February is spay and neuter awareness month!
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
Painful Tragedy – Christopher’s Story
How did this happen? We don’t know. What we do know is that a family living in an old dilapidated house next to some train tracks and a bunch of rubble, reached out. They reached out for 3 days, trying to find help for this horrifically wounded dog, who had perhaps found them and their hospitality by some divine intervention. Keep in mind this
is during freezing cold weather, he had burrowed into a hole amidst garbage and clutter.
The city went out yet wouldn’t help. (The dog was growling.) Of course he was growling, he was severely injured. A shelter that works with the city went out yet wouldn’t help. (They wanted money and a liability waiver signed.) Twice. On 2 different days, this dog was visited by officials. And on 2 different days, this dog was left behind, with his astronomical wounds, to fend for himself in the rubble at the end of the road.
Even without transportation, even without much ability to walk, ………….. to continue reading, click here
The Oakland Press (http://www.theoaklandpress.com)
Bone-chilling cold forecast through week, snow Wednesday
By Carol Hopkins, The Oakland Press
Monday, December 30, 2013
OAKLAND COUNTY >> The coldest week of the winter is upon us, bringing temperatures Tuesday that feel near zero — and highs that only reach the teens the rest of the work week.
The cause is an Arctic air mass dipping down from Canada, said Matt Mosteiko, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in White Lake. “The jet stream is south of it,” he said. Tuesday’s high will feel like zero because of 20-25 mph wind gusts. Wednesday’s high is 17 with calm winds. The overnight low is 11, Mosteiko said. Thursday’s high is 16 and Friday’s, a brutal 12 degrees. Saturday brings a warm-up in the high 20s.
Snow will be a factor on New Year’s Day, said Mosteiko. Early forecasts are calling for 2-4 inches during the day and evening.
Protect outdoor pets
Animal Care Network officials warn that when temperatures fall, pets need protection.
The Roseville-based organization urges people to persuade neighbors to bring pets inside because the cold can lead to hypothermia and death. “So far this winter we have only found one dying dog which was taken to emergency and had to be put to sleep due to hypothermia,” said Pam Porteous, the organization’s manager. “We have found dozens with frostbite that could have potentially become hypothermic but, because we asked the owners to bring the pets inside, this has been avoided.”
The winter before Oakland County Animal Control started patrolling Pontiac, Animal Care staff found 12 dead/dying dogs in one month. “Their work on the streets and their presence is improving things a great deal,” said Porteous. Our group calls on them frequently, nearly daily, to report addresses and complaints. Their officers are great and their dispatchers are always eager and concerned and their response time is incredible. It is so much more productive to work with each other rather than against each other.”
Weather that is painfully cold for humans to be outside is also cold for dogs and cats, Porteous said. Frostbite occurs in minutes. “We see dogs shaking and holding up their paws every day,” she said.
“The big ‘tough’ — as people like to call them– pit bull and pit bull-like dogs have a terrible time living outside in this weather,” she said. “They are very sensitive and get so cold, they barely will come out of their doghouses.”
The main sign of hypothermia in dogs is excessive shivering. Breathing will also become abnormally slow and shallow. Treatment is crucial, officials say. Take the animal immediately to a veterinarian. Pontiac residents who need straw for doghouses can call the Animal Care Network at 248-678-2756
People who live in other communities should check with their local animal control, humane society, animal shelter or rescue group. People who see animals in trouble should call the above mentioned animal groups immediately.
© 2013 The Oakland Press (http://www.theoaklandpress.com)
Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Animal Care Network family!
We thank all of our volunteers, supporters, donors, rescue partners, animal shelters, veterinarians, humanitarian partners, grantors, friends and family for all your dedication, support and concern for the welfare of animals. We have helped thousands of families and thousands of dogs and cats and could not do this without each and every one of you!!
Please remember it is the season to be kind to each other and be kind to animals. Let’s make this season last all year round. Every single day, do something that makes your heart sing and that warms someone else’s heart.
Christmas is a necessity. There has to be at least one day of the year to remind us that we’re here for something else besides ourselves.~Eric Sevareid
Christmas is not as much about opening our presents as opening our hearts.~Janice Maeditere
Please help the animals by donating.
Our online Winter Fundraising Drive has begun!
With your support we can continue our mission of making a better world for the animals.
If you are thinking of donating to a charity this year, please consider our charity.The Michigan Animal Adoption Network is a Section 501(c) 3 nonprofit and your donation may qualify as a charitable deduction for federal income tax purposes. Please consult with your tax adviser or the IRS to determine whether a contribution is deductible.
Santa’s little Animal Care Network helpers have been out on the streets every single day with Christmas presents for the pet owners in the community and spreading good cheer and the spirit of giving!!!
Many people are struggling so much financially and are worried about their pets at this time of year, so we are surprising so many families with extra food, snacks and toys!
The unique difference about the Animal Care Network is that we must visually see every single animal and see every living situation when we are providing assistance. So we hit the streets and go house to house. This enables us to assist in many other ways, most importantly ensuring that the dogs and cats are spayed and neutered and vaccinated and being taken care of.
We cannot in good conscience just give away supplies, doghouses, straw, food, collars and toys without meeting the family and seeing their pets at their living location. If we did that, who knows where these supplies would be going, when we first started many of the supplies were being given to people that did not even had animals and they were selling the items on the streets.
Home visits gives us a wonderful positive connection with the community and enable us to access the situation and see how we can help, how we can educate and how we can improve.
Our hope is that we have made this holiday season a little better for our target community and their pets!!!!
Merry Christmas to all!
Michigan Animal Adoption Network’s Animal Care Network Program Featured Again by Best Friends Animal Society
Michigan Animal Adoption Network maximizes lifesaving.
No More Homeless Pets Network partner helps the homeless animals of Pontiac.
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.
“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.”
Pam 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.
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
|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.
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!
The Animal Care Network pulled off another successful vaccine clinic on Saturday,
October 5th in Pontiac.
We were able to vaccinate nearly 500 dogs and cats in one day! Many of these animals were also treated for minor skin, ear and eye issues and severe flea issues thanks to our amazing veterinarians and vet techs! For some animals, this is the only time they visit a veterinarian.
Despite the rainy weather in the morning, everyone was extremely patient and appreciative for this event, and every single pet owner left with some “free” items for their dogs and cats.
Once again we want to thank:
Dave and Steve Coleman and the Centerstage team for letting us use their facility
Mike Ono for letting us use the Glenwood Plaza parking lot
Oakland County Animal Control for being present selling dog licenses
Dr. Duncan and vet techs Don, Katrina and Kathryn for their amazing patience
and wonderful bedside manner, taking time with every pet owner. They all
have such a great ability to communicate with owners and are extremely
eager and willing to help each dog and cat
Ken Tompor and the Corporate Auto team for assisting with the pick up, delivery,
set up and break down of the entire event and for renting a truck for the supplies
and for handling the parking lot
Erika, Kim, Jen, Andrea & their entire team for once again handling with precision all the cats and many dogs
Ann Marie, Sue and their entire team for handling the “feisty” ones
Kathy and Heather for providing courier service for the owners with no transportation
Dawn and Angie for bringing supplies, handling the drive-thru and providing transportation
Our entire registration team and mixing team
The volunteers from the community that came to help! And there were many!!
Shari Scott for handling the “free” table
Karen Doyle and Hungry Howie’s for providing lunch for all the volunteers after the event
ALL OF OUR AMAZING VOLUNTEERS, THERE ARE TOO MANY TO MENTION! We appreciate each and every one of you for volunteering your time to make this community event happen.
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.
Great new video highlighting the April 2013 vaccine clinic.
The video is dedicated to Ken Snow who can be seen in the beginning discussing the vaccine clinic.
Thank you Jamie Kinnison for filming and producing this video, great job!
Ken Snow, an Amazing Humanitarian
Yesterday was a sad day, we had to face the fact that our friend had indeed passed away.
Ken Snow was a large part of the Michigan Animal Adoption Network, he helped us with everything from volunteering on the streets to cleaning out the storage facility. His presence was felt everywhere in our organization.
R.I.P our friend.
To view memories and comments from Ken’s friends in animal rescue, click here.
It is with great sadness and deep emotion that we have to let you know that we lost our wonderful friend and amazing volunteer Ken Snow early Sunday (September 1, 2013) morning to cancer.
Ken’s cancer was all very sudden and took him so tragically fast, it has hit everyone that loved him very, very hard.
I don’t need to tell any of you what a wonderful, amazing guy Ken was and how important he was to all of us as a person and as a volunteer. His contributions to the Animal Care Network were endless and the program was very dear to his heart.
We will send out more details as they become available.
Prayers and loving thoughts to all of his family and friends. Heaven has definitely received another special soul.
Ken Snow’s family has set up a website to pay tribute to our friend who passed away on September 1, 2013.
Bowl-4-Animal Rescue Fundraiser 2013 was a Huge Success
Lots of bowling, laughter, and good times. Because of the generosity of donors, bowlers, sponsors, and contributors, a large amount of money was raised for the animals.
Thank you to everyone who contributed in any way, shape or form!
For more great pictures, click on Bowl-4-Animal Rescue Fundraiser
Paws at the Hill
Paws at the Hill, held July 27, 2013 at Freedom Hill County Park, was a great success. Even though it was cool outside and “buckets” of rain fell out of the sky, many people came out with their dogs to check out the sites and sounds.
1st Annual Cindy’s Wings Pontiac Animal Care Network run
Wow! What a day! Cindy Merz would be proud!
The Animal Care Network had five teams out on the streets of Pontiac on Monday 7/15/13 in honor of the birthday of our friend and volunteer Cindy Merz whom we sadly lost to cancer on 7/3/13.
Sixteen family members, friends and volunteers gathered together to make this tribute to Cindy happen. The ACN project was very near and dear to Cindy’s heart and she took it very seriously. Even when she was sick, it made her feel better to be out and as she said many times “it keeps me going”.
Well all of us want to keep it going in Cindy’s memory and for the animals and the community.
This was an incredible day, out from 11:00 a.m. to nearly 7:00 pm in over 90 degree heat
An Angel on Earth is now an Angel in Heaven
The Animal Care Network, as well as so many family and friends, even just acquaintances, said goodbye to our beloved Cindy Merz this weekend.
The funeral home was packed with people that loved this amazing lady, each and every one of us had our own story with Cindy Merz and many of them were told during the remembrance ceremony in between playing Cindy’s requested songs “Landslide” by Stevie Nicks and “From a Distance” by Bette Midler. What a powerful and emotional day it was. Everyone was there for the same reason, we all had a common bond and it was just good to talk to one another about Cindy, meet fellow admirers and friends, look at her video photos and look at her tribute book. Person after person, even children proudly stood up and spoke, many cried and many shared stories about Cindy’s humor, selfless ways, feisty personality and unique ability to connect and communicate with anyone and everyone.
Read more by clicking: Cindy Merz
Even though it was a cold and windy day over 830 animals were vaccinated in four hours.
A big thank you goes out to all the volunteers that help make this event possible. There are too many to list individually, but every single one of you are appreciated.
Thank you to Dr. Tim and Dr. Jim for volunteering their time to vaccinate the animals.
Many, many hours go into preparing for this event. Thank you to all the volunteers who helped out before the big event by doing many of the jobs that needed to be done.
Thank you to Dave Coleman for allowing us to hold the vaccine clinic at the Centerstage.
Thank you to Pam Porteous, our Animal Care Network manager in Pontiac, who puts the vaccine clinic together and makes sure it runs smoothly.
Thank you to everyone who showed up to have their animals vaccinated. A healthy pet is a happy pet! We love good pet owners.
For more great pictures, click here: Vaccine Clinic in Pontiac, Michigan – April 20, 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.
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.