Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit https://www.metrodetroitanimals.org Wed, 23 Aug 2017 19:54:46 +0000 en hourly 1 Hemingway’s Story https://www.metrodetroitanimals.org/2017/08/hemingways-story/ Fri, 18 Aug 2017 20:36:54 +0000 https://www.metrodetroitanimals.org/?p=444267 The post Hemingway’s Story appeared first on Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit.

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Meet Hemingway, a truly special older dog.

Hemingway was found in the middle of the street, and that’s all we know about him. He’s obviously been around human companions, and while we’ve searched for his owner and checked for a microchip, no one came in to claim him. Hemingway is deaf and partially blind—he can see some shapes and shades, we think, but that’s about it. Despite that, Hemingway is one of the sweetest and most loving dogs we’ve come across in a while.

He is in foster at the home of one of our amazing volunteers, and will soon find a forever home. Hemingway is just one remarkable example of the joy adopting a senior dog brings. Why adopt a senior dog? Here are a few reasons:

  1. What you see is what you get. With a fully-grown dog, there are no surprises about size and health problems.
  2. Older dogs are generally more mellow, especially after the initial “get to know you” period immediately after adoption.
  3. Many older dogs come with training. This includes housebreaking and knowing what is okay and not okay to chew on.
  4. Senior pets are great for senior citizens. They don’t need vigorous exercise, either!
  5. You can be a hero to an older pet. Since the puppies and kittens are in such high demand, giving an older pet a chance at life means you’re literally a lifesaver.

 

Please consider making room in your home for an older pet. To see who is at our shelter now and looking for a forever home, click here.

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Abrahams’ Open House Brings Families Together to Raise Funds for Hope’s Heroes https://www.metrodetroitanimals.org/2017/08/abrahams-open-house-brings-families-together-raise-funds-hopes-heroes/ Fri, 18 Aug 2017 20:27:22 +0000 https://www.metrodetroitanimals.org/?p=444268 The post Abrahams’ Open House Brings Families Together to Raise Funds for Hope’s Heroes appeared first on Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit.

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On Saturday, July 29, Dearborn City Council Member Abraham and his family welcomed guests for an evening of barbeque, music and fundraising.

Together, the attendees raised over $13,600 for Hope’s Heroes, FAMD’s special fund for animals in need of extra care above and beyond the costs of spay, neuter and microchipping. The Abrahams host the event every year in their backyard to spend time with community members and to honor the memory of their beloved dog Dublin, who died in a tragic house fire in 2008.

Smokey Rhodes and Park Place Catering were on hand, as well as ice cream treats for all. This was the seventh year the Abrahams have hosted the event, and they have no plans to stop anytime soon!

Dearborn Police and Fire departments also showed up to support the event, bringing a few gadgets to impress the kids.

We are tremendously grateful to the Abrahams for their continued support, and also thankful to all of the community members who came, donated, and spent their time with some of our shelter animals! Keep an eye on our Facebook page, where we’ll be highlighting some photos from the event soon.

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Reward Offered: Mustang is Our Newest Hope’s Hero https://www.metrodetroitanimals.org/2017/07/reward-offered-mustang-newest-hopes-hero/ Wed, 26 Jul 2017 18:37:12 +0000 https://www.metrodetroitanimals.org/?p=437399 The post Reward Offered: Mustang is Our Newest Hope’s Hero appeared first on Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit.

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We may never know why someone left a sweet 8-month-old kitten tied to a bush outside Ford World Headquarters. Animal cruelty and abandonment is unfathomable to us at the shelter. What we do know is that Mustang, as he’s been named after the Ford employees who rescued him, is expected to recover fully from his injuries, and has a loving home waiting for him. But there’s still a lot of work to be done.

Last Monday, we received word that two employees at Ford World Headquarters had found a kitten in bad shape. Someone had tied him to a bush with a rope and left him there. Fortunately, two workers heard his cries and called Dearborn Animal Control.

Mustang was in bad shape. The cord had dug into his neck and caused terrible injury there. Mustang immediately went into surgery to remove the cord and treat the damage done by infection and insects. It looked awful, and it sounds awful, but the good news is that Mustang is expected to recover completely, and an employee at the veterinary hospital has already decided he’s coming home with her once he’s recovered.

Mustang’s story may be shocking, but he’s one of the reasons we have our Hope’s Heroes fund. We need every penny of donations we get at the shelter to keep us up and running, and of course we will go to any lengths to give the care each animal deserves. Treatment like Mustang’s means dipping deep into the coffers to find money to make sure he gets better.

Despite our penny-pinching, we’re offering a $5,000 reward for information on the person who left Mustang so cruelly tied up. It’s that important to us. We must prevent cruelty like this in the future; no animal deserves to be treated like this kitten. For more information on Mustang’s rescue and treatment, and on the reward offer, click the links below. We were fortunate to have several news outlets cover Mustang’s plight.

And if you’d really like to help us at the shelter, consider donating to the Hope’s Heroes fund so we can continue to treat tough cases like Mustang’s. The Abraham family of Dearborn is hosting an open house and fundraiser this Saturday for Hope’s Heroes. You can RSVP or donate here.

Links to Mustang’s stories (WARNING: There is some graphic content).

WXYZ

People Magazine

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FAMD Teams Up with Carhartt https://www.metrodetroitanimals.org/2017/07/famd-teams-carhartt/ Sat, 15 Jul 2017 01:42:28 +0000 https://www.metrodetroitanimals.org/?p=433247 The post FAMD Teams Up with Carhartt appeared first on Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit.

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Who works harder than Carhartt? Maybe the dogs of Carhartt. That’s why we’ve teamed up with the Carhartt Detroit store to co-host the Dog Days of Summer Job Fair. Every Wednesday this summer, the folks at Carhartt have opened the doors to their Detroit store for a special visit from FAMD. We bring in an adoptable dog this week and talk about our work at the shelter. The folks there have dedicated time and employee donations to the shelter.

And on Saturday, July 22, we’re pulling out all the stops at the store on Cass Avenue to put together some more dream teams. From noon to 3 pm, we’ll have adoptable animals at the store. Join us and meet your new teammate on the road of life. Because there’s no better time to hire man’s best friend. You can find details about the event here.

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By the Numbers, Take 2 https://www.metrodetroitanimals.org/2017/07/numbers-take-2/ Sat, 15 Jul 2017 01:38:10 +0000 https://www.metrodetroitanimals.org/?p=433244 What’s it take to keep us up and running? An awful lot. Click here for some pretty impressive statistics behind the scenes at FAMD.

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Have a Safe and Happy 4th of July https://www.metrodetroitanimals.org/2017/06/safe-happy-4th-july/ Fri, 30 Jun 2017 03:58:52 +0000 https://www.metrodetroitanimals.org/?p=428592 The post Have a Safe and Happy 4th of July appeared first on Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit.

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The Fourth of July weekend is full of family, food, friends—and hidden pet dangers. Not everyone loves loud gatherings and fireworks, and the Michigan Humane Society reports that the weeks surrounding the 4th of July see a dramatic increase in lost pets.

To keep your pet as relaxed as possible during the weekend, here are a few tips:

  1. Keep your pets inside during fireworks or when family members or neighbors are setting off firecrackers. If your pet needs to go outside, consider taking them on a leash to prevent a panicked run when confronted with an unexpected boom. Consider keeping a TV or radio on to mask the noise.
  2. Before the action heats up, do a yard check. Look for loose spots in the fence or places where your animal could climb or dig their way out. You’d be surprised at what tiny spaces dogs and cats can squeeze through, especially when their “fight or flight” instinct kicks in. They may not always run to you for reassurance: if your pet panics and thinks the commotion may be quieter elsewhere, that’s where they’ll go.
  3. Keep your pet’s collar on, even if they’re an indoor pet normally. Again, they can bolt outside pretty quickly, and it’s much easier to find an animal’s home when it’s sporting an ID tag. While you’re at it, make sure your contact information is correct with the microchip company that registered your dog.
  4. Have a safe place for her to hide out. If your dog is crate trained, make sure her hideout is cozy and has a favorite toy inside. If your cat has a favorite box, set it somewhere dark, small, and as far removed from the loud noises as possible. And if your pet always runs to a certain spot in the house when it’s scared, make sure they can get to it and leave it at will. This means leaving the crate door open: a panicked dog will only do more damage to itself if it feels trapped.
  5. Behave normally. Keep your pet’s diet the same and don’t try to comfort him excessively or give him too many treats. This could reinforce negative behavior and convince him that there really IS something to be afraid of. Instead, try playing with him before he gets too frightened (but only if he wants to play), and speak in a normal tone of voice. If you don’t seem too concerned about the noises, he might not be either.
  6. If you know from experience that your pet’s anxiety is extreme during the 4th of July weekend, consider seeking out a pet behavioral specialist for some training on how to ease his fears, or whether your pet might benefit from a Thundershirt. You may also want to talk to your veterinarian about short-term medication options, although these are only recommended as a last resort.

 

For more pet firework safety tips, click here.

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You’re in Good Company! https://www.metrodetroitanimals.org/2017/06/youre-good-company/ Fri, 30 Jun 2017 03:56:36 +0000 https://www.metrodetroitanimals.org/?p=428588 The post You’re in Good Company! appeared first on Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit.

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Our business partners are essential to our work in finding homes for all the animals that come through our doors. From all over metro Detroit, small and large businesses help us provide medical treatment. We’re excited to announce a new program—Help A Heartworm Pet Sponsorships!

Adoption fees can’t cover all of the expenses we incur, especially when it comes to heartworm treatment. This year, we’re treating an average of two dogs a week for heartworm. And here’s where we could use your help: you, your company or your family can now directly sponsor the heartworm treatment of one dog!

Sponsoring a dog is a great way to see the direct impact you make on the life of an animal. Each treatment costs $500 to complete. When you sponsor a heartworm-positive dog, your company’s name will appear on the kennel’s adoption description. We’ll send you a picture of the dog you’re sponsoring along with a description of his or her personality. We’ll also be sure to give you a big thanks on our Facebook page, with a picture of the dog you’re sponsoring. And if you’d like to help out in a big way, we’ll bring a shelter dog to visit your company for any group sponsoring 10 or more animals!

To find out how you can sponsor a dog, email us at friends@metrodetroitanimals.org. Together, we can save heartworm positive dogs, one partnership and one dog at a time.

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Open House Will Benefit Hope’s Heroes Fund https://www.metrodetroitanimals.org/2017/06/open-house-will-benefit-hopes-heroes-fund/ Fri, 16 Jun 2017 17:52:41 +0000 https://www.metrodetroitanimals.org/?p=424677 The post Open House Will Benefit Hope’s Heroes Fund appeared first on Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit.

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When the Abraham family lost their dog Dublin in a house fire in 2009, they were devastated. They turned the tragedy to the greater good, though.

For the seventh straight year, Dearborn City Council Member Robert Abraham and his wife MaryAnn are opening their home to raise money and awareness for our Hope’s Heroes Fund. On July 29, they’ll host a barbecue and social gathering for friends, family, community members and anyone interested in attending.

Many of the animals that arrive at our shelter are in pretty rough shape by the time they get to us. That’s why we started the Hope’s Heroes fund. It pays for any medical expenses above and beyond the usual spay or neuter and microchipping costs.

And those costs add up. We see many dogs and some cats with heartworm infestations; usually over 100 cases a year. Heartworm disease is completely preventable with affordable monthly medication. Once a dog is infected by a mosquito bite, though, treatment can last months and costs hundreds of dollars.

We also treat all sorts of injuries and maladies. Hope, the spokes-dog for the fund, was rescued from a hoarding case and had not been seen by a veterinarian for some time. Despite having a mouth full of rotting teeth, multiple tumors and enlarged lymph glands, Hope was a sweet dog with a potential long life ahead of her. After numerous procedures and medications, Hope found her forever family and lived out the rest of her life in peace.

Scout, currently being treated, is another one of Hope’s Heroes. Even though he’s only about a year old, Scout needs heartworm treatment. We know that once he’s given the loving care and medical attention he deserves, Scout will make someone a happy pet for years to come.

To read more about Hope’s Heroes and how you can help, click here.

For information about the Abrahams’ Open house, click here.

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Don’t Pat the Bunny! https://www.metrodetroitanimals.org/2017/06/dont-pat-bunny/ Fri, 16 Jun 2017 17:44:03 +0000 https://www.metrodetroitanimals.org/?p=424671 The post Don’t Pat the Bunny! appeared first on Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit.

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Just last week at the Dearborn Animal Shelter, a kind resident brought in a baby fox (also known as a kit) with an injured paw. Although they’re not our typical intake, we see our fair share of wild animals, so we’ve picked up a few tips on how to interact with them for minimal stress on the animals.

Every year, we see over 100 animals other than dogs or cats. Here are our DOs and DON’Ts for dealing with wildlife you might find in your backyard.

DO: Keep Your Distance.

Wild animals, even if they are adorable babies, are just that: wild. They should be left alone as much as possible, especially if they’re not visibly injured.

DON’T: Assume Mom is Never Coming Back.

Rabbit mothers stay away from their babies as much as possible, in order to avoid drawing attention from predators. It’s the same with many other wild animals. Just because you don’t see Mom anywhere nearby, or you haven’t seen her in hours, doesn’t mean she is gone forever. She may be hiding just out of sight, and many animals check on their nests only a couple of times a day.

DO: Wait it Out.

It may seem like that opossum is really truly dead, or those defenseless bunnies are completely abandoned, but camouflage is often Mother Nature’s best weapon. Keep watch from a distance, certainly, and try to steer kids and other animals away from the nest while remaining out of the way yourself.

DON’T: Charge in to the Rescue.

While it’s not entirely true that a mother rabbit or bird will abandon her babies if she smells humans on them, it is extremely stressful to the animals to be handled by us. We are predators, after all. If they’re not badly injured or in immediate danger, keep your kids and pets away.

DO: Make the Call if It’s Serious.

If you’ve found a wild animal that is badly injured, abandoned or in need of immediate help, find your nearest wildlife rescue organization and talk to them. Read here for more details on when to bring an animal in, how to safely handle an animal, and how to avoid additional stress to the animal—or to you!

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Stiggy’s Dogs Provide Veterans with Care and Comfort https://www.metrodetroitanimals.org/2017/06/stiggys-dogs-provide-veterans-care-comfort/ Fri, 02 Jun 2017 02:57:31 +0000 https://www.metrodetroitanimals.org/?p=421620 The post Stiggy’s Dogs Provide Veterans with Care and Comfort appeared first on Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit.

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Rescue One to Rescue Another. That’s the motto of Stiggy’s Dogs, and we’re proud to be a part of the solution for veterans and dogs in need.

June is PTSD Awareness Month. We’re so grateful to the trainers, volunteers and veterans at Stiggy’s for giving purpose and love to some of our rescue dogs.

Benjamin Phillip “Doc Stiggy” Castiglione served as a Marine in Afghanistan and was killed in action in 2009. His aunt, Jennifer Petre, founded the nonprofit in his honor based on her experience working at an animal shelter.

One in eight soldiers who return from Afghanistan suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and many also suffer Traumatic Brain Injuries. Studies have shown that 82% of veterans with PTSD who are assigned service dogs see a dramatic reduction in symptoms.
Here’s where we come in. Our Behavior Program Manager Linda Thomas and other shelter staff work to identify rescue dogs with the right traits, and recommend them to the folks at Stiggy’s. After months of hard work and training at the Thumb Correctional Facility, where the dogs work with inmates to learn commands and how to behave in public, they’re assigned as Cadets for Stiggy’s. From there, Stiggy’s matches the dogs with veterans in need to work as companion, emotional support, or psychiatric service dogs.

It’s a lot of work, but it’s absolutely worth it.

Havoc, formerly Boba Fett, works with veteran Faith and recently passed all his tests with flying colors, and was promoted to Veteran himself.

Sadie made her way to the Woodland Correctional Facility, where she works with inmates as a therapy dog. At Woodland, Sadie’s presence calms and encourages everyone she meets, bringing hope and improving behavior. Her Warden, Joe DeAngelo, said, “She truly has brought joy to all around her. What a difference a dog makes.”

If you’d like to learn more about Stiggy’s, you can visit their website or Facebook page.

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