Wednesday, April 20, 2016

BISSELL Empty the Shelters Adoption Event

Thanks to BISSELL Pet Foundation, May 7th will be forever known as “Empty the Shelters” day to hundreds of dogs and cats across Michigan. 

BPF will pay all adoption fees at more than 20 shelters and rescue organizations and will thank families for choosing adoption with the gift of an AdoptBox™. Please see the full list of participants at the BPF website.

Kalamazoo Animal Rescue will be participating at the event center at BISSELL Homecare in Grand Rapids. KAR will have adoptable cats ONLY for the free adoption event. The cats that qualify will be listed under our event page on our website. 

BISSELL Homecare 
Hours: 11am – 3pm 
2345 Walker Ave NW 
Grand Rapids, MI 49544 

KAR cat Jerry was featured in one of Bissell's promo videos. Here he is showing off the Cat Kit Adoption Box. Jerry was recently adopted.

 Keep checking the CATS scheduled on our event page. If you are interesting in adopting a particular cat, you need to adopt them NOW and pay our normal adoption rate. KAR cannot hold cats until the BISSELL event! 

Our adoption process is EXACTLY the same. All potential adopters MUST fill out an adoption application. They will be screened and approved. KAR needs to do vet checks and apartment checks, so please make sure your vet and/or apartment manager knows that we need to call for this information. 

You can find the GENERAL CAT application here.

Please also read our de-claw statement here.

Please be PATIENT with our volunteers screening applications. We will be flooded with applications and questions, so our normal response window of 24-48hrs may not be possible. 

We hope we will find some amazing homes for deserving pets and be able to save more lives thanks to this partnership with BISSELL Pet Foundation. For any questions about KAR's participation, please contact us. For any questions about the BISSELL event, please visit their Facebook page.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Valentine Fundraiser

Do you need Valentines for you child's classroom? Help animals at the same time by making a $10 donation to Kalamazoo Animal Rescue for a pack of 30 Valentine cards featuring adorable rescue cats and dogs. (For $15 you can have your classroom pack mailed directly to you - no pick up required!)

Available in three options: Furry Friends, Smitten Kittens, and Puppy Pals.

Check in for a full list of pick up locations and dates.
- Art Hop Friday, February 5th at Sticks&Stones

Order from your KAR volunteer or contact to place your order.

Single Valentines available at local vets and shops. Check in for a full list of locations coming soon!

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Adopted Faces of 2015 Video

These are just some of the cats and dogs that you helped KAR save and find forever homes for in 2015. It's thanks to your donations and support that we can save the lives of pets in our community. Thank you from all of us! 

Post your KAR adopted pets in the comments here or on our Facebook page.

Look for your December issues of the KAR Friends eNewsletter in your email today! Not signed up? Sign up here (it's FREE)!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Thank You to Our Sponsors!

We want to extend a special thank you to our donors in our Mom and Puppy Naming Fundraiser. Mom and all of her ten puppies have been gifted with names and will be up for adoption soon!  

Name That Puppy! Sponsorship Package ~ $50

  • Carley sponsored by Kelley G. in Memory of Carley
  • Abbey and Vinny sponsored by Yvonne J.
  • Hunter sponsored the Smith Family: Tracy, Kenny, Avery and Evan
  • Webster sponsored by Kegan and Kearney M. in Honor of Grandma and Grandpa W.
  • Henry sponsored by Kegan and Keaney M. in Honor of Aunt Nesa
  • Daisy Mae sponsored by Susan F.
  • Sammy sponsored by Hollyanna H.
  • Brutus sponsored by Brain and Ellie L. in Honor of Carter and Kennedy D.
  • Bo sponsored by Brain and Ellie L. in Honor of Ethan and Hailey L.

 Spay/Neuter Sponsorship Package ~ $250

  • Baylee sponsored by the Bolhuis Family to The Lundquist Family in Memory of Baylee

An Extra Special Thank You

We would also like to thank Joanne R. for her generous donation to pay for all of mom, Carley's, veterinary costs for her spay surgery and vaccinations! 

You can still help by making a donation to our rescue so we can not only help cover vet care for these puppies but the help future rescue cats and dogs as well. Click on our donation page to find out all the ways you can help KAR.  Can't donate? Consider becoming a volunteer. We have lots of volunteer opportunities like fostering, grant writing, and more.

Know someone looking to add a lifelong friend to family? Be sure to share Carley and her puppies with them. They might just be the perfect match for one of these wonderful canines! 

And continue to help KAR by voting for the KALSEE Share-the-Love video contest. It's FREE, easy and we NEED YOUR HELP to get as many votes possible everyday! Vote at:

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Dog Foster Homes Needed


We are currently getting more requests than we can handle and have not been able to help as many as we would like. On the fence about fostering? See what one of our dog fosters, Shannan has to say about her fostering experiences. 

Personally, I have been a dog foster since March 1, 2015 and in that time I have fostered 12 dogs. Fostering is something I have always wanted to do and with the support of my family was finally able to do this year. 

Last week I pulled a couple of dogs from Animal Control who literally only had minutes left. I have watched those dogs transform and blossom within the last week. Their gratefulness is obvious in the love that they give. We have the chance to give these dogs a new beginning, help them find their happy ending and I love being a part of that. 

Right now, we have dogs on intake whose owners have passed away, people who are losing their homes, and the local shelters have all been asking for help as they are very full. I am a full time employee, a wife, a mom to three busy girls. My life has always been full but it never felt complete until I started volunteering and making a difference with Kalamazoo Animal Rescue. Help us save a life and volunteer as a dog foster parent.

Make a difference in their life; make a difference in yours.
Fill out a Foster Home Application on our website! 

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

HELP US WIN UP TO $25,000!!!

HELP US WIN UP TO $25,000!!!

KALSEE Credit Union has entered the Love My Credit Union Rewards Share the Love video contest and selected Kalamazoo Animal Rescue as their charity! 

Each month October-December 24th the video with the most votes will receive a $10,000 donation to their charity of choice. And the video with the most votes at the end of the contest will be awarded $15,000!


It costs you nothing and you don't need to be a credit union member. Just fill out the form on the voting site to receive your special voting code. Plus you could win a $100 gift card just for voting! 

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Mom and Puppy Naming Fundraiser

Recently, Van Buren County Animal Control contacted KAR when a female Black Lab mix gave birth to ten puppies in their shelter. One of our amazing foster volunteers stepped up and brought the canine family into her home. With so many mouths to feed and upcoming vet care, KAR needs your help! So we’re having a naming fundraiser with three special sponsorship levels. 
  • $50 ~ Name That Puppy Package (Up to 6 spots available)
  • $250 ~ Spay/Neuter Package (3 spots available)
  • $750 ~ Premium Package $750 (2 spots available)
Details for each sponsorship package are available here.  In appreciation for your generous donation, you also receive the opportunity to name mom or a puppy, and you receive some other special perks too!  There are seven male pups and three female pups so act FAST to give them a new name!

Purchase your sponsorship here! Be sure to leave your contact information at the check out.

Donations of any amount can add up to make a huge difference. Donate online, by mail or at one of our adoption events.

*** Update 10/12/2015***
Mom (Carley) and two girls (Abby and Baylee) have already been claimed to name. Only ONE girl pup remains to be named along with all seven boys.

*** Update 10/7/2015 ***
Some of the pups made some unique paw print art that will be available for donations. You can find our paw print art at Sticks&Stones in downtown Kalamazoo during Art Hop. 

Check back on our social media pages and websites for updates, and help spread the word so we can help mom and her puppies. 

Your donations of any amount can help! Visit donation page to find out all the ways you can help our rescue pets, and our Amazon Wishlist to view supply donations.