hotel in St. Joseph, 1:30-5:00 pm. Stop in before, during, or after the Reindog Parade and shop for gifts and baked goods, and to check out the silent auction items. Visit with pets hoping to find their forever homes and have your pet’s photo taken. Past pets may be remembered at the Memory Tree. All proceeds benefit the pets that are served by this local animal rescue group.

The Humane Society of Southwestern Michigan will hold their annual Holiday Party for the Animals on Saturday, December 12, 11am-4 pm. There will be a gift store and raffle tickets as well as refreshments to enjoy. The donations collected on this day go a long way to help support the shelter at 641 Crystal Avenue, Benton Harbor. They are always in need of the following items: kitten and puppy food, adult cat and dog food (both canned and dry), bleach, and non clumping litter. Monetary donations are always appreciated and help defray medical and other shelter expenses. Please know that no donation is too small and all will help the animals that, for whatever reason, now live at the shelter.

The Humane Society also has a new website with many new features and updates. Visit them at www.humanesocietyswm.org for the latest on what’s happening and a more concise list of needs.

In this season of thankfulness, let us be thankful for the rescue groups and many volunteers who give countless hours of their time to save animals that need new homes. It can be physically and emotionally draining for the humans, but if they could speak, I’m sure the animals would say thank you for saving them and guiding them to new homes.

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