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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This Week’s Opportunities to Gather Ballot Initiatives Signatures

Early Fall is a wonderful time to gather signatures to help end wolf hunting in Michigan! Please mail in your petitions to: Keep Michigan Wolves Protected, PO Box 81096, Lansing, MI 48909. Sign up for one (or more!) of the events below today!


Tuscola County’s Pumpkin Fest: 10/4, 10/5, 10/6

Zeeland’s Pumpkinfest: 10/4, 10/5

Grand Rapid’s ArtPrize: 10/4, 10/5, 10/6

Newberry Oktoberfest: 10/4, 10/5

Stockbridge’s Harvest Festival 10/4, 10/5


Large-scale Dog Breeder Bill Introduced in Michigan Senate!

NEW LARGE-SCALE DOG BREEDER BILL ALERT! Senate Bill 560 was introduced today by Sen. Steve Bieda (Warren) and assigned to the Senate Agriculture Committee on October 1, 2013. Now is the time to contact your STATE SENATOR to express your opinion about SB 560. You can find your Senator easily here: Read more

Register Today for MVMA’s Animal Welfare Conference!

Register today for the 2013 MVMA Animal Welfare Conference
Animals and Society – How They Interact
November 25, 2013 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. in Lansing, MI at the MSU Pavillion

Open to everyone, some tracks that might be of particular interest to the animal welfare community are:
Assessing Canine Behavior in Shelters
CJ Bentley, Michigan Humane Society Read more

This Week’s Opportunities to Sign the Wolf Ballot Initiative

Wolf ballot initiative signature-gathering gains momentum! Wolf hunting licenses are going on sale in Michigan this week, and there are many opportunities around the state to collect signatures or find petititions to sign to overturn the new state laws that have made the hunt possible. For more information on signature gathering, visit Keep Michigan Wolves Protected.

Grand Rapids’ ArtPrize: 9/27 , 9/28 , 9/29

Clinton Township’s Fall Festival: 9/27, 9/28, 9/29

Holland’s 8th Street Farmer’s Market: 9/28 , 9/29

Midland’s Northwood University International Auto Show: 9/28 , 9/29

Lansing’s Zombie Walk: 9/28

Hazel Park’s Art Fair: 9/28 , 9/29

Sault St. Marie’s Oktoberfest: 9/28

Cadillac’s Fall Fever and Craft Beer Festival: 9/28

On Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 7:00pm, the Michigan Humane Society (MHS) and the Animals and Society Institute (ASI) will co-host “Every Twelve Seconds: Industrialized Slaughter and the Politics of Sight” presented by Dr. Timothy Pachirat.

Dr. Pachirat is the author of Every Twelve Seconds: Industrialized Slaughter and the Politics of Sight (Yale University Press, 2011), a work that draws from more than five months of undercover employment on the kill floor of an industrialized slaughter house and which is a political ethnography of immigrant labor that explores how violence that is seen as both essential and repugnant to modern society is organized, disciplined, regulated, and reproduced.

His talk brings to life the massive, routine killing of animals for human consumption from the perspective of those who take part in it.
Timothy Pachirat (PhD, Yale) works as an assistant professor in the Department of Politics at The New School for Social Research.

His research and teaching interests include comparative politics, the politics of Southeast Asia, critical animal studies, the sociology of domination and resistance, the political economy of dirty and dangerous work, and interpretive and ethnographic research methods.

Event location – TBD. Light refreshments will be provided.
Tickets for this very special event are $20 ($10 for students & seniors), and will be available soon.

Senate Bill to Ban the Gas Chamber Unanimously Passes!

Senate Bill 354, introduced by Sen. Jones, was passed unanimously by the Michigan State Senate on Thursday, September 12th. The bill mandates that euthanasia of a dog or cat under the control of a municipal animal control shelter can only be performed by the administration of an injection of a commercially prepared solution. The passing of this bill bans the use of the gas chamber for dogs and cats in municipal facilities. Many animal welfare organizations worked tirelessly together with our law makers in order to get this bill passed so that, whenever euthanasia is necessary, it is done in the most humane and dignified way possible.

VOTE LIKELY TODAY: Michigan Bill to Ban Gas Chamber!

HEADS UP: There is likely to be a vote in the Michigan Senate today on SB354, the bill that would ban the use of gas chambers in municipal animal shelters in Michigan for dogs and cats. If you haven’t yet called your state Senator to voice your opinion, now is the time! Find your representative HERE!

USDA to Crack Down on Breeders Selling Puppies Online

Dog breeders who sell puppies online will now need to be licensed by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) according to a new rule. Up until now, only breeders selling wholesale were required to be USDA-licensed. This meant that just a handful of Michigan breeders qualified. The rest have been “under the radar” as far as conditions in their breeding facilities, with no inspections and no way for the puppy-buying public to be assured that conditions inside were humane. Read more

Wolf Ballot Initiative Effort Gathering Signatures!

Even though summer is nearly over, Keep Michigan Wolves Protected volunteers are still out collecting signatures to ensure that protection is restored to Michigan’s fragile wolf population. If you love wolves and have some time to spare, consider helping out at one of this week’s signature gathering opportunities below.

Table at Wayne State University from 9/9 to 9/13

Fenton’s Applefest on 9/12, 9/13, 9/14, and 9/15

Mt. Pleasant’s 9th Annual People’s Traditional Powwow on 9/13, 9/14, and 9/15

Taste of Traverse City on 9/13 and 9/14

Ferndale’s DIY Street Fair on 9/13, 9/14, and 9/15

Northville’s Victorian Festival on 9/13, 9/14, and 9/15



Petfinder Webinars: Free and Fabulous!

Register today for one or more of these free upcoming Petfinder webinars for volunteers and staff of animal organizations!

Pet Retention: Keeping Pets in Their Homes – A Primer for Shelters and Rescues

Presenter: Sam Wike, CPDT-KA

Date/Time: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM EDT

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