October 2008

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Help Lake Haven Win a $25,000 Grant

October 21, 2008 

The Animal Rescue SiteVote for Lake Haven, and we could win $25,000 to help pets in need.

The Animal Rescue Site (http://www.theanimalrescuesite.com/clickToGive/home.faces?siteId=3) is hosting a special challenge for eligible Petfinder.com member shelters and rescue groups. The grand prize is a $25,000 grant, and they will be awarding many other grants to rescue groups with the most votes -- a total of $100,000 in grants for animal welfare organizations.

Think how many animals we could help for $25,000!

Help us win! All you have to do is click on the button below and scroll down to "Search and Vote for a Shelter."  Search for Lake Haven in Michigan and click "vote."  You can vote once a day, every day, from September 29 through December 14, 2008.  Every time you vote, or tell a friend to vote, you are making a huge difference for us.

Vote today!

Foster Homes Needed

October 12, 2008 

Be a hero!  Lake Haven is looking for more volunteers to temporarily foster animals until they are ready for adoption.  In doing so, you will be saving a life.  The more foster homes we have, the more animals we can save from being euthanized.  Fosters are needed now for Lake Haven's regular adoption program as well as to increase our efforts in rescuing more cats and dogs from the Montcalm County Animal Shelter (see article below). 

What Is Expected of Our Fosters? 

(1) You will need a spare room away from other pets to foster cats/kitten and a fenced-in yard (preferred) for dogs/puppies. 

(2) Provide food, shelter, love (if you cannot supply needed food or supplies, Lake Haven can help);

(3) Provide transportation to necessary veterinarian visits (Lake Haven pays for visits);

(4) If possible, take digital photos of your foster pet for placement on the Internet; and

(5) Transport to PetSmart adoption events. 


How Do I Get Started? 

Simply fill out our online volunteer form.  Indicate if you are interested in fostering cats or dogs.  You will then be contacted and screened to make sure you have the right accommodations.  You can then request the breed/size/type of animal you're most comfortable fostering.  Arrangements will then be made to get that animal to you.  Already a volunteer?  Be sure to update your volunteer form and indicate your interest in fostering.  Any questions?  Email Kathy at kathyb@lakehavenrescue.org.


Lake Haven Volunteer Makes Montcalm County Shelter Crisis her Mission

October 9, 2008 

Lake Haven volunteer, Gwen Stromp, wrote an open letter to readers in the current October issue of Cats & Dogs Magazine (available now at veterinary clinics throughout Michigan). Gwen has made it her mission to help end the appalling practices which are taking place at the Montcalm County Animal Shelter. With the help and support of Lake Haven, she has personally rescued seven animals from the shelter that would likely have been used as research subjects or gassed in a barrel alongside other animals.  These lucky (and grateful!) pets include Pumpkin (cat), Zelda, Rex, Pee-Wee, Buddy, Doodles and Lucy (all dogs).

Click here to read Gwen's letter featured in Cats and Dogs Magazine.  


Get Involved!  (1) If you would like to help stop what is happening in Montcalm County, please contact Chris Hyzer, Montcalm County Controller, and tell him how you feel.

Chris Hyzer, Montcalm County Controller

Administration Building

3rd Floor

211 W. Main Street

PO Box 368

Stanton, MI 48884

Phone: 989-831-7300

Email: chyzer@co.montcalm.mi.us

(2) Then, download an informational flier here. Print it! Make copies! Spread the word!

(3) For even more ways to help, contact Gwen directly at gwens@lakehavenrescue.org.

September Event Rewind

October 2, 2008 

The Fall National Adoption Weekend at PetSmart in Grandville, MI was a success!  The three-day event took place September 12th through the 14th.  During the course of the event, Lake Haven successfully placed 32 animals into loving homes (16 cats and 16 dogs).  Special thanks goes out to all the volunteers who helped make this event a success.   


Don't forget, Lake Haven typically holds adoption events at the Grandville PetSmart the first three Saturdays of each month.  To learn more, click here.  And if you're interested in helping out at these events, please fill out our volunteer form.  





On September 20th, the Animal Medical Center of Wyoming held their 25th anniversary "Unleashing" open house event.  Visitors were treated to a tour of the newly renovated facility.  The theme was pet owner education, with exam rooms turned into mini classrooms.  Topics ranged from common pet parasites to pet weight loss.  Lake Haven's own Darlene N. was on hand to discuss the importance of spay/neuter and how to prevent dog bites.  If you have questions for Darlene on either of these topics, please contact her at darlened@lakehavenrescue.org.




The first annual fall Fund-raiser at Woody's Bar & Grill in Bitely (Woodville), MI was held on September 28th.  The event was filled with food, games, prizes, and live musical entertainment by the duo Ziggy and Charlie - not to mention all of the canine family members who showed up to strut their stuff!  Plus, Lake Haven also handed out vouchers for low-cost spay/neuter services for event attendees. 

The event was an incredible success – raising over $800 for Lake Haven.  That amount was then generously matched by the Fremont Area Community Foundation – for a grand total of $1,600!  Event organizers are already planning for next year.  The more funds raised throughout the year, the more animals Lake Haven can help rescue, spay/neuter provide needed medical care and adopt out to loving homes. 

A very special thanks goes out to the organizer of this event, Debbie Dehoog, the Fremont Area Community Foundation as well as the entire staff at Woody's Bar & Grill. 

For the full photo gallery of this event, click here!

Lake Haven Online Now Accepting Sponsors

October 2, 2008 

Want online exposure for your business or pet-related product while supporting a good cause?  Advertise on our website or become an online Lake Haven sponsor!  

Lake Haven's website attracts an average of 1,400 visits each month from current and potential pet owners and those interested in animal welfare issues.  All advertising/sponsorship funds go directly back to Lake Haven for the rescue, medical care and adoption of our animal friends. 

We will work with you to create a professional online ad with a link to your business or product site.  Please contact sponsor@lakehavenrescue.org today to find out about our current rates!   


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