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Walker City Commissioners change Dog Ordinance

Walker City Commissioners change Dog Ordinance

Walker City Commissions has changed a law, allowing residents to have up to 3 dogs in their homes. Up until now they have only been allowed to have 2 dogs.

Frank Walsh, Community Development Director said the ordinance has been modified, along with some others, to meet the demands of residents who present requests to the Zoning Board of Appeals.  After he reviewed ordinances regarding animals in the home and comparing Walker’s ruling with other communities, he presented these issues to the City Commission.

The change will go into effect in February 2013. Just a reminder to all dog owners also, dog license fees are due no later than March 1st.

Time To Get Your Dog's New License

Time To Get Your Dog's New License


2013 Dog Licenses available in Kent County.

Michigan law requires that all dogs four months of age or older be licensed.

A dog license is considered late if your animal is 5 months of age or older and you have owned the dog longer than 30 days. Dog licenses are discounted for senior citizens, and if your dog has been spayed or neutered (See fees here). To qualify for senior prices a person has to be 62 years old at the time of purchase and provide proof of age.

The fees through March 1, 2013 range from $6-26. After March 1, the costs of licenses doubles.

John Ball Zoo penguins get annual check-ups

GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Some of the most popular attractions at the John Ball Zoo are getting their yearly check-ups.

All 31 penguins at the zoo got their annual physicals Thursday.

In addition to evaluating the birds' health, staff at the zoo installed microchip transponders to help identifty the penguins.

It's all part of an exhaustive process that the zoo takes pride in.

"It gives an example of how intense our program of veterinary care is, and how important the health and well-being of each one of these animals is to us, to you as the community, to know the animals in your zoo are getting the best possible care they can have," says Barb Snyder, the zoo's general curator.

Snyder says the zoo does the same thing for all of its other types of animals.

Animal shelter meets goal of 300 adoptions

Animal shelter meets goal of 300 adoptions

The Kent County Health Department is thrilled to announce the Kent County Animal Shelter (KCAS) met its goal of 300 adoptions in the ASPCA/Rachel Ray $100K Challenge, which was held August 1-October 31, 2012.  That’s 174 adoptions more than last year.  In all, 674 pets were saved in the three month challenge – 137 more than last year.

The winning shelter will receive $100,000 in prize money.  KCAS did not save the most pets in the competition, but the contest helped build awareness about the KCAS and the thousands of animals that come through the doors every year.  “This competition brought in dozens of families who had never come to the Kent County Animal Shelter in the past,” said Cathy Raevsky, the Administrative Health Officer of the Kent County Health Department.  “Our dedicated staff worked incredibly hard to promote adoptions and return lost pets to their owners over the past three months.”

Humane Society of West Michigan Wins Grand Rapids Gem

Humane Society of West Michigan (HSWM) has won the Grand Rapids Gem competition, organized by Grand Rapids-based Craft-Revival Jewelers.  As a result of earning 65 percent of the public vote on grandrapidsgem.com, HSWM earned $6,640. 

“We are truly honored and ecstatic to be the winner of this exciting competition,” said Trudy Ender, executive director of the Humane Society of West Michigan.  “We currently have 300 animals at our shelter and these funds will be used directly for their care.  As a 100-percent donor-funded organization, donations like this are vital and we couldn’t care for our animals without the community support.”

2012 BISSELL Blocktail Party was the Best Dog-Gone Party Yet

2012 BISSELL Blocktail Party was the Best Dog-Gone Party Yet

Nearly 800 animal lovers, and their canine companions alike, attended the 2012 BISSELL Blocktail Party at Mangiamo! on Wednesday, June 13. A total of $187,000 was raised at the event, surpassing the fundraising goal of $150,000 that was set for its seventh year.  Funds from the party benefited the new BISSELL Pet Foundation, which administered the proceeds to West Michigan animal welfare organizations in the form of BISSELL Blocktail Grants, along with a $10,000 gift that was allocated to "Party Partners" earlier in the year to thank them for their good work in the community.  

K-9 Caberet benefitting the Humane Society of West Michigan

K-9 Caberet benefitting the Humane Society of West Michigan

News Release:

Thursday May 17 is the K-9 Cabaret!!

This brand-new event for Humane Society of West Michigan is designed to bring our community together to have fun and support the animals of West Michigan!

This year's event will honor the Grand Rapids Police Department's K-9 Unit. One of the K-9 dogs (and their handler) will be present at the event to accept the award signifying their work in the community!

We invite everyone to this event to bid on terrific auction items, enjoy fabulous food and learn how important animals are to our community! Auction items include autographed sports memorabilia, a Coach purse, a Brinkman 4-burner grill, U of M football tickets and more!!!

Tickets are $40 in advance or $50 at the door.