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.

Petfinder Adoption Options Workshop Comes to Novi!


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.


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!

Cruelty Awareness Class Offered in Detroit

Michigan Humane Society investigation teams work year-round in the City of Detroit to address situations of neglect and cruelty.

Michigan Humane Society investigation teams work year-round in the City of Detroit to address situations of neglect and cruelty.

PAWS in the D, the new coalition of animal groups working in the City of Detroit, is hosting an Animal Cruelty Awareness Workshop in Detroit this Thursday, Feb. 19, from 6-8 pm at Christ the King Church. Volunteers with established groups and individuals rescuing animals within the city are welcome. There is no fee and refreshments will be provided. The class will be led by MHS Chief Cruelty Investigator, Debby MacDonald, and will cover recognizing animal neglect and cruelty, evidence, applicable laws, reporting situations, and how cases are investigated.
The training is designed to help individuals and groups already operating in animal rescue anywhere in the City of Detroit, to know what to look for and what constitutes cruelty under Michigan law. Property law is also important to consider and will be discussed. Understanding how to make a report of neglect/cruelty or abandonment to the MHS investigation team, the processes the team follows with each report, and how to call back to find out results will all be included in the training. With better knowledge and good communication, everyone operating to help animals in Detroit can work more efficiently and effectively together.
Please RSVP with Jaime Wilkins-Martin at, and provide the number of people in your party and if you are independent or part of a group. Hope to see you there!


Million Cat Challenge: Are you IN?

Million Cat Challenge: Are you IN?


Photo Courtesy of Million Cat Challlenge

Kate Hurley and Julie Levy announce: The Million Cat Challenge, a campaign to save the lives of a million more cats in North American shelters over the next five years.

Some of you will have heard about a precursor of this in 2012 or 2013 through various conferences and webinars, a few of you might already have enrolled your shelter as a Charter Challenger, and we hope all of you will be proud to know that SAWA representatives provided wise counsel from the beginning that helped shape the campaign you will see today.

Learn more about the challenge at<>. Whether the time is right or not for your shelter to sign up, we hope you’ll find valuable information in our resource center and inspiration in our map of participating shelters (look under the “who’s involved” menu for the Million Cat Challengers so far).

The Million Cat Challenge is a shelter-based campaign to save the lives of one million cats in North America over the next five years. The core strategy of the campaign will focus on five key initiatives that offer every shelter, in every community, practical choices to reduce euthanasia and increase live outcomes for shelter cats.

These five initiatives to save cats’ lives were pioneered by shelters across North America. They offer choices for shelters of every size and type to balance intake, humane capacity within the shelter, and live release.

icon-altintakeAlternatives to intake:

Provide positive alternatives to keep cats in the home or community when admission to a shelter is not the best choice.

icon-removerbarrierRemoving barriers to adoption:

Expand the pool of adopters by removing barriers to adoption such as cost, process, or location.

icon-manageadminManaged admission:

Schedule intake of cats to match the shelter’s ability to assure humane care and safe movement through the shelter system to an appropriate outcome for every cat.


Sterilize, vaccinate, and return healthy un-owned shelter cats to the location of origin as an alternative to euthanasia.

icon-capacitycareCapacity for care:

Match the number of cats cared for at any one time with the capacity required to assure the Five Freedoms of Animal Welfare for all cats in the shelter.

Inspired to join? Just click here:

New Job Posting: Ingham County Animal Shelter in Mason

Veterinarian Petting Dog

MPAW offers free job postings in the Great Lakes Region! Check out the newest post from Ingham County in the sidebar to the right. Just touch on a position to see the full listing. There is a “submit a position” button near the bottom of the sidebar, or just email the posting to us at and we’ll get it right up and in front of the many great people around our state who work in the animal care field.

ASPCA Dog Behavior Webinars Available Now

ASPCA Dog Behavior Webinars Available Now

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Interested in Understanding Dog Behavior? Check out these free webinar recordings today!

Canine Communications: Dog Introductions Trish Loehr, CPDT, Director of Applied Research and Behavior, ASPCA

Hone your skills in making safe dog introductions.



Identifying and Managing Food Guarding

Heather Mohan-Gibbons, RVT, ACAAB, CDEP, CBCC-KA, ASPCA Emily Weiss, PhD, CAAB, ASPCA

Recognize how to identify food guarding behavior. Discover the findings of a national survey on what shelters are currently doing with food guarding dogs.



Canine Behavior and Acoustics Patricia McConnell, PhD, CAAB, Author

Hear what recent research tells us about this important aspect of a dog’s environment, and learn how to use your own voice to communicate effectively with dogs.



Enrichment for Shelter Dogs Kelley Bollen, CABC, Animal Alliances

Learn how shelter dogs will benefit from behavioral and environmental enrichment.



Attention Professional Dog Trainers

Find out which ASPCApro webinar recordings have been approved for CEUs by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT).





Caring for Exotic Birds in the Shelter Environment

Caring for Exotic Birds in the Shelter Environment
This parakeet is a common pet who may show up at your animal shelter or rescue group.

This parakeet is a common pet who may show up at your animal shelter or rescue group.

TWEET TWEET! The feathered friends are at your door! Now what to do? Plan in advance so that you can provide good care, housing, and placement for exotic birds by registering to watch this FREE webinar from the Association of Shelter Veterinarians on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 from 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM:

Topics Survey Casts Wide Net for 2015 Training


More than 30 representatives of animal shelters from across the Upper Peninsula gathered on June 13 in Munising to network and learn together.

MPAW-MAACO Upper Peninsula Regional Workshop gathered representatives from animal welfare and sheltering from across the U.P. last June in Munising.

IT’S TIME! Time to cast your vote in the region-wide survey for the top animal welfare topics of 2015! Which speakers and presentations jazz you, excite you, and strike you as “most needed” to help you with your work for animals in your community? With regional workshops, a Petfinder Adoption Options event, and the big state animal welfare conference all in the planning stages, NOW is the best time to weigh in with your ideas for what you want to see and hear this year.

Cats flood shelters and services: how can we help them better and save more of their lives?

Cats flood shelters and services: how can we help them better and save more of their lives?

From field services to shelter medicine, dog behavior to small furry adoptions, management to fundraising–there is a LOT of new happening out there, and this is your chance to request that it come to Michigan for an MPAW-MAACO training. The survey is being posted on Facebook and more than 1,000 prior training participants are being directly invited to weigh in with their ideas.

2014 Bright Ideas Winners

2014 Bright Ideas Winners at fall conference

To take the survey today, please touch HERE

Survey will be open through January 31st, so don’t delay! Watch this site and Facebook for updates on who will be coming this year and where you can catch the latest and greatest.

Ciao miao, for now!


ASPCA: Save Horses through Help a Horse Day February 10

ASPCA: Save Horses through Help a Horse Day February 10


Photo courtesy of ASPCA

Webinar:  How to Save Horses through ASPCA Help a Horse Day Tuesday, February 10, 3-4 pm ET Jacque Schultz, Senior Director, ASPCA Equine Fund, ASPCA

April 26, 2015, is the third annual Help a Horse Day (HaHD) – a national effort on behalf of homeless horses and those who care for them. Help a Horse Day is the perfect opportunity to let your community know how they can be a part of your mission. Will your equine group be part of the celebration?

Why celebrate Help a Horse Day?

  • Increased visibility
  • A national platform from which to spread your message
  • An opportunity to engage your community
  • Raise both funds and awareness
  • A chance to win some of the $50,000 in prize money

Join the ASPCA Equine Fund Team for a free, 60-minute webinar and question/answer session to learn:

  • What is HaHD?
  • How will HaHD 2015 be different than HaHD 2014?
  • What do I need to do to win the celebration contest?

Bring your questions! You’ll walk away from this session with ideas and tips to reach your community and involve them in your lifesaving mission. If you can’t join us for the live webinar, sign up anyway and we will send you the link to the recording.

Early Registration for the 2015 Animal Care Expo ends January 31!!!

Early Registration for the 2015 Animal Care Expo ends January 31!!!


Learn. Rejuvenate. Network.

Animal Care Expo 2015 registration is open! The premier national conference for animal welfare professionals is taking over New Orleans, March 30-April 2, 2015. View the conference schedule and register now!

Join 2,000 animal care experts, professionals and newbies from around the globe to learn new skills and strategies to find pets homes, keep pets in homes, engage your community, humanely manage cat populations, and more! Expo 2015 is sure to be extra special as we reflect on the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and the continuing efforts to make disaster preparedness for animals a key priority. Get ready to recharge your passion for saving animals!

Expo is already the most cost-effective educational opportunity in animal welfare, now through January 31st, get an extra $25 off full conference registration with code SDEX15.


2015 Veterinary Training Internship Program prior to Animal Care Expo

2015 Veterinary Training Internship Program prior to Animal Care Expo


If you have a veterinary clinic at your shelter, please find below an invitation from Humane Society International (HSI) to be a partner in their 2015 Veterinary Training Internship Program prior to Animal Care Expo:


We invite your organization to become a partner in our program by hosting one or more international veterinarians for a week of hands-on training at your veterinary clinic prior to Animal Care Expo 2015 (March 30-April 2, 2015 in New Orleans).

The veterinary interns would arrive at the host organization on Sunday, March 22, 2015 to start on Monday, March 23, 2015. The would depart the host organization for Animal Care Expo on Sunday, March 29, 2015. Expo registration opens on Sunday, March 29, 2015 at 4:00 pm.


In hosting an international intern for a week-long veterinary training internship, the host agrees to provide:

  • Accommodations (funding is available through HSI if accommodations can’t be met through staff, board members or volunteers but receipts will need to be submitted in order for reimbursement).  If funding is requested for accommodations, we ask that you take 2 interns to help cover housing costs on our end.  HSI will pair roommates according to gender.
  • Food is reimbursable to the host organization only not interns directly (interns have a meal allowance of $35/day each).  Host organization MUST save receipts for reimbursement submission.
  • Transportation (includes pick-up to/from airport; daily pick-up to/from housing accommodations to shelter).  If a staff member is going to Expo, maybe our intern(s) can share the ride to Expo 2015 which is to be held in New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • Training activities for the week with an opportunity for the intern(s) to observe and participate in all aspects of veterinary practice including euthanasia.
  • Weekend activities (if applicable).


  • HSI will interview and select the intern(s) taking into consideration any special requests from the host shelter.
  • HSI will provide you with advance information about your intern(s) and suggestions for making the most of this experience both for the intern(s) and for your society.
  • HSI will be responsible for the intern’s international/domestic travel (from home country to host organization to Expo venue to back home).
  • HSI will reimburse for housing, meals, and transportation costs to the host organization (with proper receipts for reimbursement).

This program has been a great success and benefits both the intern and the host group.  We look forward to sharing this experience with you!

If you are interested in hosting, please contact:

Donna Pease

International Coordinator for Animal Care Expo

Humane Society International

2100 L Street, NW

Washington, DC 20037

Phone: (301) 548-7739

Fax: (301) 258-3082


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