How Animal Laws Affect Sheltering and Rescue

If you’ve ever wondered about the laws affecting your work with animals, then you won’t want to miss Ann Griffin’s presentation at the Great Lakes Animal Welfare Conference on Tuesday, October 20th at FireKeepers Casino in Battle Creek, Michigan. A member of the Animal Law Section of the State Bar, active with Attorneys for Animals, and a sought-after instructor, Ann also has years of experience working with Michigan Humane Society. She understands both the animal welfare field and the laws that relate to animals in the state.

One of our animals tested positive for a contagious illness – do we have to report that? How long does our shelter have to hold a stray animal? Is our rescue group liable for something one of our volunteers does? The answers to these and other questions are important to the long-term success of your operation and your ability to save more animal lives. Ann’s presentation is designed to provide an overview of the Michigan animal laws impacting animal shelters in order to raise awareness and help you make informed decisions.

Registration for the Great Lakes Animal Welfare Conference opens August 1st on the training events page of this website. If you’d like to have a registration brochure mailed to you, send your mailing address to The conference sold out last year, so early registration is recommended. This year we have a larger, smoke-free venue and 43 sessions in five concurrent tracks. The conference registration fee is only $150 for both days and includes two continental breakfasts, two lunches, snack breaks, a networking social, banquet and trade show. Groups can save $25 per person by registering at the same time online. All sessions have been approved for CAWA continuing education units and most sessions (including Ann’s) are approved for MDARD animal control officer training hours. The conference is presented by the Petco Foundation and hosted by MPAW and the Michigan Association of Animal Control Officers. JOIN US IN OCTOBER!

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