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MPAW REGIONAL TRAININGS TOPIC AND LOCATION SURVEY

MPAW REGIONAL TRAININGS TOPIC AND LOCATION SURVEY

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:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CB7SKJP

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

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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.

http://www.mvcinfo.org/downloads/attendees/2016-shelterprogram.pdf

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START A CAREER HELPING ANIMALS IN NEED AT MICHIGAN HUMANE SOCIETY HIRING FAIR

START A CAREER HELPING ANIMALS IN NEED AT MICHIGAN HUMANE SOCIETY HIRING FAIR

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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 jobsdetroit@michiganpaw.org.

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

Presenter:

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 www.shelteranimalscount.org.

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

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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.
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Can’t make it? No worries!
Register anyway and we’ll email you when the recording is available on ASPCApro.org.
Bonus
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 https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/N5TCKG2 to let us know your thoughts. Thank you again, and we hope to see you at the 2016 Great Lakes Animal Welfare Conference!

MAACO & Dr. Cathy Anderson Present: Tranquilization Certification Class

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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

https://www.messageblocks.com/mpaw-maaco-great-lakes-animal-welfare-conference

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: https://www.messageblocks.com/mpaw-maaco-great-lakes-animal-welfare-conference

GLAWC Speaker Feature: Dr. Roger Haston Presenting the Keynote Address on “Celebrating 50 Years of the Five Freedoms: A Critical Look at Metrics for Success” and also “Beyond Labels: Understanding the Drivers of Success”

GLAWC Speaker Feature: Dr. Roger Haston Presenting the Keynote Address on “Celebrating 50 Years of the Five Freedoms: A Critical Look at Metrics for Success” and also “Beyond Labels: Understanding the Drivers of Success”

Dr. Haston grew up in Northern California enjoying the beautiful redwood forests and Pacific Ocean with the family dog, Sebastian La Wrinkle – a basset hound. He received a Ph.D. in geophysics from the University of California Santa Barbara and an MBA in finance from Rice University.

After working for Amoco and Arco in Houston, Dr. Haston moved to Colorado in 1998 where he started and grew a successful business in geophysical data processing. He had a strong desire to give back to the community and became involved with Humane Society of Boulder Valley as a volunteer, board member, and board chair. He also worked with both for-profit and non-profit organizations on strategy and leadership development with a strong focus on creating mission-driven organizations.

His passion for helping animals continued to grow, and in 2012, he committed himself full time to animal welfare and took over as Executive Director at the Animal Assistance Foundation, where he has merged his passion for science, business, and people to help the animals of Colorado and beyond. He also serves on the boards of PetAid Colorado, Colorado Pet Overpopulation Fund, Emancipet, Animal Grant Makers, and Shelter Animals Count.

As the GLAWC keynote speaker, Dr. Haston will examine the progress of animal welfare in the U.S. with a focus on the Five Freedoms. In his breakout session, Dr. Haston will discuss why live release rate alone is insufficient to measure the success of a shelter’s or community’s performance.

To register for the conference, please go to: https://www.messageblocks.com/mpaw-maaco-great-lakes-animal-welfare-conference

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