John Tesh

Pet Of The Week

Welcome to the Lite 96.3 Pet of the Week.
If you are looking for a new furry family member for your home, please consider adopting from one of our area shelters. There are thousands of pets each year in Northern Michigan who lose their family for one reason or
another. Rescue is love!
From the Little Traverse Bay Humane Shelter


My name is Ese and I'm an American Pit Bull Terrier that recently lost his home. It was just one of those things that can happen to anybody and unfortunately it happened to me. I'm two years old and very well behaved except when it comes to walks. I tend to pull on my leash because I'm a guy that believes there's something I'm missing if I don't get there first. Of course I come with a free training class when I'm adopted, and I know there will be handy tips on how to correct my dragging you along on our walks. I'm used to being an only dog, but should you have another dog that I will be sharing a space with, then you'll have to bring him or her in to see how we get along. And I have a healthy dog's interest in cats, which means I like to chase them. I just hope my future family can see past that, because I believe in my heart that there is someone special out there for me, and I have my paws crossed that it will be you.

IHello everyone, my name is Chewi and I'm an orange tiger cat that is front paw declawed, so I'll need to be an indoor only cat. I have some issues that can be problematic to some folks, but I'm hoping there's a sympathetic soul out there who's willing to accommodate my special needs. It's an embarrassing subject for me to discuss at this time, but if you want to call about it that would be fine. I'm currently taking medication, and the cold fact is that I may have to continue with it for the rest of my life. It's a good thing that I don't mind. I'm only a year and a half old and so far I feel great. I know it's asking a lot, but a forever home is my hope and if you're the person I think you are, you'll give me that chance.
The LTBHS located on West Conway Road, between Petoskey and Harbor Springs is a no kill shelter that helps find  homes for over 500 dogs and cats each year. The LTBHS is completely funded thru donations. All pets adopted from LTBHS are neutered and have received a vet check and shots. For more information about all pets available for adoption or to donate, visit them online at

Cherryland Humane Society

This week's cat of the week is Clooney! We've named him after George Clooney because he is also a "silver fox"! Clooney is a Domestic Shorthair, 10 yrs. old and is very gentle, calm and snuggly. He has been diagnosed as FIV+ which means he can't be around other cats and needs to be an indoors only kitty! Just like human HIV, he has a compromised immune system so needs to be kept healthy as possible.  Come in for a visit or you can check him out on our website,

Cherryland Humane Society is a private, no kill animal shelter servicing Grand Traverse and Leelanau counties. We are an independent, 501-C, non profit organization. CHS is dependent on donations, fundraising activities, estates, planned giving, memorials and occasional grants for operation. Visit our available pets online at


Olivia was found with quite a bad wound on her side that has healed well.  She had been posted on the internet to try and find her owner with no success. She is a very sweet girl who loves everyone. She is a beautiful black and white short hair kitty. Olivia is a year old. You can meet her at Petsmart. For more information, please contact
AC PAW was founded in 1995 to give animals a second chance at life. The non-profit, no-kill shelter started as a safe haven for animals from abuse, hunger, disease and death. AC PAW has now rescued over 6,000 animals in the northern Michigan region and services the five-county Grand Traverse area.


Help From My Friends


Yoda: My name speaks volumes about my personality. I am wise and insightful mind which, combined with my wide-eyed view of the world, make me completely irresistible. I love to play and if I could only have a fur sibling in a home of my own, I would so love to share my wisdom with him or her. Around here it is hard to get anyone to listen to my philosophical musings, will you? 

With a Little Help From My Friends’ Pet Crisis Center assists Antrim County Animal Control by taking in primarily owner relinquished pets due to a crisis in the family. These animals came from loving homes who ran out of options and had to relinquish their pet to animal control. This is not a place for the public to bring in a pet but it is a place for the public to visit and adopt. Volunteers welcome.
For more information visit or  

From the Charlevoix Humane Society


Cricket is a young, high energy boy in search of an active home.  He does well with other dogs and loves to play chase!  Cricket is a very happy boy that needs that special family who will love him and spend the time needed to train him to be that perfect new family member.   He is very smart and will catch on very fast of what is expected of him.  Please check out Cricket  here at the Charlevoix Area Humane Society.

The Charlevoix Human Society's mission is to practice and promote the principle that every life is precious. As such, we are committed to the highest principles of humane care and professional treatment of injured, ill, neglected or abused animals. For more information on pets that are available for adoption or to donate, visit the shelter at 614 Beardsley Street in Boyne City or online at

From Northern Michigan Animal Rescue Network


Nugget is about 12 weeks old and is up to date on his vacs. He'll soon be scheduled for his neuter which after, he is in the clear for a loving forever home. Nugget is a very playful little boy and he is also a very charming one. He does very well with his kitty litter box. He would do well I think in a home with other playful cats or cat. He also gets along great with dogs. As long as someone is willing to play.....our little Nugget is up for it. Oh, he has no problem snuggling up with you, as he's a lover, too. He loves people of all sizes. Nugget also enjoys watching the birds or bugs.....whatever is outside the window. He'd be a prize for anyone that is looking for kitty fun. You can meet Nugget by calling or messaging the NMARN rescue line 231-238-PAWS (7297).

Northern Michigan Animal Rescue Network is an all volunteer 5013C group dedicated to finding homes for homeless animals in Northern Michigan. Their animals live in foster homes and are loved everyday while they find the perfect forever homes for their dogs and cats. To learn more about NMARN, visit them online at

From AuSable Valley Animal Shelter

Duke likes his toys, loves his treats and enjoys long walks (gotta keep the old nose tuned up!) 
At 2 years old Duke does know a bit about living in a house but would benefit from a crate when left alone or when there is a lot of coming and going happening. This handsome Foxhound has been good around other dogs at the shelter but is just too interested in the kitties so we suggest a cat free home for Duke. He has been neutered, vaccinated and micro-chipped.  For more information, call
(989) 348-4117 or e-mail:

AuSable Valley Animal is a privately funded nonprofit animal shelter. We are a No Kill facility and stray center for dogs within Crawford county and a closed admission No Kill cat shelter. Our main goals are rehab and rehome, education, and animal welfare within our community.
Visit us online at
From Cheboygan County Humane Society

Pugsley is back with us. He is NOT good with kids, cats or dogs. He would be best in a home without any other animals or kids. He can be very protective at times, very strong and energetic. The best home for him would probably be a ‘one person one owner’ home with a fenced in yard. He is neutered and UTD on all shots, and chipped. Pugsley is about 2 1/2 years old.
Please visit their website at

You can visit our shelter at 1536 Hackleburg Rd Cheboygan Michigan or give us a call at 231-238-8221. Our hours are Mon-Fri 9-4pm and Saturday we are open 12-4pm.


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Pet of the Week 

Cricket came to us as a stray and had probably had no training.  He is very sweet natured and excited to see you, but once he settles down and realizes you are spending time with him or taking him for a walk he gets much easier.  The other side if that is he seems to be very smart and wants your attention, which would make a great starting point for basic training. Being a Terrier breed, Cricket likes to have something to do, be a job or hang out on the couch and watch TV (or listen to the radio).  For that reason, we think the best home for our Cricket is an active one with someone who would be around most of the time.  Cricket would do best with a large fenced in area so he can run around and maybe chase leaves or snowflakes. Read more about me here.

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