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?
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National updates / shared links• Community Cats podcast https://www.communitycatspodcast.com/If there are any organizations/individuals in the OH, KY and IN area, you may qualify for a scholarship to the United Spay Alliance thanks to a grant from the Joanie Bernard Foundation. Email Stacy LeBaron for details: email@example.comUSA Scholarship Link: https://forms.gle/Z2rDvxTBCVXnwAVX9• Maddie's Fund Monthly Giveaways! Enter here for a chance to win CA$H in a random drawing. You need to enter each month:https://www.maddiesfund.org/friday-community-conversations-feb22-giveaway.htm Open to all who are watching live or on-demand!• February 28 - March 7, 2022: Maddie's Fund is launching the We Foster Challenge, with a chance at $210,000 in grant prizeshttps://www.maddiesfund.org/we-foster-challenge.htm• Maddie's Fund webcast Co-sheltering: Keeping Families and Pets Together, Wednesday March 9 at 12n PT. Register here:https://maddiesfund-org.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_sj2KHr7zTZ2_qUOcqbe_kA• Maddie's Million Pet Challenge https://www.maddiesfund.org/million-pet-challenge.htm• Open Door Consults https://opendoorconsults.com/• Maddie's Million Pet Challenge webcast Friday, March 4 – The Future is 4https://maddiesfund-org.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_TpCFmG6YQoerScTGYVyxzQ• Big Dog Master Class on 3.29 + 3.30.22 (Tuesday and Wednesday) 10am PT to 5pm PT https://maddiesfund-org.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_uydm2Ka_RSye_dVgVJg4BwFull description with sessions and speakers https://maddiesmillionpetchallenge.org/big-dog-master-class/• Florida Animal Control Association (FACA) conference March 4-6, 2022 in Orlandohttps://floridaanimalcontrol.org/conference/• HASS Toolkits https://www.humananimalsupportservices.org/pro-resources/• Maddie's Fund's We Foster Challenge is coming Feb 28!https://www.maddiesfund.org/we-foster-challenge.htm• March 1-31, 2022: Petco Love Grant Opportunities https://petcolove.org/for-partners/investment-opportunities/PetCo Love – March starts their national vaccination month - free vaccines to existing partnershttps://petcolove.fluxx.io/user_sessions/new• Humane Canada's Summit for Animals May 2022. A hybrid event with both online and in-person componentshttps://humanecanada.swoogo.com/summit/• PetSmart Charities Veterinary Scholarship - up to three (3) $50,000 scholarships to second or third year veterinary students who demonstrate passion and drive to pursue a career in accessible veterinary care. Application is available from February 21 - March 21. To read more, please visit: https://petsmartcharities.org/pro/grants/steve-marton-scholarship• HSUS Animal Care Expo info (April 19-22, 2022) in Orlando, FL or Virtual:Registration rates: https://humanepro.org/expo/rates Virtual BIPOC scholarship: https://humanepro.org/expo/animal-care-expo-2022-virtual-scholarshipOrlando-area BIPOC scholarship: https://humanepro.org/expo/animal-care-expo-2022-bipoc-scholarship• Jamie Case - HASS Job Alikes: https://hass-net.americanpetsalive.org/job-alikes Become a HASS Partner: https://hass-net.americanpetsalive.org/partner-organizations 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 https://www.petpoint.com/zblog• Dr Segurson shared: Research that supports that decreased visitor access is better for dog welfare: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0031938414002364?casa_token=Z5k3hfFB4ecAAAAA:QDxGhWRVx0uDQeunNFFzGZg-ERsAD3x8yiyy_nyzreaK1xplnMea2hXsSnObAH1eQpHYF6dYEQThe 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 https://potterleague.org/• Michael Keiley, Director of Adoption Centers and Programs at MSPCA-Angell https://www.mspca.org/• New England Animal Welfare Trends Assessment - survey results: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1haTtHPnH3GV65dlNPyB67pZExxNdd4-8hLVQtCti6Os/edit#slide=id.p1• 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. https://s4.goeshow.com/hsus/ace/2022/ACE_sessions.cfm• Karina King shared Massachusetts Animal rescue and shelter organization regulations https://www.mass.gov/regulations/330-CMR-3000-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. https://ec.europa.eu/food/system/files/2020-11/aw_platform_plat-conc_guide_dog-breeding.pdf• Isabelle also shared a piece on a new Norweigan court ruling on some purebred breeds - https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2022/02/23/bulldog-cavalier-spaniel-breeding-ban-hard-moral-questions/