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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.

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.

PSST! Early-bird Conference Registration Ends 9/15!

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Don’t miss your chance to attend the BIGGEST animal welfare conference of the year in Michigan! Early-bird registration ends Monday, Sept. 15th! That means that registration fees go up soon. With 60 sessions, top speakers from near and far, great meals, a robust trade show of exhibitors related to your work–it’s all there! Hosted by MPAW and MAACO jointly, you’ll meet people from all over the state and can jumpstart your networking for animals. Plan events or partnerships, share ideas, and just plain have some well-deserved relaxing time together. Shelters, rescues, groups and individuals, private or municipal, large or small, all missions and approaches are welcome! The conference runs three full days, October 28-30th, and will be held at the Soaring Eagle Casino Resort in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. One, two, or three-day conference passes are available.

Registration fees go up $25 on September 15, so don’t delay! Register HERE today! 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! Additional scholarships are available for current veterinary medicine students AND animal control officers. Email Lreider@michiganhumane.org to apply by Sept. 30th. See you in Mt. Pleasant!

Conference Scholarship Recipients Announced!

Delta Animal Shelter Director Susan Gartland (L) was awarded one of ten full conference scholarships for 2014!

Delta Animal Shelter Director Susan Gartland (L) was awarded one of ten full conference scholarships for 2014!

MPAW is pleased to announce the winners of ten scholarships to the 2014 MPAW-MAACO Animal Welfare Conference this fall. Eight of the scholarships were underwritten by the Kenneth A. Scott Trust, a KeyBank Trust. The other two were provided by Petfinder.com. All ten scholarship recipients will receive full conference registrations. MPAW and MAACO are grateful for the scholarship support from both organizations. Scholarships help animal welfare agencies grow and improve through top-quality continuing education and statewide networking and collaboration.

The Scott Trust awardees are:

  • Clare Aspey, Northwoods Animal Shelter, Iron River
  • Chelsie Blaine, Muskegon Humane Society, Muskegon
  • Bonnie Charles, Michigan Animal Rescue League & Horses’ Haven, South Lyon
  • Margaret Florka, Out on a Limb Cat Rescue, Warren
  • Susan Gartland, Delta Animal Shelter, Escanaba
  • Tania Melton, Humane Society of West Michigan, Grand Rapids
  • Anne Mott, Lenawee Humane Society, Adrian
  • Michelle Ziolkowski, Pet Angel Cat Adoption, Frankenmuth

The Petfinder.com awardees are:

  • Monica Larner, AuCaDo Rescue Mid-Michigan, Remus
  • Tonya Gartland, Delta Animal Shelter, Escanaba

Six additional scholarships will be awarded in September: four for veterinary students provided by the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine, and two for animal control officers underwritten by the National Animal Control Association. To apply for either of these additional awards, email LReider@michiganhumane.org

For more conference information or to register online, visit www.messageblocks.com/mpaw-maaco-awc

Volunteer Programs that REALLY Work!

Capital Area Humane Society (Columbus, Ohio) CEO Rachel Finney will be featured at the fall MPAW-MAACO conference.

Capital Area Humane Society (Columbus, Ohio) Executive Director Rachel Finney will be featured at the fall MPAW-MAACO conference.

Volunteer programs for animal shelters and animal groups can be lifesavers…or time wasters! But most organizations need the help of many volunteers in order to stretch their limited budgets. Exciting new programs, basic animal care, adoptions, subsidized neutering, fundraising–they ALL need volunteers! But are you getting the numbers and types of volunteers that you need? Do they stay? Are they great helpers or do they run rampant over policies and rules? The Capital Area Humane Society in Columbus, Ohio, has re-vamped their volunteer management program to address these and other concerns. And they’re ready to share it with you at the upcoming MPAW-MAACO Animal Welfare Conference on Wednesday, October 29, at 8:30 a.m.! Read more

Conference Scholarship Deadline TODAY!!!

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The amazing 2014 MPAW-MAACO Animal Welfare Conference now has NINE scholarships available! Monday Sept. 8th at midnight is the deadline to apply using THIS FORM. Each one is valued at up to $150 for the full conference registration cost (one, two or three days) during October 28-30th at the luxurious Soaring Eagle Casino Resort in Mt. Pleasant. Conference scholarships are only applicable to registration costs, not travel or lodging. However, the conference registration includes breakfast and lunch each day you attend, plus the dinner on Tuesday night! Seven of the scholarships are courtesy of the Kenneth A. Scott Charitable Trust, a KeyBank Trust. Two NEW scholarships are being generously underwritten by Petfinder.com! Thank you to BOTH for seeing the value in the biggest animal welfare conference of the year in Michigan! They clearly support our efforts to provide an event that encourages working together, breaking down communication barriers, eliminating negativity, and saving more animal lives in the Mitten! Scholarship awardees will be announced this week HERE–check back to see the winners!

Dr. Cathy Anderson: Field Tranquilization Course at MPAW

Cathy Anderson

Dr. Cathy Anderson practices shelter medicine at the Jackson County Animal Shelter and teaches on a variety of topics in this emerging field.

Dr. Cathy Anderson’s boundless enthusiasm is infectious! Come catch it at her single session and full two-day certificate course at the MPAW-MAACO Animal Welfare Conference on October 28-30 in Mt. Pleasant. We are very excited to bring you Dr. Anderson’s MDARD-approved course on Field Tranquilization. This 16-hour course will help animal control officers learn in-depth about how to tranquilize animals safely in the field. Not all animals can be easily captured using other methods. In emergency situations the use of tranquilizer guns is legal if the officer has been trained according to the state requirements and works under the supervision of a licensed veterinarian. Dr. Anderson has carefully constructed her two-day course to meet the state’s requirements including both lecture and hands-on work. Open to ONLY 24 STUDENTS, the course takes place on Oct. 29-30 as part of the MPAW-MAACO fall conference. Register early to secure your spot! An additional $75 fee covers the course once you have registered for the conference. Read more

Top Shelter Medicine Veterinarian Comes to Michigan!

Dr. Janeczko of the ASPCA in New York City will be a featured speaker at the upcoming MPAW-MAACO Animal Welfare Conference Oct. 28-29th in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.

Dr. Janeczko of the ASPCA in New York City will be a featured speaker at the upcoming MPAW-MAACO Animal Welfare Conference Oct. 28-29th in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.

MPAW has gone straight to the top to bring the latest in shelter medicine to Michigan this fall! Stephanie Janeczko is the current president of the Association of Shelter Veterinarians AND the Senior Director of Community Outreach Shelter Medicine programs for the ASPCA in New York City. Despite her packed schedule, Dr. Janeczko will travel to Mt. Pleasant to speak on three critical topics Oct. 28-29 at the upcoming MPAW-MAACO Animal Welfare Conference. This is a not-to-be-missed chance to learn the latest to improve the care of your animals. And it’s a wonderful opportunity for veterinary students, veterinary technicians, and veterinarians advising or working in animal shelters or with animal rescue groups. Dr. Janeczko is engaging, practical, up-to-date, and knows the business–what more could you want? Read more

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