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Harbor Humane Society Hires Sarah Uzarski

Harbor Humane Society Hires Sarah Uzarski

West Olive—Harbor Humane Society and its Board of Directors are pleased to announce the addition of a second executive hire to the animal shelter. Sarah Uzarski (Hudsonville, Mich.) will join the team and commence the role of Development Director beginning August 23, 2014.

Ms. Uzarski enters into this new position with over five years of experience in educational and humane animal organizations. She will be aiding Harbor Humane Society through her fundraising, organizational and developmental skills to meet the following needs and responsibilities:

Harbor Humane Society Hosts 2014 Tails on Trails Dog Walk

Harbor Humane Society Hosts 2014 Tails on Trails Dog Walk

West Olive, Mich.—The Harbor Humane Society is gearing up for its annual Tails on Trails Dog Walk, the animal shelter’s biggest fundraiser of the year. The event, which is being held at a new location at the Outdoor Discovery Center (4214 56th Street; Holland, MI  49423), will take place on August 23, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

The event centers around a designated route where families are encouraged to walk their dog, along with other activities that the whole family and dogs can enjoy. Food and promotional venders will also be on site.  There will be a special appearance from Zeke the Wonder Dog, whose popularity comes from performing during the halftime of many Michigan State University football games.

My Town Wyoming: Critters invade public library July 10

My Town Wyoming: Critters invade public library July 10

WYOMING, Mich.—A little of the farm is coming to the city July 10 as The Critter Barn of Zeeland visits the Wyoming Public Library.

Visitors can meet and pet barnyard animals from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  The family friendly program is open to all ages.

The Kent District Library’s Wyoming branch is located at 3350 Michael Ave. SW.  For more information, visit the KDL website here.

My Town Zeeland: Memorial for record-setting pig June 25

My Town Zeeland: Memorial for record-setting pig June 25

ZEELAND, Mich.—  Community members are invited to celebrate the life of a record-setting resident of Zeeland this Wednesday.

Mister Chops died peacefully June 1 at his longtime home at the Critter Barn.  The beloved pot-bellied pig lived 21 years and 348 days, making him the oldest pig in history. 

Mister Chops spent his whole life at the Critter Barn, greeting a half-million visitors.  His owner credits Mister Chops’ long life on a proper diet and care from hundreds of Critter Crew members.

My Town: 'Club Animalia' at Hope College receives national service award

My Town: 'Club Animalia' at Hope College receives national service award

HOLLAND, Mich. – The Club Animalia student organization at Hope College has received the national “Outstanding Community Service Award” from the American Pre-Veterinary Medical Association (APVMA) for the second consecutive year.

The award was presented during the association’s 2014 Annual Symposium, held on Friday-Sunday, March 21-23, at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa.

The APVMA consists of nearly 100 institutions from around North America, only four of which are liberal arts colleges.  Approximately 400 students from more than 60 colleges and universities attended the symposium.

My Town Holland: Harbor Humane Society seeks roof donations

My Town Holland: Harbor Humane Society seeks roof donations

HOLLAND, Mich.—The extremely rough winter has taken a toll on Harbor Humane Society.

The nonprofit is now asking for donations to help replace its roof, which was damaged by massive ice dams, leaks and water damage.

“Our roof was already in need of dire repair due to age, the unprecedented snowfalls this season has accelerated the demise of our roof. We were not planning on this unexpected expense now, but we have 200 to 300 furry little faces on any given day who we’re charged with keeping warm and dry and safe,” says Operations Director Jeff Stiegman.

Harbor Humane Society’s goal is to raise $50,000 to replace the roof and repair other resulting damages. If you’d like to help, tax-deductible donations can be made online through the Harbor Humane Society website or by sending a check to:

 Harbor Humane Society

14345 Bagley

 West Olive, 49460

Animal shelter remains in the dark after storm

WEST OLIVE, Mich. (WZZM) -- Power still has not been restored to many areas of West Michigan after last weekend's storm. One of those areas is West Olive, where an animal shelter is struggling in the dark.

Harbor Humane Society has been powerless since Sunday, putting the lives of more than 300 animals in danger.

"We're going into our third day of no power," said Jeff Stiegman who is the Harbor Humane operations director. Right now, Consumers Energy is still telling us Friday and that's another three days off for us; we're not quite sure how we're going to make it that far."

Harbor Humane employees and volunteers are forced to work inside their facility along U.S. 31 wearing winter clothing because the heat isn't working.