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Happy 2016! With the New Year, there come new training opportunities for you and your organization through MPAW’s Regional Trainings, underwritten by the generous support of the Kenneth A. Scott Charitable Trust, a KeyBank Trust. In an effort to make sure our attendees are getting the types of training they need most, we ask you to take the time to fill out the following survey:

It should only take about 3-5 minutes of your time but the feedback we get is invaluable.

Thank you for all that you do!

2016 Midwest Veterinary Conference Scholarships Announced – Deadline January 11

2016 Midwest Veterinary Conference Scholarships Announced – Deadline January 11


These scholarships are made possible by grants from The Kenneth A. Scott Charitable Trust and the Ohio Animal Health Foundation

The MWV Conference will be held in Columbus, OH, Feb. 25-28.

The deadline for the scholarship is Jan 11th, but it is an easy form to fill out so hopefully this won’t be a hindrance for those wishing to apply. There is a euthanasia certification training as well, so some shelters may want to send staff to that. Registrants can attend it separately or attend the training and the conference. The scholarship can be used to offset most of the cost of the training as well.




MHS is hiring for multiple positions to help animals go from homeless to loved

DETROIT – The Michigan Humane Society (MHS) is hosting a hiring fair on Saturday, January 16, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the new MHS Detroit Animal Care Campus. The hiring fair will include information on Animal Care Technician/Customer Service Representative positions and an opportunity to interview with MHS representatives. Those interested in attending are asked to email a resume to

Candidates meeting minimum requirements will be contacted by email to set up a “speed” interview at the fair.

“The positions we are looking to fill will have you truly making a difference for animals in need from your first day,” said CJ Bentley, MHS Senior Director of Operations. “Our customer service representatives and animal care technicians are dedicated and enthusiastic people that have compassion for both people and animals. With our state-of-the-art new facility opening this spring, we are expanding the lifesaving MHS team!”

MHS customer service representatives help pet adopters find a wonderful new animal companion; process pet adoptions using the animal sheltering database; support current pets and their owners through our free pet food bank and free straw programs; help owners decide if rehoming their pet is the best option; provide care and food for animals in the shelter; and clean kennels, cages and other areas of the adoption center. Detailed training is provided to new staff members.

The site of the job fair, the new MHS Detroit Animal Care Campus, which is in the final stages of completion before it replaces the current MHS Detroit facility this spring, is located at 7887 Chrysler drive, a few blocks north of the current MHS Detroit facility.

The Michigan Humane Society is the largest and oldest animal welfare organization in the state. MHS works to end companion animal homelessness, provide the highest quality service and compassion to the animals entrusted to our care, and to be a leader in promoting humane values.

ASPCA WEBINAR: Turning Data Into Lives Saved

ASPCA WEBINAR: Turning Data Into Lives Saved

Date: Wednesday, January 20, 2016


Shelter Animals Count Board: Jodi Lytle Buckman, Chair; Lisa Pedersen, Director
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•Jodi Lytle Buckman, Chair, Shelter Animals Count Board; Senior Director, Community Outreach, ASPCA
•Lisa Pedersen, Director, Shelter Animals Count Board; CEO, Humane Society of Boulder Valley

How many animals enter our nation’s shelters?
How many animals are moving among shelters and rescues as transfers?
What can we learn from other communities where more, or fewer, lives are saved?

These – and so many other questions – can be answered if shelters and rescues agree that we can turn data into lives saved. In fact, what if there was a database of sheltered animal statistics?

Good news! A national database has just launched! This collaborative project is a first-of-its-kind initiative to gather data at local, state and national levels on animals in American shelters.

Learn about the database and how your organization can participate. Join us for a free, 60-minute webinar to explore:
•The fundamentals of quality data collection in an animal shelter
•The basic data matrix, a nationally recognized tool for data collection and sharing
•How to sign up and begin entering data into the national database

Shelter Animals Count is a new national organization formed by a diverse group of partners focused on creating and sharing a national database of sheltered animal statistics. The goal is to gather facts and insights that will help shelters save more lives. We hope you’ll join us for this webinar, and ultimately choose to join shelters from across the country in the national database! For more information please visit

Wednesday, January 20, 2016, 3-4 pm ET

Wednesday, December 9: ASPCA Webinar: Linda Reider, one of the Authors of Animal Behavior for Shelter Veterinarians and Staff, Using post adoption programs to maximize adoption success

Wednesday, December 9: ASPCA Webinar: Linda Reider, one of the Authors of Animal Behavior for Shelter Veterinarians and Staff, Using post adoption programs to maximize adoption success


Have you read the new book Animal Behavior for Shelter Veterinarians and Staff?
ASPCA Webinar: Linda Reider, one of the Authors of Animal Behavior for Shelter Veterinarians and Staff: Using post adoption programs to maximize adoption success, will explain her research and show you how to start your own program.
Adopter Support: Helping Adopters Succeed
Wednesday, December 9, 3-4:30 pm ET
Linda Reider, Executive Director, Bucks County SPCA
Post-adoption support programs help prevent relinquishment by proactively reaching out to adopters periodically to offer professional assistance with common problems experienced by new pet owners. Such follow-up programs help ensure adoption success and provide critical feedback from adopters’ perspectives.
Learn about a successful post-adoption support program. This webinar will explain:
• The components of an email/phone/web-based program that is primarily volunteer-run
• The role of online surveys in getting feedback
• How information gained can fine-tune future adoption procedures and experiences
Anyone interested in developing a volunteer-driven post-adoption support program at their agency will benefit from this free, 90-minute webinar.
Can’t make it? No worries!
Register anyway and we’ll email you when the recording is available on
Purchase the hot new book Animal Behavior for Shelter Veterinarians and Staff

GLAWC Survey: Winner Announced

GLAWC Survey: Winner Announced

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Congratulations to Laurie Horn, survey respondent and winner of the random drawing for a free registration for the 2016 Great Lakes Animal Welfare Conference! Thank you to all of you who completed the survey and provided your feedback. We are already in the process of planning for next year, and we’re going to consider all of your input very carefully in that process. The survey will remain open through the end of this week, so if you haven’t had a chance, please visit to let us know your thoughts. Thank you again, and we hope to see you at the 2016 Great Lakes Animal Welfare Conference!



November 30 & December 1, 2015, in Westland, Michigan

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: Monday, Nov. 30th and Tuesday, Dec. 1st from 9:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days

WHERE: Michigan Humane Society Berman Center for Animal Care, 900 N. Newburgh Rd., Westland, MI, 48185. Free parking in front of building (facing Newburgh). Class will be held in the Pet Education Center inside the shelter: enter the main front door.

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). NOTE: This course does NOT require participants to euthanize an animal. Additional practice under the direction of a veterinarian is strongly recommended before applying for 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. 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 15, 2015.



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Shirene Cece, DVM received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Michigan State University, and was the supervising veterinarian at MHS Detroit Center for Animal Care for 26 years. She is currently the Director of Shelter Medicine at MHS. Dr. Cece has an interest in animal cruelty investigations and has been an expert witness for many cases of abuse and dog fighting.



Dr. Cathy Anderson is a nationally-certified instructor of injection-euthanasia for the animal care and control field.

Cathy Anderson, DVM is the medical director of Jackson County Animal Shelter. In addition she provides veterinary services for Adopt A Pet in Fenton. She is also adjunct faculty at Baker College in Clinton Township and teaches for the Veterinary Technology program. She recently finished her certificate in Shelter Medicine through the University of Florida and Maddie’s Fund. She also is a member of the Animal Welfare Committee of the Michigan Veterinary Medical Association, and is the Chairman of the Legislative Committee of that organization. She serves on the Companion Animal Working Group as well.

TO REGISTER: Call or email early to reserve your spot, no walk-in’s available: 313-262-4034 or

MAACO & Dr. Cathy Anderson Present: Tranquilization Certification Class


MAACO & Dr. Cathy Anderson Present: Tranquilization Certification Class

To be held on November 9,10 2015
At Kent County Animal Control
740 Fuller Ave NE, Grand Rapids, Mi

To register contact Becky Neal 269-420-9058

2015 GLAWC REGISTRATION UPDATE: Act fast! Only a handful of spots left!

2015 GLAWC REGISTRATION UPDATE: Act fast! Only a handful of spots left!

We are thrilled to report that with two weeks to go before the 2015 Great Lakes Animal Welfare Conference, there are fewer than 25 spots left! If you are interested in attending this fun and informative two-day conference at the beautiful FireKeepers Hotel & Casino featuring excellent speakers and sessions on a wide array of topics, including Adoptions, Companion Animals, Shelter Medicine, Community Outreach, Field Services, Fundraising, Operations, Leadership, Public Relations, and Legislation, please register TODAY! Online registration is available at

The conference will sell out very soon, so please ACT NOW!

GLAWC Speaker Feature: Dr. James Averill Presenting an “Update from the MDARD Animal Industry Division”

GLAWC Speaker Feature: Dr. James Averill Presenting an “Update from the MDARD Animal Industry Division”

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Dr. James Averill has served as the State Veterinarian within the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development’s (MDARD) Animal Industry Division since June 9, 2013.  The State Veterinarian is Michigan’s chief of regulatory veterinary medicine. He oversees disease surveillance, prevention, and response impacting the state’s multi-billion dollar animal agriculture sector.  Dr. Averill began working for MDARD in 2009 as the Bovine Tuberculosis Program Coordinator and became Division Director in 2011.

Dr. Averill was born and raised in Maine on a dairy and sheep farm. He came to Michigan to attend Michigan State University, where he received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Ph.D. degrees.

As part of its animal health mission, MDARD’s State Veterinarian and its Animal Industry Division work closely with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Veterinary Services and Wildlife Services and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, as well as other state and federal agencies, private practice veterinarians, and local law enforcement.

Dr. Averill will provide an update on companion animal reportable diseases, with a focus on canine influenza.  He will also share best practices regarding animal shelter regulations and protecting animal and human health in a shelter setting.

To register for the conference go to:

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