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Animal Welfare Leadership Roundup Call - 2/25/22 - Shelter Data Trends, The Future of Pet Dog Acquisition and National Pet Supply & Demand

  • 1.  Animal Welfare Leadership Roundup Call - 2/25/22 - Shelter Data Trends, The Future of Pet Dog Acquisition and National Pet Supply & Demand

    Posted 02-24-2022 01:31 PM

    Updated 2/25/22 at 2:02pm - Recording Now Available!



    Please join us for a spirited and important Friday Animal Welfare Leadership Round-up call (LINK TO REGISTER).

    We'll kick off tomorrow with a very brief recap of @Steve Zeidman's recent conversation on shelter data trends and some related poll questions. We'll then move to national organization updates and then right into our main topic of the day.

    We'll be joined by our colleagues @brad shear and Mike Keiley for a presentation followed by a conversation. It will be a challenging topic and we know there will be lots of questions and thoughts so please come and be part of the discussion! 

    The Future of Pet Dog Acquisition - Considerations from the Northeast United States

    Data shows that homeless animal populations continue to decline overall nationally. The decline in certain regions, like New England, is even more pronounced. This change has led New England animal welfare organizations to reexamine the needs of animals in their community and shift resources from intake and adoption to programming that supports pet owners in our communities. It has also created frustration for those seeking to acquire animals humanely. Relocation programming alone has not satisfied the demand. The inability of shelters to meet demand led people to find animals elsewhere. New England animal welfare organizations are examining where pets are coming from and where they will come from in the future. That exploration has drawn concern from other parts of the country that are still dealing with the local overpopulation of animals. This discussion will provide an opportunity for staff working in animal welfare outside of New England to ask questions to learn about these trends.

    In the discussion portion, we'll talk about the significance of this presentation in the overall landscape of national pet supply and demand. Here are just a few of the questions we'll tackle together: 

    Should animal welfare consider collaborating with breeders in the future? What should a community do when there aren't enough smaller dogs and puppies and transport isn't filling the gap? What is our collective responsibility to help pets in areas of regional over-supply? How can animal welfare work together to ensure under-supplied areas have the pets they need while also not leaving medium and large shelter dogs behind? When is the 'right time' to proactively work to increase supply? 



    Bobby Mann
    Maddie's® Human Animal Support Services Pilot Director

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  • 2.  RE: Animal Welfare Leadership Roundup Call - 2/25/22 - Shelter Data Trends, The Future of Pet Dog Acquisition and National Pet Supply & Demand

    Maddie's Fund Staff
    Posted 02-25-2022 04:02 PM
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    We had a record breaking 300+ attendees on today's call. We literally maxed out on how many people could join us live and for good reason too! There was a lively discussion about the national pet supply so be sure to check the attached chat file to read more about everyone's thoughts on the issue. We will definitely have to get Brad Shear and Mike Keiley back for another call so we can continue to expand our knowledge and understanding of the subject.

    If you were unable to make it to the call or want to share with a colleague who was unable to attend, you can watch the recording here

    • Welcome – Kristen Hassen, Director, American Pets Alive! & Human Animal Support Services
    • Bobby Mann, American Pets Alive!
    • QOTD: Are you planning your vacation and if so, where are you going?
    • Mary's Motivation
    Mary recommends we listen closely today to Steve Zeiden, Brad Shear and Mike Keilley as the research they've done and data they've collected is insightful and prompts a much needed discussion. She also recommends the book by Drs. Jan Scarlet and Michael Greenberg, Every Nose Counts: Using Metrics in Animal Shelters
    As we navigate an unsettled, disrupted world, remember that we are surrounded by partners that we never could have imagined before. These calls alone are proof that we have each other for support.

    National updates / shared links
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    • Maddie's Fund webcast Co-sheltering: Keeping Families and Pets Together, Wednesday March 9 at 12n PT. Register here:
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    • Maddie's Million Pet Challenge webcast Friday, March 4 – The Future is 4
    • Big Dog Master Class on 3.29 + 3.30.22 (Tuesday and Wednesday) 10am PT to 5pm PT
    Full description with sessions and speakers
    • Florida Animal Control Association (FACA) conference March 4-6, 2022 in Orlando
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    Session Info & Links
    • Recap of Steve Zeidman's recent conversation on shelter data trends. Watch the webcast here Lessons from the Last Three Years of Animal Sheltering Data
    • Dr Segurson shared: Research that supports that decreased visitor access is better for dog welfare:

    The Future of Pet Dog Acquisition - Considerations from the Northeast United States, with Brad Shear and Michael Keiley
    Brad Shear, CAWA, CEO at Potter League For Animals
    Michael Keiley, Director of Adoption Centers and Programs at MSPCA-Angell
    • New England Animal Welfare Trends Assessment - survey results:
    • Family dogs for the inclusive community: Alternatives to puppy mills, Tuesday, Apr 19, 2022 at 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM EDT – daylong learning lab at the Animal Care Expo in Orlando.
    • Karina King shared Massachusetts Animal rescue and shelter organization regulations
    • Isabelle Côté shared The Norwegian court ruling is going on appeal. Ultimately, they are trying to get a better Framework for breeding dogs.
    • Isabelle also shared a piece on a new Norweigan court ruling on some purebred breeds -

    Charlotte Otero
    Community Strategist at Maddie's Fund

  • 3.  RE: Animal Welfare Leadership Roundup Call - 2/25/22 - Shelter Data Trends, The Future of Pet Dog Acquisition and National Pet Supply & Demand

    Posted 02-25-2022 06:17 PM
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    Thank you for having us on to start this important discussion. The slides from our presentation are attached.

    brad shear


    What’s Up in New England.pptx   10.37 MB 1 version