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Devoted Friends Animal Society

'We want to save as many animals as we can...'

November 10, 2010 - Brandon Twp.- Animals in need of a home can find one with the help of a new non-profit organization.

Kim Hagar and Linda Muiter-Carmean have formed the Devoted Friends Animal Society, a 501c 3 organization, in order to rescue animals from shelters and place them in foster homes until their forever homes are found.

"We want to save as many animals as we can," said Muiter-Carmean. "We'll never run out of animals to save. Humans must be responsible for what we have tamed. We can't domesticate them and then abuse and neglect them."

Hagar, co-owner of Bullfrogs, 2225 Ortonville Road, and Muiter-Carmean, a township resident, met last fall.

"I didn't have any animals and (Kim) convinced me to foster a cat," said Muiter-Carmean. "I didn't even like cats. I was a dog person."

Still, Hagar talked her into fostering Mr. Gray, aptly named for his soft color, and whom was rescued from a locked bathroom in an abandoned house. Muiter-Carmean kept him and soon took in Ms. Kitty and Milo and kept them, too. Additionally, in the past year, she has fostered 14 cats and kittens and found homes for all of them.

"There is such a great need and its so sad with the economy, people can't afford to keep their pets," said Hagar. "So many don't have homes and don't make it to adoption... We could get more out of the shelters if we had foster homes to put them in. We don't want to reinvent the wheel, we just want to try and help solve the problem."

As a non-profit 501c3, Devoted Friends can help raise money to pay for pet food, vaccinations, adoption fees, and spaying or neutering through various events such as poker parties.

Besides donations, they are also seeking people willing to foster animals. They use criteria and protocol for placing animals that is modeled after what animal control uses.

Devoted Friends rescues animals from shelters where they might otherwise be euthanized. A foster home gives the animals a safe, loving haven until a forever home can be found. Their goal is to get a building where the animals can stay until their permanent home is found.

"The more funding and volunteers we have, the more animals we can save," said Hagar.

Become a friend of the Devoted Friends Animal Society, Inc. on Facebook to learn how you can help.

Susan covers Brandon Township and Ortonville
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