Newsletter  |  November 2012
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In This Issue
2012 No Kill Conference Recap
Michigan's 10 No Kill Counties
Humane Society of Midland County Success Story
No Kill Revolution in the U.S.
Does Michigan Have a Pet Overpopulation Problem?
December 1 Deadline for Rescue Certification
2011 Save Rate Report
Pets for Life Targets Detroit
Al-Van Humane Society Needs Help
Charity Choice Gift Cards
MPFA Mission
2012 No Kill Conference Recap


Recipe for a Successful 2nd Annual  
Start with 225+ people committed to making Michigan a better place for cats and dogs.

Add in:

103  Awards Banquet attendees 
34 Award Winners 
25 Speakers 
17 Exhibitors 
1 dozen volunteers
11 Scholarship Recipients 
2  Sponsors: Petfinder and Petco  
1 Michigan Senator 
1 Michigan Representative     
Combine all ingredients for 2 days, mix gently, add balmy Michigan September weather. 


"I felt that I took away from the conference new information that benefits the particular situation I am in and enjoyed meeting new people who will be great contacts." 


"The conference was fabulous and I enjoyed myself very much."


"Loved the conference. Can't imagine how you will top this next year. Nathan's speech was jaw dropping, awe inspiring and eternally motivating. I wish it were captured on video so we could share it with our volunteers who were unable to attend."

Debbie Schutt Nathan Winograd Sept 2012
Michigan Pet Fund Alliance
Chairperson Debbie Schutt
with Keynote Speaker Nathan Winograd
(No Kill Advocacy Center)
Michigan's 10 No Kill Counties

Michigan leads the nation with the greatest number of No Kill communities.  Ten out of Michigan's 83 counties are no kill.  The identification of the No Kill counties became evident when the Michigan Pet Fund Alliance mapped the results of the Save Rate report for 2011.


The 10 No Kill Counties were honored at the 2012 Awards Banquet of the No Kill Conference in Lansing in September.  


The counties are:  Alger, Baraga, Chippewa, Crawford, Gogebic, Houghton, Keweenaw, Marquette, Otsego and Roscommon. 


Other award winners included:

Outstanding small shelter - Copper Country Humane Society, Houghton

Outstanding medium shelter - Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter, Negaunee

Outstanding large shelter - Humane Society of Huron Valley, Ann Arbor

Outstanding limited admission shelter - Adopt-A-Pet, Flint

Most improved from 2010 - Humane Society of Midland County, Midland

Success Story!
Humane Society of Midland County


In 2011 the Humane Society of Midland County took the reins of the county shelter and overnight produced a miracle for the homeless cats and dogs of Midland County.


Midland  County Save Rates  

There was ONE difference between 2010 and 2011:  WHO WAS IN CHARGE.  There was no magic wand that made the animals "more adoptable", nor were there more households available to adopt the cats and dogs, and no lottery winner with a wheelbarrow of cash to pour toward the homeless animals of Midland County.  No, instead there was something that was totally FREE - an unmitigated belief that all healthy and treatable homeless cats and dogs had a right to life and those in charge would do everything possible to find them a new home.  You are our heroes, Humane Society of Midland County!

2012 Midland Most Improved
MPFA Treasurer Cheryl Gault presents Most Improved Shelter Award to  HSoMC Shelter Director Beth Wellman and HSoMC President Neil Wackerle


No Kill Revolution in America 


Learn more about the No Kill Revolution in America through this short video:



 Why have shelters which have yet to embrace No Kill not done so yet? Nathan and Jennifer Winograd's newest book, Friendly Fire, explores the issue.  Read reviews and order your copy here

Friendly Fire


Does Michigan Have a Pet Overpopulation Problem?


Did you know that Michiganders have:  

2,398,654 total Canine Pets and
2,790,741 total Feline Pets


That is almost 5.2 million dogs and cats in a state of 9.8 million humans.


Each year shelters euthanize 8,500 dogs and cats and kill 76,500 healthy and treatable homeless animals.  That is 1.5% of the total population of cats and dogs. Do you think that Michigan has an overpopulation problem of cats and dogs?

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December 1 Deadline for Rescue Certification Applications 

Applications are due by December 1, 2012 for consideration to become a Certified Rescue.  The program description, documents, and application are here:


This wholly voluntary program is designed to:

  • Save more lives and maximize the capacity of animal shelters
  • Establish best practice and a code of ethics
  • Encourage more collaboration between rescues and shelters
  • Advance Michigan to become a No Kill state

Don't miss the opportunity to be a founding Certified Rescue!

2011 Save Rate Report and Awards


Each year, Michigan Pet Fund Alliance uses a variety of available data sources to determine if progress is being made toward becoming a No Kill state.  The most important data available is from the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development's annual reports submitted by licensed shelters


Using the 2011 data, MPFA calculated each shelter's performance in saving lives, and based shelter awards on that result.


View the awards here and the detailed 2011 Michigan Shelters by Save Rate Reporhere.


Click on the map below for a larger-scale version. 


2011 Survival Map
2011 Michigan Survival Rate by County


Pets For Life Program
Launched in Detroit

  AAAR logo

All About Animals Rescue in Warren is one of just ten organizations in the nation to be chosen by the Humane Society of the United States and Petsmart Charities to participate in their revolutionary Pets for Life program, targeting underserved communities in Detroit. 


Pets for Life is an inventive approach to getting care to pets who need it most and prevent future suffering. Spay/neuter, humane education, building one-on-one relationships, and provision of resources are cornerstones. 

By the end of the program, at least 500 pets in the Detroit zip codes 48201 and 48208 will be spayed, neutered, vaccinated and microchipped at no cost to their pet owner. This program is about ending the cycle of breeding, suffering and homelessness for generations of pet owners.


View their first vaccination event in this heartwarming video.


Al-Van Humane Society Needs Your Help!



Calling all rescue groups!


Al-Van Humane Society, a shelter in South Haven in southwest Michigan, has started a new day with a commitment to remain an open admission shelter and become No Kill.  In 2011 they saved only 14%, the fourth highest kill rate in the state.  So far this year they are saving over 60% and are committed to following Midland County as being the most improved shelter in the state.  They are implementing the No Kill Equation - one step of which is working with rescue organizations.  


The shelter is full and they need partners.  They are willing to transport or meet halfway for rescue organizations out of their area.  


Contact Jodie Gerard:, 269-637-5062

or director Cathy Thaler:, 269-637-5062.


If you are not a rescue organization but want to help Al-Van achieve their No Kill goal, a tax deductible contribution would be welcomed:

Make Holiday
Gift-Giving Easy!


Is there anyone on your list who would rather give than receive? Not sure which charity your friends and relatives want to support?


Charity Choice Gift Certificates

are 100% tax-deductible gift cards, where you are the donor and your recipient chooses the charity.


Michigan Pet Fund Alliance is one of the featured charities in this innovative gift-giving option. 


View details here 


Charity Choice

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.  


We collaborate with shelter and rescue organizations to achieve No Kill through training, technical assistance, education and advocacy.
For more information, 
call 877-FUR-PALS (877-387-7257) or visit


The Michigan Pet Fund Alliance is a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization as defined by the IRS. Contributions are tax deductible.

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