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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.

 

GLAWC Speaker Feature: April Harris, Found Animals Foundation, Los Angeles, California

GLAWC Speaker Feature: April Harris, Found Animals Foundation, Los Angeles, California

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Hurry! Early Bird Registration ends TONIGHT!!! Friday, Sept 23 at midnight!!
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/great-lakes-animal-welfare-conference-tickets-26787879268

 

April Harris serves as Chief Program Officer for the Found Animals Foundation, a nonprofit geared toward reducing euthanasia through sustainable business models. She is responsible for several programs, including the Adopt & Shop retail adoption centers, the Kitten Foster Project, the Found Animals Microchip Registry and the Saving Pets Challenge.  April has more than 15 years’ experience improving outcomes for shelter pets, including developing and promoting best practices in animal welfare at Salt Lake County Animal Services, Best Friends Animal Society, and other nationally-recognized organizations. Her credits include implementing lifesaving cat, kitten, and pitbull terrier-focused programs, increasing revenue through grants and in-shelter retail and successfully negotiating animal ordinance updates in local municipalities.  April lives in Los Angeles, CA and is the proud mother of a pack of small rescue dogs. April’s session, entitled Data is Your Friend: Extracting and Analyzing Statistics, will Identify the most useful data to collect, where to find it, and how to analyze it to make your programs more effective.

 

Hurry! Early Bird Registration ends TONIGHT!!! Friday, Sept 23 at midnight!!
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GLAWC Speaker Feature: Dr. Cathy Anderson, Medical Director, Jackson County Animal Shelter

GLAWC Speaker Feature: Dr. Cathy Anderson, Medical Director, Jackson County Animal Shelter

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Dr. Anderson is a 1987 graduate of Michigan State University and completed a certificate in shelter medicine through University of Florida in 2013. She is currently working on her MS in Shelter Medicine through that veterinary school. She is a trainer for Euthanasia by Injection and Chemical Immobilization. She teaches in the Veterinary Technician program at Baker College as well as working in a private practice. She is the co-founder and president of Pixie’s Animal Welfare Society, an organization that works in conjunction with the Jackson County Animal Shelter to rehome companion animals. She serves on the Animal Welfare Committee and is the chairperson of the Legislative Committee of the Michigan Veterinary Medical Association. She speaks at the state and national level and offers workshops on Euthanasia by Injection, Tranquilization, compassion fatigue and standard operating procedures for shelters. She has written several articles on sheltering for the MVMA newsletter. Her session, Creating and Using Protocols and Certifying Competencies to Improve Animal Care and Outcomes, will focus on how to write a standard operating procedure (SOP) that is meaningful for your organization and how to use clinical competencies to effectively implement SOPs.

Hurry! Early Bird Registration ends Friday, Sept 23 at midnight!!
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/great-lakes-animal-welfare-conference-tickets-26787879268

GREAT NEWS!! Great Lakes Animal Welfare Conference Early Bird pricing extended for one week!!

GREAT NEWS!! Great Lakes Animal Welfare Conference

Early Bird pricing EXTENDED for one week!!

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 Due to high demand . . .the Early Bird pricing for the GLAWC has been extended until Midnight on Friday, Sept 23.
This is your absolute last chance to get early bird pricing – and may be your last chance to get tickets – because tickets are selling FAST – so hurry and get yourself registered as we are sure to sell out!!!!!
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/great-lakes-animal-welfare-conference-tickets-26787879268

GLAWC Speaker Feature: Rob Leinberger & Reminder Early Bird Special ends today – Sept 16 – at midnight

GLAWC Speaker Feature: Rob Leinberger & Reminder Early Bird Special ends today – Sept 16 – at midnight

GLAWC Speaker Feature: Rob Leinberger Presenting “From Compassion Fatigue to Job Satisfaction”

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Rob Leinberger is an Eagle Scout and worked as a veterinary assistant during high school. In December 1991, he became an Animal Control Officer for Chesterfield County, Virginia. Rob joined Richmond Animal Care & Control in January 2016 as the Animal Control Supervisor. He teaches an animal control basic course for new animal control officers in the region. Rob has an Associate’s Degree in Police Science and a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resource Management. In 2011, he completed a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management at the University of Richmond. In October 2009, he was elected to the board of directors for the Virginia Animal Control Association and currently serves as its President. In September 2012, Rob joined the board of directors for the National Animal Care & Control Association and currently serves as President. He understands that whether you’re in the field or in the shelter, compassion fatigue can be a polar vortex for animal welfare workers. His session will focus on how to turn compassion fatigue into job satisfaction in order to improve your lives and the animals’ lives.

For more info and to register go to:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/great-lakes-animal-welfare-conference-tickets-26787879268

Remember Early Bird Registration ends at midnight tonight!!!

2016 GLAWC Keynote Speaker: Dr. Kate Hurley

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2016 GLAWC Keynote Speaker: Dr. Kate Hurley

GLAWC Speaker Feature: Kate Hurley, DVM Presenting Keynote Address and Two Sessions Providing Updates on the Million Cat Challenge

Dr. Hurley began her career as an animal control officer in 1989 at the Santa Cruz SPCA, a private shelter providing field and sheltering services. She enjoyed the job more than she ever could have imagined, especially the opportunity to help people take better care of their pets and to protect animals every day. Becoming a veterinarian seemed a logical way to continue serving both pets and people, and after six years, she left the Santa Cruz SPCA to attend the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Hurley soon found she couldn’t tear herself away from shelter work, however, and after graduation from veterinary school in 1999, she immediately went to work as a shelter veterinarian. Dr. Hurley loved that job, too, but in 2001, she couldn’t resist the opportunity to return to UC Davis to become the first in the world to undertake a residency in Shelter Medicine. Following completion of the residency,
Dr. Hurley became the director of the UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program.

Two of Dr. Hurley’s proudest achievements are co-authoring the “Association of Shelter Veterinarians’ Guidelines for Standards of Care in Animal Shelters” and co-editing the textbook “Infectious Disease Management in Animal Shelters.” She also co-authored the first-ever vaccine guidelines specifically for shelter dogs and cats.

Most recently, in partnership with Dr. Julie Levy at the University of Florida Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program, she helped launch the Million Cat Challenge, a campaign to save one million cats in North American shelters over the five year period from 2014-2019.

Dr. Hurley’s research interests include welfare of confined dogs and cats, humane and effective strategies to manage community cats, and infectious disease (especially strategies for prevention). She will always love shelter work because it has the potential to improve the lives of so many animals and the people who work so hard to care for them.

For more information and to register for the Great Lakes Animal Welfare Conference go here:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/great-lakes-animal-welfare-conference-tickets-26787879268

HURRY!! GLAWC Scholarship Application Deadline Wednesday, Sept 7

HURRY!! GLAWC Scholarship Application Deadline Wednesday, Sept 7

REMINDER! Applications for scholarships for the Great Lakes Animal Welfare Conference are due on Wednesday, September 7 at 5:00 p.m. Information about the scholarship, including an application, may be found at www.michiganhumane.org/GLAWC. Thanks to our generous sponsors, we have a number of scholarships to award, so please submit your application as soon as possible. Every applicant will be notified whether they received a scholarship by Friday, September 9.

Application is short and simple.

If you don’t apply for a scholarship, be sure to take advantage of early bird prices, which apply until September 16!

Training Announcement: ANIMAL EUTHANASIA-BY-INJECTION COURSE November 9 & November 10, 2016

Training Announcement:
ANIMAL EUTHANASIA-BY-INJECTION COURSE

November 9 & November 10, 2016, in Westland, Michigan

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The delivery of painless and humane death 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. 9th and Thursday, Nov 10th from 9:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days

WHERE: Westland, MI

DESCRIPTION: 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. 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).

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. Course fee does NOT include: travel, lodging, or other meals. Fee must be paid in advance by check or credit card. No refunds after October 25th, 2016.

Space is LIMITED!

For more information or to sign up contact: Jaime Martin at jmartin@michiganhumane.org or 313-262-4034

Great Lakes Animal Welfare Conference – Early Bird Registration Open Now Until Sept 16!

Great Lakes Animal Welfare Conference – Early Bird Registration Open Now Until Sept 16!

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Come join friends and colleagues for the 2016 Great Lakes Animal Welfare Conference on October 24 and 25, 2016 at the stunning FireKeepers Casino in Battle Creek, Michigan. Professionals, volunteers, and advocates from all walks of the animal welfare field are encouraged to join us to hear from experts on 30+ different topics, including world-renowned veterinarian Dr. Kate Hurley, Director of the University of California-Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program, who will present the keynote address. Participants will also enjoy a trade show, awards presentations, and networking at the biggest animal welfare conference in the Great Lakes region. We hope you will join us to learn and to be entertained and inspired!

Base registration fees:
–Full conference (two days of sessions, meals, networking, banquet and trade show)
Early Bird $135/After 9/16/16 $175

— One day only (one day of sessions, meals provided on that day, banquet and trade show)
Early Bird $100/After 9/16/16 $125

Add Ons:
             — Annual MAACO/NACA dues (required for animal control attendees only): $25
             — Optional banquet guest (limit two banquet guest per paid registrant): $35 each

All session and additional information can be found at:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/great-lakes-animal-welfare-conference-tickets-26787879268 

Hotel Information: All conference events will be held at FireKeepers Casino Hotel, 11177 E. Michigan Ave., Battle Creek, MI 49014. Hotel reservations may be made online at www.firekeeperscasinohotel.com. (Please click on “Book Room” and enter group code 102416MAWC to receive the group rate of $119+tax/night.) The room block will fill quickly, so please make your reservations now! FireKeepers does not guarantee this rate after October 8, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. Rooms are also available at the neighboring Quality Inn, which offers rooms at a government rate as well as discounts to guests attending events at FireKeepers. Reservations may be made with the Quality Inn by calling (269) 964-3000.

Large Animal Care & Handling Training August 17, 2016

Large Animal Care & Handling
Training
August 17, 2016
Classes will be held at MSU Farms

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Species to be covered:
Horses
Beef Cattle
Dairy
Sheep
Swine
Courses will be geared towards Animal Control Officers,
and situations they encounter in their line of work.
Lunch will be provided by Michigan Farm Bureau and a short presentation over lunch.
Class will meet at 8:00 a.m. at the MSU Pavilion 4301 Farm Lane. E. Lansing
MI 48824 (please enter through main doors) we will be commuting to farms
Cost of class is $30 to be paid to MAACO
Register with Becky Neal at rneal705@gmail.com
Questions contact Becky Neal 269-420-9058

Hurry!! Spaces Still Available for the UP MPAW-MAACO Animal Care Workshops, July 19 and 21

Hurry!! Spaces Still Available for the UP MPAW-MAACO Animal Care Workshops, July 19 and 21

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These workshops are generously underwritten by The Kenneth A. Scott Trust, A KeyBank Trust.

****July 19 Iron Mountain Animal Care Workshop — Register HERE
Hosted by Almost Home Animal Rescue
Located at Bay College West, 2801 North US 2, Iron Mountain, MI 49801, 906-774-8547
9:30 AM – 10:00 AM: Welcome and Intro (including MAACO Introduction)
10:00 -11:30 AM: Cruelty complaint handling for orgs without investigators roundtable (Andy Seltz, Dr. Shirene Cece)
11:30- 11:45 AM BREAK
11:45 – 1:15 Lunch & discussion– Sanitation and Compassionate Care in the Animal Care Facility Environment
1:15 – 2:45 PM1a: Setting up & Enforcing Protocols (Andy Seltz)
PM2c: What’s New Pussy Cat? Latest Shelter Medicine Recommendations (Dr. Shirene Cece)
2:45-3:00 BREAK
3:00-4:30 PM1c: In- Shelter Behavior (Sarah Pustulka)
PM2d: Vaccine Protocols & Tummy Troubles (Dr. Shirene Cece)
4:30 Surveys, certificates, thank you & good bye
Register HERE

****July 21 St Ignace Animal Care Workshop — Register HERE
Hosted by Mackinac County Animal Shelter
Located at Little Bear Ice Arena, 275 Marquette St, St Ignace, MI 49781, (906) 643-6081
9:30 – 10:00 AM: Welcome and Intro (including MAACO Introduction)
10:00 -11:30 AM: Livestock & Horse Cruelty Investigations (Andy Seltz)
11:30- 11:45 AM BREAK
11:45 – 1:15 Lunch & discussion– Sanitation and Compassionate Care in the Animal Care Facility Environment
1:15 – 2:45 PM1a: Setting up & Enforcing Protocols (Andy Seltz)
PM2b: What’s New Pussy Cat? Latest Shelter Medicine Recommendations (Dr. Shirene Cece)
2:45-3:00 BREAK
3:00-4:30 PM1c: In-Shelter Behavior (Sarah Pustulka)
PM2d: Tummy Troubles (Dr. Shirene Cece)
4:30 Surveys, certificates, thank you & good bye
Register HERE

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