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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.

Increasing Community Lost Pet Reclaim Rates

Increasing Community Lost Pet Reclaim Rates
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Captain Cindy Machado of the Marin Humane Society in California.

How many lost pets does your agency receive each year? How many of those are successfully reunited with their owners? How many ways would your agency benefit by increasing the community return-to-owner (RTO) rate? Fewer animals to house and treat…higher staff per animal ratio…reduced expenses…LOTS of ways! Nationwide, more lost dogs than cats are reclaimed. Michigan is no different in this regard with only 2% of stray cats and 20% of stray dogs being reclaimed. But we need not be satisfied with those low rates of lost pet reclaim.

On October 29th at 3:30 p.m., the 2014 MPAW-MAACO Animal Welfare Conference will feature Captain Cindy Machado of the Marin Humane Society in California speaking on “Increasing Community RTO Rates.” Come learn how to celebrate the joy of reuniting lost pets with their worried owners and increase your shelter’s RTO rates. Discover how shelter staff can learn to become experienced lost pet detectives in your community, helping to shine a spotlight on these magnificent heroes and their amazing matches! Enjoy the feeling of saving more animal lives through boosting your RTO rates.

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Jim Tedford: Strategic Planning for Leaders of Animal Groups

Jim Tedford is the Director of Animal Welfare Initiatives and Alliances for PetSafe.

Jim Tedford is the Director of Animal Welfare Initiatives and Alliances for PetSafe. Jim is based in Tennessee, and will come to Michigan this fall to the MPAW-MAACO Animal Welfare Conference in Mt. Pleasant.

An organization’s ability to grow, develop, and achieve its mission depends upon its leaders’ ability to think and plan strategically. There are few, if any, not-for-profit organizations or municipal agencies that have all the resources they need to accomplish the good work they want to do. We can all use more money, more time, and more people to help us. And for most organizations, our ability to advance our mission is limited not by creativity, but by resources. Developing and following a well-written strategic plan is critical to make the most of limited resources for the biggest impact possible. Learn how to work smarter, not just harder, in this special two-part session presented by a highly-regarded animal welfare professional. Jim Tedford will be in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan on Wednesday, October 29th, to present an all-afternoon session designed for leaders of animal groups and shelters small and large: “Strategic Planning for Long-Term Success.” Don’t miss it! Read more

UPDATE: Dog Breeder Bill Vote Next Week, Calls Still Needed!

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At long last, HB5095, the bill that regulates large-scale dog breeders and standardizes stray holds in shelters is up for a vote in the Michigan House! But your voice matters. Can you make a call by Monday to urge your representative to vote the way you believe is right for animals? HB5095 would require commercial dog breeders with more than 15 adult breeding female dogs to register with the state and follow basic animal care guidelines. These same guidelines are already in place for our state’s animal shelters. The bill would also establish minimum holding times for stray animals coming to shelters: 4 days for those without traceable identification, 7 days with identification. It also requires shelters to trace microchips.

These issues are the same ones in SB560, which has been stalled in Senate Agriculture Committee for months. Movement through the House can help pressure the Senate to finally act. If you live in the following districts, your representatives especially need to hear from animal people NOW:

  • Delta, Menominee, and Dickinson Counties: Rep. Ed McBroom 517-373-0156
  • Lake County: Rep. Jon Bumstead 517-373-7317
  • Oakland County (Rochester Hills): Rep. Tom McMillin 517-373-1773
  • Kent County: Rep. Peter MacGregor 517-373-0218
  • Clinton County: Rep. Tom Leonard 517-373-1778
  • Clare & Gladwin Counties: Rep. Joel Johnson 517-373-8962
  • Saginaw County: Rep. Tim Kelly 517-373-0837
  • Wayne County (Southern): Rep. Pat Somerville 517-373-0855
  • Lapeer County: Rep. Kevin Daley 517-373-1800
  • St. Clair County: Rep. Dan Lauwers 517-373-1790
  • Allegan County: Rep. Bob Genetski 517-373-0836
  • Macomb County: Rep. Ken Goike 517-373-0820
  • Isabella County: Rep. Kevin Cotter 517-373-1789
  • Ottawa County (Holland): Rep. Amanda Price 517-373-0838
  • Ottawa County (Holland) : Rep. Joe Haveman 517-373-0830
  • Kalkaska, Crawford, Missaukee, Roscommon, Ogemaw Counties: Rep. Bruce Rendon 517-373-3817
  • Ottawa County (Hudsonville): Rep. Roger Victory 517-373-1830
  • Cheboygan, Alpena, Alcona, Presque Isle, and Iosco Counties: Rep. Peter Pettalia 517-373-0833
  • Montcalm County: Rep. Rick Outman 517-373-0834
  • Wexford County: Rep. Phil Potvin 517-373-1747
  • Kent County: Rep. Tom Hooker 517-373-2277
  • Oakland County (Waterford): Rep. Gail Haines 517-373-0615

If your representative is not on the list above, a call is still helpful. Find yours HERE!

Behavior Modification Programs for Animals in Shelters/Rescues!

Terri Mallett working with a dog at the Michigan Humane Society.

Terri Mallett working with a dog at the Michigan Humane Society.

 

Sometimes animals come to shelters and rescues with behavior issues that must be addressed before adoption. A well-run behavior modification (B-Mod) program is one way to move such animals through the shelter/rescue system. Such a program should include specific methods and techniques that are effective, efficient, inexpensive, and consistently applied by all staff and volunteers. Terri Mallett, Behavior Program Manager at Michigan Humane Society, oversees that agency’s B-Mod program for animals with treatable behavioral conditions. Terri is a longtime dog trainer and animal behavior specialist who has years of experience with dogs, cats, and other pets. Come learn about B-Mod programs, how they work, and the challenges they involve at the upcoming MPAW-MAACO Animal Welfare Conference in Mt. Pleasant. Terri’s talk is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 28th. Read more

Top ASPCA Field Investigator Kyle Held Comes to Michigan!

Well-known member of the ASPCA Field Investigations Team, Kyle Held, will present on cruelty investigations at the upcoming MPAW-MAACO Animal Welfare Conference on Wednesday, October 29th.

Well-known member of the ASPCA Field Investigations Team, Kyle Held, will present on cruelty investigations at the upcoming MPAW-MAACO Animal Welfare Conference on Wednesday, October 29th.

This year’s MPAW-MAACO Animal Welfare Conference will offer Michigan animal people a rare opportunity to hear from one of the nation’s top animal cruelty investigators: Kyle Held of the ASPCA. Based in Missouri, Kyle investigates and responds to situations involving animal victims of natural disasters and animal cruelty cases within the Midwest region. In addition to leading large-scale disaster response operations in his region, he has successfully led large-scale animal cruelty investigations from Ohio to Arkansas. Prior to joining the ASPCA, Held served as a statewide animal cruelty investigator for 11 years at the Humane Society of Missouri. Kyle will appear on Wednesday, October 29, for three back-to-back sessions. Read more

Two Excellent Attorneys to Guide Shelters/Rescues at Conference!

Tracy Thomas practices law from his office in Plymouth, Michigan.

Tracy Thomas practices law from his office in Plymouth, Michigan.

The 2014 MPAW-MAACO Animal Welfare Conference is excited to present two excellent animal-friendly lawyers to present on critical legal issues surrounding the work of animal shelters and rescue groups! Don’t miss your chance to hear attorneys Tracy Thomas and Mark Lezotte in back-to-back sessions on Wednesday, October 29th. Is your organization or agency making wise choices when it comes to liability matters? Tracy’s workshop will focus on strategies for minimizing civil-liability exposure for animal rescue groups, individuals who foster, and animal shelters. Tracy will cover releases, contracts, compliance with state law and local ordinances, non-profit incorporation and liability insurance. Be sure to bring your legal questions to this session, as he will save time for audience participation. Tracy’s session is at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday morning of the conference. Read more

ASPCA’s Kate Pullen: Save Rates, Animal Ambassadors

Kate Pullen, Senior Director of Community Outreach, ASPCA

Kate Pullen, Senior Director of Community Outreach, ASPCA

We’ve got KATE! Day 2 of the MPAW-MAACO Animal Welfare Conference features ASPCA Senior Director of Community Outreach, Kate Pullen, on two great topics for the animal care field. At 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 29th, Kate will present “Using Animal Ambassadors to Increase Adoptions.” Explore a new idea using community participation to reach more deeply into the communities you serve. Benefits include increased adoptions of your animals AND more people engaged with and supporting your mission. The new concept she describes is foster-based and was developed at the Louisiana SPCA. Kate is practical, brings years of experience in sheltering and working at the national level, and has a way of empowering you to take action on new ideas! Read more

Dr. Shirene Cece Addresses Critical Shelter Medicine Topics

MHS Director of Shelter Medicine and longtime director of the MHS Detroit Veterinary Care Center Dr. Shirene Cece will speak on vaccinations, gastrointestinal issues, and physical exams for animal rescues and shelters.

MHS Director of Shelter Medicine and longtime director of the MHS Detroit Veterinary Care Center Dr. Shirene Cece will speak on vaccinations, gastrointestinal issues, and physical exams for animal rescues and shelters.

Dr. Shirene Cece traveled the state this past summer teaching on shelter medicine at the five MPAW Regional Workshops. If you missed ANY of her down-to-earth yet cutting edge presentations, then NOW is your chance to get caught up! Dr. Cece, who is the Director of Shelter Medicine at the Michigan Humane Society, will present three of her most popular talks during two days of the upcoming MPAW-MAACO Animal Welfare Conference. Early Bird registration runs through Monday, Sept. 22nd!

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Teoti Anderson: Top Dog Expert Comes to Michigan!

Author, international speaker, past president of the APDT, and longtime dog trainer Teoti Anderson travels to the MPAW-MAACO conference to teach on fostering dogs and understanding canine communication.

Author, international speaker, past president of the APDT, and longtime dog trainer Teoti Anderson travels to the MPAW-MAACO conference to teach on fostering dogs and understanding canine communication.

Hold on to your leashes! This year’s featured keynote at the MPAW-MAACO Animal Welfare Conference banquet is by acclaimed author, international speaker, and savvy dog trainer Teoti Anderson. As Past President of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) and current member of the board search committee, Teoti will share her wise and often funny insights about boards. Whether your organization is large or small, sheltered or not, municipal or private, you probably have had to deal with finding, keeping, and managing board members. Maybe you are on a board now, or thinking about joining one. Wise board stewardship can help your organization move forward! Learn from and laugh along with Teoti Anderson in a relaxed setting over a great meal!

Teoti will also present two regular sessions at the conference on Wednesday, October 29th. “Lost and Found in Translation: Understanding Canine Communication” will be at 8:30 a.m. Dogs are great communicators–we just need to learn how to understand them! They don’t bite “out of the blue,” there are usually warning signs long before a dog resorts to using his teeth. This workshop will help you understand canine body language and other communication so you can best help the dogs in your care. Read more

Early Bird Conference Registration EXTENDED!

Cathy Anderson

Due to the storms and power outages this week (MHS lost all phone service) and in order to be fair to people who have tried to register at the early price and couldn’t reach us, MPAW is extending the Early Bird deadline through Monday 9/22! Registration fees for the 2014 MPAW-MAACO Animal Welfare Conference will now increase on 9/23. Register HERE! Or call us at 248-283-5671 to register by phone (20% discount for groups of 3 or more from same organization if registered together). Remember, animal control officers, seniors, and students qualify for a 50% discount online! Seven additional scholarships are available for current veterinary medicine students AND animal control officers. Email Lreider@michiganhumane.org to apply by Sept. 30th.

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