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Time To Get Your Dog's New License

Time To Get Your Dog's New License

 

2013 Dog Licenses available in Kent County.

Michigan law requires that all dogs four months of age or older be licensed.

A dog license is considered late if your animal is 5 months of age or older and you have owned the dog longer than 30 days. Dog licenses are discounted for senior citizens, and if your dog has been spayed or neutered (See fees here). To qualify for senior prices a person has to be 62 years old at the time of purchase and provide proof of age.

The fees through March 1, 2013 range from $6-26. After March 1, the costs of licenses doubles.

Dirty Dogs Can Help Sparta Band

Dirty Dogs Can Help Sparta Band

In this weather, it's a little tougher to take your dog outside and hose her down to clean her. If you'd like some help getting your dog washed, you can do it this Saturday, January 12th, and help the Sparta Band Boosters.

There is a Dog Wash Fundraiser on Saturday from 10:00am until 1:00pm at the new location for AAA Pet Grooming & Self Wash at 410 E. Division Street in Sparta. All you have to do is stop by with your furry friend to get a dog bath, but plan to dry your own dog.

Donations for the dog wash benefit the Sparta Band Boosters. AAA Pet Grooming & Self Wash asks that you do not bring your dog if it has fleas or is aggressive.  If you have any questions, you can call AAA at 616-887-7060.

Pet Night at the Santa House!

Pet Night at the Santa House!

Visit http://spartachamber.com/ for additional information.

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.”

The Barkery Pet Expo and Dog Walk during Town & Country Days

The Barkery Pet Expo and Dog Walk during Town & Country Days

Bring your pet to Rogers Park on Saturday, July 14 from 9am to 2pm, as part of the Sparta Town & Country Days celebration to get involved in rescue groups, take advantage of micro-chipping and see animal exhibits. There will be pooch nail trimming for $5 from 10am to noon. Your best friend can cool off in the Doggie Duck Pond and even a pedicure. This Pet party is hosted by the Barkery Pet Grooming.

Don’t miss the Dog Walk scheduled for 10am in Rogers Park on Saturday, July 14 to benefit the Human Society of West Michigan. Registration is at 9:30am. Receive a gift bag for a donation of $5 or receive a gift bag & t-shirt for a donation of $15.  

Go to www.spartafair.com for Sparta Town & Country Day details.

Local beagle wins big

NEW YORK, NY (WZZM)- The nation's premiere dog show is happening this week in New York. One of the winners at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is a Beagle from Kent County.

One year old "Gala" and her owner, 27-year old Alyssa Vander Werff, are from Casnovia in Kent County. "So, coming here, I was hoping we would be recognized, cause I have a great dog. But, you never know," says Alyssa.

Gala's official name is Grand Champion Werff's Apple of My Eye. She and Alyssa are new to the Westminster show. Alyssa started breeding beagles in 2007. Gala was from her first litter. "Very exciting. Cause it makes it more memorable. I am owner, handler, and breeder."

There were over 2,000 dogs allowed into the Westminster show. And when it came time to compete, Gala won "Best of Opposite Sex". "So, what that means is the male, is the best 13-inch (Beagle). And they choose the best of the opposite sex. So of the girls, she (Gala) was the best."