Here in West Michigan, we love our pets. It’s nice to have cool places to meet people who love their pets just as much as we do. Luckily, West Michigan has plenty to offer in that department. Check out this list of fun-filled events to attend with your pets this year.
A pet is more than just an animal — it’s family. If you’ve been thinking about becoming a pet parent for the first time or bringing in yet another furry companion, here are a few local places to check out in addition to county animal shelters.
It doesn’t take fur to make a loyal companion. Grand Rapids offers all kinds of feathered and scaly pets who would love to join your family, or at least swim happily around in your aquarium.
Founded in 2006 by Carol Manos, Carol’s Ferals originally opened when Manos started trapping feral cats outside of the Burger King in Cutlerville. From there, she went on to do other small trapping missions of her own until she exceeded the ability to do it alone. In 2007, she began teaching people how to do the trapping themselves.
With winter finally off the brain, there is no better time to grab your best fur friend and head to one of the many local dog parks in West Michigan. With an assortment to choose from, dog owners can pick the park that fits Fido’s needs, whether that’s a large open meadow, shady woods, swimming ponds or exercise equipment. Just remember to keep your pooch hydrated and always read the posted rules to understand what areas are on- and off-leash. Here’s just a sampling of the many paw-filled parks around town.
What started in Asia in the mid-90s has now made its way to West Michigan: cat cafés. Happy Cat Café is an innovative new space located on South Division in Grand Rapids. The idea to open a cat café stemmed from a broken leg. Seriously.
This one’s for the pets: When you’re out for walkies, you obviously want to make sure you get noticed and approached. Wearing the latest styles or a snazzy collar means hellos, head scratches and belly rubs, so it’s important to keep up-to-date on your wardrobe. We’ve found some local shops that cater to your canine (and feline) closet. Woof!
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