Spot Cleaning Saves Staff Time and Decreases Stress for Cats
Fotolia cat in cage Is your shelter staff still fully cleaning every cat cage every day? If so,  they are working harder than they need to and making the cats more stressed and more prone to illness. 

The spot-cleaning method is effective and healthier for cats. Share this information  with your shelter staff and cat care volunteers:

  • HSUS Animal Sheltering's Spot Cleaning Cat Cages is here.
  • Koret Shelter  Medicine Program's Spot Cleaning Cat Cages is here
  • Detailed instructions are here.
 September 23 Webinar: Increase Cat Reclaims and Decrease Intake 
Missing Pet PArtnership Learn methods of increasing cat reclaims by enrolling in a free webinar hosted by Missing Pet Partnership . The September 23 online event featuring Kat Albrecht and Brigid Wasson is the fourth of six in  Humane Society of the United States' Keeping Cats in Homes Series.  

The webinar description is  "Did you know that each year only 2-5% of lost cats in shelters are reclaimed by their owners? Fortunately, there are proven strategies to improve the odds of happy reunions, in some cases, up to three times the national average! This webinar will examine both human and feline behaviors that prevent lost cats from returning home. Shelter professional will learn five steps they can use today to improve cat reclaims and decrease intake.  This course has been pre-approved for Certified Animal Welfare Administrator continuing education credit."

More information is here

 Award-winning Shelter Director Moves North
Heidi Yates Cherryland
In 2013, MPFA gave our  Most Improved Limited Admission Shelter award to  Humane Society & Animal Rescue of Muskegon County . Their 94.44% save rate in 2013 was up from 46.51% in 2012.  
Heidi Yates, the director responsible for the tremendous performance, has since been hired as the new executive director of Cherryland Humane Society in Traverse City. 
We wish great success to Heidi Yates and Cherryland staff and volunteers!
An interview with Heidi by Beth Milligan of The Ticker is   here .

 MPFA Needs Your Used Shoes
MPFA is partnering with Wooftrax and Funds2Org in a shoe drive to raise funds for our Judith Middleton Kroon grant program

Clean out your closet and box up those gently used shoes, boots, slippers, and flip-flops.   All donated shoes will be redistributed by Funds2Orgs to microenterprise partners in developing nations to help impoverished people run their own local businesses.

In addition to donating your own shoes, could you do one of the following? 
  • collect shoes from friends and co-workers? 
  • ask staff, friends, family, clients to collect for us?
  • post a notice on your Facebook page? 
  • email our information to your contacts?
  • display a flyer at work, school, or a local business?
  • share the project with a school or church community service group?   Wooftrax
Contact  project coordinator Diana Newman at to arrange pick-up or volunteer for additional  involvement. 

And don't forget to download the Wooftrax app and choose Michigan Pet Fund Alliance as your  designated group to raise funds while you walk!

Thank you! 

Michigan Pet Fund Alliance Mission
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 Silver Participant.
Guidestar Silver 
 Contributions are tax deductible. 
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