The flu continues to be a serious health concern in Ingham County. To reduce your risk of contracting this respiratory virus, the Ingham County Health Department recommends that everyone aged 6 months and older receive a flu vaccine. The vaccine is available at the Health Department’s immunization clinic. Many health insurers cover the cost of the vaccine. And depending on your income, you may qualify for a free or reduced-cost vaccine. For clinic hours and more information, check here.
Hawk Island Grand Opening
I was brave enough to get a flu shot, but I'm not brave enough to try snowboarding! (I like to get outdoors during the winter; it's just that I prefer something a bit less exciting, like walking my dog in the snow.) If you enjoy more adventurous pursuits, check out the new facilities at Hawk Island Snow Park. Features include a 400-foot hill for snow tubing, an “urban terrain park” for skiers and snowboarders, and lifts to get you back to the top.
A Grand Opening is planned for the urban terrain park on Saturday, Feb. 2, beginning at 10 a.m. For more information, including park hours and current conditions, click here.
Animal Control Community Outreach Center
On Saturday, my dog, Champ, and I had a nice time visiting Ingham County Animal Control’s new Lansing-based Community Outreach Center. Several people were there taking advantage of inexpensive pet micro-chipping. And some people were even adopting furry new friends.
Because Champ is a "rescue," I thought that it was fitting to take him to the Outreach Center. My family adopted Champ over a year ago when he was 5 years old. His owner had to give him up when she lost her home. He was fortunate to end up in the care of the Animal Placement Bureau. This group is a nonprofit network of “foster homes” for animals from shelters and puppy mills. They do a great service to the animals and the people who adopt them.
Champ is a poster child – I mean, dog – for adopting instead of buying a dog. And he is a great ambassador for slightly older dogs. When Champ came to our house, he fit right in with our two kids and our two cats. He was (and still is) loving, easygoing, and well-behaved. And he was already housebroken! So if you are considering adding a dog to your life, consider adopting first. You could save a life, and you could end up with a great new friend in the process.
In my previous post about the Community Outreach Center, I inadvertently left out some important details. The center is not only housed in an Ingham County Land Bank property; it is also completely funded through donations, and it will be primarily staffed by volunteers.
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