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Welcome to the Michigan Partnership for Animal Welfare!

MPAW provides individuals working for animals with an opportunity to learn, share their knowledge, and collaborate on statewide initiatives. Together we give animals in Michigan a stronger voice and a better chance.

 

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GLAWC Speaker Feature: Dr. Roger Haston Presenting the Keynote Address on “Celebrating 50 Years of the Five Freedoms: A Critical Look at Metrics for Success” and also “Beyond Labels: Understanding the Drivers of Success”

GLAWC Speaker Feature: Dr. Roger Haston Presenting the Keynote Address on “Celebrating 50 Years of the Five Freedoms: A Critical Look at Metrics for Success” and also “Beyond Labels: Understanding the Drivers of Success”

Dr. Haston grew up in Northern California enjoying the beautiful redwood forests and Pacific Ocean with the family dog, Sebastian La Wrinkle – a basset hound. He received a Ph.D. in geophysics from the University of California Santa Barbara and an MBA in finance from Rice University.

After working for Amoco and Arco in Houston, Dr. Haston moved to Colorado in 1998 where he started and grew a successful business in geophysical data processing. He had a strong desire to give back to the community and became involved with Humane Society of Boulder Valley as a volunteer, board member, and board chair. He also worked with both for-profit and non-profit organizations on strategy and leadership development with a strong focus on creating mission-driven organizations.

His passion for helping animals continued to grow, and in 2012, he committed himself full time to animal welfare and took over as Executive Director at the Animal Assistance Foundation, where he has merged his passion for science, business, and people to help the animals of Colorado and beyond. He also serves on the boards of PetAid Colorado, Colorado Pet Overpopulation Fund, Emancipet, Animal Grant Makers, and Shelter Animals Count.

As the GLAWC keynote speaker, Dr. Haston will examine the progress of animal welfare in the U.S. with a focus on the Five Freedoms. In his breakout session, Dr. Haston will discuss why live release rate alone is insufficient to measure the success of a shelter’s or community’s performance.

To register for the conference, please go to: https://www.messageblocks.com/mpaw-maaco-great-lakes-animal-welfare-conference

GLAWC ALERT: Time and space are running out fast!!!

GLAWC ALERT: Time and space are running out fast!!!

Hurry and register now. We have about 50 spots left before we max out at 400 attendees!!! We are going to sell out!! The following sessions are already closed: Day Long Large Animal Cruelty Investigation and Handling, Michigan Animal Welfare Grant (How to), and Animal Decontamination. To register, please go to: https://www.messageblocks.com/mpaw-maaco-great-lakes-animal-welfare-conference.
Contact JMartin@michiganpaw.org or 313-262-4034 with questions.

GLAWC Speaker Feature: Gabi Vannini and Christina Hill Presenting “Hitting a Home Run with Your Organization’s Social Media”

GLAWC Speaker Feature: Gabi Vannini and Christina Hill Presenting “Hitting a Home Run with Your Organization’s Social Media”

Gabi Vannini has a degree in Journalism from Michigan State University and is a dog trainer and dog sport competitor in her free time. She specializes in using Facebook to find homes for “overlooked” pets and to raise awareness about animal welfare issues. She currently manages social media, graphic design, and web management for the Michigan Humane Society.

Christina Hill received her BA in Journalism from Loyola University Chicago and her MA in Public Relations from the University of Arts London. She’s worked with various animal welfare organizations and nonprofits in social media, public relations, and communications roles. She currently manages social media, special events, and email marketing for the Michigan Humane Society.

Gabi and Christina will be speaking on “Hitting a Home Run with Your Organization’s Social Media.” Learn how to use social media to increase adoptions, donations, and awareness of your organization! They will cover Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social networks. Sign up for their session now at: https://www.messageblocks.com/mpaw-maaco-great-lakes-animal-welfare-conference.

GLAWC Speaker Feature: Karen Owens, M.Ed. CPDT-KA Presenting “Environmental Enrichment for Shelter Dogs”

GLAWC Speaker Feature: Karen Owens, M.Ed. CPDT-KA Presenting “Environmental Enrichment for Shelter Dogs”

 

Karen Owens brings 15 years of professional dog training experience to her work with shelter dogs. Prior to working with shelter dogs, Karen ran her own business and volunteered for paws4people™, training and placing service dogs with individuals affected by PTSD. She is the lead trainer at Charlotte Mecklenburg Animal Care and Control, where she has successfully implemented the Train to Adopt program and leads numerous outreach programs within the shelter community. Learn more about the Train to Adopt program, which is designed to create shelters that are committed to the behavioral, emotional, and mental health of the dogs in their care, from intake through their journey to their forever home, providing good quality of life to enhance their chance for adoption, lower length of stay, and decrease their chances for return. Karen will be working with dogs provided for demonstration by the Humane Society of South Central Michigan. Register online for the conference and Karen’s session at https://www.messageblocks.com/mpaw-maaco-great-lakes-animal-welfare-conference.

2015 GLAWC REGISTRATION UPDATE!

2015 GLAWC REGISTRATION UPDATE!

We are thrilled to report that with just a month to go before the conference, almost three quarters of the available spots at the 2015 Great Lakes Animal Welfare Conference have been taken! If you haven’t registered yet, please do so as soon as possible! We fully expect the conference to sell out again this year. Some of the sessions have already reached capacity, so please act now for best session availability.

Our room block at FireKeepers Hotel and Casino has sold out for Monday, October 19. We still have rooms in our room block at FireKeepers on Sunday, October 18. We have a limited number of rooms still available in our room block at the Quality Inn next door to FireKeepers for Sunday, October 18 and Monday, October 19. The remaining room blocks at both hotels will likely sell out soon. The rates and rooms available through the blocks, if they don’t sell out, are only valid through October 3. Please make your hotel reservations now!

We look forward to seeing you at the conference!

Job Posting: Executive Director Al-Van Humane Society

Job Posting: Executive Director Al-Van Humane Society

Al-Van Humane Society is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in a beautiful lakefront community in southwest Michigan. We seek a charismatic individual who is strongly committed to the no-kill philosophy and ready to lead Al-Van Humane Society to achieve its mission “to compassionately serve the companion animals in our community by providing the best shelter, adoptive homes, education and resources available.”

Responsibilities: work with the Board of Directors to develop and implement shelter policies; oversee shelter operations, budget, and financial management; increase revenues and diversify funding; serve as primary grant writer; represent the shelter to our community.

Qualifications: At least 3 years of experience in administrative, financial and staff management in a humane animal environment; Bachelor’s Degree or higher, with a degree in Business Administration, Public Administration and/or Animal Science preferred; ability to develop and manage budget and database; grant writing experience; exceptional organizational, communication and customer service skills; calm and professional demeanor.

Salary commensurate with experience. Please send resume and cover letter with salary requirements to Tim Kotas at timkotas@michiganpaw.org. Closing date: November 30, 2015.

GLAWC Speaker Feature: Dr. Shirene Cece presenting “Shelter Disease Outbreaks” & facilitating the “Shelter Medicine Roundtable”

GLAWC Speaker Feature: Dr. Shirene Cece presenting “Shelter Disease Outbreaks” & facilitating the “Shelter Medicine Roundtable”

 

Dr. Cece is MHS’ Director of Shelter Medicine.  She has been with MHS for 30 years, and she has worked closely with the MHS cruelty department and has been an expert witness in many cruelty and dog fighting cases.  She has lectured at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine and for local law enforcement and animal control.  She has special training in euthanasia and veterinary forensic science.  Dr. Cece’s presentation, “Shelter Disease Outbreaks: What to do When the Worst Crops Up” will cover how to lessen the chances of a disease outbreak, recognize it if it happens, and detail the steps that should be taken to minimize its impact, including diagnosis, testing, isolation, quarantine, and clean break.  Dr. Cece will also facilitate a roundtable discussion for veterinarians on Shelter Medicine.  (The roundtable discussion is limited to the first 20 veterinarians who sign up, so if you are a vet attending the conference, please register and sign up for this session right away!)  Online registration is available at https://www.messageblocks.com/mpaw-maaco-great-lakes-animal-welfare-conference

GLAWC Session Announcement: “Relationship Between Medical Problems and Behavior in Dogs and Cats,” presented by Valarie V. Tynes, DVM, DACVB

GLAWC Session Announcement: “Relationship Between Medical Problems and Behavior in Dogs and Cats,” presented by Valarie V. Tynes, DVM, DACVB

Dr. Valarie Tynes is a 1987 graduate of Texas A&M University. She worked in private practice for 14 years before returning to academia to pursue a residency in clinical animal behavior at the University of California at Davis in 2000. Her special interests are the behavior and welfare of pet pigs, exotic pets, and zoo animals. She is a frequent speaker at veterinary meetings around the country and author of numerous scholarly articles and textbook chapters. She is the editor of The Behavior of Exotic Pets and co-editor of the Behavior issue of the Veterinary Clinics of North America – Small Animal Clinics released in May 2014. She is a veterinary services specialist for Ceva Animal Health, providing behavior education, training, and technical support to the sales force as well as lectures and presentations to veterinarians in the field. She also provides consulting services to zoos and veterinarians. Dr. Tynes will be speaking on the “Relationship Between Medical Problems and Behavior in Dogs and Cats.” Learn the behavioral signs of illlness common to dogs and cats and explore the complex relationship between medical problems and behavioral health. Register for the conference and sign up for this session today at https://www.messageblocks.com/mpaw-maaco-great-lakes-animal-welfare-conference

Critical Incident Stress Management Session at GLAWC

Critical Incident Stress Management Session at GLAWC

 

Hour by hour, day after day, workers and volunteers in the animal welfare and veterinary fields deal with crises.  We take care of animals and people, but who takes care of us?  The focus of Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) is to provide “psychological first aid” and to minimize the harmful effects of job stress, particularly in crisis and emergency situations.  Compelled by a desire to help build healthy communities, Roxanne Affholter became a CISM advocate and consultant.  She has raised awareness of CISM’s capacity to mitigate the negative effects of trauma within the community and among first responders at both the local and state levels.  She is the owner and founder of Crisis Response Connection, and she has had extensive training in crisis intervention and disaster response.  Roxanne is an approved International Critical Incident Stress Foundation instructor for basic group crisis intervention, individual/peer crisis intervention, and CISM law enforcement perspectives.

Great Lakes Animal Welfare Conference Scholarships Announced!

Great Lakes Animal Welfare Conference Scholarships Announced!

MPAW and MAACO are pleased to announce 22 scholarships to the 2015 Great Lakes Animal Welfare Conference in October have been awarded to deserving individuals representing animal agencies in three states. Congratulations to the winners! The conference is filling fast—don’t be left out. Early bird registration ends September 8th—after that prices go up!Register at www.mpaw.org today! The conference is presented by the Petco Foundation and co-hosted by the Michigan Partnership for Animal Welfare and the Michigan Association of Animal Control Officers.
National Animal Control Association Scholarships:
• Kyle Bachert, Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control (Indiana)
• Becky Eicher, City of Woodhaven and Trenton Animal Control (Michigan)
• Michelle Rankin, Ionia County Animal Care & Control (Michigan)
American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals “PAWS in the D” Scholarship:
• Nicole Grabowski, PROUD Detroit (Michigan)
Kenneth A. Scott Charitable Trust, a KeyBank Trust Scholarships:
• Aaron Bertera, Downriver Central Animal Control (Michigan)
• Jo Bollman, Bay County Animal Control (Michigan)
• Carlona Coker, Holmes County Humane Society (Ohio)
• Eden Dillman, White River Humane Society (Indiana)
• Barbara Douyard, Wonderland Rabbit Rescue (Michigan)
• Shareen Edmondson, Manistee County Humane Society (Michigan)
• Sarah Gerstner, Animal’s Best Friend Fund (Michigan)
• Suzette Gysel, City of Madison Heights Animal Control (Michigan)
• James Ii, Humane Society of Livingston County (Michigan)
• AJ Mousseau, Humane Society of West Michigan
• Marilyn Norwood, Harbor Humane Society (Michigan)
• Pamela Thompson, Saginaw County Animal Care Center (Michigan)
• Laurie Vitale, Mackenzie’s Animal Sanctuary (Michigan)
• Sydney Weisbecker, Humane Society of Monroe County (Michigan)
• Marcianne White, Smokey Acres (Michigan)
• Angela Wilgenhof, Horse North Rescue (Michigan)
• Heidi Yates, Cherryland Humane Society (Michigan)
Michigan Humane Society Linda Reider Honorary Scholarship:
• Laura Arial, Vincennes Animal Shelter (Indiana)

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