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Animal shelter competing for online votes

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - The Kent County Animal Shelter is competing in a nation-wide online contest and needs local support to win funding for their animals.

The KCAS submitted an application and was accepted to the ASPCA/Rachel Ray $100K Challenge.

More than 100 shelters applied, the 50 with the most online votes move on to the next competition.

Voting runs from April 5- April 16th. Votes can be submitted at www.votetosavelives.org .

Bow-Wows and Brews Benefit

Bow-Wows and Brews Benefit

For Immediate Release

What:  3rd Annual Bow-Wows & Brews to benefit C-SNIP

When:  Feb 10 2012 

              6:30-10:00pm

Where:  The Delta Plex          

               $35.00 in advance / $45.00 at the door                                               

Join C-SNIP February 10, 2012 at the Delta Plex for our 3rd  Annual Bow-Wows & Brews Event!   Bring your best friend(s) and enjoy craft beer tasting, live music, heavy hors d-oeuvres, raffles and auctions.&nb

Announcing SnipCat 49503!

Announcing SnipCat 49503!

From: http://www.csnip.org/

This special program is offering $5.00 spay surgery for female cats living in the 49503 zip code area.

Thanks to a grant from PetSmart Charities®. Residents living in 49503 can call 616-455-8220 ext.101, to make an appointment for one of these $5 spay surgeries. Owners must mention the Snipcat 49503 program to receive the special pricing.

"This is a really good offer and one that will end when the grant monies run out," says Pat Schoen, Executive Director of C-SNIP."We really want to see pet owners in 49503 take advantage of this special offer to help reduce cat overpopulation in Grand Rapids.

John Ball Zoo breaks ground on new attractions

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM)- Construction on the newest addition to the John Ball Zoo is underway.  The John Ball Zoo Society broke ground this morning on the Idema Forest Realm and Funicular.  It is named after the Bill and Bea Idema Foundation which donated $5-million, the largest single single donation in the zoo's history.

Brenda Stringer with the John Ball Zoo Society, "I'm thrilled, I'm really excited.  Given this economy, and given how many people are using the zoo now, we really wondered if we were going to be able to do something like this, but this community has just supported us so wonderfully, and to be able to grow at this time is really exciting for us."

The project, which will expand the zoo by 11 acres, will include a children's play area and an observation deck.  In case you're wondering, a funicular is a cable railway that travels up a hill.