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  • Thank you Ann. We use shelteranimalscount.org... Alisa ------------------------------ Alisa Fraser ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    Recharge- Ideas for full shelters!

    New things to try & a shelter recharge-- because it feels like everyone can use it. I'm seeing tons of posts about shelters being full and looking for transport partners. When kennels are full, what solutions, tips, tricks, have helped you all with increasing live outcomes &/or decreasing intake? I revisit this blog atleast twice a month to remind me of ideas. It feels like we can all use some tips and ideas of what has worked for other groups in the past when shelters are full. What has helped your organization when full or what have you seen help others? https://www.humananimalsupportservices.org/blog/code-red-tips-for-managing-intake-during-a-space-crisis/?fbclid=IwAR2tQvWWGXbK-n__fkVJfImckGjbwljhP0XU9Pbc5yQk4HvFfUAEyQWof74 #AdmissionsandIntake(includingIntake-to-placement) #AdoptionsandAdoptionPrograms #CaseManagement* #FosterPrograms #MarketingandSocialMedia #TransfersandTransport ------------------------------ Clare Callison American Pets Alive ------------------------------ View Discussion

  • Hello, This is a notice that our Maddie's Monday Shelter and Rescue Support Roundup call will be cancelled this Monday, 5/30/22 due to the holiday . We can't wait to see you at the next one! Maddie's Monday Shelter and Rescue Support Call ( LINK TO REGISTER ) Quick Reminder: You can also watch previous recordings and continue the conversation at Maddie's Pet Forum! #Conferences,WorkshopsandWebcasts ------------------------------ Human Animal Support Services https://www.humananimalsupportservices.org/ ------------------------------ View Discussion

  • - I'm from Saskatoon SPCA located in Saskatchewan - I'm an adoption counselor - If I could be any animal it would be a sugar glider. Flying and making friends! Stephanie Gendron Saskatoon SPCA 5028 Clarence Ave South Grasswood, SK S7T 1A7 ------------------------------ Stephanie Gendron Adoption Counsellor Saskatoon SPCA ------------------------------ View Discussion

  • We have two things we have introduced/ are introducing to remove barriers Post adoption support - we have a traditional adoption survey, but we now contact adopters directly within a week to ask how the cat is settling into their new home; any behavioral issues, or questions we can help with. We have found that although this is additional effort, we're able to tackle any issues early and problem solve common issues like introductions to family pets Community Services - Seattle Area Feline Rescue has hired their first Community Support Specialist to help our community members access resources to help them keep their pets, and we have teamed up with Seattle Veterinary Outreach to provide community veterinary care for those who are struggling to access veterinary care. SVO do backpack outreach and public clinics, and SAFe will be taking referrals from SVO for vaccine booster series continuation, chronic condition care, wound care and issues that are not easily dealt with in cats in an outdoor setting ------------------------------ Sara Price Seattle Area Feline Rescue ------------------------------ View Discussion

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  • We will make foster orientations on-demand 24/7 instead of scheduled them around staff convenience. ------------------------------ Amber Pazdzioch The Anti-Cruelty Society ------------------------------ View Discussion

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  • One of the barriers we can remove is cost. We can have more adoption events, especially for cats, with a lowered cost or waived adoption fee. This will help adopters spend their money on the needs of the pet instead of on the pet itself. ------------------------------ ellen fuhrken ------------------------------ View Discussion

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  • We are going to strive towards removing the barrier of every person in the home needing to come in first. ------------------------------ Kelly M _ ------------------------------ View Discussion

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  • Lack of spay/neuter appointments. ------------------------------ Tracy Mohr Animal Services Manager City of Chico Animal Services 5308945630 ------------------------------ View Discussion

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  • Hello, This is a notice that our Maddie's Friday Animal Welfare Leadership Roundup call will be cancelled this Friday, 5/27/22, due to the holiday weekend . We can't wait to see you at the next one! Maddie's Friday Animal Welfare Leadership Roundup ( LINK TO REGISTER ) Quick Reminder: You can also watch previous recordings and continue the conversation at Maddie's Pet Forum! View Discussion

  • THIS IS THE THREAD! Submit the barriers to the Right Outcome YOU removed HERE! ------------------------------ Mandy Newkirk ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Online Animal Shelter databases - which are the best and most popular?

    Hi Ann, We use Animal Shelter Manager also and love it, but I agree the foster management part is lacking. However, over the years, we have seen how ASM keeps adding and improving different functions. For example, when we first started using it, the animal control portion was pretty lacking, but they have improved it a lot. I think if enough users contacted them about foster management, they might prioritize making improvements to that section sooner than later. I use PetPal Rescue Manager for my rescue, and that is more geared toward tracking fosters - who's available, and what animals are in foster. Hope that helps! ------------------------------ Tracy Mohr Animal Services Manager City of Chico Animal Services 5308945630 ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: AAPI Series: Last Talk is Monday about Transracial Adoption

    Hi, Jennifer. Will this recordings of this series be available? I had to miss last night's even though I was registered. It looked like a great discussion! ------------------------------ Elise Pollard Koret Shelter Medicine Program ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Adoption Retention/Follow-Up

    I know this is an older post, but if it is possible, I would be interested in seeing your booklet. thank you Debbie dedbee74@gmail.com ------------------------------ Debbie Roberts Trainer Renee's Rescues ------------------------------ View Discussion

  • Hi Alicia - I hope you get useful information. We use Shelter Manager and while it's absolutely OK, I'd prefer something that was better regarding the human fosters. ------------------------------ Ann Battenfield Senior Team Member The Little Red Dog Lake Forest ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    Would You be Interested in joining a Safety Net Alliance Group?

    Hi everyone, I greatly enjoyed presenting today on Safety Net Charities and the role we play in saving pet lives. As I mentioned after the presentation, I have been wanting to start an informal safety net alliance for groups that focus on keeping pets in their homes or include safety net services as part of their mission. This alliance would be in the form of a Facebook group that can brainstorm ideas to address our unique challenges, discuss issues we have in common, and possibly research multi-group funding opportunities. If interested, please check out the brand-new Safety Net Outreach Facebook page or email me for an invite - cbullock@harleys-hopefoundation.org. Thanks!​ #PetSupportServices* ------------------------------ Cynthia Bullock Executive Director/Founder Harley's Hope ------------------------------ View Discussion

  • Thanks to the 147 attendees on this morning's call! The recording is now available to watch on demand. Don't forget to enter to win a grant each time you attend or watch on-demand during the month of May here: https://www.maddiesfund.org/monday-community-conversations-may22-giveaway.htm Below you'll find the full agenda and shared resources. Agenda Host: Bobby Mann, Chief Programs Officer, Humane Rescue Alliance (HRA) bmann@humanerescuealliance.org Question of the Day : What is one of your favorite summer activities? National Updates and Resource Links Maddie's Fund Monthly Giveaways - May 2022: https://www.maddiesfund.org/monday-community-conversations-may22-giveaway.htm Webcast tomorrow, May 24th, The Future Is Four: The Right Care in the Right Place at the Right Time to the Right Outcome. Drs. Cindy Karsten and Kate Hurley discuss how we can ensure the right outcome for pets and people facing challenges big and small. https://maddiesfund-org.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_9UHVkuKcQbumXhwr-Y9puw ------------------ Session Information & Links Session One: Safety Net Charities (Harley's Hope Foundation) Speaker: Cynthia Bullock, Executive Director/Founder, Harley's Hope Foundation in Colorado Springs, CO Adoption is just the first step in what should be a lifelong journey – a journey that can be threatened at any time by unforeseen challenges. Join Cynthia Bullock, Executive Director and Founder of Harley's ... View Discussion

  • Do you use Petstablished online animal shelter database? Likes? Dislikes? Do you use Petkey online animal shelter database? Likes? Dislikes? I volunteer for a small cat & dog animal shelter (501c3). There are 10 volunteer workers - none of whom are paid. Our outreach for spay/neuter/vaccines/microchipping/sheltering/rescuing is over 600/year. So feedback from you would be so helpful to help us keep accurate records and reporting. Thank you all and thanks for your service! #DataandTechnology ------------------------------ Alisa Fraser ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: What are Your Implicit Biases?

    Thanks for sharing this, Marissa. I appreciate you sharing what you've recognized as some of your biases and how some of those myths have been busted for you over the years. Your reply reminds me of a TED Talk I watched last week while taking the CARE REDI course . The TED Talk is called "The Danger of a Single Story" by Novelist Chimamanda Adichie . Throughout the talk, Ms. Adichie shares some of her own biases and biases others had about her as a Nigerian. All of the biases she talks about are based on a single incomplete story similar to how you (and many others, myself included) thought about homeless people as drug addicts and drunks. We've heard that single story played out over and over again in the media which then becomes our "truth"... until we learn more. One of my favorite things she says in the talk is "The single story creates stereotypes. And the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story." I highly recommend this TED Talk to anyone who hasn't watched it yet! ------------------------------ Kim Domerofski (she/her) Community Manager Maddie's Fund ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: AAPI Series: Last Talk is Monday about Transracial Adoption

    Thanks, Jen, I really appreciate this series by CARE and your reminders! Irene ------------------------------ Irene Chansawang Maddie's Fund ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Microchips - Fi Nano

    We too got the 20 free microchips and the product is fine, but since we are TNR exclusively, we have all cats! I was assured that the registration would still track back to our organization in the case of a found cat. We do keep our own microchip database so that is not a problem, but for those cats that are adopted, I've had to create a work around... inputting the name like this: "Spotty Polen - cat" - not ideal. they have a great collar product for dogs, but it seems that they mostly do products for dogs. Too bad, because they have the most affordable microchip on the market. ------------------------------ Samantha Polen T-Town TNR, Inc. ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Microchips - Fi Nano

    I don't think they come with a collar tag. There's a sheet of barcodes that can be stickered to a tag maybe? https://petkey.org/public/purchase/chipproducts.aspx?gclid=Cj0KCQjwvqeUBhCBARIsAOdt45b4vyQD-c8JnL9hIKXuvI0dwViRiw49yyLmpGnuLWfRg394YeTMNAkaAqOoEALw_wcB ------------------------------ teri garske ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Microchips - Fi Nano

    I was actually going to buy some of those, but before I got chance I was getting bombarded with marketing emails from Fi Nano, $3 chips and free registry. I should have checked the registry first, but think when I get the refund, I will get those chips - do the Found.org come with chip collar tags? Jen ------------------------------ Jenny Cope - Fear Free Certified President/Founder Give a Dog a Home Rescue Greater Goods Charities - GOODS Program Ambassador 501c3 Non- Profit Corp, Tax ID/EIN 27-5241306 State of Maine Shelter/Rescue Licence # F1463 State of Maine Registered Charity: CO11334 https://giveadogahome.rescuegroups.org/ ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Microchips - Fi Nano

    We use foundanimals.org microchips. I believe their website will register any brand of microchip. ------------------------------ teri garske ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    Microchips - Fi Nano

    I was just wondering what people's opinions are on the Fi Nano Microchip. I requested the sample 20 chips and have just recently had some kittens fixed and gave the chips to be done at the time of surgery. I have just now gone into the Fi Nano site to register them and I am beyond disappointed at the absolute bare minimum - if even that of information that is able to be input into their microchip registry. The chips arrive registered to the rescue/shelter/breeder and that stays on record which is of course good, but standard with all chips I believe Shockingly you cannot input the pets information until the pet has been adopted and you have transferred to new owners - so what happens if pet gets lost from rescue/shelter/breeder? There is only an option for "Dog" if not a dog you tick the box "not a dog" There is no option to upload a picture There is no option to input any of the animals' details except name, date of birth and weight There is no option to download a "lost pet" flyer - although it would be pointless due to the lack of information. I re-registered them all so that I can input their information, which is how I discovered this - I am truly shocked and disappointed. I have ordered 500 chips from them for free and low cost microchip events, but I have emailed asking to cancel the order and be refunded I am not comfortable with this bare bones registry. The chips are $3 and come with 3 labels and no tag, which I understand, they are cheap - but I was expecting ... View Discussion

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    RE: Stepping up pay ranges for animal welfare staff

    Kayla, Thank you so much for this post. I agree that pay or lack there of is a huge issue in animal welfare. I definitely feel like we as an industry have a lot of work to do when it comes to pay. I hope a lot of organizations realize that change is needed and do the work to make it happen. Thanks so much for sharing. ------------------------------ Marissa Reid Clinic Director LifeLine Animal Project ----------------- Access To Care Specialist Clinic Management Specialist ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: What are Your Implicit Biases?

    Kim, This is a great post. Thank you so much for this. I will take this time and be honest and answer this question. One implicit bias I had formed in my younger days was that all people who are considered " FAT" just sat around and ate junk food and were unhealthy. That bias changed as I grew older and met a person that society would classify as " FAT" or overweight and we became friends. I soon found out that she did not just sit around and eat junk food and not exercise. During that time with her I learned that just because a person was in a bigger weight class does not mean they are unhealthy as skinny people can be just as unhealthy. When I was young and naive I used to think that all homeless people were drug addicts or drunks. As I grew up I learned that not all the things that I thought were right were actually untrue. I learned that some of those people became homeless because of some of unfair and untrue forms of bias that I had formed without knowing all the facts and rushing to judgement. I think it is so easy to form bias based on what society and others think, however it is not easy to think in a non judgemental way when all society teaches us is to judge one another. ------------------------------ Marissa Reid Clinic Director LifeLine Animal Project ----------------- Access To Care Specialist Clinic Management Specialist ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    intake forms

    Hi everyone! First time posting.. My shelter is looking to update our intake forms for oti's/ strays and doa's. I'm wondering if you could give examples of what your shelters/rescues use. thank you for any help you can give. Tanya #AdmissionsandIntake(includingIntake-to-placement) ------------------------------ t dominguez ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Introduce Yourself Thread: If you could be ANY animal, what would you be?

    Ronni, Welcome to the forum. We are so happy to have you. I think the enrichment you are doing is going to do wonders for the dogs in your care. Dolphin are very unique and I think they are so sweet. I feel that you will find some very helpful information on this forum and I look forward tp the great things that you will contribute to it. ------------------------------ Marissa Reid Clinic Director LifeLine Animal Project ----------------- Access To Care Specialist Clinic Management Specialist ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Introduce Yourself Thread: If you could be ANY animal, what would you be?

    Izzy, Welcome to the forum. Horses are pretty amazing and they are so beautiful. This forum is great and you eill find lots of helpful information that you may need to help you day to day. Thanks for being apart of this group. Welcome! ------------------------------ Marissa Reid Clinic Director LifeLine Animal Project ----------------- Access To Care Specialist Clinic Management Specialist ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Introduce Yourself Thread: If you could be ANY animal, what would you be?

    Beth, Welcome to the forum. I was born and raised in Ohio so I am happy you are here. Thank you so much for sharing your work and experience with us. I think SMART Dog Park sounds AMAZING and would be so beneficial to the pups in our communities. You are really doing some amazing work. I look forward to all great things you will contribute to the forum. You will also find some great information here as well. Great meeting you, Best of luck to you with SMART Dog Park. ------------------------------ Marissa Reid Clinic Director LifeLine Animal Project ----------------- Access To Care Specialist Clinic Management Specialist ------------------------------ View Discussion

  • Please Join CARE Monday for the last of the AAPI Series. We will be discussing transracial adoption with authors and Korean adoptees, savior complex and any parallels to pet adoptions and transport. Registration is FREE 7:00 pm EST Sign up here https://careawo.org/aapi/ CARE Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Help us celebrate Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, April 2022. View this on CARE > #AccesstoCare #AdmissionsandIntake(includingIntake-to-placement) #AdoptionsandAdoptionPrograms #Behavior,TrainingandEnrichment #CaseManagement* #CommunityCatManagement #CommunityPartnerships* #Conferences,WorkshopsandWebcasts #DataandTechnology #DisasterRelief #Diversity,Equity,InclusionandJustice #EducationandTraining #FieldServicesandPublicSafety* #FosterPrograms #FundraisingandDevelopment #LawsandPublicPolicy #MarketingandSocialMedia #Medicine,SurgeryandSterilization #OrganizationalManagement #PeopleManagement(includingVolunteerIntegration) #PetSupportServices* #Rehoming #RemoteCustomerService* #ReturntoHome(LostPetReunification) #TransfersandTransport ------------------------------ Jennifer Evans CARE ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Introduce Yourself Thread: If you could be ANY animal, what would you be?

    Michele, Welcome to the forum. It is so admirable that you have been with your organization sincce 2011. I am sure that your work is very much appreciated and I cannot count how many animals lives you have saved and/or made a difference in. Congratulations. I feel that you will find very helpful information and resources here. I am also looking forward to all the wonderful things you will contribute to the forum throug your experience. Happy to have you here. ------------------------------ Marissa Reid Clinic Director LifeLine Animal Project ----------------- Access To Care Specialist Clinic Management Specialist ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Introduce Yourself Thread: If you could be ANY animal, what would you be?

    Christy, Welcome to this amazing forum. I know that you will find lots of helpful information here. Thanks for helping me realize that turtle life doesn't sound to bad. I am definitely into hanging out on the beach and floating in t he ocean. I look forward to what you will contribute to the forum! ------------------------------ Marissa Reid Clinic Director LifeLine Animal Project ----------------- Access To Care Specialist Clinic Management Specialist ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Introduce Yourself Thread: If you could be ANY animal, what would you be?

    Hanna, Welcome to this amazing forum. I'm happy to hear that you left fast food to help save animals what an admirable change. I agree I think sleeping all day sound pretty good considering the hard work that we do in animal welfare. You will find very helpful information on this forum. I am also looking forward to what you will contribute as well. Thanks for all you do! ------------------------------ Marissa Reid Clinic Director LifeLine Animal Project ----------------- Access To Care Specialist Clinic Management Specialist ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Introduce Yourself Thread: If you could be ANY animal, what would you be?

    Yeri, Welcome to the forum. I truly appreciate the fact that you are an actor, writer and you do so many other things but you have made it a point to help the animals in your community. I think it takes a special kind of person to care for animals,babies and the elderly. I think that in this forum you will find that all the great people connected to it are special people that have made it their life's work to help save animals. You will find lots of great information here and I look forward to what you will contribute to the forum. ------------------------------ Marissa Reid Clinic Director LifeLine Animal Project ----------------- Access To Care Specialist Clinic Management Specialist ------------------------------ View Discussion

  • Thanks to the 230 attendees who joined this morning's call! The recording is now available to watch on-demand. Be sure to complete this form after each Friday call you watch during the month of May to be entered to win a grant: https://www.maddiesfund.org/friday-community-conversations-may22-giveaway.htm Attached you'll find a copy of the first presentation and a copy of the chat file. Have a great weekend! Agenda Host: Kristen Hassen, Director, American Pets Alive! Question of the Day: Do you think this summer is going to be the same, better, or harder than 2019? National Updates Maddie's Fund Monthly Giveaways: https://www.maddiesfund.org/friday-community-conversations-may22-giveaway.htm @Jyothi Robertson , through the Journey You Own, will be hosting free, monthly meditation gatherings to create a shared, supportive space to explore grounding practices. These one-hour sessions will include a 15 minute guided meditation, along with time to learn more about grounding practices and share experiences. The first ever session will be held via zoom on Thursday, May 25th at 5pm PST. Everyone is welcome. Link to register is here: https://jyo.world/meditation-gathering/ CARE series for AAPI Heritage month. Next topic: Transracial Human and Animal Adoption, Monday, May 23rd 7pm EST with Alice Stephens, Author; Susan Ito, Editor and Author; Mi Ok Song Bruining, Artist, Therapist and Author. Registration Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIqcO-hqj4rHdYSaY3GyD11qADnbF0oOWmi ... View Discussion

  • Updated 5/23/22 at 1:50pm PT. Recording now available to watch on-demand! Don't forget to enter to win a grant each time you attend or watch on-demand during the month of May here: https://www.maddiesfund.org/monday-community-conversations-may22-giveaway.htm Please note: All views expressed on Community Conversations calls are not necessarily endorsed by Maddie’s Fund. Monday, 5/23/22 Shelter & Rescue Support Call Session 1 Topic: Safety Net Charities (Harley's Hope Foundation) Speaker: Cynthia Bullock, Executive Director/Founder, Harley's Hope Foundation in Colorado Springs, CO Session 2 Topic: Kibble Supply pet food pantry at Animal Friends Alliance Speaker: @anna beucler , Community Pet Resources Manager, Animal Friends Alliance in Fort Collins, CO * The full agenda, resources, and chat log from this call have been shared below * Maddie's Monday Shelter and Rescue Support Call ( LINK TO REGISTER ) Quick Reminder: You can also watch previous recordings on the Community Conversations page in Maddie's Pet Forum! View Discussion

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    RE: Introduce Yourself Thread: If you could be ANY animal, what would you be?

    Hi Beth - Welcome to the forum. I'm so inspired and impressed by your work. When I worked for The Humane Society of the United States, pet-friendly rental policies and dog parks were two of my issues. Since retiring, I've moved to a a small town in western Colorado. I would be interested in your expertise regarding our nature park, which has become a de facto off-leash dog area. Keep up the good work! ------------------------------ Nancy Peterson The National Kitten Coalition ------------------------------ View Discussion

  • Greetings from Ohio in the US. 👋 im Beth. In 2016, I started a nonprofit called Wagtown to help communities become more authentically and responsibly dog friendly. The outcomes are better animal welfare, economic vitality, and so much more. With the largest primary research base amassed to date on dog friendliness, I am taking my designation as the #1 dog friendliness expert in the US and putting it to work. My journey has been focused exclusively on mission and all projects are created to donate at no cost. Fast forward 👉🏼 My recent work in infrastructure improvements for people with dogs showed me that I was building some thing that could help communities everywhere. I created and recently launched the SMART Dog Park™️ platform. I aim to raise standards, increase safety, elevate the user experience, and provide better opportunities for social and educational interaction. The vision for SMART Dog Park is to revolutionize how we prioritize animals in our towns. We do this with training and certification, inspections and handbooks, evidence-based research projects about dog welfare, collaborative projects to address challenges, and more. I would love to hear your thoughts about the world with ideal dog park experiences. It's time to stop putting the dog park apart from the community and start creating dog play spaces to be a part of the community. My goal is to grow SMART Dog Park enough to completely fund Wagtown's animal welfare work and help ... View Discussion

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    RE: Bonded pairs in dogs

    Would love to connect about this topic and happy to provide insight on your current assessment as it relates to my protocol! As we know from current research, there are so many barriers to collecting objective behavior data for onsite shelter pets. Collecting detailed in-home histories (foster, finder, former home) was a significant piece of my assessment process. We then moved to assessing dogs daily in kennel when cohoused, during feeding time, and during playgroups with additional (non-resident) dogs in the same space. If engagement with the novel dogs occurred or when other social behaviors occurred, the tentatively bonded pair would be separated in the playgroups yards for further observation. Would flag any stress-induced behaviors and defer to keeping a pair as "bonded" when stress was observed in either dog due to the separation. Even if officially separating a pair that came in together for adoption counseling purposes, we would continue to cohouse until placed. PACC also recently shared a very valuable resource regarding their bonded pair program. Thank you for the work that you do! ------------------------------ Heather Kalman Embedded Data Coordinator American Pets Alive!, Human Animal Support Service ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Stepping up pay ranges for animal welfare staff

    Thank you very much for sharing and continuing the conversation on pay inequity and burn out in animal welfare, I know we hear about both topics often but that just means there is still work to be done. ------------------------------ Auriana Brown Placement Manager LifeLine Animal Project Atlanta, GA 404-490-1427 Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Justice and Pet Support Services Specialist ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    What are Your Implicit Biases?

    Do you know what YOUR biases are and how they affect your thoughts, behaviors and decisions? Last week's poll question was about Implicit Bias tests. The poll results are below: Of the 2,308 respondents, 460 have taken an implicit bias test. Have you? If you're not sure what an Implicit Bias test is, here is a definition from the Project Implicit website : What is implicit bias? Implicit bias is an automatic reaction we have towards other people. These attitudes and stereotypes can negatively impact our understanding, actions, and decision-making. The idea that we can hold prejudices we don't want or believe was quite radical when it was first introduced, and the fact that people may discriminate unintentionally continues to have implications for understanding disparities in so many aspects of society, including but not limited to health care, policing, and education, as well as organizational practices like hiring and promotion. If you haven't already, I encourage you to take at least one of the implicit bias tests offered by Project Implicit to become aware of your underlying biases and how they manifest themselves in your daily life. You can take the free tests here (and they're completely confidential and anonymous). If you've taken an implicit bias test: Were you surprised by what you learned? How has learning about your implicit biases helped (or hurt) you? #Diversity,Equity,InclusionandJustice #EducationandTraining ... View Discussion

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    RE: infographics to post on social media? 3-3-3 rule, reactivity, etc?

    ------------------------------ Alexis Kaul Pet Helpers Adoption Center ------------------------------ View Discussion

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  • Updated 5/20 at 2:25pm - Recording now available to watch on-demand. Be sure to enter to win a grant for the month of May each time you attend or watch one of the Friday calls: https://www.maddiesfund.org/friday-community-conversations-may22-giveaway.htm Hello Everyone, 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 ... View Discussion

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    Retail Partner/Offsite Adoptions (Petco, PetSmart, etc.)

    For shelters who partner with retail partners for on-site adoptions (not events); specifically cat/critter adoptions that are handled by the store - they process the paperwork we send with the animals and process payment. We are having to change our payment method for retail partners so my question to you all is, if you are currently involved in retail partnerships, how are you processing payments for your adoption fees? Internally we use Clover and we (and Petco) are considering using it offsite as well, but would like some feedback from others if possible. Checks aren't an option, cash is always an option but isn't always the most secure method and easy transactions for both parties would be ideal. Thanks for your input! #AdoptionsandAdoptionPrograms ------------------------------ Ami Manivong Feline Population Coordinator Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region Colorado Springs, CO ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: May Resource Drive: Behavior / Training

    I'm Lexi Kaul and I work for Pet Helpers Adoption Center and Spay/Neuter Clinic in Charleston, SC. I have designed a Behavior Matrix/Protocol for both dogs and cats, while consulting with other rescues, trainers, and handlers . Each 'challenge' is listed with a definition of the term, three stages of progression, as well as interventions for each step. The matrix moves similar to a timeline of when the behaviors first present until they become severe. As we know, the early the intervention is the better! If there are any questions, feel free to reach out to me! ------------------------------ Alexis Kaul Pet Helpers Adoption Center ------------------------------ View Discussion

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  • Hi - I've checked the resource library and didn't see anything - does anyone have an infographic on the 3 days/3 weeks/3 months for shelter dogs rule, or something about dog reactivity to share? Thank you! #Behavior,TrainingandEnrichment #MarketingandSocialMedia ------------------------------ kristin gee foster coordinator ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Introduce Yourself Thread: If you could be ANY animal, what would you be?

    I am also a fiction writer, love to see creatives working with animals! ------------------------------ Ronni Valle Canine Enrichment Leader The League for Animal Welfare ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Introduce Yourself Thread: If you could be ANY animal, what would you be?

    Hello Everyone! My name is Ronni and I am the Canine Enrichment Leader and The League for Animal Welfare. I am helping to create and implement a program to train the dogs while they are here to help battle kennel deterioration and also to help the dogs become more adoptable and happier in their new homes. I have two answers for this question, my first would be a dolphin. They are incredibly athletic and are known to play and have fun all day out in the ocean and have mates and best friends for their entire lives, their communication is so advanced and complex that we still even with decades of research do not understand all of it and I think it would be amazing to be able to express in communicate in so many ways. I would also love to be a Red-Tailed Hawk, they are a constant guide in my life. I would love to be able to fly and glide across the sky and still see the world with such accuracy from up there. ------------------------------ Ronni Valle Canine Enrichment Leader The League for Animal Welfare ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Help us learn more about shelter DATA!

    Hi everyone! We're still looking for animal shelter/rescue staff to complete this 15-20 min survey! Help us learn more about animal shelter data :) https://ubc.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9yvyF8YLAgpubMW Participants must be: 18+ years of age Responsible for (dog) intake at their organization UBC Behavioural Research Ethics Board (Ethics ID: H22-00136) For questions or concerns, email Dr. Sasha Protopopova (Principal Investigator) a.protopopova@ubc.ca or Lexis Ly (PhD Student) lexisly@mail.ubc.ca Thank you! ------------------------------ Lexis Ly PhD Student UBC Animal Welfare Program ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    Stepping up pay ranges for animal welfare staff

    Pay inequity in animal welfare has long resulted in burnout and high staff turnover. Instead of allowing it to continue, some organizations are finding ways to create livable wages and prioritize staff wellbeing in a high-stress environment. This week's network editorial covers how Best Friends and two shelters took on the challenge to increase pay as a way of demonstrating that it is not only possible but needed. Check it out here. #Diversity,Equity,InclusionandJustice #EducationandTraining #FundraisingandDevelopment #OrganizationalManagement #PeopleManagement(includingVolunteerIntegration) ------------------------------ Kayla Sebo Best Friends Animal Society ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Recruiting Paid Employees

    We've been in the same boat. We utilize the local chamber for job postings as well as community social media pages. We also have looked into attending job fairs locally. The job market and recruitment right now are tough. Wishing you the best! ------------------------------ Erin Ellis Community Engagement Director Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe --------- Foster Program & Volunteer Management Specialist ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Do you ask for donations from corporate volunteer groups?

    Hi Kimberly, We are a little too small to accommodate corporate groups, so we don't do it often, however, we have been able to accommodate a few on a case by case in the past. We have asked for a donation and I absolutely think it is ok to do so. Most of the time corporate groups that are volunteering have funds set aside for that. If you have the ability to accommodate groups of that size, I would recommend coming up with a charge/fee structure. You could either structure it by group size or per person. Yes, they are helping you with their time, but they also have the resources to make a donation and are usually accustomed to that (at least in my limited experience, that has been the case), plus it does take additional staff time to train and oversee corporate groups. So you can justify the donation/fee in that way if needed. Hopefully, that is somewhat helpful. ------------------------------ Erin Ellis Community Engagement Director Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe --------- Foster Program & Volunteer Management Specialist ------------------------------ View Discussion

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  • Thank you to everyone who participated in the May Focus on Felines Job Alike discussion. And for going with the flow with the last minute agenda change. We've rescheduled the cat intake decision-making discussion for June. June Topic: What to do with that cat? Making informed decisions about cats on intake. Speaker: Dr. Heather Kennedy, KC Pet Project Resource: Pathway Planning and Stray Cat Decision Tree For stray cats, pathway planning starts at the admissions door. When a resident brings a found cat to your facility, use this interaction as an opportunity to gather information about the cat and the community. We'll discuss how to guide front-line staff to get incoming cats started along the most appropriate pathway and gather information that can help the organization to provide the cat with the best available outcome. ------------------------------ DanielleBays ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    Bonded pairs in dogs

    Hi, I'm looking for resources on how to officially test if a pair of dogs is bonded. I know how we test, but I want something to back it up. Thanks! #Behavior,TrainingandEnrichment ------------------------------ Abby Varela Austin Animal Center ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: HASS Foster Job-Alike Meeting: Foster Innovations

    @kerryann may thank you so much for your interest! If have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me directly at JessR@BestFriends.org​​ ------------------------------ Jess Roper Best Friends Animal Society ------------------------------ View Discussion

  • Hi! I am from NY and love animals. If I could be any animal, a horse would be it. Horses are my favorite animal. They are so sweet and powerful at the same time. If not I would be a dog. :) ------------------------------ Izzy Houle none none ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: unable to edit TOOLKITS from Field Trip Program

    Hi, Jenny: Congratulations on completing your final project. Please submit your project to your instructor via email as described in the lesson "Submitting your final project" at the end of the final module of the course. Upon approval of your final project, your instructor will send you a link to the certificate which will be proof of your completion of the course for the grant application. Erika ------------------------------ Erika Shaffer Course Developer at Maddie's Fund ------------------------------ View Discussion

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  • Helping your Neighborhood Cats presented by Neighborhood Cats as Part of Meow DC. May 18 3-4pm ET You see one dashing under a bush on your way home, another lying in a driveway, or picking food out of a trash can. They live on the streets, in the park, and behind the warehouse. Their kittens are cute but elusive fluff balls and you worry about how they'll survive. You know they can be annoying when they yowl in the middle of the night or the males spray the backyard and you worry how your neighbors will feel. You want to help them. But how? Join Bryan Kortis and Susan Richmond of Neighborhood Cats for an introduction into the world of community cats and how to make their lives better by trapping them, having them spayed and neutered, and caring for them in their outdoor homes. By the session's end, you'll know what to do next and where to go to learn more. May 18 Meow DC Registration #CommunityCatManagement #Conferences,WorkshopsandWebcasts #ReturntoHome(LostPetReunification) ------------------------------ stacy lebaron ------------------------------ View Discussion

  • Hello! There were some great questions asked in the Right Care webinar today that those of you watching the recording may miss. I'm adding them to this post in case you have a similar question. Q: How do you manage the intakes when we are an open admission shelter and the only shelter for about 5,000 square miles? Are you suggesting euthanizing the excess? The hope is that euthanasia is not used as a reactive tool to make space for an unending number of animals to continue to come into the shelter, but rather is reserved for animals who truly require it. The goal of the four rights framework is to proactively try to manage who's coming into your shelter. I know this can be harder for open admission shelters because of the pressure to intake everyone all of the time, but reach out to us if you want to chat more about open admission shelters we've worked with that have figured out ways to mitigate this struggle. Much of it has focused on not intaking community cats into the shelter and finding them TNR and increasing return to owner (esp return to home in the field) for dogs. Q: How do we maintain capacity for care when people are standing in front of the shelter, asking for help? A: I hear you. It definitely takes proactive planning, partnering, and reshaping of old pathways. For a long time, we've sent our communities the message that they should bring their pets to us without questions asked. Nowadays, we want to ask questions - not judgmental questions ... View Discussion

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    CANCELED: 5/16/22 Monday Shelter & Rescue Support Call

    Hello! We are sending this email as a notice that next week's Monday Shelter and Rescue Support Roundup call (5/16/22) is canceled . Please disregard any prior notices confirming this event. We can't wait to see you at the next one! Quick Reminder: You can also watch previous recordings and continue the conversation at Maddie's Pet Forum! Maddie's Monday Shelter and Rescue Support Call ( LINK TO REGISTER ) View Discussion

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    RE: unable to edit TOOLKITS from Field Trip Program

    Hi Amber, I completed the course and have created the documents from the toolkit and am not sure what to do now. I am hoping to obtain the certificate so that I can apply for the grant to enable us to purchase items needed to start the program - harness, swag bag, water bottles and all those wonderful things. Can you shed some light - there is nothing on the course information. Thanks Jen ------------------------------ Jenny Cope - Fear Free Certified President/Founder Give a Dog a Home Rescue Greater Goods Charities - GOODS Program Ambassador 501c3 Non- Profit Corp, Tax ID/EIN 27-5241306 State of Maine Shelter/Rescue Licence # F1463 State of Maine Registered Charity: CO11334 https://giveadogahome.rescuegroups.org/ ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: My grant idea

    Posted in: We Foster Challenge

    Hi Ellen, I just left a message at your extension. Please feel free to call back. Irene ------------------------------ Irene Chansawang Maddie's Fund ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    My grant idea

    Posted in: We Foster Challenge

    Hello, I would like to get advice on how to proceed. I'm having mixed responses from my CEO/President. Is there someone that I could talk to via phone? Thank you for your time, Ellen Gratch, LVT Work phone (517)626-6060 ext 121 Cell phone (517)243-5211 Work email egratch@adoptlansing.org Capital Area Humane Society Lansing, MI 48907 View Discussion

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    RE: unable to edit TOOLKITS from Field Trip Program

    Yes those have worked Amber, thank you so much. ------------------------------ Jenny Cope - Fear Free Certified President/Founder Give a Dog a Home Rescue Greater Goods Charities - GOODS Program Ambassador 501c3 Non- Profit Corp, Tax ID/EIN 27-5241306 State of Maine Shelter/Rescue Licence # F1463 State of Maine Registered Charity: CO11334 https://giveadogahome.rescuegroups.org/ ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Software - Shelterluv - Rescuegroups

    We moved to ShelterLuv last year. On the plus side, the majority of our clients pay the credit card service fees as well as adding a donation of some sort in the checkout process, so we are actually "up" financially on transactions. But it is true that they are very determined that you move your people to credit cards. We were around 65-70% credit card when that rule came through. They will work with you as long as you demonstrate that you're trying. In some ways that has been helpful to our front desk work flow -- we do not do same day adoptions, so when someone is approved we have to schedule them to come in and complete the process. Now we offer to email them a link in advance, so they can sign the contract and pay digitally, leaving them to only pick-up on our calendar. Makes things easier. All of that being said, with your percentage of cash/check, I would think ShelterLuv would be cost prohibitive. ------------------------------ Johanna Humbert Michiana Humane Society ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Software - Shelterluv - Rescuegroups

    Oh wow, I didn't know that. I actually had a call back from Shelterluv yesterday and they did say that they "strongly encourage" adoptions to be run through their pay system and I explained that 95% of people when adopting from GaDaH pay cash or check and they have the option to use a card as we have a card reader. It is one of the things I do not like, trying to force people to pay with a card, also the $2 per adoption does cost a LOT more than what I am paying for rescuegroups. Shelterluv has some great features the integration with other shelters and also the Maddies Pet app which I really want to start using - and it makes it easier when it is all linked together - but now you have said about the extra costs, and the fact that they didn't even mention they charge more - makes me think that they are not open and honest and that is not good. I really appreciate the feedback - thank you so much. Jen ------------------------------ Jenny Cope - Fear Free Certified President/Founder Give a Dog a Home Rescue Greater Goods Charities - GOODS Program Ambassador 501c3 Non- Profit Corp, Tax ID/EIN 27-5241306 State of Maine Shelter/Rescue Licence # F1463 State of Maine Registered Charity: CO11334 https://giveadogahome.rescuegroups.org/ ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Software - Shelterluv - Rescuegroups

    If most people pay for adoptions with cash or check, shelterluv is not an option for you. They require us to maintain above 90% through the shelterluv pay portal which is cards. If we drop below it becomes something crazy like $18 per adoption, not $2. ------------------------------ Frances Alford Director Big Bend TNR Cat Rescue Tallahassee FL 8507569776 ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: HASS Foster Job-Alike Meeting: Foster Innovations

    Kerryann, yes! Here are links to all of the presentations: Trello for volunteer management Avochato- texting Foster rallies ------------------------------ Kelly Duer Maddie's Fund ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    Veterinary opthamology

    Hello all! Kotor Kitties has been given a unique challenge by one of our partner vets in Montenegro, and we need help making a connection to a vet school opthamology professor. Montenegro would be considered an "under-resourced" country; Kotor Kitties is the first HQHVSN and TNR program in the country, and the first for cats in the Balkan countries. Our vets are doing spay-neuter surgeries with injectible anesthesia and nothing is put in the cat's eyes to prevent drying out. Based on observations of the cats, our new contract asks that the cats be given a drop of lubricant, such as corn or vegetable oil, in each eye, as part of their prep for surgery. One vet took exception to the idea, and ask that we provide a written opinion from a veterinary opthamologist on a vet school faculty that this would be safe for the cats. I've tried 3 times, unsuccessfully, to connect with the Koret School at UC Davis, but wondered if any of you has a connection who wouldn't mind doing this? Thanks for any connections you may have for us! #CommunityCatManagement #EducationandTraining #Medicine,SurgeryandSterilization ------------------------------ April King Volunteer and Board Member Kotor Kitties ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: General Adoption Center Knowledge

    I love this idea...I think that shift from a traditional shelter environment will do wonders for all involved. Following this post. If you would like to discuss, please do reach out here. You can also contact me at: hello@spiritanimalproject.org. Were you looking at having existing shelters and rescues bring their dogs only, and so not operating as a shelter/rescue yourself? ------------------------------ Cindy Scherban Spirit Animal Project ------------------------------ View Discussion

  • can we listen/watch this episode on demand? Iam interested in the topics in this episode. ------------------------------ kerryann may ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    General Adoption Center Knowledge

    This message was posted by a user wishing to remain anonymous I have been looking into what it would take to open an adoption center in my town, but all I can find is how to start a rescue/shelter. I want this to be a place that local shelters and rescuers can bring long term residents to be seen in a different, less stressful environment. I want to have "real life rooms" set up like regular living rooms so that animals can better show their personality. I'm having trouble with where to start. There was an adoption center set up here and failed because the humane society turned it into a holding place for transports, but I believe with someone that actually keeps their mind on the real goal, it could do great. Any advice would be wonderful and appreciated. I have contacted the dept of ag with the legal requirement questions and just waiting on an answer. I'm in south GA. #AdmissionsandIntake(includingIntake-to-placement) #AdoptionsandAdoptionPrograms #Behavior,TrainingandEnrichment #Conferences,WorkshopsandWebcasts #EducationandTraining #FundraisingandDevelopment #LawsandPublicPolicy View Discussion

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  • Hello! This week's Friday Animal Welfare Leadership Round-up call (5/13/22) is canceled . We can't wait to see you at the next one! Quick Reminder: You can also watch previous recordings and continue the conversation at Maddie's Pet Forum Maddie's Friday Animal Welfare Leadership Roundup ( LINK TO REGISTER ) View Discussion

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    Software - Shelterluv - Rescuegroups

    Good morning, I am in a bit of a pickle and just looking for peoples feedback or suggestions. I have been using Rescuegroups.org software since 2012 and use it for everything, website, online forms, data management and its a good all in one shop, however, it does have it's issues - but nothing is ever going to be perfect. It is extremely cost effective in only being $100 per year, for everything and they have excellent email support. The rescue is expanding to do a lot of work in the community, mobile wellness clinics, pet pantry, we are an ambassador for the Greater Good Charities - GOODS Program and Shelterluv seems like it has a lot of options to offer a lot of what we need, the field services would allow info for the wellness clinics - they have forms, and other things - however, $2 an adoption, as low cost as it might seem, is significantly higher than rescuegroups. Based on average 250 adoptions per year - that is $500. We are a rescue, a kennel building and the odd foster home in a rural, low income county with no much help at all. The upkeep of the older kennel building is expensive and living in Maine heating costs in the winter are high - so money is definitely a strong consideration. In an ideal world it would be great to run both software programs, the rescuegroups - everything is integrated into the website so switching to shelterluv would have its own extra work, keeping both would be more expensive, the $500+ per year and then paying for the website through ... View Discussion

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  • Thank you, Chumkee! Each webinar in this series has been pre-approved for 1.0 Certified Animal Welfare Administrator continuing education credits by The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement and by the National Animal Care & Control Association. Find the recordings of these webcasts - along with handouts and your CE certificate - on Maddie's University here. ------------------------------ alison gibson ------------------------------ View Discussion

  • Hi, all! Thank you for attending the RIGHT CARE Webinar today! Apologies for the audio issues; the recording that will be posted here on MPF will not have audio issues and will soon be available. Here are some of the resources we discussed and shared today: 1. Fast Track Scoring Sheet from Karen at CAT Adoption Team - attached 2. The Mighty to do and to don't list from UCD team -attached 3. Various shelter calculators from UCD team - https://www.sheltermedicine.com/library/shelter-capacity-calculators/ ------------------------------ Chumkee Aziz, DVM, DABVP (Shelter Medicine Practice) Outreach Veterinarian UC Davis ------------------------------ View Discussion

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