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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:

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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!

Michigan Legislative Conference Call: Wednesday, June 17, from 2:00-3:00 p.m.

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Michigan Legislative Conference Call: Wednesday, June 17, from 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Phone: 248-687-7000
Code: 810386
Are you interested in learning about animal-related legislation in Michigan? Do you want to know how you or your organization can get involved to support or oppose legislation that impacts you? Please join us for an informational conference call co-hosted by MHS, the State Bar of Michigan Animal Law Section, and MAACO with representatives from the ASPCA and HSUS.


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.


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

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:

Animal Cruelty Awareness Class Offered for Non-Investigators

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 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!

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!

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.

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!

Equine Welfare Workshop


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.
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

Hurry! There’s just a few spots left – register today.



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