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  • Excellent article! ------------------------------ Yvonne Leach ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Community Intervention

    Maybe 211 has referrals here. Thank you all for ideas. Augusta ------------------------------ Augusta Farley ------------------------------ View Discussion

  • Thank you for this question, Glenda, and for the resource document, Charlotte! I'm going to reach out to Animal Shelter of Sullivan County Inc, which actually conducted vaccine clinics during the No Place Like Home Challenge. Please stay tuned... ------------------------------ Irene Chansawang Maddie's Fund ------------------------------ View Discussion

  • Thanks to those who joined this morning's call! We had a slight update to the agenda with lots of great discussion. For those who were unable to attend, have no fear, the recording and resources are here! Kristen opened the call with the question - If you could be anywhere today (but here), where would you be? My answer to that has got to be Puerto Rico! There were lots of mentions of other beachy locations in the chat, how about you? As always, feel free to watch the recording, browse the agenda and explore resources that were shared by attendees: Agenda Welcome – Kristen Hassen, Director, American Pets Alive! - hassen@americanpetsalive.org QOTD – if you could be anywhere in the world, where would you be? NO MEETINGS Friday July 2 or Monday July 4 Mary's Motivation – The Association's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee has launched a historic, first-of-its-kind survey. All of us in animal welfare need to complete the survey and encourage our teams and colleagues to complete it. The results of this survey will help create a strategy of the work that lies ahead for us to make animal welfare a more diverse and inclusive profession. In order to get the most complete picture, we need to hear from everyone working in animal welfare from front line staff and officers in the field to fundraising staff, adoption counselors and managers Sara Pizano, Team Shelter USA – The Best Practice Playbook for Animal Shelters ... View Discussion

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    RE: Community Intervention

    Thanks, Steph! ------------------------------ Adelia Hwang ACCD ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: COVID Safety Protocol for Mass Vaccination of Pets

    Thank you for the information. Great resource documented from an animal organization during this time of COVID prevention. ------------------------------ Glenda Davis Animal Rez-Q, Inc. ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    Unlocked adoption rooms

    Have any other shelters gone from having locked adoption rooms, where potential adopters are always escorted, to unlocked rooms? If you have, I'd love to hear from you! #AdoptionsandAdoptionPrograms ------------------------------ Kristen Jahnke ------------------------------ View Discussion

  • Augusta and Adelia, San Mateo, CA's municipal code: https://www.animallaw.info/local/ca-san-mateo-title-6-animals refers to mediation for animal nuisance complaints regarding a kennel or cattery (6.20.120 - Mediation) or the holder of an Animal Fancier Permit (6.16.110 - Mediation). They have a county mediation program, which we don't have, but we do have nonprofit low- and no-fee mediation resources on Oahu. Los Angeles, CA's municipal code: https://www.laanimalservices.com/laws-policies/nuisance-barking/ also references an in-house mediation process. I'm using these as a jumping off point for something that might work in our community. If I get a draft that looks like it is gaining traction among our local lawmakers, I will share the language.<o:p> </o:p> ------------------------------ Steph Kendrick Hawaiian Humane Society ------------------------------ View Discussion

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  • Hi Glenda, While not specific to mass vaccinations, Human Animal Support Services (HASS) put together a document about " How to Safely Distribute Products During Covid " that does have a lot of language and protocols that you can adapt to your mass vaccination clinic to keep your staff, volunteers and community members safe during the event. Hope this provides some inspiration and thanks for the amazing work you do for people and pets in the Navajo Nation! ------------------------------ Charlotte Otero Community Strategist at Maddie's Fund she/her ------------------------------ View Discussion

  • UPDATED 6/18 at 1:55pm PT: Recording is now available to watch & share below! We are looking forward to seeing you for the Friday Animal Welfare Leadership Round-Up Zoom call June 18th at 8am PT . Tomorrow is going to be a chill meeting for us to catch up with each other, share what's happening in our neck of the woods, and talk about a couple of sticky problems we're still struggling to solve. This is a perfect call for new participants so please invite a friend! We'll be joined by @Lisa LaFontaine of Humane Rescue Alliance who will be bringing a little piece of animal welfare history from 1995 to kick off our conversation about the seasonal nature of our work and stress. We'll also talk about the eight ways barriers are showing up in animal shelters today and if it's true, as one professional postulated, "If we got rid of barriers, we might just have solved the problem." Plus, we'll hear updates from our national organization partners about opportunities and events like the upcoming Best Friends National Conference , which is next week! ​ Register for the Friday calls and come back to this post to access the recording, resources shared and to ask any follow up questions or comments. You can catch up on any previous calls by visiting the Community Conversations page here on the forum located under Events. #AdoptionsandAdoptionPrograms #OrganizationalManagement #PeopleManagement ------------------------------ Charlotte Otero Community ... View Discussion

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    RE: Community Intervention

    In Portland, Oregon we too have a nonprofit that provides free neighbor mediation services which includes pet issues, but as Stephanie mentioned, it only works when you have two people wiling to come to the table sort out their conflict. As a former volunteer for this group, I found that when things have gotten very bad between the parties, the likelihood of resolution through mediation is slim, however, if the parties are open to mediation, it really can resolve problems in a way that code violations cannot. Stephanie, I really like the idea you described regarding amending your local animal control ordinance and would love to see how you organization is approaching it. I formerly worked for city government and recognize the inherent inequalities of penalties for code violations, especially in places like Portland where the system is complaint based therefore benefiting the most resourced and vocal individuals. ------------------------------ Adelia Hwang ACCD ------------------------------ View Discussion

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  • No nothing concerning. I was just sharing. Thank you. Carol Sumbry ACDBC, CPDT-KA Associated Certified Behavior Consultant/Certified Dog Trainer Sent from iPhone View Discussion

  • Hi Carol, That's a great article. We seem to be in agreement. Safe, voluntary, positive experiences with novelty starting very young and continuing through adolescence. Was there something in the video or post that made you feel otherwise? Ian still recommends that puppies meet 100 people before 8 weeks and I tend to agree. Humans are such a dominant part of a dog's life and we all sound, look, smell, feel, taste and behave differently, especially children. Is there a reason you feel the meeting lots of different people, assuming they are quality interactions, doesn't fit into the guidance offered in your article? I am interested in your thoughts. Here is an article on Puppy Socialization: 5 Big Mistakes to Avoid Diane ------------------------------ Diane Zahorodny World Ready Pets ------------------------------ View Discussion

  • Diane, I saw Ian probably 20 years. He's brilliant. Yes there is a brief window for any species for socialization. This is crucial for survival. That said I think the way we view socialization has changed over the years. It used to be the "meet 100 dogs and people" for example but we've moved away to a dog for example learning to be calm so we have found it's not as much about exposure or quantity but more about quality. Here's a recent article we did at our shelter for a local publication. It has to be shortened but I still think you might enjoy the message. Carol Sumbry ACDBC, CPDT-KA Associated Certified Behavior Consultant/Certified Dog Trainer Sent from iPhone View Discussion

  • Hey y'all, I've been, more or less, obsessed with early socialization ever since I attended a seminar with Ian Dunbar in 2009 where he explained that young puppies and kittens are infinitely easier to train and socialize than at any other point in their life. (He and I also discussed this in a recent interview - coming soon!) This is why our foster caregivers are so invaluable! They have the once in a lifetime opportunity to socialize our future cats and dogs and help prevent the types of behavior problems that often land them back at the shelter. Surrenders are not only heartbreaking (for everyone) but they are also expensive (feeding, housing, vet care, behavior modification, etc.) One of the easiest (and cutest) ways to prevent pets from coming back is to invest a little extra effort into them when they are young! It's like a behavioral inoculation! This video was created to help people understand how to set up a safe socialization event and read body language. It features puppies but the principles are the same for kittens (and other social animals). If you think your foster program might benefit from this video, please feel free to share. -Diane About: This litter's mother, Maggie, was picked up off the reservation in Chinle, AZ in April 2020. Maggie was a little 40 lb mama who gave birth to 10 puppies on Mother's Day! We handled the puppies everyday and exposed them to new people, sounds, smells, sights, textures and more. We have a small farm so we ... View Discussion

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    COVID Safety Protocol for Mass Vaccination of Pets

    Ya'at'eeh from the Navajo Nation. I wanted to reach out to see if anyone has a COVID safety protocol for mass vaccination of pets. The mass vaccination of pets will be a drive-up process; where pets and their humans will stay in their vehicles and the animal organizations will be masked, vaccinated and when possible be socially distanced. I didn't want to reinvent the wheel if such a document exists. I tried to reach out to our local Indian Health Services since they are the entity that provides the mass vaccinations for humans but that communication did not get any results on my requests. Our tribe is still in the "orange" COVID emergency status. I will be seeking approval from the Navajo Nation Health Department and the Department of Emergency Management to approve this document so that our planning/scheduling can begin. Our reservation falls within a rural veterinary shortage designation where pets owners would have to travel an average of a 55mile radius to obtain care, which has appointments scheduled out to September. Animal Rez-Q Inc wants to bring mass vaccinations to five centralized areas on the reservation to have pets vaccinated. We hope to follow through with spay/neuter alterations. I hope I am able to get some responses, there was not a topic area nor subject line for this discussion. Best to each of you. Thanks for all you do. Glenda #PeopleManagement ------------------------------ Glenda Davis Animal Rez-Q, Inc. ---------------------------- ... View Discussion

  • Canine compulsive disorder can we challenging to treat. It can respond to meds but doesn't always. Lower stress, lots of enrichment, and foster home if possible, and behaviorist. Carol Sumbry ACDBC, CPDT-KA Associated Certified Behavior Consultant/Certified Dog Trainer Sent from iPhone View Discussion

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  • Sharing a question! Shelter dog with possible OCD Hi Everyone, I'm looking for recommendations for working with a shelter dog that fixates on certain items. It is typically anything wooden (sticks, pooper scoopers, etc.) or metal (kennel latches, control poles, etc.). It isn't always clear what he is going to choose and sometimes he can be redirected if he is at a lower threshold. When he is outside, he can rarely be re-directed. He will bite the item and not let go for any reason. He is currently on Rx Fluoxetine 50mg by mouth once daily long-term. Could anyone suggest other medication or a specific behavior treatment plan for this issue? thx - #animalbehavior #behavior #anxiety #medications #behavior plan​​​​​​ #AnimalBehavior,TrainingandEnrichment ------------------------------ xo, Amber Amber Freiwald Maddie's Fund ------------------------------ View Discussion

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  • Lost Pet Reunification from Human Animal Support Services According to Human Animal Support Services, the most successful lost pet reunification programs have these characteristics in common: Operate under the assumption that the majority of lost or stray animals have people who love and care for them. Ensure lost animals are returned quickly and safely. Build community partnerships to utilize people's willingness and desire to help. Develop an organizational culture and a community expectation that promotes reunification. Involve dedicated staff and volunteers to focus on reunification efforts. View the full toolkit to read more about the problems this toolkit helps solve, step by step instructions on how to begin (or grow) a program, inspiring success stories and more! https://www.humananimalsupportservices.org/toolkit/lost-pet-reunification/ HASS Lost Pet Reunification | HASS What is Lost Pet Reunification when it comes to HASS? Lost and found programs prevent lost pets, reunite lost pets with their people, and support lost pets from getting lost again. For most shelters, the highest intake type is stray animals. Initial data collection shows that a significant number of these lost animals are healthy, [...] View this on HASS > ​ #HumaneLawEnforcementandLaws #OrganizationalManagement #ReturntoHome ------------------------------ ... View Discussion

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    RE: Distemper Outbreak

    Watching for illness closely at intake is important. Becoming very familiar with distemper symptoms (URI, kennel cough, diarrhea, dry eye, dandruff, skin issues, etc) so they can be identified at intake and not placed in regular intake kennels. Getting an accurate surrender reason (what we are told is often not the real reason) and ruling out medical. Are the dogs still scheduled to go out on transport? You can look at the length of stay and vaccine status to determine if they are at high or low risk. ------------------------------ Jordana Moerbe ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Distemper Outbreak

    Hi Tisa! I would encourage you to reach out to one of the shelter medicine programs I included, depending on where you live. Cornell has specific states they assist with, not sure about UF and UW-M. I'm confident they'll be able to answer your questions. ------------------------------ Shelly Thompson Maddie's Fund ------------------------------ View Discussion

  • https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/5716226595771/WN_GBhGkdIRQOGrfQhzGNLYvg Zoom Video Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Driving a Cat Culture Shift with the Ten Movement. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar. A recent creative campaign featuring "Scooter the Neutered Cat," helped spur a transformation in the live-release rate of cats and drove a culture shift in the way Cincinnati, OH thinks about cats. On June 17, Deborah Cribbs, chairperson of the nonprofit cat advocacy group, the Ten Movement, will join Monica Frenden, Maddie's® Director of Feline Lifesaving at American Pets Alive!, to share about this breakthrough campaign. View this on Zoom Video > Driving a Cat Culture Shift with the Ten Movement June 17 at 5pm CT Getting people to think about keeping cats in the community could have drastic long term results on reducing your intake! Join chairperson of Ten Movement, Deborah Cribbs, and our own Monica Frenden , Maddie's ® Director of Feline Lifesaving, for an exciting live webinar this Thursday. Can't join live? Sign up anyways and we'll send you the recording! #cat #webinar ​​​​ #AdmissionsandIntake #AdoptionsandAdoptionPrograms #CommunityCatManagement #EducationandTraining #OrganizationalManagement ------------------------------ xo, ... View Discussion

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    RE: Community Intervention

    Hi, Stephanie, YES! Pls share what you are working on. It sounds promising. Augusta ------------------------------ Augusta Farley ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Distemper Outbreak

    The first article is great and provides hope but no details. " She explained how to separate the ones who were negative, from the ones who tested positive, from the ones who were high positive, and how to very aggressively treat the ones who had any symptoms." We need to know how they were treated. And do we have any chance with newborn puppies? View Discussion

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    Wildlife admissions

    We are a nonprofit animal welfare organization with a county animal services contract. We have historically had an extremely broad definition of open-admissions, which we are reevaluating. I'd love to hear from open admissions shelters regarding whether they admit wildlife and, if so, under what circumstances. For example: You have in-house expertise to rehabilitate wildlife You admit wildlife and transport animals to a more appropriate agency You admit wildlife if you have a wildlife agency partner who will pick up from your facility Any feedback at all would be appreciated! #AdmissionsandIntake ------------------------------ Steph Kendrick Hawaiian Humane Society ------------------------------ View Discussion

  • Aloha Augusta. We have long referred nuisance complainants to a local nonprofit that offers free or low-fee mediation services, but we find people generally do not want to talk to their neighbors, they want us to "fix" the issue. So we are looking at amending our local animal ordinance so that a complainant would have to pursue mediation first. We would only investigate if mediation failed or the party who was the subject of the complaint refused to participate in mediation. Our draft is a work in progress, but I have some language from other jurisdictions if you want me to email that to you. ------------------------------ Steph Kendrick Hawaiian Humane Society ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Distemper Outbreak

    This message was posted by a user wishing to remain anonymous Our shelter had an outbreak of distemper a few years ago. University of Wisconsin was helpful with helping us test and quarantine advice. We rented a vacant vets office to keep exposed dogs separate from new dogs coming in. View Discussion

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  • Happy Monday! Here's a recap of what was discussed during the Shelter & Rescue Support Call on June 14th. If you have any questions or comments about the topics discussed on today's call, please add them below. UPDATED 6/15 8:55am PT: Recording now available. Today's Agenda Welcome - Bobby Mann, Director of Human Animal Support Services National updates Mary's Monday Motivation –Terrorism: there are no easy answers, even though there are many platitudes with potential solutions. We need to ask ourselves, "What is that thing that keeps us moving? What is the primary function of animal welfare?" For Mary, the primary function is to maintain the support and the strength of the bonds between animals and people. Put people and pets in our vocabulary, our protocols, in our approach to the work we do. Without it, we are doomed. Talk about the things that do not work. Be honest. Believe in yourself, operate with the strength of your convictions, and know you have answers here on these calls - we can handle the obstacles together. SURTHRIVAL -meeting life's unwelcome challenges with gusto existential heroes Bethany Heins , Best Friends - Best Friends Conference Highlights Raul Rodriguez , Animal Control Manager, LA County Appointment system, County of Los Angeles – Palmdale ACC Kaycey Adair , Greenville County Animal Care & Liana Moss , Human Animal Support Services - Self Supported Rehoming and Keeping Families ... View Discussion

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    RE: Distemper Outbreak

    Hi Tisa, I'm so sorry you're running into distemper with your transfers. I don't have answers to your specific questions, but this article came to mind: https://sheltermedicine.vetmed.ufl.edu/2021/05/20/101-distemper-puppies-how-a-chicago-shelter-got-it-wright/. If you'd like to reach out UF directly, here's where you can find more info: https://sheltermedicine.vetmed.ufl.edu/shelter-services/disease-management/. Cornell University (https://www.vet.cornell.edu/hospitals/maddies-shelter-medicine-program/maddies-shelter-lab-subsidized-diagnostics-animal-shelters) and University of Wisconsin-Madison (https://www.uwsheltermedicine.com/shelter-support) also offer consultation support. Any of them might have more insight into your specific questions. Thank you for all you do for the animals! ------------------------------ Shelly Thompson Maddie's Fund ------------------------------ View Discussion

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  • This post has been updated with the agenda and the recording in case you missed it or want to share with a team member or partner organization! Attached you'll find the notes and resources that were shared by participants in the chat as well as Emergency Foster Resources and Templates put together by our Foster Care Specialist, @Kelly Duer We asked a few poll questions during the call and these were the results. If you were unable to join the live call, please let us know your responses to the poll questions in the comments so we can get a better pulse on what you're experiencing at your shelters: And in case you need a little spot of joy and cuteness to perk up your day, volunteer @Katie Grissum for KC Pet Project went viral with her Tik Tok's of adorable shelter pets available for adoption. ​​ ------------------------------ Charlotte Otero Community Strategist at Maddie's Fund she/her ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    Community Intervention

    Hi, folks, Someone reached out to me with a query about how to solve community disputes re neighbors and their pets. We know that talking to neighbors about their pets is one piece of advice, but we're looking for an alternative to policing/ACOs when tensions are a bit high already. Has anyone used a trained community mediator when there are complaints of loose or barking dogs, for example? How would you start with that idea? Do you have other ideas before escalating to code violations? This is our chance to de-escalate community tension and help people keep pets in their homes. Augusta Farley #EducationandTraining #HumaneLawEnforcementandLaws #Justice,Diversity,EquityandInclusion #PeopleManagement #ReturntoHome ------------------------------ Augusta Farley ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    Distemper Outbreak

    We have a long relationship with the rescues in Western NE but recently we have had several dogs and nursing moms come in with Distemper. They are typically vaccinated before transport. Two litters have had to be euthanized, so far. And several adult or older puppies showed symptoms but most pulled through with medical care. The distemper strain has been identified as one carried by wildlife. Obviously, we would like to avoid this occurring again but we're looking for ideas on how to limit the risk so we can continue to help these rescues. Does anyone have any information about this type of distemper and now to protect our transported animals? Thanks! #EducationandTraining #Medicine,SurgeryandSterilization #TransfersandTransport ------------------------------ Tisa McKim Town and Country Humane Society ------------------------------ View Discussion

  • Join us for the next Animal Welfare Leadership Roundup on Friday 6/11 at 8am PT. AGENDA UPDATED: 6/11 at 12:50pm PT Recording Now Available! Press Play Below: Along with our regular national organization updates, we had quite a packed call! Here's what was covered and the resources shared. Recording will be available here soon to watch and share. Agenda Welcome – Kristen Hassen, Director, American Pets Alive! - Things you can do now to keep shelter populations from spiking Mary's Motivation – Remember, you do not have to do it all by yourselves! Maddie’s Fund Executive Leadership Team are Mary Ippoliti-Smith, Amy Zeifand and Dr. Laurie Peek. They support each other. As CARE.org says, “The future we’ve been waiting for has been here all along.” Intake issues - Things you can do now to keep shelter populations from spiking Mike Wheeler, Cabot (AR) Animal Support Services , mwheeler@cabotar.gov Donna Casamento, Palm Valley Animal Care Services Polls about current intake and challenges Kelly Duer: Emergency Foster Resources and Templates Teresa Johnson and Tori Fugate, KC Pet Project’s new Reclaim Fee Forgiveness Program Chris Fitzgerald, Director of Animal Services at City of Rochester Michelle Simmons, Greenville County (SC) Animal Care Services Monica Frenden, Maddie’s Director of Feline Lifesaving, AmPA and Deborah Cribbs, Board of Trustees Chair for the Joanie Bernard Foundation ... View Discussion

  • Is there evidence that punishment isn't a deterrent for animal crimes? My guess is that there isn't much of a deterrent but it would be interesting to know . It is a really important question. I will offer four responses, none of which will be satisfying. (1) There is shockingly little research on this question. I say shocking because this could be studied (and see 2, should be), but groups have invested no resources or effort to study this question. We have bought into the logic that it must be reducing animal crime, but to the best of my knowledge there is no reliable evidence pointing in this direction. (2) I am in the middle of such a study right now. A couple of local Humane Society groups and SCPCAs have shared data with me and I have done a substantial amount of data analysis. I hope to release the findings this fall. The short version is that I am not seeing evidence of deterrence even in the wake of what groups call "landmark" changes in cruelty law. (3) There is a general presumption among many criminologists that completely legalizing conduct will increase the frequency of the conduct. There is some marijuana research that may conflict with these assumptions. But generally speaking, it is assumed that prohibiting certain conduct does decrease its frequency. Significantly, that tells us nothing about whether different punishments (or or more severe, or any punishments) add to this baseline level of deterrence. (4) Studying deterrence is hard, and ... View Discussion

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  • I don't believe this question has been answered yet that was left in the chat by @John Brassner : Is there evidence that punishment isn't a deterrent for animal crimes? My guess is that there isn't much of a deterrent but it would be interesting to know . ​​ ------------------------------ alison gibson ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    Field Operations Manager Job Opening - Houston, TX

    Harris County Pets in Houston, TX is hiring a Field Operations Manager. View job description and apply here . #OrganizationalManagement ------------------------------ Marissa Johnston Harris County Pets ------------------------------ View Discussion

  • Thank you @aine doley ! I'll definitely have us reach out to that org, and we would LOVE to be inundated!​ ------------------------------ Rene Agredano Tripawds ------------------------------ View Discussion

  • Thank you Justin. Our whole leadership team is very supportive of this approach and we've made big strides in building relationships with our human social services partners over the last year or two. I am working now on rewriting our local laws with better outcomes in mind, but the immediate need on the ground is just so vast that it is easy to feel overwhelmed and discouraged. Building this shift into the municipal contract would help bridge the resource gap between what we can do and what we want to do. My email is skendrick@hawaiianhumane.org. Please send any studies you think would be helpful. I've read the Hawes et. al. paper that was shared during the webinar and it was fantastic. Aloha, Steph ------------------------------ Steph Kendrick Hawaiian Humane Society ------------------------------ View Discussion

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  • That is fantastic and I wish you the best of luck! I don't have a ready list of resources, unfortunately. So few groups have tried it that this is still viewed as speculative. As I said during my remarks, it is viewed as risky or idealistic to try new things. But it is taken for granted that punitive efforts will produce good outcomes for animals. So I would appeal to the City based on your own sense of success, perhaps my book, and the general national narratives around non-punitive interventions outside of animal protection. If you want, I can send you some studies suggesting that punishment increases do not lead to crime decreases, but I don't have a ready set of resources for you. ------------------------------ Justin Marceau Denver Univ ------------------------------ View Discussion

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  • I work for a non-profit with a county animal services contract. We have long emphasized education over enforcement and we are working toward expanding our pet retention services, but the City doesn't pay us for any of that. We will be negotiating a new contract very soon and I wanted to ask if there are any resources you would recommend for educating our municipal leaders about the value of supporting a social services approach to animal welfare issues rather than the same-old of enforcement and stray animal holding. ------------------------------ Steph Kendrick Hawaiian Humane Society ------------------------------ View Discussion

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  • Wonderful program. We will share on our Facebook page, Catadelphia. We help people with medical emergencies and this program would be great for us to refer people to as well. You should post to the American Pets Alive! Shelter and Rescue Suppor Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/377926246322174 I have a feeling once the word does get out, you will be inundated. :=) ------------------------------ aine doley ------------------------------ View Discussion

  • It is a nice question. I am not someone who thinks that there is no difference between neglect or abuse, or that the reactions must be equivalent. However, mandatory reporting can have dramatic, carceral consequences for abuse or neglect. I have seen cases where mandatory reporting has led to immigration proceedings and felony charges for neglect. ------------------------------ Justin Marceau Denver Univ ------------------------------ View Discussion

  • Another unanswered question from the chat: @Carly Holcomb asked: Could mandatory reporting be more helpful if there was a legal distinction between abuse and neglect? ​ ------------------------------ Charlotte Otero Community Strategist at Maddie's Fund she/her ------------------------------ View Discussion

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  • Thanks so much for the shout out in today's newsletter! Much appreciated! ------------------------------ Rene Agredano Tripawds ------------------------------ View Discussion

  • Happy Monday and thank you to Kim Soto and Tom Kremer for sharing their amazing work with us on this morning's call. Below are the resources and links that were referenced during today's call and attached you'll find the highlights from the chat including this gem: For those who missed the live call, the recording will be available soon on YouTube and will be added to this post. If you have any questions for today's speakers, please comment them below. Have a great week! Resources referenced in today's call Emotional CPR https://www.emotional-cpr.org/ Share ideas in real time – Klaxoon app https://app.klaxoon.com/animate/board/J2YHGHS Maddie's Fund ® Contest! Win a chance for a $50 gift card! Invite a friend to the National Calls contest https://forms.gle/M8N2L87e1dsVLL469 Best Friends and the International Municipal Lawyers Association community-supported shelter guide. People, Pets, and Policies: Towards Community Supported Animal Sheltering https://network.bestfriends.org/tools-and-information/people-pets-and-policies Kim Soto, Senior Director of Volunteer Engagement, San Diego Humane Society https://www.sdhumane.org/ Tom Kremer, Minerva Schools at KGI, San Francisco, CA A New Web-Based Tool for RTO-Focused Animal Shelter Data Analysis https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fvets.2021.669428/full https://tomkremer.shinyapps.io/databoard/ - use 'demo' as username ... View Discussion

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  • Awesome! Thanks!! #Conferences,WorkshopsandSeminars #EducationandTraining #staffdevelopment #stafftraining #training ​​​​ ------------------------------ xo, Amber Amber Freiwald Maddie's Fund ------------------------------ View Discussion

  • Thank you for sharing (and writing) this article! ------------------------------ Sarah Rosenberg Paws Between Homes ------------------------------ View Discussion

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  • Justin, thank you for taking the time to respond thoughtfully. I will start by reading the resources you listed as I have not yet. I hear you on just starting with examining whether punishment in the traditional sense is producing the outcomes we ultimately want- it isn't. And being open to a different approach. I look forward to thinking through this as I learn and I hope there are future opportunities to have thoughtful conversations about this. Thanks again! ------------------------------ Tatianna Hankins ------------------------------ View Discussion

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  • Thank you for watching and engaging. I am grateful to have so many thoughtful advocates like you thinking about these issues. I would be interested in Gabrielle's reactions to this question, but I will just start. My view is that there is no silver bullets, or uniform set of approaches that will work. They key, in my view, is to find ways to acknowledge animal suffering without assuming that more convictions and policing will end animal fighting. There is no evidence I am aware of showing that neglect, abuse, or fighting are reduced by higher penalties. We in the animal world have the capacity to imagine animals as persons or important parts of our society, and we hope can be similarly creative and ambitious when it comes to imagining paths forward. The example of animal fighting may have, as you suggest a certain cultural connections that warrant extra consideration. There is writing on the history of dog fighting and bird fighting that make it difficult to escape the conclusion that certain groups are most associated with these practices (either in perception or in reality), and this means that we would expect racial disparities in the enforcement of these crimes. I don't have reliable data on this, but I talk about this a great deal in the chapter on race in my book, Beyond Cages. So this is all to say, animal fighting are a uniquely challenging area. The harms to animals are so terrifying and horrible, and the risks of discriminatory enforcement are also high. ... View Discussion

  • Just watched the recording. Thank you so much to Maddie's Fund for bringing these conversations forward. I learned quite a bit from Gabrielle and Justin. Something that came to mind that I'm struggling with and would like input on. How do we approach animal fighting crimes like cockfighting when they have such a strong cultural component? Any response is greatly appreciated! ------------------------------ Tatianna Hankins ------------------------------ View Discussion

  • Sarah. I have argued that the "pursestring" point you point you are making is related to the question of how we choose the animals/species that are prioritized for protection. It is what I call palliative animal law, https://harvardlawreview.org/2021/03/palliative-animal-law-the-war-on-animal-cruelty/ Harvardlawreview Palliative Animal Law: The War on Animal Cruelty In 2019 President Donald Trump signed into law the Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act. Pub. L. No. 116-72, 133 Stat. 1151 (2019) (codified at 18 U.S.C. § 48). Although every state already permitted felony animal cruelty liability, animal lawyers hailed the PACT Act as a "defining moment" for animal law because it allowed acts of animal cruelty to be charged as federal felonies. View this on Harvardlawreview > ------------------------------ Justin Marceau Denver Univ ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Local TNR Organizations

    Thanks Everyone. All the traps are accounted for. ------------------------------ Jennifer Evans CARE ------------------------------ View Discussion

  • I am not sure what is local! We are : Safe Animal Shelter 2913 County Rd 220 Middleburg, Florida 32068 Thank you in advance! Sherry Mansfield admin@safeanimalshelter.com ------------------------------ Sherry Mansfield ------------------------------ View Discussion

  • Gabrielle, thank YOU for creating a platform from which to launch conversations like these. Absolutely, YES, I see that individuals from marginalized identities don't need saved or rescued . What I see (from my vantage point) that individuals from marginalized identities need is simply freedom from the systemic obstacles that obstruct or downright eliminate their access to the resources that the marginalizers have claimed as their/our own. The invention of pursestrings has made access to resources scarce even when resources themselves are not scarce. For those of us who have any access to the pursestrings (be it through our vigilance or the very fact of our privilege or social placement), our work can look like snipping at the strongholds that limit access, that create marginalization, and that pit us against one another for reasons invented to maintain the current power structure. The more deeply we are willing to ask the hard questions and examine the why-things-are's, the more power we reclaim to shift what has become into what we actively choose into being. We might start with questions like these: Why do we need to "own" non-human animals? Why do we choose some species to serve as pets and some to serve as food? [Corollary: Why is the treatment of one species considered punishable (imprisonable) abuse when the same (or worse) treatment of another is considered an acceptable and necessary part of everyday life?] Who gets to codify, adjudicate, and ... View Discussion

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    RE: Local TNR Organizations

    Glynn County Municipal Shelter in GA may be able to use them . They are in a rural part of Georgia and have some challenges. Stacy ------------------------------ stacy lebaron ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Local TNR Organizations

    Hi, I would like to nominate Tate's TNR rescue to receive some of the traps. This is a 1 1/2 yr old non-profit located in BellCounty, KY, where the community cat situation is dire. This organization is severely lacking in funds but is collaborating with Remote Area Medical Vet Program, Lincoln Memorial University and Bell County Animal Shelter to pilot a TNR program funded by Best Friemds Animal Society. They are borrowing traps from several other organizations to complete this project. I hope you will consider them to receive the humane traps. It would be a game.changer for them a.d for the cats of Bell County, KY. Thanks for all.you do for animals in need! ------------------------------ Charice Davis ------------------------------ View Discussion

  • UPDATED 6/7 at 2:22pm PT: Recording Now Available. Press play below to watch! We're back after the break next week with our Shelter and Rescue Support Community Conversation call on Monday, June 7th at 8am PT. This call will feature two guest speakers: Kim Soto, Senior Director of Volunteer Engagement at the San Diego Humane Society will discuss the important topic of Volunteer Change Management! We will also hear from Tom Kremer about a New Web-Based Tool for RTO-Focused Animal Shelter Data Analysis . Register for the call if you haven't already and use this thread to ask any follow up questions, thoughts or comments with the speakers and our community. If you miss the live event, we will update this post with a link to watch the recording whenever is convenient for you. Have a great weekend and see you on Monday! ​ #DataandTechnology #PeopleManagement ------------------------------ Kim Domerofski (she/her) Manager of Partnerships & Collaboration Maddie's Fund ------------------------------ View Discussion

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  • For those who missed the live event, the recording is now available to watch . We encourage you to ask any follow up questions you may have for Dr. Tarankow or share any resources related to the topic on this thread! Attached you'll also find a list of resources referenced during today's call that you can download and share with others or explore them below: Maddie's® Candid Conversation Special Edition with Gabrielle Chapman and Justin Marceau – watch on Maddie's® Pet Forum http://bit.ly/candidconvochapmanmarceau Upcoming virtual conferences June 8-10, 2021: The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement Spring Conference https://theaawa.org/event/2021Spring June 17, 2021: Humane Canada's Mini Event - The Future of Sheltering https://humanecanada.swoogo.com/minievents/1177765 June 23-24, 2021: Best Friends National Conference https://bestfriends.org/events/best-friends-national-conference July 9-11, 2021: The ASPCA ® Cornell Maddie's ® Shelter Medicine Conference https://www.aspcapro.org/splash/aspca-cornell-maddies-fund-shelter-medicine-conference President Biden's speech in Tulsa, OK June 1 : https://www.pbs.org/newshour/politics/watch-live-biden-honors-victims-of-tulsa-race-massacre HASS https://www.humananimalsupportservices.org/ Community Cat Programs (CCP) Communications Guidelines for Animal Welfare Organizations: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1p0MybXxJ5ZWkamRqwQWCVI6glCePqwBcSgx7ffHuV-w/edit?usp=sharing ... View Discussion

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    RE: Foster Incentives

    Hi Kim! I have a ton of resources for you, but my most important tip for you right now is to make it as easy as possible for people to foster for you. I just went to your website and took a look. I'd highly recommend putting something about your need for fosters, and an easy way to sign up in a prominent place on there. Also, talk about foster constantly in order to familiarize your supporters with it and get them comfortable with the idea. I'm attaching a document full of links to resources on recruitment-- a webcast, blogs, etc. Let me know if you have any questions! ------------------------------ Kelly Duer Maddie's Fund ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Foster Incentives

    Hi Kim! Here are a few previous threads and on the forum with this specific question and resources that may help give you some ideas: - Question of the Week #29 - Recruiting Fosters - Foster Parent Recruiting Tool - Foster Recruit [From the Adult Dog Foster Care group] - Four articles designed to recruit new foster caregivers - Foster car window stickers ------------------------------ Charlotte Otero Community Strategist at Maddie's Fund she/her ------------------------------ View Discussion

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  • @Tatianna Hankins This post has now been updated with the recording! ​ ------------------------------ Charlotte Otero Community Strategist at Maddie's Fund she/her ------------------------------ View Discussion

  • Sarah --- From the bottom of my heart, thank you so much for your thoughtfulness on this topic. It always gives me hope and a sigh of relief to know that other people are processing these topics in a similar manner as I do. Additionally, it is so important that more people like you continue to share your thoughts, evolving growth, learning and understanding. The way we create change isn't solely through metrics of success or empirical evidence but it is from listening and allowing the most directly impacted people lead the way. The ability to measure transformation may not be measurable. Furthermore, individuals from marginalized identities do not need saved or rescued, we need resources and the power to growth the health and wealth of our own communities which in turn can elevate the material conditions of humans and non-human beings alike. ------------------------------ Gabrielle Chapman The Woodrow Consulting Firm ------------------------------ View Discussion

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  • Hi Augusta, Thank you so much for your recommendation. If you can think of who you saw on the call, please let us know. If we haven't already been connected, we'd love to be in touch. ------------------------------ Gabrielle Chapman The Woodrow Consulting Firm ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    Local TNR Organizations

    We are looking for 2 small/local TNR Community Cat people/groups to donate traps to. If anyone has suggestions, can you enter the name of their organization in this post. Preference will be given to BIPOC run groups. #CommunityCatManagement ------------------------------ Jennifer Evans CARE ------------------------------ #tnr #TNVR #CommunityCats #trap #care ​​​​​ View Discussion

  • Sarah -- thanks for these thoughts and reflections. It is hearing this kind of anecdote of personal struggle, and efforts to create systemic change that really inspire me. I started writing my book in 2015 and at that time these conversations seemed almost taboo in the animal space. That we are having them now, earnestly and airing disagreements is, I think a sign of progress. How do we take action for animals without pursuing brutality? It is a hard question (an almost impossible one) in a society shaped by dominant thinking that treats criminal prosecutions as good devices for "sending messages," and that ignores the criminogenic consequences of our systemic brutality. But I think your approach is the right one. This idea of thinking about each act of advocacy and effort as being part of a project of doing "something better," is the key. We don't just thoughtlessly support every bill or every supposedly pro-animal piece of legislation or project just because it says animal, or just because big groups have told us to. Instead, we look for incremental steps toward progress. Incremental reform is not the problem, it is what some call reformist-reforms, that simply celebrate and entrench the existing hierarchies between species and people that are the problem. I imagine that earnest actions by well-intentioned people like you are the animal movement's best hope. I am grateful to hear that you are thinking about these problems, and consider me a willing ally ... View Discussion

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  • Lost Pet Program: First 48 from Cabot Animal Support Services https://youtu.be/daMjWtMmiA8 YouTube Cabot Animal Support Services' One Minute Why Hear from Cabot Animal Support Services about why they are working to support more people and pets.Find Human Animal Support Services OnlineOur Website: http... View this on YouTube > Cabot Animal Support Services has taken on the mission of getting lost pets back to their owners without them having to come to the shelter. Hear more about the data behind the 'why' that drives them forward. The First 48 Data shows that most animals are picked up within 1/4 mile of their house and are returned at a higher rate if not taken to the animal shelter. So we are empowering citizens to hold onto a found pet for the first 48 hours while actively searching for their human family, providing food & supplies as needed. https://cabotanimalsupportservices.com/program/helping-pets-get-home/ Cabot Animal Support Services - CASS Helping Pets Get Home | Cabot Animal Support Services - CASS Find out how Cabot Animal Support Service works to help pets get home through the Free Ride Home and The First 48 programs, and by using resources through Finding Rover. View this on Cabot Animal Support Services - CASS > #lostpet #lost #found #rto #returntoowner wonderful program! enjoy! ... View Discussion

  • I saw the name of one well known animal welfare researcher on the call. Perhaps the students of Clive Winn and others can also collapse the space between animal and human carceral and welfare practices. ------------------------------ Augusta Farley ------------------------------ View Discussion

  • Very exciting! thanks! ------------------------------ xo, Amber Amber Freiwald Maddie's Fund ------------------------------ View Discussion

  • The recording will be posted here shortly. Once it's been uploaded here, everyone who registered for the live event will get an email. ------------------------------ alison gibson ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    Foster Incentives

    Hello! I'd love to hear any innovative incentives to build a larger foster base. Is there something you do to recruit good fosters? Please share! I tried a monthly stipend once but it was unsuccessful. Thanks, Kim #FosterPrograms ------------------------------ Kim Bush Rescue Me Animal Advocacy ------------------------------ View Discussion

  • Justin, this quote from Tannenbaum via Gruen via Marceau is brilliant in its logic, eloquent in its simplicity. So then why are so many so stymied in this work? So much energy from so many thoughtful, action-taking humans collected in this arena, and we cannot seem to marshal this idea. Yesterday, I was engaged in a conversation with three friends (we met while we were each employed at "the" local animal welfare organization in our area) in which we discussed our disgust with all the ways in which the current system ("the animal welfare industry," led by NPOs whose very existence relies on their ability to profit from poverty) simply isn't working, for anyone. And we all vowed that we could no longer support it with our work and our energy. But the question arose, for each of us, "then what can we do?" Some are considering leaving the arena of human-animal work and of non-profit work as a whole, exhausted and disgusted and cynically resigned. We all agreed theoretically that dismantling the current system seems the only way to empty the space in order to allow something new to present. With the omnipresence of caste-based distinctions imbued in every facet of every system in this (every?) culture, we acknowledge that there can be no laser-surgical removal of these distinctions from each facet individually such that the current system can remain in an altered state, hopefully to function equitably. And yet our lenses are still limited by the frames that hold our gaze, and ... View Discussion

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  • I believe it will be available soon and I can pass it along once it's been uploaded! ------------------------------ Gabrielle Chapman The Woodrow Consulting Firm ------------------------------ View Discussion

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  • When will the recording be available to view? ------------------------------ Tatianna Hankins ------------------------------ View Discussion

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  • Kim -- these are wonderful questions. I think that it is the duty of every animal advocate to educate themselves about the hardships that befall persons charged with crimes. We need to put to bed the wrong-headed notion that an arrest, a charge, or a misdemeanor conviction are "no big deal" if there is not incarceration. The harmless-misdemeanor myth is pervasive in our community. ------------------------------ Justin Marceau Denver Univ ------------------------------ View Discussion

  • After a short break for the Memorial Day weekend, we're back tomorrow at 8am PT with our Animal Welfare Leadership Roundup call ! We're excited to announce our guest speaker for this Friday's call, Dr. Paula Tarankow. Dr. Paula Tarankow is a historian of the United States who specializes in the origins and development of animal welfare in the nineteenth-century United States. Her dissertation is titled "Loyal Animals, Faithful Slaves: Animal Advocacy, Race, and the Memory of Slavery" (Indiana University, 2019) . For the past two years, Paula has taught at Smith College in Massachusetts , where she taught a course on animals in America. Her talk will feature a discussion of African American animal advocacy within the broader historical context of animal protection after the U.S. Civil War. So grab your coffee, tea, water or other beverage of choice and round out your week alongside dozens of others on this national call! ☕️ Register and follow this link to join the meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEud-2orzMrHtLTuNo0GbrSNeCQlQkdWKApR Updated 6/4 1:13 pm PT - Recording Available! Watch Now Below: #Justice,Diversity,EquityandInclusion ------------------------------ Charlotte Otero Community Strategist at Maddie's Fund she/her ------------------------------ View Discussion

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  • From Brad Adams: My executive director and I met with our court judge about sentencing cruelty offenders to a humane education-type program as a diversion program. The offender would complete the humane education class, receive a certification of completion to be presented to the court. We were happy that the judge gave us his blessing to do this. I would love to have resources to help us. If there is an existing program already out there, I would love to look at it. From Stephanie Kendrick: We are looking at that issue as well Brad. Would love to hear about examples. Such a good question. The lack of options here is symptomatic of the general lack of attention and funding devoted to these questions. The options are limited. Phil Tedeschi is a professor of social work who is working on education programs, and down the road. You should feel free to reach out to him, philip.tedeschi@du.edu ------------------------------ Justin Marceau Denver Univ ------------------------------ View Discussion

  • Another one of the unanswered questions from the chat from @Kim Wolf for @Justin Marceau How can we reverse the trend of "humane" groups taking shelter dogs and giving them to police departments to use as narcotic detection dogs? We know the problems with the war on drugs and its sequelae. How can we also show that arresting people for drugs -- even if they're not convicted -- makes it nearly impossible to find housing, employment, benefits, etc.? ​​ ------------------------------ Kim Domerofski (she/her) Manager of Partnerships & Collaboration Maddie's Fund ------------------------------ View Discussion

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  • Thanks for such a great conversation today! I wanted to share a question that was asked in the chat that we didn't have time to answer. From Brad Adams: My executive director and I met with our court judge about sentencing cruelty offenders to a humane education-type program as a diversion program. The offender would complete the humane education class, receive a certification of completion to be presented to the court. We were happy that the judge gave us his blessing to do this. I would love to have resources to help us. If there is an existing program already out there, I would love to look at it. From Stephanie Kendrick: We are looking at that issue as well Brad. Would love to hear about examples. ------------------------------ Charlotte Otero Community Strategist at Maddie's Fund she/her ------------------------------ View Discussion

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  • I often think that for all of us who love animals so dearly, the question is "if not prison, then what?" We have this conundrum whereby it is assumed or imagined that we cannot try something new unless we have a better idea/plan. I don't have any perfect plans, though Gabrielle and I are eagerly imagining some pilot projects, but it reminds me of a quote. My co-author and co-editor, the brilliant Lori Gruen, drew my attention to a 1932 book in which a Columbia University Professor Frank Tannenbaum wrote i, "We must destroy the prison, root and branch. That will not solve our problem, but it will be a good beginning.... Let us substitute something. Almost anything will be an improvement. It cannot be worse. It cannot be more brutal and more useless." So just try something. The logic is that it cannot be worse, and it might be much, much better! ------------------------------ Justin Marceau Denver Univ ------------------------------ View Discussion

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  • So much to pack into 45 minutes! ------------------------------ Gabrielle Chapman The Woodrow Consulting Firm ------------------------------ View Discussion

  • It could go on for hours, and years . . . And I hope it does. I applaud you all for being willing to sit with these topics and think about them. These are hard conversations, and conversations that were not possible until very recently. ------------------------------ Justin Marceau Denver Univ ------------------------------ View Discussion

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  • Great conversation! Thank you so much. Feel it could have easily gone on for hours there was so much! ------------------------------ Shelly Thompson Maddie's Fund ------------------------------ View Discussion

  • Are you considering launching, or have recently launched, a RTF/SNR/TNR program and are now dealing with an onslaught of questions and/or pushback from your community about why you're putting cats/kittens back where they came from? Are you being accused of abandonment? Wreaking havoc on the environment, birds, gardens, peace AND quiet? Although it may not feel like it at times, you and your community share the same goal. Whether you identify as an animal welfare professional, a bird lover, someone who just wants these cats out of your yard, or all of the above, we're all here for the most effective, sustainable way to reduce the number of cats living outside. Our challenge lies in communicating the benefits of a proven strategy that can often seem counterintuitive to those new to feline management. Join this all-star panel for a one-hour webcast on Friday, June 25 at noon Pacific / 2pm Central / 3pm Eastern Maddie's® Director of Feline Lifesaving, Monica Frenden HSUS Senior Analyst, Cat Protection & Policy, Danielle Bays Executive Director of Stray Cat Alliance, Christi Metropole These experts will give answers to the top ten questions you receive about TNR, SNR, returning cats, and let us know how to message community cat program alignment with our universally-held goal of managing feline populations. Want to be sure your question is addressed? Email #allthecats@millioncatchallenge.org and we'll queue it up for showtime. REGISTER HERE This ... View Discussion

  • Oh thank you! How's this for a quick description of our two programs rescues may be interested in: The Tripawds Rescue Fund helps public shelters and rescue organizations raise funds for animals in need of amputation while waiting for adoption. Tripawds Foundation matches up to $500 in funds raised by organizations that meet requirements. Details are here . The Tripawds Amputation Surgery Assistance Program (ASAP) chips in up to $500 for financially distressed pet parents in need of financial help with veterinary expenses directly related to amputation for their dog or cat. Details are here . I'm happy to do a longer write-up if you'd like. Thanks so much for helping us get the word out! ------------------------------ Rene Agredano Tripawds ------------------------------ View Discussion

  • Thank you Kelly, I'm so glad you like the program. We are trying to get in front of municipal shelters via social media but without much luck. I love the idea to get directly in touch with statewide orgs (and go around social). I'm taking notes so we can strategize at our next board meeting, so THANK YOU for this idea. ------------------------------ Rene Agredano Tripawds ------------------------------ View Discussion

  • Featured webcast: Lifesaving Protocol for At-Risk Dogs Healthy medium and large dogs remain one of the most vulnerable populations in shelters. Whether they have known behavioral challenges or face decline due to the stress of near-constant confinement, savable dogs can face euthanasia if shelters are unable to find a safe, viable outcome option for them. Part 1: https://university.maddiesfund.org/products/lifesaving-protocol-for-at-risk-dogs-part-1 In this two-part series, we'll talk about how to give most dogs a fair chance at a live outcome through following a simple, easy-to-implement protocol that can be practiced in any shelter or rescue. Using real-life examples, we'll show you how a case management approach to at-risk dogs can save lives, decrease length of stay, build trust and engagement with your community, and improve morale among staff and volunteers. This is the first in a two-part series but it can be viewed on its own and will be useful to shelter leadership at all levels, volunteers, advocates and anyone else who struggles to save big dogs' lives. Presenters: Kristen Hassen-Auerbach and Dr. Sheila Segurson Keywords: lifesaving for at-risk dogs, large dogs, Maximize In-Shelter Welfare, Live Outcomes, Specialty programs for at-risk animals, Maximize physical and behavioral health, stress, evaluation, enrichment, Policies & Procedures, Animal & Population Management, webcast Enjoy!! xo, Amber #AnimalBehavior,TrainingandEnrichment #Conferences,WorkshopsandSeminars ... View Discussion

  • Featured self-paced course: Growing Your Adult Dog Foster Program https://university.maddiesfund.org/products/growing-your-adult-dog-foster-program Growing Your Adult Dog Foster Program is an online class that replicates the onsite Maddie's® Medium and Large Dog Foster Apprenticeship. This course will teach you how to increase the capacity of your existing program through effective communication and marketing, improved logistics and use of volunteers. The course is especially focused on fostering and finding homes for dogs who are harder to place. Marketing and Recruiting Strategies for Foster Program Sleepovers Field Trips Emergency Foster Foster Caregiver Support Training etc. Check it out. Must see. xo, Amber #AnimalBehavior,TrainingandEnrichment #EducationandTraining #FosterPrograms ------------------------------ xo, Amber Amber Freiwald Maddie's Fund ------------------------------ View Discussion

  • 3 medical programs to keep pets with people Dogs and cats are often surrendered due to medical costs. Here are three ways shelters can help. Check out: https://www.humananimalsupportservices.org/blog/medical-programs-to-keep-pets-with-people/ HASS Three Medical Programs to Keep Pets with People | HASS In today's world with so much uncertainty humans hold close the things that ground us, family, friendship, hobbies, and for so many, our animal companions. In fact, more than half of Americans think of their pets as family. We love our pets, and when they need help or medical attention, we want to be able [...] View this on HASS > ...Three solutions that shelters can implement to help the people in their communities keep their pets: In-Shelter Support Care : For shelters that can provide short term, immediate care to owned animals to prevent relinquishment. Utilizing Existing Veterinary Practices : For any organization that has the ability to create and moderate a community based support network. Starting a Facility From Scratch : For communities and organizations that have a gap in accessible vet care and are looking to create a veterinary resource in the community. Enjoy! xo, Amber #Clinic #low-incomeemergencyvet #lowincomevetcare keeping families together ​​​​ #AccesstoCare #Justice,Diversity,EquityandInclusion #Medicine,SurgeryandSterilization #OrganizationalManagement ... View Discussion

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    Upcoming virtual conferences

    Upcoming virtual conferences June 8-10, 2021: The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement Spring Conference June 23-24, 2021: Best Friends National Conference July 9-11, 2021: The ASPCA Cornell Maddie's Shelter Medicine Conference xo, Amber #Conferences,WorkshopsandSeminars ------------------------------ xo, Amber Amber Freiwald Maddie's Fund ------------------------------ View Discussion

  • Rene, this is so awesome! I was wondering, are you also reaching out to municipal shelters? More and more of them are developing programs to keep pets with their owners. You might also reach out to statewide animal welfare organizations, like Virginia Federation of Humane Societies , Missouri Coalition of Animal Care Organizations and national groups & initiatives like Human Animal Support Services . ------------------------------ Kelly Duer Maddie's Fund ------------------------------ View Discussion

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  • Sounds great! Unless there is anything else you'd like to include, we can just pull from your original post on here and include in Monday's post. Tagging @Wendy Frink @wendy frink as she'll be the one to add it. Thanks so much! ​​ ------------------------------ Brittany Ransonet ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    Join us at the AAWA Spring Conference!

    The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement virtual spring conference kicks off next week from June 8-10 and it's all about incl us ion. "The virtual Spring Conference will deliver the learning opportunities we all need, interpersonal connections we crave, and offer a special focus on INCLUSION - inclusion of diverse ideas towards organizational growth, inclusion of all staff and volunteers in cultural shifts, and inclusion of diverse partners within the communities we serve." - AAWA Maddie's Fund is excited to have provided a number of scholarships to attend this year's Spring conference. To our VIP scholarship recipients and anyone else attending, comment on this post telling us a little about your role in animal welfare, where you'll be watching from and what you're most looking forward to learning about at the Spring conference! Not sure if this conference is for you? AAWA shared these five reasons on why you should attend the spring conference: 1. Because you can totally let loose in the Unmuted Sessions! 2. Because we need more unicorns in animal welfare 🦄 3. Because you crush it at trivia 4. Because sponsors know how to rock it 5. Because registration gives you access through August 31 There's still time to register for the conference before the opening remarks on Tuesday, June 8 at 11:30am ET. If you haven't yet, click here to register for the conference. You can also find the conference brochure attached to explore all of the learning opportunities ... View Discussion

  • Hi April, thanks for the enthusiasm! We got your email and we'll take the application discussion over there. But for now thank you for all you do and your interest in the Tripawds Foundation, I'm so glad we were able to connect! ------------------------------ Rene Agredano Tripawds ------------------------------ View Discussion

  • Hi Rene! You just reached many organizations with one post here on Maddie's Fund. I was so excited as I checked out your website that I emailed Jerry before I even came back here to post a reply! Our organization, Kotor Kitties, is a 501(c)(3) registered here in Seattle, but we work exclusively in the very poor Balkan country of Montenegro. Thanks for what you do, and for sharing in this online community! www.kotorkitties.org ------------------------------ April King Volunteer and Board Member Kotor Kitties ------------------------------ View Discussion

  • Got it! These are great places for us to begin, thank you so much. And yes we would be THRILLED if you included us in the round-up. Let me know if there's anything you need from me. Really appreciate it! ------------------------------ Rene Agredano Tripawds ------------------------------ View Discussion

  • Awesome! Yes, national orgs like Best friends, the association for animal welfare advancement, the ASPCA, HSUS, Maddie’s Fund, etc as we all reach that audience. We could include something in our weekly roundup in June if you’d like. Brittany View Discussion

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  • Thank you Brittany, these are terrific ideas. No I haven't been on the calls, but I will try to be there next Friday. As for national orgs, do you mean folks like Best Friends and that type of national rescue org? ------------------------------ Rene Agredano Tripawds ------------------------------ View Discussion

  • Oooh thank you Elizabeth! I didn't even think about going directly to the boards, that is a wonderful idea! Will do. Much appreciated. ------------------------------ Rene Agredano Tripawds ------------------------------ View Discussion

  • Hi Rene, Do you join either of the Monday/ Friday calls for shelter and rescue organizations? Those might be a great place to share if not. There are one to two hundred people from animal welfare orgs on the calls each week. There isn't a call Monday because of the holiday but they resume next Friday, June 4th. Another idea is to reach out to national orgs for them to share in their communications (if you haven't already done so). ------------------------------ Brittany Ransonet ------------------------------ View Discussion

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  • Hi All, Upcoming education opp via HASS (human animal support services) Unpacking External Facing Medical Care with the Experts Virtual Face-to-Face June 3 at 5pm CT Join this virtual, face-to-face event featuring some of the preeminent leaders in shelter medicine to unpack how you can use these resources, talk through your biggest questions, and discuss what is next for the future of external medical support. Topics and breakout rooms will include conversations around fundraising, funding and inventory, partnerships, legal questions, and marketing. Don't miss your opportunity to join this special event, register today! Before this live event please watch the webinar series and review the toolkits to be fully prepared for this amazing event. Link to register: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIkdO-oqTIiHtzQqvljng-izmaghO5sSslx Toolkit for creating a public clinic and/or providing public resources: https://www.humananimalsupportservices.org/toolkit/external-facing-medical-care/ xo, Amber #public #community #VeterinaryCare #Clinic #lowcost ​​​​​ #AccesstoCare #Medicine,SurgeryandSterilization ------------------------------ xo, Amber Amber Freiwald Maddie's Fund ------------------------------ View Discussion