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.
Straight from the ASPCA:
New Research on Black Dog Syndrome & Much More
Black Is The New White
Heard the one about black animals being less likely to get adopted? Dr. Emily Weiss digs into a data set of nearly 300,000 dogs and cats and proposes that it may be time to put this puppy to bed. Read the blog and share your thoughts.
Start a GIS Program in Your Community
Do you know exactly where your community’s most at-risk animals are? The ASPCA’s suite of geographic information systems tools has been expanded to help you most effectively target your spay/neuter or other outreach efforts. From how-to videos to a sophisticated new Google Maps app, everything you need can be found here.
Yes, You’re Allowed: Steal These Clever Marketing Ideas for Cats!
Five Dollar Felines… Cinco de Gato… Certified Pre-Owned Cats… Grab some inspiration for your next adoptions promo, courtesy of your colleagues in the field. Check out some of the most clever cat adoption promotions we’ve seen here.
3 Things You Must Know to Calculate Humane Capacity
Your shelter’s capacity is not just the number of cages you have! Dr. Sandra Newbury, UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program, shows you how to do the math as you look at your general and group housing, staff hours and procedures. Calculate your agency’s humane capacity here.
Fur Follows Function: Make A Cozy Kitteh Sweater
Got little feline patients who can use some extra warmth in shelters or foster homes? When it comes to comforting kittens, you can find the secret to success—or should we say sock-cess?—in 3 easy steps.
Equine Welfare Workshop from the ASPCA Equine Fund
Saturday, August 2
Are you looking for new funding sources for your programs? Is your board the engaged workhorse you need, or is it out to pasture? Do you want to pursue national accreditation but feel intimidated by the process?
Join the ASPCA Equine Fund at a day-long equine welfare workshop, designed to give you the tools you need to take your equine welfare efforts to the next level. Come and learn about:
• Building a better board
• Proven fundraising strategies
• The nuts and bolts of achieving national accreditation
• Using social media to build support for your mission
Only $25 Per Person
Thanks to a generous grant from the Rosalind and Franklyn Schaefer Family, registration is only $25 to attend. Travel stipends of up to $350 are available for qualifying groups.
We encourage multiple representatives from groups to attend so that you can work together to implement the valuable strategies you will learn.
Questions about the workshop or interested in a travel stipend? Email us for more information.
Where: Embassy Suites – Denver Southeast 7525 East Hampden Avenue, Denver, CO 80231
When: Saturday, August 2 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm MDT
Fee: $25 per person
Hurry! There’s just a few spots left – register today.
Michigan SB0990 – Adoption of Animals Used for Fighting
On June 11, 2014 this senate bill was introduced by Senator John Pappageorge. It concerns allowing the adoption of certain seized animals used in fighting operations.
Read the bill as introduced here: SB 0990 of 2014
It was referred to the committee on Judiciary.
PRINT EDITION OF PETSMART CHARITIES TNR BOOK AVAILABLE NOW
AN exciting letter from Petsmart Charities came to us that we thought we would share with all of you:
In just two weeks, thousands of people downloaded Bryan Kortis’ new book, “PetSmart Charities Community TNR: Tactics and Tools.”
The book offers a blueprint of how to use Trap-Neuter-Return to reduce overpopulation in a whole community—with tactics and tools that can be adapted to fit your unique situation. We hope those of you reading it feel equipped and inspired to help more cats in your area.
If you’re like many of us and sometimes prefer paper over bytes, you’ll be thrilled that the print edition is now available.
Click here to buy your print copy.
Forgot to get the electronic version?
Click here to download your free digital copy.
And if you’re hungry for more resources on TNR, join our free Learning Community.
Thank you for partnering with PetSmart Charities to save even more pets’ lives.
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And MPAW has the shelter medicine rock star! In fact, she’s coming your way if you live in the eastern part of Michigan’s lower peninsula! Dr. Shirene Cece is a great teacher: funny, up-to-date, clear, and experienced with rescue/shelter animals. As the Director of Shelter Medicine at Michigan Humane Society, Dr. Cece and her staff of veterinarians and veterinary technicians are responsible for the health and neutering of thousands of animals every year. She also has thirty years of experience seeing patients at the MHS Detroit Center for Veterinary Care, plus several years in private practice. Dr. Cece was featured on the television show “Animal Cops” and regularly handles MHS’ cruelty cases from exam to treatment to testimony.
Dr. Shirene Cece has been traveling Michigan to bring animal shelters, rescue groups, and veterinarians up to date on the latest in shelter medicine practice and theory.
Read more →
More than 30 representatives of animal shelters from across the Upper Peninsula gathered on June 13 in Munising to network and learn together.
They traveled from as far away as Ironwood at the far western tip of the U.P. to attend the 2014 MPAW Workshop, and found friends and colleagues from eight other animal shelters with whom to network and share. The Delta Animal Shelter closed its facility in order to allow all staff members to attend! Two new shelter directors from Quinnesec and Houghton came for the latest techniques and information. Channels 6 and 10 drove down from the Marquette area to film and interview attendees, who were glad to talk about animal services in their own communities, and their desire to learn the latest on animal care topics brought to them by MPAW. The host, Alger County Animal Shelter, kindly offered tours of their newly re-painted facility just around the corner after the workshop. Topics included sanitation and cleaning, microchipping, physical exams, canine personality testing, gastrointestinal problems, and adopting longtime “overlooked” pets. A roundtable discussion led by UPAWS of Marquette enabled groups to network for events, animal transport, etc. The second annual U.P. workshop was presented by Michigan Humane Society and the Michigan Association of Animal Control Officers, and was sponsored by the Kenneth A. Scott Trust, a KeyBank Trust with additional support from Merck Animal Health.
Later that evening, another important meeting was held: this time for private practice veterinarians who are guiding or assisting animal shelters and rescue groups in the U.P. Vets from Escanaba, Iron River, Houghton, and several other places discussed challenges and best practices for shelter medicine over a dinner led by Dr. Shirene Cece, Director of Shelter Medicine for the Michigan Humane Society. Topics included pediatric spay/neuter, vaccinations, disease prevention and management, etc. The dinner was generously sponsored by Merck Animal Health. Read more →
Janet Ferritto of Merck Animal Health will be featured at the upcoming 2014 MPAW Spring Workshop series.
Learn from an expert in animal health care this spring! MPAW is excited to announce that Janet Ferritto of Merck Animal Health will open the Frankenmuth Regional Workshop on June 27. Janet will present “The Latest Scoop on Sanitation and Cleaning for Disease Prevention and Control”. She will also demonstrate effective microchip scanning.
Is your shelter or rescue doing the most it can to keep the animals in your care, either on-site or in foster homes, healthy and happy? Are your staff and volunteers using the right products to clean and sanitize animal spaces? Which products are appropriate for which disease concerns? Make sure you are up on the latest by learning from Janet in Frankenmuth.
Register today for the Eastern Regional Workshop–space is limited. Cost is only $20 for the first person from an organization, only $10 for each additional person. Lunch is included. Register online through the link on the Training Conference tab at the top right, or call 248-283-5697 with questions or to request a faxable registration form. See you in lovely Frankenmuth soon! Read more →
Rescuing horses and other large animals takes special skill
Are you interested in learning more about horse rescue this spring? Dr. Pamela Graves of Second Chance Ranch and Rescue will give a talk on equine and large animal rescue on Thursday, June 12th, at the MPAW/MAACO Northern Regional Workshop in Boyne City! Many large animals are owned in the upper mitten, and statewide. When large animals are given up or seized in cruelty cases, animal groups can be quickly overwhelmed by their specialized costly care. Learn about evaluating and housing large animals, connecting with large animal rescue groups and other statewide resources, and re-homing them. Dr. Graves is a large animal veterinarian and founder of Second Chance Ranch and Rescue in Boyne City. Read more →
Euthanasia by Injection Workshop in Mason, MI June 5 & 6 – Spots Still Avail $20
A two-day, hands-on workshop
June 5 – 6, 2014
Ingham County Animal Control
600 Curtis Street
Mason, MI 48854
Class Times 9:00am – 5:00pm
Register by May 22nd to ensure your place in the class!
Whether you’ve never performed euthanasia or have years of experience with it, you should attend this comprehensive two-day
seminar. Catch up on the latest techniques and drugs and discover their effect on animals. This workshop covers anesthetics,
legend drugs, anatomy, verification of death and worker safety. An entire section deals with the unique stress felt by those who
perform euthanasia. During the hands-on section, you will learn how to perform intravenous, intraperitoneal and intracardiac
injections, and how to use gentle and humane restraint methods.
Who should attend?
• New shelter staff and ACOs who are required to perform euthanasia
• Shelter and animal control managers and executive directors who supervise euthanasia technicians
• Shelter staff and ACOs who are required by law to be euthanasia certified
• Animal welfare supervisors and directors
Includes two days of lectures and hands-on training, a notebook containing an outline of the course, charts,
illustrations, recommendations and graphs, plus a certificate of completion upon passing the exam
Lunch is not provided
To Register: http://site.americanhumane.org/site/Calendar?id=13101&view=Detail
Don’t miss out on this opportunity!
Questions? Please email