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TNR: it's the buzz you've been hearing about for the last few years.  Trap, Neuter, Return is a humane and effective approach for stray and feral cats, keeping them out of shelters, improving their lives and relationships with the people who live near them, and decreasing the size of colonies over time.  Cats are humanely trapped and taken to a veterinarian to be neutered and vaccinated. After recovery, the cats are returned to their original home outdoors. 

Do you want to learn about TNR so that you can implement it in your community? If you already are doing it, do you want to learn MORE about it and hear or share success stories? 

Two sessions at Michigan Pet Fund Alliance's No Kill Conference,   Getting to the Goal , on  September 27-28 at the  Radisson Plaza Hotel at Kalamazoo Center will address this topic: 
  • Trap, Neuter, Return (TNR) Training presented by Dr. Diana Newman - The first hour of this training will focus on the mission of TNR, how to obtain successful results, recruitment of volunteers and gaining community support. This training is meant for anyone who wants "how-to-do-it" guidelines, including getting started, scheduling surgeries, finding money, where to start ... all the nuts and bolts of TNR. The second hour of the training will be will be hands-on demonstrations of various types of traps, tips on location and feeding, safe handling of feral cats, transferring and transporting of animals and return to field. A TNR Handbook is available for purchase for $15, but is not required for this session.
  • TNR FAQs ... and Answers!  moderated by Dr. Diana Newman with Jennifer German, Tracy Lee, and Jodi Schrader -  This session will cover the Who, What, Where, When and Why of Trap, Neuter, Return (TNR). The panel includes people who have worked in all areas of animal welfare and specifically trap, neuter and return of community cats including colony care, barn cat placement (or working cats), rescue from hoarding situations, and large group trapping. The panel moderator has worked with each of these groups to spay, neuter and vaccinate the cats, place kittens of feral cats, and fund the TNR efforts. 

Dr. Diana Newman
Dr. Diana Newma
Dr. Diana Newman is currently a board member with Michigan Pet Fund Alliance, President of Companion Cats and the Eaton County Humane Society Boards, and Clinic Administrator for the new Spay/Neuter Clinic and Wellness Center at the Eaton County Humane Society in Olivet, MI. She is working on implementing a county-wide TNR program in Eaton County and  has been involved in animal welfare for many years. Several of her past endeavors include:
  • started a spay/neuter clinic and adoption center called Companion Cats which has been operational for 10 years
  • served as the Director of the Barry County Animal Shelter
  • developed a county-wide TNR program in Barry County 
  • worked with the Battle Creek area police department to target community cats for TNR in high complaint areas
Jennifer German
Jennifer German
Jennifer German has been an animal advocate for as long as she can remember. In 2003, she became active in TNR by taking on a feral colony of 52 cats in her community of Coldwater, MI. This began her passion for community cats and for the past 15 years, she has utilized her expertise by educating others, providing TNR workshops, speaking engagements, and tackling low and high volume areas for TNR purposes (including a local trailer park where 247 cats have been fixed). She was also instrumental in starting a low cost spay/neuter program in her community after gaining invaluable experience during her eight years as a Companion Cats volunteer. In January of 2013, Jennifer was featured in Cat Fancy magazine for being a dedicated cat champion. A firm believer in community outreach, Jennifer also provides free cat shelters, delivers pet food to residents, networks stray cats to get them adopted, and works tirelessly with multiple animal rescues by going on location to troubleshoot cat cases. While she loves dogs and cats equally, Jennifer saw an urgent need to be a voice for community cats.

Tracy Lee
Tracy Lee

Tracy Lee has been rescuing animals for nearly 60 years but started a 501c3 rescue six years ago. Reflections Outcast Animal Rescue (ROAR) pulls cats and dogs from local shelters, takes owner release or strays (and the occasional horse, pony, or goat) and provides vet care until and if owners are located. These animals have a home with ROAR until they are adopted. ROAR is working with Companion Cats in Battle Creek with TNR and assists several community cat caregivers with the TNR of their beloved colonies. It's a never ending battle but education and available spay/neuter clinics are the answer.

Jody Schrader
Jodi Schrader is a newcomer to the animal welfare world. She started by trapping some cats and having them fixed. She was hooked on TNR. But then she joined Melanie's Farm Cat Placement and now her world is dedicated, not only to TNR but finding barn and farm homes for those "hard to place" cats. The working cat program she is involved in has grown exponentially, and continues to expand, because of the hard work of this group of people. Her organization, Saved by Zade, is well known across Michigan.

The discounted hotel rate block at the Radisson Plaza hotel is filling fast. To get this rate ( $135 + 11% tax)  call (269) 343-3333  and book your room using " Getting to the Goal 2018" .

Full conference information including schedule, speakers, sessions, sponsors and accommodations can be found  here

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Welcome new Certified Rescues! 

Two more Michigan rescues have been approved as new  Certified Rescue Organizations.

The voluntary  Michigan Rescue Certification  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
Congratulations to the following new Certified Rescues:  

Both groups  utilize  volunteers, hold adoption and fundraising events, have wish lists on their websites, and need foster homes. If you're in the Midland or Port  Huron area, contact the group nearest you to become more involved. 

Benefits of becoming a Certified  Rescue  organization are listed here. Applications are being accepted and can be accessed  here .  

St. Clair County Animal Control Director posting

St Clair County
Advocacy is working in St. Clair County! After months of dedicated efforts toward implementing change at the county shelter by   St. Clair County Animal Advocates,  Michigan Pet Fund Alliance, and numerous residents passionate about the welfare of animals, the county has removed the shelter from the sheriff's department and will be hiring a new director. 

A compassionate director is considered to be the most critical component of the  No Kill equation. This is St. Clair County's opportunity to hire someone who will ensure humane treatment of the animals in their care and create, implement, and enforce  progressive and lifesaving policies and protocols.

The job posting is here, currently listed as closing on 8/1/18. Look for Requisition #  18-046 Director- Animal Control. 

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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 Gold Participant.

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