Meet Dakota!

Dakota is ready to be adopted into a loving & forever home! He is a domestic long-haired 2-year old cat with vividly beautiful green eyes. Dakota is very friendly, curious and  best of all…cuddly! If you are interested in finding out more about Dakota, call AAC at (586)-412-3900 or stop by to meet him!

Dakota has been neutered and  up-to-date on vaccinations.



*The Animal Activity Center supports local rescues with low cost boarding. Dakota is from the Every Animal Rescue League (E.A.R.L.). The league is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and their mission is to rescue and provide loving homes for all species of surrendered companion animals. E.A.R.L. has a goal to educate the public on proper care for traditional and nontraditional animal and holds an achievement of rescuing and providing loving homes to all companions.*

-Brought to you by Julie F. and the Animal Activity Center staff


Holiday Gifts

Do you get gifts for your furry, feathered or scaled companions during the holiday season?

Are you currently feeling stumped on what to get them?

Never fear!  We did some research and came up with a suggested list of ideas for items that you can put under the tree to make them smile!

We have also included a few items that you may want to suggest to them to get you…wink, wink!

For Dogs:

Barkbox subscription


HandsOn Gloves/Grooming brush

iFetch Frenzy

Nighttime safety dog collars


Big giant tennis ball

For Cats:


Turbo Scratcher

Catit Senses Treat Maze

Cat hammock bed

Collapsible cat tunnel

Waka-mouse game

And don’t forget about giving to family members and friends who have companions too! Especially don’t forget to treat yourself this holiday!

DIY treats and christmas ornaments: You can find a variety of crafting and baking ideas on pinterest that are perfect for pets.

DIY paw print ornament


“My kids have paws” mug


Personalized pillow


Cartoon animal phone case


Cat-ears ring

One last holiday tip!

From our experience, we highly recommend tucking treats in their stockings as opposed to under the tree!

This will help to eliminate any sniff…we mean snooping!

-Brought to you by Julie F. and the Animal Activity Center staff

Santa is coming to town!

Prepping for Fluffy’s first visit with Santa Claus?
Here are some tips to make the trip a lot easier and smoother:

Number one rule: Is your pet friendly around other pets?
The room can be very tense if your companion does not socialize well with other pets. Best is to keep your pet on a leash or in a carrier. Even if your pet is friendly, other pets around them may not be.

Go in with a realistic mindset: We’ve all took a bad, goofy photo once (maybe more) in our lifetime. If your companion is having a hard time focusing and cooperating, make the best out of the situation!

Is your dog big or fun size? Santa may be able to hold small dogs, but for bigger dogs, it might be uncomfortable for both of the big fellas. Check if your dog is well-trained to sit, and able to sit comfortably next to an unknown face.

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Bring a distraction: The photographer may bring toys to the shoot, but it is better to bring your companions favorite toy to get their heads propped up to the camera.

Bring another person with you: If you have more than one companion coming along, it is a good idea to have extra help.

Tire them out before hand: Do an extra play time with your dog, take them out on a long walk, or play fetch with them for a few minutes before arriving to the “North Pole.”  (but make sure they don’t get too messy if you do this outside). Arriving with a happy companion will make the process go a lot smoother.

Bring your own accessories and props: Want Fluffy to wear the latest dog knit sweater or a an elf hat? The photographer may have a few things with them, but better to be safe than sorry. It is important that clothes and costumes are comfortable and won’t harm.

Last but not least, bring a special treat: After all waiting in line for Santa is hard work for your companion, and a yummy treat is the best bribe. Show how much you appreciate their cooperation after the big photo session.

Here is a link to a funny and adorable picture of a dog’s reaction seeing the real Santa for the first time!

-Brought to you by Julie F. and the Animal Activity Center staff.

Happy National Mutt Day!

Celebrity Pet & Family Lifestyle Expert and Animal Welfare Advocate, Colleen Paige, created National Mutt Day back in 2005.
It is celebrated on July 31st and December 2nd every year!

These two days raise awareness of the extremity of mixed breed dogs within shelters. Approximately 80% of dogs in shelters are mixed breeds.

Did you know that mixed breed dogs often exhibit hybrid vigor, which can lead to a healthier and longer life. They can do the same duties as purebred dogs including search and rescue, serving the blind, and searching for drugs.

There are many ways to help spread the awareness:

Visit your local shelter and find a new companion! If you are not able to adopt, you can always donate food, money, supplies needed at your local shelter.

Recently, fashion photographer, Richard Phibbs, published a book called Rescue Me, and all his proceeds go to support the work of the Humane Society of NY.

You can help support buy purchasing the book, which holds very heartwarming stories and pictures of adorable canines who were rescued!

-Brought to you by Julie F. and the Animal Activity Center staff



Extended Information on Puppy Positive Classes!

Stephanie, one of our trainers and LVTs’, presents more than covering the sit, down, stay, and walk “pretty” exercises in our puppy positive 6-week course.

Here is the breakdown:

She uses positive reinforcement and clicker training (the clicker is provided for you, which is a bonus!)

What is positive reinforcement?

*It is a way for pets to learn the best actions and behaviors that owners appreciate. It happens when you reward your companion when they respond or do an action. These actions can be retained when enforcing these positive rewards.*

A clicker?

Clicker training is a safe training practice while using a tool that “clicks” to register the positive reinforcement in a dog. The click is an event marker that tells the dog exactly what they are being rewarded for of the correct behavior, almost taking a “snapshot”of the memory.

Included in the curriculum are exercises on focus, attention, impulse control, and the starting basic obedience exercises.

Stephanie also discusses socialization, common puppy behavior problems and the solutions, body handling and confidence, obstacles, and surfaces.

After each class, you will be emailed that weeks training guide. It will contain a recap of the class, detailed instructions for each exercise and homework. It will also include many how-to videos!

You will also receive a coupon for a free day of daycare or day camp!

The class is limited to 6 dogs, which is a small class size so everyone gets individual attention and problems solving on the behaviors we are working on that day.

Since class size is pretty small, it is important to call soon and register for the course before we fill up!

Our office number is (586)-412-3900

Classes start up again on November 7th at 6:30p.m. every Monday until December 12th!

-Brought to you by Stephanie B., Julie F., and Animal Activity Center

Happy National Cat Day!

A day to appreciate and show our love to our feline friends and bring awareness to those who need a forever home!

National Cat Day started by animal behaviorist, Colleen Paige, back in 2005, and has been celebrated ever since. Colleen wanted to bring attention to many animals who needed help being rescued and bring unconditional love to those animals.

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There are many ways to celebrate National Cat day!  To help you decide on what to do, here are a few ideas for consideration for this Saturday:

  1. Perhaps it’s time to move forward with adopting a feline friend from your local shelter or a local rescue!  We can even point you in the direction of checking out Every Animal Rescue League’s adoption listings (E.A.R.L is a local 501c3 rescue we support!).
  2. Spoil your cat with gifts. Treat your Cat with playful toys and yummy treats. It is basically their Christmas day.
  3. Come together with close friends and families and their cats and throw the “purrfect” party!
  4. Do a photoshoot with your cat! Post them on social media or share them with us!
  5. Dress up like a cat! Not that it would be weird because Halloween is literally two days away.
  6. Schedule a checkup date at Parkway or one of our sister sites for your feline friend. Find out if they need to be updated with vaccinations and/or medications.
  7. Watch endless cat videos on youtube.
  8. Take a cat nap with your cat.

Whatever it is, remember to have fun with it, even if you don’t have a furry little friend, and most importantly, spread the word about this national holiday.

For more Information about Colleen Paige and the holiday, visit

-Brought to you by Julie F. and Animal Activity Center staff