Lisa, CARE has a certification training called REDI (Racial Equity, Diversity and Inclusion). It's specific to animal welfare. We had over 350 people take the bronze course last year and are developing the next silver level. You can read more at www.careawo.org/redi and email email@example.com for any questions.
Yes! Look into the research work that the Institute of Human Animal Connection is doing in partnership with Pets for Life: https://socialwork.du.edu/humananimalconnection/research-human-animal-environment-relationships, particularly these but they have a lot of other work too:Race and ethnicity are not primary determinants in utilizing veterinary services in underserved communities in the United States. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28960091/
Detailed assessment of pet ownership rates in four underserved urban and rural communities in the United States. Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science. doi: 10.1080/10888705.2021.1871736
Measuring changes in perceptions of access to veterinary care in underserved communities. Frontiers in Veterinary Medicine.
Thank you so much.This is exactly what I was hoping to find.
I'm so glad you asked these questions AND that there are great responses! I've been wondering the same thing as I'm new to the world of animal welfare and shelters. I know we've talked about attitudes in general, meaning that there are a lot of people who think "they are just animals" and don't need special care or responsibility. I'm writing grants for our group and I'm having trouble even finding funders that have funds to award this year for our shelter projects. It seems like animals sometimes take a back seat to people. I'll check out these trainings to get a better understanding. Thanks again all!
Hi Lisa! Another paper came out last week that you might be interested in: Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation Perspectives on Rez Dogs on the Fort Berthold Reservation in North Dakota, U.S.A. Free-roaming dogs, also referred to as reservation dogs or rez dogs, hold important and unique roles in Indigenous communities. The purpose of this study is to document the cultural significance of rez dogs, challenges related to rez dogs, and community-specific solutions to rez dog issues affecting community health and safety from the perspective of 14 members of the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara (MHA) Nation, also referred to as the Three Affiliated Tribes (TAT), who live on the Fort Berthold reservation in North Dakota, U.S.A. The primary intervention areas described by the participants included: culturally relevant information sharing, improved animal control policies and practices, and improved access to veterinary care and other animal services.
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