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-- Margaret Mead

   
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Your donation will help us promote adoptions of the animals of the Gratiot County Animal Shelter and help the the animals of our community by promoting spay/neutering and animal care and welfare.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Mission Statement

Our mission is to promote the adoption of shelter cats and dogs, educate the public regarding the benefits of spaying and neutering their pets, and support efforts and initiatives which benefit the welfare of companion animals.

Who are we?

Help Furry Friends was formed in 2009 by a few concerned citizens of Gratiot County who wanted to make a difference in the lives of shelter animals. We are now incorporated as a nonprofit and recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization.

Our hope is that one day all cats and dogs will have loving homes and that there will no longer be a need for animal shelters to house homeless pets.


"Love-A-Litter" Finding Homes for Kittens

 

Help Furry Friends is proud to announce the creation of its first fostering program for mama cats and their kittens in Gratiot County called "Love-A-Litter".

It began with a little mama cat who was full term at the county Animal Control. With no time left, she was pulled from the shelter. Two days later Pixie had her kittens in a loving, safe place. Since then there have been many others that have been saved.

All of the kittens and moms are spayed / neutered and are current on vaccinations. They have been cared for with love, are all purring machines and are waiting for their new home. The cost of adoption is only $50. If you can't adopt, you can help us save more by sponsoring a litter or a kitten for their food and vet care. Check out Love-A-Litter on Facebook.

"Love-A-Litter" Kittens in Need of Homes

This is Peanut (the one with a white peanut on his back) and Butter (looks just like peanut but without the spot). There is also Jelly who is white with black. They love treats and playing with balls, strings, bags and whatever else looks like fun.  Also love to lie in the windows and relax while contemplating the ways of the world! Very dramatic young boys. Also love to eat and aren't finicky yet!! Get along great together no fights or squabbles, enjoy each other’s company.

They are so cute, and have such wonderful personalities!! They are about 6 months old, neutered and current on shots. Adoption fee is only $50!! (Ask about our special adoption rate if you adopt 2 together!!)

This sweetheart is OSO

Age: 5 months
Breed/Color: Domestic Shorthair, Black
Defining Characteristics: Petite in stature, large yellow eyes

Favorite Hobby: Snuggling on people's laps and begging to be pet

Dream Family:   Someone with children who want to give her attention constantly, or a couple who plan to make her their "baby"

Cats/Dog Tolerance: Grew up with other kittens, not only litter mates, has seen dogs but can adjust as needed

Described in one word: Darling

Meet "Laid Back" LUCY

Sex: Female
Age: 3 months
Breed/Color: Domestic Shorthair, Black

Defining Characteristics: Beautifully shaped eyes, white patch on chest

Favorite Hobby: Lounging in the sun

Dream Family: A laid back family who wants to snuggle during nap time and give her room to lounge around the rest of the day

Cats/Dog Tolerance: Grew up with other kittens, not only litter mates, has seen dogs and can adjust as needed

Described in one word: Relaxed

"Snuggle-bug" BUBBA

Sex: Male
Age: 3 months
Breed/Color: Domestic Shorthair, Black/Grey

Defining Characteristics: Very serious eyes, low brow, wooly fur (has lessened with time)

Favorite Hobby: Cuddling on someone's chest and sucking on their shirt collar, or sleeping in someone's arm

Dream Family:   An easy going family who loves their animals and loves cuddle time

Cats/Dog Tolerance: Grew up with other kittens, not only litter mates, has seen dogs but can adjust as needed

Described in one word: Snuggly

   

Supplies Needed for "Love-A-Litter" Kitten Rescue

Things that the rescue is in need of:

  • Kitty Litter
  • IAMS Kitten Food Bags/Cans
  • Adult canned cat food. (IAMS)
  • Kitten Milk Replacer Powder (available at Redbird Petfood Supply)
  • Newspapers
  • Aluminum roasting pans (for disposible kitty litter pans)
  • Baby wipes
  • Laundry detergent
  • Cat beds / fleece remnants (any size)
  • Old towels, blankets, t-shirts, sheets

If you can donate any of the above please contact us at Friends@HelpFurryFriends.com. If you would like to sponsor a kitten or a litter of kittens or just make a donation, click on the PayPal "Donate" button. Thank you for your support!!


 

Lost Your Pet in or Around Gratiot County? Act Immediately!!

If you have lost a dog or a cat in or around Gratiot County, VISIT the shelter to see if your pet is there. Call the shelter at (989) 875-2221immediately!. When they are closed - leave a message on their answering machine (doesn't say to leave a message but it will record after the recorded message). Go to the shelter and POST a note on their door and they will contact you. It is critical that you notify Animal Control immediately if you want to get your pet returned to you! You only have days to recover your pet before it is too late! DO NOT WAIT...

The best way to have your lost pet returned to you is to put an identification tag on their collar or at least write your phone number on their collar. Ask your vet about microchipping too!


Gratiot County Animal Control - Adoption Information

Gratiot County Animal Control is located at 2675 W. Washington Road, 3 miles west of Ithaca, Michigan.

NEW HOURS: They are open Monday 4:00pm - 6:00pm, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10:00 until 6:00pm and Friday 4:00pm - 6:00pm.

If you have any questions about the availability of an animal you see on our Adoptable Pet link or if you have lost a pet in or around the Gratiot County area, please call the shelter at (989) 875-2221.

The pictures on our Adoptable Pet link are animals at the Gratiot County Animal Shelter. Visit the Gratiot County Animal Control Petfinder site too. There may be more or fewer animals available at the shelter. The cost of adoption for dogs:

Cost of Adoptions
 
Dogs (over 6 months) $20.00 + $25.00 (deposit returned on proof of spay/neuter)
Puppy (under 6 months) $15.00 + $25.00 (deposit returned on proof of spay/neuter)
Cats & Kittens $  5.00 + $25.00 (deposit returned on proof of spay/neuter)
   

NOTE: If you must surrender an animal to Gratiot Animal Control please be aware that our county gives shelter animals to research. If you do not want your pet to be given to the Class B dealer for research you MUST REQUEST that it is NOT GIVEN TO RESEARCH when you release it to the county.

If you have lost a dog or a cat in or around Gratiot County, call the shelter at (989)875-2221immediately!. Leave a message. It is critical that you notify Animal Control immediately if you want to get your pet returned to you! The best way to have your pet returned to you is to put an identification tag on their collars. Ask your vet about microchipping too!


 

     

Gratiot County is only remaining Michigan county with a contract
with a Class B Dealer who can take shelter pets to sell for research.

Please consider adopting a pet from Gratiot County.