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  • 1.  Community Conversations - 12/12/22 - Canine Influenza Virus Outbreak Support

    Posted 12-08-2022 11:43 AM
    Updated 12/12 at 3:40 pm - Recording now available to watch on-demand!


    Not all views expressed on Community Conversations are endorsed by Maddie’s Fund.

    We hope that you will join us for our final Community Conversations call of the year on
    Monday, December 12th at 11am PT.

    Maddie's Fund will be announcing the November grant winners (up to $10k) for Community Conversations calls AND the first winner of the Maddie's Pet Forum $3k grant giveaway so you won't want to miss out! We'll then follow up with a discussion on outbreak support. 

    Outbreak Support Discussion:
    As featured in the New York Times article, "Dog Flu is Back, Too", many organizations (including shelters, private practice boarding and veterinary clinics) are currently facing outbreaks of Canine Influenza Virus (CIV). Operation Kindness and Dallas Animal Services recently worked closely with the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-M) on protocols and testing. On this call, hear from the leading expert in disease outbreak response, Dr. Sandra Newbury, Director of Shelter Medicine at UW-M, and these two shelters.

    Register here for our Monday Community Conversations Calls:https://maddies.fund/CommunityConversationsRegistration


    If you are unable to make it live on Monday, this thread will be updated with the recording and resources so you can watch and share whenever you'd like. After you watch the recording or attend the call, be sure to complete this December entry form to enter to win up to a $10,000 grant: https://www.maddiesfund.org/weekly-community-conversations-dec22-giveaway.htm

    We will be taking a 3 week break after this call and will be reconvening on January 9, 2023. Happy holidays and we'll see you again in 2023!

    #AdmissionsandIntake(includingIntake-to-placement)
    #Medicine,SurgeryandSterilization
    #OrganizationalManagement

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    Maddie's Pet Forum Admin
    Maddie's Fund
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  • 2.  RE: Community Conversations - 12/12/22 - Canine Influenza Virus Outbreak Support

    Posted 12-12-2022 04:40 PM
    Thanks to the 246 people who joined us live for today's call! The recording is now available to watch on-demand or to share with your colleagues.
    Be sure to complete this giveaway form to enter to win the December grant for attending or watching the recording: https://www.maddiesfund.org/weekly-community-conversations-dec22-giveaway.htm

    Agenda

    @Cindy Wilde shared a song that Kenny Chesney wrote in memory of a dog that recently passed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OoH1S_R_a7w. Proceeds from song go to the dog's rescue, Stray Rescue of St. Louis.

     "No one had a bigger, bolder heart than Da Ruba Girl, whose name was Ruby," Chesney said in a statement. "She was a rescue my friend Mary brought into our lives, and she was the most loving, gentle soul. It's why she inspired the song, and truly how she showed us better ways to be human."

    • Welcome - Co-hosts
    • Mary's Monday Motivation:
      • This is our last get-together for the year. We'll be taking a break until Monday, January 9, but there are lots of Community Conversations in our library for you to watch, as well as Candid Conversations.  I'm really excited about the one coming up this Wednesday with Bobby Mann and Shakela Brown of Human Rescue Alliance! (registration link is in the chat below).
      • Today we'll hear how folks from Operation Kindness and Dallas Animal Services faced a terrible canine influenza outbreak – and how they were able to be transparent, ask for help, get help, and successfully manage the health of the animals.
      • On a personal note, the world feels very different. In March my world changed; my husband died. The loss and sadness with always be there, but what can help get me through is the connections that I have in my life. It's because of all of you, the work we do, that I feel like my world can still be expanded, in spite of the loss. There is purpose to go forward. I am most heartened by the new direction we are all embracing - that it's not just the animals but the people who are connected to them that we can embrace in ways that we haven't done before.  I hope that we can think about out missions as we move forward in a world that is constantly changing. – Make ourselves not just better human beings but also make the world a better place.  Thanks goes to all on these meetings, especially our Steering Committee, @Allison Cardona, @Ed Jamison, @Ariel Zhang, @Bobby Mann, @Clare Callison, @Renena McCaskill, Shannon Roebuck, @Irene Chansawang, and @Charlotte Otero.
    • Maddie's Fund Community Conversations Monthly Give-Away - November winners - $1,000 each!
    • Maddie's Pet Forum NEW Monthly Give-away - $3,000!

    National Updates


    Presentation:
    Outbreak Support

    As featured in the New York Times article, "Dog Flu is Back, Too", many organizations (including shelters, private practice boarding and veterinary clinics) are currently facing outbreaks of Canine Influenza Virus (CIV). Operation Kindness and Dallas Animal Services recently worked closely with the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-M) on protocols and testing. On this call, hear from the leading expert in disease outbreak response, Dr. Sandra Newbury, Director of Shelter Medicine at UW-M, and these two shelters.

    Speakers:
    1. Dr. Sandra Newbury, Director, Shelter Medicine Program, University of Wisconsin-Madison, https://www.uwsheltermedicine.com/ 
    2. @Sarah Sheek, Manager, Community Engagement, Dallas Animal Services, https://bedallas90.org/
    3. Heather Dolson, Vice-President of Lifesaving Programs, Operation Kindness https://www.operationkindness.org/

    Dallas Animal Services
    is also happy to share our comprehensive plan document. Email Sarah at Sarah.Sheek@dallas.gov or Whitney Bollinger Whitney.Bollinger@dallas.gov to get a copy.

    University of Wisconsin Shelter Medicine Program https://www.uwsheltermedicine.com/


    Highlights from the chat: 
    • Has CIV shown that it cycles like the variants in humans? - Ashley Rodriguez
      • Not really Ashley, H3N2 has tended to kind of burn itself out over time - Sandra Newbury
    • Sandra Newbury -
      • Because H3N2 is a new pathogen most dogs don't have immunity to the virus.  That's why it spreads so easily
      • The vaccines available help to reduce shedding and length of clinical signs but often don't prevent infection - much like COVID vaccination
      • H3N2 all ha a pretty short time frame from exposure to illness which is actually kind of helpful but make things go quickly
      • Also infection of humans with H3N2 has not been shown to be a problem
    • What was the turnaround time for them to have a negative PCR after the initial infection? - Ashley Rodriguez
      • that depends, but we can see positive PCRs a few weeks after initial onset of clinical signs.  Our program can help organizations figure out how to create a "clearance plan." - Sandra Newbury
    • Our program is available for help with outbreaks: https://www.uwsheltermedicine.com/ - Sarah Hicks
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    Kim Domerofski (she/her)
    Community Manager
    Maddie's Fund
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  • 3.  RE: Community Conversations - 12/12/22 - Canine Influenza Virus Outbreak Support

    Posted 12-12-2022 06:11 PM
    Oh wow! I won?! Thank you so much!! Our rescue is struggling so much to keep paying the bills as we mainly take hard to place dogs and our adoptions are so slow that this is really amazing! Please let me know if I need to email somebody or how does this work :) 
    Thank youuuuu

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    Karinna Lozano
    Meridian Canine Rescue
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  • 4.  RE: Community Conversations - 12/12/22 - Canine Influenza Virus Outbreak Support

    Posted 12-13-2022 09:19 AM
    Hi Karinna,

    Congrats on winning a grant!! Our grants team is reaching out to all the winners this week. If you don't hear from us by Friday, feel free to call or email us to check in: 925.310.5450 or grants@maddiesfund.org

    Thank you for all that you're doing for the dogs and their people in your community. And happy holidays to everyone at Meridian Canine Rescue.

    Cheers,
    Kelly

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    Kelly Clardy
    Grants Manager
    Maddie's Fund
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  • 5.  RE: Community Conversations - 12/12/22 - Canine Influenza Virus Outbreak Support

    Posted 12-14-2022 09:14 AM
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    Here is a copy of our clean break plan for those who'd like to review it. Feel free to reach out to me at Sarah.Sheek@Dallas.gov if you have any questions!

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    Sarah Sheek
    Dallas Animal Services
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  • 6.  RE: Community Conversations - 12/12/22 - Canine Influenza Virus Outbreak Support

    Posted 12-13-2022 09:43 AM
    This session was eye-opening. I really appreciated Dr. Newbury's description and information regarding Canine H3N2.  Wow!

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    Lisa Pearce
    Charleston Animal Society
    843-329-0769
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  • 7.  RE: Community Conversations - 12/12/22 - Canine Influenza Virus Outbreak Support

    Posted 12-28-2022 02:18 PM
    Thanks to all the speakers and the Steering Committee members for planning this call!

    My neighbor in northern California recently received a notice from her dog's veterinarian to avoid socializing her dog with other dogs because of the prevalence of CIV here. Does anyone else have thoughts on this?

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    Irene Chansawang
    Grants Specialist
    Maddie's Fund
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