Laituri on Michigan Pet Fund Alliance Board

Negaunee resident Reva Laituri joined the Michigan Pet Fund Alliance board in March and brings a wealth of humane knowledge and experience. According to a Michigan Pet Fund Alliance news release, in the early 80s, Reva began volunteering at the Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter, formerly the Marquette County Humane Society. She was there every Wednesday night and Saturday, checking animals in and adopting them out, answering phones, vaccinating, worming, and pretty much anything that needed doing. In 1984, she joined the UPAWS board of directors, and over her 20 years on the board, she served as assistant treasurer, recording secretary, corresponding secretary, treasurer, president and on nearly every committee. During Reva’s tenure, she played an active role in moving UPAWS from killing 63 percent of its animals in 2006 to saving nearly 100 percent, according to the release. The open admission no kill shelter is one of the best in the state. She has supported the efforts of shelters in North Carolina, Missouri, Illinois, Florida, Alabama — and as far away as Australia — to become No Kill and served on a panel of No Kill shelters at the 2011 No Kill Conference in Washington D.C. She took on a leadership role in the capital campaign drive to raise $3.7 million to build a new state-of-the-art shelter, which broke ground mid-summer. Laituri also serves as an adoption ambassador for UPAWS and fosters dogs for the shelter. She has successfully fostered 26 so far. She and husband Dave live in Negaunee with their three rescue dogs: Muffin, Bella (pictured) and Thunder.