Special Conference Sessions: TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return)

All About Animals Rescue AAARHave you been wanting to learn more about TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return) but haven’t found a class conveniently scheduled to your location or availability? Now is your chance.

Whether you’re registering for the full Getting to the Goal conference, or just want to stop in for a NO CHARGE  TNR session, you are invited to join us in Flint on Thursday 9/15/16 from 9:30 – noon. We are pleased to offer a class conducted by staff from All About Animals Rescue, who will teach and empower you to start TNRing the cats in your area with their 2.5 hour workshop. Once you have taken the class you are entitled to major spay/neuter discounts for all ferals: $25 each, which includes sterilization, mandatory ear tip, and a rabies vaccine (rabies vaccine for cats 12 weeks and older). This workshop teaches the best practices in management and trapping. Gain access to the benefits of AAAR’s TNR program, including the discounted feral cat spay/neuter, trap loans and networking. A $10 optional TNR handbook is available on site.

Meet the presenter:

Catherine Garrett

Catherine Garrett

 

Catherine Garrett is the Director of Development and Marketing at All About Animals Rescue.  An advocate for feral cats for over 16 years, she heads the Trap Neuter Return program at the organization. Her first hands-on experience with community cats was TNRing in Tokyo, where she learned how critical spay/neuter is to bettering the lives of our feral friends. Over 3,000 caretakers have come through the AAAR TNR training and nearly 20,000 community cats have been sterilized in the past 5 years, a good portion under Catherine’s leadership.

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Million Cat Challenge at 2016 Getting to the Goal Conference

Year of the CatMillion Cat Challenge

 

 

 

The Million Cat Challenge and its five key initiatives will be session options at the 2016 Getting to the Goal conference.

The sessions include:

Million Cat Challenge Overview – The Million Cat Challenge is a shelter-based campaign to save the lives of one million cats in North America over the next five years. The core strategy of the campaign focuses on five key initiatives that offer every shelter, in every community, practical choices to reduce euthanasia and to increase live outcomes for shelter cats. This life-saving campaign is a joint project of the UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program and the Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Florida, led by Drs. Kate Hurley and Julie Levy. Christie Keith, Million Cat Challenge; Dr. Julie Levy, Maddie’s Shelter Medicine at the University of Florida

Million Cat Challenge: Alternatives to Intake – Is entering an animal shelter always the best option for a cat? There will always be cats who need sheltering, but for many cats, there are better, more appropriate alternatives that will serve cat, community, and shelter better. And if the answer is no, shelters have an ample and expanding toolbox of alternatives to offer. Providing alternatives to intake can be a great choice for shelters that are limited in their capacity to provide humane care or assure live outcomes once a cat is admitted. In most parts of North America, there is no legal requirement for shelters to impound every healthy cat presented to them. By providing alternatives to intake for healthy cats, shelters with limited capacity can reserve their efforts for the sick, injured, orphaned and dangerous animals that most need the shelter’s care.  Dr. Julie Levy, Maddie’s Shelter Medicine at the University of Florida; Ayse Dunlap, Cleveland Animal Protective League

Million Cat Challenge: Managed Admission – Managed admission is distinct from limited admission and refers to any form of regulating or scheduling intake, from simply limiting the hours for drop-off and closing night drop boxes, to scheduled intake appointments, to a formal process of surrender interviews with extensive efforts at providing support and alternatives. In short, managed admission can be thought of as the “how” and “when” of intake, but not necessarily the “who.”

Even shelters with an obligation to take in all animals presented to them (either by law, contract or policy) can benefit greatly from scheduling intake to smooth out fluctuations, plan for staffing and match capacity to provide humane care. Far from meaning more animals will be turned away, for both limited- and open-intake shelters managed admission is often associated with serving more, rather than fewer, animals over time. Dr. Julie Levy, Maddie’s Shelter Medicine at the University of Florida; Ayse Dunlap, Cleveland Animal Protective League

Million Cat Challenge: Capacity for Care – Capacity for care (C4C), considered holistically, means meeting the needs of each cat admitted to a shelter, whether feral or friendly, stray or owner surrendered, young or old. The Five Freedoms of Animal Welfare provide a framework to define what it means to meet the needs of any animal in confinement. Assuring capacity for care also supports success in meeting a Sixth Freedom, the freedom from euthanasia for cats that are neither terminally ill nor dangerous. Providing high quality housing and minimizing length of stay through pro- active management are two key factors in assuring capacity for care for every cat in the shelter. Dr. Julie Levy, Maddie’s Shelter Medicine at the University of Florida; Tanya Hilgendorf, Humane Society of Huron Valley

Million Cat Challenge: Removing Barriers to Adoption – In most communities, we simply can’t afford to provide unlimited care for every cat who is temporarily without a home, or find a traditionally defined “perfect forever home” for every cat, of every temperament and in any condition, who might appear on a shelter’s doorstep. It’s the job of shelters to prepare cats for adoption and then move them out as quickly as possible into permanent homes. In many cases, the quality of life in a home, even an imperfect one, is better than a cat’s experience in a shelter.  Susan Cosby, Petco Foundation; Dr. Julie Levy, Maddie’s Shelter Medicine at the University of Florida

Million Cat Challenge: Return to Field – In traditional trap-neuter-return (TNR) programs, community cats are trapped and transported directly to a spay/neuter clinic, where they are sterilized, vaccinated, and ear-tipped for identification. Following recovery, the cats are returned to the location where they were trapped to live out their lives without producing any more kittens. TNR programs have been shown to decrease colony size through attrition, and even to eliminate colonies entirely in some cases. Recently, growing popularity of Return To Field (RTF) programs stems from the recognition that neuter-return is appropriate for most healthy unowned cats that are thriving in the community, regardless of whether they have entered a shelter. A combination of both community-based traditional TNR and shelter-based RTF creates the greatest opportunity to maximize cat welfare, reduce nuisance concerns, and minimize reproduction. Dr. Julie Levy, Maddie’s Shelter Medicine at the University of Florida; Dr. Diana Newman, Michigan Pet Fund Alliance; Renee Jarackas, All About Animals Rescue; Amy Wettlaufer, All About Animals Rescue

Meet the presenters:

Susan Cosby

Susan Cosby

Susan Cosby serves as the Petco Foundation’s Director of Lifesaving Programs and Partnerships overseeing the alignment and forward progress of both the adoption and investment (grants) programs. Prior to joining the Foundation her experience included CEO, Executive Director and other leadership roles for both open and limited admission, public animal control and private shelters. Throughout her career she has utilized customer focused, data driven strategies, and a sense of urgency to improve organizational performance and increase lives saved.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ayse Dunlap

Ayse Dunlap

Ayse Dunlap has worked in animal welfare for 18 years and joined the Cleveland APL in 2006.   Prior to her time in Cleveland, she worked at Chicago’s Animal Care and Control, PAWS Chicago, and the Animal Humane Association in New Mexico.  At the Cleveland APL, Ayse oversees operations including the admissions, adoptions, shelter wellness, veterinary, humane investigations, and TNR programs that assist more than 14,000 animals annually.  She also oversees the APL’s newest program, project CARE (Community Animal Retention Effort), which is focused on creating proactive initiatives to help keep pets in their homes. Ayse currently has one dog and three cats.  All three cats were foster failures.  Maybe one day she’ll learn not to foster cats.

 

 

 

 

Tanya Hilgendorf  with Georgia

Tanya Hilgendorf with Georgia

Tanya Hilgendorf  has been leading HSHV for over 10 years. With a BA in Political Science from University of Michigan-Dearborn and a Masters in Social Work Administration and Public Policy from Wayne State University and having served as Executive Director of Ozone House, her passion centers on protecting the vulnerable (human and non-human animals) and transformational leadership that helps failing nonprofit organizations achieve mission success. With an incredible team of staff, volunteers, and supporters, HSHV built a state of the art facility and has become a thriving, dynamic animal welfare organization with a multi-service organization, with 100+ employees, 700+ volunteers, and a 95% save rate focused on rescuing, healing, saving and protecting. Tanya currently is the proud mom of several fabulous felines and a beautiful teenaged human.

Renee Jarackas

Renee Jarackas

Renee Jarackas has been in the veterinary field since 1986 and has extensive husbandry experience caring for horses and chickens. She also spent several years as a wildlife rehabber for waterfowl. Her passion for animals led her to join All About Animals Rescue in 2012. She is currently the Clinic Director of the organization and is helping pave the way for the non-profit to expand its sterilization capacity and reach.  All About Animals Rescue Clinic currently performs over 20,000 spay/neuter procedures a year.

 

 

 

 

Christie Keith and Lita

Christie Keith and Lita

Christie Keith is a communications and social media consultant for a number of animal welfare and veterinary clients, including The Shelter Pet Project, Maddie’s Fund, the Million Cat Challenge, the Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Florida and Dr. Marty Becker of “Good Morning America” and “The Dr. Oz Show.” She is a frequent speaker at animal welfare and pet writer conferences, and is a member of the advisory board of the Michigan Pet Fund Alliance in her adopted state of Michigan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Julie Levy

Dr. Julie Levy

Dr. Julie Levy  is professor of shelter medicine at the University of Florida. She is a specialist in small animal internal medicine and has published more than 100 scientific papers on the health and welfare of animals in shelters, feline infectious diseases, humane alternatives for cat population control, and contraceptive vaccines for cats. She founded Operation Catnip, a university-based community cat trap-neuter-return program that has sterilized more than 45,000 cats since 1998.  In 2014, she joined Dr. Kate Hurley to launch the Million Cat Challenge, a shelter-based campaign to save a million cats in five years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diana Newman and Parker

Diana Newman and Parker

Dr. Diana Newman has been involved in animal welfare for many years.  Although her work situations have varied, her dedication to animals has remained the same.  Dr. Newman practiced dental hygiene, served as assistant director of a low cost OB/GYN and Pediatric clinic, and for the last 15 years of her career worked at Western Michigan University as a program manager for grants from the State of Michigan and the National Science Foundation.  After retirement, she became the Director of the Barry County Animal Shelter where she developed a comprehensive TNR program for the County and transformed the shelter’s performance. Dr. Newman lives in Battle Creek, MI with her husband, two dogs and four cats, and usually several bottle baby kittens and fosters.  Her two children, their spouses and five grandchildren live near-by and are always in awe of the “zoo” as they call it.

 

 

 

 

Amy Wettlaufer

Amy Wettlaufer

Amy Wettlaufer – In her role as Program Manager with All About Animals Rescue, Amy Wettlaufer manages an active Community Cats program, which includes partnerships with the Macomb County Animal Shelter and the City of Warren. Before joining All About Animals Rescue in 2013, Amy managed community outreach, adoption and low-cost spay/neuter programs for the Michigan Animal Rescue League in Pontiac. She has a life-long affection for animals and a commitment to a life of service in animal welfare. Amy happily shares her home with her two elderbulls, Emma and Jake, but also regularly welcomes feline and canine fosters.

 

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ACO-related sessions at Getting to the Goal Conference

Any conference attendee will benefit from the following, but in particular, Animal Control Officers will want to take part in tthese sessions:

ACO Certification – Is it time to up the requirements?  –To become a certified Animal Control Officer in Michigan, a person must first complete the required 100 hours of training /field work, such as a day shadowing a current officer, a day with a veterinarian, a half day with the local authority, county commissioner, or city manager discussing local policies and procedures, and a day spent with the sheriff or police chief discussing laws, enforcement policies, how to issue a summons, serving of warrants, and public relations. Once training is complete a summary of activities is submitted to the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development for certification approval. Substantial change and complications have occurred in animal welfare since these standards were established. Hear three Animal Control experts give their perspective and launch the dialogue for change. Becky Neal, Michigan Association of Animal Control Officers; Matthew Pepper, Michigan Humane Society; Jeff Randazzo, Macomb County Animal Control

Changing Animal Control Practices from Punitive to Positive – Your animal control program can be more successful by implementing positive, rather than punitive, practices in your community. Community engagement leads to fewer cruelty complaints and impounds, and more positive experiences in the field. Learn which law enforcement organizations to partner with, the benefits of using deferments over citations, how to educate owners for long-term success and how to keep animals that are not shelter adoption candidates in homes where they were successful. Karen Sparapani, Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission

Meet the presenters:

Becky Neal

Becky Neal

Becky Neal – Becky Neal is currently the President of the Michigan Association of Animal Control Officers, sits on the Small Animal Companion Board, MI-SART Board, and active as a legislative representative for MAACO.   Becky has been employed by Eaton County Animal Control as an ACO for the past 20 years.  She is a graduate of Michigan State University, where she attended the Horse Management program.  Becky was previously employed at a veterinary clinic as an exam room technician for 5 years prior to becoming an ACO.  She lives on the family farm where she raises Hereford cattle with her husband and two boys.

 

 

 

 

 

Matt Pepper

Matt Pepper

Matthew Pepper – Matt Pepper joined the Michigan Humane Society (MHS) as its President and CEO in August 2014.  He came to MHS with more than 15 years of animal welfare experience including leadership roles in animal care and control in New Mexico, Tennessee, and Louisiana. He began his career in Michigan working both with Kent County Animal Control and the Humane Society of West Michigan. He holds a B.S. in wildlife biology from Grand Valley State University and has taught law enforcement and animal care and control professionals in four states – primarily on complex animal cruelty investigations and related topics.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jeff Randazzo

Jeff Randazzo

Jeff Randazzo – Jeff Randazzo currently serves as the Chief Animal Control officer for Macomb County.  He is the recipient of the 2014 Michigan Pet Fund Alliance Award for Innovations & Best Practices – Creating Transformational Change.   Jeff attended Michigan State University where he studied Equine Science & Livestock Management which prepared him for his employment with the City of Detroit as a horse trainer and instructor for the Detroit Mounted Police. For the last decade Jeff’s professional career has concentrated in various aspects of welfare for homeless cats and dogs from animal evaluator, adoption counselor, to veterinary and surgical assistant, to animal control for both municipal and not for profits shelters. Jeff takes a “problem solving” approach to animal control.  Under his direction Macomb was the first in the state to institute higher professional standards for Animal Control Officers; a shelter, neuter, release program for community cats and dog play groups.

 

 

Karen Sparapani and Jake

Karen Sparapani and Jake

Karen Sparapani – Karen Sparapani is the Executive Director of Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission (MADACC). MADACC is the sole animal control provider for the 19 municipalities of Milwaukee County taking in 11,000 animals per year. She is a member of the Milwaukee Animal Cruelty Task Force, the Milwaukee County Hoarding Task Force, and is part of a coalition of progressive Wisconsin shelter leaders who recently worked to successfully make important and lifesaving changes to Wisconsin State Statute 173. She recently appeared in a Discovery Channel special discussing the dangers of the private ownership of exotic animals and has presented extensively on evolving animal control practices.

 

 

 

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Breed Labeling: What’s New in 2016

Breed labeling is a hot topic. We know by now that it is often inaccurate, and that a breed label assigned to a dog may impact its potential for a successful adoption. A session at Michigan Pet Fund Alliance’s “Getting to the Goal” Conference in Flint, Mich., on Sept. 15-16, 2016 will  focus on breed labels presented by Tawny Hammond, Director of Animal Services for the City of Austin, TX.

Join us for:

Screen Shot 2016-07-06 at 8.52.55 AMBreed Labels and Language – The dog comes in the door, has a kind of a square head, not real muscular but… we think it is a pit bull.  So what is on the intake card for breed – pit bull?  We have come a long way in busting the myths of breed discrimination, but there is a lot of misinformation and education to be done and by simply marking “pit bull”  you have eliminated adopters from some communities, put a potential adopter in jeopardy of losing their home insurance, and limited the number of potential adopters. We certainly can’t perform DNA tests on all incoming shelter dogs, but there are things that every shelter can and should be doing concerning identifying the breed of dog on intake.Pasted Graphic

Meet the presenter:

Tawny Hammond

Tawny Hammond and Judy

Tawny Hammond and Judy

Tawny Hammond, the Chief of Animal Services for the City of Austin, Texas, has spent the last 29 years working in the public service arena, creating and implementing programs and services for people and their animals. For five years, Austin Animal Services has been a leader for municipal shelters in the nation, saving more than 90% of the more than 18,000 animals that come through the doors each year. Austin is the largest No Kill city in the nation.

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Chief Hammond has a proven track record of success, serving for more than 25 years in municipal government in Fairfax County, Virginia and bringing the Fairfax County Animal Shelter to No Kill in less than three years. Austin reached a new milestone, achieving live outcomes for nearly 95% of the more than 18,000 animals who came through its doors this past year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Understanding canine behavior has numerous benefits

Have you dealt with shy, fearful, aggressive, or reactive dogs? Has it affected their adoptability, resulting in returns or worse?  Three sessions at Michigan Pet Fund Alliance’s “Getting to the Goal” Conference in Flint, Mich., on Sept. 15-16, 2016 will be focused on canine behavior, presented by Jane Wolff and Kate Wilson of Cascades Humane Society and Katelin Thomas of K9 Turbo Training.

The sessions are:

Improving Potential for Successful Adoptions – Understanding Canine Body Language The more your staff, volunteers and fosters know about how to read and interpret dog body language, the more effective they can be in helping a dog overcome a behavior issue. This two-hour session focuses on learning to recognize and interpret negotiation signals; calming and cut off signals; the language of play; predation and prey drive; conflict and escalating signals; and stress, fear and anxiety.  Kate Wilson and Jane Wolff

Humane Behavioral and Handling Tips for Shy and Fearful Dogs  When faced with apprehending a fearful or fear aggressive dog, it is often human nature or habit to react with a brute physical force. Often the result is the dog struggling or fighting back, which can result in harm to both the dog and handler. Most dogs do not want a struggle or even a conflict. This session will focus on the use of your best skills and attitudes, along with new tools and techniques. Learn a variety of tools and techniques for catching dogs by hand in a safe, humane, and efficient manner; compassionate physical restraint including scruff, lateral restraint, leash muzzle wrap and hobbles without adding energy to any struggle; recognize how you, the handler, is raising or lowering the tension of the dog and the situation; and explore how to create a calm conscious manner to minimize the energy of conflict, even with very uncooperative dogs. Kate Wilson, Katelin Thomas

Improving Potential for Successful Adoptions – Understanding Aggression & Reactivity  When a dog responds in an abnormal way or overreacts to a certain stimulus (known as a ‘trigger’), we sometimes refer to them as being reactive. Some common behaviors that you may see in a dog displaying reactivity include barking (or other vocalizations such as whining), growling, or lunging. Reactivity can develop for various reasons but generally stems from fear, frustration, or aggression. This two-hour session discusses the basics of reactivity and aggression in dogs, what it is and how to safely and effectively modify it. The session will specifically focus on assisting shelters and the rescue community in making dogs more adoptable and training these dogs in a way that increases adoptability and reliability.  Katelin Thomas, Kate Wilson, and Jane Wolff

Meet the presenters:

Katelin Thomas
Katelin Thomas

Katelin Thomas

Katelin Thomas is the owner of K9 Turbo Training, a company based in Metro Detroit that assists owners, rescues, and shelters with their more “difficult” dogs.  Katelin offers in-home behavior modification and training for owned animals, as well as volunteer and staff training to rescues and shelters in order to ensure that adoptable dogs get only the best and most up-to-date training available.

Katelin is an Associate Certified Dog Behavior Consultant through the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants as well as a Certified Professional Dog Trainer through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers.  Katelin shares her  home with her lab/shepherd, Turbo, and bully breed mix, Denver.

Kate Wilson 

Kate Wilson
Kate Wilson

Kate Wilson has a BS from Michigan State University that is focused on applied animal behavior and neurobiology. She has had a lifelong passion of observing and studying animal behavior. Kate is the trainer at the Creature Conservancy, where she works to improve the lives of exotic animals and provide less stressful vetting and handling. Kate is also the trainer at Cascades Humane Society, where she works to train and enrich the dogs that come to the shelter and provide enrichment for them. Previously she worked as an educator in math and zoology, and has traveled around the world observing animals in their natural environments.

Jane Wolff

Jane Wolff
Jane Wolff

Jane Wolff’s background is in Sociology from the University of Michigan.  She has had dogs all of her life and started educating herself and working with them professionally about 3 years ago.  She was a volunteer at Cascades Humane Society doing training and enrichment and is now on staff in Animal Care.  She became a Certified Professional Dog Trainer spring 2016 and is enrolled in the Academy for Dog Trainers.  Her focus and what pushed her into training is rescue and working with dogs and people in need.

 

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Legislating change for Michigan’s animals

How many times have you thought “There ought to be a law!” when thinking about animal welfare and sheltering? Some of animal welfare’s top leaders in legislative approaches, lobbying, and the political process will be speaking at the Michigan Pet Fund Alliance’s “Getting to the Goal” Conference in Troy, Mich., on Sept. 4-5, 2014.

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Nathan Winograd

Nathan Winograd

Nathan Winograd

Executive director of the national No Kill Advocacy Center, Nathan Winograd is a graduate of Stanford Law School, and a former criminal prosecutor and corporate attorney. He has spoken nationally and internationally on animal sheltering issues, has written animal protection legislation at the state and national levels, has created successful no-kill programs in both urban and rural communities, and has consulted with a wide range of animal protection groups, including some of the largest and best known in the nation. His book Redemption presents the No-Kill Equation (the formula for ending the killing of animals in shelters), promotes the need to legislate no-kill through shelter reform legislation, and includes a proposed model law. Redemption is the most critically acclaimed book on the topic in the United States, winner of five national book awards, and the inspiration for a documentary film of the same name.

He’ll be presenting  the Michigan premiere of Redemption, a session on legislating shelter reform, and an inspirational keynote address, “Yes, We Can!”

Julie Lewin

Julie Lewin

Julie Lewin

Julie Lewin is founder and president of the National Institute for Animal Advocacy (NIFAA). The organization’s mission is to convince advocates that state and local political organizations must be a mandatory component of their advocacy and to teach them how to be political. She’s been an animal rights activist, a statehouse lobbyist for several animal advocacy organizations, and a journalist. She is author of the highly-praised, comprehensive how-to book, “Get Political for Animals and Win the Laws They Need: Why and How to Form a Voting Bloc for Animals in Your Town, City, County and State — and the Simple Steps It Takes to Do It.” Her webinars include “Get Political for Animals and Win the Laws They Need,” ” How the Lawmaking Process REALLY Works, and How to Impact Each Step,” How to Launch and Run Your Political Organization for Animals,” and “How to Reform Your Local Animal Shelter and Animal Control Department.”

Lewin will be presenting on “Citizen Lobbying: How to Effectively Advocate for Animals to Legislators
Power.” She’ll cover how to win strong laws for animals requires a political organization that endorses candidates for election and grows constantly; how lawmaking is an elaborate step-by-step process, with each step a danger for your bill; why your group needs fewer members to be powerful than you realize; easy recruitment strategies for the group and you, the individual activist; why typical petitions, media coverage and protests are weak tools for winning legislation, and more.

Courtney Protz-Sanders

Courtney Protz-Sanders and Bubba

Courtney Protz-Sanders and Bubba

Courtney Protz-Sanders  is a Board Trustee for Michigan’s Political Action Committee for Animals (Mi-PACA) and  is the founder and executive director of Paws for Life Rescue, a foster-based animal welfare organization operating throughout southeast Michigan. Courtney has more than 15 years of experience in the field. Employed by the Dumb Friends League, a large open admission humane society with intake numbers averaging 75 a day in Denver, Colorado, from 1999 through 2004, Courtney has since volunteered her time at various shelters in Oakland County. She is an active volunteer of the National Disaster Animal Response Team (NDART) and was deployed to New Orleans following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005, to San Diego following the wildfires in 2007, and most recently to a Livingston County puppy mill bust in May 2014. Courtney works full-time in the auto industry in addition to managing Paws for Life Rescue and Mi-PACA. She graduated from Michigan State University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Arts in communication, then earned a Master of Science degree in public relations in 2002 from the University of Denver. Courtney’s family consists of rescued animals: pibble mixes Peanut and Tyson and cats Marley and Pippin, as well as several foster animals at any given time.

At the 2014 conference, Protz-Sanders will be presenting “Smashing the Political Brick Wall: Advocating for Change at the City and County Levels,” sharing how animal lovers can band together to make changes at the local level to improve the lives of their community’s pets, farm animals and wildlife. This very simple concept of a PAC as the voice for Michigan’s animals has already led to major changes in cities and counties throughout Michigan. She’ll also speak on “How We Make it Work: Busting Myths, Working Together, Best Practices, and Saving Treatable Pets.”

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Shelter directors on achieving no-kill success in Michigan

Can animal shelters in Michigan really save all their healthy and treatable pets? Yes, say these shelter directors who are in the trenches doing it!

Shelter directors from open-admission public and private shelters in Michigan and Minnesota will be sharing their secrets of success at the Michigan Pet Fund Alliance’s “Getting to the Goal” Conference in Troy, Mich., on Sept. 4-5, 2014.

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Jeff Randazzo

Jeff Randazzo

Jeff Randazzo, Chief Animal Control Officer, Macomb County

Jeff Randazzo currently serves as the chief animal control officer and director of Macomb County Animal Control, where he has overseen an increase in the shelter’s save rate from 34 percent to 71 percent since he took charge in 2012.

Jeff attended Michigan State University where he studied equine science and livestock management, which prepared him for his employment with the City of Detroit as a horse trainer and instructor for the Detroit Mounted Police.

For the last decade, Jeff’s professional career has concentrated on various aspects of welfare for homeless animals, from animal evaluator and adoption counselor, to veterinary and surgical assistant, to animal control for both municipal and nonprofit shelters. Chief Randazzo brings with him a new vision and strong law enforcement skills, which makes him an amazing advocate for animal welfare.

Reva Laituri & Bella

Reva Laituri, President, Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter (UPAWS)

Reva Laituri

Reva Laituri has been a volunteer at Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter (UPAWS) for 25 years, and has served on the Board of Directors for 17 years, the last five as president. UPAWS received Michigan Outstanding Shelter Award in the “Open Admission Medium” category in 2010 and 2011.

Currently Reva also serves as chairperson of the personnel, fundraising, and awards committees, sits on several others, and is the assistant treasurer. She will be presenting on “The Economics of No-Kill Sheltering.”

Reva lives in Negaunee with her husband, five dogs, and the occasional foster dog.

Tanya Hildendorf

Tanya Hilgendorf & Georgia

Tanya Hilgendorf, President and CEO, Humane Society of Huron Valley

Tanya Hilgendorf is the Executive Director of the Humane Society of Huron Valley, which handles animal control and adoptions for Washtenaw County. She has a BA in Political Science from University of Michigan and a Masters in Social Work Administration and Public Policy from Wayne State University.?

Tanya’s life’s focus is on protecting the vulnerable, and transformational leadership that helps failing nonprofit organizations achieve mission success. Prior to working at HSHV, she was the Executive Director of Ozone House, serving runaway and homeless youth and families in crisis.? She has been with HSHV for nine years.?

With an incredible team of staff, volunteers, and supporters, HSHV has become a thriving, dynamic multi-service animal welfare organization with nearly 100 employees, 700 volunteers, and an 87 percent save rate focused on rescuing, healing, saving and protecting. It resides in a newly built state-of-the-art animal care center that helps nearly 15,000 animals a year.? HSHV has a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, and has received numerous awards for customer service, management excellence, and humane education, and was named MPFA Outstanding Large Open Admissions Shelter three years running.? Tanya currently is the proud mom of six felines, a German Shepherd, and a teenaged human.

Mike Fry

Mike Fry Animal Ark

Mike Fry, Director, Animal Ark

Mike Fry is the Executive Director of Animal Ark, Minnesota’s first and largest No-Kill animal shelter. He’ll be presenting on enrichment for shelter pets and fundraising, as well as delivering a lunchtime keynote on leadership.

Mike is the former clinic coordinator for the Wildlife Rehabilitation Clinic at the University of Minnesota and the former Rehabilitation Manager for the HOWL Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Seattle, Washington. 

Under his leadership, Animal Ark created the first No-Kill community in Minnesota and maintains one of the highest save rates in the nation. Mike is also the creator of Just One Day, a campaign of Animal Ark and the No Kill Advocacy Center which encourages shelters across the nation to embrace the programs and services of the No-Kill Equation every June 11, the anniversary of Tompkins County, New York’s, No-Kill success. Each year, this campaign saves the lives of tens of thousands of shelter animals. He is also co-host of Animal Wise Radio.

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Veterinarians save lives in Michigan animal shelters

Most people might think shelter medicine is mostly about spay/neuter, but a group of progressive veterinarians are changing paradigms all over the United States as they develop innovative, data-driven strategies for helping homeless pets.

The Michigan Pet Fund Alliance is proud to welcome some of the nation’s leading shelter medicine experts to our “Getting to the Goal” Conference in Troy, Mich., on Sept. 4-5, 2014.

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Our veterinary presenters include:

Dr. Julie Levy

Julie Levy

Dr. Julie Levy

Julie Levy, DVM, PhD, is director of Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Florida. She will be co-presenting on a revolutionary new approach to community cat management with Dr. Kate Hurley.

Dr. Levy’s clinical interests center on the health and welfare of animals in shelters, feline infectious diseases, and humane alternatives for cat population control, including contraceptive vaccines for cats. She is the founder of Operation Catnip, a nonprofit university-based community cat spay/neuter program that has sterilized nearly 40,000 cats in Gainesville, Florida, since 1998.

Dr. Levy has published more than 100 journal articles and textbook chapters, many focusing on community cat issues. She is the recipient of the Carl J. Norden-Pfizer Distinguished Teacher Award, Outstanding Woman Veterinarian of the Year, and the European Society of Feline Medicine Award for Outstanding Contributions in the Field of Feline Medicine.

Dr. Kate Hurley

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Dr. Kate Hurley

Kate Hurley, DVM, MPVM, began her career as an animal control officer in 1989. She graduated from the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 1999, and in 2001 returned to UC Davis to become the first in the world to undertake a residency in Shelter Medicine. She now directs the UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program.

Dr. Hurley will be joining with Dr. Julie Levy in a presentation on new approaches to community cat management.

Dr. Hurley’s proudest achievements include co-authoring the Association of Shelter Veterinarians’ Guidelines for Standards of Care in Animal Shelters, and co-editing the textbook Infectious Disease Management in Animal Shelters. She loves all things shelter-related, but her particular interests include welfare in confinement, humane and effective community-cat management strategies, infectious disease, and unusually short dogs.

Dr. Karen Overall

Karen Overall and Toby

Dr. Karen Overall and Toby

Karen L. Overall, MA, VMD, PhD, DACVB, CAAB, has BA, MA and VMD degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and a PhD degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She did her residency training in veterinary behavioral medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Overall is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists (DACVB) and is certified by the Animal Behavior Society as an Applied Animal Behaviorist (CAAB).

She will be presenting on the shortcomings of current behavior evaluations done in shelters, and discussiong their impact and alternatives.

Dr. Overall has served on the faculties of both the veterinary and medical schools at the University of Pennsylvania and ran the Behavior Clinic at Penn Vet for more than a dozen years. She lectures at veterinary schools world-wide and is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the University of Missouri, College of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Clinical Sciences.

Dr. Overall is also editor-in-chief for Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research (Elsevier). She has been named the North American Veterinary Conference (NAVC) Small Animal Speaker of the Year and frequently consults with governments world-wide about legal and welfare issues of pet dogs and behavioral, welfare and performance issues pertaining to working dogs. Her research focuses on neurobehavioral genetics of dogs, the development of normal and abnormal behaviors and how we assess behavior, especially as concerns working dogs. Her favorite collaborator is her husband, Dr. Art Dunham, with whom she shares a household of four much-loved rescue Australian Shepherds.

Dr. Overall’s presenation is sponsored by Dr. Marty Becker.

Dr. James Averill

Dr. James Averill

Dr. James Averill

Since taking over as Michigan State Veterinarian last year, James Averill, DVM, PhD, has made huge changes in the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD’s) companion animal programs, particularly in enforcing regulations in poor-performing animal shelters in the state.

Dr. Averill will appear with his staff to participate in a Q&A with conference attendees and discuss the successes and challenges of MDARD’s programs.

Dr. Averill received his doctorate of veterinary medicine in 2001 from Michigan State University. Upon graduation he went to work for USDA Veterinary Services, Michigan, office as a Veterinary Medical Officer for bovine TB.

Dr. Averill returned to Michigan State in 2002 to pursue a PhD in Epidemiology, which was completed in February 2009. From 2006 to 2008, Dr. Averill worked for the Michigan Department of Community Health as Deputy Coordinator for Pandemic Influenza. In August of 2009, Dr. Averill joined Michigan Department of Agriculture, Animal Industry Division as the Bovine TB Eradication Program Coordinator. In June of 2011, he became the Animal Industry Division Director. Then in June 2013, Dr. Averill assumed the role of State Veterinarian while maintaining Division Director responsibilities. He resides in Webberville, MI, with his wife, Donna.

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Can’t afford to attend the Michigan No-Kill Conference? We can help!

Kitten On The ComputerThe more people who learn how to save the lives of all Michigan’s healthy and treatable homeless pets, the faster we’ll reach the goal of saving them all. That’s why we maintain a scholarship fund to cover registration fees for those who could use a little help.

If you need a hand, please apply for a scholarship to the 2014 Michigan Getting to the Goal Conference, being held Sept. 4-5 in Troy, Michigan. The online application is here.

And if you have a hand to lend to your fellow animal advocates, please make a contribution to our conference scholarship fund — thank you on behalf of the animals they’ll save with what they learn at the conference!

Helping people means helping their pets

All too often in the animal welfare movement, we forget that pets and people are a package deal. Six activists dedicated to helping pets by helping people will be speaking at the Michigan Pet Fund Alliance’s “Getting to the Goal” Conference in Troy, Mich., on Sept. 4-5, 2014.

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Kim Wolf

Kim Wolf

Kim Wolf

Kim Wolf is the Executive Director of Beyond Breed, a nonprofit corporation dedicated to supporting the bond between people and pets. She runs a grassroots project called “Ruff Riders” that assists pet owners in under-resourced neighborhoods in New York City.

Kim is also employed as a social worker for a program supporting senior citizens and their pets in Manhattan. Her previous experience in animal welfare includes positions at the Pennsylvania SPCA, Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, and Animal Farm Foundation.

Kim has also been a social worker for older adults and vulnerable individuals in New York City and Philadelphia, and she spent four years at AARP in Washington, DC doing policy and communications projects. She has presented at numerous animal welfare and aging conferences around the country, and she has received awards for her community outreach and advocacy efforts (including the “Humane Outreach Award” from the Pennsylvania SPCA). Kim lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her six adopted dogs.

Amber Sitko

Amber Sitko

Amber Sitko

By profession, Amber is a computer consultant with Microsoft for over 14 years and has a Masters of Business Administration from Wayne State University. By passion, she founded All About Animals Rescue (AAAR) in 2005.

The organization has gone from primarily adopting out animals, from over 300 a year, to opening a full time spay/neuter clinic in 2008.

The operational budget has grown from $80,000 annually to over $2.5 million currently, reaching more than 60,000 cats and dogs each year with care.

Amber has successfully obtained grants in the tune of over $1 million dollars and developed fund raising and strategic plans for the organization. She has also created Spay Michigan, a statewide toll-free hotline modeled after SPAY/USA, a TNR program that is the first of its kind in Michigan, and has worked with HSUS to make Detroit a Pets for Life mentorship city.

Jennifer Clarkson

Jen Clarkson

Jennifer Clarkson

Jennifer Clarkson is the Board President and Executive Director of Dog Aide in the city of Detroit. Dog Aide’s mission is to educate dog owners, identify needs of communities, supply owners with food and daily care items, provide access and financial help for routine veterinary care, and network with rescues and community organizations to help people get the food and financial assistance they need.

Jen has a background in health care, including long term care and emergency medicine. She earned her BS from CMU in community development and has been actively involved in volunteer work for many years.

She is the proud mother of two young boys as well as Grace (rescue pitbull), Squelch (ornery old rescue kitty), and Rainbow (rescue turtle).

Christina Kotowski

Christina Kotowski

Christina Kotowski

Christina Kotowski became involved in animal rescue in 2010, volunteering and fostering for a number of rescues in Southeast Michigan.

In 2013, she became active in organizing and educating her community to bring awareness to the issue of breed discriminatory legislation in Waterford, MI.

Christina began her involvement in Dog Aide shortly after it was founded in 2012.

She began volunteering in community outreach and assisting answering the Dog Aide Hotline.

Her passion for the people and pets of Detroit led her to take a leadership role as community liaison, managing the distribution of food and supplies to over 40-50 households each month.

Melissa Miller-Szumlinski, CPDT-KA

Melissa Szumlinski

Melissa Szumlinski

After matching dogs with families as an adoption counselor in 2005 and working with shelter dogs on socialization and basic obedience, Melissa realized one of the best ways to keep dogs out of rescues and shelters was to help restore the original spirit that caused dogs to bond with humans in the first place. She began studying dog training and behavior and received her CPDT-KA credentials in spring of 2011.

Along with eight other individuals, she co-founded Dog Aide in the spring of 2012. The organization’s focus is on increasing pet retention and educating pet owners on dog health, behavior, and daily care.

Melissa is contract staff for the Humane Society of the United States’ Animal Rescue Team establishing emergency animal sheltering during natural disasters and large-scale hoarding or neglect criminal cases.

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