Thomas A Mackey Animal Adoption Center
Animal Adoption Center Business Hours
From Corinne Martin, Executive Director, Grosse Pointe Animal Adoption Society...
In observance of Governor Whitmer's Shelter in Place order, Grosse Pointe Animal Adoption Society will temporarily suspend our adoptions and public visitation. We will unfortunately not be able to use volunteers to assist with animal care and walking. Should you need to reach us about a previously adopted pet, a pet currently in foster care or concern about a pet in need of help, we will still accept emails and phone calls.
We appreciate your willingness to consider adopting homeless animals during this unprecedented time as the need is great. Please enjoy the collection of pictures and video clips of our staff caring for the animals at the Animal Adoption Center while they wait to once again meet the public and go to their forever homes. Our work continues 7 days a week in both the Adoption Center and the Animal Protection Facility as we work along side first responders and other essential service personnel.
We can be reached by phone Tuesday through Friday from 10am - 4pm at 313-884-1551 and by email to email@example.com.
Please enjoy the following guest article from Nick Burton@ourbestdoggo.com, we hope the information is helpful to our audience.
Your Senior Pet: Care for Them Today for a Better Tomorrow
Whether you are getting ready to adopt an adult dog or your favorite kitty is getting on up in years, you have to prepare for their care as a senior. Fortunately, this isn’t all that challenging. Make changes to their diet and to your family’s routine, and you’ll have a healthy, happy pet for the long haul. Here are some tips.
1) Pay attention to what goes into their body
Just like humans, dogs react differently to food with age. This means that their favorite kibble now may not be the best option for them as they grow older. If your pet is prone to obesity or has digestional issues, a reduced-calorie food or one with higher fiber may be a better option. The Clinical Nutrition Services Department at Cummings Veterinary Medical Center notes that, despite popular belief, reduced protein isn’t necessary. Further, a diet lower in phosphorus may have little to no impact on an animal in overall good health.
Something you might want to consider adding to their diet, particularly if you have cats with digestive concerns, is a good probiotic. This is a dietary supplement that can improve their gut health. And since the gut is linked to a strong immune system – just like in humans – it pays to keep it healthy. Be cautious, however, and make sure that you read reviews on the product you prefer to ensure that you’ve found the right probiotic for your cat.
In addition to food and supplements, you’ll also need to keep a close eye on your dog or cat’s water intake. Specifically for dogs, they should drink anywhere from .5 to 1 ounce of water each day for each pound they weigh. For example, a 100-pound mastiff would need between 50 and 100 ounces of water depending on their activity level. If you notice that your animal is drinking excessively more or less, they may be suffering with issues such as thyroid disease or a fever.
2) Talk to your vet about potential health problems
Speaking of diseases and fevers, there are plenty of health issues that plague older animals. Hill’s explains that things like hearing and vision loss, dementia, heart problems, and incontinence are all common in geriatric pets. Depending on your animal's breed, they may be more prone to some than others. Establish a relationship with your veterinarian, and plan to increase their number of wellness visits once they reach the senior stage, which your vet can help you determine.
3) Make fitness a priority
After consulting with your pet’s veterinarian, you’ll also want to increase their activity level. You can do this by going for walks together or playing fetch in the yard. If your animal is not used to exercise or is recovering from an accident or surgical procedure, start slowly. Make sure they have a comfortable place to walk. Stay away from hot pavement in the summer, extremely rocky terrain, or freezing surfaces during the wintertime. Keep things interesting by switching up your activities. You might, for example, visit the dog park one day and surprise them with a new toy the next.
4) Keep them comfortable
Your dog may experience issues like arthritis and reduced mobility with each passing year. Keep them comfortable by providing an orthopedic bed, ramps instead of stairs to get on the bed or couch, and, with the guidance of your vet, nutritional supplements to ease joint inflammation. A massage, acupuncture, and a warm towel or blanket can also provide relief and comfort.
Remember, puppies and kittens do not stay that way forever. At some point, they are going to become a senior pet. It is your responsibility as their provider and caregiver to continue to meet both of these obligations no matter how many years may pass. From feeding them the right foods to making fitness a priority, there are many ways you can care for your senior pet while enriching both their life and yours.
The short video clips below document the arrival of the first dogs to the Thomas A. Mackey Animal Adoption Center. A long anticipated moment after many months of work to build the Adoption Center.