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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!!
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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!

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.

Michigan’s Animal Welfare Fund: Saving Animals, One Tax Return at a Time

Michigan’s Animal Welfare Fund: Saving Animals, One Tax Return at a Time

Between 2010 and 2016, Michigan shelters have received 119 different grants totaling $904,541. Every one of those dollars is from the Animal Welfare Fund (AWF), a pool of money that allows taxpayers to make a voluntary contribution when filing state income tax returns.

The AWF is administered by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, which awards grants annually to the state’s animal shelters. The grants are used for spay/neuter programs for dogs and cats; anti-cruelty and proper care programs; and equipment and anti-cruelty training for animal shelters.

Attorneys for Animals (AFA), a Michigan nonprofit, is working to increase awareness of – and donations to – Michigan’s Animal Welfare Fund. We need your help in publicizing the AWF and we’ve made it easy for you and your organization to participate!

Each dollar contributed to the AWF is used to fund these projects. Therefore, the more people know about it, the more they will contribute, and the more animals (and shelters) will be helped. As the attached flier illustrates, it’s as easy as “1,2,3” to contribute to the AWF.

That’s where you come in.

AFA has developed fliers and brochures publicizing the fund and is making them available to shelters, rescues, veterinarians, and others to post at shelters and businesses; and to use on websites and in social media posts. We’ll promote your shelter or rescue, too, if you provide us with stories and pictures about how you’ve used the AWF, or how you’re publicizing it to your supporters.

Here’s how you can participate in the AWF project this tax season (now through tax day, April 18, 2016):
• Files for all of our materials are available for download, free of charge, at our website: http://www.attorneysforanimals.org/michigan-animal-welfare-fund. There’s even a file to make a poster-sized flier (18×24” or 24×36”) for an even bigger impact. These materials may be printed and handed out, or used in electronic format on your website, e-newsletters and social media platforms. (Note that AFA does not pay for the printing costs).

• “Like” and “Follow” Attorneys for Animals’ social media sites, and share our AWF posts on your own site. We’ll feature your shelter or rescue in our posts, so send us stories and pictures, especially if they relate to the AWF. Here are the links:
o FaceBook, https://www.facebook.com/AttorneysForAnimals/?fref=ts
o Twitter, https://twitter.com/Attys4Animals
o Instagram, https://www.instagram.com/attorneysforanimals/
o Linked In, https://www.linkedin.com/groups/8404998

• Periscope broadcasting: this is a fairly new form of social media technology, similar to a live TV station that comes right to your smart phone. With the Periscope app, you can make video recordings and broadcast them. AFA can assist you in setting it up by providing a quick tutorial and login information. You can then broadcast to your supporters; and we would put it on our site (hopefully, your video would include a “plug” for the Animal Welfare Fund, as well as showing off your animals, your organization and upcoming events).

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MPAW REGIONAL TRAININGS TOPIC AND LOCATION SURVEY

MPAW REGIONAL TRAININGS TOPIC AND LOCATION SURVEY

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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:

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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