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Animal Welfare Leadership Roundup Call - 3/04/22 - The Future of Pet Dog Acquisition and National Pet Supply & Demand Part 2

  • 1.  Animal Welfare Leadership Roundup Call - 3/04/22 - The Future of Pet Dog Acquisition and National Pet Supply & Demand Part 2

    Posted 03-03-2022 09:01 PM

    Updated 3/4 at 12:20pm Recording Now Available!


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

    We will continue last week's discussion with our colleagues Brad Shear and Mike Keiley. 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?

    Thank you!

  • 2.  RE: Animal Welfare Leadership Roundup Call - 3/04/22 - The Future of Pet Dog Acquisition and National Pet Supply & Demand Part 2

    Posted 03-04-2022 12:38 PM
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    Thanks to the 267 attendees who joined us on today's continuation from last week's call. You can watch the recording here if you were unable to attend live.  And a special shout out to the two grant giveaway winners who each won a $2,500 grant for attending February calls: @Emily Klehm from South Suburban Humane Society in Chicago Heights, IL and @Alexis Pagoulatos from Animal Rescue League of Berks County in Birdsboro, PA!

    Want in on the grant winning action? Be sure to complete the giveaway form for each call you attend or watch on demand during the month of March:

    Here's a recap of the full agenda and resources shared today. Have a great weekend!

    The Future of Pet Dog Acquisition - Considerations from the Northeast United States, with Brad Shear and Michael Keiley, Part 2

    • Welcome – Kristen Hassen, Director, American Pets Alive! & Human Animal Support Services and Bobby Mann, American Pets Alive! 
    • Mary's Motivation

    Maddie's Fund webcast Co-sheltering: Keeping Families and Pets Together, Wednesday March 9 at 12n PT. With Lauren Rogers of San Diego Humane Society, Jesse Casement of Father Joe's Villages and Riley Yates of GRACE Marketplace.
    My Dog is My Home's 3-day conference
    Thanks today's speakers Mike Keiley and Brad Shear for coming back - there have been many comments and responses from last week's call, some responding with love/what the future might look like and others that were vitriolic. Maddie's Fund always hopes that discussion and action come from a place of support and love. We are in the same field and while it is easy to see our differences it is helpful to see how we are alike and how we can best support each other.
    Mary wore her Minnie Mouse ears to announce the February Grant Giveaway winners! $2,500 each goes to
    - Emily Klehm, South Suburban Humane Society (Chicago Heights, IL)
                - Alexis Pagoulatos, Animal Rescue League of Berks County (Birdsboro, PA)

    National updates / shared links

    • Maddie's Fund Monthly Giveaways! Enter here for a chance to win CA$H in a random drawing:
    • Maddie's Fund We Foster Challenge:
    Application closes Monday 3/7 at 5pm Pacific. Contact our grants team if you have any questions at 925.310.5450 or
    • March 1-31, 2022: Petco Love Grant Opportunities - March starts their national vaccination month - free vaccines to existing partners Questions?
    • HSUS Animal Care Expo info (April 19-22, 2022) in Orlando, FL or Virtual:
    Registration rates:
    • HSUS Virtual Animal Care Expo BIPOC scholarship thanks to Maddie's Fund
    • NEW - BIPOC scholarship to Animal Care Expo for in-person to Orlando:
    • Volunteer at Animal Care Expo for registration rate discount!
    • HSUS workshop: Trauma Informed Care in Animal Welfare: The future of staff and community wellbeing - March 15th – Register (free)
    • HASS' New Toolkit
    • Big Dog Master Class – free on March 29 and 30 10am PT to 5pm PT
    Full description with sessions and speakers

    Ukraine animal relief efforts
    • Dr. Andrew Rowan of WellBeing International ( gave an update on the situation in the Ukraine and shared a list of Ukrainian animal groups
    • Eurogroup for Animals page with a list of orgs on the ground
    • The American Veterinary Medical Foundation: reputable organizations that are mobilizing to send emergency relief in the area:

    Session Information & Links

    Discussion on The Future of Pet Dog Acquisition - Considerations from the Northeast United States, with Brad Shear and Michael Keiley, Part 2

    • Brad Shear, CAWA, CEO at Potter League For Animals
    • Michael Keiley, Director of Adoption Centers and Programs at MSPCA-Angell
    • Kristen shared How America Saved Millions of Dogs-By Moving Them (Time, Inc.)
    ​​• Kristen's article about why we should NOT be considering intentionally increasing supply:
    ​​• Joyce Briggs The Great American Mutt in the 21st century: A new paradigm -
    ​​• Dr. Jyothi Robertson's list of scientific journal articles related to commercial breeding and different aspects of canine-welfare related to breeding.
    ​​• HSUS daylong learning lab at Animal Care Expo: Family dogs for the inclusive community: Alternatives to puppy mills Tuesday, Apr 19, 2022 8:30 AM - 3:00 PM EDT -
    ​​• Rich Anderson shared a program encouraging people to make plans for their pets:" target="_blank" rel="noopener">" target="_blank" rel="noopener">and
    ​​• Amy Duskiewicz shared New England Federation of Humane Societies regional calls for these conversations – view recordings here
    ​​• Amy also shared data that has informed the discussions happening in New England, related to dog population and demand
    ​​• Great info on transport programs by Kelly Duer and Clare Callison
    ​​• Heather Cammisa's transport blog on working together to solve problems in source communities

    Charlotte Otero
    Community Strategist at Maddie's Fund