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Please join us for a VERY exciting Animal Welfare Leadership Round-up call at 8AM PT this Friday, 5/20/22! This week we will focus on volunteer integration and groundbreaking research that is making quite the splash regarding dog breeds and behavior!
Session One: Beth Steinhorn, President of VQ Strategies, will join us to discuss the importance of volunteer integration within an organization and how a Service Enterprise can strengthen the capacity of organizations to strategically and effectively engage volunteers to address organizational and community needs.
Session Two: Dr. Jessica Hekman, one of the authors of the "Ancestry-inclusive dog genomics challenges popular breed stereotypes", will join us to discuss research showing that dog breeds are not directly correlated with specific behaviors. Sound familiar? It should! This research has been featured in The Atlantic, The New York Times, NPR, and many more news publications since its release just a few short weeks ago. An excerpt from The Atlantic states, "The point, then, isn't to discount breed's influence over dogs, but to rethink its sway over us. People who go after particular dog breeds may do so under the pretense that their new pets will act a certain way. And then they treat them as such, emphasizing and exaggerating the very behaviors they wanted out of their dogs in the first place, while suppressing others. They teach a "clever" dog more tricks because they assume that the animal will learn them; they give an "aloof" dog more space because they figure their pet needs the time alone. Stereotypes become "self-fulfilling prophecies," Bekoff, of CU Boulder, told me. Dog behaviors are what we breed them to be, but also what we expect them to be. "How much of how breeds behave is how we behave toward breeds?" Alonso, of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, said. "That is the million-dollar question."
We will have a full meeting of wonderful speakers and information so DON'T MISS IT! We can't wait to see you there!
Maddie's Friday Animal Welfare Leadership Roundup (LINK TO REGISTER)
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Session Info & Links
TOPIC 1: Beth Steinhorn, President of VQ Strategies, joined us to discuss the importance of volunteer integration within an organization and how a Service Enterprise can strengthen the capacity of organizations to strategically and effectively engage volunteers to address organizational and community needs.
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