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
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 an individual 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. Thanks!
Worry Less, Wag More: The Behavior Vets Podcast
Bitey End of the Leash
Barking from the Wooftops
Drinking from the Toilet
Fenzi Dog Sports PodcastUpcoming Conferences:
Online Cat Conference, Jan 28-29 https://www.communitycatspodcast.com/events/online-cat-conference-jan-2022/
My Dog is My Home, Mar 1-3 https://www.mydogismyhome.org/2022-cosheltering-conference
The Lemonade Conference, Feb 11-13 https://thelemonadeconference.com/
HSUS Animal Care Expo, April 19-22 https://humanepro.org/expo/animal-care-expo-2022Thanks everyone!!!!!Sheila
Description: During this meeting, learn from successful organizations about innovative and effective ways to provide behavior support and keep dogs and cats in homes and out of shelters. You'll learn about Marin Humane and Paws for Life K9 Rescue's programs and things like tips for getting started, building demand for service among the people you're trying to reach, and how their programs operate. We'll also talk about providing humane outcomes for situations where people can't keep their pet and shelter intake clearly won't help.
Virginia Grainger found her way to positive reinforcement dog training like many people, because she had a challenging dog. A consultation with Dawn Kovell quickly led to Virginia becoming a volunteer with Marin Humane in 2001. Shortly thereafter she was training all the volunteers in the Behavior Department. As time went on Virginia joined the staff and became an Instructor, Volunteer Coordinator, Evaluator, Consultant and a few more positions. Some of the many initials Virginia can put after her name include, B.A, J.D., CPDT-KA, CBA I & II. Virginia is the Marin Humane Shelter Behavior Manager and oversees canine evaluations, adoption dog consultations and is also teaching classes and doing private consultations. Virginia currently shares her home with her husband Jason and her 100% Marin Humane dog pack, which currently is made up of one Old English Sheepdog/German Shepherd mix, two Australian Shepherds and one 7 pound Chihuahua, who really runs the show.
Alex Tonner adopted a baby pit bull in 2009. She named him "Ziggy" because his tail zig-zagged; it was bent out of shape as the result of the abuse and neglect he had endured in a backyard before being rescued. Ziggy's brother was missing part of his nose. As Alex watched Ziggy transform into a loyal and loving family member, she knew she could help other dogs like him find the homes they deserved. Alex spent many years volunteering for dog rescues, and along the way, she learned that the dogs could help people just as much as the people could help the dogs. She helped implement the "Paws For Life" prison program in 2014 at the California State Prison in Lancaster. The program was originally designed to be a simple dog-training program for incarcerated men in a federal penitentiary–the first of its kind at a maximum-security prison. Tonner and other volunteers would drive groups of dogs from overpopulated shelters in Los Angeles to the prison to get trained for 10 weeks at a time. The program transformed the lives of both the incarcerated dog-trainers and the dogs: the men prepared the dogs for adoption, and the dogs made life inside the prison a bit better. As the program's reputation grew, "Paws for Life" became its own non-profit and its trainers became certified to train shelter dogs to serve as service animals for war veterans suffering from PTSD. Among her many accomplishments, Alex prides herself on the fact that so many men who have been through the Paws for Life prison program now have been released on account of their work with the shelter dogs. Paws For Life continues to grow apace, with six programs running in three different prisons. Through Paws For Life, she has also coordinated large animal rescue efforts following national disasters such as Hurricane Harvey. Through the organization, she hopes to change the ways animals are treated throughout the world. Ziggy has no idea, but many dogs and humans have better lives thanks to him and the love he inspired in Alex.
Jon Grobman is the director of programs for Paws For Life K9 Rescue. In his role as director, Jon oversees the training programs inside 3 California state prisons and the People and Pet Innovation Center . Jon brings with him, 8 years of dog training experience, including training service dogs for military veterans with PTSD. Jon is an experienced teacher who has taught hundreds of group classes for all levels, many workshops and seminars. Jon is passionate about strengthening the human-animal bond and focuses heavily on observation to create enriching training programs for individual dogs. Jon studied Dog Emotion and Cognition at Duke University, and is an AKC Certified Evaluator. Jon's hands-on experience overseeing the training of hundreds of dogs has played a valuable role in him gaining the necessary skills to oversee such a large program. In his spare time, Jon trains his Belgian Malinois who is fluent in more than 60 commands, and is often by Jon's side and seminars and speaking engagements.
The HASS Behavior job-alike meeting was yesterday (there are now over 400 of us!)- a big thank you to all of our speakers! Here's a recording of the session if you missed it or would like to share it with anyone. LOTS of interesting content . If you'd like to join our group, please register.
During this session we heard from:
Here are a few resources from our speakers:
GoodPup: website, slide deck, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Longmont Humane's Returned Adoption template (attached)
Next month we'll be meeting on Thursday April 28 for the last in our 3 part series about community based behavior support. We have another packed agenda- we really appreciate how many of you are willing to share what you're doing! During this session will hear about a few organization's programs and talk about data – how we keep track of the success of our programs. During this meeting, we'll hear from:
Miranda Hitchcock, CPDT-KA, Founder @ Every Dog Behavior and Training , will be talking about supporting private clients and talking through emergency situations with clients
During our May job-alike meeting we'll be talking about assessing behavior – how do you assess and record behavior on a day to day basis. If you are using or doing something that you're happy with or would like feedback about – PLEASE let me know. I'd love to chat! You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.orgThanks, Sheila