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by Jennifer Fitzpatrick
Tuesday, January 13, 2015


Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office


January 13, 2015

Van Buren County Offers Assistance For Animals Through Harsh Weather Conditions.

Sheriff Dale R. Gribler, along with the Van Buren County Commissioners wishes to remind all pet owners that the Van Buren County Animal Control Office has assistance available. These unusual below average cold temperatures create a major concern for our outdoor pets. So if you are in need of emergency straw bedding and/or shelters for your outdoor pets you can call the Animal Control Office at 269-621-4624, if it after hours please leave a message and we will get back with you.



1)      If your double-coated dog will be living outside during the winter, start putting him outside early in the fall. This will give him time to develop the thick undercoat he needs for warmth.

2)      Outside dogs use more calories to keep warm in winter, so you give your dog additional food.

3)      Your dog's coat is good protection against the cold weather. Don't ever shave your dog during the winter months. Keep it thick and long. And if you bathe him, it's best to dry him completely before going outside.

4)      In cold, snowy weather make sure that if your dog is outside, he has shelter to protect him from cold wind. Giving him a bed inside the shelter will help him stay warmer because he will be off of the cold ground. Straw bales around the housing give additional protection.

5)      Fresh straw (not hay) can make a nice bed in the doghouse. It's comfortable and helps keep your dog warm. Many people who live in cold areas use this inside their dog houses.

6)      Young puppies should not be left outside when it's very cold. They can't make themselves warm like older dogs can. Keep your puppy safe and cozy inside a heated building.

7)      If you leave water outside for your dog, make sure that it does not become frozen. Your dog needs regular, cool water to drink, not ice.

8)      If you are not able to change your dog's water, you might want to buy a special heated dog dish.


by Ted Thar
Friday, August 15, 2014

Below please find the link to the proposed 2014-2015 General and Non-General Fund Budget



by Ted Thar
Tuesday, January 14, 2014

The following holidays will be observed through 2015.  On these dates the following offices/facilities will be closed: Courthouse and Annex Offices, County Offices located in the Administration/Land Services Building.  Animal Control, District Court in South Haven, and MSU Extension.

Van Buren County Employee


New Year’s Day – Thursday, January 1
Martin Luther King Day – Monday, January 19
President’s Day – Monday, February 16
Memorial Day – Monday, May 25
Independence Day – Friday, July 3
Labor Day, Monday, September 7
Veteran’s Day – Wednesday, November 11
Thanksgiving Day – Thursday, November 26
Day after Thanksgiving – Friday, November 27
Christmas Eve – Thursday, December 24
Christmas Day – Friday, December 25
New Year’s Eve – Thursday, December 31
by Ted Thar
Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Sign Up for Smart911

Smart911 allows citizens to provide the additional details that 9-1-1 call takers may need in order to assist them during an emergency. When you dial 9-1-1 today the information received by the 9-1-1 call center can be limited based on the type of phone you are calling on. With Smart911, anytime you make an emergency call from a phone registered with your Safety Profile, the 9-1-1 system recognizes your phone number and automatically displays your profile on the screen of the call taker who receives your call.

Visit smart911.com to read more about how this could help you, your family and pets.


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