The puppy-kitten report: Wings’ Community Tour kicks off with Traverse City Humane Society visit

Not hockey-related, per se, but you may enjoy it anyway:

The Detroit Red Wings are holding a community tour of various Michigan locations leading up to training camp, and the Red Wings’ prospects kicked off the tour by visiting the Cherryland Humane Society on Sunday afternoon.

The 9&10 News’s Caroline Klapp reports that the Wings came bearing a gift

After the visit the Red Wings presented Cherryland with a check for $3,500.

One of the players told 9&10 News the guys are thrilled to be part of this.

“Maybe there’s families that want to adopt a dog but don’t know about some programs and for us to be here and do our best to promote the humane society, it’s just such a great cause,” said Red Wings prospect Ryan Kuffner.’s Arthur J. Regner chronicled the prospects’ day at the Humane Society

“We’re just so fortunate that they took time out of their schedule to come here. We’re very blessed for that,” said Heidi Yates, the executive director of the Cherryland Humane Society. “I hope if in any way, it just kind of sheds light, even just to one person, of what the Humane Society does and hopefully they can tell family and friends, whether it’s just about pet overpopulation or just about what we do here, that will have been a success.”

Before they toured the facility, the players received a brief introduction to Cherryland’s everyday operation from Yates and her staff, which was pretty eye-opening.

Many of the prospects had no idea what the Humane Society even is, let alone all the services they provide to the community.

“It’s my first time at being introduced into this, being at a dog shelter and a cat shelter. It’s the first time I’ve actually ever seen this,” said forward Givani Smith. “It’s sad to see some of the puppies who are sad to see us leave as we walk out the door. As well, this place does a really good job of taking in stray dogs with families who can’t take care of them, and cats. They do really good things for them.”

And the Wings’ Instagram and Twitter feeds posted pictures and video from the event:

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