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Calling all sponsors and exhibitors! 

Michigan Pet Fund Alliance invites you to be a part of the 2018 Getting to the Goal conference & Best Friends Midwest Regional Leadership Summit being held at the Radisson Plaza Hotel at Kalamazoo Center, Sept. 27-28, 2018.
This conference promises to be more exciting and far-reaching than any to date due to the partnership with Best Friends Animal Society Midwest Region, allowing our life-saving message to expand into Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and West Virginia.

More than 200 shelter and rescue personnel, animal control staff, volunteers and animal advocates attended our last Getting to the Goal conference. Thanks to an impressive speaker list and variety of topics, an even larger number is expected this year.
 
Attendee registration opens May 2. Full conference details are here.
Contact conference@michiganpetfund.org with any questions.

Sponsors   

Sponsor Registration form is here

Sponsor Registration form is here

Deadline to be included in promotional materials is 7/31/18.

Exhibitors

Exhibitor Registration form is here.

Conference exhibitors in prior years have included pet supplies vendors, shelter support, lost and found, microchip, pet insurance, artisans, advocacy groups, veterinary practices, animal welfare non-profits, and more.
Exhibitors will have maximum exposure over two full days as conference attendees travel to sessions, have lunch, and take breaks during the event.

New this year is an Exhibitor Passport that will encourage attendees to visit every booth.

Attendees from past conferences have remarked:
  • “I liked the variety of groups in attendance along with much free literature and free samples”
  • “The exhibitors were helpful in explaining the products they had, and were friendly”
  • “Great assortment of people that can help all of us”
  • “Exhibitors were excellent”
  • “Good variety”
  • “Have more exhibitors”
Each exhibitor booth space includes one 8′ skirted table with two chairs.

Fees are as follows:

  • Exhibitor Booth $95
  • Exhibitor Booth (nonprofit / advocacy) $50
  • Exhibitor Booth (Certified Rescue Organization)* $25
  • Electrical Access $15
  • Thursday Lunch & Snacks $60
  • Friday Lunch & Snacks $60
* Information on becoming a Certified Rescue Organization is here: www.michiganpetfund.org/rescue-certification
Reserve your booth today. Space is limited. 
Exhibitor Registration form is here.
Deadline is 7/31/18 or until spaces are filled.

Breed-Specific Legislation (BSL) Position Statement

Maverick (Kroon Grant Recipient)

In February 2018, Michigan Pet Fund Alliance board of directors approved a position statement opposing any proposed legislation, law, policy or protocol that would discriminate against a dog or cat based upon its appearance, perceived breed or history.

View the Position Statement here.

2018 Getting to the Goal Conference: Save the Date!

Save the Dates!   September 27-28, 2018
Michigan Pet Fund Alliance will host Michigan’s No Kill Conference, Getting to the Goal, in  Kalamazoo at the Radisson Plaza Hotel . The conference is also the Midwest Regional Leadership Summit for Best Friends Animal Society.
Sessions will include:
  • Collaborations / coalitions / steering committees / political action from Best Friends staff
  • Fear Free for Shelters from Dr. Marty Becker and staff
  • Conversational adoptions
  • Diversion programs to keep animals out of shelters
  • Increasing cat adoptions
  • Saving dogs with behavioral problems
  • TNR
  • Barn cat programs
  • Litterbox issues
  • Digital fundraising and email marketing
  • Power of volunteers
  • Presentations from MPFA award winners
  • … and more!
There’s something for everyone. Help us spread the word by printing this flyer  to help publicize the event! Display it at your shelter, library, vet’s office, local pet store or workplace.
Registration opens May 2 at  www.michiganpetfund.org.
Sponsorship and exhibiting opportunities are available.
Contact conference@michiganpetfund.org with any questions.

Facebook Changes Feb 2018

Curious about the recent Facebook changes to your newsfeed? Want to make sure you still see posts from Michigan Pet Fund Alliance? Go to the Michigan Pet Fund Alliance Facebook page and click the “Following” drop-down arrow (below the black and white dog in the top left part of the banner) and check the “See First” option “In Your News Feed.”

A quick review of the video below explains why Facebook is making these changes… it’s to make you happier! https://www.facebook.com/facebook/videos/10156988765141729/

Michigan Legislation covered at Getting to the Goal conference

The 2016 Getting to the Goal conference will offer a session on Michigan legislation. Register Now

Several important bills have been introduced into the state legislature with the potential to improve animal welfare. This session will provide overview of each bill, the current status and what you can do. Updates will include Breed Specific Legislation (SB 239), Logan’s law: animal abuse background checking (HB 4353 & 4355, SB 219 & 220), Stray Hold (HB4915), No-Kill Shelter License Plate (HB5349), Regulations for Large-scale Dog Breeders (HB4898) and Shelter Gassing Ban (SB403).

Richard Angelo, Best Friends Animal Society; Courtney Protz-Sanders, MiPACA; Pam Sordyl, Puppy Mill Awareness of SE Michigan

Meet the presenters:

Richard Angelo

Richard Angelo, Jr.

Richard Angelo, Jr. is a Legislative Attorney for Best Friends Animal Society. His focus is on Best Friends’ Community Cat Initiatives and promoting legislation that will humanely and directly reduce the killing of cats in shelters across the country. He was previously a sole practitioner with an office in Davison, MI, focusing on companion animal-related matters and litigation. Richard has been a member of the Animal Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan and has served as a council member of that Section since 2009. He is also a member of the National Animal Care and Control Association, American Bar Association, TIPS-Animal Law Committee, and a vice-chair of the newly formed International Law Section, Animal Law Committee. In addition to his work for Best Friends, Richard also volunteers at his local animal control shelter, and several other animal welfare organizations in Michigan. Richard resides in Goodrich, MI with his wife, four dogs, and three cats.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Courtney Protz-Sanders and Bubba

Courtney Protz-Sanders and Bubba

Courtney Protz-Sanders began her career in animal welfare in 2000 at the Dumb Friends League, the largest open admission animal shelter in the Rocky Mountains. With more than 16 years of experience in animal welfare, Protz-Sanders has led or participated in numerous projects, coalitions and organizations, including the committee to reform Detroit Animal Control, the Michigan Pet Fund Alliance Rescue Certification Task Force and the National Disaster Animal Response Team. From wildfires to hurricanes, and from animal hoarding to dog fighting, Protz-Sanders is skilled in triage and emergency sheltering for animals. In 2014, Protz-Sanders was a professional speaker at the largest international animal welfare conference, the HSUS Expo. Protz-Sanders was also a presenter at three past Michigan No Kill conferences. In 2005, Protz-Sanders founded Paws for Life Rescue, a non-profit, foster-based, all-breed rescue for dogs and cats. She continues today as Board president and executive director. Protz-Sanders also currently serves as a founding member, Board trustee and spokesperson for Michigan’s Political Action Committee for Animals (Mi-PACA). In 2014, Protz-Sanders helped develop and launch Make Michigan Next, a coalition of advocates working to end breed discrimination in Michigan, and also served as the rally emcee at the state Capitol in September of that year.

 

 

 

Pam Sordyl

Pam Sordyl

Pamela Sordyl started advocating for animals in 2007 when she learned about puppy mills and factory farming. It didn’t take her long to find an active local group, like Southeast Michigan Animal Rights Team (S.M.A.R.T), to start protesting Petland, the world’s largest puppy retailer. Protesting turned into leading public education campaigns and the formation of Puppy Mill Awareness of SE Michigan. Last year, she worked to form a coalition called Michigan Friends of Companion Animals to focus on pending state legislation (HB 4898), the Large-scale Commercial Dog Breeder Act and local ordinances that would prohibit the retail sale of dogs, cats, rabbits, ferrets, long lived birds and large reptiles. It is her hope that one day animal exploitation will be only found in history books.

 

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Organizational Transparency and Understanding Your Numbers

When did you last think about your organization’s operations in terms of transparency and data analysis? Suited for rescue and shelter staff, policy makers, volunteers, and the general public, either or both of these sessions will inspire you with new ideas and ways to make your organization even better than it already is.

AttenRegister Nowd these sessions at the 2016 Getting to the Goal conference.

Transparency and Accountability – What does the word “transparency” mean for a shelter or a rescue organization? How transparent is your operation? Does everyone know the conditions or criteria that would result in euthanasia? Do you post all of your performance results? Are your financials available for public inspection? Transparency and accountability help build trust with your supporters, contributors and taxpayers. Listen as a panel of speakers from a shelter, rescue and not for profit explain how they define transparency for their organization. Cheryl Gault, Michigan Pet Fund Alliance; Tawny Hammond, Austin Animal Services; Courtney Protz-Sanders, Paws for Life Rescue

Why the numbers count – Every shelter is required to collect information on the intake and disposition of the animals that come into their facilities. If the only time those numbers are used is to provide an annual accounting to the state, a valuable resource is being lost. Understanding your intake, common conditions, length of stay, etc. helps to identify programs to reduce intake, serve the community and measure success. Learn how the Humane Society of Huron Valley uses their numbers to improve their operations and provide animal welfare programs for the dogs and cats of Washtenaw County. Tanya Hilgendorf , Humane Society of Huron Valley

Meet the presenters:

Cheryl Gault

Cheryl Gault

 

Cheryl Gault is a founding member of the Michigan Pet Fund Alliance and has served as Treasurer since inception of the organization in 2003.  Cheryl’s career background was in commercial lending having work as consultant, Vice President and loan officer for several financial institutions and directed Oakland County’s financial services for economic development including administration of the federal SBA program for the county.  Cheryl has been a dog Mom to various rescue canine companions over the years.  Her current four-legged children include a rescue and a foster that became a full time family member 6 years ago.

 

 

 

 

Tawny Hammond with Judy

Tawny Hammond with Judy

 

Tawny Hammond, 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. 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Courtney Protz-Sanders and Bubba

Courtney Protz-Sanders and Bubba

Courtney Protz-Sanders began her career in animal welfare in 2000 at the Dumb Friends League, the largest open admission animal shelter in the Rocky Mountains. With more than 16 years of experience in animal welfare, Protz-Sanders has led or participated in numerous projects, coalitions and organizations, including the committee to reform Detroit Animal Control, the Michigan Pet Fund Alliance Rescue Certification Task Force and the National Disaster Animal Response Team. From wildfires to hurricanes, and from animal hoarding to dog fighting, Protz-Sanders is skilled in triage and emergency sheltering for animals. In 2014, Protz-Sanders was a professional speaker at the largest international animal welfare conference, the HSUS Expo. Protz-Sanders was also a presenter at three past Michigan No Kill conferences. In 2005, Protz-Sanders founded Paws for Life Rescue, a non-profit, foster-based, all-breed rescue for dogs and cats. She continues today as Board president and executive director. Protz-Sanders also currently serves as a founding member, Board trustee and spokesperson for Michigan’s Political Action Committee for Animals (Mi-PACA). In 2014, Protz-Sanders helped develop and launch Make Michigan Next, a coalition of advocates working to end breed discrimination in Michigan, and also served as the rally \ emcee at the state Capitol in September of that year.

 

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Best Practices for Rescues – How do you measure up?

Michigan is home to hundreds of private animal rescue groups. Most want to do the best they can for the animals they serve. Why reinvent the wheel in terms of identifying procedures, documenting policies, and developing programs?    AttenRegister Nowd this session at the 2016 Getting to the Goal conference.

Best Practices for Rescues – How Do You Measure Up? Home-based rescue organizations serve a tremendous need – especially those that collaborate with shelters to solve or remedy challenges with animals’ health or behavior issues. It is important each rescue organization operate using best practices for the animals’ well-being, as well as sound business practices. Join Jaime Wolfe from NBS Animal Rescue as she leads a panel discussion of several Michigan Pet Fund Alliance Certified home-based rescue organizations as they discuss the advantages and challenges of certification including grants for animals pulled from shelters with health or behavior issues or over the age of 7, participation in the Michigan SECC (charitable giving program for state employees), changing operations to focus only on Michigan animals, etc. Missi Bellottie, Detroit Bully Crew; Nicole Fear, Canine Companions Rescue; Jillian Kane, Furever Tails Animal Rescue; Jaime Wolfe, NBS  Animal Rescue

Meet the presenters:

Missi Belottie

Missi Belottie

 

Missi Bellottie started rescuing canines in 2008.  She moved to Lapeer MI from South Texas in 2011. In Texas, her husband Bill Bellottie operated a rescue for canines and farm animals such as horses and cattle.  Upon arrival in Michigan in February of 2011, they planned to take a “break” from rescue.  That didn’t last long as they saw a tremendous need for their experience in Detroit.  In March of 2011 they  became Detroit Bully Corps  and in 2016 became a certified shelter with the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Development and a Certified Rescue with Michigan Pet Fund Alliance.

Nicole Fear

Nicole Fear

 

Nicole Fear began fostering for Canine Companions Rescue Center (CCRC) in 2009 and specializes in harder to place and senior dogs. She worked closely with CCRC’s manager to change intake policies to concentrate on local Michigan shelters and dogs with medical needs. She is an active animal advocate and currently works for Warren Animal Control.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jill Kane

Jill Kane

Jillian (Jill) Kane is a founding director of Furever Tails Animal Rescue, a foster-based, no-kill 501c3 canine and feline rescue. She has been prominent in the rescue community since 2012.  She has always had a love for animals. In  Dryden, where she graduated high school, she participated in the local 4-H programs and raised chickens, ducks, rabbits pigs, goats. Jill has a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science but her passion has always been for helping animals. She currently resides in Oakland Township with her husband and sons in a large ranch home on 5 acres. She has taken part in rescuing more than 300 lives in only a few years. Her compassion and patience speak true for those whose voices cannot be heard.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jaime Wolfe

Jaime Wolfe

Jaime Wolfe is the Co-Founder of NBS Animal Rescue, a Five Star Certified Rescue.  She is also the Certification Coordinator for the Michigan Pet Fund Alliance’s Rescue Certification Program that was launched in 2012.  Jaime devotes her time and energy to NBS Animal Rescue finding shelter animals who are high risk, fostering, screening adopters, and doing home visits.  Her heart is with senior dogs and those needing extra medical help.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Stories of Change & No Kill Michigan – Progress We Have Made!

Looking for inspiration as to how shelter improvements can be made? Are No Kill programs really working? What changes can a poorly-performing shelter make to save more lives?  AttenRegister Nowd these sessions at the 2016 Getting to the Goal conference.

 

Stories of change – Three large Michigan shelters have had dramatic turnarounds in the last two years. Listen to their stories, as presented by their directors. Learn what led up to the change, the challenges they face, and their vision for the future for their shelters.  Paul Wallace, Genesee County Animal Control; Melissa Miller, Detroit Animal Care & Control; Ken Kempkens, Humane Society of Macomb 

No Kill Michigan: Progress We Have Made (Opening Session, 9 a.m. Friday) – The 1st Michigan No Kill Conference was 2011. Several years prior to the conference, Otsego County Animal Shelter was Michigan’s first county to adopt a millage, develop a collaborative public/private partnership and become no-kill saving 90% or more of the animals in their care. Shortly after Otsego’s live-saving measures, UPAWS in Marquette was teetering on the brink of closing due to financial issues. Their board decided they had NOTHING TO LOSE, they read together Nathan Winograd’s book Redemption: The No Kill Revolution in America and decided to implement the programs he said were possible – and almost immediately they were saving over 90% of the animals in their care. In 2014, 40% of Michigan’s Counties were no-kill. So what do the 2015 numbers tell us?  Deborah Schutt, Michigan Pet Fund Alliance

Meet the presenters:

Ken Kempkens and Rico

Ken Kempkens and Rico

Kenneth Kempkens has 39 years in various management and sales positions in the graphic arts industry, during which time he met and developed a great relationship with Mr. George Fox at the Humane Society of Macomb.  Ken was asked to join the Board of Directors when Mr. Fox passed away and eventually was elected to fill his seat on the Board. In 2014 he was elected to the Board of Directors as its President. In his 2nd year as President he assumed a more hands-on approach to the day-to-day operations of the shelter. Ken oversaw the introduction of many new and exciting programs and worked directly with the Director to make some positive changes and helped to move the Humane Society of Macomb from a high kill shelter to its current situation as a no kill shelter.  In the past 12 months Ken is proud to say that through teamwork and a great crew they have accomplished the necessary steps to boast a 95% save rate. Ken intends to make sure that, using Best Practices, this trend will continue into the future. Ken has been married to his wife Josie for 43 years. They have two sons and three grandchildren. They have adopted numerous shelter animals and now live in Clinton Township with their lab/pit Roxie. She rules the house.

 

 

 

 

Melissa Miller

Melissa Miller

Melissa Miller is Director of Detroit Animal Care and Control.  She is a former Shelter Operations Manager and sheltering consultant for the Humane Society of the United States Animal Rescue Team, as well as co-founder of Dog Aide, a non-profit devoted to shelter intervention and owner retention.  Melissa holds Certified Behavior Consultant Canine (CBCC-KA) and Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA) certifications.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Debbie Schutt and Cassie

Debbie Schutt and Cassie

Deborah Schutt is chair and one of the founders of the Michigan Pet Fund Alliance.  She is an urban planner by profession.  After 21 years working for the public sector, she established her own consulting firm 19 years ago, working out of her home, which allowed her to volunteer as a foster parent for puppies. As she became more familiar and more involved with animal welfare, Deborah became acutely aware of the lack of planning, collaboration and use of systematic approaches, which were successfully used in other areas of her profession, to solve and address problems and issues in animal welfare. She became convinced that animal homelessness in Michigan could be solved, including saving the more than 100,000 animals annually euthanized in shelters, if a different approach was taken. Since the Michigan Pet Fund Alliance has been providing information on best practices and supporting advocacy, Michigan shelters have reduced the number of animals euthanized annually in shelters to 37,000.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paul Wallace

Paul Wallace

Paul Wallace took the reins as Director of Genesee County Animal Control in January 2015 with his work cut out for him.  The good news was the county had recently approve a millage to support the shelter.  The challenging news was the shelter was the subject of public controversy with high kill rates, locked doors, shut out volunteers and what some felt were secretive operations.  Paul’s three decades of law enforcement experience for Genesee County and the city of Clio as – patrolmen, detective, and commander – provided many of the skill sets needed for the challenge.  As a respected community leader with long-standing associations and respect, political confidence increased delivering the support needed to institute many of the transformations at the municipal shelter.  Paul will be the first to tell you there is still a lot to be done.  Paul’s love of animals began during his childhood growing up across the street from a farm that provided him the hands-on opportunities of caring for horses, cows, chickens, etc., and of course having his own furry pals through-out the years.

a time when the future of Animal Control is being shaped to the benefit of the public, the animals, the volunteers and the staff.  Ask Amy about her travels with Sully.

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Canine Play Groups & Minimizing Shelter Illness

Although open to everyone, shelter staff and volunteers in particular will be interested in these sessions at the 2016 Getting to the Goal conference.Register Now

Canine Play Groups – Play groups are a powerful tool for shelters to increase adoptions, provide enrichment and improve animals’ quality of life. Dogs who participate in play groups are much easier to adopt! For one thing, they have better kennel presentation because they are well exercised and more satisfied. But, how do you start one and what do you need to know to make sure you do it right? When Macomb County started using play groups, they prepared for the worst but found their concerns were unfounded. They have now shared their experience with Genesee County. Lisa Rabine and Amy Warner

How to minimize shelter illness and maximize shelter health – Welcome to 21st century sheltering! There are countless decisions that are made daily within a shelter that will contribute to the animals’ health and well-being. From the moment of intake to daily routine – each standard procedure can affect the animal’s health. When are vaccinations given? How are cages cleaned and with what? What is the cage size and where are they placed? What is an acceptable noise level? How much enrichment should be provided daily and what should it be? What is your capacity for humane care? Learn how well you are doing or where you might find change is needed. Dr. Jeff Fortna, DVM

Meet the presenters:

Jeff FortnaDr. Jeff Fortna graduated from veterinary school at Michigan State University in 2000.  As a newly minted veterinarian, he began his career in small animal private practice.  After five years in this traditional role, he branched out into other areas of meaningful veterinary work—teaching veterinary technician students and providing relief services at a municipal shelter.  Shortly thereafter, he accepted a permanent position with the municipal shelter where he learned about the successes and challenges of shelter practice.  Over his tenure working in shelter medicine, he has garnered a profound appreciation for the art and science that rests within this burgeoning field.  Dr. Fortna has endeavored to stay at the leading edge of this new discipline by completing the Maddie’s Graduate Certificate in Shelter Medicine.  He has gone on to become one of the first graduates to receive a master’s degree in shelter medicine at the University of Florida.  This training has broadened his knowledge and skills in shelter medicine, veterinary forensics, and public health.  His areas of professional interest include protocol development for animal shelters, disease outbreak management, public health and zoonotic diseases, and surgical proficiency in high volume caseloads.  Outside of work, one will find “Dr. Jeff” marathon training, drinking coffee, or being trained by his shelter rescue dog, Beans.

 

Lisa Rabine and Lucas

Lisa Rabine and Lucas

Lisa Rabine  is currently a Canine Trainer and Administrative Assistant for Macomb County Animal Control and Vice President on the Board and Lead Program Facilitator for Teacher’s Pet: Dogs and Kids Learning Together.  She has been with Teacher’s Pet ever since she started training dogs 10 years ago and started volunteering for MCAC while running a Teacher’s Pet Program at the Macomb County Juvenile Justice Center.  She volunteered for MCAC for five years before being hired three years ago and has been heavily involved in reforming the shelter under Chief Randazzo. One of the programs she implemented at MCAC is the Dogs Play For Life canine play group program.  Since starting this program over a year ago, there has been a major difference in the dogs’ behavior in the shelter.  MCAC has shared this program with several other Michigan shelters and Lisa is very excited to keep sharing!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amy Warner

Amy Warner

Amy Warner has found that her BBA in Marketing and Business Management has been a valuable tool in effectively raising funds and educating the public in responsible pet ownership.  Through her involvement with numerous rescues and organizations over the years, she has been instrumental in re-homing efforts and animal care and welfare.  She currently is the Volunteer Coordinator for Genesee County Animal Control and is very excited about coming in at a time when the future of Animal Control is being shaped to the benefit of the public, the animals, the volunteers and the staff.  Ask Amy about her travels with Sully.

 

 

 

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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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