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ANNOUNCEMENT: Eleven Michigan Rescues Certified (Sign up March 1st)

From: Pam
Sent on: Thursday, January 24, 2013 12:51 PM

Meetup Members,

This week eleven rescues were certified by the Pet Fund Alliance. They will be following Best Practices and upholding to a Code of Ethics that our organization helped develop. I filtered four items from the Code of Ethics (Rules of Conduct) that I hope all rescues follow.

1. We will not support the breeding industry by any action that would serve to continue their operations, such as participating in events with or at pet stores that sell dogs or cats, buying or taking animals from an auction or relieving a breeder of excess stock.

2. We will not participate in any “pet trafficking” by working with an animal broker or anyone where the source of the animals is unknown.

3. As an all breed rescue, we will not import animals from out of state and contribute to the homeless animal problem here in Michigan.

4. We will not engage in the practice of “flipping” which involves obtaining animals for free or at a low cost and then quickly selling those same animals for profit.

The new Michigan Rescue Certification Program is wholly volunteer program and is designed to:

• Save more lives and maximize the capacity of animal shelters
• Establish best practices and a code of ethics
• Encourage more collaboration between rescues and shelters
• Advance Michigan to become a No Kill state

Congratulations to the following 2013/2014 first round of Michigan's Certified Rescue organizations:

1. All About Animals Rescue, Warren - 5 star
2. Canine Companions Rescue Center, Clarkston
3. Furry Friends Rescue, Inc., Brighton
4. Leuks Landing Inc., Ann Arbor
5.Last Chance Rescue, Howell
6. Michigan Orphan Kitten Rescue, Saline
7. NBS Animal Rescue, Madison Heights - 5 star
8. PapAdopters & Placement Service, Wolverine Lake
9. Paws for Life Rescue and Adoption, Troy
10. Richland Animal Rescue, Richland
11. Up-Cycled Pets, Three Rivers

Although the program was targeted for home-based rescue groups, four licensed shelters applied and are acknowledged for their efforts to follow Best Practices:

1. Animal Welfare Society of Southeastern Michigan, Madison Heights
2. Eaton County Humane Society, Charlotte
3. Friends of Michigan Animals Rescue, Belleville
4. Sanilac County Humane Society, Carsonville

Applications to become a certified rescue will be available on March 1st for a second round of rescue organizations to be considered for certification. See for more information.

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