BLOOMFIELD HILLS – With generous support from the Humane Society of Macomb Foundation, the Michigan Pet Fund Alliance announces a $4,000 Out of the Box Awards competition for Michigan animal shelters and rescue organizations.
MPFA launched the annual Out of the Box Awards in 2017 to give animal shelters and rescues an opportunity to showcase the creative ways they are saving lives and to give others in the animal welfare community access to these award-winning ideas.
“We are building a database of programs and processes that shelters and rescues can easily replicate by just taking them ‘out of the box’ and tweaking them for their needs,” explains Deborah Schutt, MPFA founder and chairperson.
Three $1,000 cash awards will go to projects or programs that are unique or different and with proven results. Extra consideration will be given to those that engage and strengthen relationships with the community.
One $500 award will go to a Standard Operating Procedure for euthanasia. Despite Michigan shelters achieving no kill status in 2018 with a 90% average save rate, humane end-of-life decisions are still required for animals that are too sick, injured or dangerous to save. One of the most difficult topics in animal welfare, every facet of the euthanasia process must be scrutinized to eliminate guesswork and minimize stress and suffering for animals and humans.
One $500 award will go to a Standard Operating Procedure in any category, such as adoptions, fosters, transport, animal care, etc. Submissions must demonstrate knowledge of animal welfare best practices and exceptional standards of care.
Applications for the Out of the Box Awards are due by midnight on June 30, 2020. For eligibility requirements and to apply, please visit www.michiganpetfund.org/no-kill-michigan/2020-out-of-the-box.