Thursday, February 27, 2014

Gemma

Meet gorgeous Gemma! A one-year-old Border Collie mix that is full of life and ready to play! We think she might have some Cattle Dog or Fox Terrier in her; we're not 100% sure, but we do know that she's 100% cute!

Gemma is eager to learn and would be a great at Frisbee and agility with training from a dedicated owner. She is toy, not treat, motivated and loves to play and will need lots of mental stimulation and physical exercise from her new family. 

This amazing girl has to wait five long weeks before she can get spayed because she is currently in heat. This situation isn't fair to Gemma and reiterates the importance of responsible pet ownership; get your pet spayed/neutered

Gemma is potty-trained, crate-trained and is great with other dogs, children and cats. Like all herding-breeds Gemma has natural instincts to herd and likes to corral the family, cats included, when everyone is in the same space. She is never aggressive but will need patient feline friends who won't be overly annoyed by her herding tendencies. 

Gemma would do best with an active family, willing to channel her energy into positive tasks. 

Look for more on Gemma in the coming weeks and watch for her bio page on our website. This highly-adoptable girl won't last long, so if you're thinking of adding her to your home fill out and application. As with all our cats and dogs, Gemma's foster family will choose the home best suited to Gemma's needs.


Friday, February 21, 2014

Kiki


Beautiful Kiki is looking for her special forever home. She tested positive for Feline Leukemia and needs a home without any other cats or a home with other FeLV+ kitties. 

Kiki is such a happy kitty :)

Kiki is very playful and adventurous. She adapts quickly and seeks attention from everyone. Curling up for a nice catnap in your lap is one of her favorite activities. 

Do you have a place in your heart and home for this special girl? 




Just look at those gorgeous amber eyes!

Kiki is always ready for playtime!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Thank you!

Featuring KAR President Danielle Wallis
Huge thanks to Old National Bank's Oshtemo location and their customers! We tied for first place with Animals Best Friend Fund and won $1000 due to their customers voting our charities to win! This money will go towards paying our vet bills and saving more cats and dogs.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Giving the Gift of Life to Your Best Friend



World Spay/Neuter Day                         February 25, 2014

By Karren Jensen

If there was a simple and safe medical procedure which would ensure a happy and healthy life for your best furry friend, would you be willing to have it done?  What if this same procedure would guarantee that helpless puppies and kittens would never suffer homelessness, cruelty or neglect: would you be in favor of such a life-saving gift?  There is such a medical procedure and it is very safe and effective, but often misunderstood because of myths and beliefs that many people have acquired.  This medical intervention, of course, is spay/neuter surgery and here are some good reasons why this is a great way to keep your canine or feline friend happy and healthy.

Reason 1: Pets live longer and healthier lives when they do not reproduce. 
Many years of pet health studies have shown that pets who are spayed or neutered live much healthier lives.  They are not subject to many diseases related to reproduction and certainly are not liable to injury or death from fighting during mating.  A neutered male is a much calmer and more socialized pet, not battling for territory or mates.  A spayed female is freed from the traumas of the “heat” cycle and unwanted attentions from intact males.

Reason 2: Pets do not look forward to raising a family or feel deprived when they don’t.  
Human expectations to have children are often projected on to our pets but this belief is simply not realistic.  While some humans can suffer severe mental trauma by being deprived of parenthood, pets just don’t function that way.  Although it is true that many dog or cat mothers are caring and loving toward their offspring, they are not emotionally tied to the idea of becoming a parent.  Pets have other relationships in their lives that give them emotional fulfillment, including their attachment to their human family members and friendships with other pets. 
  
Reason 3: Spaying and neutering benefits the pet population as a whole. 
Every day there are about six or seven kittens and puppies born for every new human that is born that same day.  Obviously, not everybody becomes a pet owner so this lopsided population increase virtually guarantees that millions of pets will die needlessly simply because there is no loving home and family for them to join.  Many pet owners fail to take responsibility for the offspring which their unaltered pets produce, turning them loose to fend for themselves.  These helpless babies then become the prey of wild animals, cruel humans, or starvation.  Preventing unwanted births is a much kinder alternative.

There are many programs to assist owners with the expense of spay/neuter surgery if you are unable to afford it. 


  • If you live outside the Kalamazoo area, please search for low cost spay/neuter services in your area using the following ASPCA link: http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/spayneuter/ .  Please say “I love you” to your pet by giving the gift of life through spay/neuter surgery, giving your furry companion a great life and helping to prevent pet overpopulation.


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Saturday, February 8, 2014

Caroline and Emmaline




Caroline and Emmaline are two gorgeous sisters who are looking for their forever home. They are particularly bonded and would love to go home together. Get to know the girls by reading their bios and watching their fun video!



Caroline


Emmaline












We hope to meet you soon!