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Puppy Mill Awareness Meetup (Southeast Michigan) Message Board › Pollywood Pets (Mt. Clemens)

Pollywood Pets (Mt. Clemens)

Pam
Pamela01
Group Organizer
Clarkston, MI
Post #: 1,660

What? You haven’t joined a Pollywood Pet’s Protest yet? People are bringing us free coffee. Yes, it is cold, but we are meeting more and more families with sick dogs and taking them to the City Commissioners. Please join us this coming Saturday 12/21 or 12/28 at noon.



Protester Popsicles. This is one thing we do around the holidays. Please join us this coming Saturday 12/21 or 12/28 at noon for our remaining Pollywood Pets Holiday protests. (Gibraltar Trade Center, Mt. Clemens, MI).
Pam
Pamela01
Group Organizer
Clarkston, MI
Post #: 1,663


Meet some of the regular protesters at Pollywood Pets (Gibraltar Trade Center, Mt. Clemens, Mi). Today was a great day for a long protest. Thanks everyone for coming out! ~Pam
Pam
Pamela01
Group Organizer
Clarkston, MI
Post #: 1,667


Happy New Year everyone!

Although our Pollywood Pets protests have ended until spring, we are still actively working on the campaign in Mt. Clemens and have a couple events coming up on Monday and Tuesday that you may be interested in.

SICK ANIMALS: We have been collecting a lot of sick dog complaints. Our complaint log has reached 203 -- and that only includes the ones we KNOW about. A majority of the complaints are regarding conditions, but we have been receiving more and more complaints directly regarding sick dog cases since we have been actively campaigning this fall. There are 61 sick animals purchases logged since 2003 -- and that only includes the ones we KNOW about.

Continue to direct complaints to us. If you know someone who has purchased a sick animal from Pollywood Pets, have them contact me directly at 734-828-1400 or pmamichinfor@yahoo.com.

As you all must know, most sick animal complaints go unreported and most people don’t take the store to small claims as they don’t have the energy, time or know-how to proceed. The store does not provide refunds and usually does not return their calls.

Currently, there are no consumer protection laws regarding purchasing pets. We have a pending bill SB 348 Pet Lemon Law would offer consumer protections for purchasers of dogs and cats. They would have recourse options such as exchanging, refunds and help with vet bills.

PROTESTS: We held 8 protests so far for starters with nearly 50 participants. From that we have built a great network of local activists who can protest regularly. Even with the miserable weather this past month, we had a solid group of dedicated individuals. Thank you Sharon, Pam, Olivia, Janet, Amaber, Patt, Patty, Susan, Michele, Chris, Linda and Steve.

LOCAL RESIDENTS: We are still building our local campaign team and need more local Mt. Clemens residents as we have been regularly attending the City Commissioners meetings. They meet every 1st and 3rd Mondays at 7 p.m. in the Commissioners Chambers located at 1 Crocker.
Local residents who want to help should sign up to be on this group distribution list. There is an online form on this website.

NEXT EVENTS:

1) Everyone is invited to attend the next City Commissioners meeting on Monday January 6th at 7 p.m. Local residents and customers are encouraged to share their concerns about the store. The public is giving 3 mins each to speak at the beginning of the meeting. Please RSVP here:
http://www.meetup.com...­

2) Everyone is invited to join our free online webinar on Tuesday, January 7th at 6:30 p.m. How to File Animal Neglect Complaints and Understanding the Michigan Laws. I will be covering the Pet Store Laws and how to file complaints. The HSUS is co-hosting.
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Pam
Pamela01
Group Organizer
Clarkston, MI
Post #: 1,669



Have you purchase a sick puppy or kitten from Pollywood Pets located inside the Gilbraltar Trade Center (Mt. Clemens, Mi)? We are a group dedicated to stopping this from happening to others. If you have had an experience with a sick pet from there, we are in need of your story. Please respond with as many details of your pets illness as possible, including the date of purchase and type of illness. Did you file a complaint? If so, with who? Please leave your phone number in case we need to contact you. You can send this information to Pam Sordyl at __ or call 734-828-1400. Thank you.
Pam
Pamela01
Group Organizer
Clarkston, MI
Post #: 1,670
MT. CLMENS, Puppy Mill Awareness plans to present more problems at Pollywood Pets and urge the City Commissioners to end the neglect and protect families from ill animals. We are asking all campaign supporters to help fill the room at the next City Commissioners meeting scheduled on Tuesday, January 21 at 7:00 p.m. You do not need to speak.

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Pam
Pamela01
Group Organizer
Clarkston, MI
Post #: 1,671


Our campaign flyer is updated! Print Friendly. Please make some copies and post at work or deliver to local groomers and veterinarians. Thanks.
http://files.meetup.c...­
Pam
Pamela01
Group Organizer
Clarkston, MI
Post #: 1,677



1-21-14 Mt. Clemens Mayor and City Commissioners

Families often purchase pets from pet stores because it was convenient or they were rescuing the pet from the conditions. Some just do not know there are many more humane options for finding a particular pet from cats, dogs, rabbits, reptiles, small animals to birds. There are animal shelters, humane societies, rescue groups listed on petfinder.com (just type in your zip code), purebred rescue groups who often pull from shelters, veterinarians and leader dogs organizations.

Sorting through all the homeless pets listed online can be overwhelming. Puppy Mill Awareness always recommends starting with your local shelter where you can easily see and meet all the pets in person and save two lives by making room for another homeless pet. Or try to find an adoption event that brings many shelters and rescue groups together. If a family is going to find a local rescue group we would recommend Michigan Certified Rescue groups who are following best practices and a code of ethics.

Let me tell you a little more about shelter pets.

Local Shelters: There are two shelters in Macomb County with low prices and often pre-trained animals!

Humane Society of Macomb County 11350 22 Mile Rd Utica
Macomb County Animal Shelter 21417 Dunham Rd Clinton Twp

Many families mistakenly believe shelter pets all come with a “history”. Shelters have prepared a list of the primary reason why pets are brought to shelters:
• Their owners passed away
• They could not afford to take care of them
• The animal was not allowed to live in the household (apartment).
• Their owner gave them up because they shed or needed exercise.
• They bought the dog on impulse and were not ready for the responsibility.

Also, there are many myths about shelter dogs.
• Shelter dogs are often more grateful, loyal and devoted.
• They are usually healthy and just need a good home.
• Age does not affect a pets ability to bond with a new family and they can even learn new names.
• Most stray dogs had a family but were lost or put outside to fend for themselves. Many strays have collars but no ID tag.
• If a shelter dog looks shy or frightened, they may just lack social skills and are stressed in a loud shelter with many other animals. A new home usually cures their fears

For Reference:

Veterinarians: Veterinarians are also another good source for dogs needing homes in your area.

Adoption Events: Instead of making appointments with individual rescue groups, there are many big adoption events all summer long bringing rescue groups and shelters together. The Michigan Humane Society has “Adopt your Friend at the Zoo” and Hayes and Friends holds “Pet-a-Palooza” which find homes for over 400 animals each year at the Palace of Auburn Hills. You are also likely to find a rescue group at a local pet store like Petco and PetSmart.

Petfinder.com: Most shelters and rescue groups post their available pets on Petfinder.com. Just type in your zip code and you will find a list of organizations near you.

Purebred Rescue Groups: If you are looking for a popular purebred and can not find one at a local shelter, you might want to find a purebred rescue group. For example, some purebred rescue groups keep an eye out for purebreds in shelters and pull them for foster care before adopting them out

Leader Dogs: Consider contacting the Leader Dog school in Rochester. They often have pups that for one reason or other don’t have the right stuff for those programs and are available for adoption. Leader Dog takes dogs from shelters and rescues. The Leader Dog program usually has a waiting list for adoption of the dogs that don’t make the cut. They’re good dogs with good temperaments or they would not have been accepted in the first place. But some with even the slightest hip problem or who is easily spooked by traffic or birds or whatever, will still wash out of the program despite being potentially great pets.

Avoid Mill Rescues: New puppy-buyers should be aware of puppy mill rescued dogs. Depending on their age and how long they have been in rescue, there may be a lot of work needed to make them well-rounded, social dogs. And, there is always the risk of congenital health issues in mill dogs. Just remember that these are the very same dog we warn people about buying from pet shops. No difference. The rescue dog should have had a full examination by a good vet with an eye toward bad joints, heart murmurs and other defects. They all need dental work, unless it’s a puppy. Not every rescue has the means to adequately vet mill dogs and many unfortunately try to place them like they would any other dog and just as quickly.

Avoid Pet Stores: Pet Stores will never admit to working with puppy mills. Just remember 99% of puppies sold in pet stores come from puppy mills. Purebred Clubs have a Code of Ethics stating they are not allowed to sell wholesale. Only commercial (mass producing) breeders are allowed to sell to a pet store.

Avoid Parking Lots: Puppies for sale in parking lots are not good places to “adopt” a puppy.

Avoid Trade Center booths: Puppy sellers setting up booths are often breeders or brokers for other breeders.

Avoid Classified and Craigslist Ads: Some dog flippers will pose as a rescue group or state they “rescued” the puppies from a breeder or pet store.

Pam
Pamela01
Group Organizer
Clarkston, MI
Post #: 1,678


Pam shared information about a local Macomb Rescue, Scooters, that she has been fostering animals for over the last three years. Working with a good rescue is another option for finding a pet.
Pam
Pamela01
Group Organizer
Clarkston, MI
Post #: 1,679





Pam Sordyl
Michigan Rescue Certification Program Committee Member
Clarkston, Mi

http://youtu.be/GCAho...­


I would like to tell you about a new program that was developed recently to not only improve the lives of animals in rescue, but to help shelters screen rescue groups who come to them wanting to “pull” animals from the shelter and into foster care. It is called the Michigan Rescue Certificate Program. It was developed by a group of local rescues, a shelter and Puppy Mill Awareness. We met for over a year to develop the program as there was not much to benchmark from. This is a one of a kind program and we are leading the way for other states.

Now Michigan has a Best Practices Handbook, a Code of Ethics, 13 certified rescue groups and three certified shelters. One of the five star rescue groups is located right here in Macomb County – All About Animals in Warren. Richland Animal Rescue is also in the area and is certified.

We will be giving an overview of this program at the next Macomb County Shelter Meeting in February hosted by shelter director. The director highly recommends rescues become certified and endorses this program. We hope you share this list with your friends, family and community. I am leaving the link to the program and list with you.
Pam
Pamela01
Group Organizer
Clarkston, MI
Post #: 1,680



Olivia left each City Commissioner a packet of information about Puppy Mills, Pet Stores, Breeders and How to Find a Puppy.
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