Sunday, November 6, 2011


"Show some love to a local animal shelter or rescue group"

In honor of National Shelter Animal Appreciation Week (sponsored by the Humane Society of The United States),  we have pulled out a guest blog that was written by  volunteer Cristin Hipke of The Abandoned Animal Rescue of Michigan (AARM) on September 10, 2010. We have chosen to honor Cristin and the countless shelter volunteers who work tirelessly  in their quest to save the lives of  abandoned pets and selflessly help them to find their "forever homes."

To Cristin and EVERYONE who volunteers in the name of the animals, we say THANK YOU!

For ways that YOU can become involved this week, click here

Abandoned Animal Rescue of Michigan (AARM) is a no-kill pet haven that has been operating throughout the greater Detroit metro area since 2004.  AARM is an affiliate of Guardians For Animals (GFA).  Our founder is very proud of this affiliation and always points out that "we are all doing the same work and are in this together."

Our mission is to help homeless or abandoned animals by giving them medical care, a safe place to rest their weary heads while enjoying good meals, and a chance to finally find the warmth of loving companionship. Our rescue efforts focus primarily on cats and dogs.  A selection of our cats that are available for adoption are in the Canton, MI Petco.

To this day, there is virtually no counting the number of animals AARM has saved and found new forever homes for. One such cat, Sweetie(currently in a foster home), walked up to the Palace of Auburn Hills and proceeded to “explain” through a complicated combination of voice and body language that she was home and demanded to know why she wasn’t being let in. Thankfully the security staff called AARM, allowing us to save this sweet, stubborn purrer.
 Sylvester, an AARM super star alumnus, is exceedingly fortunate to be alive at all. Brought into a vet hospital, scared, bleeding, both hips broken, AARM stepped up to the plate, with the help of GFA, to fix his hips. A few short months after his recovery, after diligent work to restore his faith in people and reduce his fear of wide open spaces or loud noises, Sylvester gladly jumped into the arms of his forever parents, purring and head butting the whole way.

AARM has many vital volunteer positions open, from hardworking cage cleaner, adoption event volunteer, dog walker, or foster home, to communication and fundraising positions. AARM also accepts donations, which can be left with cashiers at the Canton, MI Petco.

Please contact us by Facebook, Twitter, or email.


  1. I thought about ringing the local animal shelter.. to see if they needed any volounteers.

    Caren thank you so much for your support on my post. Means a lot (HUGS)xx

  2. Bonjour Caren and Cody!
    Great reportage, thanks for the information.I'm sending love to all abandoned animals, I hope they can find kind families there to take good care of them.

  3. @Alittlesprite actually I am right with you, one of my "goals" of 2012 is to actually cut DOWN on my blog posts (blogging every day in my opinion is overkill and is killing me and causing me to have NO LIFE, especially with two blogs) and to become more involved in the real world of rescue. I am so busy that I don't get around to you as often as I would like to, but you are most welcome!!!! xoxoxoxo

    @Luna "Bonjour!!!!" We hope the same!! ((((hugs))))) to you!!!!!!

  4. I hope it becomes a HUGE success!
    I sincerely take my hat off to any individual who spends their time volunteering for animals - I believe they are people with hearts of gold - and by God does this world need such people! A few lines comes to mind from Albert Schweitzer's Prayer for Animals:... "and for those who deal with them we ask a heart of compassion and gentle hands and kindly words. Make us, ourselves, to be true friends to animals, and so to share the blessings of the merciful."
    Thanks for always posting about such sweet meaningful things.
    Hugs and kisses from your friend/s in Greece

  5. Thanks for the wonderful post. I hope every pet can find their forever home as soon as possible.

  6. A wonderful post. My three cats were all adopted from rescue organizations. I am grateful to have them. Thank you to all the volunteers in these wonderful organizations. I volunteered at the NYC Humane Society many years ago--where I met my soul mate-my cat George. I no longer have the time to volunteer but I'm always looking for ways to help out. I frequently donate my art work to fund raising auctions for animal rescue groups. But I know that's not enough. I wish I could do more and have tremendous respect for those who take on this important mission.
    Deborah Julian

  7. I have alot of respect for rescuers. Sadly, some of them are real good at caring for animals but aren't good at effectively publicizing themselves. That would be a great way for us bloggers to help them- by getting their message out.

  8. Thanks for featuring this shelter. It sounds like a good one too.

  9. That sounds like a terific Shelter. Thanks for telling us about them. It is very important to volunteer in the shelters. If nothing else just go in and pay them all some attention so that they then might can find a good home. Thanks.

  10. @God's Little People, YOU are the epitome of the quote you just featured and you are to be commended as well. All that you do for the little ferals whose lives you have saved, I don't know many who would be able to do it as well as you. I thank you for your kind words, we just adore you! Things have been crazy so I apologize if I haven't been around as much. Hoping with the end of the year coming things will begin to ease up. xoxoxo

    @Marg that is wonderful advice and that is something that I have to focus more on in 2012. My fear is I won't be able to leave without adopting and I am not allowed to have more babies! xoxo

    @Benny & Lily, it most certainly is!

    @Mario THANK YOU and you are welcome! They are!

    @rumpydog so true. I know of other shelters (not this one) who really isn't good about social media at all. Probably because they are so strapped for time. Abandoned Animal Rescue has Cristin who is a social media maven! Thank goodness!

    @Deborah donating your outstanding artwork is an incredible gesture in itself and I am sure that the shelters are most appreciative! Adopting your boys from a shelter too is a wonderful way to say thank you! Cody was adopted from a foster he wasn't in an actual "shelter" when I found him but the fosters put their hearts and souls into the furbabies and finding them a home as well. Thanks so much for visiting!

    @Priscilla thank you!!! We do too! We had a scare with Dakota today. I might blog about it. It has to do with his eyes and we still aren't 100% sure what is going on. Just came home from the emergency vet about an hour ago. Hopefully all will be well!

  11. Hope all these lovely animals find safety and a home. Big Love to all those people who work so tirelessly to make their lives better. Purrs to ALL of them.

  12. Thank heaven for these angels on earth that look after these poor fluffy ones till they get their forever homes!

  13. What an excellent post. I so admire the work of AARM and wish them all the success in the world. I was excited to read about this special week as it's so important to spotlight these amazing animals and organizations!

  14. Such an important week. Great to get the news out about all the shelters and volunteers who tirelessly help our animal friends.

  15. Caren, thank you so much for posting this article about Abandoned Animal Rescue of Michigan. We absolutely ADORE our volunteers and only wish we had more of them. We're doing well with only 2 volunteers and our president, but we have so much room to do more, if only we had more hands! :)

    Thank you, so much for all your kind words!

  16. Cristin I wish AARM was just a little closer! I wish you had shelters closer to my home! I know you work yourself to the bone, keeping late hours and early mornings...I don't know how you do it! Everything I said is true!

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