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  • 1.  Community Conversations - 1/9/23 - Go with the Flow: Increasing Efficiencies Using Animal Data

    Posted 01-05-2023 09:56 AM
    Updated 1/9/23 at 3:42pm PT - Recording is now available to watch on-demand!

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

    We hope you will join us on Monday, January 9, 2023 at 11am PT for our first call of the new year! 

    We will be joined by @Meaghan Swan-Wilson. With more than 12 years in the field of animal welfare, Meaghan Swan-Wilson has experience in shelter operations, population management, animal data and analysis. Currently, Meaghan is Senior Manager of Data and Logistics at Operation Kindness, a non-profit animal welfare organization based in North Texas. Meaghan is excited to share how shelters can simplify and use animal data to increase operational efficiency.​​

    During her presentation, Meaghan will discuss using reporting to make data driven decisions on animal population management and increasing efficiency with operational processes. We will look at reporting examples from different shelter databases and you will leave with actionable steps that you can take with your organization.

    Maddie's Fund will also be announcing the December 2022 grant winners! Be sure to tune in to see if you're one of the lucky winners who will receive up to $10k. 

    Register here for our Monday Community Conversations Calls:

    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 January entry form to enter to win up to a $10,000 grant:


    Maddie's Pet Forum Admin
    Maddie's Fund

  • 2.  RE: Community Conversations - 1/9/23 - Go with the Flow: Increasing Efficiencies Using Animal Data

    Posted 01-09-2023 04:14 PM
    Thanks to everyone who joined us for the first Community Conversations call of 2023! The recording is now available to watch on-demand. Below you'll find a recap of the agenda and resources shared including a copy of Meaghan's presentation. As a reminder, we will not be meeting next week in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day so we will see you next on Monday, January 23rd. 

    • Maddie's Fund Monthly Giveaways  
      • Weekly Community Conversations - 2 winners of $5,000 each are @Kim White from Save Our Cats and Kittens, Inc. in Fort Walton Beach, FL and @Julie Hall from Oracle Animal Rescue & Rehabilitation in Oracle, AZ!
      • Maddie's Pet Forum Monthly Giveaway - 1 winner of $3,000 is @Shelby Stromberger (Bundy) from Longmont Humane Society in Longmont, CO!

    National Updates

    Presentation: Go with the Flow: Increasing Efficiencies Using Animal Data​

    Highlights from the Chat
    • ​"already started adding data points to track! wonderful presentation!" - Amanda Gray
    • "The presentation was informing and interesting. We are building in the graphs. Thank you Meaghan!" - Ellen Rawlins
    • "The more you flow, the more animals and people you can help!" - Sara Pizano
    • "It's critical that the software updates the stage based on information being entered into the system. Human error is the #1 bottleneck in shelters." -Vincent Medley
    • "Conversations about data and pathways will also reveal your organization's gaps, misunderstandings, disagreements about operational philosophy, so they're important to have" -Sara Muriello
    • "+1 to reaching out to your software provider. We are your partners in getting the most from your system!" -Ellen Battles

    Charlotte Otero
    Community Strategist at Maddie's Fund

  • 3.  RE: Community Conversations - 1/9/23 - Go with the Flow: Increasing Efficiencies Using Animal Data

    Posted 01-10-2023 09:30 AM
    We're incredibly grateful to receive a December Weekly Community Conversations grant!   To give you an idea of how impactful this money is:  it represents about 10% of our annual budget!  We're small but able to be as effective as we are because of the support we receive through our relationships with other rescues, non-profits, and our local shelter.  To also have support at the national level in these weekly meetings has been a real asset.  We weren't able to attend live today because of a work conflict, but look forward to seeing you live again on the 23rd.  Thank you so much!

    Julie, Laurie & Jane
    Oracle Animal Rescue & Rehabilitation

    Julie Hall
    Oracle Animal Rescue & Rehabilitation Inc

  • 4.  RE: Community Conversations - 1/9/23 - Go with the Flow: Increasing Efficiencies Using Animal Data

    Posted 01-17-2023 11:10 AM
    Thank you so much! Unfortunately, I was home sick last Monday so missed the announcement, but was so excited when I got the email. My team is all thrilled and we're so, so grateful.

    We're planning to purchase equipment necessary to read our own fecal samples here in shelter. We currently have to schedule a vet visit, they send out the fecal, then we wait for results. Doing it ourselves in shelter will not only save us a tremendous amount of money, it will allow us to provide treatment much more quickly.

    Thank you!
    Kim White
    Shelter Manager
    Save Our Cats and KIttens, Inc.