2016 MPAW-MAACO Animal Care Workshops Announced

2016 MPAW-MAACO Animal Care Workshops Announced

JOIN YOUR COLLEAGUES in the field of animal welfare this spring & summer for these engaging and enlightening day-long seminars co-presented by MPAW and MAACO! Each one is different, but all feature shelter medicine and general animal welfare sessions. Network and get to know your neighboring agencies face-to-face for better collaboration and communication. Get up-to-date information to help you do the best job possible caring for animals in your community!

DETAILS: Lunch is included in the affordable registration fee ($20 for the first person from an organization; $10 for each additional from same organization) thanks to the generous sponsorship of the Kenneth A. Scott Charitable Trust, a KeyBank Trust.

Five locations (click to see class schedule and to register):

Tuesday, May 17: Mt. Pleasant(Central LP), Hosted by H.A.T.S. (Humane Animal Treatment Society)

Thursday, May 19: Port Huron(Thumb), Hosted by Blue Water Area Humane Society

Thursday, June 30: Detroit(Southeast), Hosted by Detroit Animal Care & Control

Tuesday, July 19: Iron Mountain(Central UP), Hosted by Almost Home Animal Shelter

Thursday, July 21: St Ignace(Lower UP), Hosted by Mackinac County Animal Shelter

Choose to attend one or all!

Online registration preferred but it is understood that some organizations must pay by check. If you fall under this circumstance, please contact Jaime Martin at 313-262-4034.

ASPCA Cornell Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Conference – BeeBee Appel Travel Scholarship Opens April 4th

ASPCA Cornell Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Conference – BeeBee Appel Travel Scholarship Opens April 4th

The Request for Proposals (RFP) for the BeeBee Appel travel scholarship for the 2016 ASPCA Cornell Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Conference is available for your review. The RFP is limited to the first 25 applications. The application will open on April 4th at 10:00 AM Eastern Standard Time and will close April 8th at 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time (or sooner upon receipt of 25 applications).

Information on this scholarship is pasted below & available on our website:

ASPCA BeeBee Appel Scholarship Program

Timeframe: Monday, April 4, 2016 at 10 am ET – Friday, April 8, 2016 at 5 pm ET (or until 25 proposals are received)
The ASPCA will be providing travel scholarships of up to $500 each to select organizations for the ASPCA Cornell Maddie’s® Shelter Medicine Conference to be held at Cornell University, July 29-31, 2016. This scholarship program is made in honor of Dr. Leslie Appel, founder and executive director of Shelter Outreach Services, and a champion of the field of shelter medicine. Dr. Appel requested that the scholarship program be named for her beloved adopted dog BeeBee.

This Request for Proposals (RFP) is limited to the first 25 applications. The application opens at 10 am ET on Monday, April 4, 2016, and closes at 5 pm ET on Friday, April 8, 2016 (or sooner upon receipt of 25 applications). You must apply through the online system.

Eligible Grantseekers
• Organization must be an established U.S.-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit or governmental organization in good standing with the Internal Revenue Service, AND
• Organization must be in good standing with the ASPCA, including no overdue requirements from previous grants
• Grants will only be made to organizations – not to individuals

Eligible Costs
The grant, if awarded, may only go toward travel, local transportation, and hotel costs. It may not go toward conference registration costs or meals.

How to Apply
Please fill out and submit the short online application:

• Application will open on Monday, April 4, 2016 at 10 am ET.
• Application will close on Friday, April 8, 2016 at 5 pm ET, or upon receipt of 25 applications, whichever is sooner.
• If you try accessing this application before or after this window, you will get an error message.

Funding decisions are expected to be made by May 6, 2016.

For questions about this program or about the conference, please contact For application submission inquiries/technical difficulties, please contact the ASPCA Grants team.

Michigan’s Animal Welfare Fund: Saving Animals, One Tax Return at a Time

Michigan’s Animal Welfare Fund: Saving Animals, One Tax Return at a Time

Between 2010 and 2016, Michigan shelters have received 119 different grants totaling $904,541. Every one of those dollars is from the Animal Welfare Fund (AWF), a pool of money that allows taxpayers to make a voluntary contribution when filing state income tax returns.

The AWF is administered by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, which awards grants annually to the state’s animal shelters. The grants are used for spay/neuter programs for dogs and cats; anti-cruelty and proper care programs; and equipment and anti-cruelty training for animal shelters.

Attorneys for Animals (AFA), a Michigan nonprofit, is working to increase awareness of – and donations to – Michigan’s Animal Welfare Fund. We need your help in publicizing the AWF and we’ve made it easy for you and your organization to participate!

Each dollar contributed to the AWF is used to fund these projects. Therefore, the more people know about it, the more they will contribute, and the more animals (and shelters) will be helped. As the attached flier illustrates, it’s as easy as “1,2,3” to contribute to the AWF.

That’s where you come in.

AFA has developed fliers and brochures publicizing the fund and is making them available to shelters, rescues, veterinarians, and others to post at shelters and businesses; and to use on websites and in social media posts. We’ll promote your shelter or rescue, too, if you provide us with stories and pictures about how you’ve used the AWF, or how you’re publicizing it to your supporters.

Here’s how you can participate in the AWF project this tax season (now through tax day, April 18, 2016):
• Files for all of our materials are available for download, free of charge, at our website: There’s even a file to make a poster-sized flier (18×24” or 24×36”) for an even bigger impact. These materials may be printed and handed out, or used in electronic format on your website, e-newsletters and social media platforms. (Note that AFA does not pay for the printing costs).

• “Like” and “Follow” Attorneys for Animals’ social media sites, and share our AWF posts on your own site. We’ll feature your shelter or rescue in our posts, so send us stories and pictures, especially if they relate to the AWF. Here are the links:
o FaceBook,
o Twitter,
o Instagram,
o Linked In,

• Periscope broadcasting: this is a fairly new form of social media technology, similar to a live TV station that comes right to your smart phone. With the Periscope app, you can make video recordings and broadcast them. AFA can assist you in setting it up by providing a quick tutorial and login information. You can then broadcast to your supporters; and we would put it on our site (hopefully, your video would include a “plug” for the Animal Welfare Fund, as well as showing off your animals, your organization and upcoming events).



March 6 and 20, 2016 in Detroit, Michigan

The delivery of painless and humane death is a great responsibility to those who must do it. There can be no confusion or uncertainty that the euthanasia technician’s first (primary) responsibility is to the animal; to assure that the animal is treated with compassion and respect, no matter what. The purpose of this Euthanasia-by-Injection workshop is to teach, encourage and model this primary purpose. It is sponsored by the Detroit Animal Care and Control.

WHEN: Sunday, March 6 and Sunday March 20 from 9:00 a.m. to 4 both days.

WHERE : Detroit Animal Care and Control, 3511 W Jefferson., Detroit, MI 48216

Dr. Cathy Anderson, a Michigan licensed veterinarian who specialize in shelter medicine, will teach the two-day workshop for staff of Michigan registered animal shelters. Topics covered will include: understanding how euthanasia drugs work, calculating dosages, humane restraint techniques, appropriate administration, managing euthanasia related compassion stress, etc. This training meets and exceeds the minimum requirement for euthanasia technician training as outlined in Michigan law (Public Health Code Act 738 Section 733). NOTE: This course does NOT require participants to euthanize an animal. Additional practice under the direction of a veterinarian is strongly recommended before applying for certification.

FEE: $150 per person includes two full days of instruction, workbook, additional materials and supplies, the final written exam (mandatory for certification), and a certificate of completion. Course fee does NOT include: travel, lodging, meals. Fee must be paid in advance by check. No refunds after March 1, 2016.

REGISTRATION: Contact Melissa Miller, Director Detroit Animal Care and Control:
313 268-6844 or



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!

2016 Midwest Veterinary Conference Scholarships Announced – Deadline January 11

2016 Midwest Veterinary Conference Scholarships Announced – Deadline January 11


These scholarships are made possible by grants from The Kenneth A. Scott Charitable Trust and the Ohio Animal Health Foundation

The MWV Conference will be held in Columbus, OH, Feb. 25-28.

The deadline for the scholarship is Jan 11th, but it is an easy form to fill out so hopefully this won’t be a hindrance for those wishing to apply. There is a euthanasia certification training as well, so some shelters may want to send staff to that. Registrants can attend it separately or attend the training and the conference. The scholarship can be used to offset most of the cost of the training as well.




MHS is hiring for multiple positions to help animals go from homeless to loved

DETROIT – The Michigan Humane Society (MHS) is hosting a hiring fair on Saturday, January 16, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the new MHS Detroit Animal Care Campus. The hiring fair will include information on Animal Care Technician/Customer Service Representative positions and an opportunity to interview with MHS representatives. Those interested in attending are asked to email a resume to

Candidates meeting minimum requirements will be contacted by email to set up a “speed” interview at the fair.

“The positions we are looking to fill will have you truly making a difference for animals in need from your first day,” said CJ Bentley, MHS Senior Director of Operations. “Our customer service representatives and animal care technicians are dedicated and enthusiastic people that have compassion for both people and animals. With our state-of-the-art new facility opening this spring, we are expanding the lifesaving MHS team!”

MHS customer service representatives help pet adopters find a wonderful new animal companion; process pet adoptions using the animal sheltering database; support current pets and their owners through our free pet food bank and free straw programs; help owners decide if rehoming their pet is the best option; provide care and food for animals in the shelter; and clean kennels, cages and other areas of the adoption center. Detailed training is provided to new staff members.

The site of the job fair, the new MHS Detroit Animal Care Campus, which is in the final stages of completion before it replaces the current MHS Detroit facility this spring, is located at 7887 Chrysler drive, a few blocks north of the current MHS Detroit facility.

The Michigan Humane Society is the largest and oldest animal welfare organization in the state. MHS works to end companion animal homelessness, provide the highest quality service and compassion to the animals entrusted to our care, and to be a leader in promoting humane values.

ASPCA WEBINAR: Turning Data Into Lives Saved

ASPCA WEBINAR: Turning Data Into Lives Saved

Date: Wednesday, January 20, 2016


Shelter Animals Count Board: Jodi Lytle Buckman, Chair; Lisa Pedersen, Director
Webinar Registration »

•Jodi Lytle Buckman, Chair, Shelter Animals Count Board; Senior Director, Community Outreach, ASPCA
•Lisa Pedersen, Director, Shelter Animals Count Board; CEO, Humane Society of Boulder Valley

How many animals enter our nation’s shelters?
How many animals are moving among shelters and rescues as transfers?
What can we learn from other communities where more, or fewer, lives are saved?

These – and so many other questions – can be answered if shelters and rescues agree that we can turn data into lives saved. In fact, what if there was a database of sheltered animal statistics?

Good news! A national database has just launched! This collaborative project is a first-of-its-kind initiative to gather data at local, state and national levels on animals in American shelters.

Learn about the database and how your organization can participate. Join us for a free, 60-minute webinar to explore:
•The fundamentals of quality data collection in an animal shelter
•The basic data matrix, a nationally recognized tool for data collection and sharing
•How to sign up and begin entering data into the national database

Shelter Animals Count is a new national organization formed by a diverse group of partners focused on creating and sharing a national database of sheltered animal statistics. The goal is to gather facts and insights that will help shelters save more lives. We hope you’ll join us for this webinar, and ultimately choose to join shelters from across the country in the national database! For more information please visit

Wednesday, January 20, 2016, 3-4 pm ET

Wednesday, December 9: ASPCA Webinar: Linda Reider, one of the Authors of Animal Behavior for Shelter Veterinarians and Staff, Using post adoption programs to maximize adoption success

Wednesday, December 9: ASPCA Webinar: Linda Reider, one of the Authors of Animal Behavior for Shelter Veterinarians and Staff, Using post adoption programs to maximize adoption success


Have you read the new book Animal Behavior for Shelter Veterinarians and Staff?
ASPCA Webinar: Linda Reider, one of the Authors of Animal Behavior for Shelter Veterinarians and Staff: Using post adoption programs to maximize adoption success, will explain her research and show you how to start your own program.
Adopter Support: Helping Adopters Succeed
Wednesday, December 9, 3-4:30 pm ET
Linda Reider, Executive Director, Bucks County SPCA
Post-adoption support programs help prevent relinquishment by proactively reaching out to adopters periodically to offer professional assistance with common problems experienced by new pet owners. Such follow-up programs help ensure adoption success and provide critical feedback from adopters’ perspectives.
Learn about a successful post-adoption support program. This webinar will explain:
• The components of an email/phone/web-based program that is primarily volunteer-run
• The role of online surveys in getting feedback
• How information gained can fine-tune future adoption procedures and experiences
Anyone interested in developing a volunteer-driven post-adoption support program at their agency will benefit from this free, 90-minute webinar.
Can’t make it? No worries!
Register anyway and we’ll email you when the recording is available on
Purchase the hot new book Animal Behavior for Shelter Veterinarians and Staff

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!

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