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My Town: World's Largest Dog Wash takes over Fifth Third Ballpark Aug. 3

My Town: World's Largest Dog Wash takes over Fifth Third Ballpark Aug. 3

COMSTOCK PARK, Mich.--  Help make history while getting your pooch squeaky clean during the World’s Largest Dog Wash.

The clean fun runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 3 at Fifth Third Ballpark.  The event will happen before the Whitecaps’ “Dog Days” game. There is a $10 per dog minimum donation, but participants will get free parking and a doggy bag, while supplies last.  Proceeds from the event will go toward the children’s cancer and grief program at Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids.

The World’s Largest Dog Wash will include a pet contest with prizes from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  The categories include best pet trick, tallest dog, dog with the longest ears and the dog that looks most like its owner.

For more information, visit Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids’ website.

New Dog Park on Grand Rapids' West Side

New Dog Park on Grand Rapids' West Side

Grand Rapids has a new dog park near the corner of Covell & Bridge St. NW, just above the track of Union High School. This area was a former public tennis court, built about 20 years ago, when the sport of tennis was at it's peak.

This former tennis court area was converted into a dog park due to the hard and dedicated work of residents Jessica Kooistra and Ryan TerBush. They have raised money over the past year for an escape-proof gate and to build a shelter on the property. The ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on May 17th and is now the second dog park in Grand Rapids. 

Mike Fraser, of Out on a Limb Playhouses, located in Grand Haven, donated his time last week to build the shelter.

The park is free to all dog owners and has been funded by donations from local businesses and residents. For additional information on the park, visit the dog park's Facebook page at facebook.com/GrandRapidsNwDogPark.

Pizza Hut’s Pizza Wednesday Fundraiser – February 26

Pizza Hut’s Pizza Wednesday Fundraiser – February 26

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.-- Enjoy some pizza well helping cats by printing this flier from Crash’s Landing & Big Sid’s Sanctuary website.

Visit your local Pizza Hut on Feb. 26  anytime between 11 a.m. and 11 p.m., present this flier and 20 percent of your total bill will be donated to Crash’s Landing & Big Sid’s Sanctuary.

Participating locations are on the flier.  Dine in, delivery and carry out are available. 

Visit www.crashslanding.org for additional details and the flier.

Pizza Hut Fundraiser Night on October 23

Pizza Hut Fundraiser Night on October 23

Fourteen local Pizza Hut locations on Wednesday, October 23 from 11am to 11pm will donate 20% of the customer’s bill to Crash’s Landing & Big Sid’s Sanctuary.

Go to www.crashslanding.org locate Upcoming events for October 23 Pizza Hunt Fundraiser to print flier for participating locations; must present flier with your order.

Call: (616)821-6065 or more information.

Walker City Commissioners change Dog Ordinance

Walker City Commissioners change Dog Ordinance

Walker City Commissions has changed a law, allowing residents to have up to 3 dogs in their homes. Up until now they have only been allowed to have 2 dogs.

Frank Walsh, Community Development Director said the ordinance has been modified, along with some others, to meet the demands of residents who present requests to the Zoning Board of Appeals.  After he reviewed ordinances regarding animals in the home and comparing Walker’s ruling with other communities, he presented these issues to the City Commission.

The change will go into effect in February 2013. Just a reminder to all dog owners also, dog license fees are due no later than March 1st.

Horse enthusiasts from across state to gather in West Michigan for Winter Horsefest

Horse enthusiasts from across state to gather in West Michigan for Winter Horsefest

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. (Dec. 11, 2012) – Horse enthusiasts from across Michigan will gather at the DeltaPlex this Saturday, Dec. 15 for the West Michigan Winter Horsefest, the only expo of its kind in West Michigan.  The event offers English and Western inspired shopping, along with interactive fashion shows and clinics from industry experts.  Admission is $8. 

The event, open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., will feature two clinics by nationally recognized coach and clinician Leesa Massman – whose students have achieved more than 300 National Titles.  Massman also has served as coordinator for the Michigan Horse Show Judges Program as well as being honored with the prestigious Dodge-Miner Award for outstanding judging. 

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.”