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Events at Kalamazoo Expo Center on Saturday

Events at Kalamazoo Expo Center on Saturday

There is something for everyone at the Kalamazoo Expo Center this Saturday! Whether you like to shop, enjoy pets or support an organization, this is the place to be on January 21.

If you enjoy shopping, there is the Indoor Flea & Antique Market taking place from 8am – 3pm in the Main Expo Center. There will be 75 booths with antiques, handcrafted plus new & use items and more or the Winter Expo & Craft Show from 9am – 4pm in the South Expo Center where admission is free. There will be big giveaways and fun for everyone.

The chance to give your support for 4-H is possible at the 4-H Leaders Council Benefit Auction taking place in the North Expo Center starting at 10am, where admission is free. Plus the famous Kalamazoo Reptile & Exotic Pet Show in Room A from10am – 3pm. Interested, patrons can buy, sell or trade small mammals, reptiles, amphibians or buy supplies & food.

Visit www.kalcounty.com for more details.

Humane Society of West Michigan Places Record-Setting Number of Pets in Forever Homes in 2016

Humane Society of West Michigan Places Record-Setting Number of Pets in Forever Homes in 2016

With a new year underway, the Humane Society of West Michigan (HSWM) is looking back and celebrating another successful year. In 2016, HSWM helped more than 3,700 animals find their forever homes – a record-setting number for the organization.

The new record surpasses the more than 3,000 adoptions that took place in 2015. The increase in adoptions can be attributed to community support of adopting shelter animals, families embracing multiple shelter animals, and the variety of ages and breeds of animals up for adoption at HSWM.

“We cannot thank our team of staff and volunteers, as well as our generous donors, enough for another successful year,” said Trudy Jeffers, Executive Director of HSWM. “They are the backbone of our organization and we are blessed to have them assist HSWM with saving lives, raising awareness and educating the community.”

3 Things to Consider Before Gifting a Pet this Holiday Season

3 Things to Consider Before Gifting a Pet this Holiday Season

For many people, young and old alike, a pet for Christmas is the top desire for the season. For a long time, it was assumed that pets as gifts were a really bad idea, increasing adopted animals being returned to the shelter after the excitement of the holidays is over. Data supports just the opposite.

“It’s a myth,” states Trudy Jeffers, Executive Director of HSWM, “that giving a pet as a gift is a bad idea. In fact, with the right research, identifying the needs of the new pet, and knowing the person you are gifting to, helps make the right decision for both the pet and the person.”

A 2013 study by Dr. Emily Weiss says, “There is no increased risk of relinquishment for dogs and cats received as a gift.” In her research, Dr. Weiss found that over 87% of the pet owners in the study still had their pet in their home or had kept the pet in their home for the pet’s lifetime, even when the pet was given as a surprise or a gift, according to the ASPCA.

Indoor Flea & Farmers Market, Reptile & Exotic Expo & Family Wellness Expo on Saturday

Indoor Flea & Farmers Market, Reptile & Exotic Expo & Family Wellness Expo on Saturday

To change up your hum-drum winter days, the community is invited to experience all these events in one location.

Bring the family to this special weekend at the Kalamazoo County Expo Center located at 2900 Lake Street in Kalamazoo. There will be a Flea & Farmers Market in the Main Expo Center, offering 75 booths of used & hand crafted items, along with fresh & local foods plus so much more from 8:00am-2:00pm. The Reptile & Exotic Pet Expo in the North Expo Center offers the chance to buy, sell or trade reptiles, small mammals & other exotic pets from10:00am-3:00pm. And the free Southwest Michigan Family Wellness Expo features vendors with everything your family needs to help improve your physical & mental health from10:00am-3:00pm.  

Visit www.kalamazooexpocenter.com.

Animal Welfare Fund Provides $155,500 to Local Animal Shelters

Animal Welfare Fund Provides $155,500 to Local Animal Shelters

News Release:

Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development’s (MDARD) State Veterinarian Dr. James Averill announced the Michigan Companion Animal Welfare Fund check-off will fund projects totaling over $155,500 for 26 registered shelters in 2015. 

The Michigan Animal Welfare fund was established under Public Act 132 of 2007 as a tax check-off to support animal shelters statewide. This year’s awards will go to the spaying and neutering of animals, fund registration fees for anti-cruelty training conferences, and help cover costs for protecting and caring for Michigan animals subjected to cruelty or neglect.

“Thanks to the generous support of Michiganders, local shelters will be able to train more staff on anti-cruelty, care for animals looking for their forever home, and conduct spay and neutering programs in their communities,” said Averill.

Dog Walk Promises Howlin’ Good Time Returns

Dog Walk Promises Howlin’ Good Time Returns

News Release:

More than 3,000 dog lovers and precious pooches will gather for the 31st annual Dog Walk & K-9 Festival scheduled for Saturday, May 2, at Vicksburg’s Prairie View Park.

The popular event, sponsored by the Kalamazoo Humane Society, features dock jumping, disc competitions, an obstacle course and much more, along with children’s activities, pet adoptions and pet microchipping. It is KHS’s biggest fundraiser of the year, aiming to raise $75,000 in vital support for its programs.

"Whether you’re a dog owner, dog lover or just looking for a fun family event, the Dog Walk is the place to be," said Aaron Winters, executive director of KHS.

Food, music and pet-product vendors will be on hand as well, Winters added.

Kalamazoo Expo Center attracts lizard lovers and antique pickers June 22

Kalamazoo Expo Center attracts lizard lovers and antique pickers June 22

KALAMAZOO, Mich.--  Lizard lovers and antique pickers will fill the Kalamazoo Expo Center Saturday, June 22 for two drastically different events.

The Super Summer Flea & Antique Market will take place 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. inside the main expo area.  The event features 75 booths filled with new and used items, handcrafted products, antiques and collectibles.  For more information, call (269) 383-8761.

The Kalamazoo Reptile & Exotic Animal Show runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.