Outside the Box Award Program


Michigan Pet Fund Alliance and the Humane Society of Macomb Foundation are soliciting applications for Outside the Box award-winning programs, projects, or documents that Michigan shelters or 501(c)(3) home-based rescue organizations are successfully using.

Four $1,000 awards will be given.

Outside the Box can be something unique OR it may be something old with a new twist OR it could be something as simple as an outstanding documented Standard Operating Procedure that another shelter or rescue could easily replicate by just taking it “out of the box” and tweaking for their needs.

The application is pretty easy.  And you only have two weeks to submit it.


1.      Completed applications are due by midnight, Wednesday, October 31.

2.      Winners will be contacted by November 30.

3.      Winners must agree to present their awarded program/project/document at the next Getting to the Goal conference and assist in preparing an article for the Michigan Pet Fund Alliance e-blast newsletter.

4.      There are no limits on the number of applications from an organization.

5.      At least one winner will be selected for a project or program.

6.      At least one winner will be selected for a SOP or document that advances effective shelter management/operations.

7.      A total of four winners will be selected.

The application is here. Download it, fill it out, and send via email to  We look forward to hearing all of your great ideas!