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.
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2015 GLAWC REGISTRATION UPDATE: Act fast! Only a handful of spots left!
We are thrilled to report that with two weeks to go before the 2015 Great Lakes Animal Welfare Conference, there are fewer than 25 spots left! If you are interested in attending this fun and informative two-day conference at the beautiful FireKeepers Hotel & Casino featuring excellent speakers and sessions on a wide array of topics, including Adoptions, Companion Animals, Shelter Medicine, Community Outreach, Field Services, Fundraising, Operations, Leadership, Public Relations, and Legislation, please register TODAY! Online registration is available at https://www.messageblocks.com/mpaw-maaco-great-lakes-animal-welfare-conference
The conference will sell out very soon, so please ACT NOW!
GLAWC Speaker Feature: Dr. James Averill Presenting an “Update from the MDARD Animal Industry Division”
Dr. James Averill has served as the State Veterinarian within the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development’s (MDARD) Animal Industry Division since June 9, 2013. The State Veterinarian is Michigan’s chief of regulatory veterinary medicine. He oversees disease surveillance, prevention, and response impacting the state’s multi-billion dollar animal agriculture sector. Dr. Averill began working for MDARD in 2009 as the Bovine Tuberculosis Program Coordinator and became Division Director in 2011.
Dr. Averill was born and raised in Maine on a dairy and sheep farm. He came to Michigan to attend Michigan State University, where he received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Ph.D. degrees.
As part of its animal health mission, MDARD’s State Veterinarian and its Animal Industry Division work closely with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Veterinary Services and Wildlife Services and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, as well as other state and federal agencies, private practice veterinarians, and local law enforcement.
Dr. Averill will provide an update on companion animal reportable diseases, with a focus on canine influenza. He will also share best practices regarding animal shelter regulations and protecting animal and human health in a shelter setting.
To register for the conference go to: https://www.messageblocks.com/mpaw-maaco-great-lakes-animal-welfare-conference
GLAWC Speaker Feature: Dr. Roger Haston Presenting the Keynote Address on “Celebrating 50 Years of the Five Freedoms: A Critical Look at Metrics for Success” and also “Beyond Labels: Understanding the Drivers of Success”
Dr. Haston grew up in Northern California enjoying the beautiful redwood forests and Pacific Ocean with the family dog, Sebastian La Wrinkle – a basset hound. He received a Ph.D. in geophysics from the University of California Santa Barbara and an MBA in finance from Rice University.
After working for Amoco and Arco in Houston, Dr. Haston moved to Colorado in 1998 where he started and grew a successful business in geophysical data processing. He had a strong desire to give back to the community and became involved with Humane Society of Boulder Valley as a volunteer, board member, and board chair. He also worked with both for-profit and non-profit organizations on strategy and leadership development with a strong focus on creating mission-driven organizations.
His passion for helping animals continued to grow, and in 2012, he committed himself full time to animal welfare and took over as Executive Director at the Animal Assistance Foundation, where he has merged his passion for science, business, and people to help the animals of Colorado and beyond. He also serves on the boards of PetAid Colorado, Colorado Pet Overpopulation Fund, Emancipet, Animal Grant Makers, and Shelter Animals Count.
As the GLAWC keynote speaker, Dr. Haston will examine the progress of animal welfare in the U.S. with a focus on the Five Freedoms. In his breakout session, Dr. Haston will discuss why live release rate alone is insufficient to measure the success of a shelter’s or community’s performance.
To register for the conference, please go to: https://www.messageblocks.com/mpaw-maaco-great-lakes-animal-welfare-conference
GLAWC ALERT: Time and space are running out fast!!!
Hurry and register now. We have about 50 spots left before we max out at 400 attendees!!! We are going to sell out!! The following sessions are already closed: Day Long Large Animal Cruelty Investigation and Handling, Michigan Animal Welfare Grant (How to), and Animal Decontamination. To register, please go to: https://www.messageblocks.com/mpaw-maaco-great-lakes-animal-welfare-conference.
Contact JMartin@michiganhumane.org or 313-262-4034 with questions.
GLAWC Speaker Feature: Karen Owens, M.Ed. CPDT-KA Presenting “Environmental Enrichment for Shelter Dogs”
Karen Owens brings 15 years of professional dog training experience to her work with shelter dogs. Prior to working with shelter dogs, Karen ran her own business and volunteered for paws4people™, training and placing service dogs with individuals affected by PTSD. She is the lead trainer at Charlotte Mecklenburg Animal Care and Control, where she has successfully implemented the Train to Adopt program and leads numerous outreach programs within the shelter community. Learn more about the Train to Adopt program, which is designed to create shelters that are committed to the behavioral, emotional, and mental health of the dogs in their care, from intake through their journey to their forever home, providing good quality of life to enhance their chance for adoption, lower length of stay, and decrease their chances for return. Karen will be working with dogs provided for demonstration by the Humane Society of South Central Michigan. Register online for the conference and Karen’s session at https://www.messageblocks.com/mpaw-maaco-great-lakes-animal-welfare-conference.
2015 GLAWC REGISTRATION UPDATE!
We are thrilled to report that with just a month to go before the conference, almost three quarters of the available spots at the 2015 Great Lakes Animal Welfare Conference have been taken! If you haven’t registered yet, please do so as soon as possible! We fully expect the conference to sell out again this year. Some of the sessions have already reached capacity, so please act now for best session availability.
Our room block at FireKeepers Hotel and Casino has sold out for Monday, October 19. We still have rooms in our room block at FireKeepers on Sunday, October 18. We have a limited number of rooms still available in our room block at the Quality Inn next door to FireKeepers for Sunday, October 18 and Monday, October 19. The remaining room blocks at both hotels will likely sell out soon. The rates and rooms available through the blocks, if they don’t sell out, are only valid through October 3. Please make your hotel reservations now!
We look forward to seeing you at the conference!
Job Posting: Executive Director Al-Van Humane Society
Al-Van Humane Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in a beautiful lakefront community in southwest Michigan. We seek a charismatic individual who is strongly committed to the no-kill philosophy and ready to lead Al-Van Humane Society to achieve its mission “to compassionately serve the companion animals in our community by providing the best shelter, adoptive homes, education and resources available.”
Responsibilities: work with the Board of Directors to develop and implement shelter policies; oversee shelter operations, budget, and financial management; increase revenues and diversify funding; serve as primary grant writer; represent the shelter to our community.
Qualifications: At least 3 years of experience in administrative, financial and staff management in a humane animal environment; Bachelor’s Degree or higher, with a degree in Business Administration, Public Administration and/or Animal Science preferred; ability to develop and manage budget and database; grant writing experience; exceptional organizational, communication and customer service skills; calm and professional demeanor.
Salary commensurate with experience. Please send resume and cover letter with salary requirements to Tim Kotas at email@example.com. Closing date: November 30, 2015.
GLAWC Speaker Feature: Dr. Shirene Cece presenting “Shelter Disease Outbreaks” & facilitating the “Shelter Medicine Roundtable”
Dr. Cece is MHS’ Director of Shelter Medicine. She has been with MHS for 30 years, and she has worked closely with the MHS cruelty department and has been an expert witness in many cruelty and dog fighting cases. She has lectured at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine and for local law enforcement and animal control. She has special training in euthanasia and veterinary forensic science. Dr. Cece’s presentation, “Shelter Disease Outbreaks: What to do When the Worst Crops Up” will cover how to lessen the chances of a disease outbreak, recognize it if it happens, and detail the steps that should be taken to minimize its impact, including diagnosis, testing, isolation, quarantine, and clean break. Dr. Cece will also facilitate a roundtable discussion for veterinarians on Shelter Medicine. (The roundtable discussion is limited to the first 20 veterinarians who sign up, so if you are a vet attending the conference, please register and sign up for this session right away!) Online registration is available at https://www.messageblocks.com/mpaw-maaco-great-lakes-animal-welfare-conference
GLAWC Session Announcement: “Relationship Between Medical Problems and Behavior in Dogs and Cats,” presented by Valarie V. Tynes, DVM, DACVB
Dr. Valarie Tynes is a 1987 graduate of Texas A&M University. She worked in private practice for 14 years before returning to academia to pursue a residency in clinical animal behavior at the University of California at Davis in 2000. Her special interests are the behavior and welfare of pet pigs, exotic pets, and zoo animals. She is a frequent speaker at veterinary meetings around the country and author of numerous scholarly articles and textbook chapters. She is the editor of The Behavior of Exotic Pets and co-editor of the Behavior issue of the Veterinary Clinics of North America – Small Animal Clinics released in May 2014. She is a veterinary services specialist for Ceva Animal Health, providing behavior education, training, and technical support to the sales force as well as lectures and presentations to veterinarians in the field. She also provides consulting services to zoos and veterinarians. Dr. Tynes will be speaking on the “Relationship Between Medical Problems and Behavior in Dogs and Cats.” Learn the behavioral signs of illlness common to dogs and cats and explore the complex relationship between medical problems and behavioral health. Register for the conference and sign up for this session today at https://www.messageblocks.com/mpaw-maaco-great-lakes-animal-welfare-conference