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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.

 

Tickets Still Available for the Great Lakes Animal Welfare Conference Oct. 24 & 25

Tickets Still Available for the Great Lakes Animal Welfare Conference Oct. 24 & 25

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Time is running out to get your ticket for the 2016 Great Lakes Animal Welfare Conference! The region’s best opportunity for animal advocates to learn, share, and network is coming up fast, and you don’t want to miss it! This year’s keynote speaker is Dr. Kate Hurley, who will talk about her career in animal welfare, starting as an ACO and then becoming a veterinarian and the world’s first shelter medicine resident. She will also present two sessions on the Million Cat Challenge, which has already saved almost a half million cats! Other speakers include:
● Dr. Shirene Cece, Michigan Humane Society, talking about skin diseases in the shelter
● Phil Seibert, CVT, Safety Vet, providing a session on regulatory compliance as well as a session on risk management
● Rob Leinberger, NACA President, discussing going from compassion fatigue to job satisfaction
● Vicki Deisner, ASPCA, presenting on regional legislation and national trends in animal welfare
In addition to the more than 30 educational sessions, there will be a trade show, great meals (with an improved menu this year!), and opportunities to relax and socialize with fellow animal welfare professionals.
We are quickly on our way to another sellout year, so please buy your ticket today and plan to join us October 24 and 25 at FireKeepers Casino Hotel in Battle Creek, Michigan!

To Register Go To:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/great-lakes-animal-welfare-conference-tickets-26787879268

GLAWC Speaker Feature: Pamela Hill Presenting on “Cat Elimination 101: or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Litterbox”

GLAWC Speaker Feature: Pamela Hill Presenting on “Cat Elimination 101: or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Litterbox”

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In this session, attendees will learn about cat elimination behavior and the problems that arise when what cats need conflicts with what humans desire. Attendees will acquire practical insights and tips on how to evaluate and address elimination issues that interfere with post-adoption success and drive cat owners to surrender. This session will also include a brief question and answer on this and other cat behavior issues that may impact adoption success.

Pamela Hill is a consultant with more than 15 years experience in the animal care industry. She began her career as an animal keeper and enrichment coordinator at the Endangered Wolf Center in St Louis, MO before moving on to Purina Petcare Company.

At Purina, Pam spent 8 years on the research and development campus leading the cat and dog reproduction, growth and behavior team; designing and implementing socialization and enrichment protocols; and executing cat litter trials and spending hundreds of video hours watching and analyzing cat elimination behavior. She then joined Purina’s pet welfare team where she spent another 7 years leading shelter marketing efforts and acting as the homed cat behavior advisor to several teams, including the Tidy Cats Litter brand, Purina PR, and Consumer Affairs. In addition to consulting with individual cat owners, Pam is on the Advisory Board to St. Louis County Animal Care and Control, is a cat behavior advisor to the Michigan Humane Society, and works with several other shelters around the country.

To register for the GLAWC or to find out about this and more sessions go to:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/great-lakes-animal-welfare-conference-tickets-26787879268

GLAWC Speaker Feature: Dave Pauli – Presenting: Wildlife Handling and Rehabilitation

GLAWC Speaker Feature: Dave Pauli – Presenting: Wildlife Handling and Rehabilitation

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More exotic animals and wildlife than ever are entering animal shelters and running loose in the community. This session will give you the tools that you need to safely and humanely capture and handle a variety of unusual animals and develop an appropriate plan to treat and release or rehome them.

Dave Pauli is the Senior Advisor -Wildlife Response & Policy at The Humane Society of the United States. He is the leader of the Wildlife Response Team working with government, private agencies or individuals to help wildlife in crisis. This includes disaster responses, wildlife hoarder/cruelty situations, contraceptive projects and chemical capture projects.

He assists the other HSUS wildlife programs like The Prairie Dog Coalition, Poaching, Prevention, Lead Free, Wildlife Abuse Campaign, and immunocontraceptive outreach.
Dave has authored chapters in both Wild Neighbors books and the National Animal Control Association training manual chapter on small animal capture and handling. Dave serves on a dozen internal, foundation, sanctuary, state committees, boards, or advisory groups.

Dave has rehabbed wildlife for 36 years and worked for The Humane Society/FFA for twenty-
three years in many capacities. Dave previously was an Animal Control Superintendent, a private
humane society director, and owned his own wildlife conflict resolution business.

His session is designed to be interactive and focused on your challenges and questions, so take advantage of this opportunity to get his expert advice on your issues!

For more information and to register for the conference click the link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/great-lakes-animal-welfare-conference-tickets-26787879268

 

GLAWC Speaker Feature: April Harris, Found Animals Foundation, Los Angeles, California

GLAWC Speaker Feature: April Harris, Found Animals Foundation, Los Angeles, California

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Hurry! Early Bird Registration ends TONIGHT!!! Friday, Sept 23 at midnight!!
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/great-lakes-animal-welfare-conference-tickets-26787879268

 

April Harris serves as Chief Program Officer for the Found Animals Foundation, a nonprofit geared toward reducing euthanasia through sustainable business models. She is responsible for several programs, including the Adopt & Shop retail adoption centers, the Kitten Foster Project, the Found Animals Microchip Registry and the Saving Pets Challenge.  April has more than 15 years’ experience improving outcomes for shelter pets, including developing and promoting best practices in animal welfare at Salt Lake County Animal Services, Best Friends Animal Society, and other nationally-recognized organizations. Her credits include implementing lifesaving cat, kitten, and pitbull terrier-focused programs, increasing revenue through grants and in-shelter retail and successfully negotiating animal ordinance updates in local municipalities.  April lives in Los Angeles, CA and is the proud mother of a pack of small rescue dogs. April’s session, entitled Data is Your Friend: Extracting and Analyzing Statistics, will Identify the most useful data to collect, where to find it, and how to analyze it to make your programs more effective.

 

Hurry! Early Bird Registration ends TONIGHT!!! Friday, Sept 23 at midnight!!
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/great-lakes-animal-welfare-conference-tickets-26787879268

GLAWC Speaker Feature: Dr. Cathy Anderson, Medical Director, Jackson County Animal Shelter

GLAWC Speaker Feature: Dr. Cathy Anderson, Medical Director, Jackson County Animal Shelter

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Dr. Anderson is a 1987 graduate of Michigan State University and completed a certificate in shelter medicine through University of Florida in 2013. She is currently working on her MS in Shelter Medicine through that veterinary school. She is a trainer for Euthanasia by Injection and Chemical Immobilization. She teaches in the Veterinary Technician program at Baker College as well as working in a private practice. She is the co-founder and president of Pixie’s Animal Welfare Society, an organization that works in conjunction with the Jackson County Animal Shelter to rehome companion animals. She serves on the Animal Welfare Committee and is the chairperson of the Legislative Committee of the Michigan Veterinary Medical Association. She speaks at the state and national level and offers workshops on Euthanasia by Injection, Tranquilization, compassion fatigue and standard operating procedures for shelters. She has written several articles on sheltering for the MVMA newsletter. Her session, Creating and Using Protocols and Certifying Competencies to Improve Animal Care and Outcomes, will focus on how to write a standard operating procedure (SOP) that is meaningful for your organization and how to use clinical competencies to effectively implement SOPs.

Hurry! Early Bird Registration ends Friday, Sept 23 at midnight!!
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/great-lakes-animal-welfare-conference-tickets-26787879268

GREAT NEWS!! Great Lakes Animal Welfare Conference Early Bird pricing extended for one week!!

GREAT NEWS!! Great Lakes Animal Welfare Conference

Early Bird pricing EXTENDED for one week!!

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 Due to high demand . . .the Early Bird pricing for the GLAWC has been extended until Midnight on Friday, Sept 23.
This is your absolute last chance to get early bird pricing – and may be your last chance to get tickets – because tickets are selling FAST – so hurry and get yourself registered as we are sure to sell out!!!!!
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/great-lakes-animal-welfare-conference-tickets-26787879268

GLAWC Speaker Feature: Rob Leinberger & Reminder Early Bird Special ends today – Sept 16 – at midnight

GLAWC Speaker Feature: Rob Leinberger & Reminder Early Bird Special ends today – Sept 16 – at midnight

GLAWC Speaker Feature: Rob Leinberger Presenting “From Compassion Fatigue to Job Satisfaction”

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Rob Leinberger is an Eagle Scout and worked as a veterinary assistant during high school. In December 1991, he became an Animal Control Officer for Chesterfield County, Virginia. Rob joined Richmond Animal Care & Control in January 2016 as the Animal Control Supervisor. He teaches an animal control basic course for new animal control officers in the region. Rob has an Associate’s Degree in Police Science and a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resource Management. In 2011, he completed a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management at the University of Richmond. In October 2009, he was elected to the board of directors for the Virginia Animal Control Association and currently serves as its President. In September 2012, Rob joined the board of directors for the National Animal Care & Control Association and currently serves as President. He understands that whether you’re in the field or in the shelter, compassion fatigue can be a polar vortex for animal welfare workers. His session will focus on how to turn compassion fatigue into job satisfaction in order to improve your lives and the animals’ lives.

For more info and to register go to:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/great-lakes-animal-welfare-conference-tickets-26787879268

Remember Early Bird Registration ends at midnight tonight!!!

2016 GLAWC Keynote Speaker: Dr. Kate Hurley

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2016 GLAWC Keynote Speaker: Dr. Kate Hurley

GLAWC Speaker Feature: Kate Hurley, DVM Presenting Keynote Address and Two Sessions Providing Updates on the Million Cat Challenge

Dr. Hurley began her career as an animal control officer in 1989 at the Santa Cruz SPCA, a private shelter providing field and sheltering services. She enjoyed the job more than she ever could have imagined, especially the opportunity to help people take better care of their pets and to protect animals every day. Becoming a veterinarian seemed a logical way to continue serving both pets and people, and after six years, she left the Santa Cruz SPCA to attend the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Hurley soon found she couldn’t tear herself away from shelter work, however, and after graduation from veterinary school in 1999, she immediately went to work as a shelter veterinarian. Dr. Hurley loved that job, too, but in 2001, she couldn’t resist the opportunity to return to UC Davis to become the first in the world to undertake a residency in Shelter Medicine. Following completion of the residency,
Dr. Hurley became the director of the UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program.

Two of Dr. Hurley’s proudest achievements are co-authoring the “Association of Shelter Veterinarians’ Guidelines for Standards of Care in Animal Shelters” and co-editing the textbook “Infectious Disease Management in Animal Shelters.” She also co-authored the first-ever vaccine guidelines specifically for shelter dogs and cats.

Most recently, in partnership with Dr. Julie Levy at the University of Florida Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program, she helped launch the Million Cat Challenge, a campaign to save one million cats in North American shelters over the five year period from 2014-2019.

Dr. Hurley’s research interests include welfare of confined dogs and cats, humane and effective strategies to manage community cats, and infectious disease (especially strategies for prevention). She will always love shelter work because it has the potential to improve the lives of so many animals and the people who work so hard to care for them.

For more information and to register for the Great Lakes Animal Welfare Conference go here:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/great-lakes-animal-welfare-conference-tickets-26787879268

HURRY!! GLAWC Scholarship Application Deadline Wednesday, Sept 7

HURRY!! GLAWC Scholarship Application Deadline Wednesday, Sept 7

REMINDER! Applications for scholarships for the Great Lakes Animal Welfare Conference are due on Wednesday, September 7 at 5:00 p.m. Information about the scholarship, including an application, may be found at www.michiganhumane.org/GLAWC. Thanks to our generous sponsors, we have a number of scholarships to award, so please submit your application as soon as possible. Every applicant will be notified whether they received a scholarship by Friday, September 9.

Application is short and simple.

If you don’t apply for a scholarship, be sure to take advantage of early bird prices, which apply until September 16!

Training Announcement: ANIMAL EUTHANASIA-BY-INJECTION COURSE November 9 & November 10, 2016

Training Announcement:
ANIMAL EUTHANASIA-BY-INJECTION COURSE

November 9 & November 10, 2016, in Westland, Michigan

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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 Michigan Partnership for Animal Welfare (MPAW) which seeks to provide excellent professional training to the animal welfare field in Michigan.

WHEN: Wednesday, Nov. 9th and Thursday, Nov 10th from 9:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days

WHERE: Westland, MI

DESCRIPTION: Dr. Shirene Cece and Dr. Cathy Anderson, both Michigan licensed veterinarians who specialize in shelter medicine, will team 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).

FEE: $65 per person includes two full days of instruction, workbook, lunch both days, additional materials and supplies, the final written exam (mandatory for certification), and a certificate of completion. Course fee does NOT include: travel, lodging, or other meals. Fee must be paid in advance by check or credit card. No refunds after October 25th, 2016.

Space is LIMITED!

For more information or to sign up contact: Jaime Martin at jmartin@michiganhumane.org or 313-262-4034

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