Community helps bring Michigan “kill shelter” to 0% euthanized in 2013

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The Daily Reporter

The Daily Reporter

Branch County Animal Control (BCAC) in the state of Michigan is unfortunately a “kill shelter,” but because of this classification, volunteers in the community have been stepping up to find homes for the hundreds of stray animals that ended up in the shelter. In 2013, no animals were put down. That is a drastic change from 2005, when 92 percent of the animals had to be euthanized.

It is a wonder what can happen when people who truly care come together and unite for a great cause! In an effort to help the BCAC’s project called “Helping the Dogs of Branch County Animal Control,” the Branch County Community Foundation granted them $1,900 from their “Forever Fund,” according to the Daily Reporter. (more…)

A Veteran’s Day story of a reunion for 2 heroes: A man and his dog

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Sgt. Jason Van Loo and his dog, Blu. / Courtesy of CSU

Sgt. Jason Van Loo and his dog, Blu. / Courtesy of CSU

“In honor of Veterans Day on Nov. 11, we offer a story about a Colorado soldier and his dog. Separated by more than 7,000 miles, they fought very different battles – both heroically” as reported by the Coloradoan.

Sgt. Jason Van Loo, an Army gunner stationed at Fort Carson near Colorado Springs, had one hope during his recent deployment to Afghanistan — to see his 10 year old yellow Labrador Retriever named Blu again.

After 4 months of Van Loo’s 9 month deployment, Blu had been diagnosed with bone cancer and given only a couple of months to live. A local vet amputated Blu’s left front leg in an effort save the dog by getting rid of Blu’s osteosarcoma. Van Loo’s wife, Kari wanted to do anything to keep the dog alive for her husband’s return to America. (more…)