New Canine Development Center Provides Improved Care and Training for Leader Dogs

The Leader Dogs for the Blind headquarters, located in Rochester Hills, is putting the final touches on a $14.5 million renovation – a new state-of-the-art Canine Development Center.

Prior to the renovation, portions of the kennel dated back to the 1960’s, proving insufficient for the needs of today. It took three years of planning before the organization broke ground on the renovation in August of 2014.

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Oakland County Broke Ground on a New ‘State-of-the-Art’ Animal Shelter

The sun was hot, shining off the new silver shovels displayed next to the podium.

The Oakland County Animal Shelter and Pet Adoption Center is in the midst of some very big, positive changes.

In the Fall of 2017, all of Oakland County’s shelter animals, staff and volunteers will move from their current home off of Baldwin Road in Auburn Hills, to Oakland County’s complex, next to the sheriff’s administration building, east of Telegraph.

The new 35,000 square-foot facility will have a much larger capacity and is expected to house 140 cats and 150 dogs.

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It’s a Fetchin’ Good Time

Fetch is the game, dog park is the name! Whether your four-legged friends are putting their doggy-paddling skills to the test, or racing for a sailing tennis ball, Oakland County Dog Parks provide three locations where all dogs can run, jump and play.

Vast open spaces, complete with trails, lakes and fields, give way to an earthly heaven for all dogs (and their owners). It’s the perfect place for you and your pooch to exercise and socialize.

All Oakland County Dog Parks, including Red Oaks Dog Park, located in Madison Heights, Lyon Oaks Dog Park, located in Wixom and Orion Oaks Dog Park, located in Lake Orion are open to the public.

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The Canine Advocacy Program

Canine Advocacy program dogs Amos and Lance ready for their day.

Canine Advocacy Program dogs Amos and Lance ready for their day.

Since 2010, the Canine Advocacy Program of Michigan, CAP for short, has provided advocacy services to child victims utilizing highly trained dogs to help alleviate anxiety with being involved in the criminal justice system. The program is the first of its kind in Michigan, started by long time supervisor of Victim Services at the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office Daniel Cojanu. It began with one dog, now the program has 18 dogs working with children across the state in 16 counties, and 5 dogs working with veterans.  Continue reading

The Best Treat for your Dog! A Trip to an Oakland County Dog Park!

A dog park is the the perfect place to get your dog some exercise and let your pup socialize with his or her own kind. It’s a great place for people to socialize too. After all, everyone who’s at the dog park has something in common: the love of dogs! Oakland County Parks offers three dogs parks for you and your pooch to enjoy. What are you waiting for? Show your dog some love and head to an Oakland County Dog Park today!

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