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Welcome to the Michigan Partnership for Animal Welfare!

MPAW provides individuals working for animals with an opportunity to learn, share their knowledge, and collaborate on statewide initiatives. Together we give animals in Michigan a stronger voice and a better chance.

 

Hurry!! Spaces Still Available for the UP MPAW-MAACO Animal Care Workshops, July 19 and 21

Hurry!! Spaces Still Available for the UP MPAW-MAACO Animal Care Workshops, July 19 and 21

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These workshops are generously underwritten by The Kenneth A. Scott Trust, A KeyBank Trust.

****July 19 Iron Mountain Animal Care Workshop — Register HERE
Hosted by Almost Home Animal Rescue
Located at Bay College West, 2801 North US 2, Iron Mountain, MI 49801, 906-774-8547
9:30 AM – 10:00 AM: Welcome and Intro (including MAACO Introduction)
10:00 -11:30 AM: Cruelty complaint handling for orgs without investigators roundtable (Andy Seltz, Dr. Shirene Cece)
11:30- 11:45 AM BREAK
11:45 – 1:15 Lunch & discussion– Sanitation and Compassionate Care in the Animal Care Facility Environment
1:15 – 2:45 PM1a: Setting up & Enforcing Protocols (Andy Seltz)
PM2c: What’s New Pussy Cat? Latest Shelter Medicine Recommendations (Dr. Shirene Cece)
2:45-3:00 BREAK
3:00-4:30 PM1c: In- Shelter Behavior (Sarah Pustulka)
PM2d: Vaccine Protocols & Tummy Troubles (Dr. Shirene Cece)
4:30 Surveys, certificates, thank you & good bye
Register HERE

****July 21 St Ignace Animal Care Workshop — Register HERE
Hosted by Mackinac County Animal Shelter
Located at Little Bear Ice Arena, 275 Marquette St, St Ignace, MI 49781, (906) 643-6081
9:30 – 10:00 AM: Welcome and Intro (including MAACO Introduction)
10:00 -11:30 AM: Livestock & Horse Cruelty Investigations (Andy Seltz)
11:30- 11:45 AM BREAK
11:45 – 1:15 Lunch & discussion– Sanitation and Compassionate Care in the Animal Care Facility Environment
1:15 – 2:45 PM1a: Setting up & Enforcing Protocols (Andy Seltz)
PM2b: What’s New Pussy Cat? Latest Shelter Medicine Recommendations (Dr. Shirene Cece)
2:45-3:00 BREAK
3:00-4:30 PM1c: In-Shelter Behavior (Sarah Pustulka)
PM2d: Tummy Troubles (Dr. Shirene Cece)
4:30 Surveys, certificates, thank you & good bye
Register HERE

MPAW Hosts Detroit Vet To Vet Round Table June 29, Sponsored by Zoetis

MPAW Hosts Detroit Vet To Vet Round Table June 29, Sponsored by Zoetis

ATTENTION PRIVATE PRACTICE VETERINARIANS

Please Join Us For: Shelter Medicine for the Private Practitioner

You are cordially invited to an informative discussion over dinner with Dr. Shirene CeCe, Director of Shelter Medicine, Michigan Humane Society.

Topics include but are not limited to, current trends in: shelter and rescue disease prevention and management, forensic medicine, capacity for care and sterilization.

For veterinarians who guide/assist animal shelters or rescue groups in South East Michigan or want to learn more about the practice.

Wednesday, June 29 at 6:30 p.m. located in Greektown Detroit- Please RSVP for location.

Complimentary dinner hosted by the Michigan Partnership for Animal Welfare (MPAW).

This event is generously sponsored by Zoetis.

Please RSVP to Jaime Martin at 313.262.4034 or jmartin@michiganhumane.org by June 27, 2016.

Hurry- space is limited!

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June 30th MPAW-MAACO Animal Care Workshop Detroit

June 30 MPAW-MAACO Animal Care Workshop Detroit

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The MPAWMAACO Animal Care Workshops are a fantastic learning opportunity for students, volunteers, new staff and experienced employees alike.

All the sessions have been approved by MDARD for Animal Control Officer training hours.

Tracks have been designed to be geared specifically toward shelter medicine staff, those that work in the field and enriching the on site experience of shelter staff and animals.

Register HERE
Hosted by Detroit Animal Care and Control

Located at St John’s Episcopal Church, 2326 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201, (313) 962-7358

9:30 AM – 10:00 AM: Welcome and Intro

10:00 -11:30 AM: Cruelty complaint handling for orgs without investigators roundtable (Debby MacDonald, Andy Seltz, Dr. Shirene Cece) No investigators? No worries…this roundtable discussion will provide insight on how to efficiently and effectively secure animal cruelty investigations through the use of pre-existing resources. Why a vet is important to cruelty cases and what can a vet do for the investigation. Resources are available. We will discuss how to make them work for you.

11:30- 11:45 AM BREAK

11:45 – 1:15 Lunch & discussion:

  • MACCO Presentation
  • Waging War on Disease (Dr. Shirene Cece) We will touch on Shelter risk factors, Vaccination, Cleaning/disinfection, Protocols, Stress reduction & Disease outbreaks.

1:15 – 2:45

PM1a: Setting up & Enforcing Protocols (Andy Seltz) Protocols are an essential factor in all successful organizations and allow for continuity of operations across all tasks. This class will review the identification of need, creation, implementation and overall enforcement of organizational protocols.

PM2b: What’s New Pussy Cat? Latest Shelter Medicine Recommendations (Dr. Shirene Cece)  What are the latest in shelter recommendations including sheltering trends, new medications, new testing and emerging diseases?  Some of the important things that haven’t changed will be touched upon.

2:45-3:00 BREAK

3:00-4:30

PM1c: In-Shelter Behavior (Sarah Pustulka) The different personalities and various experiences of an individual dog contribute to some of the common behaviors we see exhibited in the shelter. Some dogs are outgoing with no manners while others are fearful and overwhelmed. Sarah will share the methods and techniques she has found to be most effective to improve some of the common behaviors we see in shelters. She will also discuss how positive reinforcement training can help every dog (and cat!) stay happier and healthier during their stay.

PM2d: General Physical Exams (Dr. Shirene Cece) How do we do a good physical exam without missing things?  What do we look for in a shelter intake exam and a pre adoption exam?

4:30 Surveys, certificates, thank you & good bye

Register HERE

Spots still available for MPAW-MAACO Trainings May 17th, Mt Pleasant and May 19th, Port Huron

Spots still available for MPAW-MAACO Trainings May 17th, Mt Pleasant and May 19th, Port Huron

JOIN YOUR COLLEAGUES in the field of animal welfare this spring & summer for these engaging and enlightening day-long seminars co-presented by MPAW and MAACO! Each one is different, but all feature shelter medicine and general animal welfare sessions. Network and get to know your neighboring agencies face-to-face for better collaboration and communication. Get up-to-date information to help you do the best job possible caring for animals in your community!

DETAILS: Lunch is included in the affordable registration fee ($20 for the first person from an organization; $10 for each additional from same organization) thanks to the generous sponsorship of the Kenneth A. Scott Charitable Trust, a KeyBank Trust.

***All Sessions Approved by the Michigan Department of Agriculture for ACO Training Hour Credit***

 

Tuesday, May 17: Mt. Pleasant(Central LP), Hosted by H.A.T.S. (Humane Animal Treatment Society)

REGISTER HERE

In-Shelter Behavior (Sarah Pustulka) – The different personalities and various experiences of an individual dog contribute to some of the common behaviors we see exhibited in the shelter. Some dogs are outgoing with no manners while others are fearful and overwhelmed. Sarah will share the methods and techniques she has found to be most effective to improve some of the common behaviors we see in shelters. She will also discuss how positive reinforcement training can help every dog (and cat!) stay happier and healthier during their stay.

Sanitation and Compassionate Care in the Animal Care Facility Environment (Janet Ferritto)– Review of factors affecting disease outbreaks, causative organisms, sanitation and disinfectants while improving animal experiences, understanding the impact employee attitudes can have on animal health including strategies to improve/update care and handling of animals.

Dog & Cat Cruelty Investigation Roundtable (Debby MacDonald, Dr. Shirene Cece & Andy Seltz) –  We see it all too often, dogs and cats unnecessarily suffering due to acts of cruelty and neglect. This roundtable discussion will provide insight to effective cruelty investigations. Insight into investigations will be provided by 3 unique perspectives; veterinary, non-profit and municipal.

Setting up & Enforcing Protocols (Andy Seltz) – Protocols are an essential factor in all successful organizations and allow for continuity of operations across all tasks. This class will review the identification of need, creation, implementation and overall enforcement of organizational protocols.

What’s New Pussy Cat? (Dr. Cece) – What are the latest in shelter recommendations including sheltering trends, new medications, new testing and emerging diseases?  Some of the important things that haven’t changed will be touched upon.

Skin Diseases in the Shelter (Dr. Cece) – What are the common skin disorders that we see in the shelter? Clues to what could be causing hair loss and itching will be discussed along with testing and newer treatments that are available.

 

Thursday, May 19: Port Huron(Thumb), Hosted by Blue Water Area Humane Society

REGISTER HERE

Overlooked Pets (Sarah Pustulka)- What makes a pet “overlooked” and how can we help find them homes faster?  Helping difficult to place animals find their “furever” home can be challenging. It is also important that these animals stay happy and healthy during their potential longer stay in the shelter.  Sarah will share ideas of what we can do to promote these animals and what we can do to help enrich their lives during their stay at the shelter.

Cruelty Investigation for Orgs without Investigators Roundtable (Debby MacDonald, Dr. Shirene Cece & Andy Seltz) –   No investigators? No worries…this roundtable discussion will provide insight on how to efficiently and effectively secure animal cruelty investigations through the use of pre-existing resources. Resources are available, we will discuss how to make them work for you.

Sanitation and Compassionate Care in the Animal Care Facility Environment (Janet Ferritto)– Review of factors affecting disease outbreaks, causative organisms, sanitation and disinfectants while improving animal experiences, understanding the impact employee attitudes can have on animal health including strategies to improve/update care and handling of animals.

Dog Personality (Sarah Pustulka)- What is temperament testing and why do we do it? Getting to know the personality of a dog is an important part of matching them with an adopter.  Sarah will share the “right ways” and “wrong ways” to perform techniques used in assessing personalities.  She will also discuss the importance of order and consistency when performing the techniques.

What’s New Pussy Cat? (Dr. Cece) – What are the latest in shelter recommendations including sheltering trends, new medications, new testing and emerging diseases?  Some of the important things that haven’t changed will be touched upon.

General Physical Exams (Dr. Cece) – How do we do a good physical exam without missing things?  What do we look for in a shelter intake exam and a pre adoption exam?

Online registration preferred but it is understood that some organizations must pay by check. If you fall under this circumstance, please contact Jaime Martin at 313-262-4034.

Shelter Medicine for the Private Practitioner

Shelter Medicine for the Private Practitioner

Attention all private practice veterinarians – you are cordially invited to an informative discussion over dinner with Dr. Shirene CeCe, Director of Shelter Medicine, Michigan Humane Society.

Topics include but are not limited to, current trends in: shelter and rescue disease prevention and management, forensic medicine, capacity for care and sterilization.

****For veterinarians who guide/assist animal shelters or rescue groups in Michigan and one member of their staff.

Complimentary dinner hosted by the Michigan Partnership for Animal Welfare (MPAW).

This event is generously sponsored by Merck Animal Health.

  • Mt. Pleasant – Monday, May 16 at 6:30 p.m. RSVP by May 2
  • Port Huron – Wednesday, May 18 at 6:30 p.m. RSVP by May 4
  • Detroit – Wednesday, June 29 at 6:30 p.m. RSVP by June 5
  • Iron Mountain – Monday, July 18 at 6:30 p.m. RSVP by July 6
  • St Ignace – Wednesday, July 20 at 6:30 p.m. RSVP by July 6

Please RSVP to Jaime Martin at 313.262.4034

***Please share with your local veterinarian.***

2016 MPAW-MAACO Animal Care Workshops Announced

2016 MPAW-MAACO Animal Care Workshops Announced

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JOIN YOUR COLLEAGUES in the field of animal welfare this spring & summer for these engaging and enlightening day-long seminars co-presented by MPAW and MAACO! Each one is different, but all feature shelter medicine and general animal welfare sessions. Network and get to know your neighboring agencies face-to-face for better collaboration and communication. Get up-to-date information to help you do the best job possible caring for animals in your community!

DETAILS: Lunch is included in the affordable registration fee ($20 for the first person from an organization; $10 for each additional from same organization) thanks to the generous sponsorship of the Kenneth A. Scott Charitable Trust, a KeyBank Trust.

***All Sessions Approved by the Michigan Department of Agriculture for ACO Training Hour Credit***

Five locations (click to see class schedule and to register):

Tuesday, May 17: Mt. Pleasant(Central LP), Hosted by H.A.T.S. (Humane Animal Treatment Society)

Thursday, May 19: Port Huron(Thumb), Hosted by Blue Water Area Humane Society

Thursday, June 30: Detroit(Southeast), Hosted by Detroit Animal Care & Control

Tuesday, July 19: Iron Mountain(Central UP), Hosted by Almost Home Animal Shelter

Thursday, July 21: St Ignace(Lower UP), Hosted by Mackinac County Animal Shelter

Choose to attend one or all!

Online registration preferred but it is understood that some organizations must pay by check. If you fall under this circumstance, please contact Jaime Martin at 313-262-4034.

ASPCA Cornell Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Conference – BeeBee Appel Travel Scholarship Opens April 4th

ASPCA Cornell Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Conference – BeeBee Appel Travel Scholarship Opens April 4th

The Request for Proposals (RFP) for the BeeBee Appel travel scholarship for the 2016 ASPCA Cornell Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Conference is available for your review. The RFP is limited to the first 25 applications. The application will open on April 4th at 10:00 AM Eastern Standard Time and will close April 8th at 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time (or sooner upon receipt of 25 applications).

Information on this scholarship is pasted below & available on our website: http://aspcapro.org/shelter-med-conference.

ASPCA BeeBee Appel Scholarship Program

Timeframe: Monday, April 4, 2016 at 10 am ET – Friday, April 8, 2016 at 5 pm ET (or until 25 proposals are received)
The ASPCA will be providing travel scholarships of up to $500 each to select organizations for the ASPCA Cornell Maddie’s® Shelter Medicine Conference to be held at Cornell University, July 29-31, 2016. This scholarship program is made in honor of Dr. Leslie Appel, founder and executive director of Shelter Outreach Services, and a champion of the field of shelter medicine. Dr. Appel requested that the scholarship program be named for her beloved adopted dog BeeBee.

This Request for Proposals (RFP) is limited to the first 25 applications. The application opens at 10 am ET on Monday, April 4, 2016, and closes at 5 pm ET on Friday, April 8, 2016 (or sooner upon receipt of 25 applications). You must apply through the online system.

Eligible Grantseekers
• Organization must be an established U.S.-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit or governmental organization in good standing with the Internal Revenue Service, AND
• Organization must be in good standing with the ASPCA, including no overdue requirements from previous grants
• Grants will only be made to organizations – not to individuals

Eligible Costs
The grant, if awarded, may only go toward travel, local transportation, and hotel costs. It may not go toward conference registration costs or meals.

How to Apply
Please fill out and submit the short online application: https://www.GrantRequest.com/SID_900?SA=SNA&FID=35203

• Application will open on Monday, April 4, 2016 at 10 am ET.
• Application will close on Friday, April 8, 2016 at 5 pm ET, or upon receipt of 25 applications, whichever is sooner.
• If you try accessing this application before or after this window, you will get an error message.

Funding decisions are expected to be made by May 6, 2016.

Questions
For questions about this program or about the conference, please contact Erin.Earley@aspca.org. For application submission inquiries/technical difficulties, please contact the ASPCA Grants team.

Michigan’s Animal Welfare Fund: Saving Animals, One Tax Return at a Time

Michigan’s Animal Welfare Fund: Saving Animals, One Tax Return at a Time

Between 2010 and 2016, Michigan shelters have received 119 different grants totaling $904,541. Every one of those dollars is from the Animal Welfare Fund (AWF), a pool of money that allows taxpayers to make a voluntary contribution when filing state income tax returns.

The AWF is administered by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, which awards grants annually to the state’s animal shelters. The grants are used for spay/neuter programs for dogs and cats; anti-cruelty and proper care programs; and equipment and anti-cruelty training for animal shelters.

Attorneys for Animals (AFA), a Michigan nonprofit, is working to increase awareness of – and donations to – Michigan’s Animal Welfare Fund. We need your help in publicizing the AWF and we’ve made it easy for you and your organization to participate!

Each dollar contributed to the AWF is used to fund these projects. Therefore, the more people know about it, the more they will contribute, and the more animals (and shelters) will be helped. As the attached flier illustrates, it’s as easy as “1,2,3” to contribute to the AWF.

That’s where you come in.

AFA has developed fliers and brochures publicizing the fund and is making them available to shelters, rescues, veterinarians, and others to post at shelters and businesses; and to use on websites and in social media posts. We’ll promote your shelter or rescue, too, if you provide us with stories and pictures about how you’ve used the AWF, or how you’re publicizing it to your supporters.

Here’s how you can participate in the AWF project this tax season (now through tax day, April 18, 2016):
• Files for all of our materials are available for download, free of charge, at our website: http://www.attorneysforanimals.org/michigan-animal-welfare-fund. There’s even a file to make a poster-sized flier (18×24” or 24×36”) for an even bigger impact. These materials may be printed and handed out, or used in electronic format on your website, e-newsletters and social media platforms. (Note that AFA does not pay for the printing costs).

• “Like” and “Follow” Attorneys for Animals’ social media sites, and share our AWF posts on your own site. We’ll feature your shelter or rescue in our posts, so send us stories and pictures, especially if they relate to the AWF. Here are the links:
o FaceBook, https://www.facebook.com/AttorneysForAnimals/?fref=ts
o Twitter, https://twitter.com/Attys4Animals
o Instagram, https://www.instagram.com/attorneysforanimals/
o Linked In, https://www.linkedin.com/groups/8404998

• Periscope broadcasting: this is a fairly new form of social media technology, similar to a live TV station that comes right to your smart phone. With the Periscope app, you can make video recordings and broadcast them. AFA can assist you in setting it up by providing a quick tutorial and login information. You can then broadcast to your supporters; and we would put it on our site (hopefully, your video would include a “plug” for the Animal Welfare Fund, as well as showing off your animals, your organization and upcoming events).

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ANIMAL EUTHANASIA-BY-INJECTION COURSE

ANIMAL EUTHANASIA-BY-INJECTION COURSE
March 6 and 20, 2016 in Detroit, Michigan

The delivery of painless and humane death is a great responsibility to those who must do it. There can be no confusion or uncertainty that the euthanasia technician’s first (primary) responsibility is to the animal; to assure that the animal is treated with compassion and respect, no matter what. The purpose of this Euthanasia-by-Injection workshop is to teach, encourage and model this primary purpose. It is sponsored by the Detroit Animal Care and Control.

WHEN: Sunday, March 6 and Sunday March 20 from 9:00 a.m. to 4 both days.

WHERE : Detroit Animal Care and Control, 3511 W Jefferson., Detroit, MI 48216

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
Dr. Cathy Anderson, a Michigan licensed veterinarian who specialize in shelter medicine, will teach the two-day workshop for staff of Michigan registered animal shelters. Topics covered will include: understanding how euthanasia drugs work, calculating dosages, humane restraint techniques, appropriate administration, managing euthanasia related compassion stress, etc. This training meets and exceeds the minimum requirement for euthanasia technician training as outlined in Michigan law (Public Health Code Act 738 Section 733). NOTE: This course does NOT require participants to euthanize an animal. Additional practice under the direction of a veterinarian is strongly recommended before applying for certification.

FEE: $150 per person includes two full days of instruction, workbook, additional materials and supplies, the final written exam (mandatory for certification), and a certificate of completion. Course fee does NOT include: travel, lodging, meals. Fee must be paid in advance by check. No refunds after March 1, 2016.

REGISTRATION: Contact Melissa Miller, Director Detroit Animal Care and Control:
313 268-6844 or MillerMel@detroitmi.gov

MPAW REGIONAL TRAININGS TOPIC AND LOCATION SURVEY

MPAW REGIONAL TRAININGS TOPIC AND LOCATION SURVEY

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Happy 2016! With the New Year, there come new training opportunities for you and your organization through MPAW’s Regional Trainings, underwritten by the generous support of the Kenneth A. Scott Charitable Trust, a KeyBank Trust. In an effort to make sure our attendees are getting the types of training they need most, we ask you to take the time to fill out the following survey:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CB7SKJP

It should only take about 3-5 minutes of your time but the feedback we get is invaluable.

Thank you for all that you do!

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