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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


Hurry! Early Bird Registration ends TONIGHT!!! Friday, Sept 23 at midnight!!


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!!

GLAWC Speaker Feature: Dr. Cathy Anderson, Medical Director, Jackson County Animal Shelter

GLAWC Speaker Feature: Dr. Cathy Anderson, Medical Director, Jackson County Animal Shelter


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!!

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!!


 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!!!!!

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”


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:

Remember Early Bird Registration ends at midnight tonight!!!

2016 GLAWC Keynote Speaker: Dr. Kate Hurley


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:

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!


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: 

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 (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.

June 30th MPAW-MAACO Animal Care Workshop Detroit

June 30 MPAW-MAACO Animal Care Workshop Detroit

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The MPAWMAACO Animal Care Workshops are a fantastic learning opportunity for students, volunteers, new staff and experienced employees alike.

All the sessions have been approved by MDARD for Animal Control Officer training hours.

Tracks have been designed to be geared specifically toward shelter medicine staff, those that work in the field and enriching the on site experience of shelter staff and animals.

Register HERE
Hosted by Detroit Animal Care and Control

Located at St John’s Episcopal Church, 2326 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48201, (313) 962-7358

9:30 AM – 10:00 AM: Welcome and Intro

10:00 -11:30 AM: Cruelty complaint handling for orgs without investigators roundtable (Debby MacDonald, Andy Seltz, Dr. Shirene Cece) No investigators? No worries…this roundtable discussion will provide insight on how to efficiently and effectively secure animal cruelty investigations through the use of pre-existing resources. Why a vet is important to cruelty cases and what can a vet do for the investigation. Resources are available. We will discuss how to make them work for you.

11:30- 11:45 AM BREAK

11:45 – 1:15 Lunch & discussion:

  • MACCO Presentation
  • Waging War on Disease (Dr. Shirene Cece) We will touch on Shelter risk factors, Vaccination, Cleaning/disinfection, Protocols, Stress reduction & Disease outbreaks.

1:15 – 2:45

PM1a: Setting up & Enforcing Protocols (Andy Seltz) Protocols are an essential factor in all successful organizations and allow for continuity of operations across all tasks. This class will review the identification of need, creation, implementation and overall enforcement of organizational protocols.

PM2b: What’s New Pussy Cat? Latest Shelter Medicine Recommendations (Dr. Shirene Cece)  What are the latest in shelter recommendations including sheltering trends, new medications, new testing and emerging diseases?  Some of the important things that haven’t changed will be touched upon.

2:45-3:00 BREAK


PM1c: In-Shelter Behavior (Sarah Pustulka) The different personalities and various experiences of an individual dog contribute to some of the common behaviors we see exhibited in the shelter. Some dogs are outgoing with no manners while others are fearful and overwhelmed. Sarah will share the methods and techniques she has found to be most effective to improve some of the common behaviors we see in shelters. She will also discuss how positive reinforcement training can help every dog (and cat!) stay happier and healthier during their stay.

PM2d: General Physical Exams (Dr. Shirene Cece) How do we do a good physical exam without missing things?  What do we look for in a shelter intake exam and a pre adoption exam?

4:30 Surveys, certificates, thank you & good bye

Register HERE




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!

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!

running 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!

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