humane society en Signed a petition to oppose Asian carp? You actually signed a petition to allow wolf hunting <p><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.15; white-space: pre-wrap;">This week, pretty much unnoticed, the deadline came and went for opponents to file challenges to petitions filed by the Citizens for Professional Wildlife Management campaign to initiate a law. This is part of the ongoing political battle over wolf hunting in the Upper Peninsula.</span></p><p></p><p><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.15;">The </span>CPWM<span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.15;"> petition drive would create a new version of the law to allow wolf hunting, and it would take future decisions on designating game animals and put it with the state Natural Resources Commission instead of the Legislature.</span></p><p><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.15;">Now, not everyone may recognize that petition campaign. But, if you signed a petition to oppose Asian carp in the Great Lakes, you signed a petition to allow wolf hunting in the UP. If you signed a petition to allow active duty military personnel to get free hunting and fishing licenses, you signed a petition to allow wolf hunting.</span></p><p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 18:05:28 +0000 Rick Pluta & Zoe Clark 18349 at Signed a petition to oppose Asian carp? You actually signed a petition to allow wolf hunting Humane Society asks Michigan drivers to watch out for turtles <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Why did the turtle cross the road? The answer is that it is just that time of the year again. Michigan's turtles are hitting the roads to go and lay their eggs on the other side.</span></p><p>The Humane Society of Huron Valley is urging drivers to keep on the look out for these little guys making their way across our roads, and to avoid them as safely as possible. If the mood strikes you, get out and nudge them in the direction that they are headed.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 21:52:14 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 17321 at Humane Society asks Michigan drivers to watch out for turtles Michigan says record number of animal shelters get grants from check-off program <p>More people are contributing to the Michigan animal welfare fund. That means the state was able to give more money to more animal shelters this year than before.</p><p>You can check the donation box when you file your state income taxes. This year $184,772 in grant money went to 22 shelters across the state. Fifty-six shelters applied for grants. Those applications totaled close to $480,000 in requests.</p> Tue, 24 Dec 2013 20:36:09 +0000 Lindsey Smith 15819 at Michigan says record number of animal shelters get grants from check-off program Saving Detroit’s animals <p></p><p>Unless you are reading this in Monaco, you know it has been prematurely cold and bitter in much of our state. Yesterday I went to check on one class of poor Detroiter who can’t complain.</p><p>They do, however, have one spokesperson: Jennifer Rowell, one of my personal heroes. Jen runs the Michigan Humane Society’s shelter in Detroit, which is located in a century-old machine shop along I-75 as you approach Midtown.</p><p>Every year, about 12,000 animals, mostly dogs and cats, come through its doors. That’s probably more than the humane society’s other two shelters in suburbia combined.</p><p>Remarkably, many find new homes. Not necessarily in the lap of luxury. When I stopped by yesterday, the lobby was full of people&nbsp;there to get free food and straw for their animals.</p><p> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 13:31:08 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 15621 at Saving Detroit’s animals Michigan lawmakers grappling with how to 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 Michigan lawmakers grappling with how to euthanize shelter animals Lawsuit filed to protect Great Lakes wolf population <p>The Humane Society along with several other groups filed a lawsuit in federal court today to put a stop to gray wolf hunting in the Great Lakes Region.</p><p>The lawsuit is against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over its decision to remove gray wolves in the western Great Lakes region from the <a href="">Endangered Species List</a>.</p><p>If its successful, the lawsuit would place the wolves back under federal protection. Tue, 12 Feb 2013 21:34:25 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 11205 at Lawsuit filed to protect Great Lakes wolf population Vets warn: Lilies are toxic to 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 Vets warn: Lilies are toxic to cats Expert to examine Michigan Humane Society practices <p>DETROIT (AP) - The Michigan Humane Society&#39;s board is bringing in an outside expert to evaluate how the organization decides which dogs go for adoption and which dogs are killed.</p><p>The Detroit News and the Detroit Free Press report the board voted Monday. Kelley Bollen, director of behavior programs for the Maddie&#39;s Fund Shelter Medicine Program at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, will evaluate &quot;canine evaluation protocols.&quot;</p><p>A broader examination could be considered later.</p><p>Four of 18 board members at the Michigan Humane Society have&nbsp; resigned since June amid questions about the rate of euthanizing dogs and cats. The organization&#39;s overall euthanasia rate has been 70 percent for the past four years, including 17,000 in 2010.</p><p>The organization defends its practices, noting it takes in all types of animals, including abused ones. Wed, 21 Sep 2011 18:29:32 +0000 The Associated Press 4245 at Expert to examine Michigan Humane Society practices Michigan Humane Society's kill rate questioned <p>Two board members of the Michigan Humane Society have resigned over questions about the number of animals the agency euthanizes.</p><p>The <a href="">Detroit News</a> reports that Cheryl Phillips of Northville and Lee Lein of Ann Arbor resigned Monday questioning whether the Michigan Humane Society is doing enough to prevent stray animals from being euthanized.</p><p>From the Detroit News:</p><blockquote><p>The society&#39;s kill rate was about 70 percent in 2010... with locations in Detroit, Rochester Hills and Westland, the Michigan Humane Society is among the largest in the nation. It operates with a $12 million<span style="text-decoration: underline;"> </span>budget and took in more than 29,000 animals last year, Vice President Mike Robbins said, with about 51 percent of the animals coming from Detroit.</p></blockquote><div style="overflow: hidden; color: rgb(0, 0, 0); background-color: transparent; text-align: left; text-decoration: none; border: medium none;"><p>The News reports that Phillips said the society wasn&#39;t clearly revealing how many animals were being killed, and she wanted a third party to review the agency&#39;s practices, but her proposal was rejected.</p><p>At Monday&#39;s board meeting she resigned and released a statement that read, in part:</p><blockquote><p>&quot;I doubt that our funders would be happy with a &#39;100 percent healthy adoption rate&#39; if they knew that behind the scenes, fewer than 7,000 of the 24,000 total intakes were actually adopted, and more than 17,000 animals were &#39;classified&#39; as untreatable by MHS management &hellip; and were killed,&quot;</p></blockquote><p>The Michigan Humane Society&#39;s director of operations and its chief veterinarian defended the agency&#39;s kill rate. From the <a href="">Detroit Free Press</a>:</p><blockquote><p>C.J. Bentley, director of operations, said the numbers are high because the facility accepts animals regardless of origin or condition. Dr. Robert Fisher, the humane society&#39;s chief veterinarian, said animals with terminal or major medical issues are often not adoptable and that &quot;what the public is willing to accept in their homes&quot; helps determine an animal&#39;s fate.</p></blockquote><p>The Freep reports that in 2010 the Michigan Humane Society took in 13,725 cats and kittens - 70% were euthanized. And in 2010 the agency took in 11,191 dogs and puppies - 68% were euthanized.</p> Wed, 08 Jun 2011 15:47:00 +0000 Mark Brush 2801 at Michigan Humane Society's kill rate questioned