(By Lindsay Warren)
There have been many outraged animal lovers over the recent euthanasia in Detroit of a dog named “Ace.” Sadly, there are millions of other dogs that have the same exact fate every year in the United States.
The Humane Society of the United States notes that approximately 3-4 million dogs and cats are euthanized per year in our county. This is primarily because of irresponsible breeding. There are not enough homes for these animals. It is also because some animals are simply unadoptable. It could be due to the animal’s health, age or temperament. Often times they are a product of their environment. But some animal rights activists refuse to believe that fact.
“The sad reality is that many of these animals are unadoptable. If you chain up an animal (any animal), provide no shelter, food, water, socialization or vetting, we cannot expect them to have good temperaments. It’s not their fault, however, the reality of who they are. Plus, the general public is truly fearful of many of the bully breeds,” said Marie Skladd, President of the Michigan Animal Adoption Network (MAAN).
Every single weekend of the year, volunteers from a division of MAAN called the Animal Care Network (ACN) pick up between 10 and 30 unwanted and abandoned animals in the city of Pontiac. Those are the figures for just one city, so one can imagine how many animals that adds up to in Michigan.
In addition to picking up abandoned animals, ACN volunteers provide an average of 650 animal wellness checks for animals in Pontiac every single month. Many of these animals live outdoors. ACN will provide food, water and proper a doghouse (fiberglass doghouse placed off the ground on a wood pallet with straw to regulate an animal’s temperature in extreme weather) in exchange for the dog owner arranging for the animal to be spayed or neutered through the group’s low-cost clinics.
Additionally, the Animal Care Network offers two low-cost immunization clinics each year. These are open to pet owners of any Michigan community. Life-saving shots cost only $10.
MAAN / ACN has been helping Metro Detroit animals since 1994. To date, MAAN has placed more than 4,500 dogs and cats through their Adopt-A-Pet program and ACN has visited over 90,000 addresses to offer assistance. Over 5,600 cats and dogs have been sterilized as well. These programs have received national recognition from Animal Planet, The History Channel and Linda Ellerbee of Nickelodeon News.
The most-needed items include:
Þ Unopened dog food in 18-40 lb bags
Þ Unopened cat food in 5-30 lb bags
Þ Medium and large, stainless steel bowls
Þ Buckle collars in 18″, 20″, 22″, 24″ lengths
Þ Doghouses and straw
Of course monetary donations are always needed. Animal lovers may donate online or by check. The mailing address for MAAN may be found on the website above ie here: http://www.crowdrise.com/helpmaan2011/
The Animal Care Network sincerely thanks the following participating businesses that are collecting food and supplies on their behalf:
Þ Aleta Sill’s Bowling World
(Inside Country Lanes) 30250 West 9 Mile Road Farmington Hills, MI 48336 / (248) 615-9060.
Þ Hagopian Cleaning Services / World of Rugs – 5 locations
-Birmingham: 850 S. Old Woodward / 248-646-RUGS (7847)
-Novi: 43223 Twelve Mile Road / 248-449-RUGS (7847)
-Oak Park: 14000 W. Eight Mile Rd. / 248-546-RUGS (7847)
-Ann Arbor: 1719 Plymouth Rd. / 734-769-RUGS (7847)
-Utica: 8843 Hall Road / 248-291-2198
Þ La Rosa Market
2375 Orchard Lake Road, Sylvan Lake, Mi. 48320 / (248) 682-5193
Þ Pet Supplies Plus – 3 locations
-St. Clair Shores: 23700 Greater Mack / (586) 771-1710
-St. Clair Shores: 31029 Harper / (586) 771-3277
-Warren: 26230 Hoover / (586) 754-6000
All 3 locations also accept monetary donations. There are donation canisters by the cashiers.
Þ Premier Pet Supply
31215 Southfield Road Beverly Hills, MI 48025 (248) 647-4310 / Contact: Mike Palmer
Þ Reggie’s Pet Lovers
3405 Orchard Lake Road Keego Harbor, MI 48320 (248) 682-PETS
The Animal Care Network also thanks these businesses that are collecting monetary donations for the Animal Care Network:
Þ Beach in a Box Tanning
-454 Orchard Lake Road Sylvan Lake, MI 48320 / (248) 682-6055 / Contact: Renee Winkler (Owner)
Þ Pine Lake Market
3391 Orchard Lake Rd, Keego Harbor, MI 48320-1314 / (248) 682-7807
“These Volunteers do extremely difficult work (work that most of us would not be able to do) and all they want is the food and supplies they need to help animals. That’s where we can help. If we each just contribute something, together we can make a world of difference to help these animals in need. My hat is off to the volunteers of MAAN / ACN,” said Michelle Mullen, co-owner of Aleta Sill’s Bowling World.
Food and supplies are being collected until December 16. For more information, please contact Pam Porteous, Animal Care Network Manager, at 248.678.2756 or visit http://www.mi-aan.org.