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Equine Welfare Workshop

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Equine Welfare Workshop from the ASPCA Equine Fund
Denver, CO
Saturday, August 2
Are you looking for new funding sources for your programs? Is your board the engaged workhorse you need, or is it out to pasture? Do you want to pursue national accreditation but feel intimidated by the process?
Join the ASPCA Equine Fund at a day-long equine welfare workshop, designed to give you the tools you need to take your equine welfare efforts to the next level. Come and learn about:
• Building a better board
• Proven fundraising strategies
• The nuts and bolts of achieving national accreditation
• Using social media to build support for your mission
Only $25 Per Person
Thanks to a generous grant from the Rosalind and Franklyn Schaefer Family, registration is only $25 to attend. Travel stipends of up to $350 are available for qualifying groups.

We encourage multiple representatives from groups to attend so that you can work together to implement the valuable strategies you will learn.
Questions about the workshop or interested in a travel stipend? Email us for more information.
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Where: Embassy Suites – Denver Southeast 7525 East Hampden Avenue, Denver, CO 80231
When: Saturday, August 2 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm MDT
Fee: $25 per person
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Hurry! There’s just a few spots left – register today.

 

 

Michigan SB0990 – Adoption of Animals Used for Fighting

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INTRODUCED:

Michigan SB0990 – Adoption of Animals Used for Fighting
On June 11, 2014 this senate bill was  introduced by Senator John Pappageorge. It concerns allowing the adoption of certain seized animals used in fighting operations.

Read the bill as introduced here: SB 0990 of 2014

It was referred to the committee on Judiciary.

 

MPAW Western and Southern Regional Animal Care Workshops

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MPAW kicked off the spring training season with two regional animal care workshops in Muskegon and Battle Creek May 8-9, plus two Vet-to-Vet Shelter Medicine Roundtables in the same cities. More than 80 representatives of animal groups and shelters attended the two workshops to learn about such important topics as cruelty investigation, adoptions, fundraising, legislation, shelter medicine, sanitation, and animal behavior training. The classes were hosted by the Lakeshore Pet Alliance in Muskegon, and the Humane Society of South Central Michigan in Battle Creek. Major underwriting was provided by the Kenneth A. Scott Trust, A KeyBank Trust, along with support from Merck Animal Health, the Michigan Association of Animal Control Officers, the ASPCA, the Humane Society of the United States, and Petco Foundation.

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You Don’t Want to Miss: Cat Hoarding Cases & Animal Ambassadors!

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Cat hoarding cases seem to crop up in almost every community. They may take months or years to develop, but once they’re discovered, they are a challenge to animal shelters and rescue groups who step in to help the suffering animals. Does your agency know the right steps to take when planning to respond to a cat hoarding case? Planning ahead can both save lives and resources. A 2013 case in Muskegon County last year was the impetus for Cat Hoarding: Prepare, Plan, Act! by the ASPCA and Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) at the upcoming MPAW Western Regional Workshop in Muskegon. Read more

MARCH 2014 ANIMAL LEGISLATION TO WATCH

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MARCH 2014 ANIMAL LEGISLATION TO WATCH
SB = Senate Bill         HB = House Bill        (!!**!!)  = URGENT ACTION NEEDED!            MHS   = MHS bill

(!!**!!)   MHS — SB560 & HB5095: Large-Scale Breeder Requirements and Stray Holding Periods
CALLS NEEDED! Calls are needed to the members of the Senate Agriculture and House Regulatory Reform Committees in order for these bills to be taken up. SB560 was introduced by Senator Bieda in the Senate on 10/1/13 where it was referred to the Committee on Agriculture. In the House, Representative Mike McCready introduced HB5095 on 10/23/13 where it was referred to the House Committee on Regulatory Reform. These bills amend Public Act 287 by adding large-scale dog breeders to registered entities, clarifying holding periods for stray pets in animal shelters, and updating imported animal vaccination and pet health certificate requirements for registered entities. SB560 & HB5095 define large-scale dog breeders; require them to register with Michigan Dept. of Agriculture and Rural Development; limit the size of commercial kennels to 50 adult female breeding dogs at one address; and require annual reporting and daily record-keeping. In terms of stray pet holding in animal shelters, these bills require any animal with traceable identification be held for at least 7 days; require animal shelters to trace ID using all reasonable means to contact the owner; require stray dogs without ID be held for at least 4 days, while and stray cats without ID may be immediately adopted, transferred or reclaimed, but may not be euthanized for at least 4 days. The bill also defines holding days to include any day or part of a day a shelter is open including weekends; and transfer ownership of the animal to the animal shelter after holding period is complete. STATUS: SB560 had a hearing on Thursday, October 31, 2013 at which several Michigan agencies and organizations testified in support, including Michigan Humane Society, the Ingham County Animal Shelter, the Michigan Association of Animal Control Officers, St. Joseph County Animal Shelter, WishBone Pet Rescue (Allegan County), and Puppy Mill Awareness of Southeast Michigan. HB5095 is awaiting a hearing in the House Committee on Regulatory Reform.

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Animal Hoarding in Victoria, Australia: An Exploratory Study

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Animal Hoarding in Victoria, Australia: An Exploratory Study

— New Research Citation, Entered on 2/12/2014; Original Item from 2014
The authors of this study reviewed 22 cases of animal hoarding in Australia, looking at the demographics and living conditions of the household and animals, details of enforcement, and outcome for the animals and community. Types and numbers of animals hoarded varied widely, with some patterns related to the age and gender of the hoarder. In contrast to U.S. cases, animals were generally well-fed. However, large numbers of animals, especially cats, were euthanized as unadoptable due to “behavior problems.” Most animals were acquired through uncontrolled breeding, with some variation by species. Unlike U.S. animal hoarders, Australian animal hoarders do not necessarily hoard objects, and are less likely to live alone. Initial complaints were often misdirected, and communication between enforcement agencies was poor. Recidivism was very high. Animal welfare agencies are already working on better rehabilitation to reduce euthanasia. The authors call for sterilization of animals returned to hoarders to reduce future hoarding, and interagency cooperation to best address the needs of both hoarders and animals.

by Emma M. Ockenden, Bert De Groef, & Linda Marston (La Trobe University, Centre for AgriBioscience & Others)
Details: http://www.humanespot.org/content/animal-hoarding-victoria-australia-exploratory-study

Action Alert! Calls and emails needed: HB4168 gets vote very soon!

ActionAlert

An old law in our state requires the county sheriff to shoot unlicensed dogs. This dates back to the days when Rabies carried by stray dogs and passed to humans was a serious concern. HB4168, introduced by Rep. O’Brien, amends the Dog Law of 1919 by removing the antiquated shooting requirement. Animal shelters now have better processes to handle bite exposures from stray dogs. Your voice can be heard by contacting your state Senator. This bill has already passed the House and the Senate committee. It should get a vote in the full Senate very soon. Find your state Senator here! Thank you for taking action for dogs in Michigan today.

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ALERT: Senate Hearing on Antifreeze Bittering Agent and Large Carnivore Breeding Bills Tuesday, Feb. 4th at 9:00 A.M.

ActionAlert

ALERT: Senate Hearing on Antifreeze Bittering Agent and Large Carnivore Breeding Bills Tuesday, Feb. 4th at 9:00 A.M.

House Standing Committee Meeting

Regulatory Reform, Rep. Hugh D. Crawford, Chair

DATE: Tuesday, February 4, 2014

TIME: 9:00 AM

PLACE: Room 521, House Office Building, Lansing, MI

AGENDA:
SB 29 (Sen. Bieda) Trade; hazardous substances; addition of bittering
agent to antifreeze; require.

HB 5163 (Rep. VerHeulen) Agriculture; animals; persons allowed to
breed large carnivores; expand.

CALL OR EMAIL YOUR REPRESENTATIVE AND LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD:
Find Your Rep here: http://www.house.mi.gov/MHRPublic/

To view text of legislation go to:
http://www.legislature.mi.gov/mileg.aspx?page=CommitteeBillRecord

Committee Clerk: Angie Lake
Phone: 517-373-5795
e-Mail: alake@house.mi.gov

Individuals who wish to bring written testimony need to supply a minimum of
thirty copies for distribution.

Individuals needing special accommodations to participate in the meeting may
contact the Chair’s office.

Urgent!! Calls Needed to Your Representative Now!! Vote on House Bills 4534, 4755 & 5061-5062-5063 Taking Place This Week!!

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Urgent!! Calls Needed to Your Representative Now!! Vote on House Bills 4534, 4755 & 5061-5062-5063 (aka Logan’s Law) Taking Place This Week!!

HB 4534, 4755, & 5061-5062-5063
Senator Santana is the sponsor of this group of related bills that would mandate registered Michigan animal shelters to look up prospective adopters in Internet Criminal History Access Tool (ICHAT) in order to prevent adoption by convicted abusers of animals. Adoption groups would have the normal ICHAT search fee waived. This would be the first law of its kind on a statewide level in the U.S.

As animal welfare industry professionals, it is very important that you call your Representative and tell them how you feel about these bills!!!

Find Your Representative and their contact info HERE:
http://www.house.mi.gov/MHRPublic/

Animal Bills of Interest: Now is the time to contact your reps

Cal Morgan

Animal Bill Hearings This Week in Lansing!

SB285
SB 286
Senators Bieda and Jones are the sponsors of these bills. SB 285-6, from the Wayne County Prosecutor, increase penalties for cruelty based on number of animals affected, whether the victims are companion animals, and whether the perpetrator is a breeder or pet store. These bills also give the sentencing ability to deny pet ownership for 5 years.
Update: Both these bills have passed the Senate and now are getting a hearing in the House.
HEARING:                                                                                                                                                                                                 Wednesday, JAN. 29 at 10:30 A.M. IN HOUSE CRIMINAL JUSTICE COMMITTEE ROOM 327 HOUSE OFFICE BUILDING                                                                                                                                                                                                    Committee Clerk: Joy Brewer, Phone: 517-373-8474, e-Mail: joybrewer@house.mi.gov

Individuals who wish to bring written testimony need to supply a minimum of thirty copies for distribution.
Individuals needing special accommodations to participate in the meeting may contact the Chair’s office.

 

HB 4534, 4755, & 50615062-5063 

Senator Santana is the sponsor of this group of related bills that would mandate registered Michigan animal shelters to look up prospective adopters in Internet Criminal History Access Tool (ICHAT) in order to prevent adoption by convicted abusers of animals. Adoption groups would have the normal ICHAT search fee waived. This would be the first law of its kind on a statewide level in the U.S.
HEARING ON                                                                                                                                                                                               Thursday, JAN 30 at 9:00 a.m. IN THE HOUSE OFFICE BUILDING ROOM 521. TESTIMONY ONLY, BUT VOTE EXPECTED FOLLOWING WEEK.                                                                                                                                                     Committee Clerk: Angie Lake Phone: 517-373-5795 e-Mail: alake@house.mi.gov
Individuals who wish to bring written testimony need to supply a minimum of thirty copies for distribution.
Individuals needing special accommodations to participate in the meeting may contact the Chair’s office.

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