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Dog census moves to Grand Haven and Zeeland townships

Dog census moves to Grand Haven and Zeeland townships

HOLLAND, Mich.—Ottawa County’s dog census is now heading to Grand Haven and Zeeland townships.        

So far, county workers and interns have gone door to door in Holland, Georgetown, Allendale and Park townships, checking for licensed dogs.  Households with unlicensed dogs must get their dog licensed or pay a ticket. As part of licensing, dogs must have their updated shots.  Licenses are $10 to $70 per pet and available for purchase online, by mail or at the following locations:

Rescued pup wins national photo contest

Rescued pup wins national photo contest

HOLLAND, Mich.— A rescued dog from Holland is now a top winner in a national photo contest.

Bailey the Yorkshire Terrier took first prize in the “Rug Doctor to the Rescue” online pet photo contest.  Kim Bos of Holland adopted Bailey, despite his numerous health issues.

Numerous pet owners from across the country took part in the competition, which launched in May during National Pet Month.  Bailey’s prize package includes a $500 cash prize, a grooming brush and toy from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and a $500 donation to Headin’ Home Rescue in Holland.

Whitney Wiechmann of Jenison tied with two other pet owners for second place.  They will all receive an Apple iPad mini and an ASPCA Collection grooming brush and toy.

Time To Get Your Dog's New License

Time To Get Your Dog's New License


2013 Dog Licenses available in Kent County.

Michigan law requires that all dogs four months of age or older be licensed.

A dog license is considered late if your animal is 5 months of age or older and you have owned the dog longer than 30 days. Dog licenses are discounted for senior citizens, and if your dog has been spayed or neutered (See fees here). To qualify for senior prices a person has to be 62 years old at the time of purchase and provide proof of age.

The fees through March 1, 2013 range from $6-26. After March 1, the costs of licenses doubles.

Animal shelter meets goal of 300 adoptions

Animal shelter meets goal of 300 adoptions

The Kent County Health Department is thrilled to announce the Kent County Animal Shelter (KCAS) met its goal of 300 adoptions in the ASPCA/Rachel Ray $100K Challenge, which was held August 1-October 31, 2012.  That’s 174 adoptions more than last year.  In all, 674 pets were saved in the three month challenge – 137 more than last year.

The winning shelter will receive $100,000 in prize money.  KCAS did not save the most pets in the competition, but the contest helped build awareness about the KCAS and the thousands of animals that come through the doors every year.  “This competition brought in dozens of families who had never come to the Kent County Animal Shelter in the past,” said Cathy Raevsky, the Administrative Health Officer of the Kent County Health Department.  “Our dedicated staff worked incredibly hard to promote adoptions and return lost pets to their owners over the past three months.”

Make Fluffy a Star!

Make Fluffy a Star!

Is your pet cute, talented, smart, funny or special in another way? Then you need to enter it in one of KDL’s Pet Shows! Several branches will hold outdoor pet shows this summer, and you and your pet can be part of the fun. Just pick up a registration form from your local KDL branch and get your pet ready to be a star! For kids and pets of all ages.

Pet Shows are scheduled for the following dates:

Thursday, July 19, 7:00 PM – Grandville branch 
Thursday, July 26, 2:00 PM – East Grand Rapids branch 

Puppy helps boy with diabetes

ALLENDALE, Mich. (WZZM)- Life will soon get easier for an Allendale boy thanks to a furry new friend. Alex Koch, 10, suffers from diabetes and his sugar levels can get dangerously high or low.

He spent Wednesday morning, waiting for "Ace." The service dog will be a welcome addition the whole family. "We wake up, our first thought is, we have to check on Alex to see if he's okay," says Christine Koch.

She and her husband Dave have been struggling to control their son's type one diabetes for nine years. They hope Ace can help.

The 14-week old puppy is a Labrador Retriever. He comes from Guardian Angel Service Dogs. His trainer, James Faulkner says the pup is already scent trained. James says, "If a diabetic's sugar gets too high, it will put off a cotton candy scent. If it's too low, it's an acetone or nail polish scent."

Bow-Wows and Brews Benefit

Bow-Wows and Brews Benefit

For Immediate Release

What:  3rd Annual Bow-Wows & Brews to benefit C-SNIP

When:  Feb 10 2012 


Where:  The Delta Plex          

               $35.00 in advance / $45.00 at the door                                               

Join C-SNIP February 10, 2012 at the Delta Plex for our 3rd  Annual Bow-Wows & Brews Event!   Bring your best friend(s) and enjoy craft beer tasting, live music, heavy hors d-oeuvres, raffles and auctions.&nb