SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

Dear AC PAW Friends, Supporters and Champions,

After giving fully of themselves for so many years, it is time for Brian and June to retire and take well-earned time for themselves. They are proud that the AC PAW legacy will live on, albeit in a new form.

For nearly 30 years, AC PAW has been saving dogs and cats across northern Michigan. Following the vision of Brian Manley and June McGrath, AC PAW has saved thousands of cats and dogs from suffering. The AC PAW mission statement was then and always will be “Shelter From the Storm.” An important part of that mission has also been focusing on the spay and neuter of pets to help control the pet overpopulation problem.

Through The AC PAW Spay & Neuter Project, we assist pet owners by subsidizing the cost of spaying and neutering their pets. To date, we have helped to sterilize over 1,000 family pets, preventing thousands of unwanted pets from being born. Through community TNR (Trap, Neuter, Return) programs, hundreds of community cats have been sterilized, helping to stop reproduction, suffering and the spread of disease.

Gradually, over the next few months, AC PAW will begin the process of transitioning to becoming a full spay and neuter assistance and educational program.

Effective immediately, we have a permanent hold on animal intake and will focus on doing what we have always done – finding loving homes for the animals that remain in our care.

The AC PAW Spay and Neuter project will continue the current voucher assistance program along with an added focus on holding spay and neuter clinic days with local veterinarians who share our vision. 

We will expand our public outreach and educational programs as we move forward.

We are grateful for the volunteers and financial supporters who have made AC PAW what it is today.  All of you have made the work we do possible. We believe in this new focus and hope you will be by our side, believing in us as we carry on our efforts on behalf of the animals of northern Michigan. Much work has to be done, and we look forward to sharing new information and volunteer opportunities when available. 
 
Following is a list of local rescues – please contact them directly to find out if they can assist you.
  • Munchkins’ Missions, Traverse City (231) 360-0303
  • Kelly’s Critters, Traverse City (231) 590-0924
  • Cherryland Humane Society, Traverse City (231) 946-5116
  • Great Lakes Humane Society, Traverse City (231)-846-8293  (mostly dogs)
  • Tina’s Bed & Biscuit, Beulah (231) 645-8944 
  • Sophiea Safe Haven Sanctuary, no address or phone # on website   https://www.sophieasafehavensanctuary.com
  • Missaukee Humane Society, Lake City  (231) 839-3800
  • Little Traverse Bay Humane Society, Harbor Springs  (231) 347-2396
  • H.A.N.D.D.S to the Rescue, Traverse City (dogs only) – Patti (231) 645-6040
  • Help from My Friends, Bellaire  (231) 533-4070
  • JUST CATS, INC, East Jordan 231-674-5261

These groups all have websites or Facebook pages with more information.

FOSTER A PET IN NEED TODAY!

“If you can expand the walls of the shelter by providing love, a safe place and a warm bed for an animal — any animal — you can be a foster parent.”

BECOME AN AC PAW FOSTER HOME TODAY!

FOSTER A PET IN NEED TODAY!

Please contact us today about this fun and rewarding experience and consider helping animals in need. Join our team of volunteers today!

Please fill out our foster interest form and we will be in touch!

“If you can expand the walls of the shelter by providing love, a safe place and a warm bed for an animal — any animal — you can be a foster parent.”

BECOME AN AC PAW FOSTER HOME TODAY!

Please contact us today about this fun and rewarding experience and consider helping animals in need. Join our team of volunteers today!

Please fill out our foster interest form and we will be in touch!

FOSTER CARE 101

Please contact us today about this fun and rewarding experience and consider helping animals in need. Join our team of volunteers today!

Please fill out our foster interest form and we will be in touch!

Foster care is a wondefully rewarding experience!Please consider being an AC PAW foster family today!

Every animal control officer we speak with emphatically states the need for an alternative to one of the most disturbing aspects of their work;  euthanizing adoptable dogs and cats that require time and attention. Time and attention that many animal control officers who are already overwhelmed, simply don’t have!

There is another way and YOU can be part of it!

AC PAW’s foster program offers a better choice!

A compassionate choice of life over death for an otherwise adoptable dog or cat.

In a pound or shelter setting, older, sick, orphaned, or injured animals stand little or no chance of being adopted.

Animal control officers rarely have the time to rehabilitate a dog that’s been hit by a car and has a broken pelvis or to bottle-feed orphaned kittens.

As you improve an animal's life, you'll enrich your own life as well when you foster.

A compassionate choice of life over death for an otherwise adoptable dog or cat.

A foster home gives animals who are not yet ready for adoption the time, individual care, and love they need to heal and grow.

The relaxed atmosphere of a foster family improves chances for adoption.

Foster animals are members of the family, interacting and playing with other pets and family members.

The time spent in foster care provides valuable information about an animal’s temperament which aids in the adoption of the animal.

AC PAW makes its foster program as easy for fosters as possible. We work around your schedule and foster preferences.

AC PAW pays for all food, necessary supplies, and vet bills. 

Your responsibilities as an AC PAW foster parent are to love and care for the animal, and assist with adoption by taking your foster to Petsmart for adoption as soon as they are ready. 

As a foster, you might also accept people into your home to meet the animal being fostered.

We encourage you to come to us with questions and for guidance at any point in the fostering process.

After you have nurtured and enjoyed an adorable kitten or pup while preparing it for adoption you will have the great pleasure of watching a delighted girl or boy taking their new pet home!

We need your help! Please, Donate Today! Thank You!

Please contact us today about this fun and rewarding experience and consider helping animals in need. Join our team of volunteers today!

Please fill out our foster interest form by clicking the link below and we will be in touch!

It’s all pointless unless they find a loving home for life!

AC PAW works hard to find a forever home for each and every one of the animals we rescue.

If you would like to become a forever home to one of the many loving animals we have available for adoption, please fill out the pre-adoption questionnaire.

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