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Cold Weather Tips


It’s November and before you know it, we’ll be dealing with freezing temperatures and snow! Here are tips for all pet owners in the winter:

  • If you know anyone who keeps pets outdoors, persuade them to bring them inside.
  • Low temperatures, winds and precipitation can lead to illness, hypothermia and death.
  • Dogs and cats can suffer from frostbite in a matter of minutes, mainly on feet, ears and tails.
  • Local laws require that if dogs are kept outdoors, the owner must supply the dog with “proper” shelter.
  • If kept outside, use a dog house that is not oversized, since the dog needs to retain body heat.
  • Put a wind flap on the dog house door.
  • Provide plenty of dry straw and access to fresh, unfrozen water.
  • Blankets and towels only freeze when used in a dog house.
  • Snow is not sufficient to hydrate animals! Water bowls freeze!
  • Dog houses must be elevated off the ground so they don’t freeze on the bottom.
  • If animals must be kept outside, fill dog houses with clean dry straw and face away from wind.
  • Double up on food intake during cold weather! Extra weight keeps them warmer!
  • Feral cats need shelter and protection from the elements.
  • Cats who spend time outside can freeze, get lost, injured or climb into the bottom of warms cars for warmth.
  • Salt and other chemicals can irritate the pads of animal’s feet.
  • When you are cold enough to go inside, pets most likely are too!
  • If you see a dog or cat in need of a help, become that animal’s advocate. Speak with the owner, and if that fails to improve the situation, contact your local animal shelter, humane society or animal control office.

Symptoms and Signs:

The main sign of mild hypothermia in dogs in excessive shivering. Dogs shiver in order to produce body heat, thus, continuous shivering may mean the dog’s body temperature is too cold. A dog with hypothermia will also breath abnormally slow and breathing patterns will become very shallow. The dog’s heart rate will slow considerably and because of muscle stiffness, the dog may become clumsy, losing all coordination. Dogs may also appear lethargic. Moderate to severe hypothermia occurs when the dog’s temperature falls below 95 degrees. In some cases, the dog’s eyes may become very dilated and fixed, and their gums may turn very pale or bluefish in color. In extreme cases, the dog may collapse and/or enter into a coma.


Immediate treatment of hypothermia is crucial. If a dog is not treated in the appropriate time period, its temperature may become so low that it cannot be restored to normal levels, making it fatal.


Take the dog immediately to a veterinarian if you suspect he has severe hypothermia or warming methods do not seem to be helping the dog.

For additional information, please contact us at 248-678-2756.

Rest In Peace, Pam


Our beloved Animal Care Network Manager Pam Porteous has unexpectedly passed away. To say we are devastated is an understatement.

Pam was a warrior and an angel for the animals, working 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. She was one in a million. Thousands of animals were saved thanks to her dedication to the Animal Care Network.

Your thoughts and prayers are appreciated at this difficult time.

The 10th annual Bowl-4-Animal Rescue was a success!

Saturday night was full of fun, food, raffles, and good times! Lots of animal lovers getting together to raise important funds for the Michigan Animal Adoption Network and Friends For the Dearborn Animal Shelter

A big thank you goes out to Aleta Sill’s Bowling World, Aleta Sill and Michelle Mullen, for hosting this wonderful event. Every year they outdo themselves. We appreciate all the time, knowledge, and manpower theyput into this event. So much goes on behind the scenes all year long and they are experts at getting it done. They are probably already starting on next years event.

Thank you to all the people who volunteered to help make this night a success. Without your help, the event would not run as smooth as it does.

Thank you to all the sponsors for your support.

Thank you to all the bowlers, pledge collectors, and contributors. Because of you, many animals will be helped!

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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.

ACN Weekend #4 problems

Helping The Outdoor 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!

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 re-homed, 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 Twice 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.

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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.


“Remember Me”

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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