Dog fighting is an underground bloodsport that made its way into mainstream news with the Michael Vick case. Most people in animal welfare have either worked with survivors of dog fighting or heard myths about them. Dr. Carley Faughn and Morgan Rivera will share their experiences with survivors and aim to debunk some of the many myths that surround these dogs. They will share their experiences using pictures, videos, and firsthand testimonials. There is a need for more data and research to prove what they know to be true: these are simply dogs that come from a tough background but deserve to be treated the same way as any other dog that finds themselves in the care of animal welfare professionals. Mainly, each dog should be treated as individuals to understand who they are and what their likes and dislikes are so that animal welfare professionals can find safe placement for them within a community.
Morgan Rivera has been involved in animal welfare since 2003 and has held various positions from volunteer to Shelter Manager and nearly everything in between. She has started Pet Safety Net Programs, worked as a relief vet tech, and managed a large non-profit, low cost veterinary clinic. She earned her CPDT-KA in 2018, is a member of IAABC's Shelter Affiliate Division, and is set to graduate with her Master's in Shelter Medicine in the spring of 2022. After being a longtime volunteer for the Humane Society of the United States she joined the staff in 2017 and has held various roles in her time with them, including managing their temporary shelters, responding to natural disasters, and acting as a consultant for shelters that have sought the expertise of HSUS's Animal Rescue and Response Team.
Join the HASS Behavior Job-Alike group on Thursday March 31st at 9 am PT/noon ET, where we'll be talking about Keeping Pets in Homes with Post-Adoption Behavior Support. We have some amazing speakers joining us: Camille Circe-Perrault, SPCA of Montreal; Kait Hembree and Allie Mayer, GoodPup; Aimee Sadler, Dogs Playing for Life and Canine Center Florida, and Tiff Shao, Humane Society of Western Montana.
A recent survey revealed that 62% of shelters either don't have, are just getting started or would benefit from improvement of their post-adoption follow-up programs. In this session, we'll be talking about how different organizations are working to keep different types of pets in homes by supporting adopters after they take their pet home. If you have something that you're really happy with related to following up with your adopters, we'd love to hear about what you're doing during this meeting.
If you're already registered, you don't need to re-register. Here's the link, if you haven't joined us before: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYrf-ytrzwqH9KGvJ5S3iuOCSFGLEFM5cJK
Please share this event with people who might be interested. Everyone is welcome!More about our speakers:
Camille Circe-Perrault is the Animal Welfare Manager - Behavior at the SPCA of Montreal
Kait Hembree VTS (Behavior), CVT, KPA CTP | Head of Training at GoodPup. Kait Hembree and her team designed the GoodPup Training Program using the latest scientific research and positive reinforcement training techniques. Kait's career in Animal Behavior spans decades. She has extensive experience working with behavior modification both in and outside veterinary practices and animal shelters. She regularly consults as a dog behavior expert across the country.
Allie Mayer, CPDT-KA, is the manager of the GoodPup Rescue Program. She is a GoodPup trainer and the former Foster Coordinator and Adoption Supervisor at the Louisiana SPCA. She has over 10 years of experience in the animal sheltering field.
Aimee Sadler is the founder and CEO of Dogs Playing for Life. With over 30 years of experience with multiple species in varying venues, Aimee has become an internationally recognized trainer and speaker specializing in shelter programs that enhance quality of life and reduce canine euthanasia. Dogs Playing for Life programming (featuring daily playgroups offered to shelter dogs) is in increasing demand and has been introduced to over 300 shelters in the US and Canada. DPFL's first Canine Center in Florida serves one of our nation's most vulnerable populations - dogs that are at risk of euthanaisa due to behavioral challenges - achieving an 86% Save Rate while welcoming dedicated students into our Shadow Program and Mentorships to cultivate the next generation of canine care-takers.
Tiff Shao (CPDT-KA) is the Behavior Manager at the Humane Society of Western Montana, located in Missoula MT. She has been involved in public training programs and sheltering for over 5 years. Tiff graduated from Duke University with a BA in Biology and has been fascinated by the science of behavior ever since she adopted her first dog. At her shelter, Tiff oversees the behavior modification program for shelter pets, teaches private lessons and group classes, and manages the flow of behaviorally challenging pets through her shelter. In her spare time, Tiff enjoys doing more lighthearted training and adventuring with her own dogs. She and her pups dabble in various activities, ranging from nosework, tricks, paddleboarding, backpacking, and most things in between. Thanks!Sheila