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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.

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.

MPAW-MAACO Regional Workshop Series Registration OPEN!

Attendees at last year's Upper Peninsula regional meeting gather for a photo op!

Attendees at last year’s Upper Peninsula regional meeting gather for a photo op!

Join your colleagues in the field of animal welfare this spring for these engaging and enlightening day-long seminars brought to you by MPAW and MAACO! Each one is unique, but all five feature shelter medicine and general animal welfare sessions. Network and get to know your neighboring agencies face-to-face in a day away featuring up-to-date information, food, discussion, and fun! Open to employees, volunteers, and individuals active in rescuing or sheltering animals, animal control officers, etc.

Lunch is included in the affordable registration fee of $20 (half off for additional attendees from the same organization) thanks to a generous grant from the Kenneth A. Scott Charitable Trust, a KeyBank Trust. Each workshop begins at 9:30 a.m. and ends at 4:00 p.m. Five locations around the state: attend one all. Visit the Training page for complete agendas and a link to the online registration HERE.

Space is limited at each workshop! Please register early! No refunds after 7 days prior to each event. All events are approved by MDARD for Animal Control Officer training hours. Questions? 888-735-5806.

A roundtable discussion of ways groups can better collaborate to save animal lives.

A roundtable discussion of ways groups can better collaborate to save animal lives.

Chief Cruelty Investigator MacDonald Discusses Animal Fighting with Detroit’s Animal Rescue Community

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Chief Cruelty Investigator MacDonald Discusses Animal Fighting with Detroit’s Animal Rescue Community

On Wednesday, March 11 about 50 people attended an Animal Fighting Workshop hosted by PAWS in the D and led by MHS’s chief cruelty investigator, Debby MacDonald. Groups in attendance included: C.H.A.I.N.E.D. Inc, Providing for Paws, DAWG, Southwest, Detroit Pit Crew, Dog Aide, Geneses County Animal Control, Home Fur Ever, Michigan Humane Society and several independents. Although tough to watch, the audience remained engaged and asked important questions. The discussion focused on clues that might indicate that dog fighting is taking place on a property, what to do if you see them and how to safely disengage from and report the situation. Debby also discussed the myth of the bait dog and the types of scars on a dog that could differentiate between a typical dog skirmish and a dog used for actual fighting.

The next PAWS in the D workshop: Contagious Diseases in the Field: how to keep yourself and your own animals safe while you rescue, will be held April 7. If you or your group are interested in attending, please contact Jaime Martin at JMartin@michiganhumane.org.

MAACO Euthanasia-by-Injection Workshop in Charlotte, MI

Dr. Cathy Anderson is a nationally-certified instructor of injection-euthanasia for the animal care and control field.

Dr. Cathy Anderson is a nationally-certified instructor of injection-euthanasia for the animal care and control field.

The Michigan Association of Animal Control Officers (MAACO) is hosting a Euthanasia-by-Injection workshop April 13-14 in Charlotte, Michigan. If your animal shelter or animal control agency has staff members who need to get high-quality training, please email: rneal705@gmail.com (MAACO President Becky Neal). Cathy Anderson, DVM, is a nationally-accredited trainer in this compassionate aspect of animal care. This two-day course includes a wide variety of topics and a written exam at the end. The next course offered will be in the fall through MPAW.

Maddie’s Institute Webcast: Assessing Your Community to Save More Animals’ Lives!

Maddie’s Institute Webcast: Assessing Your Community to Save More Animals’ Lives

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Do you know what’s needed to save the lives of more animals in your community? The answer to that question begins with understanding what already exists in terms of resources, as well as the major issues facing homeless pets in your area and the people who work to help them.

On March 19, 2015, at 9 PM Eastern, Bonney Brown of the Humane Network will join Maddie’s Institute® for a presentation on Assessing Your Community to Save More Animals’ Lives.

This webcast will provide a strategy to help you look at your community in a new way, and to assess needs and identify opportunities. You’ll learn how to gather and analyze information and statistics and how to use what you learn to develop plans to facilitate positive results for the animals.

Register for the free webcast HERE

Attendees will learn:

How to assess your community’s opportunities and challenges.
How to determine what is needed to help achieve greater lifesaving success for homeless pets.
How to gather and analyze the necessary information.
Steps and key elements for creating and executing a plan.
How to track and review progress.
And more!
Assessing Your Community to Save More Animals’ Lives includes valuable information for anyone who wants to save animals’ lives, from individual advocates to shelter and rescue group staff, volunteers and board members.

This webcast is part of an ongoing series of educational programs from Maddie’s Institute, a program of Maddie’s Fund®, the nation’s leading funder of shelter medicine education. Maddie’s Institute brings cutting edge shelter medicine information from universities and animal welfare leaders to shelter veterinarians, managers and staff as well as private practice veterinarians, rescue groups and community members to increase the lifesaving of homeless dogs and cats community-wide.

This course has been pre-approved for Certified Animal Welfare Administrator continuing education credits.

Investigator Debby MacDonald Discusses Animal Cruelty Awareness with Detroit’s Rescue Community

Investigator Debby MacDonald Discusses Animal Cruelty Awareness with Detroit’s Rescue Community

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PAWS in the D (Providing Animal Welfare Services in the D), a coalition of organizations and individuals who independently provide welfare services to animals and their families living in the city of Detroit, were hosts to Michigan Humane Society’s Chief Cruelty Investigator, Debby MacDonald on Thursday Feb. 19th. MacDonald spoke to a crowd of 75 composed of active participants in Detroit’s animal rescue community.

“The workshop was informative for all levels of experience. People were encouraged to ask questions and I feel they were given honest direct answers. Debby keeps the attention of the group and gave clear explanation of the topics,” Lori Schafer, Providing For Paws

“The workshop was fabulous and Deb MacDonald is a wealth of knowledge,” Kelley Labonty, DAWG

The next workshop, also lead by Investigator MacDonald, takes place on Wednesday, March 11 and will focus on Animal Fighting: what to watch for and what to do if you see the signs while in the field.

These workshops are intended for individuals or organizations who conduct animal welfare work within the city of Detroit. If you are interested in attending, please contact Jaime Martin at JMartin@michiganhumane.org or 248-283-5635.

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Petfinder Adoption Options Workshop Comes to Novi!

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REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! Petfinder Adoption Options Workshop: Friday, May 1st in the Detroit metro area! This daylong training and networking event is jointly sponsored by MPAW and MAACO and bringing some great national speakers to the east side of our state as part of our 2015 Regional Meetings Series! This workshop is FREE, includes lunch, lots of networking opportunities, and is open to all people working to help animals in their communities: volunteers, staff, field officers, and individuals who rescue or foster animals on their own! Register today to hold your spot HERE!

Dr. Karen Dashfield of Antler Ridge Wildlife Sanctuary in New Jersey is a national lecturer on all types of animals.

Dr. Karen Dashfield of Antler Ridge Wildlife Sanctuary in New Jersey is a national lecturer on all types of animals.

Dr. Karen Dashfield returns to Michigan to speak on Shelter Medicine 101: the critical points you need to know about managing the care of groups of animals. You won’t want to miss the Top 10 Tips to Increase Adoptions presented by Melissa Vecera of Petfinder. Best Friend’s Patty Hegwood will travel from Utah to speak on Increasing and Engaging your Volunteer Team. The day will close with Jenn Barg, MS, ACAAB, CDBC of the Denver Animal Shelter teaching on Training Shelter Dogs using animals from the Michigan Humane Society’s Berman Center for Animal Care. The whole workshop is presented by the Petco Foundation.

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Four more MPAW-MAACO Regional Meetings will be held in 2015: two in May in Lansing and Grand Rapids, and two in June in Roscommon and Escanaba. Each will have an associated Vet-to-Vet Shelter Medicine Roundtable. Watch this site for details!

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