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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.

MPAW-MAACO Regional Workshop Series Registration OPEN!

Attendees at last year's Upper Peninsula regional meeting gather for a photo op!

Attendees at last year’s Upper Peninsula regional meeting gather for a photo op!

Join your colleagues in the field of animal welfare this spring for these engaging and enlightening day-long seminars brought to you by MPAW and MAACO! Each one is unique, but all five feature shelter medicine and general animal welfare sessions. Network and get to know your neighboring agencies face-to-face in a day away featuring up-to-date information, food, discussion, and fun! Open to employees, volunteers, and individuals active in rescuing or sheltering animals, animal control officers, etc.

Lunch is included in the affordable registration fee of $20 (half off for additional attendees from the same organization) thanks to a generous grant from the Kenneth A. Scott Charitable Trust, a KeyBank Trust. Each workshop begins at 9:30 a.m. and ends at 4:00 p.m. Five locations around the state: attend one all. Visit the Training page for complete agendas and a link to the online registration HERE.

Space is limited at each workshop! Please register early! No refunds after 7 days prior to each event. All events are approved by MDARD for Animal Control Officer training hours. Questions? 888-735-5806.

A roundtable discussion of ways groups can better collaborate to save animal lives.

A roundtable discussion of ways groups can better collaborate to save animal lives.

Chief Cruelty Investigator MacDonald Discusses Animal Fighting with Detroit’s Animal Rescue Community

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Chief Cruelty Investigator MacDonald Discusses Animal Fighting with Detroit’s Animal Rescue Community

On Wednesday, March 11 about 50 people attended an Animal Fighting Workshop hosted by PAWS in the D and led by MHS’s chief cruelty investigator, Debby MacDonald. Groups in attendance included: C.H.A.I.N.E.D. Inc, Providing for Paws, DAWG, Southwest, Detroit Pit Crew, Dog Aide, Geneses County Animal Control, Home Fur Ever, Michigan Humane Society and several independents. Although tough to watch, the audience remained engaged and asked important questions. The discussion focused on clues that might indicate that dog fighting is taking place on a property, what to do if you see them and how to safely disengage from and report the situation. Debby also discussed the myth of the bait dog and the types of scars on a dog that could differentiate between a typical dog skirmish and a dog used for actual fighting.

The next PAWS in the D workshop: Contagious Diseases in the Field: how to keep yourself and your own animals safe while you rescue, will be held April 7. If you or your group are interested in attending, please contact Jaime Martin at JMartin@michiganhumane.org.

MAACO Euthanasia-by-Injection Workshop in Charlotte, MI

Dr. Cathy Anderson is a nationally-certified instructor of injection-euthanasia for the animal care and control field.

Dr. Cathy Anderson is a nationally-certified instructor of injection-euthanasia for the animal care and control field.

The Michigan Association of Animal Control Officers (MAACO) is hosting a Euthanasia-by-Injection workshop April 13-14 in Charlotte, Michigan. If your animal shelter or animal control agency has staff members who need to get high-quality training, please email: rneal705@gmail.com (MAACO President Becky Neal). Cathy Anderson, DVM, is a nationally-accredited trainer in this compassionate aspect of animal care. This two-day course includes a wide variety of topics and a written exam at the end. The next course offered will be in the fall through MPAW.

Maddie’s Institute Webcast: Assessing Your Community to Save More Animals’ Lives!

Maddie’s Institute Webcast: Assessing Your Community to Save More Animals’ Lives

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Do you know what’s needed to save the lives of more animals in your community? The answer to that question begins with understanding what already exists in terms of resources, as well as the major issues facing homeless pets in your area and the people who work to help them.

On March 19, 2015, at 9 PM Eastern, Bonney Brown of the Humane Network will join Maddie’s Institute® for a presentation on Assessing Your Community to Save More Animals’ Lives.

This webcast will provide a strategy to help you look at your community in a new way, and to assess needs and identify opportunities. You’ll learn how to gather and analyze information and statistics and how to use what you learn to develop plans to facilitate positive results for the animals.

Register for the free webcast HERE

Attendees will learn:

How to assess your community’s opportunities and challenges.
How to determine what is needed to help achieve greater lifesaving success for homeless pets.
How to gather and analyze the necessary information.
Steps and key elements for creating and executing a plan.
How to track and review progress.
And more!
Assessing Your Community to Save More Animals’ Lives includes valuable information for anyone who wants to save animals’ lives, from individual advocates to shelter and rescue group staff, volunteers and board members.

This webcast is part of an ongoing series of educational programs from Maddie’s Institute, a program of Maddie’s Fund®, the nation’s leading funder of shelter medicine education. Maddie’s Institute brings cutting edge shelter medicine information from universities and animal welfare leaders to shelter veterinarians, managers and staff as well as private practice veterinarians, rescue groups and community members to increase the lifesaving of homeless dogs and cats community-wide.

This course has been pre-approved for Certified Animal Welfare Administrator continuing education credits.

Investigator Debby MacDonald Discusses Animal Cruelty Awareness with Detroit’s Rescue Community

Investigator Debby MacDonald Discusses Animal Cruelty Awareness with Detroit’s Rescue Community

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PAWS in the D (Providing Animal Welfare Services in the D), a coalition of organizations and individuals who independently provide welfare services to animals and their families living in the city of Detroit, were hosts to Michigan Humane Society’s Chief Cruelty Investigator, Debby MacDonald on Thursday Feb. 19th. MacDonald spoke to a crowd of 75 composed of active participants in Detroit’s animal rescue community.

“The workshop was informative for all levels of experience. People were encouraged to ask questions and I feel they were given honest direct answers. Debby keeps the attention of the group and gave clear explanation of the topics,” Lori Schafer, Providing For Paws

“The workshop was fabulous and Deb MacDonald is a wealth of knowledge,” Kelley Labonty, DAWG

The next workshop, also lead by Investigator MacDonald, takes place on Wednesday, March 11 and will focus on Animal Fighting: what to watch for and what to do if you see the signs while in the field.

These workshops are intended for individuals or organizations who conduct animal welfare work within the city of Detroit. If you are interested in attending, please contact Jaime Martin at JMartin@michiganhumane.org or 248-283-5635.

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Petfinder Adoption Options Workshop Comes to Novi!

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REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! Petfinder Adoption Options Workshop: Friday, May 1st in the Detroit metro area! This daylong training and networking event is jointly sponsored by MPAW and MAACO and bringing some great national speakers to the east side of our state as part of our 2015 Regional Meetings Series! This workshop is FREE, includes lunch, lots of networking opportunities, and is open to all people working to help animals in their communities: volunteers, staff, field officers, and individuals who rescue or foster animals on their own! Register today to hold your spot HERE!

Dr. Karen Dashfield of Antler Ridge Wildlife Sanctuary in New Jersey is a national lecturer on all types of animals.

Dr. Karen Dashfield of Antler Ridge Wildlife Sanctuary in New Jersey is a national lecturer on all types of animals.

Dr. Karen Dashfield returns to Michigan to speak on Shelter Medicine 101: the critical points you need to know about managing the care of groups of animals. You won’t want to miss the Top 10 Tips to Increase Adoptions presented by Melissa Vecera of Petfinder. Best Friend’s Patty Hegwood will travel from Utah to speak on Increasing and Engaging your Volunteer Team. The day will close with Jenn Barg, MS, ACAAB, CDBC of the Denver Animal Shelter teaching on Training Shelter Dogs using animals from the Michigan Humane Society’s Berman Center for Animal Care. The whole workshop is presented by the Petco Foundation.

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Four more MPAW-MAACO Regional Meetings will be held in 2015: two in May in Lansing and Grand Rapids, and two in June in Roscommon and Escanaba. Each will have an associated Vet-to-Vet Shelter Medicine Roundtable. Watch this site for details!

Cruelty Awareness Class Offered in Detroit

Michigan Humane Society investigation teams work year-round in the City of Detroit to address situations of neglect and cruelty.

Michigan Humane Society investigation teams work year-round in the City of Detroit to address situations of neglect and cruelty.

PAWS in the D, the new coalition of animal groups working in the City of Detroit, is hosting an Animal Cruelty Awareness Workshop in Detroit this Thursday, Feb. 19, from 6-8 pm at Christ the King Church. Volunteers with established groups and individuals rescuing animals within the city are welcome. There is no fee and refreshments will be provided. The class will be led by MHS Chief Cruelty Investigator, Debby MacDonald, and will cover recognizing animal neglect and cruelty, evidence, applicable laws, reporting situations, and how cases are investigated.
The training is designed to help individuals and groups already operating in animal rescue anywhere in the City of Detroit, to know what to look for and what constitutes cruelty under Michigan law. Property law is also important to consider and will be discussed. Understanding how to make a report of neglect/cruelty or abandonment to the MHS investigation team, the processes the team follows with each report, and how to call back to find out results will all be included in the training. With better knowledge and good communication, everyone operating to help animals in Detroit can work more efficiently and effectively together.
Please RSVP with Jaime Wilkins-Martin at JMartin@MichiganHumane.org, and provide the number of people in your party and if you are independent or part of a group. Hope to see you there!

 

Million Cat Challenge: Are you IN?

Million Cat Challenge: Are you IN?

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Photo Courtesy of Million Cat Challlenge

Kate Hurley and Julie Levy announce: The Million Cat Challenge, a campaign to save the lives of a million more cats in North American shelters over the next five years.

Some of you will have heard about a precursor of this in 2012 or 2013 through various conferences and webinars, a few of you might already have enrolled your shelter as a Charter Challenger, and we hope all of you will be proud to know that SAWA representatives provided wise counsel from the beginning that helped shape the campaign you will see today.

Learn more about the challenge at www.millioncatchallenge.org<http://www.millioncatchallenge.org>. Whether the time is right or not for your shelter to sign up, we hope you’ll find valuable information in our resource center and inspiration in our map of participating shelters (look under the “who’s involved” menu for the Million Cat Challengers so far).

The Million Cat Challenge is a shelter-based campaign to save the lives of one million cats in North America over the next five years. The core strategy of the campaign will focus on five key initiatives that offer every shelter, in every community, practical choices to reduce euthanasia and increase live outcomes for shelter cats.

These five initiatives to save cats’ lives were pioneered by shelters across North America. They offer choices for shelters of every size and type to balance intake, humane capacity within the shelter, and live release.

icon-altintakeAlternatives to intake:

Provide positive alternatives to keep cats in the home or community when admission to a shelter is not the best choice.

icon-removerbarrierRemoving barriers to adoption:

Expand the pool of adopters by removing barriers to adoption such as cost, process, or location.

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Schedule intake of cats to match the shelter’s ability to assure humane care and safe movement through the shelter system to an appropriate outcome for every cat.

icon-retiurnfieldReturn-to-field:

Sterilize, vaccinate, and return healthy un-owned shelter cats to the location of origin as an alternative to euthanasia.

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Match the number of cats cared for at any one time with the capacity required to assure the Five Freedoms of Animal Welfare for all cats in the shelter.

Inspired to join? Just click here: http://www.millioncatchallenge.org/shelter-registration-form/

New Job Posting: Ingham County Animal Shelter in Mason

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MPAW offers free job postings in the Great Lakes Region! Check out the newest post from Ingham County in the sidebar to the right. Just touch on a position to see the full listing. There is a “submit a position” button near the bottom of the sidebar, or just email the posting to us at info@mpaw.org and we’ll get it right up and in front of the many great people around our state who work in the animal care field.

ASPCA Dog Behavior Webinars Available Now

ASPCA Dog Behavior Webinars Available Now

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Interested in Understanding Dog Behavior? Check out these free webinar recordings today!

Canine Communications: Dog Introductions Trish Loehr, CPDT, Director of Applied Research and Behavior, ASPCA

Hone your skills in making safe dog introductions.

REGISTER HERE

 

Identifying and Managing Food Guarding

Heather Mohan-Gibbons, RVT, ACAAB, CDEP, CBCC-KA, ASPCA Emily Weiss, PhD, CAAB, ASPCA

Recognize how to identify food guarding behavior. Discover the findings of a national survey on what shelters are currently doing with food guarding dogs.

REGISTER HERE

 

Canine Behavior and Acoustics Patricia McConnell, PhD, CAAB, Author

Hear what recent research tells us about this important aspect of a dog’s environment, and learn how to use your own voice to communicate effectively with dogs.

REGISTER HERE

 

Enrichment for Shelter Dogs Kelley Bollen, CABC, Animal Alliances

Learn how shelter dogs will benefit from behavioral and environmental enrichment.

REGISTER HERE

 

Attention Professional Dog Trainers

Find out which ASPCApro webinar recordings have been approved for CEUs by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT).

 

 

 

 

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