Bright Ideas Award Winners: Michigan Animal Shelters in the Spotlight

Montcalm County Animal Shelter Director Angela Hollinshead (R) has spearheaded an expanded county ordinance including regulations for dog breeding facilities, winning an MPAW 2014 Bright Ideas Award.

FIVE Bright Ideas from Michigan animal shelters will be featured in a special session at the MPAW-MAACO Animal Welfare Conference at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 28th. MPAW tracks and selects the winners from the new programs and successful ideas happening in our nearly 200 shelters each year. Winners then have the chance to present on their Bright Idea to their peers, having earned free registration and lodging enabling them to attend the conference. Award plaques (this year eco-friendly) will be presented to each winner during one of the conference meals.

This year’s Bright Ideas winners that you won’t want to miss are:

  • Barry County Animal Shelter (Hastings) for an innovative weekend foster program
  • Charlevoix Area Humane Society (Boyne City) for creative fundraisers including “Dining 4 Paws”
  • Livingston County Animal Shelter (Howell) for a TNR outreach program for a mobile home park
  • Montcalm County Animal Shelter (Stanton) for dog breeder regulations in county animal ordinance
  • Northwoods Animal Shelter (Iron River) for opening the first public vet clinic in a U.P. shelter

Director Diana Newman (R) of the Barry County Animal Shelter in Hastings developed a great program to get shelter dogs into weekend foster homes–many of which turn into permanent homes!

This year’s MPAW-MAACO conference will be held at the luxurious Soaring Eagle Casino Resort (877-232-4532), but the group room rate of $101 (use Code NOTRMLIST102714) ends Monday, October 6th! Once these rooms are gone, we recommend contacting Soaring Eagle for a room at their nearby waterpark hotel for just $95 (without water pass). You can view the conference line-up HERE, register online HERE, fax in your registration to 248-283-1001, or call us to register by phone at 248-283-5671.

Online registration for the MPAW-MAACO Animal Welfare Conference closes October 24th, but many sessions are filling up FAST, so we recommend that you register TODAY! One price of $175 will get you the full three-day event, including continental breakfasts and lunch each day, plus the networking social and MPAW banquet on Tuesday evening! Deep registration discounts are available for animal control officers, seniors (60+) and students registering online. Groups of 3 or more people from the same organization registering by phone at the same time qualify for a 20% discount. Five scholarships (two for animal control officers and three for vet/vet tech students) are still available. Email to apply.

Tim Crum’s practical guide to fundraising specifically written for the animal welfare industry.

Optional conference add-on’s include: MAACO dues and banquet for currently-employed animal control officers; and Human CPR certification course (only 5 spots left as of this writing). Plus there will be the opportunity to purchase a signed copy of Tim Crum’s new book: An Animal Shelter’s Guide to Fundraising in the Exhibit Hall on Tuesday. A wide variety of vendors of equipment and services for the animal welfare field will be exhibiting during the first two days of the conference.

We hope to see you at the biggest, best, and friendliest MPAW-MAACO animal welfare conference yet!


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