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As “National Spay/Neuter Awareness Month” continues and with “World SpayDay” set for Tuesday, February 28, Warren-based All About Animals Rescue, the largest nonprofit, low-cost, spay and neuter clinic in Michigan, is preparing to bring their surgeons directly into area communities with a brand-new, soon-to-be unveiled mobile surgical unit – the very first of its kind in southeast Michigan.

The new, $300,000 37-foot state-of-the-art, fully-equipped mobile surgical unitwill allow veterinarians to spay and neuter dogs and cats on-site throughout the City of Detroit, set to officially debut this spring. “Our ultimate mission is to promote responsible pet owner behavior and ensure every dog and cat has a home,” said Catherine Garrett, All About Animals Rescue’s Director of Development & Marketing. “Eliminating the worsening problem of stray and abandoned animals, overcrowded shelters and, staggeringly high euthanasia rates begins with basic spaying and neutering. This can be done when an animal is at least 8 weeks old and weighs more than 2 lbs.” The new vehicle will augment All About Animals Rescue’s two transport units operating in Wayne, Macomb and Oakland counties, as well as Flint and Marine City. The current mobile units pick up pets from a predetermined location and then drop them back off after sterilization procedures have been conducted at the Warren center.

Each year, more than 100,000 animals are put to death in Michigan animal shelters, while nationally 6 out of 10 dogs and 7 out of 10 cats that temporarily reside in shelters are killed. Moreover, with an unseasonably warm winter and a proliferation of abandoned and foreclosed homes, birth rates of strays are on the rise.

A grant from PetSmart Charities is helping to fund further discounted $20 spay procedures for female cats with the “Beat the Heat” program throughout February. All About Animals Rescue is also subsidizing neuter procedures for male cats throughout the month.

Added Garrett: “It is vital that we fight these birth and euthanasia trends, which are often fueled by a range of socioeconomic challenges. Our new mobile capabilities and low-cost options are a step in the right direction. They will provide area communities from across southeast Michigan with new, tangible resources and options.”
Eastern Market
Andrew Zimmern
Bizarre Foods

A lot of what has defined our country was born in Detroit. The auto industry, assembly lines, The Temptations, Aretha, Kid Rock and Eminem (even if he’s not your bag, he is one of the most influential musicians in the last 15 years). These days, the news out of Detroit isn’t about new wheels and music. It’s about destruction, ruin and the mass exodus from a city once dubbed “the Paris of the Midwest.” Much of the mainstream news out of Detroit reeks of failure.

Here’s the thing: yes, the Motor City has taken a beating in recent years. Yes, it has a lot to do with the fall of the auto industry. Yes, much of the city is desolate and abandoned. And yes, all in all, things have been looking bad for D-Town for quite some time. When we decided to bring Bizarre Foods America there last summer, I expected some squalor. What I found amazed me.

Detroit is one of the most culturally diverse cities I’ve visited in a long time. In between those great urban expanses of bleakness, there are inspirational pockets of urban vitality. It’s home to the largest Arab-American population in the country, not to mention its thriving Polish, Mexican and Bengali communities. What’s more, people from all over the United States have relocated to Detroit. I’ve eaten some of the best soul food in the country here. Oh, and did you know that Detroit is home to the largest farmer’s market in the US? Eastern Market is simply amazing, and peppered mostly with entrepreneurs who are bringing this city back in a big way.

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Photo by @JoeFoodie

The Paczki Bomb:

Origin: Small's, 2011
Location: Hamtramck

Mini paczki (2-3 bites worth) stuffed with flavored vodkas.
House favorite: custard paczki with Hard Luck root beer barrel vodka

Click HERE for more information on Small's Packzi Day Festivities!

No major city in America has been hit harder by the recession than Detroit. Even before the recent near-total collapse in auto demand, the city had been decaying for decades. In the 1950s, its population was around 2 million; today it is less than 750,000.

A few weeks ago, I participated in a study tour (with the Emerging Leaders in Energy and Environmental Policy program) to discover how Detroit's businesses, non-profit foundations, and residents are working to bring the city back. I saw the vacant neighborhoods, the urban prairie where houses once were, and marveled that the average price for a four-bedroom home was only $48,000.

Superficially, it seems a stretch to look at Detroit as a model. But the long downturn that burned through the city's industry has made room for new green shoots that could grow the city back. My optimism about Detroit comes from the partnerships between universities, non-profit foundations, and entrepreneurs that incubating new companies and new industries. I saw three particular examples that of these burgeoning partnerships that can provide lessons for the rest of the country.

Tech Town is a small-business incubator based in Detroit's Midtown area. It connects scientific research being done at nearby Wayne State University with entrepreneurs who can monetize the new technologies. It also provides office space, business services, mentoring, and guidance to over 200 companies in industries ranging from human tissue sampling to web-design to hairdressing. Its success is founded on its location and its ties to the nearby research institution.

Next Energy, based across the street from Tech Town, is a non-profit company that provides support to alternative energy companies by linking them with potential funders and markets. One of its success stories was a cooperative venture between Titan Energy and the Defense Logistics Agency (of the U.S. Department of Defense) to develop an easily transportable solar power generator that is now being deployed with our troops in Afghanistan. Renewable energy is one of the fastest growing new industries in the country, but it is heavily dependent upon scientific research as it develops. Non-profits like Next Energy can provide crucial support to companies trying to commercialize the emerging discoveries.

Click HERE to read the rest of this article on The Atlantic!

The Travel Channel


Original Air Date: Monday, February 20, 2012 9pm EST

Andrew finds out if it is food that keeps Detroit’s motor running. Andrew visits Motown and gets revved up about tasting some of the city’s food, including iconic soul food and lamb brain sandwiches, in the heart of Arab America.

Click HERE to watch clips of tonight's episode!

Click HERE for information on all the places in Detroit Andrew visited!