Breed Labels at the MI No Kill Conference

Breed labeling is a hot topic. We know by now that it is often inaccurate, and that a breed label assigned to a dog may impact its potential for a successful adoption. A session at Michigan Pet Fund Alliance's "Getting to the Goal" Conference in Flint, Mich., on Sept. 15-16, 2016 will  focus on breed labels presented by Tawny Hammond, Director of Animal Services for the City of Austin, TX.
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Breed Labels and Language - The dog comes in the door, has a kind of a square head, not real muscular but... we think it is a pit bull.  So what is on the intake card for breed - pit bull?  We have come a long way in busting the myths of breed discrimination, but there is a lot of misinformation and education to be done and by simply marking "pit bull"  you have eliminated adopters from some communities, put a potential adopter in jeopardy of losing their home insurance, and limited the number of potential adopters. We certainly can't perform DNA tests on all incoming shelter dogs, but there are things that every shelter can and should be doing concerning identifying the breed of dog on intake.

Meet the presenter: 
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Tawny Hammond with Judy
Tawny Hammond, the Chief of Animal Services for the City of Austin, Texas, has spent the last 29 years working in the public service arena, creating and implementing programs and services for people and their animals. For five years, Austin Animal Services has been a leader for municipal shelters in the nation, saving more than 90% of the more than 18,000 animals that come through the doors each year. Austin is the largest No Kill city in the nation.

Chief Hammond has a proven track record of success, serving for more than 25 years in municipal government in Fairfax County, Virginia and bringing the Fairfax County Animal Shelter to No Kill in less than three years. Austin reached a new milestone, achieving live outcomes for nearly 95% of the more than 18,000 animals who came through its doors this past year.

Michigan Pet Fund Alliance's 2016 No Kill conference, 
will be held September 15-16 at the Holiday Inn Gateway Centre Flint - Grand Blanc.

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FeLV Cats in the News

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Innovative programs are the way to continue saving animals lives, so it is no surprise to read about a new practice at Humane Society of Huron Valley: keeping FeLV-positive cats in the office! Many shelters euthanize FeLV-positive cats because they don't understand the virus or can't find homes for them.  Kitties Hayes and Jessa are now happily assisting the HSHV staff. 


Read about the office-turned-sanctuary herecoverage from  hometown life  here or  Detroit Free Press here

Leuk's Landing
One of Michigan Pet Fund Alliance's Certified Rescue organizations, Leuk's Landing, is focused exclusively on FeLV cats. Run totally by volunteers, the group provides a permanent home for up to 36 cats and kittens with FeLV.  Learn more about the disease 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: 
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The Michigan Pet Fund Alliance is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization as defined by the IRS and is a Guidestar Exchange Gold Participant.
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