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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!

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!



Prior to running the Humane Wildlife Services program for The HSUS, John Griffin founded A.C.E. Wildlife Services to provide hands-on humane solutions to conflicts between humans and wildlife. Backed by a degree in biology and graduate work in conservation biology and environmental policy, John has over 20 years of experience working with wildlife in the field and more than a decade’s worth of experience working on solutions to wildlife conflicts with a focus on those that occur in urbanized areas. His presentation provides a comprehensive overview of wildlife in urbanized areas including their relevant natural history and how they operate in cities and towns using the food and shelter we provide. Using examples and video from the field, John’s workshop will provide front-line agencies and personnel the information needed to effectively identify, respond, and resolve wildlife conflicts.

Online conference registration is open at:    … and brochures are in the mail!

Register today for best session choices and early-bird rates!


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.


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

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



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.

Read more

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

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

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.

Find Your Rep here:

To view text of legislation go to:

Committee Clerk: Angie Lake
Phone: 517-373-5795

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.

Take the MPAW Annual Conference Survey — Deadline January 29th!

MPAW is conducting a survey for this year’s annual conference. We would like to know what topics you and your organization are most interested in. Please take five minutes to complete this survey in order to make this year’s MPAW Conference the best it can be.

The deadline to respond is January 29.

Here is a link to the survey:

MPAW Conference Survey

Thanks for your participation!

Bill Alert: HB5163 to amend Michigan’s Large Carnivore Law

On December 4th, 2013 HB5163 has been introduced to the House by Representative VerHeulen.

This bill would amend Michigan’s Large Carnivore Law by allowing the breeding of large carnivores such as lions and tigers and bears under certain conditions.

You can read over the bill here: HB5163


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