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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.

How Animal Laws Affect Sheltering and Rescue

Ann Griffin

If you’ve ever wondered about the laws affecting your work with animals, then you won’t want to miss Ann Griffin’s presentation at the Great Lakes Animal Welfare Conference on Tuesday, October 20th at FireKeepers Casino in Battle Creek, Michigan. A member of the Animal Law Section of the State Bar, active with Attorneys for Animals, and a sought-after instructor, Ann also has years of experience working with Michigan Humane Society. She understands both the animal welfare field and the laws that relate to animals in the state.

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Cornell Shelter Medicine Expert to Speak in Battle Creek

Elizabeth Berliner

The Great Lakes Animal Welfare Conference (GLAWC) is excited to announce that Dr. Elizabeth Berliner of Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine will present four key sessions in the Shelter Medicine track this fall in Battle Creek! On Monday, October 19, she will present “Quality of Life and Medical Decision-Making for Shelters” and “Humane Handling and Housing of Cats: Decrease Stress and Improve Outcomes.” On Tuesday, October 20, Dr. Berliner will present an essential two-part workshop on “Mastering the Art of Intake.”

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Kitten Nurseries and Surrender Prevention: OH MY!

April Harris

DON’T MISS: April Harris from Found Animals Foundation in Los Angeles! April is the Chief Program Officer at Found Animals and she will be presenting two fascinating workshops at the Great Lakes Animal Welfare Conference this fall in Battle Creek, Michigan. April will be speaking on “Starting a Kitten Nursery” and “Surrender Prevention in the Trenches” on Tuesday, October 20. Online earlybird conference registration opens August 1 on www.mpaw.org

SURRENDER PREVENTION: Found Animals and Downtown Dog launched a surrender diversion pilot at the South Los Angeles shelter in 2013. Amazingly, more than 400 intakes were prevented in just the first 60 days! April will walk you through her planning and start-up process, which services she decided to offer, and which clients they are targeting. She’ll share data from the first year of the program – what are the most common reasons for surrender (really)? Which can be avoided most easily, and how? Do our efforts really keep pets in a home? For how long? What about cost effectiveness and sustainability – how much does surrender prevention cost? Is it worth it?

KITTEN NURSERY: Do you wish you could do more for neonatal kittens in your community? So did Found Animals – so they decided to start a kitten nursery! Follow their journey from research to start up, through the results of their first kitten season. Learn about different models, space needs, medical protocols, recruiting fosters and volunteers, getting kittens adopted and much more! Want to try this at home? Budgets, timelines, staffing and many more lessons learned and tips/tricks.

Found Animals Foundation is a nonprofit geared toward reducing euthanasia through sustainable business models. With over ten years’ experience improving outcomes for shelter pets, April has been instrumental in 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 pit bull terrier-focused programs, increasing revenue through grants and in-shelter retail, successfully negotiating over 30 animal ordinance updates in local municipalities, and obtaining “no-kill status” for Salt Lake County. Found Animals is a generous Silver Sponsor of the conference, and will have a table in the Exhibit Hall where you can speak with April in person! SEE YOU IN OCTOBER!

Large Animal Cruelty Investigation Workshop Oct. 20!

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Dr. Karen Waite is an Equine Extension Specialist in Michigan. She teaches a variety of equine courses and is the Past President of the American Youth Horse Council, President of the Michigan Quarter Horse Association and is a carded judge with the ABRA, and POAC. Karen has a Bachelor’s Degrees in Education and Animal Science, and a Master’s Degree in Animal Science with a nutrition emphasis, as well as a Doctoral degree in Sports Psychology with an emphasis on equestrian sport and activity.

Come to Battle Creek this fall to learn about large animal handling and investigations! Dr. Karen Waite, a respected equine specialist with Michigan State University Extension and MSU faculty member, will lead a panel of large animal experts in a unique daylong workshop on cruelty investigation and handling of horses, dairy and beef cattle, pigs, sheep and goats. This special course is ideal for animal control officers and animal cruelty investigators, and is designed to provide a solid basis in animal husbandry along with investigation information in a small group (20) setting.

Dr. Judy Marteniuk earned her DVM from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.  After a period of time in general practice, where she mostly worked on food animals and horses, she came to MSU for a large-animal residency and a master’s degree in nutrition.  She stayed on to become a member of the faculty at MSU.

Dr. Judy Marteniuk earned her DVM from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. After a period of time in general practice, where she mostly worked on food animals and horses, she came to MSU for a large-animal residency and a master’s degree in nutrition. She stayed on to become a member of the faculty at MSU.

The course will be taught half in the classroom, half on local farms! Learn about safe handling and investigations involving these types of animals in an action-packed full-day session from MSUE’s Dr. Waite, Kevin Gould, Tom Guthrie, Michael Metzger, and large animal veterinarian Dr. Judith Marteniuk. This course has been approved by the MDARD-Animal Industry Division for Michigan Animal Control Officer training hours. 

Kevin Gould is the Michigan State University Extension Beef Educator for west-central Michigan.  His programs focus on nutrition and animal health.

Kevin Gould is the Michigan State University Extension Beef Educator for west-central Michigan. His programs focus on nutrition and animal health.

The workshop is part of Day 2 of the Great Lakes Animal Welfare Conference, October 19-20, 2015 at FireKeepers Casino in Battle Creek, Michigan. Visit this site in the days ahead for information on our fabulous line-up of speakers and sessions: 44 in all! Online registration opens in August and brochures will be mailed statewide then too. REGISTER EARLY if you want one of only 20 spots in the large animal daylong workshop. Remember that the conference SOLD OUT last year, so don’t miss registering when August arrives. The conference is co-hosted by MPAW and the Michigan Association of Animal Control Officers. We WELCOME our colleagues from across the Great Lakes region–come on over, Ohio, Indiana, Wisconsin, Illinois, Canada, and beyond!

Summer Visit, Share, Learn Day Announcement: Wednesday, July 22

Summer Visit, Share, Learn Day Announcement: Wednesday, July 22

Due to popular demand, the Michigan Humane Society has added a summer VSL Day to the schedule!!!!

Wednesday, July 22
9:00 am – 2:30 pm
Michigan Humane Society, Rochester Hills
Cost: free
Lunch is included

First come, first serve to the first 6 confirmations.

Please contact me – JMartin@Michiganhumane.org if you are interested in attending.

WHEN: 9:00 a.m. until 3:45 p.m. on four Wednesdays in 2015: March 18, April 22, November 11, and December 16.
WHERE: Michigan Humane Society, Rochester Hills Animal Care Center, 3600 W. Auburn Rd., Rochester Hills, MI 48309 Free parking in front of building. MUST register in advance.
COURSE DESCRIPTION:
This small group workshop will provide six hours of MDARD-approved training on:
 Intake by Appointment Process
 Intake Exams for Dogs and Cats
 Canine Personality Assessment Test (PAT)
 Phone Counseling for Animal Owners or Finders
 Plus: Networking and Sharing Ideas and Successes among Attendees!
FREE: Thanks to a generous grant from the Kenneth A. Scott Charitable Trust, a KeyBank Trust, this workshop is free! Lunch and materials will be provided. Note that the grant does NOT cover lodging, travel, or other meals. Each workshop is limited to 9 attendees per session.
WHO MAY ATTEND: Appropriate for staff and volunteers of registered Michigan animal shelters. Animal control officers in-training and other interested parties on space available basis.

Michigan Legislative Conference Call: Wednesday, June 17, from 2:00-3:00 p.m.

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Michigan Legislative Conference Call: Wednesday, June 17, from 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Phone: 248-687-7000
Code: 810386
Are you interested in learning about animal-related legislation in Michigan? Do you want to know how you or your organization can get involved to support or oppose legislation that impacts you? Please join us for an informational conference call co-hosted by MHS, the State Bar of Michigan Animal Law Section, and MAACO with representatives from the ASPCA and HSUS.

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PAWS in the D Workshops’ Popularity Growing: RSVP now for May 27th

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PAWS in the D Workshops’ Popularity Growing: RSVP now for May 27th

Polly McKillop discussing the laws surrounding Michigan strays.

Polly McKillop discussing the laws surrounding Michigan strays.

PAWS in the D hosted two more informative workshops over the past month for representatives of animal groups working in the City of Detroit. Dr. Shirene Cece-Clements, Director of Shelter Medicine at the Michigan Humane Society, gave a thought-provoking presentation on contagious diseases of dogs and cats in the field. The presentation outlined typical diseases and how rescuers can avoid becoming infected or spreading them. Dr. Cece also discussed typical treatment options and vaccinations for specific diseases. In early May, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Animal Industry Division’s Animal Shelter Regulatory Program Manager, Polly McKillop, gave a wide-ranging presentation on stray animals and the laws surrounding feeding, trapping and rehoming them.

The next PAWS in the D workshop will be held on May 27th on the topic of “Laws and Liabilities of Rescuing Animals” by Wayne County Prosecuting Attorney Raj Prasad and Ann M. Griffin, Esq. of the Michigan Humane Society and the Michigan State Bar’s Animal Law Section. RSVP to Jaime Martin at JMartin@michiganhumane.org.

DR. Cece discussing the contagious diseases most often seen in Michigan.

DR. Cece discussing the contagious diseases most often seen in Michigan.

Workshop’s are held in Detroit off of the Southfield Freeway and Grand River. Please RSVP for address.

Next workshop: Wednesday, May 27th from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

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Michigan Shelter Job Opening!

Dearborn, Michigan: Animal Care Technician – Part Time

Customer service oriented person needed who enjoys working with people and has basic knowledge of Microsoft Office programs.

Duties include working with the public, animals and activities supporting animal care and adoption.

Send resume by June 5 to: FFDAS – 2661 Greenfield, Dearborn, MI  48120 – Attention:  Human Resources OR email to:  klash@dearbornanimals.org.

Michigan Shelter Job Opening

COURTESY POSTING: JOB OPENING IN WEST MICHIGAN

Al-Van Humane Society: Executive Director

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 to 5 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 timkotas@timkotas.com.

Closing date: June 30, 2015.

ANNOUNCING: PAWS in the D Upcoming Workshops

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The Providing Animal Welfare Services in the D coalition announces upcoming workshops:
May 6 (Strays) and May 27 (Laws & Liabilities)

May 6:
Stray Animals: laws and regulations surrounding the feeding, trapping and rehoming of stray animals

When: Wednesday, May 6 from 6:30-8:30 pm
Where: Christ the King Church
20800 Grand River Avenue
Detroit, MI 48219

**** Entrance is located on Burt Road. Park in the parking lot, then walk down the stairs at the south end of the lot (or go down the ramp) to door which leads straight into hall.
This meeting is open to anyone who does rescue, outreach, or any other animal welfare work within the city of Detroit. The room can hold only up to 100 people. You MUST RSVP with Jaime Wilkins-Martin via Facebook PM or email: JMartin@MichiganHumane.org. Please include the following information in your RSVP: number of people you are bringing, and if you are independent or part of a group. MHS will be providing refreshments. Polly McKillop, the Animal Shelter Regulatory Program Manager at the Michigan Department of Agriculture, will be leading the workshop. Tom McPhee will be a special guest to discuss his ongoing efforts in Detroit and call for volunteers.

May 27:
Animals, Rescues and the
Laws and Liabilities of it All
When: Wednesday, May 27 from 6:30-8:30 pm
Where: Christ the King Church
20800 Grand River Avenue
Detroit, MI 48219
**** Entrance is located on Burt Road. Park in the parking lot, then walk down the stairs at the south end of the lot (or go down the ramp) to door which leads straight into hall.
This meeting is open to anyone who does rescue, outreach, or any other animal welfare work within the city of Detroit. The room can hold only up to 100 people. You MUST RSVP with Jaime Wilkins-Martin via Facebook PM or email: JMartin@MichiganHumane.org. Please include the following information in your RSVP: number of people you are bringing, and if you are independent or part of a group. MHS will be providing refreshments. Wayne County Prosecutor Raj Prasad will be leading the workshop along with Animal Law Section member and MHS Special Projects Manager Ann Griffin.

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