Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit https://www.metrodetroitanimals.org Mon, 26 Jun 2017 08:02:11 +0000 en hourly 1 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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By the Numbers https://www.metrodetroitanimals.org/2017/06/by-the-numbers/ Fri, 02 Jun 2017 02:49:23 +0000 https://www.metrodetroitanimals.org/?p=421612 The post By the Numbers appeared first on Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit.

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The Dearborn Animal Shelter can’t run on love and puppy kisses alone. It takes a lot of work, and some really dedicated staff and volunteers.

Here’s a breakdown of some of the behind-the-scenes statistics that keep us running.

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Two Cats Find Their Forever Homes https://www.metrodetroitanimals.org/2017/05/two-cats-find-forever-homes/ Fri, 19 May 2017 17:28:53 +0000 https://www.metrodetroitanimals.org/?p=419561 The post Two Cats Find Their Forever Homes appeared first on Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit.

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Sometimes you just get Lucky.

That’s what happened to one kind family at a local Kroger store, when they found a water soaked box just outside. In the box was a badly injured mama cat and her kittens.

The woman who found Lucky brought her straight to the shelter to treat her wounds and broken leg. Unfortunately, the injury to the leg was so severe, it needed to be amputated. The kind woman who found her decided to give her a home. She began the process to adopt her then and there, and waited patiently for Lucky’s recovery. This week, Lucky went home with her new family, which includes a dog and a dad who have also had amputations. They’ll show her the ropes, along with plenty of love.

Lucky’s kittens are currently in foster care and will be ready for adoption soon! Their names are Belinda Sue, Brian, Gabby, James, Mickey and Molly.

Another happy tale took longer to realize. Tamara came to us as part of the Trap Release program in May 2015. After she was spayed, the staff saw that she was a sweet and social cat, so she was put up for adoption. She was adopted, but unfortunately her adopter passed away in February 2017. Tamara was returned to us and was being fostered at Morrison Animal Hospital, who have been fostering cats for us for years. Tamara tested positively for Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) at that time. Morrison kept her in their front lobby for 3 months where many people were interested in her, but were concerned by her diagnosis.

Last week, our Assistant Shelter Manager, Danielle reached out to a young couple who had adopted another FIV positive cat but had to return him because he didn’t get along with their dog (don’t worry, he found a happy dog-free home too). The couple went to meet Tamara and fell in love, and took her home last Thursday.

FIV is not a death sentence, and many cats live long and relatively symptom-free lives. Tamara, now Pixie, enjoys story time with her new family. For this sweet kitty, it doesn’t get much better than that.

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Walk with Dogs to Raise Money https://www.metrodetroitanimals.org/2017/05/walk-dogs-raise-money/ Fri, 05 May 2017 01:08:15 +0000 https://www.metrodetroitanimals.org/?p=418198 The post Walk with Dogs to Raise Money appeared first on Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit.

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It’s time for Mutt Strut! Last year, we had over 200 Strutters and raised more than $75,000 for our shelter animals. This year, we’re going even bigger.

Our 12th Annual Mutt Strut, taking place on May 13, has a new event this year. For the first time, we’ve added a 5K race, with runners fully encouraged to bring their dogs along for the run. Every participant gets a special t-shirt and all runners will receive medals.

Mutt Strut is one of the highlights of our year here at FAMD. Not only is it an absolute blast to see so many of our former rescues with their families, it’s also a major fundraiser for us. So far this year we’ve already registered more than 260 walkers and runners and raised over $34,000.

With just a little over a week to go, we’re busy at the shelter stocking gift bags for runners and piling up t-shirts. We have a great event this year, with 30 vendors, along with a giant raffle, an agility course, Pit Crew Kissing Booth, lure course and so many more activities.

There’s still time for you to join the fun! You can register here. You can also start a fundraising team and compete against other teams to see who can raise the most money for our animals. The top teams will win some great prizes!

Thank you to presenting sponsor Dearborn Family Pet Care, and our other partners including Pet Supplies Plus, Yelp, Dearborn Parks and Recreation and others. See you next Saturday!

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A Kindle of Kittens! https://www.metrodetroitanimals.org/2017/05/a-kindle-of-kittens/ Fri, 05 May 2017 01:06:32 +0000 https://www.metrodetroitanimals.org/?p=418193 The post A Kindle of Kittens! appeared first on Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit.

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Did you know that a group of cats is called a “clowder,” and that a litter of kittens is also a “kindle”? We have kindles of kittens looking for foster homes here at FAMD.

Spring means kitten season. We’re up to our ears in adorable, fuzzy, energetic kittens and moms, and we could use your help.

Over the course of the season, we’re expecting somewhere around 450 kittens to pass through our doors on their way to their new homes. But before they’re ready to us, all of these kittens will need to do some growing up. That’s where you come in. Kittens need early socialization so they’re comfortable around people, so it’s best that they start growing in a family home rather than in the shelter.

Every year, our cat foster volunteers give their time and open their homes to our kittens in need. Without our fosters, we wouldn’t be able to find so many homes for all these darling kittens.

To learn how you can be a kitten foster, read here.

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Until Every Pet Finds a Home https://www.metrodetroitanimals.org/2017/04/every-pet-finds-home/ Fri, 21 Apr 2017 00:19:51 +0000 https://www.metrodetroitanimals.org/?p=416442 The post Until Every Pet Finds a Home appeared first on Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit.

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On Saturday, April 29, we’re teaming up with the Bissell Pet Foundation to empty the shelters.

Across the state, more than 60 shelters will participate in the effort to adopt out every single dog and cat without a home. Here’s how it works: Bissell Pet Foundation will cover the adoption fees for pets adopted on April 29. Adopters will also receive an AdoptBox to take home, full of treats and goodies to get pets settled in.

If you’re looking to adopt from us on Empty the Shelter Day, we’re happy to help! Our adoption process and screening will be the same as it’s always been, since the welfare of our pets is our top priority. Depending on where you live, you’ll want to make sure you still pay the city licensing fee, since that’s not covered by the Empty the Shelters project. In Dearborn, the license fee for dogs is $8.

On Empty the Shelters day, we hope to find homes for every dog and cat we have. Last year, participating Michigan animal shelters successfully place over 2,800 pets.

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Don’t Let Your Pet Be Lost Forever! https://www.metrodetroitanimals.org/2017/04/dont-let-pet-lost-forever/ Fri, 21 Apr 2017 00:17:01 +0000 https://www.metrodetroitanimals.org/?p=416439 The post Don’t Let Your Pet Be Lost Forever! appeared first on Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit.

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When Annie moved across the country to her new home in Michigan, she was a bit confused. Everything was new and different and her toys and bed were all boxed up. So, when her owner left her in the new place, she panicked. Annie knocked over a box or two and managed to shimmy out a barely-open window and through a gap in the fence. Then, she took off in search of a familiar place. This story plays out every day all over the country. But, thanks to Annie’s owner’s clear sighted planning, Annie made it home in the end.

Annie was equipped with a microchip, and that turned out to be a great idea. The American Humane Society estimates that over 10 million dogs and cats are lost or stolen every year. Of those lost animals, dogs with chips were returned 52% of the time; dogs without chips fared worse, with only 22% finding their way back home. The numbers for cats are even more dramatic: since so many observers assume a roaming cat is a stray cat, only 2% of un-chipped cats are returned home. With a registered microchip, that number jumps to 29%.

 

At FAMD, every dog and cat that we send to a new home gets fitted with an AKC microchip registered to the shelter. The chips are smaller than a grain of rice, and require no batteries or power. They’re permanent, and the animals don’t even feel them. We also offer low-cost vouchers to area veterinary clinics. Once you’ve chipped your pet, you’ll want to keep your records updated, too.

Sunday, April 23 is National Lost Dog Day. Don’t let your pet become one of the statistics. You can learn more here about lost pet recovery, or visit us here to learn about our microchip vouchers.

As for Annie? After a long and scary couple of days, she made it back to her new home safe, thanks to her microchip.

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She’s been volunteering for us for 7 years, and she just turned 12! https://www.metrodetroitanimals.org/2017/04/shes-volunteering-us-7-years-just-turned-12/ Thu, 06 Apr 2017 23:08:44 +0000 https://www.metrodetroitanimals.org/?p=413873 The post She’s been volunteering for us for 7 years, and she just turned 12! appeared first on Friends for Animals of Metro Detroit.

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After seven years of volunteering, Zoe Acker officially became a Youth Volunteer on April 4. It was her 12th birthday. When she was just five years old, Zoe opened her first lemonade stand. She donated all the money she collected to our shelter and our pets. Since then, Zoe has been an active advocate and fundraiser for us but she was too young to volunteer at the shelter in an official capacity.

When Zoe turned 12, we knew it had to be a special day. Zoe’s mom, Beth Vessels, picked her up from school but wouldn’t tell her where they were headed. When they arrived at the shelter, our staff were on hand with a warm welcome and a feast of cupcakes for one of its most dedicated friends. Zoe signed her first Youth Volunteer Handbook and became officially what she’s been in our hearts all along: a dedicated long-time volunteer.

FAMD is one of very few animal shelters that accepts volunteers under 18. It’s tough work at times and we have some truly passionate and talented youth volunteers. Welcome Zoe!

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