Michigan Pet Fund Alliance
The Michigan Pet Fund Alliance (MPFA) is an all-volunteer nonprofit 501(c)(3) tax exempt charitable organization. MPFA was formed to end the killing of healthy and treatable homeless cats and dogs in Michigan animal shelters. The MPFA vision is to collaborate with Michigan animal shelters and rescue organizations to achieve No Kill through training, technical assistance, education, and advocacy.
To achieve these goals, Michigan Pet Fund Alliance:
* Provides consultation and resources to individuals and advocacy groups attempting to effect changes at animal shelters in their communities.
* Produces Michigan’s No Kill Event – Getting to the Goal. 2011 and 2012 were full 2-day conferences featuring numerous speakers, topics, and sessions. (See prior years’ conference programs & videos of 2011 sessions here). The 2013 event, Lost Pet Workshop featuring Kat Albrecht of Missing Pet Partnership, has additional information here.
* Publishes annual Michigan Save Rate Report for Shelters, using Michigan Department of Agriculture Reports to determine save rates for each licensed shelter. See reports here.
* Presents annual Shelters of Excellence awards based on Save Rate Report for Shelters for categories including:
Outstanding Michigan Large (5,000+) Open Admission Shelter
Outstanding Michigan Medium (1,000 – 5,000) Open Admission Shelter
Outstanding Michigan Small (less than 1,000) Open Admission Shelter
Outstanding Michigan Limited Admission Shelter
Honorable mention: All Open Admission Shelters which meet the no-kill definition of a save rate of 90%
Most Improved Open Admission Shelter
Other awards vary from year to year, such as Best Friend Award, Homeless Animals Legislative Friend Award, Exceptional Volunteer Award.
* Developed and administers the Michigan Rescue Certification Program which recognizes rescue groups committed to using best practices and a code of ethics, facilitates collaboration between rescues and shelters thereby saving more animals, and assures that a certified rescue organization is reputable. More information is here.
* Provides keynote speakers to No Kill community workshops throughout the state.
* Upon request, assists shelters with securing grants for specialized programs, such as Trap Neuter Return programs for feral cats.