$1,000 for your Shelter or Rescue
You know it's important to keep stats, and you probably already do. Now your shelter or rescue can receive $1,000 just by signing up to share the data.  Maddie's Fund is giving $1,000 to shelters and rescue organizations who sign up for Shelter Animals Count
database project between now and April 30, 2016!

National Animal Cruelty Investigations School | Professional Investigator Training 
Law Enforcement Training Academy
Macomb County Animal Control will be hosting the University of Missouri's   National Animal Cruelty Investigations School  May 2-6, 2016.  This is for the Professional Investigator level and is the first time that Michigan is hosting a national training.

Instrumental in organizing the training is Macomb County's Director / Chief Animal Control Officer Jeff Randazzo, recent recipient of MPFA's Innovation and Best Practices Award

According to Randazzo,  " Many animal control departments struggle to take part in the amazing training that is offered around the country due to the financial constraints associated with out of state travel so this is a great opportunity to send your officers locally to learn the cutting-edge techniques in the animal control industry."

The training will be held at  Emergency Services Training Center,  21901 Durham Rd., Clinton Township, MI.

See details including curriculum, continuing ed credits, and registration information here
For additional questions, please call  800-825-6505 or 573-882-6021 .
Tax Check-off  for Michigan Animal Welfare Fund
Tax-payers: Have you completed your 2015 Michigan income tax return yet? If not, be sure to include a donation to the Animal Welfare Fund by using 
Form 4642  available  here.
The Michigan Companion Animal Welfare Fund was established as a tax check-off to support animal shelters statewide. Registered shelters may apply for grants from the fund. Eligible projects include spay/neuter programs, registration fees and speakers for anti-cruelty training conferences, and programs that provide for the care and protection of animals pursuant to state animal anticruelty laws.

MDARD announced recipients of grants from last year's contributions here.

The following shelters received grants:

Two New Certified Rescue Organizations Approved

Michigan Pet Fund Alliance welcomes  Michigan Pit Bull Education Project  and Great Lakes Boxer Rescue   as new  Certified Rescue  organizations.  

Michigan Pit Bull Education Project
Michigan Pit Bull Education Project is " dedicated to helping families keep their family members by educating landlords, apartments, and insurance companies. We support and promote spay and neutering programs, educating the youth about dog-fighting, fight breed specific legislation, help lower the amount of pit bulls that enter the shelters by helping families locate homes that allow pit bulls, help communities end the practice of 24/7 chaining."  

Visit their website here  or Facebook page here

Great Lakes Boxer Rescue
The mission of Great Lakes Boxer Rescue is: 

~ to rescue and rehabilitate the boxers that others have failed, the unwanted, t he unloved and the abandoned;
~to carefully choose their forever homes based on the best match between  the dogs and their new families;
~ to provide complete medical care, including spay/neuter, heartworm testing,  vaccines, parasite removal;
~to do our best to know the temperament of each dog in order to know  the best placement option;
~to offer support following adoption;
~to educate the public about the Boxer breed and the importance of spay/neutering;
~to promote the important of positive reinforcement training;
~to always care, but to recognize our limitations

Visit their website  here   or Facebook page  here

See information on  becoming a Michigan Certified Rescue organization here

About Michigan Pet Fund Alliance 
The single mission of the Michigan Pet Fund Alliance is to stop the killing of healthy and treatable homeless cats and dogs in Michigan shelters. 
MPFA is an all-volunteer organization collaborating with shelter and rescue organizations to achieve No Kill through training, technical  assistance,
 education and advocacy.
For more information: 
877-FUR-PALS  (877-387-7257)
The Michigan Pet Fund Alliance is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization as defined by the IRS and is a Guidestar Exchange Gold Participant.
 Contributions are tax deductible. 
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