The Humane Society of Kent County will host a low-cost vaccine clinic sponsored through their Kibble Konnection program on Sunday, August 23 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at their shelter, 3077 Wilson Ave. NW, Grand Rapids. Low-cost vaccinations will be available to both Kibble Konnection clients and to the general public. However, individuals must be of low-income status and be able to provide proof of their eligibility. No appointment is necessary. At the clinic, the Humane Society will offer the following vaccinations: • Rabies for $15; • Distemper Combo for $10; • Bordatella for $10. Pet ID microchips will be available for $10 as well. Heartworm and Feline Leukemia / FIV tests will not be offered. Payment will be accepted by cash or credit card only. All cats must be kenneled and dogs must be on a leash. “Each day we receive phone calls from people looking for assistance in vaccinating their animals at a lower cost,” says Karen Terpstra, executive director for the Humane Society of Kent County. “We are seeing the same need with our Kibble Konnection clients. Through this clinic our goal is to ensure that quality veterinary care is available to pets whose owners cannot otherwise afford it and keep pets in their homes, happy and healthy where they belong.” Kibble Konnection is a pet care assistance program of the Humane Society of Kent County that enables individuals in need to provide food for their pets. For more information on the low-cost vaccination clinic or the Kibble Konnection program, please call Tabitha Yuhas at (616) 791-8056 or visit www.hskc.org.
The Humane Society of Kent County’s Kibble Konnection pet food bank has helped over 350 families and over 1,000 animals since its first distribution date in March 2009. However, with the demand for the Kibble Konnection program increasing each month, donations of pet food are critical. “We distribute around 7,000 pounds of pet food to families in need each month,” said Karen Terpstra, executive director for the Humane Society of Kent County. “The program is funded solely through donations from the community, and as long as there is food available we will be able to continue to help as many pets as we can.” All pet food donations are accepted, but dry dog and cat food are the most essential. “We have seen so many people who without this program might have to consider relinquishing their animals to a shelter,” Terpstra explained. “We hope to be able to continue to help them and keep these pets in their homes where they belong.” Individuals can drop off food Tuesday through Friday from 12 to 7 p.m. or Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Humane Society of Kent County, 3077 Wilson NW, Grand Rapids. There are also nine additional donation drop-off sites in the Kent County area. A list of these drop-off sites is available at www.hskc.org or by calling (616) 791-8066.
The Humane Society of Kent County’s Kibble Konnection pet food bank helped 104 families at the first distribution on March 22, with a total of 159 dogs and 126 cats receiving supplemental food. “People were so grateful to have a place to come for help,” said Jennifer Self, Humane Education Coordinator for the Humane Society. “Many individuals spoke about forgoing their own food just to make sure their pets got fed.” All of the food distributed was generously donated by the community. With the demand for the Kibble Konnection program expected to increase, donations of pet food are now even more essential. “Kibble Konnection is run solely on donations and we’re hoping the community will pull together so we can continue to help as many people as we can,” Self said. The Humane Society of Kent County is accepting donations of new or opened unused food for the Kibble Konnection program. Individuals can drop off food Tuesday through Friday from 12 to 7 p.m. or Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Humane Society of Kent County, 3077 Wilson Dr. NW, Grand Rapids. There are also donation bins in various businesses around Kent County. A list of donation drop-off sites is available at www.hskc.org. The next food distribution date for the Kibble Konnection program is Sunday, April 26 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Humane Society of Kent County. Individuals interested in the program are encouraged to pre-register if they have not already filled out an application. Applications are available by calling (616) 791-8066, at www.hskc.org, or by e-mailing Kibblekonnection@aol.com. Pet owners who qualify will be able to receive supplemental food for up to five animals and must reapply every six months. Founded in 1883, the Humane Society of Kent County is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the humane treatment and responsible care of animals in West Michigan through education, example, placement and protection. For more information call (616) 453-8900, or visit the Humane Society at 3077 Wilson NW, Grand Rapids, or visit www.hskc.org.