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So it just so happens that March 1st is a day to celebrate our hoofed friends of both the swine and equine variety.

National Pig Day:

Evelyn being playful with a stick. :)

Evelyn being playful with a stick. 🙂

If you’ve ever been fortunate enough to get to spend some time around pigs, you’ll know just how intelligent, funny, and awesome they tend to be. We’ve both had the pleasure of getting to know some of the pigs through volunteering at SASHA Farm Animal Sanctuary, and let us tell you, they’re some real characters! A lot of people are surprised at just how smart and affectionate pigs can be, but they really are a joy to be around.

Louie the potbelly when he was just a little baby!

Louie the potbelly when he was just a little baby!

Louie all grown up and still adorable.

Louie all grown up and still adorable.

National Horse Protection Day:

Rain being super cute and fuzzy.

Rain being super cute and fuzzy.

Nobody likes to think about a horse being abused or neglected, or even sent to slaughter, but unfortunately, horses often fall victim to those very things. National Horse Protection Day exists to bring such injustices to the public’s attention and educate people on how they can help. Horses may not be able to speak out against those that would do them harm, but we can and we should. We know how it goes, wanting to help but knowing that adopting a rescued horse just isn’t a realistic option at this time. But there are also plenty of other ways you can help. Some of things you can do include:

  • Volunteering your time at an animal sanctuary or horse rescue. (Trust us, it’s just as rewarding for you as it is for the animals you’ll be helping!)

  • Helping spread the word, simply by helping raise awareness, or sharing news of horses in need of adoption in your area.

  • Donating to a horse rescue (aside from money, rescues are always in need of food and supplies. You can often find wish lists of the items they need right on their websites.)

Some horse rescues in Michigan include:

Starry Skies Equine Rescue and Sanctuary (Ann Arbor, MI):

http://www.starryskiesequinerescueandsanctuary.com/

 

Northern Michigan Horse Rescue and Rehabilitation (Gaylord, MI):

http://www.nmhrr.org/

 

Beyond the Roses Equine Rescue & Retirement (Emmett, MI):

http://www.beyondtherosesequine.org/

 

SASHA Farm Animal Sanctuary (Manchester, MI):

**This one is a sanctuary for all kinds of farm animals, with several horse and pig residents!

https://www.facebook.com/sashafarm

Feten, one of the lucky horses who get to live out the rest of their days at SASHA Farm Animal Sanctuary.

Feten, one of the lucky horses who get to live out the rest of their days at SASHA Farm Animal Sanctuary.

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Ha! The face says it all.

Ha! That face says it all.

 

If you live around Traverse City, or just so happen to be in the area on Friday, February 21st, stop by the Brewery Ferment and raise your glass for a good cause! You’ll be able to purchase a custom designed AC PAW pint glass for $7.25. A portion of each custom glass sold will go toward helping the animals of the AC PAW rescue, and you’ll also receive a special card. If you show the bartender your card, a portion of every beer you buy at the Brewery Ferment in the next six months will go to the AC PAW as well. So on top of enjoying delicious beer, you’ll also be helping the AC PAW in their efforts to spay, neuter, vaccinate, and care for local homeless animals. If you’re not much of a beer drinker yourself, you could always purchase the pint glass and give it (along with the card) to a friend who will put it to good use and help raise funds while just simply enjoying a nice, cold drink. Here’s to helping the animals! Cheers!

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Here’s all the details!

February is Wild Bird Feeding Month, and with how rough of a winter we’re all having this year, we’re sure our feathered friends will appreciate any extra help they can get!

"Braaains . . . "

“Braaains . . . “

On top of the satisfaction that comes with doing a good deed, you’ll also be able to enjoy taking a moment to just sit back and watch the birds. Plus, you might be surprised by the other visitors that come along for the free eats. (I know a lot of people get mad with the squirrels when they eat out of bird feeders, but they gotta eat too, so I say the more the merrier!) My parents’ neighbor has been feeding the local birds, squirrels, and ducks every single day for decades now and I’m sure it’s helped see them through some pretty tough winters.

If you’ve got kids, why not get them in on the fun too by teaching them how to make bird feeders of their own? They’re really easy, and I know I loved making them when I was a kid. There are lots of different ways to make DIY bird feeders, but the easiest one I remember doing just required a pine cone, peanut butter, bird seeds, and string. All you have to do is spread the peanut butter over the pine cone and then roll it in the seeds. Then just string it up somewhere for the birds. Trust me, the birds and your kids will both be happy! 🙂

DIY Pine Cone Bird Feeder

DIY Pine Cone Bird Feeder

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Looking for something to do this Saturday? Love Pugs? Love Boston Terriers? Well, Saturday, February 8th is the day for you! The Pug Rescue Network and the Midwest Boston Terrier Rescue are teaming up again for this year’s Valentine’s Day Party. People are invited to come join in on the fun and help raise funds that will help with vet/adoption expenses, food and other supplies for rescued pugs. Admission is free, and pets of all breeds are welcome to tag along with their owners and make some new friends.

Some of the fun activities to help raise funds are:

  • Raffles
  • Cake Walks
  • “Hug-a-Pug” and “Kiss-a-Boston”
  • Pugs vs. Bostons Races
  • Contests
  • Valentine’s Photos
  • Got spare change? Bring in your pennies for the Pennies for Pets jug to help make a difference!
  • There will also be merchandise for sale, and $5 lunches (hotdog, chips, and pop).

Pugs and Boston Terriers currently up for adoption will be available for people to meet, and if interested, people may begin the adoption process to give these cuties the forever homes they deserve. Vet care and training are provided to each of the dogs before adoption. For more information, you can call 248-432-0102 or email curlytails@pugrescuenetwork.com.

Learn more about the Pug Rescue Network here:

http://www.pugrescuenetwork.com/pugrescuenetwork/about_us.html

And you can also learn about the Midwest Boston Terrier Rescue here:

http://midwestbtrescue.org/info/about

Brutis and Bebe showing off their best pug mugs.

Brutis and Bebe showing off their best pug mugs.

November isn’t just about the turkeys. It’s also Adopt a Senior Pet Month!

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They may have a little gray around their muzzle, but senior pets have just as much love to give as any other animal, and they’re eager to prove it!

You can walk into just about any shelter or animal rescue and you’re bound to find several older pets waiting for that special person to come give them what they want most: a loving home.

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When getting ready to adopt, a lot of people automatically picture themselves bringing home a cute little puppy or kitten, but older pets need love too!

Here are some things to consider when thinking about adopting a senior pet:

  • They’re a lot less work than their younger counterparts. Think about the housebreaking, the teething, the training. Puppies are a lot of work, they’re basically like having a furry little baby and that requires a lot of work and attention. Older dogs often know the ropes already and require far less training. This goes for cats as well, seeing as they’re most likely already litter trained, have learned what is acceptable to pull their claws on (and more importantly, what isn’t).
  • What you see is what you get. Senior dogs are already grown, so you won’t have any surprises when that cute little lapdog you wanted suddenly ends up taking up the entire couch. They also already have their own personality, habits, and quirks; to sum it up, they have a lot of character!
  • You can literally save a life. Sadly, seniors are often overlooked and are the last choice for adoption, leaving them as the first in line to be euthanized.

Both of us have had senior animals, and can both agree that they are just as loving, just as affectionate, and just as amazing as younger pets. Just because they are old, does not make them some sort of defect that should be overlooked. Animals don’t judge us for wrinkles or gray hairs, and we shouldn’t judge them for theirs either! Think of it like having grandparents. They may be old, but they’re awesome!  🙂

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Come visit SASHA Farm Animal Sanctuary on August 11th!

Many activities to keep yourself and the kids entertained while you explore an animal sanctuary in action! Meet the animal residents as well.

It is always a good time and you’ll be helping raise money to continue rescuing animals in need!

Catered vegan lunch. 🙂