cats http://michiganradio.org en Genesee County ending 'no-kill' policy at animal shelter http://michiganradio.org/post/genesee-county-ending-no-kill-policy-animal-shelter <p>Genesee County Commissioners decided today to resume euthanizing dogs and cats at the county animal shelter.</p><p></p><p>Less than two months ago, the county decided to institute a ‘no-kill’ policy at the shelter.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Under the old policy, dogs and cats would only be “put-down” with a written order from a veterinarian or a court.&nbsp;&nbsp; But shelter officials say the shelter’s animal population has soared since the policy began.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>The new policy will give the shelter broader latitude to euthanize dogs and cats.</p><p></p> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 19:42:42 +0000 Steve Carmody 14272 at http://michiganradio.org Genesee County ending 'no-kill' policy at animal shelter Proposed animal abuser registry dropped in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/proposed-animal-abuser-registry-dropped-michigan <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - A bid to make Michigan the first state with an animal abuser registry has been dropped by lawmakers over concerns about cost and other issues.<br><br>Instead, the state could soon require that criminal background checks be done on every would-be pet adopter at Michigan animal shelters. The $10 fee for each check could be waived for shelters.<br><br>Judges would have to order defendants convicted of crimes against animals not to own animals for at least five years.<br> Sat, 03 Aug 2013 14:40:00 +0000 The Associated Press 13818 at http://michiganradio.org Proposed animal abuser registry dropped in Michigan Michigan lawmakers grappling with how to euthanize shelter animals http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-lawmakers-grappling-how-euthanize-shelter-animals <p>State lawmakers are a step closer to telling Michigan animal shelters how they can euthanize dogs, cats and ferrets.</p><p></p><p>Most Michigan animal shelters put down dogs and cats using lethal injection. A bill passed by the state Senate Agriculture Committee recently would mandate all shelters use injection.</p><p></p><p>There are a handful of shelters that still use gas chambers to euthanize unwanted or unhealthy dogs and cats.</p><p></p><p>Deborah Schutt is the chairperson of the Michigan Pet Fund Alliance. She says gassing is painful and not humane.</p><p></p> Sat, 15 Jun 2013 19:38:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 13071 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan lawmakers grappling with how to euthanize shelter animals Most popular names for Michigan dogs and cats http://michiganradio.org/post/most-popular-names-michigan-dogs-and-cats <p>Failing schools, emergency managers, and problems at nuclear power plants have populated Michigan headlines lately.</p><p>Important, but not very cheery.</p><p>We thought we'd lighten your Friday by sharing a few stats from <a href="http://www.stateofpethealth.com/" target="_blank">Banfield Hospital's State of the Pet</a> report. Here are a few of our favorites.</p><p> Fri, 10 May 2013 20:08:58 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 12525 at http://michiganradio.org Most popular names for Michigan dogs and cats DNR confirms three recent cougar sightings in Upper Peninsula http://michiganradio.org/post/dnr-confirms-three-recent-cougar-sightings-upper-peninsula <p>The Department of Natural Resources has confirmed three recent cougar sightings in the Upper Peninsula.</p><p>Two photos of a cougar with a radio collar were taken in October in Menominee County, while a third photo was taken of a collarless cougar in November in Marquette County.</p><p>The DNR does not employ radio collars to track cougars, making the origin of the cat something of a mystery.</p><p>North Dakota and South Dakota are the nearest states that make use of collars to track cougars, and the animals are known to travel hundreds of miles in search of new territory.</p> Wed, 28 Nov 2012 21:53:02 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10124 at http://michiganradio.org DNR confirms three recent cougar sightings in Upper Peninsula Vets warn: Lilies are toxic to cats http://michiganradio.org/post/vets-warn-lilies-are-toxic-cats <p>Lilies are popular home decorations this time of year.&nbsp;But the plants are highly toxic to cats.</p><p>Ingesting any part of a lily can cause kidney failure in cats, and can be fatal without emergency treatment.</p><p>Symptoms include vomiting, lethargy, and a lack of appetite.</p><p>Dr. Jennifer Aschenbrener&nbsp;is a veterinarian with Irwin Avenue Animal Hospital in Albion. She says it&rsquo;s&nbsp;important to contact your veterinarian immediately if you think your cat has eaten part of a lily.</p><p>&quot;They will most likely have you try to get induced emesis, which is vomiting, which also can be done at the vet clinic. Basically the biggest thing is to get the lily out of the system,&quot; she says. &quot;Without treatment, and sometimes even with treatment, it can be fatal. So it&rsquo;s very serious.&quot;</p><p>That&rsquo;s not the only harmful Easter tradition.&nbsp;Local animal advocates are warning against giving bunnies, chicks, and ducks as presents. Many of the animals end up in shelters once the novelty wears&nbsp;off.&nbsp;</p><p><em>-Alex Markel, Michigan&nbsp;Radio Newsroom</em></p><p> Sat, 31 Mar 2012 16:00:00 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 6850 at http://michiganradio.org Vets warn: Lilies are toxic to cats Feral cat population probably not as large as reported http://michiganradio.org/post/feral-cat-population-probably-not-large-reported <p>A Detroit newspaper reported there were 657,000 feral cats in the Detroit area. But that number might not be correct.</p><p>Kevin Hatman is with the <a href="http://www.michiganhumane.org/site/PageServer">Michigan Humane Society</a>. He says he&rsquo;s not sure how accurate that number is. But he says there is a large population of wild cats in the Detroit area:</p> Wed, 01 Jun 2011 20:33:07 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 2712 at http://michiganradio.org Feral cat population probably not as large as reported Feral cats seen as problematic in Detroit area http://michiganradio.org/post/feral-cats-seen-problematic-detroit-area <p>DETROIT (AP) - Officials say a large population of feral cats in the Detroit area is straining animal control and animal welfare groups.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20110601/NEWS05/106010376/Feral-cat-population-metro-Detroit-overwhelms-animal-welfare-groups-residents?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE">Detroit Free Press</a> reports Wednesday that one estimate cited by the Petsmart Charities says there are about 657,000 feral cats in the area.</p><p>Officials say free-roaming cats often harbor illnesses that spread between cats and sometimes to humans.</p><p>People are working to address the problem in the Detroit area. Southfield has agreed to be the pilot community for a $100,000 county program to catch, sterilize and release feral cats. And a Warren animal welfare group is teaching people how to round up cats. Wed, 01 Jun 2011 13:32:12 +0000 The Associated Press 2701 at http://michiganradio.org Feral cats seen as problematic in Detroit area