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2018 Calendar Contest Winner

2018 Calendar Contest Winner

The winner is Libby McCown! Congratulations!

Thank you to all the participants! Every penny raised goes to help care for the animals at Cascades Humane Society!

Here’s your 2018 calendar lineup:

Here’s how the final votes shaped up.

Libby McCown 1514
Gus Gus Kerwin 1465
Buster Snoops Nevins 1445
Spirit Lovell 1369
Tank Mays 1197
Roscoe Smith 972
Kiwi Hami 939
Boomer Davenport 882
Bailey Crites 760
Wilbur Fracker 760
Zoey Kaywood 729
Chai Freeland 676
Jovie Johnson 660
Paris Galardi 637
Lenny Fletcher Levy-Poling 537
Chassis Wilkinson 520
Tyson Breslin 505
Ace Zoey Inosencio 290
Hope Konieczki 245
Chance Smithson 238
Clara Elvis Piotrowski 234
Lucy Frankie Gilpin 231
Boomer Smith 225
Murphy Brown 214
Jack Surline 147
Roscoe Froedtert 145
Riley Putra 129
Briggs Kofflin 121
Gunner Kok 114
Pyper Skinner 109
Roscoe P Coletrain 106
Wilma Charlie Voncina 106
Faith Sargent 104
Daisey Mae Madi Rowe 101
Cash Mac Rutz 87
Jake Elwood Maybourne 86
Phyllis Bicknell 86
Rosemary CHS 83
Teddy Kulka 83
George Medley 81
Gracie Kia Finton 68
Rockey Piotrowski 64
Clyde Kaiser Eleanor Krutsch 63
Mariachi Ramirez 61
Harvey Stern 58
Penny Princeton Bryan 58
Maizie Teeples 55
Trubel Barrett 52
Calle CHS 45
Rigby Frew 45
Brantley Weller 44
Jenni Huver 42
Bo CHS 40
Wrigley Tonks Vetter 40
Luna Deptula 39
Frieda CHS 37
Cammie Colwell 36
Carlos CHS 34
Dainty CHS 34
Millie Lahti Schlecte 33
Patty CHS 32
Nugget Rutledge 31
Marge Dolinski 28
Sam Sanders 28
Scout Humberger 27
Benny French 26
Diva Brand 26
Dory Anderson 25
Monty Nordhougen 25
Sofie Adler 25
Roscoe Page 24
Ziggy Avis 22
Ivy Weeks 19
Kayla Emberton 19
Princess Smudge Parker 19
Chloe Huckleberry Jamieson 18
Panda Henry Rebescher 17
Syrah Cosmo Brege 17
Eddie Dunham 15
Minnie Smith 11
Niles Keck 10
Murphy Annie Jimenez 8
Choley Lougheed 7
Sophie Hendricks 7
Miggy Maverick Evans 6
Tank Knox 6
Alice Welch 5
Bentley Osborne 5
Dwight Dash 5
Jax Nero Prater 5
LittleDog Kubota Nelson 5
Maggie Willis 5
Minnie Debose 5
Mazie Schmude 3

Join us for Paws in the Park 2017!

Join us for Paws in the Park 2017!

Our largest fundraiser and dog walkathon!


Last year, more than 400 animal lovers came out to support the Cascades Humane Society and raised over $30,000 to help care for abandoned animals. This year, we hope you will join us and consider bringing your own Pack (team).

Our goal this year is $35,000 and we can’t do it without your help!

When you participate, you are raising funds for Cascades Humane Society. Proceeds go to help save the lives of more than 1,000 animals each year. Each animal that enters our doors receives care (including, feeding, grooming, training, and medical care) that averages $650 per animal. What can you do to provide care for one animal? Check out our Fundraising Tips to help you get started.

Saturday, June 3, 2017
Cascades Falls Park along Randolph Street



Paws in the Park 2017 includes a carnival theme and a beautiful 1.3 mile walkathon through Cascades Park. Grab your dog and join us, or you can walk without a pet. Bring the whole family – the paved walking path is perfect for strollers and wagons. Other activities include:

• Detroit Circus performances, Face Painting, and Balloon twisting
• 3 mile Pet Parade through Cascades Falls Park
• Event MC’d by K 105.3
• Dog Training Advice
• K-9 Police Dog Demonstration
• Dog Photo Booth
• Peanut’s Kissing Booth
• 50/50 Raffle
• Terrier Races
• Doggie Competition
• Pet-related vendor booths
• Food, drinks, and cotton candy provided by The Rotary Club of Jackson

Fundraising for Cascades Humane Society is easy. As you register for Paws in the Park, you will have the option to create your own Fundraising Page. Send your link to everyone you know to encourage them to donate to your walkathon. Use social media to help you raise funds. You will receive credit for all donations made under your fundraising page. You can also print the Off-Line Fundraising Form and use it to keep track of your cash and check donations. Keep your form with you. You never know who you might see during your day!

Donations may be made to an individual or a team. General donations will be accepted as well.

9:00 a.m. – Registration Opens
9:45 a.m. – Team Pictures at the Balloon Arch
9:45 a.m. – CHS Alumni Pictures at the Balloon Arch
10:00 a.m. – Walkathon Starts with Pet Costume Parade
10:45 a.m. – Canine Good Citizen Training
11:00 a.m. – Detroit Circus Performance
11:30 a.m. – K-9 Police Dog Demonstration
11:45 a.m. – Awards Presentation
12:00 p.m. – Detroit Circus Performance
12:30 p.m. – Field Trail Training Demonstration
1:00 p.m. – Detroit Circus Performance
1:30 p.m. – Raffle Draw & Wrap Up

Sponsorship Opportunities
Vendor Registration
Off-Line Fundraising Form

Thank you to our generous sponsors!


Lovely Lily: the Cat with the Frostbitten Ears

Lovely Lily: the Cat with the Frostbitten Ears

There are still many folks that still believe just because an animal has a ‘fur coat’ that it will fare just fine in any cold weather. This is so not true. The most vulnerable parts of a cat or dog’s anatomy are their paws, especially the toes and pads, their tails, and the tips of their ears.

Frostbite is very painful. When the body’s core temperature drops (hypothermia) the body’s first defense is to withdraw blood flow to the extremities to protect core organs. Ice crystals then form in the affected area. The skin can change color, from very pale or light bluish to very black. Frostbitten areas will often slough off some the affected, dead skin. The ice formation can kill or severely damage the frostbitten areas.

Lily arrived at CHS as a transfer from another shelter. She had three very young kittens with her when she first arrived. At first Lily went into a foster home because her kittens were too young to be adopted. Once the kittens matured they were all quickly adopted out to loving homes.

With Lily, It was clear that her ears had been frostbitten in the past. The photos tell the story, but they can’t illuminate the pain that Lily must have suffered.

In Lily’s case, fortunately the only area affected was her ears. Lily has an amazing, friendly personality. It wasn’t long before she caught the eye of an adopter and went home to a loving family. In less than two weeks after she became available she was adopted by Sarah Ragan.

We don’t know what happened to Lily. How did she wind up outdoors in weather so cold her ears were severely frostbitten? Was she just a stray cat that escaped her owner? Maybe she was dumped when an owner grew tired of her. Unfortunately, these questions can never be answered. Sadly, all of these scenarios can happen to our pets at any time.

Frostbite is very painful. When the body’s core temperature drops (hypothermia) the body’s first defense is to withdraw blood flow to the extremities to protect core organs. Ice crystals then form in the affected area. The skin can change color, from very pale or light bluish to very black. Frostbitten areas will often slough off some the affected, dead skin. The ice formation can kill or severely damage the frostbitten areas.

Once the affected area is warmed up and feeling returns, the animal experiences a lot of pain. Often the damaged portion needs to be removed for the animal to be relieved of its suffering. If not, exposure to cold will always bring a return to pain in the frostbitten area.

Cold weather can be a real danger to all mammals, including dogs and cats. There’s a lot of misinformation and strange beliefs out there when it comes to proper animal care. There’s a substantial number of folks in the world—in the USA as well—that never allow any of their pets indoors. Many people do provide adequate, warm shelter for their animals in colder climates, but there’s always some that do not—with devastating consequences for the animals when the temperatures drop too low.

How Frostbite Occurs:
Frostbite occurs when animals are left outside and unprotected during cold weather. However, falling temperatures aren’t the only culprit affecting this painful condition. Wind chill, dampness from rain or snowfall—wetness from just going for a swim—can quickly bring on a chill resulting in hypothermia (lowered body temperature) and frostbite. The Activity level of an animal can also greatly affect the impact of temperature change on their bodies. Greater activity produces greater warmth. Dogs contained in a small, outdoor space or chained to the ground may not be able to generate enough body heat to stave off hypothermia and frostbite.

What You Can Do:
Pay close attention to your animals’ behavior when they are outside. If your dog is shivering, whining, generally acting uncomfortable, or holding up a paw it’s probably time to go inside. If your animals must stay outside make sure they have adequate shelter and bedding which protects them from the wind and cold. Clean, dry straw works well in a doghouse or in an enclosed home for your outside cat to burrow in to stay out of the cold.

Temperature Checklist:
All dogs and cats should be brought inside if temperatures fall below 20º f. Smaller dogs, cats and animals with thin sparse or thin coats will feel the cold much more quickly. These animals should be brought inside at 32º f or when they are exhibiting signs of discomfort from the cold.

2018 Calendar Photo Contest

2018 Calendar Photo Contest

Does your pet have what it takes to be a model?

The model search for the 2018 Cascades Humane Society calendar has begun! Freeland Photography will be scheduling photo sessions for Friday, February 24, Saturday, February 25 and Sunday, February 26 to capture the perfect photo of your pet(s)! Our annual calendar contest is a fundraiser requiring a donation to Cascades Humane Society of $10 per pet when you schedule your photo session.

Click here to schedule your photo session online!

Each photo session is an entry into the calendar contest. Immediately following the session, you will select your favorite picture of your pet(s) to be entered into the contest and you will have an opportunity to order prints of any of the photos taken during the session.

The voting period for the contest is Friday, March 3 to Monday, March 13. Each vote is a $1 donation to Cascades Humane Society. The 13 photos with the most votes at 12 p.m. (EST) on Tuesday, March 14 will be featured on a page of the 2017 calendar. The photo with the most votes will be featured on the cover of the calendar in addition to the month selected by the winner.

No pet? You can still participate!

You can sponsor a photo session for an adoptable CHS animal for $10 – let us know if you prefer to sponsor a cat or a dog… we will select an animal that has been at CHS looking for his or her forever home! A professional photograph is a great asset for the animals patiently waiting at CHS to find their forever humans!

Franklin – The War Dog

Franklin – The War Dog

Just imagine. You find yourself in war-torn Afghanistan, where just surviving the day is a struggle for all inhabitants, both human and animal. You’re down to the basics here. Is your family safe? Where is your next meal or clean water coming from? What now?

Into this bleak scenario comes a sweet puppy, now named Franklin. He’s maybe 4 or 5 months old. He steps on an IED (Improvised Explosive Device) somewhere in Afghanistan.  He survives, but one of his front legs will have to be amputated.  Who knows how many human lives were spared because of Franklin’s actions?

Franklin came all the way from Afghanistan to Cascades Humane Society. He was sent to CHS from the Egyptian Society for Mercy to Animals (ESMA). Scared, confused, and badly wounded little Franklin was rescued by ESMA through the generosity of many unnamed soldiers.

How does this work? Soldiers in Afghanistan pay the necessary fees, mostly for transportation, to have these wounded dogs, who are victims of the war, transported out of the country to ESMA. With the financial support the dogs then receive immediate medical treatment and are then relocated–first to Egypt–then to a welcoming rescue agency in the United States. It is just too difficult to transport these dogs directly to the United States. The required vaccines and medical treatment necessary for entry into the country must first be met before the dogs can be shipped here.

Franklin came to us all the way from Egypt. ESMA stabilized Franklin’s medical condition and provided him with all the necessary vaccines for his entry into the USA.  His amputation was done here in the USA by an undisclosed agency. A liaison rescue agency here in the United States that works directly with ESMA then contacted CHS about Franklin–and we said yes. He was 7 months old when he arrived at CHS.

Dogs carry 60% of their weight on their front legs. Franklin now had to work hard to build up the muscle in his remaining front leg. And he struggled at first. Not only was it painful, but he could not move in the way he wanted or was accustomed. The only hint we ever had, though, was his occasional whimper as he recovered.

Throughout his recovery, Franklin never missed a beat. He greeted every day with a joyful attitude, even after such a traumatic experience. This brave puppy always showed only his happy, loving personality to everyone he met. Franklin was always smiling.

Franklin arrived at CHS in late November of 2016. He wasn’t available to adopt for several weeks while his amputation site and body healed. It didn’t take long for him to find his forever family with the Schutter’s of Jackson, Michigan. He was adopted just before the holidays in late December of 2016. Franklin’s story is special us. Many staff members at CHS had tears of joy in their eyes the day he was adopted.

We spoke to Jennifer Schutter recently to find out how Franklin was doing. “Oh, my gosh. He is the greatest dog! He loves to get up on his back feet and hit you like a kangaroo with his front paw. Franklin is the most friendly dog we’ve ever met! We were worried at first about Franklin being scared of loud noises because of what he’s been through, but he has never shown that. He a great reminder to all of about the ease with which dogs move on and adjust after trauma.”

Thanks to the Schutter family for adopting Franklin into such a loving home. We know the soldiers like updates on the dogs they sponsor for this program, so we are happy to send ESMA this “Happy Tail”.

Our deepest thanks to all those soldiers who take the time and give of their own resources to save animals like Franklin, bringing a little light into the midst of a terrible war.

And thanks to ESMA for making all of this possible. CHS will continue to do its part by accepting more dogs from ESMA when we are able.

What happens to our pets when we die?

What happens to our pets when we die?

We don’t like to think about these things, do we? So, very often, we simply don’t. We leave to chance the fate of the animals that we have loved and that have loved us so well. We say “My family members or friends will take care of them.” Really? Are you so sure? What if the unthinkable happens instead?

Most of us would immediately take our pets to the vet when they are in pain. We are their guardians. What animals cannot do for themselves we accept—through love—as our responsibility in caring for them. It is an implicit responsibility in living with any pet—except for that part about our passing. We often wriggle out of that one.

Maybe now is a good time to give some thought to this. Have that conversation with family members or friends. Think about defining what happens to your pets in your will. It doesn’t have to be as extreme as the choice made by famous New York real estate heiress and “Queen of Mean” Leona Helmsley. Helmsley left $12,000,000 to her beloved Maltese Terrier named Trouble. But having something in writing is a very good idea, and, perhaps—if you’re able—some sort of stipend to pay for your pets’ care after you’re gone.

What we don’t plan is left to chance.

Some of these animals—the lucky ones—wind up at Cascades Humane Society looking for their second forever home.

Bear, a 3-year-old German Shepherd mix, came to CHS earlier this year for just such a reason: the death of his owner. He was certainly mourning the death of his owner, but Bear adapted well to life at CHS. All of the staff and volunteers made a special point to love him as much as possible.

Although some folks still question the emotional capabilities of animals, here at CHS, we see clear evidence of the grief and mourning animals go through at the loss of their families or animal buddies through death or separation. Many animals that come through our doors are already dealing with mourning the loss of their families. They are then subjected to a complete change in their surroundings as well. It’s tough on them emotionally. It can take some time for our skilled volunteers and staff to bring them back to loving life and trusting people again.

Fortunately, as it turned out, Bear was only passing through. He was only here for 10 days before finding his new home.

And his new family loves him! They noted “Bear is doing super and we adore him! He’s a great dog with a super temperament. He’s fitting in wonderfully, and he and our Black Lab, Abbey, are becoming best buds. Thanks again for this great dog and your wonderful service. We will certainly refer our friends to you and will come back in search of future pets. Thanks again!”

We couldn’t be happier for Bear and his new family. This is why we do what we do every day at CHS!

Please take Bear’s story to heart. While his story has a happy ending, wouldn’t you rather know for sure where your pets are going if you’re no longer able to care for them?

A Real, Live Fairy Tail

A Real, Live Fairy Tail

james-c-192073Once upon a time there was a very sweet—but very lost and confused–dog named James.

It was clear right from the beginning that this dog was special. Some dogs just radiate that little, extra something that is hard to describe. It’s an undefinable heart thing. James was one of those dogs.  He just tugged at our heartstrings. Everyone here fell in love with this guy. He absolutely loved affection–often leaning into whomever was walking or caring for him.

But something about those eyes suggested a deep sadness. Right away we noticed that he had some trouble walking, occasionally stumbling and moving stiffly. He also seemed to have some trouble hearing, although he was not deaf. James just seemed lost. Yet those big eyes and happy grin made him irresistible.

This dog was a difficult dog to place: he was older, had serious ongoing medical issues and he was a Rottweiler mix.

james-bHe came in as a stray so we had very little information on him. We knew James was an older dog when he came to us—somewhere between the ages of 7-10 years old.  James’s temperament was completely mellow and friendly—kinda like your neighborhood Cocker Spaniel. But some folks are afraid of certain breeds by reputation—and Rottweilers are high on that list.

We learned that he had both Spinal Stenosis and an enlarged heart.  Spinal Stenosis is a narrowing of the spinal column that can cause weakness and pain from pinched nerves. An enlarged heart is symptomatic of the heart’s inability to pump and function properly—a possible sign of congestive heart failure.

Once CHS takes an animal in, we are committed to doing everything within reason to find that animal a proper home—no matter how long it takes. CHS does not euthanize any animals based on length of time that they are in our care.

James was going to be here until we found that right home for him.

And then it happened.

sharon-ruble-with-buckyJames had been at Cascades Humane Society since early May of 2016. One person had adopted James in late June of this year, but quickly returned him after her veterinarian examined the dog. They felt James’s ongoing medical issues might be too much to bear—both in financial and emotional expense.

It’s now mid-July of 2016—in walks Sharon Ruble, a longtime supporter and adopter of other special needs dogs from CHS. Sharon has a special place in her heart and home for older dogs that might need a little extra help. Sharon commented later that something told her to stop by CHS that day.

It takes a lot of courage to step up and adopt an older dog with health issues. Once we give our heart to an animal the sense of loss when it passes will be felt just as strongly as the loss we feel when we’ve had more time with an animal. It is the inescapable price of love.

Well, with James—this was love at first site! Sharon adopted James–now renamed Bucky. CHS just spoke with Sharon to find out how Bucky was doing. Sharon noted “Bucky’s doing great! He could be the most stubborn dog I’ve ever had, but he’s a joy. He always tries to play with the cats, but can’t seem to figure out that the cats can move much faster than he can. It’s a kick to watch! Bucky fits in perfectly with the rest of my animals. He’s doing just fine.”

Thanks Sharon, for your 100lb heart. Everyone here at CHS is happy about James’s forever home with you.

Unleash Your Heart Gala 2016 – Wrap Up

Unleash Your Heart Gala 2016 – Wrap Up

On Saturday September 10, 2016 nearly 200 people gathered, dressed to the nine’s, at the Country Club of Jackson. They were there to have a good time, but it was so much more! They were celebrating the wonderful work that Cascades Humane Society does each year for the abandoned pets and pet-loving families of Jackson.

The 4th annual Unleash Your Heart Gala was a huge success! Guests enjoyed drinks and a full buffet dinner complete with an ice cream sundae bar. Attendees browsed the 44 silent auction items up for bid. There was something for everyone – sports memorabilia, golf packages, pet pampering, and even a few trips, just to name a few!

Karen Hawley from JTV kept the crowd entertained as the emcee for the evening. After dinner, guests were treated to the Live Auction, always a fun show of fast talking, lots of laughing, and of course, bidding, courtesy of auctioneer Tim Bos from Bos Auction and Appraisal Services.

Through donations, ticket sales, auction item purchasing, and sponsorships, CHS made more than $34,000! That set a record for the most successful Gala yet! These funds go directly back to the animals in our care. Every animal is spayed or neutered, vaccinated, disease tested, microchipped and fed, all of which costs far more than the adoption fees we charge.

The Gala’s success is due to the hard work of our volunteer committee. They made sure the night was memorable, found the amazing auction items, obtained sponsorships, and planned all the logistics. Our committee this year included: Carrie Raymond (Chair), Sarah Maher, Lisa Compton, Jessica Webb, Tom Rooney and Ryan Smithson. We could not have done this without you! Thank you!

And thank you to everyone who attended or supported us! We do not receive any government funding and therefore we rely on individuals like yourselves and events like the Gala to support our adoptions and programs. We hope to see you there next year!

10 Halloween Safety Tips for Pets

10 Halloween Safety Tips for Pets

Halloween can be a festive and fun time for children and families. But for pets? Let’s face it, it can be a downright nightmare. Forgo the stress and dangers this year by following these 10 easy tips.

1. Trick-or-treat candies are not for pets.
All forms of chocolate — especially baking or dark chocolate — can be dangerous, even lethal, for dogs and cats. Symptoms of chocolate poisoning may include vomiting, diarrhea, rapid breathing, increased heart rate, and seizures. Halloween candies containing the artificial sweetener xylitol can also be poisonous to dogs. Even small amounts of xylitol can cause a sudden drop in blood sugar and subsequent loss of coordination and seizures. And while xylitol toxicity in cats has yet to be established, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

2. Don’t leave pets out in the yard on Halloween.
Surprisingly, vicious pranksters have been known to tease, injure, steal, and even kill pets on Halloween night. Inexcusable? Yes! But preventable nonetheless.

3. Keep pets confined and away from the door.
Not only will your door be constantly opening and closing on Halloween, but strangers will be dressed in unusual costumes and yelling loudly for their candy. This, of course, is scary for our furry friends. Dogs are especially territorial and may become anxious and growl at innocent trick-or-treaters. Putting your dog or cat in a secure room away from the front door will also prevent them from darting outside into the night … a night when no one wants to be searching for a lost loved one.

4. Keep your outdoor cats inside several days before and several days after Halloween.
Black cats are especially at risk from pranks or other cruelty-related incidents. In fact, many shelters do not adopt out black cats during the month of October as a safety precaution.

5. Keep Halloween plants such as pumpkins and corn out of reach.
Although they are relatively nontoxic, such plants can induce gastrointestinal upset should your pets ingest them in large quantities. Intestinal blockage can even occur if large pieces are swallowed. And speaking of pumpkins …

6. Don’t keep lit pumpkins around pets.
Should they get too close, they run the risk of burning themselves or knocking it over and causing a fire.

7. Keep wires and electric light cords out of reach.
If chewed, your pet could cut himself or herself on shards of glass or plastic, or receive a possibly life-threatening electrical shock.

8. Don’t dress your pet in a costume unless you know they’ll love it.
If you do decide that Fido or Kitty needs a costume, make sure it isn’t annoying or unsafe. It should not constrict movement, hearing, or the ability to breathe or bark and meow.

9. Try on pet costumes before the big night.
If they seem distressed, allergic, or show abnormal behavior, consider letting them go in their “birthday suit”. Festive bandanas usually work for party poopers, too.

10. IDs, please!
If your dog or cat should escape and become lost, having the proper identification will increase the chances that they will be returned. Just make sure the information is up-to-date, even if your pet does have one of those fancy-schmancy embedded microchips.

by PetMD

“Santa Paws” is coming to town!

“Santa Paws” is coming to town!

Get Your Pet’s Portrait Taken With Santa!

Friday, Nov. 4 — 5 – 9 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 5 — 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 6 — 12 – 4 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 11 — 5 – 9 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 13 — 12 – 4 p.m.

Toy House
400 N Mechanic St, Jackson, MI 49201

Please call 517-787-7387 ext. 30 on or after October 10th to make your appointment.
Sitting fee and a 5×7 photograph are just $15.
Christmas cards, coffee mugs, and additional 5x7s will be available for purchase as well.