The American 1 Raises $2,000 for the Cascades Humane Society through Local Pet Expo

JACKSON, Mich. – American 1 Credit Union is dedicated to the communities they serve and feel strongly about giving back.  On Saturday, February 9 from 10am to 2pm, thirty local pet vendors were in the American 1 Event Center at the Jackson County Fairgrounds for the American 1 Paws & Claws Pet Expo.

This free event was a fundraising event for the Cascades Humane Society (CHS).  All vendor booth fees, concession proceeds, craft area donations, and pet photo contest proceeds were donated to CHS.  CHS also accepted several items for the shelter such as pet food, toys, litter, etc.

This event featured a Pet Fashion at 12pm.  There were thirteen dogs and one cat in this year’s expo.  The only cat, named Archer, took this year’s Top Dog Model award, leaving American 1 staff members pleasantly surprised!  “I guess we’ll have to rework the name of the award”, said Jayme Bicknell Event Coordinator for American 1 Credit Union, “We were very excited to have a cat in the show, and we’ll be sure to rename the award for next year to be more cat friendly,” she continued.

For a $1 donation guests could enter their favorite pet photo into our “Cutest Pet” Photo Contest.  This year a lab named Roger too the title of “Cutest Pet”, winning a $25 gift card to Pet Supplies Plus.

Overall over $1,740 was raised for the Cascades Humane Society.  American 1 Credit Union rounded that dollar amount up to an even $2,000.  The credit union makes no proceeds on this event, and even covers the costs of all of the rentals beyond what they donate.

There were also several animals available for adoption from vendors such as The Cascades Humane Society, Last Day Dog Rescue, Mid-Michigan Cat Rescue, Jaxon Kennel Club, and Unleashed… Under Control.

 2013 Paws & Claws Vendors:

American 1 Credit Union

Cascades Humane Society

Forgotten Felines

Invisible Fencing Mid-State, LLC

Unleashed and Lovin’ It!

Custom Canine Couture

Columbia Animal Clinic


Blankies N Beds


Last Day Dog Rescue

Jaxon Kennel Club

Mid-Michigan Cat Rescue

Little Bit of Everything

Sam’s Club

Barn Buddy’s 4-H Group


Carolyn’s Originals

Curly’s Canine Barkery

Advanced K-9 Academy

Caribbean Lou

Pet Supplies Plus


Creature Comforts Pet Resort

Origami Owl Custom Jewelry

Tails to Whiskers Mobile Pet Grooming

American Cancer Society

Pet Stop Hidden Fence

Crossroads Animal Hospital

For over 60 years, American 1 Credit Union has given back to their community with the support of their more than 50,000 members and hundreds of partner companies. American 1 Credit Union serves Jackson, Calhoun, Washtenaw, Hillsdale, Oakland, Macomb, and Wayne Counties. Visit for more information.

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