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Grand Blanc pet rescue joins Internet database

GRAND BLANC — Bruised But Not Broken Canine Rescue of Grand Blanc recently has joined other animal welfare organizations in the area that list their homeless pets on, the oldest and largest database of adoptable animals on the Internet.

The site currently has more than 3,3 million homeless pets listed and is updated continuously.

More than 13,500 animal welfare organizations in the U.S., Canada, and other countries post their pets on the site. Bruised But Not Broken Canine Rescue pets may be viewed at http:// shelters/ MI808. html. A potential adopter enters search criteria for the kind of pet he or she wants, and a list is returned that ranks the pets in proximity to the Zip code entered. Adoptions are handled by the animal placement group where the pet is housed, and each group has its own policies. was created in early 1996 as a grassroots project by Jared and Betsy Saul to end the euthanasia of adoptable pets. Since its inception, the site has facilitated approximately 20 million adoptions, making it the most life-saving initiative in animal welfare. — G.G.

Mid Michigan Derby Girls January bout to raise money for shelter

MOUNT MORRIS — Start the new year off right and help the Mid Michigan Derby Girls raise funds for nonprofit organizations, the Shelter of Flint and Team Will.

The Mid Michigan Derby Girls encourage confidence, leadership and athleticism in women while also supporting a healthy and physically active community. The skaters of the roller derby league make it their goal to donate volunteer time and a percentage of ticket sales to organizations with similar goals each season. This season the league will help combat homelessness in the Flint area by donating to the Shelter of Flint and will support finding a cure for cancer by donating to Team Will, a cycling team raising awareness and funds for the fight against cancer.

The Mid Michigan Derby Girls will take on Northeastern Ohio roller derby team, the NEO Rock N’ Rollergirls. The bout will begin 7 p.m. Jan. 15 in the hockey rink at Skateland Arena, 8460 N. Dort Hwy. in Mount Morris Township. At 6 p.m. the doors will open for seating.

Advance tickets cost $6 and can be purchased from an MMDG skater, from Skateland Arena, The Dive Shop at G4020 Corunna Rd., The Locker Room at 213 North Main St. in Davison or online at Tickets will also be available at the door for $8. The league offers free admission for children 12 and younger with purchase of an adult ticket (limit – two children).

Be sure to join us for the After Party at Billy’s Roadhouse, 7491 N. Dort Hwy.

Learn more about the charities the league is sponsoring for the 2010 – 2011 season by visiting the Shelter of Flint Web site, or the Team Will Web site, — G.G.

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