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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.


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

GLAWC Survey: Winner Announced

GLAWC Survey: Winner Announced

Cat on Notebook

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!

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 ALERT: Time and space are running out fast!!!

GLAWC ALERT: Time and space are running out fast!!!

Hurry and register now. We have about 50 spots left before we max out at 400 attendees!!! We are going to sell out!! The following sessions are already closed: Day Long Large Animal Cruelty Investigation and Handling, Michigan Animal Welfare Grant (How to), and Animal Decontamination. To register, please go to:
Contact or 313-262-4034 with questions.

Nominations are OPEN for 2015 MPAW Bright Ideas Awards!

2014 MPAW Bright Ideas winner at the fall conference in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, receive their awards. Each representative also received a full scholarship to the conference.

Call for MPAW 2015 Bright Ideas Awards nominations! If you know of an animal agency that has come up with a great new program, fundraiser, building improvement, or lifesaving approach, NOW is the time to nominate them for the recognition they deserve! Simply email with a description of the Bright Idea in 500 words or less no later than August 24 at midnight. Include how the idea has helped animals. The top five Bright Ideas will win a scholarship to the Great Lakes Animal Welfare Conference in Battle Creek, Michigan, on Oct. 19-20. The organization will also be invited to present their Bright Idea at a special session at the conference. Organizations nominated must be from the Great Lakes region: Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, or Canada. All nominations must include nominated organization contact information. Winners will be notified by Friday, August 28.



Early Registration for the 2015 Animal Care Expo ends January 31!!!

Early Registration for the 2015 Animal Care Expo ends January 31!!!

Learn. Rejuvenate. Network.

Animal Care Expo 2015 registration is open! The premier national conference for animal welfare professionals is taking over New Orleans, March 30-April 2, 2015. View the conference schedule and register now!

Join 2,000 animal care experts, professionals and newbies from around the globe to learn new skills and strategies to find pets homes, keep pets in homes, engage your community, humanely manage cat populations, and more! Expo 2015 is sure to be extra special as we reflect on the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and the continuing efforts to make disaster preparedness for animals a key priority. Get ready to recharge your passion for saving animals!

Expo is already the most cost-effective educational opportunity in animal welfare, now through January 31st, get an extra $25 off full conference registration with code SDEX15.


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

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Jim Tedford: Strategic Planning for Leaders of Animal Groups

Jim Tedford is the Director of Animal Welfare Initiatives and Alliances for PetSafe. Jim is based in Tennessee, and will come to Michigan this fall to the MPAW-MAACO Animal Welfare Conference in Mt. Pleasant.

An organization’s ability to grow, develop, and achieve its mission depends upon its leaders’ ability to think and plan strategically. There are few, if any, not-for-profit organizations or municipal agencies that have all the resources they need to accomplish the good work they want to do. We can all use more money, more time, and more people to help us. And for most organizations, our ability to advance our mission is limited not by creativity, but by resources. Developing and following a well-written strategic plan is critical to make the most of limited resources for the biggest impact possible. Learn how to work smarter, not just harder, in this special two-part session presented by a highly-regarded animal welfare professional. Jim Tedford will be in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan on Wednesday, October 29th, to present an all-afternoon session designed for leaders of animal groups and shelters small and large: “Strategic Planning for Long-Term Success.” Don’t miss it! Read more

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