MPA Awards


Annually MPA recognizes programs of excellence and  individuals that have made major contributions to improve animal welfare in Michigan through an awards and grant program.

2022 – Making a Difference

Michigan Elected Official’s Friend of Homeless Animals Award

Representative Tommy Brann, Kent County, Michigan, is awarded the Homeless Animal Legislative Friend Award for introducing bills to protect the welfare of pets.

Best Friend to Dogs Award

Jennifer Clarkson, Bloomfield, Michigan, is awarded the Best Friend to Dogs Award. As the founder and executive director at Dog Aide Community Awareness, Clarkson has dedicated her adult life to improving the quality of care for dogs in need.

Best Friend to Cats Award

Cheryl Phillips, Northville, Michigan, is awarded the Best Friend to Cats Award. As founder of Gigi’s Foundation, Phillips has spent the last 10 years providing trap, neuter, vaccinate, return (TNVR) services to more than 1,150 cats in Michigan.

2022 – Out of the Box – The New Normal Awards

Community Outreach Program:

Wishbone Pet Rescue Alliance, Douglas, Michigan, is awarded a $3,000 grant for its Let’s Fix It and pet housing programs for clients of domestic violence and homeless families.

Fundraising Program:

Paws for Life Rescue, Troy, Michigan, is awarded a $2,000 grant for its Paws for Life Draws for Life fundraiser and donor thank you program.

Karen Brocklehurst Volunteer of the Year

Anne Grzywacz, Ph.D., CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA, St. Clair Shores, Michigan, is awarded a $100 gift card and the distinguished title of Karen Brocklehurst Volunteer of the Year for exemplifying every characteristic of the woman for whom the award is posthumously named.

2022 – Continuing Improvement Grants – On-Site Cat Training

Little Traverse Bay Humane Society

Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter

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2021 – Out of the Box – Lessons/changes instituted as a result of COVID-19:

Michele’s Rescue in Grand Rapids foster-to-adopt program. ($1,500)
Ingham County Animal Control & Shelter instituting the Fear Free program to reduce length of stay and result in a quieter, healthier environment for the animals. ($1,500)

2021 – Continuing Improvement Grants
Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter (UPAWS) – Shelter assessment grant
Humane Animal Treatment Society (HATS) – Hands-on in-shelter training grant