FRUITPORT TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A heartbreaking fire at a dog kennel in Fruitport Township last week left a couple dozen families without their pets.
The fire happened last week at Storm’s Ahead Kennels in Fruitport Township, killing as many as 30 dogs.
Now, arrangements are underway to hold a funeral for the dogs. It will take place at 6:30 p.m. April 12 at Clock Funeral Home, located at 1469 Peck St. in Muskegon.
The service, along with urns and burials have also been donated. It’s another example of how when something bad happens, people come together to help.
“I hope it can provide the pet parents closure because when they left, they expected to come back and pick up their little guy with the tail wagging and come home,” said Jody Clock. “That’s not the case.”
Jody Clock created Clock Timeless Pets when the funeral home therapy dog, Max, died. Clock is a huge dog lover.
When she learned about the kennel fire, she reached out.
“We just wanted to do the right thing and help the owners of the kennels because they’re devastated and then try to comfort the families,” said Clock.
One of the kennel owner’s dogs was one of the many killed in the fire.
“I can’t imagine being a pet parent and getting that call. I certainly can’t imagine being the owner at Storm’s Ahead and having to have that conversation,” said Clock.
Arson was ruled out, but the exact cause of the fire is unknown. The Fruitport Township Fire Department determined it started in the office, located on the north side of the building.
“Each kennel we did recover a pet, we knew who it was, who it belonged to and we could also determine the breed that it was,” explained Clock.
Each family will have their pets’ remains thanks to donations from companies and a local veterinarian.
“While it doesn’t make it better, at least it will help get them through it to know they do they their loved one back in their possession,” said Clock.
The service is open to the public and leashed pets. A local artist is offering free pet portraits.