Rescue Certification

The 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

The Michigan Rescue Certification program is designed for rescue groups, not animal shelters. For purposes of this program, an animal shelter is defined as a “facility housing adoptable animals that has scheduled hours open to the public”. Rescue groups are defined as non-profit 501(c)(3) or 501(c)7 organizations, not usually shelter-based, having volunteers who keep the animals in their homes until adoption (foster homes).
This wholly voluntary program was launched at the 2012 Getting to the Goal No Kill Conference.  

Benefits of becoming a Michigan Certified rescue organization include:

  • Use of the MPFA Certified Rescue badge on your group’s social media and printed materials
  • Organization listed on the MPFA website as a Certified Rescue
  • Grant funds for pets pulled from MI shelters via the Judith Middleton Kroon program
  • Inclusion in the MPFA umbrella of  Michigan’s State Employee’s Charitable Campaign (SECC) which allows state employees to designate your organization as recipient of their charitable giving
  • Registration discounts for MPFA workshops and conferences
  • Promotion of your group’s events, adoptable pets, and fundraisers in MPFA social media

Click here for an overview of the Michigan Rescue Certification Program

Click here for the detailed Michigan Rescue Certification Program

Click here for the Michigan Companion Animal Rescue Organizations Best Practices Handbook

Click here for the Michigan Companion Animal Rescue Organizations Code of Ethics

Applications are currently being accepted

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