Michigan Pet Fund Alliance

FREE Shelter Behavior Seminar October 5 and 6 

Getting to the Goal
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Michigan Pet Fund Alliance's 2017
Getting to the Goal event is a  free  two-day shelter behavior seminar presented by Animal Alliances  director  Kelley Bollen and sponsored by Alley Cat Allies.

The event will be held on October 5 and 6 at Bloomfield Township Public Library. It is designed for shelter staff, animal control officers, shelter and rescue volunteers and administrators to learn more about addressing the behavioral health of the animals in their care. 

Day 1 topics are:
  • Intake and Adoptions - A Behavior Perspective 
  • Reading Dog and Cat Body Language & Safe Animal Handling 
  • Stress Recognition and Reduction   
  • Behavioral and Environmental Enrichment
Day 2 topics are:
  • Understanding Aggression in the Domestic Dog 
  • Canine Behavior Evaluations
  • Feline Behavior Evaluations
  • How Animals Learn 
  • Training & Behavior Modification in the Shelter
Participants will receive a Certificate of Completion
IAABC - 16 CEU's
CCPDT - 11 CEU's for Trainers and 3 CEU's for Behavior Consultants

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UPAWS welcomes new director


Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter  (UPAWS) in Negaunee, MI (near Marquette) has long been a success story and leader in the state sheltering community. In 2009, when MPFA first began giving shelter awards, UPAWS received the Outstanding Michigan Medium (1,000 - 5,000) Open Admission Shelter with a save rate of over 91%, and has increased their performance since then, with a save rate currently approaching 99%

UPAWS has recently hired a new shelter manager to continue the progress that has been made. Ryan Poupore,  new to the field of animal sheltering and welfare, has chosen to follow a life-long passion to work in the non-profit sector and to take an active role in serving as a voice for the animals. Whether it be providing for their basic needs, protecting them from neglect and cruelty, or countering breed discrimination, he is committed to making a positive impact in the lives of as many animals as he can.

Ryan Poupore with Rex and Tye
Ryan attended Northern Michigan University, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Criminal Justice and minor in Political Science and then went on to earn his Masters in Public Administration. He also attended the Federal Law Enforcement Training Academy and the James J. Rowley Training Center, earning academic achievement awards. At the Emergency Management Institute he earned nine emergency management certificates from FEMA.

Professionally, Ryan's experiences have ranged from working as a summer employee with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, to standing guard on the steps the the White House for United States Secret Service, to serving as a Logistics Supervisor for Northern Michigan University. Ryan's unique experiences and strengths make him the ideal choice to transition UPAWS to its new facility and expand its programs to go further in helping animals beyond the immediate service area.

Ryan currently resides in Ishpeming, Michigan with his wife, Kristi, two children, Ella and Evan, and two pitbulls, Rex and Tye.

Welcome Ryan!
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 Platinum Participant.
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 Contributions are tax deductible. 
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