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Great Lakes Bay Animal Society

The Great Lakes Bay Animal Society was founded in February 2012.  GLBAS works to help unwanted, abandoned or stray animals find loving homes.  GLBAS also provides education about better pet ownership through their Outreach Program.  They have also created a Foster Program that provides temporary homes for animals coming from high-kill shelters in the Great Lakes Bay Region.  GLBAS will be providing the dogs being used throughout the PAWSitive Helpers program, as well as transportation and foster homes for these dogs.  Click here for the GLBAS website.

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Humane Society of Midland County

The Humane Society of Midland County is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization wich now runs the new Humane Society of Midland County Shelter (previously Midland Animal Control). Focused on the care and adoptions of the homeless pets in Midland county, HSOMC is managed by a director with 3-4 part time staff and many caring volunteers. To find out more about the Humane Society click here. 

Midland Reformed Church

The Midland Reformed Church is one of the training sites for the PAWSitive Helpers program.  To find out more about Midland Reformed Church click here.

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United Church of Christ

The United Church of Christ is one of the training sites for the PAWSitive Helpers program.  To find out more about United Church of Christ click here.

Partners in Change: Psychological & Community Services, PLC

720 W. Wackerly, Suite 11

Midland, MI 48650


Brenda Aloff

Brenda has been training dogs professionally for over 20 years.  Brenda specializes in problem dogs.  She has also conducted clinics and workshops all over the globe.  She opened the Heaven on Arf Training Center that provides training and behavioral work for owners and their dogs.  Brenda consults with PAWSitive Helpers program to provide assistance with animal training and education.You can view Brenda's website here.

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Dr. Marcy Carlson (Northern Animal Clinic)

Dr. Marcy Carlson has been part of the Northern Animal Clinic team since graduating from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1994. She thoroughly enjoys the family – pet bond and helping to provide comprehensive, quality veterinary care to the clients and patients of NAC. Dr. Carlson loves cats, dogs and has a special interest in rabbits and pocket pets.


Dr. Ashley Elzerman (Oakland Veterinary Referral Services)

Dr. Elzerman is originally from South Carolina. She has a Master’s degree in wildlife toxicology, and graduated with her DVM  degree from the University of Illinois in 2009.  Dr. Elzerman worked in North Carolina until she and her husband Matt moved to Michigan in 2010.  She has successfully completed the Fear Free certificate program and is recognized as a Fear Free Professional.  The Fear Free Initative endeavors to improve the emotional and physical well-being of animals through science and compassion.  Her pet family includes a cat named Applesauce and two dogs, Maggie and Dharma.  Besides being certified in ultrasonography, she has a special interest in feline medicine and is a member of the American Association of Feline Practitioners and has completed her certification in (Feline) Low Stress Handling.  In her free time, Dr. Elzerman enjoys running, hiking and other outdoor activities.

Midland Police Department

Officer John DuBois and K-9 TZA'YID and Officer Greg Tait and K-9 Brody joined PAWSitive Helpers to talk about their careers as K-9 officers. TZA'YID and Brody demonstrated their skills to the PAWSitive Helpers participants and enjoyed a meet-and-greet with the kids!

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WhichCraft Taproom

A special thanks to WhichCraft Taproom for hosting a fundraiser for PAWSitive Helpers and Great Lakes Bay Animal Society. $1 from every pint of Atwater Brewery beer sold during Atwater's take over the tap was donated to GLBAS to help with costs associated with fostering dogs in the PAWSitive Helpers program.