“My dog knows this … he just isn’t doing it!” Have you ever said this before? I think we all have. When we’ve witnessed our dog perform a command many times, it can be tempting to think that they “know” the cue and they are ignoring us when they suddenly won’t do it. It is… Continue reading My Dog Knows This … He Just Isn’t Doing It!
How to offer your cat the most comfortable and enriched home possible to build their confidence and happiness.
Leona Foster from Leuk’s Landing, a member of Michigan Pet Alliance, explains what you should do if your cat tests positive for FeLV.
Leona Foster, Executive Director & President from Leuk’s Landing (a member of Michigan Pet Alliance), offers some great fundraising ideas. Leuk’s
In this webinar cat owners, in-shelter caregivers and foster parents will learn how to ease common behavior problems by keeping a cat engaged in play and mentally stimulated. Cat behavior expert Jess Vankoningsveld will cover proper play techniques designed to encourage a natural progression of behaviors, allowing playtime to be as effective as possible, whether… Continue reading Playtime & Enrichment For All Cats
An exhilarating conversation with Citizens for the Animal Abuse Registry as they discuss a statewide initiative to take on animal abusers in Michigan. Discover how you and your organization can play a role. Michigan Pet Alliance is hosting a panel discussion to explore a 2024 ballot initiative that will create an animal abuse registry and establish timeframes for an automatic forfeiture process.
Playing games can help dogs ignore distractions, stay calm, improve overall behavior, and strengthen the bond with their owner or handler. In this interactive four-part series, each week our certified trainers will teach you easy games to play with your dog and give you challenges to build your dog’s skills! You will be invited to join a private Facebook group page to engage with the trainers and other participants to share success stories and get feedback on your progress.
Save the date for the upcoming webinar on March 13 – “Playtime & Enrichment for Cats” Past webinars are available on demand here.
Join us as Alison Balow, adoptions and front-of-house manager for the Humane Society of Huron Valley, demonstrates how conversational counseling can help overcome common barriers to adoption by taking a more personalized approach to customer interactions. In this webinar, you will learn how conversational adoption counseling can decrease length of stay and lead to fewer returns. Alison will provide an overview and examples of the techniques best suited to engaging in friendly and thoughtful discussions with potential adopters.
MPA experts discuss solutions to the “capacity crisis” facing animal shelters across the country. The panel consists of industry experts sharing their approach to managing this unprecedented challenge. Our experts review current data to identify some of the causes of the crisis. Additionally, they discuss tactics to successfully help animals find homes during the adoption slowdown and for keeping animal guests safe and happy for the extended stays many of them are experiencing in shelters.
Humane Society of Huron Valley (HSHV) in Ann Arbor is one of several shelters in Michigan that has an adoption program for cats diagnosed with feline leukemia (FeLV). We spoke with Gary Evans, the clinic director at HSHV, to learn more. Wheels by Audionautix is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/ Artist:… Continue reading FeLV Cat Adoption Program
Learn more about what Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) is, how to test for it, what symptoms to look for and how to prevent it.
Inner Light by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license. https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
By Jeanne Towar — Little did Scott MacKenzie know that attending a going-away party for the retiring executive director of the Charlevoix Area Humane Society (CAHS) would dramatically change his life. MacKenzie was serving on the search committee to hire a new executive director for CAHS and also looking for someone to chair the… Continue reading Charlevoix Area Humane Society
By Jenny German, TNR Advocate Just after turning 40, the idea of helping feral cats was something I had never entertained as I truly didn’t know much about these felines, nor had I ever heard of the acronym TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return). That all changed in 2003 when I learned of a large colony of cats in my… Continue reading Feral Cat Assistance … You Can Be the One for Change
Story by Jeanne Towar — Joe Sowerby is a successful business executive, an author, a marathon runner, a former professional boxing referee, a motivational speaker and a community leader, but his first love is making a difference in the lives of thousands of homeless dogs and cats. Sowerby, president of Anton, Sowerby & Associates, a… Continue reading Member Spotlight – Joe Sowerby
Celebrate Pet Owners Day with an introduction to scentwork. Whether you are a small rural shelter, a foster-based rescue, or a large open-admission municipal shelter, you can easily establish a scent enrichment program that will transform the lives of the dogs in your care. Nosework can help reduce anxiety, calm overstimulated dogs, burn energy in hyperactive dogs, and build confidence in shy and fearful dogs. And it’s not just for dogs … all companion animals can benefit from scentwork. Small budget, large budget, no budget? You can do this!
Join us for a frank discussion about pet sterilization.
Helping dogs make the right choice, rather than directing them all the time, is powerful! Giving dogs the ability to make choices will open up their world both emotionally and for greater training.
Learn more about the pros and cons of using laser pointers to play with cats.
This webinar will offer alternatives to declawing that include enrichment, training, redirection of scratching behaviors and nail trimming tips.