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Dog License fees due by March 1, 2013

Dog License fees due by March 1, 2013

All dogs four months and older are required to have a license. Proof of rabies vaccinations must be presented for renewal. If your dog has been neutered, proof of this from your vet is also required along with any reminder postcard you may have received from Kent County.

License Fees: Neutered: $12.00   Non: $26.00  Seniors can obtain a license at half price.

License fees can be paid at the Ada Township Treasurer’s office until March 1st.  License fees will double after March 1st and can only be purchased at the Kent County Animal Shelter in person or by mail. The Kent County Animal Shelter is located at 740 Fuller Ave NE in Grand Rapids, MI 49503. Ph: 616-632-7300

All dogs must be licensed to avoid a penalty and citation from Kent County License Inspectors. Having a license is very helpful in locating owners should your family pet get lost.

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.”

Humane Society of West Michigan Wins Grand Rapids Gem

Humane Society of West Michigan (HSWM) has won the Grand Rapids Gem competition, organized by Grand Rapids-based Craft-Revival Jewelers.  As a result of earning 65 percent of the public vote on grandrapidsgem.com, HSWM earned $6,640. 

“We are truly honored and ecstatic to be the winner of this exciting competition,” said Trudy Ender, executive director of the Humane Society of West Michigan.  “We currently have 300 animals at our shelter and these funds will be used directly for their care.  As a 100-percent donor-funded organization, donations like this are vital and we couldn’t care for our animals without the community support.”

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 

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 

              6:30-10:00pm

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

Report: Kent Co. Animal Shelter has high 'kill rate'

KENT COUNTY, Mich. (WZZM)- Officials with the Kent County Animal Shelter are defending their work after a new report on shelter kill rates.

According to the Michigan Pet Fund Alliance, the Kent County Animal Shelter recently had the third highest kill rate in the state - euthanizing more than 4,700 animals.  The report claims the shelter saves just under 18 percent of the animals it houses.

A shelter spokeswoman claims the shelter's save rate is closer to 37 percent.