Michigan Pet Fund Alliance

Berrien County Animal Control seeks Director

Berrien County is seeking applications for a new Animal Control Director. Applications will be accepted until March 21, 2017. Animal advocates who attend all County Commission board meetings are pushing for a Compassionate Director which will institute Best Practices. Although the county has a new shelter, the design is more in line with a catch/kill design than 21st century needs. The shelter does not have sheltering software and, unlike most Michigan counties, still engages in wildlife damage and nuisance control. Transformational leadership is needed. The job description and directions can be found here. Note that many of the hiring requirements are subject to waiver.

New Partnership Emerges

Shelter award logo 2015
The Humane Society of Macomb Foundation and Michigan Pet Fund Alliance have joined forces to recognize outstanding work at Michigan shelters. For the last seven years, Michigan Pet Fund Alliance has produced an annual awards program. The awards, which are based upon the Save Rate Report, recognize shelters with outstanding performance and those that have made the most life-saving improvements for the year. They are presented at either an awards banquet in conjunction with the biennial Getting to the Goal conference, or at a venue selected by the shelter, and include a plaque and often media coverage. Now, with the partnership of the Humane Society of Macomb Foundation, the awards will also come with a cash grant.

In November 2016, Ken Kempkens, Humane Society of Macomb's President and Interim  Shelter  Director, contacted Michigan Pet Fund Alliance requesting input on the foundation's annual distribution of grant funding. After several discussions and conferring with the board of directors of each group, a new partnership was formed. "We have always talked about some type of cash grant with the award," commented Deborah Schutt, chair of Michigan Pet Fund Alliance, "but as a small not-for-profit it has been beyond our reach. Our partnership with the Humane Society of Macomb Foundation is a dream come true for the awards program." 

Grants were made retroactively to six 2016 shelter award recipients that had not previously been given a grant. A total of $10,500 was distributed. 

TNR Best Practices

The ASPCA has released a Best Practices guide for TNR management and medical  protocols . View the guide here
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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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