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"Get Ready for the Ruff Winter!"
How to Help Your Dog Make It Through the Cold Winter with Enrichment and Activities
By Kim Melanson 
CPDT-KA and Certified Canine Behavior Counselor and Trainer

Winter is here and the cold, ice, and wet often keeps us and our dogs inside. Many dogs will become antsy and behave in bothersome ways, chewing inappropriate items and furniture, running about, jumping all over things and people, and incessant barking. Some dogs may become more stressed in the absence of their daily dose of exercise or sniffing about the neighborhood. Not to fear, because there are means to defeat these seasonal challenges. Learning new things, working and hunting for treats or food can be enriching and beneficially tiring for dogs, even if not truly physical exercise. Here is a list with tips that will work great for pet dogs, foster, shelter and rescue dogs too!.These will get you started, but let your imagination run and you'll see the joy it brings your dog, and you'll have some fun too along the way!

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Help Community Cats this Winter
by Julia Pesek

If you have community cats in your neighborhood and are wondering how to make winter a bit easier on them, we've got an easy winter housing project for you! The good people at Neighborhood Cats have a number of structures that even the most un-handy person can build in their living room. Check them out by clicking here - there are even options for ready-made units to purchase.

Of course, if you're seeing community cats outside, it's first important to make sure they're spayed an d neutered.  Check for the tell-tal e "eartip" - and if y ou don't see that, check here to find a spay/neuter resource for community cats .   

A nd remember - funds from MAC's "I'm Animal Friendly"  license plate  fund statewide spay/neuter grants that help make many of these low-cost programs possible, so get your plate today!

Give the Gift of the License Plate!
Don't know what you get your Valentine for Valentine's day?  Let us help you!
Have you been working with a hoarding situation?

Don't forget, MAC had a meeting about hoarding and we have some information for you here.
This is a message from the Pets in Hot/Cold Cars Task Force

While our name might suggest that this may only be an issue in the heat of summer, do not be fooled.  Frigid temperatures can be just as dangerous! And although many think that dogs are better protected from colder temperatures because they have fur, it would be more appropriate to think of their fur as a light jacket for most breeds (unless they were bred for the winter months of course). Exposed skin, such as the under belly, ears & around the mouth and nose are more prone to frost bite, even inside of a vehicle if left for too long. Our role in the MAC Pet's in Hot Cars Task force is to help educate the Officers who enforce this law through trainings.

For further information pertaining to this law,  click here.

Registration Now Open for Everyone! 
MAC Presents the 2019
Achieving Harmony for Birds, Wildlife and Cats

When: SATURDAY (aka "Caturday") March 16, 2019

Time:  8:30 am Registration & Light Breakfast
           9:00 am to 3:00 pm Workshop

A vegetarian/vegan lunch will be served. Please email us if you have special needs at    info@massanimalcoalition.org.

Where: This has changed! 
Franklin M. Loew Veterinary Education Center
Hamilburg Lecture Hall
3 Library Circle
North Grafton, MA 01536

MAC members $20; non-members $30 - Make your money go farther by joining MAC for $10 and pay the $20 member fee. Being a member reduces the fee you pay for all educational meetings for one year!!  

If you are an organizational member of MAC and want to use your member benefit of free meeting passes, please email us at  info@massanimalcoalition.org.

The 2019 Whole Cat Workshop will be focusing on how birds, wildlife and cat organizations can work together in order to be more effective in our efforts to assist all animals. Bob Sallinger, Director of Conservation from the Audubon Society of Portland, Oregon and Karen Kraus, President of the Feral Cat Coalition will headline the day to discuss their decade long partnership focusing on a balance within the Greater Portland area for all species. 

Bob is a wildlife ecologist and will share some of the data collection projects that the Portland Audubon has worked on as well as his perspective on the controversial issue. Karen will describe how she and Bob met in the middle to begin to collaborate on a shared mission to develop the "Safe at Home" campaign and their catio tour. Karen will also discuss issues around managed trap, neuter, return and return to field programs and what it is like working in an area that does not have "enough cats". 

This workshop will seek to foster an effective dialogue in Massachusetts with multidisciplinary organizations to create a bridge between wildlife and community cat advocates. Guests will leave the day armed with information and tips for how to negotiate conflicts within their communities and create a more harmonious space for the wildlife, cats and humans living there. 

Bob Sallinger, Director of Conservation for Portland Audubon, has been with the organization since 1992. His current responsibilities include directing local, regional, and nation conservation policy initiatives, wildlife research initiatives, the Ba ckyard Habitat Certification Program, and Wildlife Care Center. Bob's passion for conservation was developed early exploring the woods of Massachusetts and later on solo hikes from Mexico to Canada on the Pacific Crest Trail and from Canada to Southern Colorado on the Continental Divide.

Bob has a B.A. in Biology from Reed College and a J.D. from Lewis and Clark Law School. He currently serves on the board of Humane Oregon and as an adjunct professor of law at Lewis and Clark Law School. He lives in Northeast Portland with his wife Elisabeth Neely, three children and an assortment of critters including dogs, cat, goats, pigeons, chickens and a hedgehog.

Karen Krause, Executive Director of the Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon, has been with the Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon since 1995, the founding year. She served as a volunteer, board member and became the first paid staff member in 1997. In 2002 she was named Executive Director. In Karen's tenure, FCCO has grown from spaying/neutering 1,500 cats per year to helping more than 6,000 cats per year today, and overall FCCO has performed more than 96,000 spay/neuter surgeries.

Through her leadership FCCO has developed a decades long partnership with the Audubon Society of Portland to address issues that impact cats and local wildlife, and created and launched the original and very popular Catio Tour in 2013. She has more than twenty five years of management, development and marketing experience for nonprofit animal organizations.

Karen has presented at many local and national meetings and conferences on topics including fundraising, marketing, and how to build and sustain a successful partnership.
Note: Are you a member of an organization that is an active member of MAC? You may be able to register at the member fee. Some MAC   member organizations may also  have free passes available. Please contact your organization for more information or email us at

MAC thanks the 2019 WC W sponsors:

*We have implemented a system that manages both membership and meeting registration. The system uses your email address to identify you. If the system does not recognize your email address, your membership may have expired or you may be using a different email address than the one we have on file for you. If you have problems or questions please email us at  info@massanimalcoalition.org.
Spay/Neuter Resources 
on MAC's Website    

Are you aware of how much MAC has to offer beyond educational meetings, programs and task forces? Have you ever checked out our Resources pages? We offer information about Lost Pets, Rabies, Adoption, Wildlife, and so much more!

If you are looking for spay/neuter services in your area check out " Find a Spay/Neuter Clinic" on  the dropdown menu on MAC's homepage and you will be brought to our SpayMass page. There  is a map with pins showing locations of clinics all over the state, you can enter your zip code to  locate a clinic close to you, and you will find addresses and contact information for a clinic you  choose.

MAC is here for you! Be sure to take advantage of all that we have to offer!

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