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Beyond Labels: Understanding the True Impact of Live Release Rates and Intake Policies – SAWA Webinar Registration OPEN

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During the Society of Animal Welfare Administrators (SAWA) 2014 Annual Meeting, SAWA leaders presented, Beyond Labels: Understanding the True Impact of Live Release Rates and Intake Policies, which received 98% positive accolades and a standing ovation! Using stochastic modeling, the presenter logged the impact of local community policies on the animals we serve.

SAWA has set up a webinar to share it with staff, board of directors, and community collaborative partners. Registration costs $20 and is limited to 500 log-in / call-ins, but you may choose to register for one log-in / call-in and attend the webinar in your conference room with one computer, one conference line and multiple people in attendance.

        Beyond Labels: Understanding the True Impact of Live Release Rates and Intake Policies
        Roger Haston, Ph.D., Animal Assistance Foundation
        January 21, 2015; 1 – 2:30P MST
        Register today

Again, registration will be limited to the first 500; however, a link to the taped webinar will also be available following the webinar.

Any issues with registration, please email: meetings@sawanetwork.org

Animal Cruelty Awareness Class Offered for Non-Investigators

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MHS Chief Investigator Deborah MacDonald will bring critical training in cruelty investigation awareness to the MPAW-MAACO Conference in October.

Do you know what constitutes animal cruelty in Michigan? How are the different types of cruelty investigated and by whom? How and when should you report cruelty, and what steps can you take to ensure your evidence will be useful? These questions and more will be answered in a presentation by Michigan Humane Society’s Detroit Animal Care Center Director and Chief Investigator Debby MacDonald. Debby’s many years in the field and overseeing the MHS Cruelty Investigation and Emergency Rescue teams give her a unique perspective on the development and prosecution of animal cruelty cases. She developed this class specifically for staff and volunteers of animal shelters, rescue groups and interested community members who are not law enforcement but who may encounter animal suffering in their work or volunteer outreach. It is appropriate for animal organizations that do not investigate cruelty but that need to be able to give good information to community members about what constitutes cruelty and what to do about it.

Understanding the law and how to safely gather evidence and report it in a timely manner to the right people can mean the difference between life and death for animals. At the same time, investigative techniques and processes must be followed. Relationships between law enforcement, cruelty investigators, and local prosecutors are critical links in cruelty cases. Some situations can be resolved with education; others require stronger interventions. Debby will help you understand the parameters of investigation so that you can be knowledgeable and helpful to the process. Her talk will be at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 28th, at the upcoming MPAW-MAACO Animal Welfare Conference in Mt. Pleasant. Registration for the conference is still open, but it is filling up quickly! You can register online HERE or fax your registration form to 248-283-1001.

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Bright Ideas Award Winners: Michigan Animal Shelters in the Spotlight

Montcalm County Animal Shelter Director Angela Hollinshead (R) has spearheaded a stronger county ordinance including regulations for dog breeding facilities, winning an MPAW 2014 Bright Ideas Award.

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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UPDATE: Dog Breeder Bill Vote Next Week, Calls Still Needed!

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At long last, HB5095, the bill that regulates large-scale dog breeders and standardizes stray holds in shelters is up for a vote in the Michigan House! But your voice matters. Can you make a call by Monday to urge your representative to vote the way you believe is right for animals? HB5095 would require commercial dog breeders with more than 15 adult breeding female dogs to register with the state and follow basic animal care guidelines. These same guidelines are already in place for our state’s animal shelters. The bill would also establish minimum holding times for stray animals coming to shelters: 4 days for those without traceable identification, 7 days with identification. It also requires shelters to trace microchips.

These issues are the same ones in SB560, which has been stalled in Senate Agriculture Committee for months. Movement through the House can help pressure the Senate to finally act. If you live in the following districts, your representatives especially need to hear from animal people NOW:

  • Delta, Menominee, and Dickinson Counties: Rep. Ed McBroom 517-373-0156
  • Lake County: Rep. Jon Bumstead 517-373-7317
  • Oakland County (Rochester Hills): Rep. Tom McMillin 517-373-1773
  • Kent County: Rep. Peter MacGregor 517-373-0218
  • Clinton County: Rep. Tom Leonard 517-373-1778
  • Clare & Gladwin Counties: Rep. Joel Johnson 517-373-8962
  • Saginaw County: Rep. Tim Kelly 517-373-0837
  • Wayne County (Southern): Rep. Pat Somerville 517-373-0855
  • Lapeer County: Rep. Kevin Daley 517-373-1800
  • St. Clair County: Rep. Dan Lauwers 517-373-1790
  • Allegan County: Rep. Bob Genetski 517-373-0836
  • Macomb County: Rep. Ken Goike 517-373-0820
  • Isabella County: Rep. Kevin Cotter 517-373-1789
  • Ottawa County (Holland): Rep. Amanda Price 517-373-0838
  • Ottawa County (Holland) : Rep. Joe Haveman 517-373-0830
  • Kalkaska, Crawford, Missaukee, Roscommon, Ogemaw Counties: Rep. Bruce Rendon 517-373-3817
  • Ottawa County (Hudsonville): Rep. Roger Victory 517-373-1830
  • Cheboygan, Alpena, Alcona, Presque Isle, and Iosco Counties: Rep. Peter Pettalia 517-373-0833
  • Montcalm County: Rep. Rick Outman 517-373-0834
  • Wexford County: Rep. Phil Potvin 517-373-1747
  • Kent County: Rep. Tom Hooker 517-373-2277
  • Oakland County (Waterford): Rep. Gail Haines 517-373-0615

If your representative is not on the list above, a call is still helpful. Find yours HERE!

Early Bird Conference Registration EXTENDED!

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Due to the storms and power outages this week (MHS lost all phone service) and in order to be fair to people who have tried to register at the early price and couldn’t reach us, MPAW is extending the Early Bird deadline through Monday 9/22! Registration fees for the 2014 MPAW-MAACO Animal Welfare Conference will now increase on 9/23. Register HERE! Or call us at 248-283-5671 to register by phone (20% discount for groups of 3 or more from same organization if registered together). Remember, animal control officers, seniors, and students qualify for a 50% discount online! Seven additional scholarships are available for current veterinary medicine students AND animal control officers. Email Lreider@michiganhumane.org to apply by Sept. 30th.

PSST! Early-bird Conference Registration Ends 9/15!

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Don’t miss your chance to attend the BIGGEST animal welfare conference of the year in Michigan! Early-bird registration ends Monday, Sept. 15th! That means that registration fees go up soon. With 60 sessions, top speakers from near and far, great meals, a robust trade show of exhibitors related to your work–it’s all there! Hosted by MPAW and MAACO jointly, you’ll meet people from all over the state and can jumpstart your networking for animals. Plan events or partnerships, share ideas, and just plain have some well-deserved relaxing time together. Shelters, rescues, groups and individuals, private or municipal, large or small, all missions and approaches are welcome! The conference runs three full days, October 28-30th, and will be held at the Soaring Eagle Casino Resort in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. One, two, or three-day conference passes are available.

Registration fees go up $25 on September 15, so don’t delay! Register HERE today! Or call us at 248-283-5671 to register by phone (20% discount for groups of 3 or more from same organization if registered together). Remember, animal control officers, seniors, and students qualify for a 50% discount online! Additional scholarships are available for current veterinary medicine students AND animal control officers. Email Lreider@michiganhumane.org to apply by Sept. 30th. See you in Mt. Pleasant!

DON’T MISS: Dr. Karen Dashfield on Wildlife, Cats, Pet CPR!

Dr. Karen Dashfield of Antler Ridge Wildlife Sanctuary in New Jersey is a national lecturer on all types of animals.

Dr. Karen Dashfield  is a longtime shelter veterinarian and a sought-after national lecturer.

What do cats, wildlife, and pet first aid and CPR have in common? Dr. Karen Dashfield! She’s a busy shelter veterinarian at Antler Ridge Wildlife Sanctuary in New Jersey who also finds time to travel around the country teaching on a variety of topics. We’re lucky she’s coming to Michigan this year! She’ll be presenting at the 2014 MPAW-MAACO Animal Welfare Conference on October 28th in Mt. Pleasant. In fact, she’s presenting ALL DAY! Read more

Registration Open for the MPAW-MAACO Animal Welfare Conference

The time has come! Registration is now open for the MPAW-MAACO Animal Welfare Conference.

Don’t miss this three day event that is jam packed with the latest information on animal welfare topics and issues and several field certification courses.

Discounted Early Bird Registration occurs now through September 15th.

Conference takes place at the Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort Oct 28th, 29th & 30th.

Register online at:

 https://www.messageblocks.com/mpaw-maaco-awc

Don’t Miss: Dr. Phil Bushby on Spay/Neuter!

Dr. Phil Bushby of Mississippi State University will speak on pediatric, efficient, and unusual spay/neuter in the Shelter Medicine track of the MPAW-MAACO fall conference.

Dr. Phil Bushby of Mississippi State University will speak on pediatric, efficient, and unusual spay/neuter in the Shelter Medicine track of the MPAW-MAACO fall conference.

Acclaimed veterinary surgeon Dr. Phil Bushby comes to the MPAW-MAACO Animal Welfare Conference this fall! Teacher, administrator, and overseer of the “Bushby Bus,” (a name his students fondly call the Mobile Veterinary Unit) are among his titles. If thousands of animals could give him a title, it would be “life saver.” Students and faculty now travel to 16 North Mississippi shelters, averaging 30 surgeries a day. Dr. Bushby states, “There are two huge reasons we do this. First, it’s a great experience for the students and helps them develop surgical skills; and second, we want our graduates to understand the level of the over-population problem, because approximately 4 million dogs and cats are euthanized in shelters each year.”

We are SO excited to be able to bring Dr. Bushby to Michigan where he will teach two separate sessions. “Pediatric Spay/Neuter” will include discussion and videos of spay/neuter of juvenile animals, the pros, cons, and techniques. “Efficient Spay/Neuter AND Unusual Spay/Neuter” will cover surgical techniques for dog and cat neutering used in high-volume clinics. He will also discuss unusual cases. Perfect for veterinarians, clinic staff, and students interested or active in shelter medicine.

Dr. Bushby’s sessions will be offered back-to-back on Tuesday, October 28th at the Mt. Pleasant conference. Registration opens tomorrow! Be the first to sign up for these and more of the 60 sessions at the biggest most exciting conference of the region!

Michigan BRIGHT IDEAS Sought for MPAW Conference!

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The Osceola County Animal Shelter won a Bright Ideas award at the 2013 MPAW Animal Welfare conference for their innovative approach turning around a small rural shelter on a shoestring. What’s your Bright Idea? Send it to us today–and you could be the next winner!

One of the most popular sessions at the MPAW Animal Welfare Conference last year was the Michigan Bright Ideas session. Five innovative organizations spotlighted their best new ideas to help others learn and grow. And they received MPAW awards in the process! NOW is your chance to submit your animal organization’s best Bright Idea from the past year. Any Michigan animal shelter (public or private), animal rescue group, or other animal welfare entity (sanctuary, TNR , sterilization, wildlife rehab, etc.) is invited to apply. Send in a brief description of one successful new program, facility update, process, event, or animal ordinance for consideration for this year’s Bright Ideas session at the upcoming MPAW/MAACO Animal Welfare Conference Oct. 28-30 in Mt. Pleasant. The top five will be invited to send a representative to present their winning idea at the conference. They will also receive one free basic conference registration and one night’s lodging at the lovely Soaring Eagle Resort. This award package is valued at $250! Describe your idea in 200 words or less and email it to mpaw@michiganhumane.org by 5 p.m. on August 6th. Winners will be notified the week of August 17. Please include your title, agency/organization name and address, and your contact information. Note: Bright Ideas awards are limited to Michigan organizations.

 

 

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