Riley MacKenzie Fund - Helping Animals and Their People

The Riley MacKenzie Fund, founded in 2009, for charitable purposes, is an assistance program for stray and abandoned animals throughout the state of Michigan. We are a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization recognized by the Federal Government. All donations are tax deductable. This fund provides food, vetting, temporary boarding, or spay/neuter to the animals. We rely solely on volunteers and donations to keep this program running. We were organized specifically to prevent cruelty to animals.


Save the Date 2014!

2014 Dog Obedience Classes start February 18, April 29, September 2. Therapy Dog Preparation Classes start April 29. Class sessions are 6 weeks, all funds raised help animals in need, please email us for a flyer to pre-register.

Riley MacKenzie Fund Saving Paws “Have a Heart” Fundraiser in February 2014. Purchase a heart at Big Rapids and Reed City Businesses for $1.00 to support animals in need. We raised $363.00!

January 2014! Spay/Neuter Clinic sponsored by the Riley MacKenzie Fund for animals in need. Participating Clinics are: The Pet Hospital, Stone Hill Veterinary Clinics, Nineteen Mile Veterinary Clinic, Riversbend Animal Hospital, Pleasant View Animal Clinic and Country Veterinary Services.

March 3, 2014 at 6:30 pm we will be holding our Riley MacKenzie Fund Saving Paws “Hands Helping Paws”. At the Crankers Brewery in Big Rapids, Michigan. Unique Quilted, knit, baskets and more will be featured for the silent auction. Items up for bid will soon be listed on our Facebook page. Come join us for beer and appetizers! If you have a donation feel free to email us and we will be happy to pick it up. We raised $4315.50 to help animals in need!

Dinner with your dogs on the Patio at the Sawmill Bar the first Sunday evening of each month May-September 2014 at 6:00 pm. All well behaved dogs on leash are welcome. Please join us!

June 7, 2014 Riley MacKenzie Fund Saving Paws Walk in Big Rapids, Michigan at 10:00am on Rails to Trails next to the Sawmill Bar. Join us with you dog for a great time walking and raising money to help animals in need! We raised $3200.00!

October 4, 2014 Riley MacKenzie Fund Saving Paws Fifth Anniversary Celebration with Classic Rock Band Free Flight in Big Rapids at the Eagles Club #2535.

Mid November to Christmas 2014 stop in at Patterson’s Flowers in Big Rapids and donate pet food under the “Giving Tree” for Riley MacKenzie Fund to distribute through the Manna Pantry.

Ferris State University’s Flight Library during finals week our Therapy Dogs will visit university students during final exam times to help reduce stress.

Fridays during the school year our therapy dogs visit schools, during the summer they visit Rose Lake Youth Camp.

Look for us at local parades with a rainbow of well trained dogs and their proud handlers!

Pet Food is provided at the Manna Pantry in Big Rapids for pets in need.

Save the Date 2013!

2013 Dog Obedience Classes start February 19, April 30, August 27, October 15. Therapy Dog Preperation Classes start May 3 and August 30. Class sessions are 6 weeks, all funds raised help animals in need, please email us for a flyer to pre-register.

Riley MacKenzie Fund Saving Paws “Have a Heart” Fundraiser in February 2013. Purchase a heart at Big Rapids and Reed City Businesses for $1.00 to support animals in need. Together these wonderful people raised $716.00 to help animals!

January/February 2013! Spay/Neuter Clinic sponsored by the Riley MacKenzie Fund for animals in need. Participating Clinics are: The Pet Hospital, Stone Hill Veterinary Clinics, Nineteen Mile Veterinary Clinic, Riversbend Animal Hospital, Pleasant View Animal Clinic and Country Veterinary Services.

March 4, 2013 at 6:30 pm we will be holding our Riley MacKenzie Fund Saving Paws “Hands Helping Paws”. At the Blue Cow Cafe in Big Rapids, Michigan. Unique Quilted, knit, baskets and more will be featured for the silent auction. Items up for bid will soon be listed on our Facebook page. Come join us for beer, wine and appetizers! If you have a donation feel free to email us and we will be happy to pick it up. We raised $3632.00

April 13 & 14 Casino trip for Fun and Fur! We will leave on the bus from the Reed City on the morning of the 13th and be back the evening of the 14th. Visiting Casino’s up North and staying overnight in SS Marie. Cost includes lodging and is $150.00 per person. All proceeds benefit the Riley MacKenzie Fund. Contact us for details.

Dinner with your dogs on the Patio at the Sawmill Bar the first Sunday evening of each month May-September 2013 at 6:00 pm. All well behaved dogs on leash are welcome. Please join us!

May 4, 2013 Riley MacKenzie Fund Saving Paws Walk in Big Rapids, Michigan at 10:00am on Rails to Trails next to the Sawmill Bar. Join us with you dog for a great time walking and raising money to help animals in need! We raised $2478.00 to help animals in need!

October 5, 2013 Riley MacKenzie Fund Saving Paws Third Anniversary Celebration with Classic Rock Band Free Flight in Big Rapids at the Eagles Club #2535, we raised over $4000.00

December 2013 Pet Photos with Santa December 7 in Big Rapids at Tractor Supply from 9:00 to 11:00 and in Reed City at Family Farm and Home from 2:00 to 4:00. We raised $430.00

Mid November to Christmas 2013 stop in at Patterson’s Flowers in Big Rapids and donate pet food under the “Giving Tree” for Riley MacKenzie Fund to distribute through the Manna Pantry.

December 4th from 7-8 pm at Ferris State University’s Flight Library and December 10th at Ferris State University’s West Commons Campus Center our Therapy Dogs will visit university students during final exam times to help reduce stress.

Look for us at local parades with a rainbow of well trained dogs and their proud handlers!

Look what we did in 2012!

We are thrilled to have helped 359 animals in need (195 of these were spays and neuters) and provided thousands of pounds of food to animals in need!

2012 Kids come read to our Therapy Dogs at the Big Rapids Public Library! Every month all year on the third Wednesday of each month from 6:30pm to 7:30pm!

Dog Obedience Classes start February 21, May 1, August 28, October 16. Therapy Dog Preperation Classes start May 3 and August 30. Class sessions are 6 weeks, all funds raised help animals in need, please email us for a flyer to pre-register.

Riley MacKenzie Fund Saving Paws “Have a Heart” Fundraiser in February 2012. Purchase a heart at Big Rapids and Reed City Businesses for $1.00 to support animals in need. Thank you, at this event we raised $652.00!


February 2012 all month! Spay/Neuter Clinic sponsored by the Riley MacKenzie Fund for animals in need. Participating Clinics are: The Pet Hospital, Stone Hill Veterinary Clinics, Nineteen Mile Veterinary Clinic, Riversbend Animal Hospital, Pleasant View Animal Clinic and Country Veterinary Services.

March 5, 2012 at 7:00 pm we will be holding our Riley MacKenzie Fund Saving Paws “Hands Helping Paws”. At the Blue Cow Cafe in Big Rapids, Michigan. Unique Quilted, knit, baskets and more will be featured for the silent auction. Items up for bid will soon be listed on our Facebook page. Come join us for beer, wine and appetizers! If you have a donation feel free to email us and we will be happy to pick it up. Many thanks! We raised $4788.00!

March is reading month! Many thanks to Brookside Elementary School for raising $494.87 during their Paws For Reading event!

Dinner with your dogs on the Patio at the Sawmill Bar the first Sunday evening of each month (Summer) during 2012 at 6:00 pm. May 6, June 3, July 1, August 5, September 2. All well behaved dogs on leash are welcome. Please join us!

May 5, 2012 Riley MacKenzie Fund Saving Paws Walk in Big Rapids, Michigan at 10:00am on Rails to Trails next to the Sawmill Bar. Join us iwith you dog for a great time walking and raising money to help animals in need! Many thanks we raised $2838.00!

May 19, 2012 from 6:00 - 7:00 pm - Hope for Hailey Benifit at Reed City High School. RMF Therapy Dogs will have a kissing booth! Great kisses from the dogs to raise money for Hailey, a little girl with cancer. Please come and get all the kisses you like for $1.00

July 28, 2012 Patty and Todd Armstrong’s 25th Wedding Anniversary Party at Torch Lake, benifit to help animals in need. Many thanks we raised $1,198.00!

October 6, 2012 Riley MacKenzie Fund Saving Paws Third Anniversary Celebration with Classic Rock Band Free Flight in Big Rapids at the Eagles Club #2535. We raised $4172.00

November, 2012 with Mecosta County Community Foundation we raised $18,909.33

December 1 Pictures with Santa at Tractor Supply in Big Rapids from 10:00 to 2:00 we raised $368.00.
Decmeber 8 Pictures with Santa at Family Farm and Home in Reed City from 11:00 to 2:00 we raised $315.00.

Look for us at local parades with a rainbow of well trained dogs and their proud handlers!

Look what we did in 2011!

2011 Winner of the Michigan Veterinary Medical Association Community Service Award

We are thrilled to have helped 232 animals in need (128 of these were spays and neuters) and provided over 5000 pounds of food to animals in need!

Riley MacKenzie Fund Saving Paws “Have a Heart” Fundraiser in February 2011. Purchase a heart at Big Rapids and Reed City Businesses for $1.00 to support animals in need. Thank you, at this event we raised $647.00!

March 7, 2011 at 7:00 pm we will be holding our Riley MacKenzie Fund Saving Paws “Hands Helping Paws”. At the Blue Cow Cafe in Big Rapids, Michigan. Unique Quilted, knit, baskets and more will be featured for the silent auction. Check out the items up for bid now listed on our Facebook page. Come join us for beer, wine and appetizers! Thank you, at this event we raised $4129.00!

March 2011 all month! Spay/Neuter Clinic sponsored by the Riley MacKenzie Fund for animals in need. Participating Clinics are: The Pet Hospital, Stone Hill Veterinary Clinics, Nineteen Mile Veterinary Clinic, Riversbend Animal Hospital, Pleasant View Animal Clinic and Country Veterinary Services. Over 75 animals were altered!

May 14, 2011 Riley MacKenzie Fund Saving Paws Walk in Big Rapids, Michigan. Join us with you dog for a great time walking and raising money to help animals in need! Thank you, at this event we raised $3700.00

June 5, 2011 at 5:30. Dinner with your dog at the Sawmill Saloon in Big Rapids!

July 14, 2011 all children are invited to the Big Rapids Public Library to read to our Therapy Dogs at 2:00 pm.

July 16, 2011 Saturday from 2:00pm to 4:00pm join us at the Blue Cow Cafe in Big Rapids for “Pets on the Patio”! Bring your dog downtown during sidewalk days. You can both have a drink and relax and have fun with friends.

July 21 & 28, 2011 Riley MacKenzie Fund Therapy Dogs visit kids at Rose Lake Youth Camp! At 11:00 am we will be having lots of fun with campers!

August 7, 2011 at 5:30. Dinner with your dog at the Sawmill Saloon in Big Rapids!

August 11, 2011 all children are invited to the Big Rapids Public Library to read to our Therapy Dogs at 2:00 pm.

August 20, 2011 our annual fundraiser at P & J Plantiques! Please save your stuff to donate to the yard sale. Food, fun, and Jeffery at the Auction Gavel! Thanks to Jeffery and Patrick and a host of volunteers we raised $2300.00 to help animals!

October 22, 2011 Riley MacKenzie Fund Saving Paws Second Anniversary Celebration with Classic Rock Band Free Flight in Big Rapids at the Eagles Club #2535. We raised $3002.00!

October 29, 2011 Trick or Treat for Pet Food Drive at Big Rapids Public Safety from 10-2. Enter to win a gift basket if you bring us pet or people food and 1st and 2nd prize for best dressed pet!

November 3, 2011 Match Day at the Big Rapids Holiday Inn from 11-7pm. Come see us with our Therapy Dogs! We raised $14158.00!!! Many thanks to all donors and the Mecosta County Community Foundation.

November 12, 2011 Ferris State University Football Dawgs team up with the Riley MacKenzie Fund to help dogs and cats! Join us as we are privileged to be a part of the last home Bulldog Football game of the season in Big Rapids. All well mannered dogs on leash are invited to bring their people to this special event!

November 19, 2011 See us in the Lighted parade in Big Rapids at 6:00 pm. Our Therapy Dogs will be ready for fun!

November 26, 2011 See us in the parade with our Therapy Dogs in Reed City at 1:00 pm, Christmas is coming!

Look what we did in 2010!

We are please to have helped 122 animals in need during 2010 our first year! We have also donated over 1500 pounds of dog and cat food in the Big Rapids area for animals in need.