Michigan Pet Fund Alliance

Outside the Box Award Program Announced

Humane Society Macomb Foundation logo
Could your rescue or shelter use $1,000?  What do you have or do that is award winning?

The Michigan Pet Fund Alliance and the Humane
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Society of Macomb Foundation are soliciting applications for
 Outside the Box award-winning programs, projects, or documents that Michigan shelters or 501(c)(3) home-based rescue organizations are successfully using.  

Outside the Box  can be something unique OR it may be something old with a new twist OR it could be something as simple as an outstanding documented Standard Operating Procedure that another shelter or rescue could easily replicate by just taking it "out of the box" and tweaking for their needs.  

The application is pretty easy.  And you only have two weeks to submit it. 

1.      Completed applications are due by midnight, Wednesday, October 31.  
2.      Winners will be contacted by November 30.
3.      Winners must agree to present their awarded program/project/document at the next Getting to the Goal conference and assist in preparing an article for the Michigan Pet Fund Alliance e-blast newsletter.
4.      There are no limits on the number of applications from an organization.
5.      At least one winner will be selected for a project or program.
6.      At least one winner will be selected for a SOP or document that advances effective shelter management/operations.
7.      A total of four winners will be selected.

The application is here. Download it, fill it out, and send via email to info@michiganpetfund.org.  We look forward to hearing all of your great ideas! 
Board Member Spotlight 

We wanted to take a moment to introduce our two newest board members, Reva Laituri and Michelle Spranger.
Reva Laituri & Bella (UPAWS)
Reva Laituri with Bella
Reva Laituri joined the Michigan Pet Fund Alliance board in March and brings a wealth of humane knowledge and experience. In the early 80s, Reva began volunteering at the Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter ( UPAWS), formerly the Marquette County Humane Society. She was there every Wednesday night and Saturday, checking animals in and adopting them out, answering phones, vaccinating, worming, and pretty much anything that needed doing. In 1984, she joined the UPAWS board of directors, and over her 20 years on the board, she served as assistant treasurer, recording secretary, corresponding secretary, treasurer, president and on nearly every committee.
During Reva's tenure, she played an active role in moving UPAWS from killing 63% of its animals in 2006 to saving nearly 100%. The  open admission No Kill shelter is one of the best in the state. She has supported the efforts of shelters in North Carolina, Missouri, Illinois, Florida, Alabama - and as far away as Australia - to become No Kill and served on a panel of No Kill shelters at the 2011 No Kill Conference in Washington D.C.  
She took on a leadership role in the capital campaign drive to raise $3.7 million dollars to build a new state-of-the-art shelter, which broke ground mid summer.
Reva also serves as an adoption ambassador for UPAWS and fosters dogs for the shelter. She has successfully fostered 26 so far. She and husband Dave live in Negaunee with their three rescue dogs: Muffin, Bella and Thunder.
Michelle Spranger
Michelle Spranger with Trucker
Michelle Spranger is our newest board member, joining in September. Michelle is a multi-media project manager and writer with nearly 25 years experience in business meetings, press conferences, special events, experiential marketing, corporate videos, and original television programming. Michelle's cross-platform success is attributed to her excellent communication and coordination skills that translate well into any environment. In 2010 Michelle earned the designation of Certified Meeting Professional (CMP), the foremost certification of the meetings, conventions and exhibitions industry.
Michelle began volunteering in 2011 for a No Kill shelter with the intention of producing videos of adoptable pets, but after her first day at the shelter, she brought home two neglected pit bull puppies to foster. Michelle went on to produce more than 100 videos for the shelter, manage their social media channels, plan adoption events, and foster three more dogs.
From 2013-2016, Michelle served as Community Relations Director for Detroit Bully Corps, an organization specializing in bully breed rehabilitation, training and education. Michelle managed public relations; coordinated adoption events and fundraisers; scheduled volunteers; and planned canine education classes for K-12 students.
In 2014, Michelle co-founded the Make Michigan Next coalition to pass statewide legislation to prevent breed discrimination in Michigan municipalities. Michelle also serves on the board of Beechview Swim and Tennis Club in Farmington Hills as Social Director.
When Michelle and her husband Scott are not exploring the country in their trailer with their two rescued Rottweilers, Bristol and Trucker, they call Southfield their home base. 

Welcome, Reva and Michelle! MPFA is lucky to have two such talented people join our Board of Directors.
Bill introduced to designate Shelter Pet as official pet of Michigan  

Michigan Capitol - Lansing
House Bill 5069 of 2017 was introduced on 10/5/17 to designate the shelter pet as the official pet of the state of Michigan. 

The bill has been referred to the Government Operations committee. 

Thank you to co-sponsors Martin Howrylak , District 41 (Troy/Clawson) and Tommy Brann, District 77 (Wyoming/Byron Township). 

See information about the bill and track its progress  here

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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