Updated 12/18/23 at 1:32pm: Recording now available to watch on-demand!
We hope to see you on Monday, 12/18/23 at 11am PT for our final Community Conversations call of 2023! We will hear from Kate Meghji, COO of Humane Rescue Alliance and Katie Barnett, Founder of Student Animal Legal Defense Fund and Animal Cruelty Prosecution Clinic for a presentation on, "Government Contracts: Negotiating Fair Compensation."
Animal shelters continue to expand services without expanding compensation from their contracting local governments. We will discuss varying contractual models (flat rate, per animal, per capita) and tactics to ensure you get the financial support from your government that mirrors the dynamic work you do in the community. Legal issues covered include threshold for qualified immunity in certain states, open records/meetings acts, and educating local attorneys on shelter requirements.
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Thanks to the 171+ people and pets who joined us on our final Community Conversations call of 2023! The recording is now available to watch on-demand. As a reminder, we will be taking a two week break and will be back in action on January 8, 2024. These two weeks are a great time to catch up on any of our previous call recordings so be sure to complete the grant giveaway form for December each time you watch a recording to enter to win up to a $5k grant - https://www.maddiesfund.org/weekly-community-conversations-dec23-giveaway.htm.
Below is a recap of today's call. Thanks for all you do for people and pets and we'll see you again in the New Year!
Maddie's Fund Webcast: Ask the Expert! Keeping Tenants & Their Pets Together with Dianne Prado on Thursday December 21st: Come with your questions about housing rights, eviction processes, and how to help a person remain housed with their pets. She will also debunk myths that either scare people into surrendering their pets because of housing insecurity or prevent people from fostering or adopting a pet. Find out more and register here: https://maddies.fund/webcastsAsktheExpert
Hatching Hour: Thursday, December 21: Deep Listening https://www.hatching.me/We are excited for our next session featuring special guest, Marilou Chanrasmi, co-founder of Four Winds Canine Connections, whose work spans from indigenous and Asian American communities to tech startups, all rooted in mindfulness and the art of deep listening. Register Here: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIqce6srTorEtKf46R-cLxNK87UM7KnJv0c#/registration
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Unanswered question from the chat:
"For Katie Barnett, what can be done to change the Animal Law in Kansas to approve the transportation of FeLV+ cats?. Healthy young positive cats are still being euthanized throughout Kansas because of this law." - Margaret Tompkins
I'll let Katie pop in on this as well, but during my time running a shelter in Kansas, I found that the best way to navigate this issue was to stop testing. FeLV testing should be used as a diagnostic tool for symptomatic cats, not as a screening tool. The resources for testing are better used elsewhere. The percentage of positive cases was so low that we felt it wasn't a good use of resources.
We all worked very hard on changing this legislation, and we're able to remove FIV from the list of contagious conditions, but FeLV is still a struggle.
Thanks for responding to my question. I know that many shelters in Kansas have stopped testing for FeLV which is definitely saving the lives of many FeLV+ cats. However, many shelters in Kansas are still testing and then euthanizing healthy young cats just because they test positive for a virus. I wish HASS or Maddie's Fund would address this issue. The Department of Agriculture regulates animal shelters in Kansas and the governing law is KSA 47-624. This law was enacted years ago to prevent a diseased cow, hog etc. from infecting a healthy herd of animals and jeopardizing the food supply for Kansans. Until 2019, this law also covered FIV+ cats. Cats aren't a food source! Only 2-3% of all cats have FeLV. It's not nearly as contagious as once thought. We also know that regressively infected cats can live for many years as their immune systems are keeping up with the virus. Most FeLV is spread from queen to kitten. Adults can also spread the virus through deep bite wounds from fighting and mating. Just getting cats spayed/neutered substantially reduces the spread of FeLV. For fixed cats, the primary method of spreading the virus is long term mutual grooming and that's rare. The American Association of Feline Practitioners in their 2020 Guidelines for Cats with retroviruses like FeLV and FIV recommend adoption for FeLV+ cats. This is the guideance given by shelter medicine professionals. The time has come for the Kansas law to change! Please take up this issue in 2024!
Dr Brad Crauer runs the shelter medicine program at K-State and is awesome at talking to shelter directors to help them make changes. He's a great resource for many things as well!
Several years ago we ran a bill to change the sick animal movement statute. The bill didn't get out of committee, but we were able to push the KS Dept. of Ag. to allow transfer of sick dogs to foster homes (but not adoption, or other licensees) through a temporary commissioner's order which is still in effect, and FIV cats to adoption or transfer with a signed acknowledgement and release. (now KAR 9-18-32). You might ask around to see what HSUS is running this upcoming session and see if this is something they would consider!
"I'm curious to know if anybody calculates based on the estimated population of pets in their community instead of only intakes?" - Maria S
You can definitely do that, but since we know that roughly 67% of American households have pets, it still ends up being a human population (per capita) model.
Unanswered question from the chat,
"Is there a good rate to aim for of % covered by contract?" - Kim Adams
In my experience it really depends on the development and donor support the community gives that shelter (excluding one time grants or bequests). 30%-100% should be sought and an average shelter should try for 50%-75% covered.
"the county I used to live in took over animal services/shelter from a nonprofit and built a whole new shelter building. I'm curious how that worked/what happened now!?" - Maria S