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Learn how your shelter or rescue can save more cats by attending the sessions in our Cat Track at Michigan Pet Fund Alliance's No Kill Conference for 2018:  Getting to the Goal.

Two nationally-known cat experts will be among the presenters during the September 27-28 event at the  Radisson Plaza Hotel at Kalamazoo Center .

Pam Johnson-Bennett
Pam Johnson-Bennett 
Pam Johnson-Bennett is considered to be a pioneer in the field of cat behavior consulting and one of the most sought after cat behavior experts in the world. She is the best-selling author of 10 books and starred in the Animal Planet UK series  Psycho KittyPam began making house calls to work with clients on cat behavior problems  in 1982 and had her first book published in 1990. Since then, she has led the way as an inspiration and mentor to many in the cat behavior profession and her books have been used as texts for professional behavior courses.

Pam was vice president of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants and founded the IAABC Cat Division where she served as its longtime chair for 8 years. Pam served on the American Humane Association's Advisory Board on Animal Behavior and Training and was also a member of the American Humane Association's Cat health and Welfare Forum. She served on the Advisory Board for Tree House Humane Society and has also worked with the Winn Feline Foundation.

Pam Johnson-Bennett's sessions at Getting to the Goal are: 
  • Litter Box Lowdown: Addressing Non-medical Litter Box Issues - When your cat stops using the litter box it's frustrating and stressful for both cat and cat parent. It's also, sadly, one of the most common reasons that a cat may get a one-way ticket to the nearest shelter. There are many reasons why a cat may avoid the litter box and it's important to figure out the true cause in order to get everything back on track. Inappropriate elimination shouldn't be a deal-breaker when it comes to whether kitty gets to stay in your family or not. While some reasons for litter box aversion may be more complex, there are often some simple mistakes cat parents make.
  • Cat Enrichment in the Shelter: Turn Down the Stress and Turn Up the Feline Fun - When you start thinking about how to minimize stress and maximize adoptability for cats in the shelter, take time to stop and simply remember how finely tuned their senses are and how all that is happening around them is occurring without giving them the option of choice. Sound, sight, touch and smell can have a negative or positive influence on shelter cats. Learn how even small changes can decrease stress and increase a cat's sense of security. The more you reduce stress, the more cats can put their best paw forward. It's time to increase the fun factor!
Monica Frenden
Monica Frendan 
Monica Frendan noticed the stark lack of resources for community cats in rural Illinois and decided to do something about it. In 2008, Monica founded a trap-neuter-return organization that sterilized thousands of cats. To further reduce euthanasia, she pioneered one of the nation's first, and largest, barn cat programs. In 2012, Monica moved to Texas and joined Austin Pets Alive! where she serves as the Maddie's Director of Feline Lifesaving. Since 2012, Monica has led her team to an 88% growth in cat adoptions, helped Austin achieve a citywide 96% live release rate for cats, and oversees the adoption and care of over 6,000 cats each year. Her passion for improving the country's sheltering systems for cats and love of sassy cats helps save even the most challenging of felines.

Monica Frendan's sessions at Getting to the Goal  are: 
  • Cat Adoptions from Zero to Infinity - Too many cats, not enough adopters? In this session, you'll learn how Austin Pets Alive! went from 721 cat adoptions per year to 3,540. Starting from scratch with no shelter and no budget through managing a population of 1,000+ cats, this session has something for every cat rescuer. We'll discuss adoption options for those without a shelter facility; growing adoptions at a facility; and how progressive adoptions, marketing, policies, and practices enable APA! to place thousands of cats each year while maintaining quality adoptions and a low return rate.
  • No Cat Left Behind: How to Get Special Needs Cats Adopted - Feline Leukemia, FIV, renal failure, elderly, chronically ill, behaviorally challenged. Every rescue struggles with getting 'special needs' cats adopted. The majority of cats taken in by Austin Pets Alive! would be considered 'special needs' by most shelter standards, but APA! believes these are lives worth saving and has shown they can be adopted. Learn how to place special needs cats through innovative programs, marketing, and adopter support to help you leave no cat left behind.
  • Starting a Successful Barn Cat Program - Often considered unadoptable and overlooked for rescue, feral and fractious cats can be saved through a progressive Barn Placement program and given a new lease on life as working cats. Learn how to start a barn program from scratch, including selecting cats appropriate for barn placement, finding quality homes, proper relocation procedures, and safe handling and sheltering practices. The Austin Pets Alive! Barn Cat program saves hundreds of feisty cats each year that would otherwise be slated for euthanasia, and you can, too!

Early registration runs through August 7. The Shelter/City Tour and Animal CPR & First Aid are filling fast! 

Full conference information including schedule, speakers, sessions, sponsors and accommodations can be found  here

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About Michigan Pet Fund Alliance 
The single mission of 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.
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Michigan Pet Fund Alliance is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization as defined by the IRS (EIN 20-0399162) and is a  Guidestar Exchange Gold Participant.

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