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Cruelty Investigations: Animals as Evidence

Debby MacDonald IMG_8795 by Ed Serecky

ANIMALS AS EVIDENCE will be the topic of a talk by Michigan Humane Society’s Chief Cruelty Investigator Deborah MacDonald at this fall’s Great Lakes Animal Welfare Conference in Battle Creek, Michigan. “In order to be successful in preparing and prosecuting animal cruelty cases, it is necessary to understand the importance of handling animals as evidence,” Debby explains. Her presentation will cover methods for processing animals on scene and at a facility, and problems associated with long term holding while cases are adjudicated to include behavior, medical, and security concerns and animal disposition (outcome).

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Veterinary Forensics Speaker Opens Conference in October!

Rachel Touroo

VETERINARY FORENSICS is a HOT topic in shelter medicine these days! If your agency gets involved in animal cruelty investigations, then be sure to alert your consulting veterinarians and cruelty investigators that Dr. Rachel Touroo, DVM, ASPCA Director of Veterinary Forensics will be presenting two fascinating sessions at the upcoming Great Lakes Animal Welfare Conference in Battle Creek, Michigan, on the first day of the two-day event (Oct. 19-20, 2015). Sign up today for this fabulous conference at Early-bird rates apply through September 8: after that, the price goes up!

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Job Posting Ingham County: ANIMAL CONTROL DIRECTOR

Job Posting Ingham County: ANIMAL CONTROL DIRECTOR

Posting Number: #15-181

Annual Salary: $70,039

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Required Documents: Resume, cover letter, college transcripts, application

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General Summary:
The Animal Control Director reporting to the County Controller/Administrator or his/her designee has the primary responsibility for managing and administering the County’s entire Animal Control Program. In this capacity, the individual shall manage a group of employees engaged in the enforcement of State and County laws, be responsible for assuring that a licensed veterinarian is on call and frequently visits the Animal Control Shelter, advise and consult with other County and State officials and concerned citizens with regard to animal and disease control, and must maintain effective working relationships with the public and local officials as related to the operation of the Animal Control Department. Read more



Prior to running the Humane Wildlife Services program for The HSUS, John Griffin founded A.C.E. Wildlife Services to provide hands-on humane solutions to conflicts between humans and wildlife. Backed by a degree in biology and graduate work in conservation biology and environmental policy, John has over 20 years of experience working with wildlife in the field and more than a decade’s worth of experience working on solutions to wildlife conflicts with a focus on those that occur in urbanized areas. His presentation provides a comprehensive overview of wildlife in urbanized areas including their relevant natural history and how they operate in cities and towns using the food and shelter we provide. Using examples and video from the field, John’s workshop will provide front-line agencies and personnel the information needed to effectively identify, respond, and resolve wildlife conflicts.

Online conference registration is open at:    … and brochures are in the mail!

Register today for best session choices and early-bird rates!


WHO’S THE BOSS? Understanding the proper roles and responsibilities of a board.




As President & CEO of the Society of Animal Welfare Administrators (SAWA), an association of senior leaders in animal welfare organizations and others very close to the field, Jim Tedford knows full well how the success of an organization is dependent upon having a solid governing body at its foundation. Jim holds a degree in animal science from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and has served as a consultant on not-for-profit management, strategic planning and organizational development. Jim will help you identify the proper roles and responsibilities for members of your board…and what to do when lines between board and staff get blurry (or even crossed).
Online conference registration is open at: … and brochures are in the mail!

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CJ Bentley   What a great session to be presented at the upcoming 2015 Great Lakes Animal Welfare Conference in Battle Creek, Michigan, this fall! CJ Bentley’s talk will be on Tuesday, October 20, the second day of the two-day event. Always an entertaining and educational speaker, CJ is the Senior Director of Operations for the Michigan Humane Society. She is an animal behavior expert who routinely appears in local media and has helped launch, develop and manage many innovative pet behavior and training programs, including Pawsitive Start, within MHS. CJ is the past executive director and current member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT).

Online conference registration is open at    … and brochures are in the mail!

Register today for best session choices and early-bird rates!

Cutting Edge Research on Humane Education at Conference!

Brittany Watson Tisa

Join us at the Great Lakes Animal Welfare Conference on October 19th in Battle Creek, Michigan, for Dr. Brittany Watson Tisa’s presentation on the Veterinary Science Initiative: Effectively Using Humane Education. Registration is open NOW for the 2-day conference on the Training page at Learn about the latest research in producing changes in knowledge, attitudes and behaviors in your community and how this can be used to the benefit of all your shelter programs. Topics will include: an overview of the Veterinary Science Initiative program, dissertation research results, and what this means for how the field of shelter medicine approaches humane education and community outreach.

Dr. Brittany Watson Tisa is the Director of Shelter Medicine and Community Engagement at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. She currently manages surgical training for all soft tissue rotation students, shelter medicine rotations and courses, and community outreach initiatives. She was previously the Veterinary Director of Continuing Education Initiatives at Charleston Animal Society. During her time at CAS, she worked with the education department to develop the veterinary camp curriculum, Shadowing at the Shelter program, and VSI: Veterinary Science Initiative. She graduated in 2010 from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine and in 2013 with her PhD in Educational Administration from the University of South Carolina. Her dissertation focused on evidence-based humane education programs and proving changes in knowledge, attitudes, and behavior.



Nominations are OPEN for 2015 MPAW Bright Ideas Awards!

2014 Bright Ideas Winners

2014 MPAW Bright Ideas winner at the fall conference in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, receive their awards. Each representative also received a full scholarship to the conference.

Call for MPAW 2015 Bright Ideas Awards nominations! If you know of an animal agency that has come up with a great new program, fundraiser, building improvement, or lifesaving approach, NOW is the time to nominate them for the recognition they deserve! Simply email with a description of the Bright Idea in 500 words or less no later than August 24 at midnight. Include how the idea has helped animals. The top five Bright Ideas will win a scholarship to the Great Lakes Animal Welfare Conference in Battle Creek, Michigan, on Oct. 19-20. The organization will also be invited to present their Bright Idea at a special session at the conference. Organizations nominated must be from the Great Lakes region: Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, or Canada. All nominations must include nominated organization contact information. Winners will be notified by Friday, August 28.



Conference Scholarships Announced!

The beautiful new FireKeepers Casino will host the Great Lakes Animal Welfare Conference in 2015.

The beautiful new FireKeepers Casino will host the Great Lakes Animal Welfare Conference in 2015.

Are you hoping to attend the Great Lakes Animal Welfare Conference in Battle Creek, Michigan, this fall but feeling short of funds? While the conference is a steal at just $150 for the full two days (including all meals, sessions, networking, trade show, and materials) we understand that budgets are tight! Luckily we have secured underwriting to fund a number of scholarships from the Kenneth A. Scott Charicable Trust, a KeyBank Trust; the National Animal Control Association (NACA); Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine; and the ASPCA. A few of the scholarships have restrictions (animal control officers, veterinary students, etc.) but most are open to all attendees. While these scholarships do not cover lodging or travel, they DO cover full conference registration. Deadline to apply is Monday, August 24, 2015. Winners will be notified by August 27, 2015, well before the early-bird reduced-price registration cut-off of September 8, 2015. APPLY HERE!

Communication Skills for Officers, Staff & Community Volunteers

Gary Maddox

How much do you know about verbal communication and safe crisis de-escalation? Do you wish you knew more? MPAW and MAACO are very excited to announce that Dr. Gary Maddox of Code 3 Associates (Colorado) will be teaching a special two-part session at the upcoming Great Lakes Animal Welfare Conference on Monday, October 19th, at FireKeepers Casino in Battle Creek, Michigan. This top-level talk will help animal control officers, cruelty investigators, grassroots outreach volunteers, and even front office personnel as they work with clients in situations of stress regarding animals. Read more

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