Harbor Humane to raise funds by selling pet-themed anthology

WEST OLIVE – Harbor Humane Society has announced its first-ever anthology, which will be sold online and in person to help the organization care for homeless animals.

The animal-themed anthology – “The Big Fang” – will feature 22 stories by 22 different authors, including an article by Allison Deters, the association’s director of finance and administration.

“It was actually the idea of ​​one of our adoptees, Melissa Hazeman,” Deters said. “She runs Creatively Centered, a coaching and consulting company, but she also writes a lot of short stories and helps other people with their writing projects.

“She and I were already bonded by a mutual love of writing in Harbor, and when she came up with the idea, it sounded so amazing and unique.”

Deters describes the stories as “very cozy and humorous, with a kind of crime/caper category”. She added that each had a plot-relevant animal — and not just cats and dogs.

“We fired from everywhere,” Deters said. “We have authors from all over the country and some are local to Michigan. Melissa, who writes under the pen name Melissa H. Blaine, and I have each written one.”

The book will be available from Friday, April 1, in keeping with the whimsical theme. Readers can purchase the book on Amazon in eBook or paperback format. Eventually, hard copies will be available at West Olive Shelter and the Harbor Humane Resale Store in Holland.

“To our knowledge, this is the first time an anthology has been used to raise funds for an animal organization in this area,” Deters said. “We are also reaching out to libraries and hope to partner with some local bookstores.”

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Deters has a master’s degree in criminal justice administration, but was between jobs when she started volunteering at Harbor Humane six years ago.

“I have four dogs,” she said. “One of them is the protagonist of my short story. And they’re all from Harbor Humane. We always say that when you save an animal, you save two lives: the life of the animal you bring home and the life of the animal saved by opening this space.”

Prizes for the anthology will be announced in the coming weeks. Check for updates at facebook.com/harborhumane.

— Contact journalist Cassandra Lybrink at [email protected] Follow her on Instagram @BizHolland.

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