August 2008

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Special Labor Day Puppy Adoption Event This Saturday!

August 28, 2008

This Saturday, August 30th, Lake Haven volunteers will be holding a special puppy adoption event at the PetSmart in Grandville, MI from 12 until 2PM.  Now is the chance to meet and adopt an adorable puppy! 

If you want to make sure a specific puppy you've seen online will be available for viewing, please email or call (231) 652-7507.

Come Prepared! If you are serious about adopting a puppy, 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!

You can also get a head start by completing as much as you can of our printable adoption application by clicking here.

Hope to see you there!

Date: Saturday, August 30th

Time: 12 until 2PM

Place: Grandville PetSmart near Rivertown Mall on Canal Street.


Help Hold Montcalm County Commissioners Accountable for Change

August 20, 2008

In the latest issue of Cats and Dogs Magazine (available now at your local veterinarian clinic), Montcalm County Animal Shelter Director Patricia Lentz and County Commissioner Patrick Carr are interviewed about the dismal situation there.  The overwhelming majority of animals taken to that shelter are either gassed in a 55-gallon barrel with other animals or are given to a dealer, who then sells the animals to research facilities for profit.  In the article, both Lentz and Carr sound optimistic about changing these practices.  But it remains up to the citizens of Montcalm County and Michigan as a whole to make sure that happens.


Read the full article by clicking here.  Then read the letter Lake Haven Founder, Cheryl McCloud, sent to the Montcalm County Commissioners reminding them we are paying attention and will hold them accountable.  Finally, visit to learn how you can get involved.


Zelda (photo above) was saved from the Montcalm County Shelter by a Lake Haven volunteer.


Dear Montcalm County Commissioners,

Montcalm County Commissioner Patrick Carr was interviewed in the August 2008 issue of Cats and Dogs Magazine.  To those who wish to stop the Montcalm County Animal Shelter from giving animals to R&R Research and to those who want the inhumane euthanasia policies at the shelter to stop, he said:  “We hear you; we’re going to fix the problems.”

We hear you too, Mr. Carr, and are glad you agree these gut-wrenching problems are worth fixing. 

In the same article, new Animal Control Director Patricia Lentz said of the 55-gallon drum that is used to euthanize animals – much like you’d burn garbage in: “Basically the animal passes out and dies.  It’s not very pleasant.  I want it changed…  I want to go with lethal injection, and I want it done here by my staff.  I feel it’s the humane way.” 

Commissioners:  I expect you back the recommendations of your newly-appointed Director. 

The citizens of Michigan will be waiting for all the Montcalm Commissioners to be held accountable in fixing these problems and backing the recommendations of your new Director.  Come February 2009, we will be there to make sure you fulfill your promises. 


Cheryl McCloud
Director and Founder
Lake Haven

Special thanks to Cats and Dogs Magazine for allowing us to post the original article.

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