Partners produce Great Lakes Animal Welfare Conference


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A pair of pet welfare groups are producing an education and networking event in the region next week.

The 2016 Great Lakes Animal Welfare Conference will be held on Oct. 24 and 25 at the Firekeepers Casino Hotel in Battle Creek.

The event is organized by the Michigan Humane Society and the Michigan Association of Animal Control Officers, or MAACO.


It will feature talks from veterinarians, animal sheltering experts, fundraisers, legal specialists and animal control officers.

The conference will feature 32 sessions on topics such as human violence and animal cruelty, difficult-to-place dogs, wildlife handling and rehab, feline leukemia and immunodeficiency virus, volunteer recruitment strategies, finding homes for small animals and more.

Kate Hurley, director of the Koret Shelter Medicine Program at the University of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, will be the keynote speaker. Hurley is founder of the Million Cat Challenge, a campaign to save 1-million cats in North American shelters over the five-year period from 2014 to 2019.

The Michigan Humane Society said the conference is primarily for animal sheltering and veterinary professionals, animal control agencies, animal welfare advocates and rescue groups, but it is open to the public as well.

Tickets and rooms

Tickets, which cost $175 for the full conference and $125 for one day, are available through Oct. 24 online.

The event’s organizers said people can contact Firekeepers Casino Hotel or the nearby Quality Inn to reserve a room.

The organizers

MAACO is a not-for-profit agency that provides training and best practices information to animal control officers in Michigan.

The Michigan Humane Society is an animal welfare organization that facilitates pet adoption, provides veterinary services, investigates claims of animal cruelty and promotes humane values through its educational programs.

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