Michigan Pet Fund Alliance
The Michigan Pet Fund Alliance is an all-volunteer not for profit (501 (c) (3)) tax exempt charitable organization. The Pet Fund was formed to stop the archaic practice of euthanizing healthy and treatable companion animals in Michigan shelters as a means to eliminate the problem of homeless pets and to bring more humane practices to homeless companion animals in Michigan.
To achieve our goals in 2011 the Pet Fund:
* Produced Michigan’s 1st No Kill Conference – Getting to the Goal. It was a sell-out. If you were not able to attend, most of the sessions are now on video and can be accessed from our website.
* Published the 2009 Michigan Save Rate Report for Shelters. Analyzed the 2009 Department of Agriculture Reports to determine “save rates” for each shelter.
* For the 1st time ever – based on the 2009 Save Rate Report – awarded Michigan’s shelters of excellence: open admission – Humane Society of Huron Valley; Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter; and H.O.P.E. Awarded the limited admission shelter with the most adoptions: Cascades Humane Society. We also awarded Senator John Pappageorge for the Animal Welfare Fund legislation; Joe Sowerby for his diligent efforts to produce the annual Pet-a-Palooza adoption event and Adele Harvey as Volunteer of the Year.
* Focused our efforts with a new mission and vision statement along with developing a strategic plan for our future efforts.
* Established the Rescue Certification Task Force that is busy working to develop a Rescue Certification Program that will be launch in 2012.
* Financially supported the production of Michigan’s largest adoption event Pet-a-Palooza.
* Successfully secured a $100,000 PetSmart Charities grant for Oakland County and launched www.OAKCATS.com a Trap Neuter Return program for feral cats.
* Participated as keynote speaker in no kill community workshops in Muskegon, Bay County and Ogemaw County.
* Published the 2010 Save Rate Report and awarded Michigan’s shelters of excellence: open admission – yes for the second year – Humane Society of Huron Valley; Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter , and H.O.P.E. Awarded the limited admission shelter with the most adoptions: Livingston County Humane Society and shelter most improved from 2009 Oceana County.
* Published a full page ad in the Detroit Free Press and Detroit News to inform the public that there are 8 shelters in Michigan responsible for 50% of the 100,000 cats and dogs killed annually.
*Made a presentation to the editorial staff and provided a guest editorial in the Detroit Free Press to educate and begin the state-wide dialogue about the no kill movement. Read it and join in on the comment conversation!