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Michigan Pet Fund Alliance's 2018 No Kill conference,  Getting to the Goal will be held September 27-28 in  Kalamazoo at the  Radisson Plaza Hotel .

The full conference agenda is  here

Fear Free, a Miracle Maker level sponsor, provides online and in-person education to veterinary professionals, the pet professional community, and pet owners. Their courses provide learners and pet lovers with the knowledge and tools to not only look after a pet's physical well-being, but her/his emotional well-being as well. We know we must feed the pet's mind as well as the body so we make sure that in-home enrichment and Fear Free training are front-and-center with pet professionals and pet owners alike.

Dr. Marty Becker, Founder and CEO of Fear Free, will present  Thursday's Lunch Keynote Presentation.   

Dr. Marty Becker
Dr. Marty Becker
Dr. Becker has spent his life working toward better health for pets and the people who love them. Realizing it's impossible to provide for pets' physical well-being without equal focus on their emotional well-being, he founded the Free Free training and certification program, which will be launching its program for animal shelter workers in 2018. He was the resident veterinary contributor on "Good Morning America" for 17 years and is currently a member of the Board of Directors of American Humane.

His keynote presentation is  Why Fear Free Animal Shelters Aren't Just Essential - They're Inevitable Free Free is a comprehensive training and certification program developed by board-certified veterinary behaviorists, board certified veterinary anesthetists, and other well-known veterinary experts experienced in caring for both the emotional and physical well-being of pets. Now, they've engaged leading shelter veterinarians and sheltering experts to develop a comprehensive free training and certification course for animal shelter and rescue workers, which will launch in December 2018. In his keynote, Dr. Becker will discuss the new course and how this approach makes life better for every pet in every shelter, every foster home, every veterinary practice, and every adoptive home, every day, forever.

Dr. Becker will also present  Helping Shelter Pets find Health, Happiness, and Homes with Fear FreeThis session will help shelter and rescue staff, volunteers, and foster caregivers understand what this movement means to them and how implementing Free Free approaches can:
  • keep pets healthier in shelters and foster homes
  • make the transition to a new home more successful
  • keep pets in homes
The new Free Free course and certification for animal shelter workers and volunteers will also be covered. 

Dr. Theresa DePorter
Dr. Theresa DePorter
Another Fear Free presenter at the conference will be  Dr. Theresa DePorter, DVM, MRCVS, DACVB. Dr. DePorter is a board certified diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Behavior (ACVB) and the European College of Animal Welfare and Behavioural Medicine (ECAWBM). She is a member of the Fear Free Advisory Group, received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Purdue University and her Bachelor Science in Biology in 1992. She has been performing behavior consultations at Oakland Veterinary Referral Services in Bloomfield Hills, MI, since 2004.

Dr. DePorter's sessions include: 

Cats Scratch: Here's How to Keep Them in Their Homes Anyway - Scratching is a normal, natural, and beneficial behavior of the cat, but it can put a strain on the human-cat relationship, mostly because many people don't understand scratching and how to effectively direct it in acceptable ways. In this session, learn how to work with cat owners and adopters to get new kittens and cats off to a great start and deal with unwanted scratching in cats at risk for relinquishment. Learn the results of an Internet survey of 4,331 cat owners to help identify what works in the real world, including the "purrfect" scratching post, the new pheromone product Feliscratch, and recommendations for cat owners to understand and reduce the impact of destructive scratching.

Empathy for the Fearful, Worried, or Anxious Dog  As dogs move through transport, shelters, rescue groups, foster homes, adoption events, and into adoptive homes, they experience a lot of fear, stress, and anxiety. We don't always recognize those signs, as some of them are easy to explain away or ignore in the name of getting them out of the stressful situation as quickly as possible. But ignoring their emotional state causes suffering, and can also cause behavior problems to develop and worsen. Learn how to assess, understand, and develop empathy for fear and anxiety in dogs to improve their welfare and boost their chances of successful adoption.

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

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Scholarship Fund needs a boost
We believe that the tremendous amount of information that will be shared at the Getting to the Goal conference should reach as many people who want to learn new and effective ways of saving more lives as are willing to attend.

To that end, Michigan Pet Fund Alliance has developed a scholarship program that enables prospective attendees facing financial hardship to register for a  $50 fee, with MPFA picking up the remaining expense. 

Rescued pup with dedicated volunteer
To date we have approved 17 scholarship applications and are running low on scholarship funds. Applications have arrived from shelter and rescue folks from throughout the state, with one common theme: these individuals want to learn cutting-edge information on how to save more cats and dogs in their communities.

Applicants must provide the following: 
  • Financial Background: "Summarize the financial situation that prevents you from paying the Conference Registration fee yourself"
  • Personal Statement: "Indicate your area of interest in animal welfare and what you hope to gain by attending the conference"
Can you help more people attend the conference by donating to the scholarship fund? 

Your tax-deductible charitable giving will have far-reaching results.  Please donate today. Select "Conference Scholarship Fund" from the link here

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Eaton County Humane Society seeks part-time veterinarian

The Eaton County Humane Society is looking for an additional veterinarian for one day a week for the Low-Cost Spay/Neuter Clinic in Olivet, MI. If you know of someone who might be interested, please call Director Diana Newman @ 269-589-8747.

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.
For more information: 
877-FUR-PALS  (877-387-7257)
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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 Contributions are tax deductible. 

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