Here's the recap of today's Animal Welfare Leadership Roundup Call! If you weren't able to join us live, press play on the recording below. You can also find a copy of the chat log and resources that were shared for dealing with bullying, harassment and threats of violence against shelter leadership and staff attached to this thread. Have a great weekend! 🎃🍂
Agenda• Welcome – Kristen Hassen, Director, American Pets Alive! - QOTD – what 4 words would you tell your 18-year-old self• Mary's Motivation – her recent head injury kept her off the computer for several days and gave her freedom to step away - a reminder that you don't have to read everything about yourself – you have the freedom of choice. "What other people say about me is none of my business" is the most freeing advice. Her heart goes out the all the folks who shared their traumatic, abusive experiences on last week's call. It's important to have a professional support system outside of our jobs. Sometimes to resolve an issue we just need to pick up the phone and have a human-to-human talk. Practice leaning in to the problem. She is getting wiser every birthday 😀Happy birthday next week, Mary!!!• National Updates• Allie Mayer and Lisa Martin-Garlic (CEO) from GoodPup team. The team at GoodPup believes dogs are most successful post-adoption when they go through a comprehensive positive-reinforcement training program. However, many adoptees forego this because it's not affordable, not convenient, or too overwhelming. GoodPup, an online and app based one-on-one training program over video chat, aims to make training more accessible and increase the training completion rates for dogs coming out of rescues. We were joined by the GoodPup team and Theresa Scordo, Chief Development Officer from Jacksonville Humane Society to talk about this amazing program!
• After last week's call shedding light on the bullying, harassment and threats of violence against shelter leadership and staff, it became clear that we as an industry need to prioritize developing real world solutions for our peers facing these attacks. On Friday's call, we introduced the HASS organizational development working group leaders @Sarah Javier (Animal Protective Association of Missouri) and @Alexis Pugh (Memphis Animal Services), who are shifting the focus of this working group to focus on proactive and reactive interventions that can help shelter leaders navigate through these crises. They need your input on what you as leaders need in terms of support from the industry. Please complete this Animal Welfare Harassment Survey to aid in their efforts!
List of resources referenced during today's call
• Crowded animal shelters fear crisis when eviction moratorium ends: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/crowded-animal-shelters-fear-crisis-eviction-moratorium-ends-rcna2459• GoodPup https://goodpup.com/shelters - Allie Mayer firstname.lastname@example.org• Theresa Scordo, Chief Development Officer, Jacksonville Humane Society - Theresa's email email@example.com• Human Animal Support Services Organizational Development and HR Working Group - https://www.humananimalsupportservices.org/hass-working-group/organizational-development-and-hr/ • Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on joining our Organizational Development WG and provide some additional support for this project. • Sarah Javier, Fundraiser, advocate, and healthcare leader, Animal Protective Association of Missouri • Alexis Pugh, Director, Memphis Animal Services• Survey of what is helpful Animal Welfare Harassment Survey - https://forms.gle/5Nxiii1T7oPMexUs5• Maddie's Pet Forum Animal Welfare Community - https://forum.maddiesfund.org/communities/community-home/digestviewer/viewthread?GroupId=205&MessageKey=8b33ac58-b4db-4aca-bd60-e73e90a3112a&CommunityKey=afce7f7a-fd5a-431e-9f2a-aaedc46a03d6&tab=digestviewer• Elena Bicker ARF Walnut Creek, CA is looking for an adoption manager - https://www.paycomonline.net/v4/ats/web.php/jobs/ViewJobDetails?job=21626&clientkey=EDD1CA1F3A442A8B61788E074F97373BBlogs/books/conferences/podcasts/events• Ongoing: HASS 101 Self-Paced Course: https://university.maddiesfund.org/products/human-animal-support-services-animal-sheltering-reimagined• October 2 at 2pm ET Trappers Certification presented by Neighborhood Cats and hosted by Community Cats Podcast. There is a test at the end and attendees get a certificate(cost $10). https://www.communitycatspodcast.com• November 4 + 5 Humane Canada's 2021 Canadian Violence Link Conference https://humanecanada.swoogo.com/cjsr/1253225• November 2, 4, 9, 12 Association of Animal Shelter Administrators of Ontario annual conference https://www.aasao.org/annual-conference• December 7 – 9 (afternoons) The AAWA – The Future of Animal Welfare virtual conference - https://theaawa.org/event/future