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Please donate to the Animal Care Network food assistance program.  The Animal Care Network program mandates that all dogs and cats be spayed and neutered so this program is a DOUBLE AND TRIPLE plus positive!!!

These are some of the dogs and cats that your donations will be directly helping.  You will be helping pet owners that have fallen on hard times, whether it be loss of job, loss of income, loss of home, medical, disability,seniors, lack of transportation.  These dogs and cats are all spayed and neutered and ARE NOT adding to the pet overpopulation.  Their owners deserve the help so that these animals can stay in the home and be fed.

We all need help at one time or another, so PLEASE make a donation our community outreach program today!

Dry dog and dry cat food fundraising link:



Come out and have fun while raising money for the neglected animals in our target areas.

The Bowl-4-Animal Rescue Event is our biggest fundraiser of the year and we would love to see you in attendance.   Even if you don’t bowl, you can still come out and have some fun!

For more information please go to:



Please remember to re-enroll your Kroger Card starting in April making Michigan Animal Adoption Network the charity of choice.



Dear Kroger Community Rewards Groups,

April is just around the corner which means it is time for reenrollment for Kroger Community Rewards Program. Here are a few things you will need to know.

The organization does not need to re-enroll. All organizations will keep their NPO number that was assigned to them.

Your members do need to re-enroll between April 1st 2015 and May 1st 2015 for the May 1st start of the program

To re-enroll on-line they just simply go to
· click “sign in”
· enter their email and password
· click “enroll now”
· put in the NPO number or part of the organizations name
· check the correct group
· click “enroll”

Once completed they are then enrolled for the charity earnings during May 1st 2015 to April 30th 2016.

If someone re-enrolls after May 1st they will only earn from the day they enrolled until April 30th 2016.

If it is the first time a member is enrolling they will be prompted to register their Kroger card into the program.

Anyone having an issue with their email address or password can call 1-800-KROGERS for customer service.

Thank You
Kroger Community Rewards


For people who have outdoor animals, please bring them inside immediately.

Michigan State Law states that outdoor animals MUST have adequate shelter!

Please check on outdoor dogs constantly, making sure the doghouse is elevated and is not filled with snow. Make sure their chains are not frozen and tangled. Make sure their doghouses are packed full with dry straw. Make sure they have a pathway shoveled just like you would for you and your human family. Make sure they have access to food and fresh water!


If you cannot keep your dog or cat, please take it to a local shelter or call a rescue group.

If you see a dog or cat in trouble call your local animal control, police department or rescue group immediately!



Don’t forget to protect pets in extreme cold – January 8, 2015

A big thank you to Lauren Podell and Channel 4 WDIV for getting up extra early to do several segments on dogs and cats during this brutal winter blast. Wind chill advisory twenty below and winter weather advisory, heavy and blowing snow on the way. This is not letting up in the near future!Any and all media and awareness that we can bring to the public for the animals sake is greatly appreciated!!!This is serious! Bring your pets inside! For those of you that don’t, won’t or cannot for whatever reason,provide them with a full doghouse of dry straw, extra food and check on them constantly! If you do not want or cannot keep your animal, please contact your local shelter or rescue group, don’t just leave them out there!


If you see an animal in trouble, call your local authorities, animal control, rescue group or the police! It is better to be safe than sorry!


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  “Why do they even have a dog?”

The Animal Care Network has been asking the same million-dollar question that everyone else wants answered… Guard dog? Burglar alarm? A possession? Status? All of the above? We do not know the  answer and we probably never will, nor do we condone or understand.


The Animal Care Network is a volunteer-based program. As volunteers, our organization has no authority to confiscate or remove animals. We have to rely on our animal control agencies/officers and law enforcement to issue citations or tickets.

Our volunteers are out on the streets every single day, witnessing these sights on a regular basis. We are just as angered and upset by it as all of our supporters. We take our program very seriously and do not give up until a situation is remedied or improved, and we do not back down. We are persistent and will do recheck after recheck, which results in many times getting the animal surrendered.

It is not illegal for a dog to live outside on a chain, 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. Therefore, in many of the situations, we have to educate, spay and neuter, hand out literature and improve the environment and living conditions for the individual animals we visit, making it a practice to not forget about any animal. We also do not leave animals behind if the owner will surrender or if they are on the streets, abandoned or running stray.

We rescue every single dog and cat that we can, and we work closely with Oakland County Animal Control/Sheriff’s Department if the conditions are beyond education and assistance. Any cruelty addresses that we encounter/post are ALWAYS reported to the authorities.

It is not in the makeup of Animal Care Network teams to just walk away and leave a bad situation. Some addresses we work on for years. We all lose sleep over these animals, dogs and cats alike!

We post these stories to let the public know what is going on out there, to provide everyone with the truth. This is real life for dogs and cats everywhere, not just our target areas.


facebook statement January 8 2015


________________________________________________________________________________PRESS RELEASE COLD WEATHER ANIMAL CARE NETWORK 1-4-15-0
Happy Holidays

The Animal Care Network has sent out press releases for cold weather alert for pets to all the  newspapers, radio stations and television stations in our area and will continue to do so during this freezing weather.  

Please spread the word and share.  In efforts to educate the community cold weather tips are passed out at every single address!!

Helping the Backyard Dogs

The Animal Care Network teams run into all kinds of situations while checking on backyard dogs. Sadly it is not against the law to keep dogs chained up outside 24/7 so the volunteers do their best to educate, assist, rescue, remedy and often times call upon Oakland County Animal Control in situations that require their follow up.

Oakland County Animal Control has their work but out for them in our target area
and we work very closely with them on many addresses. As we have said in the past, better to work together than work against each other. This partnership can only benefit the dogs that we are trying to help and the owners that we are trying to educate!

Water is a huge problem, so many of these dogs are so thirsty they will drink three or four bowls of water while the team is there.

Tangled dogs are another problem. Volunteer stress to the owners to give these dogs time off the chain, whether it be going for a walk, letting them run around the yard if fenced or bringing them inside for a break from the monotony. Sadly this does not happen and often
times it is the team that finds the dogs so tangled they can barely move.

Tight, heavy collars and chains are also a problem and the teams try to offer other options for that as well.

Great work teams!

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The Legacy Continues…

The Michigan Animal Adoption Network (MAAN) is proud to announce the not-so-newest member to the family, Dr. Christina Cole, a certified and licensed animal chiropractor. You heard right, a chiropractor that works exclusively with animals! Dr. Christina Cole is the daughter of Joe Cole, co-founder of MAAN. Joe, who with Marie Skladd, founded the organization in 1994, and currently serves as Vice President and Treasurer. Sharing her parents’ passion for animals, Christina has grown up within the organization. She has volunteered at the Detroit Zoo adoptions, acted as a photographer for Paws with Claus, and moved pallets of food when needed. Spending her childhood immersed in the four-legged world only fueled her fire to go beyond volunteering and do something more. Motivated to find something she could do to help the helpless and be a voice for the voiceless, Christina was able to find a way in which to turn her love into a career. After attending the University of Michigan for her undergraduate degree, Dr. Christina moved down to Atlanta in order to attend Life University for her doctorate. She has recently returned to Michigan after several years of post-graduate education and completing her IVCA certification from Options for Animals. Currently, she continues to volunteer her time and donate her services with various organizations and rescue groups while also serving on the board of RichMar Equine Retirement. Her purpose in this world is to enrich the lives of animals not yet fortunate enough to have found a forever family.

Perhaps you are wondering why an animal would need to see a chiropractor, or how you might know if chiropractic evaluation is warranted. The answer is simple, every animal, be it cat, dog, horse, cow, giraffe, bunny, or elephant, should have his or her spine checked, but not every animal then needs to be adjusted. Dr. Christina is an advocate for these animals when it comes to their own healthcare and alternative therapies. Throughout their lives, animals will experience a variety of physical, mental, and chemical stressors to their systems, and unlike humans they are unable to vocalize any pain or discomfort they may be experiencing. When this occurs, a common result is decreased motion at a joint (subluxation). Decreased motion will lead to decreased nerve function, muscle death (atrophy), and overactive inflammatory processes. This entire set of processes comes from one area of decreased motion (hypomobility). Chiropractic uses objective indicators to locate these subluxations and then utilizes a high velocity-low amplitude adjustment to reduce the fixation. In turn, motion to the area is restored, muscles have freer movement, nerves have increased frequency of firing, and messages from the brain to the rest of the body can be sent without interference along the way. At the end of the day you’ll have a happier animal with better motion, higher nerve function, and improved quality of life!

Dr. Christina is not a veterinarian and she does not practice veterinary medicine. She has completed rigorous training to become licensed and certified in her field, and acknowledges chiropractic as an adjunct to veterinary medicine, not a replacement. As such, she works by veterinary referral in accordance to Michigan Codes and Regulations. She is a die hard Detroit Lions and Wolverines fan, thus proving her dedication even in times of hopelessness. If interested in getting your animal checked or if you’d like more information please feel free to contact Dr. Christina via email or phone (248) 602-0807. You can also visit  to familiarize yourself with animal chiropractic and the many benefits.
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The Animal Care Network is seriously so low on financial donations and dog and cat food
that we had to solicit donations to purchase food in order to continue our lifesaving,
vital outreach program in our target areas of Pontiac and Inkster.

We understand, appreciate and applaud that there is an unlimited amount of wonderful
animal rescue organizations and groups that need help and support just like we do.
We also appreciate everyone’s support and devotion.

The Animal Care Network pioneered the door to door street approach over 20 years ago, originated the food assistance program and also initiated a doghouse and straw program for outdoor animals.  Our volunteers have been on the streets nearly every single day since 1994.

We are so proud to have been nominated and honored for this unique approach over the years, we want to make sure our supporters, fans, followers and donors know too!

What is so important and different about the Animal Care Network is that we had to adapt
and learn as we went, we could not support and enable breeding, and irresponsible and
inhumane care any longer.

Years ago we had to evolve and require that all dogs and cats in the household must be
spayed and neutered in order to qualify for assistance…and IT WORKS.
The Animal Care Network also provides financial assistance and transportation in order to
get these dogs and cats fixed!!

We are seriously making a difference in our little corner of the world and are very proud
and thankful that we have been given the opportunity to do so and have been blessed
with your continued support!!!

Please take a moment to appreciate our history.






We would like to send our condolences to the family of Mrs. Dollie Ann Cole who passed away on August 24th. Mrs. Cole is the mother of Joe Cole, Treasurer and Vice President of the Michigan Animal Adoption Network.

dolliecole1Dollie Ann Cole, age 84, passed away on August 24, 2014. Mrs. Cole, widow of the late Edward N. Cole, former President of General Motors Corporation, was a respected businesswoman, serving in leadership roles on numerous national and local boards including on the board of PBS, Project HOPE (World Health Organization), The Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum, the National Corvette Museum, HPSC, a national leasing and finance company based in Boston, National Captioning Institute for the Hearing Impaired, National Academy of Sciences Presidents’ Circle, and the 100 Club of Central Texas, a charitable organization established to support the families of officers killed while serving the public. Mrs. Cole was also a member of the Corvair Society and was a Distinguished Woman of Northwood University.

Mrs. Cole’s interests included historic preservation, attending auctions and she was a great supporter of projects in and for Texas, including the Settlement Home for Children. Mrs. Cole also worked as a Senior Editor for Curtis Publishing. Outspoken, bright and attractive, Mrs. Cole set a high profile standard for the auto executive wife when she arrived in Detroit in the early 1960′s. Mrs. Cole commanded the same desk from her Ranch in Lockhart, Texas that her late husband occupied on the legendary 14th floor of the General Motors Building, buying it as a surprise for her husband when he retired. Known as a “force of nature”.

Mrs. Cole worked tirelessly for charities protecting children and animals. Mrs. Cole is survived by her four children, William Jefferson McVey, III, Anne Cole Pierce, Esq., Robert Michael Joseph Cole and Edward N. Cole, Jr. and by seven grandchildren, Alexandra C. Pierce, 2Lt. Matthew C. Pierce (currently serving in the United States Army), Dr. Christina A. Cole, Adam H. Cole, Rita B. Cole, Edward N. Cole, III, and Gunnar M. Cole.

The family will receive friends in Texas from 3:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. on Thursday and Friday, August 28, 2014 and August 29, 2014 at the McCurdy Funeral Home, 105 E. Pecan Street, Lockhart, Texas 78644. Funeral services celebrating the life of Mrs. Cole will be held in Texas on Saturday, August 30, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. at the TDS Pavilion located in the TDS Exotic Game Preserve, 11508 Carl Road, Buda, Texas 78610.

A second celebration of the life of Mrs. Cole will be held in Michigan. The family will receive friends in Michigan on Friday, September 5, 2014 from 3:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. at the A. J. Desmond & Sons Funeral Home, 2600 Crooks Road, Troy, Michigan 48084. A funeral service will be held at the Kirk in the Hills Church,1340 W. Long Lake Rd., Bloomfield Hills, Michigan 48302 on Saturday, September 6, 2014, at 11:00 A.M. with internment to follow at White Chapel Cemetery, 621 W. Long Lake Road, Troy, Michigan, 48098.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Michigan Animal Adoption Network, P.O Box 566, Roseville, Michigan 48066, the Air Warrior Courage Foundation, P.O. Box 877, Silver Spring, Maryland, 20918 or the National Corvette Museum, 350 Corvette Drive, Bowling Green, Kentucky 42101.

Mrs. Cole will be greatly missed by her many friends and her family.


2014 Bowl-4-Animal Rescue 

***** Important Update from Bowl-4-Animal Rescue Hosts*****

Drumroll please…

With our Yappy Hour, followed by our 3-month pledge drive and huge #B4AR 2014 event, we were able to raise $42,000 for the Michigan Animal Adoption Network / Animal Care Network and Friends For the Dearborn Animal Shelter! AMAZING!!!!!!

We have two more weeks to try to hit that $50,000 goal. If you would like to help, visit!

THANK YOU. ~Michelle and Aleta


This years Bowl-4-Animal Rescue was a huge success! Everyone had a great time bowling, eating, and winning prizes while raising money for the animals.We would like to thank everyone who came out to help the Michigan Animal Adoption Network and Friends For the Dearborn Animal Shelter raise money. All proceeds go directly to the groups to help the animals.We would also like to thank all the volunteers that work year round to make this event a huge success. So much is done behind the scenes leading up to the event and it couldn’t be accomplished without great volunteers!

The biggest thank you in the world goes out to Michelle Mullen and Aleta Sill for being the best hosts anyone can ask for. They go beyond the call of duty when it comes to animals and it shows in the energy and time they put in to make this event successful. Without them, this event would not be the great fundraiser that it is.

We would also like to send a big thank you out to Molly Masson and Alana Appel for joining us.

10600476_714980288574546_752412916881040476_nMolly brought her rescued dog Lettie to the event. Lettie was rescued from an abandoned home when she was a puppy. After a lot of love, care, and food, Lettie became a permanent family member in the Masson household. For the original story read here: .

10547639_4428179320406_620776019150050262_nAlana is a remarkable young lady. She raised over $400.00 by herself for the Michigan Animal Adoption Network by collecting bottles and cans and obtaining donations. What a great world it would be if all kids were that generous and kind!

Thank you again to EVERYONE that volunteered, donated, bowled, supported, sponsored, etc. Without you this event would not happen!

When we receive final totals on amount raised and the amount of food raised we will post it.

— at Bowl 4 Animal Rescue.



Volunteers are the backbone of the Michigan Animal Adoption Network. Without them, nothing would be accomplished.

This video is our little way of saying thank you to all the volunteers that help make a difference in the world.

We are always in need of volunteers; fostering, fundraising, food drives, animal care network teams, etc. If interested, please call 248-545-5055 for more information.


Dead dogs dumped: What’s going on?

Ronnie Dahl
6:33 PM, Mar 26, 2014
(WXYZ) Detroit – Late last week, as the snow began to melt in the River Rouge Park, and the first signs of spring began to appear, it was a hellish revelation. Dozens of dead dogs were found throughout the park and over the weekend, search teams found more. Nicole Litzelman is with the Detroit animal Welfare Group, or DAWG.  She was among those first on the scene. “We ourselves found three dead ones, when we were heart on Saturday, in addition to the 28 we were informed about last week.” said Litzelman. How the dogs got there and how long they had been there will probably never be known. Litzelman says it appears some may have died after being exposed to the long harsh winter weather, but others showed signs of dog fighting. Detroit’s dog fighting problem goes beyond the 1200 acres at the park, and extends into the neighborhoods. Animal Care Network volunteer Mindy Richards searches backyards and abandoned homes to help dogs in need.  What she has seen over the years is heart breaking. “I want to cry and vomit most days,” said Richards. “We find them hanging, find them with collars stuck in their neck.” Richards takes me into an abandoned house on Kentucky Street, an area known for dog fighting in the past. We find the remains of a dog.  His eyes were gouged out and he was left to rot.  One more victim of a dog fight. It happened on a street with neighbors close by, but far too many times they remain silent. “Nobody is willing to tell because they are not going to beat you and leave you on the side of the road.  They are going to kill you.  It’s no joke.  These people protect their dog fighting.” said Richards. For some, dog fighting is a neighborhood past time. But, for others, it’s big business. “We’ve had dog fought out of this area for over $250,000″ said Michigan Humane Society Cruelty Animal Investigator Debby MacDonald. Michigan has tried to fight the problem with tougher laws, but because dog fighting is so mobile and in some cases impromptu, it’s hard to catch people in the act. For more information or to report dog Check out the Detroit Animal Welfare Group (DAWG) here:
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Spaying and Neutering is Important

 Every single cat and dog that gets spayed and neutered makes a difference toward achieving EVERYONE’s goal of No More Homeless Pets.

Every single cat and dog that gets spayed and neutered makes a difference in the pet overpopulation program and the animal homelessness epidemic.

Every single cat and dog that gets spayed and neutered before adoption, before being rehomed, before being given away, before being sold MAKES A DIFFERENCE!!!

Print flyer below to keep for yourself or give to someone who needs to spay or neuter their pets:  FixYourDogFlyer FixYourDogFlyer

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Michigan Animal Adoption Network’s Animal Care Network Program Featured Again by Best Friends Animal Society

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Michigan Animal Adoption Network maximizes lifesaving.

No More Homeless Pets Network partner helps the homeless animals of Pontiac.

November 22, 2013
By Denise LeBeau The Michigan Animal Adoption Network, our No More Homeless Pets Network partner in Pontiac, has been addressing the homeless pets issue in their community for over 15 years. Their approach is straightforward; they literally take to the streets to help people get their animals spayed or neutered and provide further services, such as their pet food assistance program. They go door to door to see what type of help each family may need. Pam Porteous of Animal Care Network with rescue dogs“Pontiac has approximately 40 percent of the population living in poverty,” says Pam Porteous, Animal Care Network manager for the Michigan Animal Adoption Network. “The animals suffer. Lots of people just need help.” The group has rescued over 14,000 homeless pets and has provided over 7,000 spay and neuter surgeries for pets as well. They work with local groups All About Animals, a high-volume spay and neuter clinic, and the Michigan Animal Rescue League to help increase the area’s save rate. As our Network partner, they have been eligible for grants to help increase their lifesaving reach, and have received three spay and neuter grants so far. Fix at Four Beyond using the grants to help spay and neuter more animals, the progressive animal organization has also utilized the marketing material from our Fix at Four campaign, which highlights the need for early spay or neuter of pets, and encourages the fixing of kittens and puppies at four months of age. By spreading the word about the lifesaving measure, the group has seen a sizable increase in younger animals being fixed, and they attribute the upturn to the promotion. “The Fix at Four pamphlet is so easy to understand,” says Pam. “It helps people who might be conflicted. There is a lot of misinformation out there about when you should have your pet fixed. One of the best things about early spay and neuter, besides stopping unwanted litters, is that it avoids behavior and health problems. That really resonates with people. We were getting 30 to 45 puppies and kittens to spay and neuter coming in monthly. Currently, we’re getting between 50 and 60, so now it’s considered normal to have your pets spayed at an early age.” Compassionate kids Michigan Animal Adoption Network kids promoting Fix At FourPam has been working the area to help the companion animals for 20 years, and she’s seen one resident’s children grow up. Sandra’s kids were all raised with awareness about fixing their pets. So it wasn’t a total surprise when, after the children found a litter of kittens, their first order of the day was to get them spayed or neutered. Pam was thrilled to facilitate their request, and equally unsurprised when after they were fixed, the family wanted to adopt a few of them and get the rest placed with other local family members. “All my animals are spayed and neutered,” says Sandra. “My children love animals, and they want to help get them fixed so they’re not adding to the population. My kids are always trying to help out stray animals. It feels good to know my kids care and that there’s something they can do to help.” Michelle Logan, No More Homeless Pets Network specialist, marvels at their hard work and dedication: “Pam and her team do amazing work to maximize lifesaving by bringing awareness and services to low-income areas that do not have other options. They literally hit the street to educate pet guardians and facilitate the surgeries (even transporting the animals to and from the clinic if necessary). They are an exemplary No More Homeless Pets Network partner, and I am proud to assist them with the work they are doing.” Working together, we can make a difference and Save Them All. Get involved You can support the work of the Michigan Animal Adoption Network / Animal Care Network. Click here for ways you can help. To find a No More Homeless Pets Network partner near you, click here. Photos courtesy of the Michigan Animal Adoption Network / Animal Care Network Read original story at
Every day, more than 9,000 dogs and cats are killed in America’s shelters simply because they don’t have a safe place to call home.Together, we will end the killing. Together we will Save Them All. Learn more.

_____________________________________________________________________ These animals are all from our target area of Pontiac, Michigan, which desperately needs continued programs such as this. We are proud to be a Humane Society of the United States grant recipient and are extremely excited about all of the dogs and pet owners that are able to be helped because of this! Thank you once again to Humane Society of the United States for selecting our organization! Slide2 Slide1   __________________________________________________________________


The Animal Care Network was featured in the recent episode of American Strays, the series.

 Thank you to JJ Fabre and everyone else at the World Animal Awareness Society for helping to bring the problems of animal abuse and overpopulation to the general public by making these videos.

ANIMAL CARE NETWORK – American Strays the series Season 2 The “FIX” – September 23, 2013


We are truly grateful for all the people who volunteer their services to the Michigan Animal Adoption Network and to the Animal Care Network. Without them, we would not be able to accomplish the things that we do.

We would like to thank Jamie Kinnison for the wonderful, professional video that she created for the Michigan Animal Adoption Network and the Animal Care Network. She donated her supplies, time and knowledge to make this video a reality and we are grateful that she did.


We are very proud  to be featured in The Best Friends Animal Society magazine.   This article highlighted our Animal Care Network program.

To enlarge article, click on photos. For a downloadable copy, click here. or here:
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__________________________________________________________ This is a poem written from the heart by Animal Care Network Manager Pam and also through ACN volunteers eyes. This is a very difficult, sad thing to witness. Unfortunately we are witness to it each day and it breaks our hearts!!! ACN does all that we can to rescue, educate, assist and make their lives better and more comfortable, if even for a moment. Even if our only option is to offer a humane and dignified euthanasia. Click the photo to see the poem in its full size.

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