The 10th annual MPAW Animal Welfare Conference is coming up soon! Don’t miss out on cutting-edge speakers from across the country and right here in our own backyard. Animal sheltering and veterinary professionals, as well as representatives from Michigan’s many humane organizations, animal control agencies and animal rescue groups, along with individuals who have an interest in animal welfare have two great opportunities to keep up with trends and work together to save more animal lives. The conference will be held on September 5 and 6, at Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort in Mt. Pleasant. It is Michigan’s largest educational and networking event for staff and volunteers of animal groups and is supported through the generosity of the Petco Foundation. CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS ONLINE.
The conference boasts two days of sessions featuring expert speakers from around the country providing attendees with the opportunity to learn and discuss new trendsand best practices within the animal welfare industry. Dr. Kate Hurley of the UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program will open the conference with the newest theories on solving issues of community cats. Friday’s session will feature “The Art of Giving Great Service” by famed customer service experts from ZingTrain. Other topics include cat and dog behavior, disease control, cruelty investigation, fundraising, and animal shelter management. A special session will feature new life-saving programs developed in five Michigan shelters. In addition, the Petco foundation will be on hand to provide on-site grant opportunities.
The cost to attend both days of the 2012 MPAW Conference is just $150, with a 50 percent discount available to animal control officers, students and seniors. Single day tickets are also available. Organizations sending three or more people may take 10% off each individual registration, with special pricing offered for groups of 10 or more.
Ten lucky attendees will receive ASPCA-funded scholarships that will cover the registration fee for this year’s conference. The deadline to apply for the scholarships is August 9, with winners being notified on August 12. The simple scholarship application is available in the top right hand menu pull-down! Soaring Eagle Casino is located at 6800 E. Soaring Eagle Blvd, Mt. Pleasant, off of Exit 143 on North or South US 127.