Homeless cats and dogs exist in every city in the United States. While animal shelters and rescue groups are trying to put an end to pet homelessness, the fight isn’t over. Fortunately for homeless pets in Lansing, Michigan, there are a couple of local shelters that will care for them while they wait for new owners and loving homes.
The Capital Area Humane Society in Lansing, Michigan, started in the basement of a school in 1935. Due to the dedication of the animal lovers in the area, the shelter continued to grow, and by 1987, it became the Capital Area Humane Society people in the area know today. While the shelter takes in almost 4,000 homeless pets each year, it has a 95.72 percent success rate for finding the animals that come into the shelter new homes. With space for 290 animals at any given time, the Capital Area Humane Society is constantly busy finding new homes for hundreds of pets.
Naked K9 and Small Dog Rescue, also located in Lansing, pulls dogs from kill shelters to give them another chance at life. The dogs that end up at Naked K9 and Small Dog Rescue are provided shelter, food, medical care, and spay/neuter operations. The group started to help naked dog breeds find loving homes, but quickly expanded to try to help all small dogs get new homes and a second chance with loving families. As a non-profit group, the organization runs off of fundraising, donations, and adoption fees. Foster families are extremely important to the organization as well.
Join the Capital Area Humane Society every April for the Fur Ball Gala. This event is the largest fundraising opportunity for the organization each year, and they make the most of this magical evening. Sign up for the gala to enjoy a formal dinner, both live and silent auctions, and a raffle! Bring your dog to the ultimate Doggy Spa for an evening of relaxation.
The event is held at Eagle Eye Golf Club. Tickets start out at $100 per person. Late registration is $125 per person. Tickets to the Doggy Spa are $75 each.
As the second largest fundraiser of the year for the Capital Area Humane Society, the annual Walk for the Animals and Paws in the Park event raises thousands of dollars for the organization each year, while providing a fun day for locals and their dogs.
Participants in the walk can register as individuals or as part of a team. Prior to the walk, participants raise money for the humane society. Registration is $25 per person over the age of 12.
After the walk, take your dog trick-or-treating through the park in costume, participate in the costume contests, or shop at vendor booths.
There will be a Yappy House, cider and donuts for snacking, and demonstrations!
The event is held on a Sunday every October.
Every December, the Capital Area Humane Society hosts its Holiday Open House, where pet owners in the Lansing area can bring their pets in for photographs with the one-and-only Santa Claus! During the event, there will be a doggy-human bake sale where you can buy treats for every member of your family to help raise money for the organization.
There will be refreshments and adoption specials during the event as well.
The event runs during December and starts at 10 am, going until about 5 pm. Santa will be available for photographs from 11 am to 2 pm.
At just over an hour away from Lansing, the Dog Bowl in Frankenmuth is worth the drive for dog owners. The annual Dog Bowl is an Olympic-style event for dogs. Bring your pooch to participate in events like races, disc competitions, and costume contests! With over 22 events to compete in, your dog is sure to find an activity they love.
There will be hot air balloon flights and glow events on-site during this fun event as well! The festivities end with a fireworks show at 9:45 pm on Sunday evening.
The event is free to attend.
The Soldan’s in Okemos, Michigan, about 15 minutes away from Lansing, hosts a Christmas Pawty in December.
Ashley Photography will be on-site to snap photographs of your pet with Santa for just $10. Your pooch can enjoy milk and cookies from Answer Pet Food and Riker’s Dog Treats.
You can also join Soldan’s for a Christmas Ornament Crafting session, where you can make a personalized ornament for your pupper. Only one is available per household.
Celebrate the Christmas season with your beloved canine at Soldan’s from 9 am to 4 pm. Admission is free, but photographs will cost at least $10, with additional packages available.