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Devoted Friends animal rescue

Derek Nutter and Joshua Helmle with kittens at Pet Supplies “Plus” in Ortonville. Photo by Ashley St. Aubin. (click for larger version)
June 13, 2012 - Animals in need of a forever home can now find one with the help of a local non-profit organization, Devoted Friends Animal Society.

Kim Hagar and Linda Muitler-Carmean founded Devoted Friends to rescue animals from shelters and place them in foster homes until their permanent families are found.

"Our focus is on the animal and where the animal is going to end up," said Muitler-Carmean. Humans must be responsible for the animals we have domesticated. Its important for people to just do the right thing."

Hagar, co-owner of Bullfrogs, 2225 Ortonville Road, and Muitler-Carmean met in an unusual way.

"We ended up meeting at a fictitious rescue that was collecting donations for the wrong reasons," said Hagar. "And so we decided to form our own group afterward.What we don't want is people to be leery of these organizations. The good ones are out there and most are licensed and will show where their donations are going."

Yet a top priority of the organization is bringing awareness to the importance of spaying and neutering.

"We don't want people dumping their animals on to us, but rather finding adopters and urging people to spay and neuter their animals," explains Hagar. "One cat can multiply several times causing an explosion of kittens and its important for people to realize that spaying and neutering is the way to go."

Devoted Friends is always seeking people willing to foster animals in order for the cat or dog to find a safe haven before their lasting home is found. If fostering is not an option, donations are always accepted which helps pay for pet food, vaccinations, adoption fees, and spaying or neutering.

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