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Deter Racine, Executive Director

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glacier yellowstoneOne thing we’ve all learned while at LTBHS is that there is never a “normal” day here. When we arrive at work at 7:30 each morning, we’re prepared for pretty much anything.

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At Little Traverse Bay Humane Society, each and every animal has a temporary home until they find a permanent one of their own. It goes without saying that when you’re a no-kill shelter, some animals stay longer than others. The cute, tiny puppies and kittens usually find homes the quickest and often times, purebred dogs don’t stick around long, either. Your average, two year old mixed breed dog might stay for two to four weeks, which isn’t too bad, especially when the right home comes along.

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adorable kittens11111The holiday season has officially begun, and that means our favorite TV channels, radio stations, inboxes and even mailboxes are full bursting full of advertisements prompting us to buy the latest gadgets, clothing or big screen TV. Black Friday has come and gone and with it, Cyber Monday, as well. This brings us to the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, also becoming better known in recent years as Giving Tuesday.

Texas julieAs the big white transport van pulled up in front of the shelter, a chorus of barks and whines filled the air. When the doors opened, they revealed crates stacked from the floor to the ceiling filled with dogs of all colors and sizes. There must have been at least 50 dogs in all, each one given another chance at a new life where there had previously been no opportunity for such.

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Last week was very busy here at Little Traverse Bay Humane Society. Don’t get us wrong, it’s always busy here, but when road trips and transports are involved, it keeps us hopping even more than usual!

A week and a half ago, we were contacted by one of our partners, the Bissell Pet Foundation. They informed us of a shelter located in Tennessee that was in dire need of some help. They had many dogs who were all looking for homes and they ask if we could step in. The Bissell Pet Foundation graciously offered to pay for any and all expenses if we would be willing to make the trip down south to bring some of the dogs back here. This small, out of the way shelter rarely saw any traffic and because of this, their adoption numbers were incredibly low. We knew that we could find great homes for these animals, so we didn’t hesitate to load up the LTBHS van with crates and blanket and head south.

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adorable kittens11111At the beginning of each year, we make goals for the following year. After the success we achieved in 2014, we knew we had to step it up this year. In 2014, our goal was to find homes for 650 animals—a goal we greatly surpassed when we found homes for over 700 dogs and cats! We broke all previous adoption records, which is something we’re very proud of!

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DotWhen you meet Dot, one of the first things you notice is her contagious smile. It spreads from ear to ear and it’s hard not to smile watching her dance around, wiggling from head to toe. She is thrilled just to be outside with someone who is spending time with her. Without a doubt, Dot is likely one of the happiest and sweetest dogs you’ll ever meet.

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howl 2015Ask any staff member at Little Traverse Bay Humane Society, and they’ll all tell you the same thing about this summer: it was absolutely crazy. Crazy busy, of course, but busy in a way that we know we’re doing something right here.

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Howard photo legMany of you are already familiar with Howard’s story. For those who are not, when homeless Howard arrived at LTBHS several weeks ago, it was evident that something was very wrong with his leg. Worried about his safety, we took him to our veterinarian where it was determined that he had a fractured back leg. This was likely from being hit by a car and unfortunately, the leg was beyond repair. With our veterinarian’s recommendation, Howard underwent surgery to amputate his fractured leg. Despite this, we knew with Howard’s sweet personality and big spirit, he’d be able to overcome this challenge.

Adoption Lester and Bob AndersonSummer is flying by and so are the number of animals flying out our doors into their new, forever homes! We just finished up an incredible adoption week at LTBHS, which is something we’re thrilled about, of course. We found homes for 27 animals in total, which is right behind the banner week we had during our Collars for a Cause Adopt-A-Thon in June.

At Little Traverse Bay Humane Society, it’s safe to say that we’re busy every day of the year. There are always kennels to clean, dogs to bathe, cats to be fed and floors to be vacuumed and mopped. There is training that takes place every day through our Mutts With Manners Program and daily visitors to greet. This is just the tip of the iceberg, however, when it comes to all the work we do on a daily basis at LTBHS.

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3 onlineWhat an amazing week! As many of you know, we just held our 7th Annual Collars for a Cause Adopt-A-Thon at Dave Kring Chevrolet-Cadillac in Petoskey on Saturday, June 13. We are happy to report it was a HUGE success! We took 41 animals to the event and found homes for 24 for them! What’s even better is that during the entire week, we found homes for 37 animals total! Yes, 37—isn’t that incredible?! This is after bringing in two transports earlier during the week of 27 dogs on top of the other animals brought in locally. This resulted in 31 dogs and cats that were rescued by LTBHS in one week alone!

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At Little Traverse Bay Humane Society, we are constantly taking in homeless animals with the ultimate goal of finding them new, loving homes. A typical week might go like this: we take in a few animals that have been surrendered by their owners, pick up one or two from our local stray center, or perhaps receive a transport of five to ten high-risk animals from another shelter.

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Count12We’re happy to help the animals who need us most, especially when they need us most. This unfortunately often happens when a situation is at its most dire—when an animal is at risk in a kill shelter. These animals might have medical issues, be on the older side, have behavioral problems, or they may not have any of these at all—the shelter might just not have room for them. This is where LTBHS comes into play. We are fortunate here at LTBHS to be able to reach out to other shelters and rescues in need, helping to pull at-risk animals who might otherwise be euthanized.

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Zeus dogIt’s difficult to imagine what some of these animals go through before they arrive here. This is true especially when it comes to Zeus, a three year old retriever mix. Zeus and many other dogs were found living in what had at one time been a rescue facility. They had been cared for by an elderly woman who loved animals, but over time, she was no longer able to manage all of them. Eventually, when the place was discovered, over 200 dogs were found living in kennels with very little care.

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Shasta dogAt Little Traverse Bay Humane Society, (LTBHS), we give second chances.  Especially to the animals who would not likely be given one elsewhere.  At LTBHS, we know that every life is valuable and important, which is why we do everything in our power to give these animals the second chance they deserve, and more importantly, the opportunity to find a loving, lifelong family of their own. 

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Each morning when we arrive at work, none of us really know what the day will bring. Of course there will be dogs to be let out and played with, kitty condos to clean and potential adopters to greet, but beyond that, nothing can prepare us for who or what will come through our doors. This is exactly what happened yesterday.

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guster2One sad statistic that is recorded in the animal welfare field is ‘adoption return rate’.  This is the percentage of animals who are adopted and then at some point in their lives, returned. 

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Week 6: Whew!  This was a challenging week for us.  We lost a total of 10.8 pounds.  It's hard not to think about food when you're stuck inside all the time (and the start of paczki season doesn't help, either!).  The frigid cold weather has made it difficult to get out and enjoy our favorite winter activities, but we have two weeks left and we're determined to finish big!  The good news is that we've lost a total of 169 pounds so far!  We're also excited to announce we've gained two additional sponsors, Linda Smith and Marianne Moffatt. We're thankful to everyone for their encouragement along the way-we couldn't do this without you!

Week 5: We're back on track this week!  We lost a total of 22.2 pounds collectively.  This is no small feat, especially during the long, cold winter months when hearty comfort foods like casseroles and mac and cheese sound particularly good.  We're extremely proud to have lost 158.3 pounds as a group so far and with three weeks left to go, we're hoping to surpass 200 pounds!  Wish us luck!  

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Week #3,

I didn’t post last week, I must have been too busy monitoring meals. Week #2 posted a cumulative weight loss of 26.4 pounds and Week #3 came in at 27.1 pounds.  That’s a total of 125.7 pounds for 3 weeks!!  It’s so interesting to see the changes in everyone as the weight loss starts to show.  One person has lost 15 lbs (granted she is younger!) and you can totally see it in her face.  It’s been fun to watch everyone settle into healthier eating habits.  We bought a cookbook-The Drop 10 Cookbook by Lucy Danziger-which has been a tremendous help in giving ideas for healthy, calorie conscious meals.

Thank you everyone for your support and here’s to another week of Pounds for Hounds!

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January 13, 2015

The first week is officially finished! A total of 72.2 pounds was lost!!  It’s amazing how differently people lose weight, although the average was 4 lbs per person, some of our younger staff members clocked in at 7 lbs.  The week was pretty rough (no pun intended!) with everyone getting used to different eating habits.  But we did it and are committed to losing weight through February!

We would also like to thank three additional sponsors:  Bob Hull, Una Fornshell and Susan Letts.  Thank you for keeping us inspired!

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Roxanne2In 2013, we had a phenomenal year—our best to date, as we surpassed all of our previous adoption records. We were thrilled when we totaled our year-end numbers to discover we had managed to find homes for 620 animals!

It was hard to believe we’d be able to do better than that. We decided to push the envelope anyway—our goal was to adopt out 650 animals in 2014, no matter how lofty that sounded (without adding any additional kennels). We knew this might be a challenge, but it was something we strongly believed could be done.

As it turns out, we were right. In fact, we were more than right—we exceeded our goal by 50 adoptions and ended up finding homes for 700 animals this year! This is a 13-percent increase in adoptions from last year. Our returns were lower, as well, we believe due to the continuation of Mutts With Manners and Ruff to Ready behavioral programs.

We are incredibly proud of these numbers and thrilled that we not only reached our goal, but significantly surpassed it!

This is not to say 2014 didn’t come without some challenges. We saw a number of animals come through our doors with medical problems. There was Roxanne, who had a luxating patella which required surgery. And there was Grover, who arrived with patches of fur missing and blistered skin that required medication and special food for treatment. We had a number of dogs arrive who tested positive for heartworm, which is a very time consuming medical issue to treat. We’ve also taken in quite a few older animals in 2014, as well. This can be frustrating as everyone typically is looking for cute, little puppy to adopt, which means older animals wait longer for homes.

Perhaps it’s these challenges that make 700 adoptions in 2014 even more special. Regardless of what we face on a daily basis, we promise each animal that they will be cared for and loved until they find the perfect family of their own.

At the end of the day, however, we couldn’t do all of this without our generous community of supporters. We are extremely proud to break records once again, but just know that YOU are a huge part of this, and should be proud, too!

As we head into 2015, we look forward to another year of lifesaving rescues and fantastic adoptions. Whatever the year brings, we’ll continue to provide a warm bed, veterinary care and individual love and attention to every animal as long as they’re here. Thank you for a wonderful 2014 and here’s to the year ahead!

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January 7, 2015

Well, everyone has finally weighed in for Pounds for Hounds to officially start! 11 staff members are participating with a total weight of 1,885.6 pounds. There will be weekly weigh-ins and we’ll share the total weekly loss with you!

We would like to thank our generous sponsors: Deter Racine, Nancy McEnroe, Linda Bolton, Carol Giles, Judy Gillow, and Marilyn Frey who have agreed to match the pounds lost with pounds of dog food. If anyone else would like to join as sponsors, call Teresa Chaney at 231-347-2396 or tchaney@ltbhs.com.

Wish us all luck as this will be a very hungry bunch of girls for the next few weeks!

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kittens23It’s December, which means the holidays are upon us. Everywhere you turn, there are advertisements for the latest gadgets, newest vehicles and popular clothing brands. While these things are all very nice, in the end they’re just that: things.

What if you could give a more meaningful gift this season? How about a gift that truly keeps on giving every day of the year?

Here at Little Traverse Bay Humane Society, you can give the gift of saving a life this holiday season and honestly, what could be better than that? By giving a loved one a membership to LTBHS (or renewing your own!), you’re giving them a gift that lasts throughout the whole year. We rely on our members to help us provide warm shelter, veterinary services and personal attention to all the animals in our care, in addition to offering proactive programs to the community that helps control the pet population.

Each week, we go through approximately 75 cans of kitten food alone. Another way to help homeless animals this season is by donating specific items that we use every day such as bleach, canned dog and cat food, toys or soft beds. Gift cards are much appreciated, as well, as we can use them throughout the year on the items we need most.

What about giving the gift of a forever home to a shelter animal? We never cease to be amazed by the wonderful animals who come through our doors every day. They all deserve loving families of their own and our goal is to help them find forever homes in time for the holidays. This Saturday, December 6, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., we’re hoping to do just that. We’ll be hosting a Holiday Open House with incredible adoption specials that encourage families to adopt one of the amazing animals here at the shelter.

So as you dive into this busy holiday season, please remember the animals who are waiting to find loving homes of their own. Whether it’s giving the gift of membership, donating supplies or opening your heart and home to a homeless animal, please consider giving some hope for the holidays to an animal in need this season.

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While we hope that all of our shelter residents find loving homes right away (and the majority of them do), some are here much longer than others. Regardless of this, shelter animals have a home at Little Traverse Bay Humane Society as long as it takes them to find their forever family.

Cats, in particular, sometimes take a little longer to find the right home. Over the years, there are a few that have stuck around and become somewhat permanent fixtures here at the shelter. These cats have all won a place in our hearts and we’ve enjoyed getting to know their quirky personalities and seeing their expectant faces each morning.
Recently, however, we’ve had a number of surprising adoptions which we couldn’t be more thrilled about! A number of our longtime shelter residents found their forever homes, and in many cases, were adopted out with another shelter cat. It may have taken them awhile, but we know it was worth the wait. We’re so happy that these dynamic duos found loving families together.

Eden and Ellen2Eden and Ellen
These two sisters arrived at LTBHS as kittens and were here several months as they grew into teenagers. Eden and Ellen were inseparable and where one was, the other wasn’t far away. They could often be seen curled up together in the kitty beds and cat condos. We were hopeful that they’d be adopted together, and recently, they were! We are so happy that these sweet sisters were able to stay together.

 


Shadow and Norma
11 year old Shadow had been with us since he was very young, and while the handsome long-haired, black cat was friendly, he didn’t beg for attention and was content to sleep in his bed in the lobby most of the day. We assumed Shadow would be with us for the rest of his life, and while that was fine, we never lost hope that he might find the perfect family to call his own someday. Recently, Shadow was given this opportunity, and he even found a home with shelter kitten, Norma! We are so happy that these two have each other to play and cuddle with, and after all this time, Shadow has been given the chance he deserves.

Sammy and Juniper
If there was ever an odd couple, Sammy and Juniper would be it. Sammy was extremely depressed after she arrived at the shelter and not surprisingly, took her bad mood out on other shelter residents and staff. As the months passed, Sammy slowly became more social, but we think that perhaps it was Juniper, who arrived here as a tiny kitten, who changed Sammy’s mood completely. Juniper was a special needs kitten and somehow Sammy seemed to realize this and took Juniper under her wing. This odd pair quickly became best buddies and would often be seen snuggling together. We were thrilled when this dynamic duo was recently adopted to the same family!

Rosie and Digi
Rosie, a longtime shelter resident, had been here since she arrived at LTBHS eight years ago as a kitten. This big girl was somewhat shy which led most of us to assume she would spend the rest of her life here. What typically takes most cats a few weeks or maybe months took Rosie eight years, but amazingly, she finally found the right family. She was also adopted with another cat, Digi, who had been at the shelter for several months. We’re so happy for these two girls and know they will have a great life together!

Every day, we work toward achieving our mission to offer warm shelter, veterinary services, and personal attention to all the animals in our care, as well as proactive methods to control pet overpopulation. It is stories like Rosie and Shadow that motivate us to continue our efforts to make sure every animal who comes through our doors finds a loving, caring home, no matter how long it takes.

Rabies Clinic 070If you could do one or two simple things to keep your pet safe, would you?  On Saturday, April 5, pet owners will have the chance to attend a rabies, microchip and licensing clinic hosted by Little Traverse Bay Humane Society at Pellston Animal Clinic that provides important lifesaving measures. 

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kittens10Spring at Little Traverse Bay Humane Society means one thing: kittens.  Starting around March, LTBHS becomes inundated by kittens of all shapes, colors and sizes. The kittens at LTBHS are fortunate, because they are given a warm bed, good food, veterinary care and all the love and attention they need.  Though we are always successful in finding these cuddly kittens loving, forever homes, not all others are this lucky.  Many unwanted litters end up in shelters only to be euthanized due to lack of space.  Others end up on the street and are constantly in search of food and living in fear of predators. 

DSC 0672Last week, we received quite the surprise here at LTBHS.  No, not the kind of surprise you might expect to find such as three new litters of kittens, a truckload of rescued puppy mill dogs or an animal with an injury or illness.    

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When 2013 rolled around we had one major goal here at LTBHS: to have the best adoption year ever.  Since we were established in 1952, we’ve found homes for thousands of animals, but this year we determined that we’d have the biggest year yet, and guess what?  We did! 

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For most, buying a car is a pretty straightforward event. From November 21 to January 2, however, those who purchase or lease a Subaru will have the opportunity to do more than just buy a vehicle—they will have the chance to help save a life.

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We are excited to announce that we’ve reached our goal of raising the much needed funds for our Bucks for Boone campaign! 

 

Last spring, we rescued 46 kittens from one home. That rescue alone highlights how quickly a situation can spin out of control. 

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When Aimee, a one-year-old Shih-Tzu mix, arrived at LTBHS in early January in a cardboard box, we knew she was a fighter. Rescued from a home where she was severely abused and neglected, this adorable little girl didn’t give up.

Thanks to the generous support of our amazing community of animal lovers, we didn’t give up on her either.

Little Traverse Bay Humane Society has launched a comprehensive newtraining program, created underthe guidance of world renowned dog behaviorist, Brenda Aloff,to provide dogs with a great start in basic obedience and minimize undesirable behaviors sothey can puttheir best paw forward!

JoinStafford’s Pier Restaurant in Harbor Springs and share the love at a special event to raise money to save the lives of homeless animals at Little Traverse Bay Humane Society!

Little Traverse Bay Humane Society is offering free sterilizations through our Pit Stop Program for pit bull and pit bull mixes living in Emmet County thanks to a $20,000 grant from PetSmart Charities®!

Win an amazing seven-day stay in a luxurious Jamaican villa and support the Pit Stop Program! Raffle tickets are on sale through December 13 to LTBHS members only. (Food and airfare not included.)

It’s been an amazing year here at Little Traverse Bay Humane Society. Thanks to the support of our generous members, more than 364 animals have found forever homes since January!

Often, when people visit Little Traverse Bay Humane Society, they comment about how hard it would be to work here. While our goal is to give every animal a happy ending, some of their stories literally bring tears to our eyes. Such was the day that Sheila and her eight puppies arrived at the shelter.

At Little Traverse Bay Humane Society, our goal is simple: To save the lives of homeless animals.

Find your new best friend at the Dave Kring Chevrolet Cadillac Adopt-a-Thon from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 16!

Get your dog(s) vaccinated for rabies, licensed with Emmet County for one year and micro-chipped on Saturday, June 9, 2012.

Little Traverse Bay Humane Society recently rescued 46 three-week-old kittens, all of whom are going to need medical attention, lots of nutritious food and plenty of kitty litter!

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At Little Traverse Bay Humane Society, our goal is simple: to save the lives of homeless animals. And the demand is high. In 2011, we rescued 456 animals and adopted out 474 – 64 more adoptions than in 2010!

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There’s never been a better time or a more important reason to become a Little Traverse Bay Humane Society member!

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While many stories personally resonate with me over the years, Champ’s story perfectly illustrates not only my commitment to our mission, but the commitment of everyone at Little Traverse Bay Humane Society.

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Little Traverse Bay Humane Society will continue to find ways to help animals who cannot help themselves. We hope you will be inspired to help, whether it’s by renewing your membership or adopting one of our shelter animals.

Grab your snowshoes and your furry four-legged friend for a picturesque walk with Little Traverse Bay Humane Society.

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In conjunction with its efforts to expand, Little Traverse Bay Humane Society is pleased to announce the addition of Petoskey native, Marci Singer, as its new Director of Development and Marketing.

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The chilly nights and shorter days are indicators that summer is over... and what a summer it was for LTBHS! In all of my years as Executive Director, I have never experienced the level of activities that we experienced this summer.
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