Join Lake Haven for PetSmart's Spring National Adoption Weekend (May 1-3)
April 21, 2009
Join us at the PetSmart in Grandville, MI for the Spring National Adoption Weekend. Lake Haven volunteers will be on hand to help you adopt the perfect cat or dog for your household! Our normal Saturday hours are expanded for a weekend-long event!
If you are serious about adopting a pet during this event, please bring:
(1) A reference from your current vet, and/or
(2) records of current pets' vaccines, heartworm prevention and spay/neuter. This will help to greatly speed up the adoption process!
Friday, May 1st - 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 2nd - 11:00 am - 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 3rd - 12:00 pm. - 3:00 pm.
4645 Canal Avenue Southwest
Grandville, MI 49418 616.406.3344
Montcalm Meeting/Rally Monday, April 27th
April 20, 2009
On the eve of the Montcalm County Commissioner's meeting to determine whether or not to renew the county's contract with R&R Research, the USDA reveals the class b animal dealer is under investigation yet again. This time, it involves animals R&R Research improperly accepted. This recent investigation can be added to R&R Research's long list of violations, which can be read here. Footage has also been posted on R&R Research's deceptive practices in 1993. See below to read the full article and to see the WOOD TV footage.
Attend the April 27th Rally. We are asking for your help one last time. The commissioners will meet for a final time on this issue Monday, April 27th. Your presence is needed! If you can, please attend the April 27th rally from 11AM until Noon (the board meeting is at 1PM). This peaceful rally will be in support of ending pound release and to acknowledge all of you who helped get us this far. Please click here to download the informational flyer. For car pool information from the Grand Rapids area, please contact Gwen at firstname.lastname@example.org. Hope to see you there!
Flash Back: WOOD TV Report on R&R Research's Deceptive Practices - 1993
Send a Message to the Montcalm County Commissioners
April 13, 2009
The Humane Society of the United States of America has set up a simple and easy-to-use form that you can use to send a message to the Montcalm County Commissioners regarding their contract with R&R Research.
A Blue Ribbon Committee was put in place to evaluate the county's contract with R&R. The committee recently filed its decision recommending that Montcalm County not renew its contract with the class B dealer.
At an April 27 meeting, County Commissioners will discuss whether to renew this contract. They have the final decision. We need your help to ensure that pets at the Montcalm County Animal Shelter will no longer be sold for experimentation.
All Michigan residents can fill out and submit the form to automatically send a message to all nine commissioners. Be sure to personalize your message so that it stands out, and will have a greater impact.
As you know, we have recently sent a note out about Koda's Law, which would ban Class B Dealers taking pets from shelters in Michigan altogether. Until that happens, we must continue to work at the county level to end this practice.
Newaygo a Stop on the Spay/Neuter Express
April 13, 2009
The Spay/Neuter Express visits Newaygo every Monday. If you or someone you know in the Newaygo area cannot afford this very important procedure, please call Cheryl at 231-652-7507 to see if you qualify and to set up an appointment.
Lake Haven is teaming up with The Spay/Neuter Express and the Pedigree Foundation in order to help prevent unwanted cats and dogs and to reduce animal suffering in the Newaygo County area.
The Spay/Neuter Express is a service founded by Bruce Langlois, DVM, owner of the Animal Hospital of Lowell. This program provides low cost spay/neuter services for pets owned by citizens who normally would not be able to afford this procedure. Donations to Lake Haven and funding from a grant awarded to Lake Haven by the Pedigree Foundation help to make the service even more affordable at the Newaygo stop.
Lake Haven is seeking donations to continue subsidizing this crucial service. Checks can be mailed to the address below (note: this is NOT the same address where the spay/neuter service takes place):
551 Pickerel Lake Dr.
Newaygo, MI 49337
Please write "spay/neuter" in the check memo so we know where to designate your funds. Donations to Lake Haven are tax deductible.
Support 'Koda's Law' - House Bill 4663 and Help End Pound Seizure in Michigan
April 7, 2009
This bill prohibits the practice of pound seizure in Michigan. Pound seizure involves the taking of shelter cats and dogs for experimentation. If this bill becomes law, it will become illegal for R&R Research to obtain animals from the Montcalm County Shelter, as this practice is illegal in most states.
Only 4 counties in Michigan still allow shelter cats and dogs to be given to USDA Class B dealers for resale to research facilities (Montcalm, Gratiot, Mecosta and Osceola). Pound seizure betrays the public's trust in a shelter and is often kept a secret. People who surrender their pets, or turn in stray or abused animals to shelters, often do not know that the shelter may practice pound seizure.
This bill is named after a 3-year-old Malamute named Koda, who was surrendered to the Gratiot County Animal Control Shelter on June 13, 2007. Unbeknownst to his owner, Koda was never allowed any opportunity to be adopted. Doodles from Montcalm was facing the same fate, but was pulled from the Montcalm Shelter by a Lake Haven volunteer.
This bill will not end legitimate medical research. If a facility chooses to utilize live animals, they can still obtain pets from USDA Class A dealers (that breed pets for research), from in-house laboratory breeding facilities, or from people who willingly donate their pet to research. This bill simply stops former pets arriving at shelters from being used in experiments.
How to Support the Bill:
(1) Sign the online petition here (must be 18 years of age or older and a registered voter): http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/649021463.
(2) Contact your local House Representative and ask them to support House Bill 4663. You can find your representative and their contact information by using this link.
(3) Forward this information to as many people as you know. Make it a goal to send to at least 10 people.
Additional Information - Pound Seizure Myths and Facts (from American Humane):
Myth: This legislation will prevent life saving biomedical research.
Fact: This bill will still allow research and educational facilities to obtain animals purposefully-bred for research from Class A dealers.
Myth: Research facilities need to conduct testing on live animals in order to improve the health of humans.
Fact: In recent years, research facilities have moved away from live animal research toward simulated or in-vitro (test tube) research techniques. And an even greater number are choosing not to use shelter animals supplied by Class B dealers.
Myth: There is not sufficient evidence that stolen animals have ended up with Class B Dealers or in research facilities.
Fact: USDA inspections include a "trace back" procedure to verify the source of random source animals. Moreover, a documentary by HBO in the Spring of 2006 called Dealing Dogs exposed the illegal actions of C.C. Baird, and Arkansas Class B Dealer. To see the violations list of Montcalm County's own Class B Dealer, R&R Research, click here.
Myth: The USDA currently has sufficient resources to properly regulate Class B dealers.
Fact: The USDA admits it spends too much of its limited resources in an attempt to regulate 10 random source Class B dealers who sell dogs and cats for research.
Myth: This bill will put Class B Dealers and research facilities out of business.
Fact: Random source Class B Dealers and research facilities will still be able to conduct business and legally obtain dogs and cats from other non-random sources.
Myth: Since most municipal animal shelters are overcrowded and must euthanize thousands of pets each year, allowing these shelter animals to be utilized for life saving research is a good use of resources that communities support.
Fact: Communities in Michigan are outraged when they learn that their local shelter provides animals for experimentation, which is why only four counties in Michigan provide live animals to Class B dealers.
Myth: The shelter animals taken by the dealers for research are unwanted animals and not family pets anymore, as stated by one Michigan Class B Dealer.
Fact: Shelter cats and dogs that are given to the Class B Dealer are healthy and adoptable pets.
Myth: Some shelters can obtain an economic benefit from selling unwanted cats and dogs to Class B Dealers. This will help during an economic crisis, particularly for Michigan.
Fact: No shelter in Michigan currently utilizes the Michigan law that allows a maximum $10 fee for each cat and dog sold into research.
GVSU Film Students Create Lake Haven Public Service Announcement
April 6, 2009
Grand Valley State University film students Greg Farmer and Spencer Everhart created a public service announcement video for Lake Haven. The spot focuses on the need for foster home volunteers. Way to go!
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Lake Haven is a non-profit no-kill animal rescue shelter dedicated to the care and adoption of homeless and/or injured dogs, cats, kittens and puppies in the West Michigan area. Lake Haven is a recognized 510(c)3 organization that is 100% volunteer operated.