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.

MVMA’s Animal Welfare Conference: Animal Welfare – The Human Component, East Lansing Nov. 24


MVMA’s Animal Welfare Conference: Animal Welfare – The Human Component, scheduled at the MSU Pavilion in East Lansing Nov. 24, 2014, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This year’s conference will feature keynote speaker Ian Duncan, PhD, Professor Emeritus and Emeritus Chair in Animal Welfare at the University of Guelph. Dr. Duncan has had an extensive research career studying animal sentience and animal emotion.
The conference will emphasize how veterinarians work together with all animal communities to ensure humane treatment of animals at every stage of life.
The other event sessions and additional information can be found here (


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Promotional video featuring Dr. Steve Halstead:

Got questions about vaccinations for shelter cats and dogs? The ASPCA’s Dr. Stephanie Janeczko can help!

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.

Got questions about vaccinations for shelter cats and dogs?  Dr. Stephanie Janeczko, of the ASPCA’s Shelter Medicine Service, can answer them for you in this 60-minute question-and-answer session!

Let’s Talk Shelter Vaccines!

Wednesday, Nov. 19, 3-4pm ET
Presenter: Dr. Stephanie Janeczko, ASPCA

Got questions about vaccinations for shelter cats and dogs?  Dr. Stephanie Janeczko, of the ASPCA’s Shelter Medicine Service, can answer them for you in this 60-minute question-and-answer session!

Click HERE to register for the Q&A session.

But before you call in check out this comprehensive discussion by Dr. Janeczko:

Shelter Vaccination Protocols

Recording available 24/7
Presenter: Dr. Stephanie Janeczko, ASPCA

Learn about the use of vaccinations as part of a comprehensive wellness plan to protect the health of cats and dogs in your care.

Timely administration of appropriate vaccinations is a powerful lifesaving tool that can minimize or prevent some of the most common and serious infectious diseases of concern in animal shelters.  This webinar will provide guidance for shelters looking to implement, improve, or just better understand optimal vaccination protocols for cats and dogs. We will discuss:

  • The basics of how vaccinations work
  • How vaccines can be used to prevent disease outbreaks
  • Limitations
  • Requirements for use
  • Currently recommended vaccination protocols for cats and dogs in shelters and aspects of these protocols that may need to be modified in specific situations

This free, 90-minute webinar will benefit anyone in animal welfare interested in vaccinations for cats and dogs housed in shelters.

Let’s Talk Shelter Vaccines!

Wednesday, Nov. 19, 3-4pm ET
Presenter: Dr. Stephanie Janeczko, ASPCA

Got questions about vaccinations for shelter cats and dogs?  Dr. Stephanie Janeczko, of the ASPCA’s Shelter Medicine Service, can answer them for you in this 60-minute question-and-answer session!

Meet the Presenter

Stephanie Janeczko, DVM, MS, DABVP, CAWA
Senior Director, Shelter Medicine Programs, ASPCA

Dr. Janeczko received her DVM from Cornell and worked in small animal general practice before returning to Cornell as its first shelter medicine resident. She is board certified in canine and feline practice, a member of the organizing committee for the shelter medicine practice board specialty, and president of the Association of Shelter Veterinarians. As the ASPCA senior director of shelter medicine programs, Dr. Janeczko works nationally to help shelters and animal welfare groups develop and improve their medical programs.

Clinical Trial Being Conducted on Improvement of Aggression Between Housemate Cats



Clinical Trial Being Conducted on Improvement of Aggression Between Housemate Cats



Do your cats bicker, brawl or argue?

Aggression between housemate cats may continue for years. There is hope for peace. Please contact our veterinary behaviorist, Dr. Theresa DePorter to see if your cats would qualify to participate in a clinical trial. Hurry, the trial will be over in July and many households may enroll at each meeting.

Final enrollment opportunities. Volunteers only attend one meeting:

June 3rd OVRS – Bloomfield Hills, MI 2pm or 6pm

June 12th Capital Area Humane Society Lansing, MI 2pm or 6pm

June 17th OVRS- Bloomfield Hills, MI 2pm or 6pm

June 19th Michigan Humane Society- Westland, MI 1pm

July 8th OVRS – Bloomfield Hills, MI 2pm

July 10th The Anti-Cruelty Society – Chicago, IL 3 meetings TBD

Contact OVRS at 248-334-6877 or to prequalify.

Click here for a flyer with more information.





On Tuesday, November 18th at 7:00pm, the Michigan Humane Society (MHS), the Animals and Society Institute (ASI) and
Madonna University will co-host “Protecting animals and families: Recognizing and responding to the link between
animal cruelty and family violence” presented by Maya Gupta, PhD. The lecture will be held in S100 Franciscan Center
at Madonna University located at 36600 Schoolcraft Road in Livonia. Refreshments will be served.
Dr. Gupta’s lecture will focus on a review of the research linking animal cruelty to other forms of antisocial behavior,
including interpersonal violence and especially family violence, e.g., child abuse, partner violence and elder abuse. In
her presentation, she will expound on the fact that, whether we are animal lovers or not, paying attention to the connections
between animal cruelty and family violence helps to widen the net of violence prevention in our communities,
and to better address violence in all its forms.
Maya Gupta, PhD, earned her BA from Columbia University and both her Master’s degree and Doctorate in clinical
psychology from the University of Georgia. Her research has focused on applying information about the connections
between animal cruelty and domestic violence to enhance batterer typologies and to improve the prediction and
prevention of violence in all its forms.
Dr. Gupta is the Executive Director of the Animals and Society Institute (ASI), which explores the connections between
people and animals through supporting research on human-animal interactions, training human service professionals on
the assessment and treatment of animal abuse, and promoting the integration of scientific knowledge into evidence based
public policy on animal-related issues.
Dr. Gupta is the past executive director of Ahimsa House, a Georgia-based nonprofit
organization dedicated to helping the human and animal victims of domestic violence
across Georgia reach safety together. She has written and trained widely on removing
barriers to service for domestic violence victims with animals, including the development
of “safe haven for pets” programs for emergency sheltering of animals while
victims seek safety.
She also serves on the Steering Committee of the National Link Coalition, focusing on
the animal abuse/interpersonal violence link, on the Animal Cruelty Advisory Council
of the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys, and as adjunct faculty in the Anthrozoology
program at Canisius College.
Dr. Gupta previously served on the Board of Directors of the Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence; she cochaired
the Organizing Committee for the Section on Human-Animal Interaction for the American Psychological Association,
previously served as the section’s Chair, and currently serves as its Training Director. In 2012, she received the
Task Force Member of the Year award from the Georgia Commission on Family Violence.
Tickets for this special event are $10 and can be purchased online at Tickets for MPAW members are $8; seniors and students, $5.
There is no charge for Madonna faculty, staff, students or alumni. Discounted and complimentary tickets
are available only by contacting Jo Swaney at (248) 283-5671 or via e-mail to Jo Swaney at Please note that RSVPs are requested for comps. Tickets may be
purchased at the venue between 5:30pm and 6:30pm (RSVPs requested–cash only).

MPAW Euthanasia-by-Injection Training: November 19-20 in Westland

animal euthanasia

 The delivery of painless and humane death for animals is a great responsibility to those who must do it. There can be no confusion or uncertainty that the euthanasia technician’s first (primary) responsibility is to the animal; to assure that the animal is treated with compassion and respect, no matter what. The purpose of this Euthanasia-by-Injection workshop is to teach, encourage and model this primary purpose. It is sponsored by the Michigan Partnership for Animal Welfare (MPAW) which seeks to provide excellent professional training to the animal welfare field in Michigan.

WHEN: Wednesday, Nov. 19th and Thursday, Nov. 20th from 9:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days

WHERE: Westland, Michigan. Free parking.


Dr. Shirene Cece and Dr. Cathy Anderson, both Michigan licensed veterinarians who specialize in shelter medicine, will team teach the two-day workshop for staff of Michigan registered animal shelters and animal control officers. Topics covered will include: understanding how euthanasia drugs work, calculating dosages, humane restraint techniques, appropriate administration, managing euthanasia related compassion stress, etc. This training meets and exceeds the minimum requirement for euthanasia technician training as outlined in Michigan law (Public Health Code Act 738 Section 733). NOTE: This course does NOT require participants to euthanize an animal. Additional practice under the direction of a  licensed veterinarian is strongly recommended before applying for state certification.

FEE: $65 per person includes two full days of instruction, workbook, lunch both days, additional materials and supplies, the final written exam (mandatory for certification), and a certificate of completion for those who pass the exam. Course fee does NOT include: travel, lodging, or other meals. Fee must be paid in advance by check or credit card. No refunds after November 10, 2014.

TO REGISTER: Email or call 248-283-5697. Class size is limited.

Animal Transfer Programs & Overlooked Pets!

Animal transfer

Marie Skladd, Director of Community Outreach for the Michigan Humane Society, will speak on how to design a good animal transfer program at the upcoming MPAW-MAACO Conference in Mt. Pleasant.

Are there animals in your shelter that could be better helped by other shelters or rescue groups? Are you a rescue group that accepts animals from shelters? The upcoming MPAW-MAACO Animal Welfare Conference will feature a special session on “Animal Transfer Programs: Partnering to Save Lives.” Taught by Michigan Humane Society’s Director of Community Outreach, Marie Skladd, this session will share how that organization has developed a robust transfer program with more than 125 animal rescue transfer partner organizations throughout Michigan and Canada. Marie will describe how a strong well-designed transfer program can boost collaboration between shelters and rescues, resulting in more animal lives being saved. As with many things in animal sheltering, the “devil is in the details.” But Marie has solved many of the common dilemmas and communication issues that can arise, and will address how to select partners that fit well with your mission. Her talk will be presented at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 29th.

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Top National Animal Fighting Investigator Terry Mills Coming to Michigan!

animal fighting

ASPCA Director of Blood Sports Investigations, Terry Mills, will teach a full-day course on Thursday, Oct. 30, at the MPAW-MAACO Animal Welfare Conference.

Fighting dogs or fighting roosters–it’s all against the law in Michigan. Law enforcement officers and animal cruelty investigators will learn in-depth techniques of animal fighting investigation from a top national expert, Terry Mills, next week at the 11th Annual MPAW-MAACO Animal Welfare Conference in Mt. Pleasant. Although the conference is sold out, animal lovers should be glad that this excellent training is being provided to investigators coming from all corners of the state. Terry Mills joined the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in October 2010 to lead the new Blood Sports division of the Investigations Team. The division is dedicated to providing training to law enforcement and investigating blood sports, including dog and cockfighting, across the country.

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Michigan State Veterinarian to Speak at MPAW-MAACO Conference


MDARD Animal Industry Division head and state veterinarian Dr. James Averill will lead a panel including two of his top staff veterinarians at the upcoming Animal Welfare Conference.

Don’t miss Michigan’s state veterinarian, Dr. James Averill, as he addresses the role of the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) Animal Industry Division at the upcoming MPAW-MAACO Animal Welfare Conference. Dr. Averill will be joined by two of his top staff veterinarians in a panel session designed for animal shelters, rescues, animal control officers, veterinarians, and others active in animal welfare. The MDARD registers and regulates 190+  animal shelters in the state, using Regulation 151. MDA field veterinarians visit shelters to inspect them, follow up on complaints, and advise them in the case of animal disease outbreaks, etc. The department used to regulate pet stores as well, but that function was curtailed due to budget cuts in recent years. Neither nonprofit foster-based animal rescue groups nor pet breeders are currently registered by the MDARD.

The Animal Industry Division also oversees the dissemination of grant money from Michigan’s Companion Animal Welfare Fund, which was created by law in 2007. Shelters are encouraged to broadly promote the use of the tax check-off on the state income tax form in early 2015 so that the amount of money available for grants continues to grow. In 2013, for example, 20 Michigan animal shelters received a total of $175,000+ to use toward pet sterilization, staff training, and other critical projects. The Michigan Humane Society was awarded $5,000 of Fund money in 2014 to underwrite travel expenses for selected speakers at this year’s Animal Welfare Conference. The current online application is due Monday, November 10th.

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What To Do About Cats Who Don’t Get Along


Dr. Theresa DePorter is a Michigan veterinarian specializing in behavior.

One of the most challenging issues in the animal placement field is cat-to-cat aggression. Cats who don’t get along are often relinquished to shelters and rescues or turned out of doors. It is also a factor in failed adoptions, as new kitty tries to blend in with existing cats in a household. Dr. Theresa DePorter is a board-certified behavior specialist veterinarian who is also an active researcher. She practices at Oakland Veterinary Referral Services in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Dr. DePorter has been studying inter-cat aggression for several years. She is about to publish her latest research and we are delighted that she will be presenting at next week’s MPAW-MAACO Animal Welfare Conference in Mt. Pleasant. Dr. DePorter’s session is at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 29th. Since the conference is currently filled to capacity, those who miss out hearing her this time are encouraged to watch for her published study.

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Helping Horses at Risk of Winter Neglect

horse neglect

Dr. Karen Waite of Michigan State University specializes in equine as an Extension Specialist and professor.

Last year’s difficult winter combined with limited hay crops in much of the state contributed to a number of horse neglect, cruelty, and abandonment situations in Michigan. A special session at the upcoming 2014 MPAW-MAACO Animal Welfare conference in Mt. Pleasant on October 28th is designed to help field officers, cruelty investigators, and staff and volunteers of animal welfare agencies get ahead of the curve this year. Dr. Karen Waite, equine specialist at Michigan State University, will teach practical approaches to help horses who are at risk of suffering winter neglect. MPAW has featured Dr. Waite at our regional trainings and past conferences. Her expert yet down-to-earth recommendations can help you work with horse owners who could benefit from education in order to head off a neglect case.

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