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    RE: HASS 101 Self-Paced FREE course is LIVE!

    Just finished this morning and it was GREAT!!! Great job :) ------------------------------ Jerrica Owen, CAWA Director of Partnerships and Programs National Animal Care & Control Association (NACA) jowen@nacanet.org 619.551.9864 ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Paper Collar Template for "Lost" Cats

    I would agree with a week as community cats may be visiting multiple homes, people, and trekking all over the neighborhood. ------------------------------ Monica Frenden-Tarant Maddie's® Director of Feline Lifesaving American Pets Alive! ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Paper Collar Template for "Lost" Cats

    HI Lindsay; Organizations in Massachusetts have been using paper collars for years and they usually wait a week for a response before taking action. Thanks, Stacy ------------------------------ stacy lebaron ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: rehome: platform, form that auto populates?

    Both Home To Home and Rehome by Adopt-a-Pet are designed to allow the individual needing to rehome their pet the ability to creat their own pet profile. Your team would send them the link or direct them to the link on your website. ------------------------------ Mandy Evans Better Together Animal Alliance 2082657297 ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: rehome: platform, form that auto populates?

    I have been the admin person for Oakland Animal Services Home to Home page for over a year. A volunteer and I have been working together to make sure we are approving people's post. We have a link on our website under services we provide for rehoming. We haven't integrated our adoptions with the animals we are rehoming. But on our social media has links to the animals looking to be rehoming. Hope this helps. ------------------------------ Donell Randolph Human Animal Support Services Coordinator Friends of Oakland Animal Services ----- Rehoming Specialist & Transfers and Transport Specialist ------------------------------ View Discussion

  • Thanks to the 135 attendees on this morning's Shelter & Rescue Support call! I've updated this post with the video recording of the call, the full agenda and resources shared during the call. I've also attached the chat log from the call and the poll results from the Marketing poll taken during the call. Enjoy! ------------------------------ Kim Domerofski (she/her) Community Manager Maddie's Fund ------------------------------ View Discussion

  • Have you or your organization tried to manage community cats on a military base? Attempted to work with the base to do TNR or deal with a growing outdoor cat population on a base? The U.S. military has some old and often stringent rules about stray animals on bases. A number of organizations have tried to address the issues on the base level with little traction (even though they have great names like Cat Team 7 and Operation Git-Meow). I'm doing some research to better understand the scope of the issue and identify where there may be some pivot points. I'd like to hear about your experiences. #CommunityCatManagement ------------------------------ Danielle Bays ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    Meet & Greet Best Practices

    Hi everyone- wondering who has any SOPs for adoption meet and greets you find useful. If the pet owner is bringing their own pet to meet a potential adoptee, does your staff handle the privately owned dog or does the owner? Do you have rules about the privately-owned dog's behavior before proceeding? What are the steps you take in the room/ yard for the meet and greet? Looking to improve our process. Thanks! #AdoptionsandAdoptionPrograms #Behavior,TrainingandEnrichment ------------------------------ Alexis Pugh Director, Memphis Animal Services www.memphisanimalservices.com Organizational Management & Pet Support Services Specialist ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Paper Collar Template for "Lost" Cats

    This is a super neat idea! Does anyone have a recommendation for how long to wait for a response? 48 hours? ------------------------------ Lindsay Frierson Pet Adoption & Welfare Services (PAWS) of Rutherford County, TN ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    Community Scanning Stations

    Lots of organizations have begun to distribute microchip scanners locally in their communities, making it easier for someone who finds a lost animal to get them scanned quickly without having to go to the shelter. Many have armed their fire stations with scanners and really cool partnerships are developing. Our friends in Rochester, New York have given scanners to four Neighborhood Service Centers, ten recreation centers, and eleven pet stores thus far. If anyone is doing this, can you share any of the collateral materials that were developed? Maybe window clings, flyers, lawn signs, counter displays? (great example attached) Has anyone created anything in multiple languages? Is anyone encouraging registration with Petco Love Lost at these locations or sharing information about PetFBI? Even better, is anyone equipping these locations with lost or found report capabilities? Please share if you are, we'd love more ideas! #ReturntoHome(LostPetReunification) ------------------------------ Gina Knepp National Shelter Engagement Director Michelson Found Animals Foundation Los Angeles, California 916-230-4533 Return to Home Specialist ------------------------------ View Discussion

  • Posting on behalf of Axton Riker I am looking for resources/advice on how to train new volunteers to walk dogs in urban areas that have a lot of traffic/people. Our main shelter is located off of a main road but we are fortunate to have a large area away from the main road for volunteers to walk dogs in. However, we have two other partner locations which are located closer to busy streets that don't have more remote areas that the dogs can be walked in. I want to develop training for new volunteers on how to walk dogs in more urban, busier areas so that we can have volunteers visit our other locations and walk dogs in a safe way. Thoughts? Suggestions? Resources? Thank you! #Behavior,TrainingandEnrichment #EducationandTraining #PeopleManagement(includingVolunteerIntegration) ------------------------------ Thank you all for all you do! Amber Freiwald Maddie's Fund ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    rehome: platform, form that auto populates?

    Posted on behalf of Megan Gram Hello - for those who are helping local community members rehome their own animals using Home to Home or Rehome - how are you setting this up on your website? Is there a way to post pets that isn't super time consuming such as a form that auto populates? We just don't have time staff time/training to transfer info from emails to the website but would love to help with rehoming in this way... Thanks in advance #Rehoming ------------------------------ Thank you all for all you do! Amber Freiwald Maddie's Fund ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    volunteer welcome email?

    Posted on behalf of Ashley Victoria Hello! Who has a volunteer welcome email or something of the sorts they would be willing to share? Much appreciated! #PeopleManagement(includingVolunteerIntegration) ------------------------------ Thank you all for all you do! Amber Freiwald Maddie's Fund ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Welcome to Maddie's Pet Forum!

    Erin I'm so glad you guys made it through that awful situation! Sounds like your team was well-prepared for something like this. Good job! Nice to know the skies are clearing now, I hope you and the critters are able to enjoy some beautiful fall weather. ------------------------------ Rene Agredano Tripawds ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Lifesaving Resiliency Grant Winners

    Incredible stories from all of those winners! ------------------------------ Kayla Sebo Best Friends Animal Society ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    Lifesaving Resiliency Grant Winners

    The Lifesaving Resiliency Grants are a new award Best Friends created to share our appreciation for Best Friends Network partners after an especially challenging year. We originally were going to award four partners $5,000 each. #ThanksToMaddie , we were able to double the grants and award eight partners. But after reading all your inspiring submissions, we added an additional four for a total of 12 winners receiving a $5,000 grant each! Here are the recipients: Companion Animal Alliance in Louisiana Dane County Humane Society in Wisconsin Forsyth Humane Society in North Carolina Franklin County Animal Services in North Carolina Friends of Arlington Animal Services in Texas Humane Society of Western Montana It Takes A Village No-Kill Rescue in Indiana LifeLine Animal Project in Georgia Lucky Dog Animal Rescue in Virginia Pets Alive Animal Sanctuary, Inc. in New York Secondhand Hounds in Minnesota Underdog Animal Rescue & Rehab in Utah View their stories of positive change and resiliency on the Best Friends Network website. Thank you to everyone who shared their story with us. You truly inspire us at Best Friends, Maddie's Fund and your other network partners with your lifesaving work. #AccesstoCare #AdmissionsandIntake(includingIntake-to-placement) #AdoptionsandAdoptionPrograms #Behavior,TrainingandEnrichment #CaseManagement* #CommunityCatManagement ... View Discussion

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    How the Tabby Got Its Stripes - A new study for us cat nerds!

    The biology underlying mammalian color pattern has long been a mystery. But with a little help from CATS, and Alan Turing, we have new insight. "The colors of cats are more intricate than the hues of humanity, with striations and spots of light and dark creating the distinctive coat patterns of ocelots, jaguars, cheetahs, and of course the leopard's spots of fable fame. These are called periodic color patterns. A hypothesis explaining how this complex coloring may arise dates from the early 1950s from a seemingly unlikely source – Alan Turing of computer science fame." #Medicine,SurgeryandSterilization ------------------------------ Monica Frenden-Tarant Maddie's® Director of Feline Lifesaving American Pets Alive! ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Welcome to Maddie's Pet Forum!

    Hi There, Yes, the Truckee-Tahoe area is such a beautiful place! The fires are much more contained, at least in our immediate area. We did have to close and evacuate our South Lake Tahoe office space. Normally we have cats and kittens up for adoption at that location, but were able to adopt out the ones we had before closing the office for a bit. We also took in a few evacuated pets from South Lake at our Truckee shelter and we sent staff and volunteers down to Douglas County to help at the shelter and fairgrounds with evacuated pets. We transferred in several pets from different areas due to wildfire. It was super smokey here for a while, but luckily with the fires much more contained, most of that smoke has dissipated. Fingers crossed we get through the rest of fire season unscathed. Thanks for asking! ------------------------------ Erin Ellis Community Engagement Director Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe --------- Volunteer & Community Partnerships Specialist ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: ACO Officer Training

    We do. The Fearful Dogs Project offers a comprehensive canine fear abatement program (FAM), with sub-programs for specific professions. -- Rain Jordan, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA, KPA CTP Fearful Dogs Specialist Would you consider a gift in your will? Information on Legacy Gifting CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE: This email communication contains confidential information that is legally privileged. Any disclosure, copying, dissemination, distribution, or the taking of any action in reliance on the contents of this email except its direct delivery to the intended recipient is strictly prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that your receipt of this email and/or any included attachments was not intended by the sender and that your possession, use, and/or sharing of this information is prohibited. If you have received this email in error, please notify us immediately by telephone at ( 831)239-9417 and destroy all copies of the email and any attachments. View Discussion

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    ACO Officer Training

    Hello All, Just out of curiosity. How many of you have a special training program for ACO officers and/or police and what is included? Do you talk about body language, bite prevention, and other behavior centered subjects? #FieldServicesandPublicSafety* ------------------------------ Christine D. Calder DVM Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Behaviorists Calder Veterinary Behavior Services www.caldervbs.com Veterinary Behaviorist Behavior Specialist, MPF ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Paper Collar Template for "Lost" Cats

    Yes!! I love this so much. --------------------------------- Rory Adams --------------------------------- View Discussion

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    RE: HASS 101 Self-Paced FREE course is LIVE!

    Let us know what you think!! --------------------------------- Rory Adams --------------------------------- View Discussion

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    RE: Do you have any insights about the last forum poll's results?

    Hi Jennifer, Nine people responded out of 735 forum visitors during the poll period. It was posted on our forum home page and available to everyone. It's a new feature that we just started testing a couple of weeks ago. We'll be working on some design and location changes that will hopefully help it to stand out more. ------------------------------ Kim Domerofski (she/her) Community Manager Maddie's Fund ------------------------------ View Discussion

  • Join NACA as we host our first live streamed, one hour presentation and discussion on the future of field services! Hosted by NACA, your presenters Amanda Arrington and Ashley Anderson-Mutch from HSUS Pets for Life will be leading the conversation, sharing experiences and as well as engaging the audience in conversation! Join us as we talk about taking steps towards supportive field services practices, how to move towards resource provision and away from punishment while building trust and positive relationships within the community!! Click here to register TODAY! Space is limited to get your seat today!! October 18th, 2021 1pm PST/ 4pm EST #CaseManagement* #CommunityPartnerships* #Diversity,Equity,InclusionandJustice #EducationandTraining #FieldServicesandPublicSafety* #PetSupportServices* #RemoteCustomerService* #ReturntoHome(LostPetReunification) ------------------------------ Jerrica Owen, CAWA, LSSGB Director of Partnerships and Programs National Animal Care & Control Association (NACA) jowen@nacanet.org 619.551.9864 ------------------------------ View Discussion

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  • Updated on 9/27/21 at 3:50pm Pacific -- Video recording of the call, full agenda, and resources shared on the call are now available on this post. Agenda Welcome – Bobby Mann bobby.mann@americanpetsalive.org Mary's Motivation – Friday’s call (9/24/21) was a deep discussion on violence and terrorism that animal welfare people face. We heard personal stories from people who were willing to share with us their terrifying experiences. A lady from Philadelphia spoke of the constant barrage of body shaming she got as a result of the work she’s been doing – she’s a social worker. In spite of this, she hasn’t given up hope. Bottom line is we have to be kind. We have to meet all of the negative opposition to what we do with love and compassion. “Whenever I’m pointing a finger at someone, three fingers are pointing back at me.”We need to do better. We need to provide that self-care with people we don’t even know. Match the calamity with loving, compassionate words and behavior - it starts with each of us. National Updates Adopets pet adoption management system Jeremy Macdonald , Adopets Chief Customer Officer - jeremy@adopets.com Marian Cannell, Dallas Animal Services - cannell@dallascityhall.com Bethany Heins, Best Friends: winners of the Lifesaving Resiliency grants - https://network.bestfriends.org/opportunities/best-friends-partner-exclusives/lifesaving-resiliency-grants Operation Blankets of Love ... View Discussion

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  • Kim, only 9 people responded out of how many? ------------------------------ Jennifer Evans CARE ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Welcome to Maddie's Pet Forum!

    Welcome Erin! You live in such a beautiful part of the country. I'd love to be a bird and fly all over that area! How are you guys faring with all of the fire activity? Maybe that's something for a different topic in the forums but it would be interesting to know how your org is holding up. ------------------------------ Rene Agredano Tripawds ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Do you have any insights about the last forum poll's results?

    Thanks, Augusta! I appreciate the feedback. I changed the current poll's mid-level response from "neutral" to "Neither agree nor disagree" and will keep that in mind for future polls. (Would love if you'd take that poll if you haven't already!) Happy weekending! ------------------------------ Kim Domerofski (she/her) Community Manager Maddie's Fund ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Welcome to Maddie's Pet Forum!

    Hi! I'm from the Truckee-Lake Tahoe area in California. I'm the Community Engagement Director for the Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe. I absolutely love my job and those I work with! If I could be any animal I would be a bird. I love to travel and there's a lot less traffic in the sky! ------------------------------ Erin Ellis Community Engagement Director Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe --------- Volunteer & Community Partnerships Specialist ------------------------------ View Discussion

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  • I'd poll again. Neutral makes no sense. Or define neutral if not already done. ------------------------------ Augusta Farley ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Advise for rehoming? convos with owners, platforms, follow up?

    thank you @Alexis Pugh !!!!​ ------------------------------ Cheryl Lynn Boquet Franklin City PAWS ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Intake Waitlist Forms

    also going to drop this link to a previous post re: Surrender Request Question Template https://forum.maddiesfund.org/communities/community-home/digestviewer/viewthread?GroupId=205&MID=8895&CommunityKey=afce7f7a-fd5a-431e-9f2a-aaedc46a03d6&tab=digestviewer ------------------------------ Thank you all for all you do! Amber Freiwald Maddie's Fund ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Intake Waitlist Forms

    Hi @Samantha Miller Here is a model community cat intake form: https://forum.maddiesfund.org/viewdocument/cat-intake-form-from-hass?CommunityKey=afce7f7a-fd5a-431e-9f2a-aaedc46a03d6&tab=librarydocuments PIMA's Intake for Owner Surrender Questionnaire (cats and dogs): https://forum.maddiesfund.org/viewdocument/pima-intake-for-owner-surrender-que?CommunityKey=afce7f7a-fd5a-431e-9f2a-aaedc46a03d6 LifeLine Friendly Foster Agreement (asking good samaritans bringing in strays to foster temporarily) https://forum.maddiesfund.org/viewdocument/lifeline-friendly-foster-agreement?CommunityKey=afce7f7a-fd5a-431e-9f2a-aaedc46a03d6 Overall - - HASS intake to placement toolkit has lots of other resources for different ways in which animals come to our shelters: https://www.humananimalsupportservices.org/toolkit/intake-to-placement/ I know these aren't EXACTLY what you asked for but hope this helps!!! ​ ------------------------------ Thank you all for all you do! Amber Freiwald Maddie's Fund ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Advice on placing a long term dog

    Hi Haley, Congrats on your new position! Without knowing what the restrictions are with this particular dog, my advice would be two things. First (like others have mentioned), a long term foster wouldn't hurt at all and would make this dog's stay so much more comfortable. Since you have all the beta on how she has done in foster, you can share that info when looking for a new foster home. And since she sounds like a great house guest, finding a long term foster shouldn't be too hard (easier said than done sometimes though). Secondly, since you have a new director, now might be a really great opportunity to explore changing up the culture on an organizational level in your shelter. It sounds like from your email, many staff are stuck in the "old ways" of doing things and with new leadership, this could be a great chance for you to offer some new ideas on how to make some operational changes for the better. The one thing that keeps coming to mind is that she has such a big social media fan base. Maybe with this new director, showcasing her in this way and marketing all the great qualities to the masses is how this sweet girl will find her forever home. Posting videos of her in the home, showing her lounging on the couch, etc. could be such a great way for others to see the good you see! If I were in your position, I would schedule a meeting with the new director one-on-one and present (in a very organized fashion) some new, fresh ideas. With the support of your new boss a cultural ... View Discussion

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    RE: HASS 101 Self-Paced FREE course is LIVE!

    Thanks for sharing!! Really exciting and looking forward to taking this- enrolled! ------------------------------ Jerrica owen NACA ------------------------------ View Discussion

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  • Oof, this morning's call was a heavy one but it was a very important conversation for us to have. Thank you to @Kristen Hassen for leading a tough conversation and to everyone who was vulnerable and shared their personal experiences, please know that you have the support of this entire community 💗 Due to the sensitive nature of today's call, we will not be publicly posting the recording to respect the privacy of those who shared. But we did launch several polls during the call, you can see the anonymous results below: We also heard from @valerie robinson on the situation in Louisiana and the impact of Hurricane Ida. Many people are displaced, living in tents and pets are running loose as fences were destroyed by the hurricane. If you are able to help Terrebonne Parish Animal Shelter directly with transports or supplies, please contact Valerie. Here is the link to Terrebonne Parish Animal Shelter's Amazon wish list if you can help with supplies. If your organization can receive animals from the Hurricane Ida-ravaged areas, complete this form detailing your placement availability: https://airtable.com/shrxw3xhNR4ZaYSH7 Attached is an abbreviated version of the chat and resources that were shared today. Have a great weekend, hug an animal you love and remember to be kind to all!​ ------------------------------ Charlotte Otero Community Strategist at Maddie's Fund she/her ------------------------------ View Discussion

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  • Please register for future meetings - the current google calendar invite will be deleted. Our Behavior Support Job Alike (Collaborative) group is growing, and as it grows we realized we need an easier way to add people to our meeting invitations. We'll be deleting the current meeting invite, but if you'd like to continue to know about these meetings and join these meetings, please register . Once on the page above, fill out the quick form, click on register. Please let me know if you have any trouble. ------------------------------ Thank you all for all you do! Amber Freiwald Maddie's Fund ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    Intake Waitlist Forms

    Those of you that have wait lists for animals needing to come into your shelter: what does this look like? What information is on there? #AdmissionsandIntake(includingIntake-to-placement) #DataandTechnology ------------------------------ Samantha Miller ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    HASS 101 Self-Paced FREE course is LIVE!

    Want to learn about the Human Animal Support Services project? Need to share information with your staff, board, city council so they understand the project? NEW: Human Animal Support Services: Animal Sheltering Reimagined self-paced course on Maddie's University! #AccesstoCare #AdmissionsandIntake(includingIntake-to-placement) #Behavior,TrainingandEnrichment #CaseManagement* #CommunityPartnerships* #Conferences,WorkshopsandSeminars #DataandTechnology #Diversity,Equity,InclusionandJustice #EducationandTraining #FieldServicesandPublicSafety* #LawsandPublicPolicy #PetSupportServices* #Rehoming #RemoteCustomerService* #ReturntoHome(LostPetReunification) #TransfersandTransport ------------------------------ Jamie Case American Pets Alive! ------------------------------ View Discussion

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  • After more than 20 years of research, there is no evidence that reducing or eliminating adoption fees increases returns or devalues a relationship between person and pet. Yet, several organizations are still opposed or unsure of trying. To share the positives of fee-waived adoptions, Dr. Karen Sheppard, the director of Huntsville Animal Services in Alabama, discussed how promotions helped turn the shelter into a no-kill model on The Best Friends Podcast. https://network.bestfriends.org/tools-and-information/best-friends-podcast/best-friends-podcast-ep-81 Best Friends Animal Society The Best Friends Podcast Ep. 81 | Network Partners Have you ever owned a pet you acquired for free as a stray? Do you love that pet any less than others you've had in your life? For decades the conventional wisdom was that charging adoption fees was the right thing to do. View this on Best Friends Animal Society > #AdoptionsandAdoptionPrograms #MarketingandSocialMedia ------------------------------ raya greenbaum ------------------------------ View Discussion

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  • Recently, threats of violence and even death against animal shelter leadership (and other staff) have increased. We will talk about how to address this within our movement and share ideas for how we can collectively stand against violence towards animal welfare leadership. We'll hear from a few folks who have faced various types of attacks and share our best ideas for how to quickly come up with solutions to keep our colleagues safe. NOTE: Advocacy does not equal violent threats and personal attacks. This is NOT a conversation about condemning animal advocates or defending/criticizing any particular shelter practices. We recognize even the more critical advocates can appropriately and effectively engage with shelter leadership and the public and that this needs to be clearly distinguished from acts of violence and bullying. This will be a fully participatory session that will include polls. We want to hear your voice so we hope to see you there! If you would like to share your experience with the group, please email kristen.hassen@americanpetsalive.org by Thursday evening. Click here to register for the meeting #OrganizationalManagement ------------------------------ Charlotte Otero Community Strategist at Maddie's Fund she/her ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: How to make a Tiktok video for Animal shelters

    This is great content!!! I've been pondering the potential of TikTok for rescue work, but I've honestly been a tad intimidated by the process involved. I really appreciated the step by step walk through, and knowing that it is totally okay to start with simple, 15-second clips of something cute and work your way up to more storytelling. Thanks @Katie Grissum !​ ------------------------------ Brianna Lovell Myers Community Cats Podcast ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Advice on placing a long term dog

    Hi Haley, This sounds like a really frustrating experience. Does this dog have a bite history to humans? Do you know anything else about the dog's behavior before they were surrendered? I like Rain's suggestion of reaching out to previous owners, both to collect historical info if yo don't have it, and to see if their life circumstances have changed or they might know anyone. I'd be approaching your director with a discussion about trauma and the impact of long term life in the shelter on dog behavior and that the behavior they'r eseeing might PRIMARILY be related to a traumatic shelter experience. I'd also talk about the fact that this dog doesn't have a bite history to people (if they don't). This dog has had so many opportunities to bite people and has chosen not to. that's amazing! I'd petition to get her to a new (experienced) foster home (and if you don't have one, find one via social media), and then a less experienced foster home. And if she does well, wow! Let's loosen restrictions and allow her an opportunity. Sheila ------------------------------ Sheila Segurson, DVM Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Behaviorists Maddie's Fund 9258608284 ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    Do you have any insights about the last forum poll's results?

    Thanks to everyone who took the last poll on the forum. Here are the results: Is this what you expected? Are you surprised about the results? I personally am a bit surprised. I thought the results would skew more towards Disagree and Strongly Disagree. I realize that we didn't have many poll responses (only 9) so it's probably not super representative but am still surprised. Would love to hear your thoughts! And... look up above the Latest Discussions section on the home page for the newest poll. Please take a second to answer it. It will be posted until 10/5/21 and will only take a moment to answer. The more participation we have, the better the data! Thanks! #Diversity,Equity,InclusionandJustice ------------------------------ Kim Domerofski (she/her) Community Manager Maddie's Fund ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Advice on placing a long term dog

    Cases like these are very dear to my heart. I have some thoughts for you and would love to chat on Zoom. If you're interested, you can pick a date & time here: https://calendly.com/duer/fosterconsult and I'll send the Zoom link when you do. ------------------------------ Kelly Duer Maddie's Fund ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: New! Community Cats Podcast group on forum

    Thanks, Monica! We'll be very glad to have you in the community! All are very, very welcome. Cat nerds, unite! <3 ------------------------------ Brianna Lovell Myers Community Cats Podcast ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Ideas for using calendars as fundraising tools

    Very very happy to help! It's sometimes so hard to get out of the weeds! Let us know how it goes. ------------------------------ Thank you all for all you do! Amber Freiwald Maddie's Fund ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Ideas for using calendars as fundraising tools

    Wowwwee thank you everyone, these are all great ideas I'm going to review with my partner. Yes, we always over-extend ourselves on this project every year. The bulk of the work falls on my in-house designer/partner which I always feel bad about. It's not a pretty time of year! @Amber Freiwald & @Friends of PACC @Sara Miller we have never considered asking printing companies to do an in-kind job (slaps palm on forehead!). We have always used online printers like Zazzle or Cafe Press, because they do the fulfillment too. Their websites seem like there's zero room for negotiating but who knows @Caitlin Quinn ? I'd love to keep it local and find a shop here in Northern Colorado, but if we did do local printing, then how would we handle fulfillment? With just the two of us and no room to store inventory or shipping supplies, that's something to consider and work out so that we still make a profit. @Natalia Lebedeva that's a cute idea to mail a one-page calendar as a fundraising tool! ​ I also love the idea of doing a digital calendar for images that didn't get into the one main calendar (slaps palm on forehead AGAIN!). Currently we do collage the smaller low res images into single calendar pages. But a digital one? Brilliant! Thank you again. We are having a 2022 planning session today so this is great fodder for discussion. Much appreciated!​​​​​​​ ------------------------------ Rene Agredano Tripawds ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: New! Community Cats Podcast group on forum

    I'm just now seeing this and promptly ran over to join the community! For those who aren't yet familiar, the Community Cats Podcast does so much more! There are grants, webinars, national conferences ranging from community cats to feline leukemia. It's a cat nerd's paradise! ------------------------------ Monica Frenden-Tarant Maddie's® Director of Feline Lifesaving American Pets Alive! ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Who has the best website??

    I wanted to reply also and say that we (HASS) are working with April Hunstman from Adopt-A-Pet on a supported self rehoming audit project where we are working with 7 pilot orgs and auditing their website. We are tracking recommended changes through google analytics, shelter data and rehome by adopt a pet. We are in the midst of that now. At the end, we will have a checklist of must-do changes (or additions) for shelters. We hope to have that by the end of the year. My biggest piece of advice right now is to add google analytics on to every page of your website so you can be tracking what traffic and user behavior is like NOW. ------------------------------ Jamie Case American Pets Alive! ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Advice or articles to defend big dog foster program?

    Kelly, Thank you for the info! ------------------------------ Chrissy Lowe Iredell County ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Advice or articles to defend big dog foster program?

    Kim, I have attached the behavior waiver we use. One is blank and the other is an example of one we have sent out. It is very basic and to the point and we just summarize the past incidents that have occurred. ------------------------------ Chrissy Lowe Iredell County ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Ideas for using calendars as fundraising tools

    Hi Rene, I agree with some of the great advice you've gotten here and wonder if you can come up with one design to save time and resources. There are some collage programs out there that could help you aggregate some of the participant photos for different pages so that you can honor your commitment to include all the images but save time on layout. Try something like https://www.befunky.com/create/collage/ which automatically places the images for you (again, reducing time spent on layout). I agree with others about approaching local printers to see if you can get an in-kind donation, but also reach out to some national printers who sometimes have lower costs and can afford to give or discount their work. For instance, we've had luck with winning small in-kind grants from 4Imprint (https://onebyone.4imprint.com) or discounts from Printing Center USA. One other thought: We've used print and fulfill companies for calendars in the past because we don't have the funds for upfront print costs. Some options we've looked into or used include Gelato or Smartpress. Finally, if it helps at all, we just started offering these calendar templates created by one of our artist members that make it a bit easier to just "plug and print" and might also cut down on layout time (especially if used in conjunction with a collage maker program). https://bit.ly/2022-caltemplate Thank you for all you do! Caitlin ------------------------------ Caitlin Quinn HeARTs Speak ------------ ... View Discussion

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    RE: Advice on placing a long term dog

    Hi Haley, First, I would not consider it a dirty little secret that you have protected the dog as needed just because it's taken longer than usual. There is nothing wrong with caution; just look at all that has gone wrong without caution. To your question: I would consider reaching out to previous adopters (or friends, colleagues, etc) whom you trust and discuss the dog with them individually. I have placed many dogs this way. A secondary upside is that if you approach it right, the person will probably feel the reach-out as a compliment to them. I would also tell the adopter that you will provide private behavior training with them and the dog before they decide for sure, because you want them to feel really comfortable rather than pressured. -R On Wed, Sep 22, 2021 at 2:34 PM Haley VanDeWalle via Maddie's Pet Forum < Mail@maddiesfund.org > wrote: I am the (new) Behavior Coordinator for my shelter. Before my current position I was animal care staff for almost 3 years. We have a dog in our... -posted to the "Animal Welfare Professionals Community" community/group Animal Welfare Professionals Post New Discussion Post New Discussion via Email Manage Account Information Advice on placing a long term dog Reply to Discussion Reply to Discussion via Email Reply Privately to Author Reply Privately to Author via Email ... View Discussion

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    RE: Ideas for using calendars as fundraising tools

    Hey, Rene and Amber! Typically, yes, asking a local print shop is one way to go. But we have found local businesses are happy to donate to the printing cost of your calendar as a charitable donation, or in exchange for a little advertising on the calendar itself. We are very fortunate this time around. We are working with a local company that has its own internal print house to produce them, so asking around or keeping an eye out for businesses like that may be helpful. Hope this helps and good luck! ------------------------------ Friends of PACC Friends of Pima Animal Care Center ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Ideas for using calendars as fundraising tools

    Hi Rene! I imagine only creating one design would reduce the time commitment and budget required. Have you reached out to local print shops about in-kind donations? Perhaps they would print the calendars at no or low-cost to increase the profit margin. Often times you can get something like that in exchange for adding their logo to the calendar. ------------------------------ Sara Miller American Pets Alive! ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: How to make a Tiktok video for Animal shelters

    Yes! This presentation is so good. Thank you @Katie Grissum for sharing with us. Kasey and I are constantly referring people back to it. My favorite tip that Katie shared is to make a habit of recording all the time so can capture the best content and have ton to work with.​ ------------------------------ Sara Miller American Pets Alive! ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    Advice on placing a long term dog

    I am the (new) Behavior Coordinator for my shelter. Before my current position I was animal care staff for almost 3 years. We have a dog in our care that has been with us since December of 2017. As an open admission shelter it is staggering to have a dog that long. Our previous director had a very old fashioned approach with things and though she passed her assessment and quickly became a staff favorite, she had blanket restrictions in place that made it nearly impossible for anyone to even meet her. She has broken down to the point strangers cannot touch her. She is very non reactive with them but if someone she doesnt know tries to touch her she will snap at them. She is also very animal reactive and has a bite incident towards another dog before she came to us. We recently got a new director and we are getting more progressive staff, though this dog is still a sore subject. Most of the old staff want her euthanized (Most have not met her) and others just have given up on even placing her. I have reached out to rescues but to no avail. I took her into my home for close to 8 weeks and she was PERFECT (house broken, non destructive, lazy, self entertaining, ect). I have cats which she does not like but staying with me made it clear she could easily go to a home with a self aware individual. Advice for approaching the subject of her with the new director? This dog is certainly our "dirty secret" type and breaking that down to find placement as one person has proven difficult. ... View Discussion

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  • Hi Rene, We at Ohlone Humane Society Home - Advocating for All Animals - Fremont, CA don't sell calendars but mail them out to our supporters list and local businesses before Thanksgiving with a print version of our Newsletter and a donations envelope included. We've been doing it for many years, and it still generates significant money for us. Many of our long-time supporters are older and like this kind of outreach. Ours is an 1-page calendar and we have a long-time partnership with a local printer. Additionally, our local Fire Department reached out to us for the next year calendar to sell, featuring firefighters and animals, will see how it goes :) ------------------------------ Natalia Lebedeva ------------------------------ View Discussion

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  • Hi Cheryl! So I can provide some basic answers, but I want to tag in @Lucy Fernandez who is the leader of the supported rehoming working group for the HASS project. She is the go to expert on this subject, so I will let her provide all the insight. What I will say for our shelter is we try everything we can ! 1. any advice on getting owners to buy-into a rehoming strategy/program that may not happen overnight? We explain that there is a list ahead of them of people in the exact same situation, and in order to make sure their pet (and all surrendered pets) has a positive outcome, we need to manage the flow of animals into our shelter, and then offer to post the pet on our website (and consider them owned fosters) to hopefully expedite the process of rehoming. 2. do folks use their organization websites or adopt-a-pet or both or other platforms? what seems the most successful? I have heard Home 2 Home is the most effective, which will be onboarding new shelters in the next month or two. I would sign up on their website to be notified when that happens. 3. how long is it actually taking these pets to get re-homed? Once you get them "set up" with postings, etc. (?) do you track it? I don't have this data, but I bet Lucy does!!! ------------------------------ Alexis Pugh Director, Memphis Animal Services www.memphisanimalservices.com Organizational Management & Pet Support Services Specialist ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    Advise for rehoming? convos with owners, platforms, follow up?

    We're looking to start a more formal rehoming program for pet owners who are looking to surrender. We try to talk to them and see if we can "resolve" the issue first, but some need to find new homes and fast. It always feels like an it's an emergency situation, like they need to cat or dog out of their house immediately. Sometimes I feel like we're going to see that dog/cat tethered to the front door the next morning. 1. any advice on getting owners to buy-into a rehoming strategy/program that may not happen overnight? 2. do folks use their organization websites or adopt-a-pet or both or other platforms? what seems the most successful? 3. how long is it actually taking these pets to get re-homed? Once you get them "set up" with postings, etc. (?) do you track it? and of course, any stellar SOPs or templates or scripts or how to's would be very helpful! Thanks all - #PetSupportServices* #Rehoming ------------------------------ Cheryl Lynn Boquet Franklin City PAWS ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Who has the best website??

    Thanks everybody!! ------------------------------ Alexis Pugh Director, Memphis Animal Services www.memphisanimalservices.com Organizational Management & Pet Support Services Specialist ------------------------------ View Discussion

  • This meeting is just around the corner - tomorrow, Thursday, September 23, 12 pm ET. This month's agenda: Recruiting Behavior Fosters with Erin Einbender at Austin Pets Alive! We'd love to hear from everyone in the meeting about what's working well and what's not with regard to their behavior foster recruitment efforts. *FYI, w e'll talking about Food Aggression in October - Maggie Evans of Pets in Need will be starting the conversation on Thursday. ------------------------------ Thank you all for all you do! Amber Freiwald Maddie's Fund ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Advice or articles to defend big dog foster program?

    HI Crissy, We have just started to use behavior and health waivers and would be very interested in the format that you use. From our agency's standpoint the waivers have done wonders in helping to convince the county that these programs do not pose excessive liability. ------------------------------ Kim Casey Jackson County Animal Services ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Paper Collar Template for "Lost" Cats

    This is a great resource! I am going to add it to my return to home presentations. So often we forget about gets when we think about lost pet reunification. Thanks for sharing. ------------------------------ Gina Knepp National Shelter Engagement Director Michelson Found Animals Foundation Los Angeles, California 916-230-4533 Return to Home Specialist ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Who has the best website??

    I dabble in searching for the best websites out there, especially the ones with great lost & found resources. Here are a few of my favorites: Home - LifeLine Animal Project | Adopt | Foster| Donate | Volunteer Home - Dallas Animal Services (bedallas90.org) Home - Cabot Animal Support Services - CASS Fresno Humane Animal Services-Fresno Humane Animal Services Home - KC Pet Project ------------------------------ Gina Knepp National Shelter Engagement Director Michelson Found Animals Foundation Los Angeles, California 916-230-4533 Return to Home Specialist ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Not all ID tags are created equal

    Excellent, best of luck to you!!!!!!!!!!!!! ------------------------------ Gina Knepp National Shelter Engagement Director Michelson Found Animals Foundation Los Angeles, California 916-230-4533 Return to Home Specialist ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Who has the best website??

    Hello, I have seen a lot of websites. Organized and not organized. I highly recommend you use a Wordpress platform if you are a larger organization. Smaller groups have had good success with flipcause websites(phinneys.org is a good example). Also make sure you know your branding(colors, fonts, language etc) before going into a redesign. The Community Cats Podcast website has a lot of info and that has been the big criticism that our pages are too busy. So less may be more when thinking about design. But at the CCP we try to keep the drop down menus to a limited number and not too many headings across the board. Feel free to check out these two websites that I am involved with: www.communitycatspodcast.com www.unitedspayalliance.com ------------------------------ stacy lebaron ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    Paper Collar Template for "Lost" Cats

    If you've been advising residents to try to determine if a cat is owned or has caretakers before requesting intake, you've probably told them to affix a "paper collar" to the cat which asks if anyone is caring for this kitty. (And if you aren't doing this, consider it!) Here is a handy paper cat collar template from our friends at the Community Cat Coalition! How great would it be to print these off and have them available in the lobby or on ACO trucks to help folks support cats where they are? #AdmissionsandIntake(includingIntake-to-placement) #CommunityCatManagement #FieldServicesandPublicSafety* #Rehoming ------------------------------ Monica Frenden-Tarant Maddie's® Director of Feline Lifesaving American Pets Alive! ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Who has the best website??

    No bragging here.... we packed too much information into our website (for a variety of good reasons)! But I will suggest that you figure out whether your main website users will appreciate cool design, or whether you have more older users, or folks with reduced vision, who will appreciate clear and simple. It can make a world of difference! Have fun developing it! ------------------------------ April King Volunteer and Board Member Kotor Kitties ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Dog Eating Cat Poop

    Hi Katherine, Dogs eat poop because it tastes good and cat poop tastes really good. Cat's diet consists of higher protein sources and can be very appealing to dogs. There are some cons to eating cat poop including parasites. It is unlikely to be diet related. There isn't much you can do about it except to limit her access to those areas. This means supervision in the yard and going out on a leash. ------------------------------ Christine D. Calder DVM Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Behaviorists Calder Veterinary Behavior Services www.caldervbs.com Veterinary Behaviorist Behavior Specialist, MPF ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Ideas for using calendars as fundraising tools

    Hi @Rene Agredano ! These may not be new thoughts, but... It's really cool that all submitted pictures are included, BUT you may be over-extending yourselves...? Creating just one universal calendar seems like it would save a LOT of time and money. (I'm assuming you create several versions to use all the pics?) To showcase the photos that didn't "make the cut" maybe you could have: an "honorable mentions" slideshow on your website or something; and a binder or board in-shelter or at community event(s) that folks could physically view if they don't have the internet Utilizing volunteers? Could have a volunteer committee specifically for this (with of course a volunteer lead). There are a lot of folks out there who would love to help the shelter by crafting!! :P Thinking about your production costs, have you asked printing companies to do this work pro-bono or discounted price? I've found that lots of businesses want charitable write-offs before the end of year. And if you don't ask, you shall not receive. Tagging in - @Friends of PACC - I know you guys used to have a sweet calendar. Any suggestions for Rene to make the production process easier? @Caitlin Quinn - heartspeak always has a plethora of fun ideas :) ------------------------------ Thank you all for all you do! Amber Freiwald Maddie's Fund ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    Uniforms

    My apologies if this has been discussed before, but a search didn't come up with anything. We are a small municipal shelter and we are part of the Police Department. Our ACO's are non-sworn, and have always worn the same uniform as our Community Service Officers, which is very much like our Police Officers, just a different color: traditional uniform shirt with badge and name plate (vest under the shirt), duty belt with radio, and recently added body cams, and now there is some discussion about adding tasers. The ACO trucks have "Police" written along the side in big letters. I just had a great conversation with my Police Captain about moving to a polo shirt (with an external vest as needed). He said he was thinking about that as well and he said he would go as far as taking "Police" off the side of the trucks and going to a City logo. He would like me to do further research on other cities that have made the switch to a non-uniformed model of Animal Control. What type of uniform are you using? Have you noticed a change in how the public responds to your officers, and have there been an issues with your officers not being in uniform? Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. Please feel free to share examples! Thanks! #FieldServicesandPublicSafety* ------------------------------ Tracy Mohr Animal Services Manager City of Chico Animal Services 5308945630 ------------------------------ View Discussion

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  • Thanks so much! On Tue, Sep 21, 2021 at 5:11 PM Aaron Caldwell via Maddie's Pet Forum < Mail@maddiesfund.org > wrote: I believe these documents should be viewable now by anyone with the link! Please let me know if this does not work. Aaron --------------------... -posted to the "Animal Welfare Professionals Community" community/group Animal Welfare Professionals Post New Discussion Post New Discussion via Email Manage Account Information Re: "No-Kill" Shelters Handling Unprovoked Biting Dogs Reply to Discussion Reply to Discussion via Email Reply Privately to Author Reply Privately to Author via Email Sep 21, 2021 2:09 PM Aaron Caldwell I believe these documents should be viewable now by anyone with the link! Please let me know if this does not work. Aaron --------------------------------- Aaron Caldwell American Pets Alive --------------------------------- Reply to Discussion Reply to Discussion via Email Reply Privately to Author Reply Privately to Author via Email View Thread Like Forward Flag as Inappropriate View Discussion

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    Ideas for using calendars as fundraising tools

    It's calendar time for us again. As usual, we are going through the painstaking process of creating the calendar in-house with dozens of Tripawd photos that our community sends in response to our call-out. Everyone is included at no cost to them. Unfortunately, many images are low-resolution files that will get grouped with others because they are too blurry for an entire page. Our annual calendar making process is laborious and time consuming. We end up creating 4-6 different calendar designs people can order, and we earn about $2 off each one sold. At about $20 a calendar for buyers, we don't sell many, and only sold about 200 last year. It's not a great return, and causes tons of headaches for us. But we do them because the community loves them and asks us about them months ahead of time. We want to continue doing calendars, but once again I find myself thinking: THERE HAS GOT TO BE A BETTER WAY! So my question to folks here is, for those in organizations that do annual calendars, what are some successful ways you have managed to pull this off with minimal effort and maximum financial reward? We don't want to do things that we've seen other orgs do, such as: $1 a vote gets a pet on a full page in the calendar Or auction off calendar month pages to the highest bidders Or a contest where people vote for their favorites on social media Ideally we want the process to be free or affordable to participants, without excluding people who don't have huge social media ... View Discussion

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  • Yep- I can see them now. Thanks! ------------------------------ Alexis Pugh Director, Memphis Animal Services www.memphisanimalservices.com Organizational Management & Pet Support Services Specialist ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: "No-Kill" Shelters Handling Unprovoked Biting Dogs

    I believe these documents should be viewable now by anyone with the link! Please let me know if this does not work. Aaron --------------------------------- Aaron Caldwell American Pets Alive --------------------------------- View Discussion

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    RE: Advice or articles to defend big dog foster program?

    @Chrissy Lowe It sounds like you're already doing a lot of the right stuff. I'd suggest setting up a meeting with risk management, where you can explain to them why foster is the best place for pets to await adoption, using data from studies like this: https://chewonthis.maddiesfund.org/2019/08/foster-care-has-an-impact-on-dogs-welfare-and-adoption-study-suggests/ . You could discuss ways to decrease risk while keeping their foster program strong, like creating or expanding foster training, revising their foster agreement, etc. One of the things Pima Animal Care Center did to increase transparency with safety was to create a yearly safety report that showed the number of pets placed in adoption and foster, the number of bites in the community, etc: https://webcms.pima.gov/UserFiles/Servers/Server_6/File/Government/Administration/CH[…]019%20Pima%20Animal%20Care%20Center%20-%20Safety%20Report.pdf ------------------------------ Kelly Duer Maddie's Fund ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: How to make a Tiktok video for Animal shelters

    To piggy back on this post and send it some deserved love, it's important to note that KC Pet Project Raised $10k From One TikTok Video. That's pretty incredible. It doesn't mean it's the norm, but it does mean it's possible. I'm 38, I have no idea how to even log into tiktok, but this is absolutely a marketing avenue that cannot be ignored b/c some of us (me, lol) may be uncomfortable or write it off as an app "the kids use." Steal This Idea: https://www.humananimalsupportservices.org/blog/how-kc-pet-project-raised-10k-from-one-tiktok-video/ ------------------------------ Thank you all for all you do! Amber Freiwald Maddie's Fund ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: A pre-emptive apology for the email notification on Tuesday!

    love love love ------------------------------ Thank you all for all you do! Amber Freiwald Maddie's Fund ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    Advice or articles to defend big dog foster program?

    Posting on behalf of @Chrissy Lowe from Iredell County - I was hoping you could help with some information. We have a foster to adopt program for our heartworm positive dogs that keeps them in foster for the duration of their treatment (6-8 months) with their adopter. Even though we have a full time veterinarian on staff our state laws wont allow for us to treat the public's animals. Yesterday one of the dogs in that program slipped out of its collar and killed a small dog that was being walked down the street by its owner. Now the victim is holding us financially responsible. The dog had a history of small prey drive (killing 2 cats and a pig) that was disclosed to the foster. In the past 3 months we have been placing dogs with know behavior history up for adoption/foster after all the facts (behavior history, cause of bite, observed behavior, staff interactions) are considered by the director, shelter supervisor, and shelter veterinarian and the path is ruled on as a group. We also created a behavior waiver that discloses all known behavior history to the new owner/ adopter. And we recently started a weekend sleepover program(foster) for our long term large dogs that has been very successful. My concern is that the county is going to make us stop these programs due to the liability. Is there any advice or articles I can read on how to better protect ourselves? I am trying to have an argument ready if they try to shut down our programs that allow our large dogs ... View Discussion

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    RE: Hurricane IDA - Support - Cat and Dog Food Donation

    Hurricane Ida Update from NACA While things have gotten better and the storm impact is not making headlines, it is far from over. Louisiana SPCA is wrapping up the the third week of response post Hurricane Ida and is so thankful for everyone's support during this time! There is no trash service, minimal or no water in some areas and many without power, expected for at least another month. LA SPCA is at max capacity and desperately need partners willing to support with transport any number of dogs! URGENT NEED FOR: Transport Partners both ground and flight Drivers with Commercial Drivers License (flight costs covered) If there is any way you can help over the next 4 weeks, please reach out to Ana Zorrilla, CEO at Louisiana SPCA via email ana@laspca.org or text 504-329-7585 If you are able to provide assistance in any capacity and are activated to do so, please keep NACA in the loop so we can support and share your story jowen@nacanet.org #TransfersandTransport ​ ------------------------------ Thank you all for all you do! Amber Freiwald Maddie's Fund ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    Who has the best website??

    Hi everyone- outside of my normal posting lane here, but we are in line to get a new website and would love to know from my peers- Who has the best website in the business we should try and replicate? Whose website is aesthetically pleasing AND easy for citizens to navigate? Feel free to suggest your own org! Just looking for some quality examples to share with our developers. Let the bragging begin!! #MarketingandSocialMedia ------------------------------ Alexis Pugh Director, Memphis Animal Services www.memphisanimalservices.com Organizational Management & Pet Support Services Specialist ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Not all ID tags are created equal

    Thanks for your response. We figured it out and we have already submitted a couple and hoping to have more. ------------------------------ Pam Mulligan Union County Animal Protection Society Co-Chair for Grants ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Not all ID tags are created equal

    Hi Pam, On yesterday's call, multiple people submitting stories for an organization was encouraged! ------------------------------ Monica Frenden-Tarant Maddie's® Director of Feline Lifesaving American Pets Alive! ------------------------------ View Discussion

  • I know lots of folks in the Pet Support Services breakout room yesterday were intersted in learning more about the Minor Medical Kits that Gateway Pet Guardians sells through our Pet Retail Store without needing a vet appointment. I have attached a document that shows all the different kits we offer, what is included in them and instructions for use- all approved by our veternarian. These are essentially "at home remedies" for the most common issues we see- skin issues, flea dermatitis, ear infections, diarrhea/upset stomach, etc. Each kit includes a coupon for $10 off of one of our flat fee $45 minor medical visits and I have included a document that outlines how we handle the $45 minor medical visits. If you have any questions, please email jill@gatewaypets.org. ------------------------------ Jill Henke ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    A pre-emptive apology for the email notification on Tuesday!

    I'm sorry in advance! We are working on updating and cleaning up the resource library in the forum so you'll see a lot of new resources listed in your email notification on Tuesday, 9/22/21. I know it's gonna look LONG. Just know that this isn't the norm, it won't happen often, and the library will be much better for it! We'll be rolling out a brand new library design soon and are doing some behind the scenes (and in front of the scenes) work. Thanks for your understanding and patience. Looking forward to upgrading the resource library to make it even more valuable for you! Cheers! #DataandTechnology ------------------------------ Kim Domerofski (she/her) Community Manager Maddie's Fund ------------------------------ View Discussion

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  • Happy second to last day of summer! (WHAT??!! How'd that happen?) Here's the meeting recording, agenda and resources shared on this morning's Shelter & Rescue Support call. I've also attached the chat log from the call --there are always some gems in those side conversations. Happy viewing/reading/absorbing! Agenda Welcome – Bobby Mann bobby.mann@americanpetsalive.org Mary's Motivation – her favorite quote from a Brenee Brown podcast with Jim Collins: " History is the 'study of surprises.' There will be no 'new normal,' there will only be a continuous series of 'not normal' episodes, defying predictions and unforeseen by most of us until they happen." Uncertainty and disruption can throw us into a tailspin, but what Mary's learned is that it's the connections and relationships we make – the personal and professional – they are our super powers that help us deal with the surprises we cannot control. We don't have to do anything alone. We can share ideas, what's worked and what hasn't. National Updates: Jon Dunn: Best Friends Resiliency Grants – MADDIE'SFUND® JUST MATCHED $20K!! https://network.bestfriends.org/opportunities/best-friends-partner-exclusives/lifesaving-resiliency-grants Jamie Case, AmPA: HASS Video https://youtu.be/QVH4DU-t9fY Stacy LeBaron- Community cats podcast – webinar Saturday – community catspodcast.com Charlotte Otero, Maddie's Fund Community Strategist - how to navigate Maddie's Pet Forum featuring ... View Discussion

  • Hi Rene! Have you tried doing "Control + the minus sign" to see if that works? Sometimes I come across a website that is a bit wonky fitting my computer screen that way, and it brings it into a centered, viewable position. Good luck! ------------------------------ April King Volunteer and Board Member Kotor Kitties ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Not all ID tags are created equal

    Do you know if organization can submit as many as want but under one entry or multiple people from same organization? It is a little confusing when it says "You can submit as many stories as you would like". ------------------------------ Pam Mulligan Union County Animal Protection Society ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Not all ID tags are created equal

    Thank you for sharing!!! I will be doing this today! We do not have anything in place right now but are working on that. Again, thanks for sharing! The rescue community is the BEST!!!! ------------------------------ Pam Mulligan Union County Animal Protection Society ------------------------------ View Discussion

  • Bummer! Sorry it happened again, Rene, but thanks for sharing the screenshot. We'll do some research to see if there's anything we can do on our end to address that. ------------------------------ Kim Domerofski (she/her) Community Manager Maddie's Fund ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Not all ID tags are created equal

    We did not get a grant, but the pricing was exactly what we were already paying for license tags, so if you have that expense, it's a wash. There are lots of grants out there though that I am sure would work for this. Here is one that is super easy! Maddie's just told Best Friends they were adding another $20K to the pot. Hurry!! Deadline is 9/22, but it's easy. Lifesaving Resiliency Grants | Network Partners (bestfriends.org) ------------------------------ Gina Knepp National Shelter Engagement Director Michelson Found Animals Foundation Los Angeles, California 916-230-4533 Return to Home Specialist ------------------------------ View Discussion

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  • We would love to see them too Aaro,n but it appears we all have to be invited to view docs in that google folder. Can you attach them instead of sending links? ------------------------------ Alexis Pugh Director, Memphis Animal Services www.memphisanimalservices.com Organizational Management & Pet Support Services Specialist ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Behavior Cats

    Adding another of my favorite feline behavior resources: International Cat Care . They have tons of articles, videos meant for owners, videos meant for clinic staff. It's a fabulous resource. ------------------------------ Monica Frenden-Tarant Maddie's® Director of Feline Lifesaving American Pets Alive! ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Not all ID tags are created equal

    Was there a grant to help cover cost? We can not afford the costs at UCAPS 😔 ------------------------------ Pam Mulligan Union County Animal Protection Society ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: "No-Kill" Shelters Handling Unprovoked Biting Dogs

    Hello- I am unable to access these documents. Can you check the settings please? Thank you! Jean ------------------------------ Jean Gibowski Kitsap Humane Societey ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    Not all ID tags are created equal

    Prior to retiring from the Front Street Animal Shelter, we began using Pet Hub tags. Instead of the ugly old metal licenses of the past, we switched to a very modern, hip, peronal logo branded tag that comes with lots of perks. One of the biggest perks was the pricing! The tags also have a QR code, that allows anyone with a smart phone to scan the code and get information about the lost animal. They offer a 24 hour phone number, along with putting your organization's phone number on the tag. They are made out of a material that really minimizes that noise that tags make when they clang together. My dog has been wearing his for years and it is still legible! They are totally cool and pet parents seem to really like them, too. Is anyone out there using this product? We all know that identification is one of the biggest keys to keeping people and pets together. If you haven't heard of them, check it out! PetHub | Modern Pet Identification If there are other recommendations, let's hear it! #ReturntoHome(LostPetReunification) ------------------------------ Gina Knepp National Shelter Engagement Director Michelson Found Animals Foundation Los Angeles, California 916-230-4533 Return to Home Specialist ------------------------------ View Discussion

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