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Interested in Transports?
Register now for Webinar
 Tuesday, April 6pm   
Does your organization run or participate in a spay/neuter or rescue transport program? Are you considering one? Properly used, transports can be a powerful tool for advancing spay/neuter initiatives and saving the lives of cats and dogs. In Southern states, transports are increasingly common. 

Why are transports important? What's working and what isn't, on a big-picture level? What can we do better-and how can we do it? 

Please join staff from Spay Tennessee, Spay Virginia, and United Spay Alliance for a one-hour webinar Tuesday, April 25, 6:00 PM EDT to discuss the evolving role of transports in protecting animal welfare in the South. 

Speakers: 
  • Julie Jacobson Program Manager, Spay Tennessee 
  • Melisa Miller-Piselli State Coordinator, SpayVA (a program of the Virginia Federation of Humane Societies) and President, Humane Society of Shenandoah County 
  • Bruce Myers (moderator) Director, United Spay Alliance 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
 
This webinar is presented by United Spay Alliance and is open to the public. It will be recorded.

Proposed MA Legislation to Help Companion Animals
S. 1159, H. 2419: An Act to protect animal welfare and safety in cities and towns (PAWS II)
 
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This proposed law will add to the improvements realized from passage in 2014 of PAWS I.  It would: 
expand required reporting of animal abuse; better enforce animal control laws; end automatic  euthanasia of fighting dogs; ban drowning of wild and domestic animals; prohibit specific dog breed bans;  and, ensure that landlords check vacant properties for abandoned pets. 
 
Learn about other proposed  laws to better protect companion animals at the MSPCA and Animal Rescue League of Boston website pages, 
and consider signing up with them to participate in 
HUMANE LOBBY DAY, MAY 9, 2017. 

Click here to register for the event:
Lobby Day Registration 

cat_with_lion_shadow.jpgWhole Cat Workshop Recap 
Thanks to everyone who attended our Whole Cat Workshop on April 2!  The day started out with a panel discussion on transport programs for cats followed by a presentation on Dakin's Spirit Cat Program.  We finished up the day with Dr. Rachel S. Geller, Ed.D., giving a very thoughtful and informative talk about work with clients whose cats have behavioral concerns. You can find 2017 WCW materials on our website.
 
"All About Dogs" Update  

We are planning to hold  MAC's 2017 "All About Dogs" workshop in August. Same speaker, same agenda. We are going to switch things up for this meeting and plan it for a Monday or Tuesday afternoon towards the end of Summer - hopefully there won't be any tornadoes! 
 
If you have paid to register for this meeting, we are holding your place for you! If you desire a refund now, please email us at info@massanimalcoalition.org
 
We will reopen registration when we announce the new date.  
All About Dogs
Want creative ideas for foster care for dogs?  At the MAC All About Dogs meeting we will hear from Kristen Auerbach, Deputy Chief Animal Services Officer at Austin Animal Services in Austin, Texas. Kristen travels around the country speaking about various topics and she will talk to us about how innovative foster programs can help save more dogs with behavioral challenges. 
 
 
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New Membership Rates for Massachusetts Animal Control
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Breaking news!  MAC will soon be offering MA  cities and towns  a $30 individual ACO membership which includes FREE  meeting  passes for MAC ' s core  educational  meetings.  This  will allow ACOs to attend the All About Dogs, Whole Cat Workshop and Hot Topics meetings at no charge.  Massachusetts Animal Fund has in the past given continuing education credits for ACOs attending MAC meetings. Check here  for details on specific meetings. 

MAC meetings promote vigorous discussion and positive interactions on a variety of topics as well as great networking opportunities with the result being beneficial for MA animals.  Meetings also provide an opportunity for members to update the group on the progress of individual task forces. Members (and guests) may present a problem or concern in order to generate input from colleagues, furthering the collaborative model on which MAC was founded. Visit our website for more info on past MAC meetings.  
The Doctor Is In! Dr. Chelsea Reinhard Consults with Shelters & Rescues 
 
Dr. Chelsea Reinhard is the Maddie's Shelter Medicine Resident at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University.  As part of her training as a resident, Dr. Reinhard provides distance consultations at no charge for local, regional, and national rescue and sheltering organizations.  Areas of consultation can include infectious disease management, vaccination protocols, public health, foster care, sanitation, and spay/neuter, among other topics.  If you have questions pertaining to your organization and are seeking assistance, please feel free to contact Dr. Reinhard.
 
Her email address is
chelsea.reinhard@tufts.edu .  Please include information about your organization in your inquiry, including the type of organization and number of animals your organization takes in annually, and allow for some response time.  She looks forward to supporting Massachusetts sheltering organizations!    
MAC's Spay Worcester Task Force Receives Key to City Worcester

We are thrilled to announce that the MAC's Spay Worcester Task Force was presented with a Key to the City of Worcester by the Mayor and City Council. Co-chairs Karen Powers, Leona Pease and Jena Pitman-Leung accepted the honor at a presentation on February 7th at City Hall in Worcester. 
 
Karen Powers, who is also the founder of Spay Worcester, explained why she feels receiving the key is so special. Karen said, "First of all, it's wonderful for the volunteers of Spay Worcester to have recognition for their thousands of unpaid hours, working in Worcester neighborhoods, helping both cats and residents."

It is also recognition for so many partners who helped make the project a success, specifically:
  • The Massachusetts Animal Coalition, who invited Spay Worcester to become a task force under MAC so we could hit the ground running with our mission, and acted as our fiscal agent.
  • Tufts College of Veterinary Medicine, for the work done in their spay neuter clinics. Not to mention all the volunteer veterinarians, vet techs, veterinary students and other volunteers who work at the Tufts clinics.
  • Second Chance Wellness Center, who provided our summer spay neuter clinics, and their staff of veterinarians and vet techs.
  • Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society's Catmobiles, and the Worcester Animal Rescue League who many times provided emergency spay neuter in-between clinics.
  • All of the shelters that worked right beside Spay Worcester helping us get friendly abandoned cats and kittens off the street - including Worcester Animal Rescue League, CaRMaH, Metro West Humane Society, Guardian Angels, Willy's Kitty Angels, Broken Tail Rescue, MRFRS, Neady Cats and others.
  • Our good friend Martha Boynton for taking pregnant cats and bottle babies.
  • Mary Compton for helping us with numerous Barn placements.
  • Our Rescue Team, Laurence Van Atten-Holyoak, Michelle Garry and Jena Pitman-Leung who worked miracles finding placements for cats in need with shelters.
And last but not least, it recognizes Worcester and all of the kind people that live in the city who have helped Spay Worcester help the cats. "We certainly have built a sense of community" Karen declared .
 
MAC thanks everyone for helping Spay Worcester assist well over 2,500 cats, and congratulates the Spay Worcester team on receiving this well deserved recognition!   



 
The MAC "I'm Animal Friendly"
License Plate Program
 

Please help promote the sale of the license plate!  Need flyers and rack cards? We are happy to send you anything you need. Check out these great videos promoting the plate, and please feature them on your website and facebook page: the videos are called   Tailgating (featuring a dog) and Distracted Driving (featuring a cat).

There are other fun "sharables" developed by Conover Tuttle Pace. THANK YOU TO CTP!   The flyers and rack cards can be downloaded from the License Plate promotion page on the MAC website.
 
Thank to all organizations who applied for our 2017 Grant!  We are reviewing applications and will let you know if we have any questions along the way.

If you received a grant in 2016 - Please note that your 2016 Final Grant Report (3 part report) is due to MAC no later than July 15, 2017
 
 
 
Meet Wren of Woburn Feral Cat Coalition whose spay surgery was funded by one of MAC's "I'm Animal Friendly" license plate grants. 



Volunteer Appreciation:
Diane Phaneuf
 
The MAC "I'm Animal Friendly License Plate Program" has been in existence for 12 years.  A few years ago we formed the "License Plate Oversight Committee" as a way to keep on top of the many moving parts of the program.  One committee member brings so much to the table and we are very grateful for Diane Phaneuf and her tireless efforts on behalf of the program!
 
An animal lover, a few years ago Diane wrote to MAC asking if there were any volunteer positions available.  She was at Intel for the majority of her career, working her way up the ranks to "Yield Engineer" where she worked with engineering technicians and managed huge projects.  When we saw her resume we knew that she would be a great addition to our team. 
 
Diane rolled up her sleeves and volunteered hundreds of hours of her time to the cause.  Her ability to jump in and quickly understand the culture of our work has been amazing.  Diane is our "documenter of processes" and she keeps us all on track, which is no small feat!
 
Every June the License Plate Grant Committee, composed of five volunteers from the animal welfare community, meets to decide how to divide the proceeds from the license plate sales.  Every June Diane is there to help.  She keeps a spreadsheet of myriad details and meticulously documents the entire day.  THANK YOU TO DIANE FOR HER PASSION FOR ANIMALS AND HER COMMITMENT TO MAC!!!
 
NOTE: Diane has retired from Intel and currently seeking employment.  If you have any opportunities feel free to reach out to her by emailing us at info@massanimalcoalition.org

MAC Website Update 

Are you experienced with Word Press?  Do you have some time to volunteer?  We have a job for you!  The MAC website needs a much needed Spring Cleanup. 
Please email us at: 
   
Autumn MAC Meeting In the Works
 
Keep an eye out for more information about our Hot Topics Meeting this Fall, where our focus will be on animal hoarding.   
 Not a Member Yet? Time to Renew? Join MAC Today and Make a Difference for Animals

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If you're not a MAC member, please consider becoming one and help support the work we do. Individual memberships are just $10/year! Joining MAC is a great way to become more involved in animal welfare, meet others who are doing similar work, make friends and connections, and hear from experts in the field. For more info visit our membership page.