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Thursday, September 20, 2012                   12 p.m. - 5 p.m. 


Friday, September 21, 2012                         7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.         

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Radisson Hotel (Thursday)

111 N. Grand Avenue

Lansing, MI 48933

Lansing Center (Friday)

333 E. Michigan Avenue

Lansing, MI 48933

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Michigan's No Kill Conference 2012


Join shelters, rescues, animal control workers, veterinarians, students, volunteers, policy makers, and compassionate community members to learn ways to save lives in your community by implementing the No Kill Equation strategy.

Speakers will include:
Nathan Winograd  (No Kill Advocacy Center)
Don Cleary (National Canine Research Council)
Stacey Coleman (Animal Farm Foundation)

View information about all of the conference speakers here.

Registration Information:

Early registration before May 31 is ONLY $79 and includes the FREE bonus of the Thursday September 20 Welcome and Opening session, discussion of Michigan's current animal-related legislation, and break-out sessions with the three expert speakers.  

In addition to the sessions listed below, TNR (Trap/Neuter/Return) networking will be held on Friday afternoon (time TBD).

Groups of 5 or more are eligible for a 10%  discount. All members of the group must be entered on the same registration.

Student price is $50.  School name and student i.d. must be provided on the registration form and at conference check-in.

The MPFA 2012 Awards Banquet will be held Thursday evening
from 6 to 10 p.m. to recognize shelters with the best save rates in the state. Banquet tickets are $30 and may be purchased through the Register Now link below. 


Conference Program (includes session descriptions)



Thursday 9/20 (Radisson Hotel)

noon - 5 p.m. Registration

1:30 - 3 p.m. Opening Welcome Session: How do we get closer to the goal?

3:15 - 4:15 p.m. Breakout Sessions with

  Nathan Winograd, Don Cleary, & Stacey Coleman 

5 - 6 p.m. Cocktail Reception (Cash Bar)

6 p.m. MPFA 2012 Awards Banquet (purchase tickets separately in Registration) 

Friday 9/21 (Lansing Center)

7:30 - 10 a.m. Registration

7:30 - 8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast

8:30 - 8:45 a.m. Welcome

8:45 - 9:45 a.m. Keynote    Nathan Winograd: Imagine Greatness

10 - 11 a.m. 1st Session

  Options include:

  • General Track 1: No Kill 101
  • General Track 2: Innovation in Animal Welfare 
  • Shelter/AC Track:  Removing "Hard to Place" from Pit Bull Adoptions
  • Rescue Certification Track:  Introduction & Animal Care Standards
  •  Veterinarian Track: Compassion Fatigue of the Animal Sheltering and       Rescue Workers

11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. 2nd Session

  Options include:

  • General Track 1: Working for Change panel discussion
  • General Track 2: Save Rate Report
  • Shelter/AC Track: Starting a Shelter TNR Program
  • Rescue Certification Track:  Organization Standards
  • Veterinarian Track: Building Bridges: Developing Good Relationships Between Veterinarians and Animal Care and Control Agencies 

12:30 - 2 p.m. Lunch and Keynote

                 Don Cleary:  Rethinking “Pit Bull”- Breaking the Cycle of Discrimination

2:15 - 3:15 p.m. 3rd Session

  Options Include:

  • General Track 1: Elk Country Case Study
  • General Track 2: Living Property: A New Social Contract with  Animals
  • Shelter/AC Track: Reducing Shelter Intake
  • Rescue Certification Track:  Obtaining IRS Non-profit Status 
  • Veterinarian Track: Safe Humane Chicago  

3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Panel Discussion with Award Winners

4:30 - 5 p.m. Closing & Raffle


Blocks of hotel rooms have been reserved for conference attendees at the following hotels: 

Howard Johnson East Lansing:  Rate of $73.72 through August 20 or until block of rooms is gone using Rate Code "CGARC". Book your room here or call (517) 351-5500.

Radisson Hotel Lansing:  Rate of $105 through August 20 using rate code "PETFUN".  Book your room here or call (800) 333-3333 or (517) 482-0188.

Parking Information:

Lansing Center $6 

Radisson $10 (self-park or valet; indicate that you are with MPFA conference) 

North Grand Parking Ramp $10 (connects to Lansing Center via pedway)

Exhibitor information is available here.

Sponsorship information is available here