Dogs, Cats and Bunnies, Oh My!

The Capital Area Humane Society rescues and finds new homes for animals that have been mistreated or left behind. 

Humane Society overview

The Humane Society of the United States, with over 10 million members, rescues all kinds of animals across the country. The condition these animals are found in can range drastically. Some may come from homes that simply could no longer care for them, others may come from abusive and neglected homes. Each year the Human Society rescues, fosters, and arranged adoptions for countless animals. Finding homes for these animals is the end goal which Humane Society employees strive for. 

Humane Society in the Lansing community

The Capital Area Humane Society, located at 7095 W Grand River Ave, Lansing, MI, has changed the lives of these animals as well as the families who adopt them since 1936.

A race testing the bond between mankind and his best friend

The Copper Dog 150 races see both experienced and amateur mushers trek across the back country of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. 


The Copper Dog 150 is an annual sled dog event held the first weekend of March in Calumet, MI, on the Keweenaw Peninsula, the most northern region of the Great Lake State. 

Mushers and their team of dogs travel through the expansive wilderness through back trails, snowmobile paths, up and down mountains, and occasionally side streets. 

The event has four different races ranging in both length and difficulty. The mileage of the races include 15, 30, 80, and 150. 

The length of the races also determine how many stages it has. A stage is a portion of a race that must be completed before moving onto the next, with a rest period before starting the next segment. 

The races

The 15 mile race can be completed in about an hour and a half. This race takes the mushers through and around the city of Calumet, and is intended for less experienced mushers. The 30 mile is a slightly more demanding race taking mushers deeper into the wilderness.

Volunteering locally and abroad leads to changes in self, others

Toni Glasscoe, associate vice president of Lansing Community College, has a passion for doing everything she can to help students and the local community. 

She has been a part of the Lansing community for nearly her entire life, helping to improve it since she was just a teenager. Her passion for volunteering and helping others started back in the 1970s.  

Ms. Glasscoe spoke with Spartan Newsroom reporter Trevor King about her prior experiences as a volunteer as well as some of her responsibilities as the associate vice president of LCC. Q. How did you get started with helping those around you? A. “I used to help my parents at the church they founded called Shiloah Missionary Baptist. That’s where I learned how to be a leader, how to organize, how to be an administrator.” 

Q. Are you still involved with any work at other churches and if so what kind of work? 

A. “I still volunteer when I can at the church I attend now, Mount Hope, which is in Lansing.