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There is still time to register for Michigan Pet Fund Alliance's 2018 No Kill conference,  Getting to the Goal .  The event  will be held September 27-28 in  Kalamazoo at the  Radisson Plaza Hotel .

The full conference agenda is  here

Thank you to  Fear Free for their  Miracle Maker  level sponsor!ship! Fear Free p rovides online and in-person education to veterinary professionals, the pet professional community, and pet owners. Their courses provide learners and pet lovers with the knowledge and tools to not only look after a pet's physical well-being, but her/his emotional well-being as well. We know we must feed the pet's mind as well as the body so we make sure that in-home enrichment and Fear Free training are front-and-center with pet professionals and pet owners alike.

All  conference attendees are encouraged to attend the Fear Free sessions, several of which were described in a previous eblast.  Read about those  here

Additional Fear Free sessions include: 

Fear Free Training in the Shelter Setting  presented by Dr. Cynthia Delaney
Many of us in the sheltering industry talk about the importance of the 5 Freedoms of Animal Welfare.  When it comes to interacting with the animals in our care we can take it a step further and consider how best to affect animal behavior and implement active training in this setting.  In this session we'll explore how we in the animal sheltering industry can use concepts of classical conditioning as well as how best to apply different training methods, with special consideration of the concept of the "Humane Hierarchy" in animal training, to maximize the benefits for our shelter animals.  This session will explore various training methods including positive reinforcement based training versus punishment based training to help determine which methods will be most beneficial for our shelter animals, our community and ourselves.  We'll discuss which techniques are expected to be most successful as part of a general strategy to help shelter animals to better tolerate the stressful and sometimes scary environment they find themselves in.  This session will also explore how these techniques can be used to increase behaviors we know adopters like and decrease behaviors we know adopters don't like.  We'll explore the benefits of approaching training with this framework in mind, including decreased stress/fear, improved animal welfare, increased staff and public satisfaction, increased adoption rates and decreased returns.   

What can we do to improve the daily lives of the animals in our care in animal shelters? How can putting some thought into housing, handling, daily operations and enrichment opportunities offered to shelter animals improve welfare, decrease workload, increase live release rates and decrease shelter length of stay?  In this session, we'll discuss how evidence-based medicine and scientific inquiry have provided us with new information on how housing, handling, enrichment, and training can impact animals in confinement settings like animal shelters and sanctuaries.  We'll explore how animal shelters and sanctuaries can positively impact welfare and outcomes for the animals in their care by implementing changes in how they approach these concepts.  We'll discuss how some simple changes in how animals are housed, handled and interacted with can reduce stress, decrease disease incidence and improve recovery times (and final outcomes) for animals with medical and behavioral issues, and how this can help keep animals that don't have any problems from developing them.  There will be something for everyone in this session as we'll discuss all aspects of an animal's shelter stay.

Feral Kittens: More Than KMR  presented by Tabitha Krucera, RVT
Learn the Fear Free approach to successfully socializing feral and fearful kittens so they get adopted into lifelong homes.

Thinking Outside the Cage: Shelter Enrichment for Cats presented by Tabitha Krucera, RVT - Enrichment in shelter settings is incredibly important for cats. Keeping cats stimulated mentally is as needed as caring for their physical needs. Providing enrichment for cats and kittens in shelters can help decrease stress and unwanted behaviors that result from stress. It can also help to decrease illness. Happy and healthy cats are more likely to become adopted and stay in long-term homes. 

About the presenters:

Dr. Cynthia Delaney
Dr. Cynthia Delaney 's  current  affiliations  include:
  • Staff Clinician - UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program
  • Supervising Shelter Veterinarian - Yolo County Animal Services 
  • Executive Director - California Animal Shelter Friends, Inc. 
  • Animal Shelter Consultant - Animal Shelter Analytics 
Dr. Delany graduated from UCLA with a degree in Business/Economics in 1993 and from UC Davis with her DVM in 2000. Dr. Delany has worked as an animal shelter veterinarian and an emergency veterinarian (and chief of staff) since completing her veterinary degree. Dr. Delany lectures internationally on animal shelter medicine, behavior/training/enrichment and emergency medicine in the shelter setting. She is also a published author on emergency medicine and emergency procedures in shelter and field settings. Dr. Delany began working for the UC Davis Shelter Medicine Program in 2001 soon after it was started as the first ever shelter medicine program in the world. As part of that program, Dr. Delany currently splits her time between being the Supervising Shelter Veterinarian for the local public animal shelter, Yolo County Animal Services (YCAS) and consulting and teaching activities through UC Davis. Dr. Delany has been working with YCAS for more than 6 years, starting many new programs, including programs focusing on improved population management, improving general shelter management, increasing live release rates and behavior/training/environmental enrichment in the shelter. She has also started a very successful community cats program and a foster care program at YCAS. With the increased focus on live release and population management at YCAS, live release rates have increased during that period from 73% to 96% for dogs and from 30% to 90% for cats (with an even higher increase of 30% to 96% for kittens). Overall live releases rates at YCAS have increased from 48% to 92%. In addition to her work at YCAS, Dr. Delany has helped other shelters with population management, implementing new life-saving programs, shelter software use, reporting, and statistics. She also runs a private, non-profit rescue group that rescues sick, injured and newborn animals from animal shelters and veterinary clinics where they are at risk of euthanasia. When not focusing on saving lives, Dr. Delany enjoys training and competing with her dogs, 2 border collies and a new miniature poodle puppy in the sport of dog agility (rescued dogs of course). She is also an advocate of positive reinforcement based training of all animals and uses these techniques successfully with her own dogs, cats, draft horse, miniature donkeys, and Bactrian camels. She has completed her Fear Freeā„¢ Certification training and advocates utilization of stress and anxiety reducing handling and treatment techniques of animals in shelter, veterinary and real-world settings.

Tabitha Krucera
Tabitha Krucera
Tabitha Krucera
RVT, is a Fear Free Certified Professional and the owner of Chirrups and Chatter cat behavior consulting and training. She is a certified cat behavior consultant through the International Association of Behavior Consultants, a registered veterinary technician and is low stress handling and Fear Free Certified. Tabitha has worked with a number of local rescue organizations, low cost veterinary clinics, and small animal hospitals. She serves on the board of The Together Initiative of Ohio's Community Cats and is an Alley Cat Ally Feral Friend.

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Amazon Wishlist for Detroit Animal Care and Control 

Detroit Animal Care and Control
Detroit Animal Care & Control is low on a few critical supplies for the dogs and cats that are in its care. The shelter needs collars, enrichment items, and cleaning materials, to name just a few.

DACC has started a wishlist at Amazon for these items. In-kind donations are tax deductible with Michigan Pet Fund Alliance serving as the fiduciary. 

Even better, you can select Michigan Pet Fund Alliance as the beneficiary if you go through AmazonSmile when shopping for goodies to send to DACC.
 AmazonSmile donates a percentage of your purchase to Michigan Pet Fund Alliance. More  information  is here

When  you see the DACC wishlist page, note the categories on the left for DOGS, CATS, Top 5 most urgent needs, and Volunteer needs

The DACC dogs and cats thank you! 

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 recipient of the 

Guidestar Gold

 Contributions are tax deductible. 

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