Montcalm Shelter Director On Board with Humane Euthanasia - More Work to be Done
November 25, 2008
Director of the Montcalm County Animal Shelter, Patty Lentz, has made it clear she wants to do the right thing and humanely euthanize animals via lethal injection versus the cruel practice of euthanizing animals in a Co2 barrel. What's more, she has publicly stated she opposes pets at the shelter being sold to research via the class-b animal dealer operation, R&R Research.
R&R Research used to operate out of Newaygo County before their board of commissioners voted to end the practice of selling shelter animals to research. Montcalm is only one of four Michigan counties still engaging in the practice. In addition to all the negatives about selling animals to research (see this article), it has put an unnecessary burden on surrounding shelters and rescues, including Lake Haven, because they have had to take in animals from Montcalm since many citizens there are too afraid to use their own county shelter.
Click here to read the WOOD TV 8 article, and see the newscast below.
It has been a long road to get this far, requiring continuous pressure on the county from animal shelters, rescue groups, veterinarians and concerned citizens from surrounding counties. A special thank you goes out to Lake Haven volunteers, participating veterinarians and other friends of Lake Haven who have been working so hard on this very important issue. But the work is not done yet! Petty Lentz can only recommend change; she does not have the power to make it happen. While it looks as if humane euthanasia is soon to be embraced, the Montcalm County Commissioners still have to vote on the research contract up in February 2009. Their vote will determine whether or not R&R Research can continue to take animals from the shelter.
The time to act is now! Write the commissioners at the address below and tell them YES to humane euthanasia and NO to animals going to research. Attend the Montcalm Commissioner meetings December 1st and 15th at 1PM and tell them your thoughts in person. For more information on these meetings or to car pool from the Grand Rapids area, contact Gwen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Montcalm Commissioner Correspondence:
Chris Hyzer, Montcalm County Controller
211 W. Main Street
PO Box 368
Stanton, MI 48884
Lost Dog Alert - Be on the Lookout
November 20, 2008
Breed: Great Dane
Last Seen: Holton Duck Lake Road
Distinguishable Feature: one blue eye and one brown eye
Breed: Chow Mix
Last Seen: Grand Haven area
Distinguishable Features: Red/cream
chow/finish spitz mix; Spayed, micro-chipped
See Lake Haven's Ad in 'Cats and Dogs Magazine'
November 17, 2008
The full version of Cats and Dogs Magazine is now available online. The mission of the magazine is to celebrate the human-animal relationship through entertaining and education articles. And to help find homes for the countless number of animals waiting for new families - something Lake Haven supporters, volunteers and donors all can appreciate!
One of their important goals is to bring awareness to local animal rescue organizations and the hard-working volunteers who dedicate countless hours and resources to helping homeless animals.
The new website for Cats and Dogs Magazine can be found at catsanddogsmagazine.com.
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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.