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Trump running mate Vance to deliver 'the most important speech' of his career at Republican convention tonight; Alabama group receives grant to boost FAFSA submissions; Bilingual, multicultural staff needed for NJ addiction treatment; Toledo plant to manufacture EVs with federal funding.

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The Republican National Convention connects crime to migration. Kari Lake and delegates from Texas, Florida, and California talk about border issues. Desantis pokes fun at President Biden and Nikki Haley gives the night's big speech.

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It's grass-cutting season and with it, rural lawn mower races, Montana's drive-thru blood project is easing shortages, rural Americans spend more on food when transportation costs are tallied and a lack of good childcare is thwarting rural business owners.

MI dog rescue highlights need for more fosters

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Thursday, June 27, 2024   

June is National Foster a Pet Month, and animal rescues and shelters in Michigan are sending a clarion call for dog lovers to step up and save an innocent animal.

In Michigan, about 45,000 dogs are estimated to be housed in shelters annually. The pandemic made matters more challenging. It is estimated in 2021, more than 3 million spay/neuter procedures were not performed due to clinic shutdowns, adding to the number of dog and cat births.

Laurie Viviano, board president for Haven of Love Dog Rescue in Westland, said the need for dog foster parents is beyond critical.

"There are more animals than homes," Viviano pointed out. "Dogs are being euthanized at an enormous rate right now; totally healthy, young, no behavior issues."

Viviano is hoping more people will step up and simply house a dog, all expenses paid. She acknowledged many people are unaware the shelters and rescues cover the costs to care for an animal being fostered.

The Michigan State Police are dealing with a surge in animal cruelty incidents, which increased from 123 in 2016 to 607 in 2021. Proposed legislation would impose tougher penalties on those who abuse or neglect a companion animal. Viviano has highlighted the necessity for a system to prevent such incidents.

"I think that there should be some kind of connection with all the rescues and shelters, a list of people that should not own animals," Viviano suggested.

Viviano added there is a notable rise in the number of animals being surrendered to shelters by owners in Michigan. The increase is largely attributed to the economic challenges faced by pet owners.


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