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    What are your adoption policies?

    This message was posted by a user wishing to remain anonymous Hi everyone! I'm the Adoption Manager at a private, non-profit cat rescue organization in California. We are reviewing all of our adoption policies and procedures to make sure we are best serving our communities and our cats. I wanted to reach out to this group to ask what your policies are, what have you found that works best, what doesn't work at all, and for any advice you have. These are some of the specific questions we are discussing: - What is a reasonable adoption fee? - Under what circumstances should we waive the fee? - Should our fosters have to pay the adoption fee if they adopt their foster cat(s)? - Should our volunteers have to pay the adoption fee if they adopt a cat? - Should we require that our cats be indoors only? - Should we allow single kitten adoptions? - What should the minimum age be for adopters? - What factors disqualify an applicant from adopting? What does your organization do on these issues? Any and all input, suggestions, and advice is most welcome! Thank you! #AdoptionsandAdoptionPrograms View Discussion

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    Are donations to a Charity from Community Organizations considered Public donations?

    Hi, fellow animal lovers. I'm Debra Azzato from Edwin D Marks Animal Foundation. We are in the process of starting a "sister" charity to continue our work. We spoke to a representative from a Community Organization/Charity that wants to support us with ongoing donations. Are the funds from their community charity considered "Public Funds" for our charity? Would the donated funds we receive from the community charity be eligible to count toward the 30% required Public Funds? Thank you for taking the time to answer! Greatly appreciated! #FundraisingandDevelopment ------------------------------ Debra Azzato Director of Operations Edwin D Marks Animal Foundation ------------------------------ View Discussion

  • Applications open for Online Instructor-Led Courses starting Monday! Looking to implement a new program, learn more about a specific subject and create positive change for pets and people in your community? Apply for one of our Online Instructor-Led Courses (formerly known as Online Apprenticeships) starting Monday, August 22! Maddie's Fund ® Online Instructor-Led Courses provide an interactive educational opportunity for those who are looking to benefit from the wisdom of established innovative programs. They're the catalyst you need to take your programs and learning to the next level! These courses require completion of: self-paced online materials, (4) 90-minute Zoom classes with your instructor and classmates, and a final project. Class size is limited and the selection process is competitive. There will be nine offerings this application period. Browse available courses to see what piques your interest and fits within your schedule now, so you're ready to apply when the application window opens! Below is a list of all offerings. See the website for more details on each one. Empowering Fosters to Help Market Pets from Foster Care Field Services Series: Community-Centered Programming Feline Lifesaving Foster Care for Adult Dogs Short-Term Foster and Field Trips Shelter Clinic Management Humane Education Managing Shelter Health Care Pathways: Guiding Animals Through the Shelter The application window is from August 22 – August ... View Discussion

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

    I'm from San Antonio, Texas. I just started volunteering at the Alamo City Pit Bull Rescue I'm a volunteer with Alamo City Pit Bull Rescue. I will help pit bulls get adopted, fostering, transporting the dogs anywhere they need to go, and anything they need done to successfully get a pittie adopted. If I could be any animal, I would have to say a pit bull. They have the ability to love unconditionally, are always happy no matter what they have been put through. They are loyal, and they were known as nanny dogs because they are good with children and took care of them. ------------------------------ Tammy Gallardo volunteer Alamo City Pitbull Rescue ------------------------------ View Discussion

  • From a very early age, @Jose Ocano learned to care for animals thanks to his mom who instilled a love of living things and helping people. Growing up in Barrio Anita gave Jose the grit, tenacity and life skills he would later need to work in some of the most challenging ecosystems. But just like the people from his community, José's resilience and heart carry him forward. On the eve of National Hispanic Heritage Month, join us for a conversation with José and Maddie's Fund Executive Leadership Team member @Mary Ippoliti-Smith . Afterwards, continue the conversation with José right here on Maddie's Pet Forum. Wednesday, September 14, 2022 at 12n Pacific / 3p Eastern REGISTER HERE The program will be recorded and made available on Maddie's University for continuing education credit for both CAWA and NACA. ​ José Ocaño, Senior Director of People and Culture, Best Friends Animal Society ​ #Conferences,WorkshopsandWebcasts #Diversity,Equity,InclusionandJustice #EducationandTraining ------------------------------ alison gibson Senior Media Specialist Maddie's Fund ------------------------------ View Discussion

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

    My name is Christina .. I live in Fort Mohave, AZ I work in Bullhead City (Animal Care and Welfare) I am the Lead Enforcement Officer I have never put much thought into what animal I would want to be but I think I would like to be Donkey.. Hardy/Selfless/Brave or Dumb some people might even call me an A** :) ------------------------------ Christina Cortese Lead Welfare Officer Animal Care and Welfare ------------------------------ View Discussion

  • Thanks, Marissa! Do you have experience with either of these? ------------------------------ Adrienne McHargue, she/her VP & COO Lollypop Farm, Humane Society of Greater Rochester Fairport, NY www.lollypop.org ------------------------------ View Discussion

  • Thanks for the recommendation, Richard! ------------------------------ Adrienne McHargue, she/her VP & COO Lollypop Farm, Humane Society of Greater Rochester Fairport, NY www.lollypop.org ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Software for phone/call center to track customer calls

    The best software that has a plethora of modules integrating invoicing, customer relationship, contacts, meetings. Accounting... is Zoho. It has web based, as well as mobile apps for interfaces. We've been using it for years. https://www.zoho.com/crm/what-is-zoho-crm.html ------------------------------ Richard Meyers President SchnauzerLife ------------------------------ View Discussion

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  • Maddie's Insights are monthly webcasts with practical tips based on current research to help pets and people. On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization deemed the coronavirus outbreak a worldwide pandemic, and subsequently a nationwide emergency was declared in the United States. During this time, media outlets reported increased interest in foster caregiving and adoption of shelter pets. In this talk, Dr. Gunter will describe her research team's examination of canine foster caregiving at 19 US animal shelters during the first four months of the COVID-19 pandemic and what they learned about shelters' utilization of foster caregiving, the foster caregivers and their relationships to the shelter, and how monetary resources influenced foster caregiving and dog outcomes. Specifically, Dr. Gunter will discuss key takeaways for foster recruitment, trial adoption programs, caregiving practices, and behavioral support that can be utilized in our post-pandemic world. After the webcast, join us on right here on Maddie's Pet Forum to continue the discussion, ask questions and exchange ideas. DATE: Thursday, November 3, 2022 at 12n Pacific (60 minutes) REGISTER HERE This webinar will be recorded and 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. Presented by Dr. Lisa Gunter, PhD, CBCC-KA, Assistant Professor, ... View Discussion

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  • Maddie's Insights are monthly webcasts with practical tips based on current research to help pets and people. This month, @Michael Hennessy , Professor of Psychology, Wright State University, will be joined by Regina Willen, Founder and Director at HALO K9 Behavior. They will discuss how basic scientific research informs our understanding of the stress dogs undergo in a shelter environment. They will examine immediate effects of entry to a shelter as well as potential long-term consequences. How basic research findings suggest practicable means for reducing or preventing these outcomes will also be considered. DATE: Thursday, September 8, 2022 at noon Pacific (60 minutes) REGISTER HERE After the webcast, join us right here on Maddie's Pet Forum to continue the discussion, ask questions and exchange ideas. This webinar will be recorded and 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. ​​ About the Presenters Michael Hennessy, PhD, Professor of Psychology, Wright State University Regina Willen, Founder and Executive Director, HALO Regina is a Neuroscience and Physiology Scientist. She is a board-certified applied animal behaviorist (ACAAB) with the Animal Behavior Society (ABS) and is an animal behavior consultant with the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants ... View Discussion

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    Maddie's Insights: Social Pain in Dogs

    Maddie's Insights are monthly webcasts with practical tips based on current research to help pets and people. This month's webinar is presented by Dr. Franklin McMillan, DVM. Thursday, October 6, 2022 at 12n Pacific (60 minutes) REGISTER HERE The experience of unpleasant emotions is often referred to as "emotional pain", such as when someone loses a loved one. The emotions that arise when one's social bonds with another are impaired or lost – such as feelings of isolation, loneliness, and rejection – comprise one type of emotional pain, called "social pain". Recent research has found that the term "pain" is not just a metaphor, but is based on the finding that social pain is processed in the same brain regions where physical pain is processed. In addition, similar drugs can alleviate both physical and social pain. For social species, like elephants, horses, sheep, rats, guinea pigs, dogs, and humans, social pain plays a powerful role in one's well-being and quality of life. For today's domestic dog, the issue may be of greater importance than for any other species on Earth. Evidence indicates that through domestication the emotional bonding propensity of dogs toward humans has been greatly amplified, which appears to have resulted in both greater joy for dogs when in the company of humans, but also greater suffering when denied human companionship. Only by educating all those who care for dogs will "man's best friend" receive the care they so strongly deserve. ... View Discussion

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    RE: Software for phone/call center to track customer calls

    Adrienne, Here are a few places that you could try. I am not sure if these will work for you but it's a start. GetVOIP Best Call Center Software of 2022 DialPad.com ------------------------------ Marissa Reid Assistant Practice Manager Blue Pearl Specialty and Emergency Pet Hospital ----------------- Access To Care Specialist Clinic Management Specialist ------------------------------ View Discussion

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  • Thanks to the 308 people who joined us live for today's call! The recording is now available to watch on-demand: https://youtu.be/apT8EFwsoRI Don't forget to enter to win a grant from Maddie's Fund after watching the recording or attending live: https://www.maddiesfund.org/weekly-community-conversations-aug22-giveaway.htm I've attached a copy of the incredible @Dianne Prado 's presentation and HEART LA's Support Animals FAQs. If you have any additional questions for Dianne, feel free to ask them in the comments below. Agenda: Housing Equity and Advocacy Welcome – today's co-hosts are @Ariel Zhang , Chief Strategy Officer at The Animal Foundation https://animalfoundation.com/ and @Allison Cardona , CA State Director at UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program https://www.sheltermedicine.com/about/our-personnel/allison-cardona-california-state-director/ QOTW: What nice thing have you done or was done for you this last week or month? National Updates​ Season 2 Premiere of Maddie's Candid Conversations features Elijah-Brice-Middleton, Director of Plainfield Area Humane Society in New Jersey – Wednesday, August 24 at 12n Pacific/3pm Eastern. Register here: https://maddies.fund/candidconvoElijahBriceMiddleton Using Care Pathways to Manage Your Shelter Behavior Program - webcast with Dr. Sheila Segurson on Wednesday, August 31 - Register: https://maddiesfund-org.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_b1uGR2fRSMWolVFpQ1NckQ Register now for the Return to Home ... View Discussion

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    RE: Software for phone/call center to track customer calls

    FOLLOWING!!! Thanks for bringing this up! ------------------------------ Megan Gram Executive Director Saving Grace Pet Adoption Center ------------------------------ View Discussion

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  • We're looking for software that will work with our VOIP phone system to record call data automatically and allow us to add conversation notes, see past calls from that number, categorize, track, etc. Does anyone have this kind of system implemented? We take calls in different departments: our main line guest services team, our admissions team, our veterinary services team, and our adoption team (among others). Each of these different departments has its own call logs, and we've run into lots of repeat conversations or lots of detective work to see who spoke to who when, since we can't see past conversations if the customer ends up talking to a different person or department at different times. Any recommendations would be wonderful! Thanks! #AdmissionsandIntake(includingIntake-to-placement) #AdoptionsandAdoptionPrograms #CaseManagement* #DataandTechnology #EducationandTraining #OrganizationalManagement #RemoteCustomerService* ------------------------------ Adrienne McHargue, she/her VP & COO Lollypop Farm, Humane Society of Greater Rochester Fairport, NY www.lollypop.org ------------------------------ View Discussion

  • Thanks. CSB ------------------------------ crystal blackdeer ------------------------------ View Discussion

  • Thank you for the ideas. CSB ------------------------------ crystal blackdeer ------------------------------ View Discussion

  • Thank you for the leads. Best - CSB ------------------------------ crystal blackdeer ------------------------------ View Discussion

  • Thank you for posting and for being so proactive in your search to find reimagined roles for ACOs! This is something the field has been exploring and trying to dive into deeper - we know that officers wear many hats these days and that proactive prevention methods and strategies could be the key in many of the cases later seen as neglect, etc. Programs that support community solutions are important :) Here is a new course we created that has some of the tools and tactics being implemented across the country! Maddie's Fund: NACA Field Services Series: Community-Centered Programming (maddiesfund.org). There are a ton of humane law enforcement/field service teams operating not under the PD, hopefully, we hear from some of them here! ------------------------------ Jerrica Owen, CAWA Executive Director National Animal Care & Control Association (NACA) jowen@nacanet.org ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Who is accepting transferrred pets?

    +1 to both @Sarah Hoadley 's suggestions and ​ @M Saucedo 's post. ​I've seen "doggy day out" programmes do very well. CACC ( Chicago Animal Care and Control) volunteers have one, and I've seen them in other states. It's essentially exactly what Sarah described: take the dogs out into the real world and aggressively advertise that they're up for adoption (bandanas, t-shirts, leashes, etc.). Get creative and have fun with it. Also, meet people where they're at. Have a dog that's a social butterfly? Go to local festivals, farmers markets, breweries. A dog that's outdoorsy? Walk them around a local park or even a popular hike. Etc. Regarding transfers, Canada is still taking a decent amount of dogs from the US, namely the South. Try reaching out to one of the following (all Canada-based): - Fly With Me Animal Rescue - Loved At Last Dog Rescue - The Ontario SPCA and Humane Society - Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society - Pawsitive Match Inc. In general, this is a problem I hope to outlive. We've been making good progress the past decade or two. I'm trying not to let COVID discourage me. We'll get there. Wish you all the best! ------------------------------ Nicole K Product Manager / Volunteer Workday / Denver Animal Protection ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Who is accepting transferrred pets?

    Sarah has some good suggestions! Part of why this is so hard is that the type of dogs you describe are hard to adopt out EVERYWHERE. They aren't pulled and transported out from rescues like yours because they will simply have the same problem in someone else's shelter. I live in an area without a ton of overcrowding and my local county shelter always seems to have open dog kennels, but all of their long-term residents are big blocky headed dogs. One of my local private rescues pulls all their dogs from overcrowded shelters out of state, but they almost always only transport in non-blocky heads, otherwise they will have the same problem you do. And they can't take dogs with major training issues or dogs that don't get along with other animals because they go straight to fosters who usually have other pets in the house or aren't professional trainers. One thing that needs to change is pet restrictions in housing. Most people who rent can't adopt anything over 50 pounds and/or can't adopt anything that looks like a pit bull because of landlord restrictions and in some places, laws. And even if that's not an issue, people in apartments or condos aren't going to want to adopt dogs that don't get along with other dogs, because there are too many dogs in close proximity in the same building or community. It sucks. ------------------------------ M Saucedo GIS Analyst Pets for Life ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Who is accepting transferrred pets?

    Good Morning Crystal I am in Middle Georgia. Here in the south just about everything is a pit mix. While many are great dogs, they do hold that stereotype that some can't seem to get past. I'm assuming by your description your population comes from the guard dog class. My suggestion would be to put out a plea in your local area for dog trainers that are willing to come in and work with some of your long term dogs. Many will do it as a tax write off but trainers should have a love for dogs and if you explain the circumstances, living situations, etc, you should be able to get at least a couple. Even better would be if you could get them to come in and do a "class" where the volunteers are handling the dogs and they teach y'all how to train the dogs. I find that even the more difficult dogs are more appealing if you can say they are leash trained and know basic commands. Also, try to get your volunteers to do weekend field trips with some of the long term dogs. What that means is they take the dog home for the weekend so it can decompress from the rescue life, learn some basic house manners, and the volunteer will likely get to see a totally different dog. We have a dog that spent almost a year at animal control, was pulled by a local rescue, sat in a crate there for almost a year until an incident happened, was then sent back to animal control where he spent another year, and our rescue pulled him on the day they wanted to euthanize him. He's been with us for 8 months. Our ... View Discussion

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    Who is accepting transferrred pets?

    We are a small not-for-profit no-kill shelter in Northeast Kansas. We have 10 dog kennels, with 5 overflow kennels. Since early 2021, we've been over capacity, normally caring for 25-28 dogs IN HOUSE at a time, most in wire crates in our garage. We do have some in foster, and some in a program at the US Penitentiary - Leavenworth, but our in-house volume is through the roof. That's just talking about dogs. Cats were okay for a long time, but of course summer comes and the cat population explodes. We hear lots and lots about transfers, but have yet to find out who is actually taking pets from our area . A few months ago, one of our partners transferred in 2, and a rescue network accepted one (who was adopted from them 5 days later!) but other larger shelters in our area are telling us they can't take the dogs we have. Most are large, untrained, big blocky headed muscular short haired dogs who aren't that great with many other dogs or cats. Who's actually willing to take these? Some of the dogs we have came in more than 600 days ago. It's exhausting, unsustainable and is putting us financially at risk. We just need leads on who will actually accept some of these dogs and get them to homes. We are pretty liberal and conversation-based with adoptions, so I don't think that's our problem. We go out of our way to help potential adopters get to "yes" despite some very disappointing adopters here and there. We have accessible hours. We just desperately need some relief. ... View Discussion

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    Best Friend National COnference

    Best Friend National Conference I recently attended the Best Friend National Conference for the first time. I have attended a couple of conferences, but none were as eye-opening as this conference. The mission of shelters is to help their city residents, especially the animals. For all shelters to become a no-kill shelter is a task that will need help from everyone. At this conference, I became intrigued by what we could do to help the animals and the public. One thing that intrigued me was the help of the animals that have what society calls behavior issues. Since animals can not speak, all we can do is interpret body language. We must try and change this body language by working with them, which takes time. Each culture has its ways of taking care of its animals, and as a society, we need to educate and help our residents understand the city ordinance and state laws. With behavior, this is a significant task, and by helping these animals and training their behavior, we can save more animals. I am doing this by taking a BFNC course at SNN, which has helped me learn more about my job and the needs of shelter and mine. I believe we can help these animals marked with behavior issues and give them a second chance for life. #Conferences,WorkshopsandWebcasts ------------------------------ DANIEL ALVARADO Field Manager Dallas Animal Services ------------------------------ View Discussion

  • Updated 8/15/22 at 2:22pm - Recording now available to watch on demand! We hope to see you at the next Weekly Community Conversations call! As a reminder, the former Monday and Friday calls have now been combined into this ONE (50 minute) weekly call that will take place every Monday at a NEW time: 11AM PT/2PM ET. If you haven't already done so, register now . This Monday, August 15, join @Dianne Prado , Executive Director of Housing Equity & Advocacy Resource Team ( HEART L.A. ), as they present on housing equity and advocacy. According to the 2020-2021 National Pet Owners Survey, about 85 million people in the United States (70%) are pet owners. Over 70% of a person's income goes towards paying either rent or their mortgage. Housing and pet ownership are interrelated as our pets are part of the family- to house ourselves is to house our pets. The definition of a pet requires a human owner and as such we can't fail to consider the barriers a pet owner faces when finding housing. This conversation will focus on the housing rights of tenants with pets and how animal welfare advocates can be a part of ensuring housing is a right for both the person and their companion animal. About HEART L.A. - Keeping People & their Pets Housed Housing Equality & Advocacy Resource Team (HEART L.A.), is a nonprofit public interest law firm that provides technical assistance, education, and policy advocacy to keep people and their companion animals housed. Many individuals ... View Discussion

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  • I shared this on the original post and am adding it again here. Wow! I'd love to visit Montenegro someday. I can recommend our latest field services course, NACA Field Services Series: Community-Centered Programming . It contains job descriptions, protocols, checklists from the point of view of shelters that are successfully focusing on non-punitive methods of resolving these issues as a first step. ------------------------------ Erika Shaffer Maddie's Fund ------------------------------ View Discussion

  • I posted this on another thread and am posting here in hopes of receiving more responses. I volunteer in a tiny Balkan country called Montenegro, which has never had any sort of ACOs or professional staff for animals apart from veterinarians. There is an Animal Welfare Law, but no actual enforcement mechanism. There is a growing call among Montenegrins for "Animal Police", and a sense that this will quickly solve the problems of abandonment, neglect and abuse. As a volunteer in Montenegro, I try to provide information and resources that would not otherwise be considered on a variety of topics related to animal welfare. I would love to learn how communities have developed the roles and job descriptions of ACO's, to include the variety of duties we all know they perform, and the nuances of effective practice other than writing tickets. I know there are a ton of resources already available, but I'm looking for things that address the creation of the jobs, (or maybe the reimagining of the jobs) what was done right, painful lessons not to repeat, etc. Also, are there any communities in the US where animal control does NOT fall under a law enforcement agency? Does that affect the function of your CSO's? Thanks for any help! I look forward to learning more. #FieldServicesandPublicSafety* #OrganizationalManagement #PeopleManagement(includingVolunteerIntegration) ------------------------------ April King Volunteer and Board Member Kotor Kitties +1 206 407 5336 http://www.kotorkitties.org ... View Discussion

  • Hello Friends, I wanted to take a moment to personally share the latest California for All Animals #allnews with you. This edition contains California sheltering Bright Spots - from cute kittens playing in their brand new SEACCA portals to 7.5M in barrier-removing projects funded - and resources your shelter can use right now like our brand new sample shelter website with copy and downloadable resources you can make your own and the online Learniverse training that's right for your staff. Click here to read the California for All Animals Newsletter and find resources that are right for you !​ Mandy #AdmissionsandIntake(includingIntake-to-placement) #CommunityPartnerships* #Conferences,WorkshopsandWebcasts #MarketingandSocialMedia ------------------------------ Mandy Newkirk ------------------------------ View Discussion

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  • Marissa: Thanks so much for the suggestions! I appreciate knowing that it went well for others. I have reached out to them. All the best to you! ------------------------------ Adrienne McHargue, she/her ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    HIRING: Shelter Director and Medical Director positions - Houston, TX

    Harris County Pets is a municipal shelter in Houston, TX and is part of the public health system for Harris County. We take in 12,000+ animals yearly and have had a LRR above 90% since 2019. The job descriptions for Director, Veterinary Public Health (Shelter Director) and Director, Veterinary Operations (Medical Director) are attached. Applicants can apply here. We are also currently hiring for a foster coordinator position and several vet tech positions. Please feel free to reach out with any questions! #CommunityPartnerships* #Diversity,Equity,InclusionandJustice #LawsandPublicPolicy #Medicine,SurgeryandSterilization #OrganizationalManagement #PeopleManagement(includingVolunteerIntegration) #PetSupportServices* ------------------------------ Marissa Johnston Harris County Pets ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: What does it take to have the manager take responsibility for the welfare of the animals?

    Anonymous, Thanks so much for your post. I have been in the management field for over 10 yrs and situations like these can be very difficult to handle. I am in no way defending this manager nor am I downplaying your viewpoint. I will say that as a manager there are law, principles and guidelines that we must abide by when it comes to certain situations such as corrective actions and things of that nature. There is a possibility that the manager may actually care and is working behind the scenes to resolve the issue but may not be able to legally disclose what measures are being taken. This may also be a situation where the manager may not care at all and does not want to act. The manager may also feel that what he/she observes about that specific person is not what he/she perceives to be wrong. So those are all things to consider before just assuming the manager does not care. However if you feel the animals are being neglected you should document the things that you and the volunteers feel are not healthy and safe for the animals. Take photos if you can and as often as you can. Keep a log of issue that you see every time you find them with the date and time and what staff members where working at the time. I would also include what management staff were present as well. I would also list what animals are suffering behind the lack of care from the staff member and manager if that is the case. Once you have the proof you need I would present this to the owner of the ... View Discussion

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    RE: Kennel Whiteboards for tracking animal info & enrichment

    @Sally Dickens what a great idea! Here's how to do that, and a video that shows you how to connect your iPad to a TV. Note that the video has a number of ways, including using Apple TV media player (not to be confused withe Apple TV+ the streaming service). The Apple media player is a box that works wirelessly between your device and the TV monitor. Let us know how it works out! How to connect your iPad to a TV monitor Plug a USB-C Display AV Adapter or USB-C VGA Multi-port Adapter into the charging port on iPad. Connect an HDMI or VGA cable to the adapter. Connect the other end of the HDMI or VGA cable to the display, TV, or projector. If necessary, switch to the correct video source on the display, TV, or projector. Video from PCMag https://youtu.be/qnq_nGFhbaA​ ------------------------------ alison gibson Senior Media Specialist Maddie's Fund Senior Media Specialist ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Diabetic Health in Pets!

    Ankit, I think this is a vey informative topic. I think that diabetes in pets is a huge responsibility for the clients and educating them on what to do in the short term and long term is what will help produce the results that pets need. I think that with proper education most owners would/do comply with the exercise recommendations from their PCP. I think that for pets in shelters it can be come very very had to manage diabetes because of the large number of animals, staffing issues and the many other things they face. Thank you so much for sharing this information and the detailed explanation. It gave me a better of the different types of diabetes. ------------------------------ Marissa Reid Assistant Practice Manager Blue Pearl Specialty and Emergency Pet Hospital ----------------- Access To Care Specialist Clinic Management Specialist ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Are there transport companies or groups we could contract with?

    Adrienne, Wow what a seizure of animals. I am so happy that you all were there to help them all. Here are a few companies that you may be able to try. I do not have any personal experience with them however a few people that I know of have used them and had no issues. I am not sure if they are what you need but it I figured it's worth a shot to check them out. I hope you find what you need. Thanks for all you do. Blue Collar Pet Transport https://www.google.com/aclk?sa=l&ai=DChcSEwieusqM-b75AhUpFdQBHXJ8DL0YABAAGgJvYQ&sig=AOD64_3b2e4E_wnx0A5cP9RmYvb3pUKJsw&q&adurl&ved=2ahUKEwjJ-b-M-b75AhUHkGoFHaFEA6sQ0Qx6BAgGEAM Millennium Pet Transport: https://www.google.com/aclk?sa=l&ai=DChcSEwieusqM-b75AhUpFdQBHXJ8DL0YABACGgJvYQ&sig=AOD64_1xaPgjCVdQQrj4DCBQS234GnRJMw&q&adurl&ved=2ahUKEwjJ-b-M-b75AhUHkGoFHaFEA6sQ0Qx6BAgEEAM ------------------------------ Marissa Reid Assistant Practice Manager Blue Pearl Specialty and Emergency Pet Hospital ----------------- Access To Care Specialist Clinic Management Specialist ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    What's Better Non-Profit VS. For Profit

    Hello Everyone, I wanted to start this thread to get everyone's thoughts on and views on this topic. Do you think that people who work for organizations that are for profit and do not provide free services can still help animals and people? I ask this question because In my animal welfare career I have often heard that if you want to make a real difference and if you truly want to help the animals you have to work in the shelter or for a non profit. For such a long time I felt so guilty about even having the thoughts of leaving the non-profit/shelter world because I guess I was always made to feel that was the only way to make a real difference in the lives of animals and the clients on the other end of the leash. I have come to realize that working for a for profit company now that there are so many ways to help animals and clients that doesn't always involve giving them free services. I have come to realize that compassion, caring, understanding and empathy are the key tools needed to help the animals and people that we serve. It doesn't matter WHERE you work but what matters is HOW you work. Are you showing compassion and empathy when dealing with clients that may not have all the knowledge needed for whatever situation they may be faced with. Are you empathizing with the client that may need services but may not have all the resources, and you showing that person kindness and help instead if making them feel judged. I asked this question because I now wonder ... View Discussion

  • Has anyone used an iPad to connect a tv screen to screen a walking, enrichment, ect. schedule. Our shelter is constantly improving our program and I wondering if anyone has used this type of system ------------------------------ Sally Dickens ------------------------------ View Discussion

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  • Wow! I'd love to visit Montenegro someday. I can recommend our latest field services course, NACA Field Services Series: Community-Centered Programming . It contains job descriptions, protocols, checklists from the point of view of shelters that are successfully focusing on non-punitive methods of resolving these issues as a first step. ------------------------------ Erika Shaffer Course Developer at Maddie's Fund ------------------------------ View Discussion

  • We are looking to transport small animals like mice and rats to other shelters willing to help us, and we'd like to contract with a company to do this rather than send staff or try to patch together a network of drivers. We are looking at long distances (Rochester, NY to Tennessee, Florida and Texas). Do you have any recommendations? Background: Back in March, our humane law enforcement department seized over 1000 animals from a local animal educator. This included a small number of dogs, cats, potbellied pigs, and even emu, but most of the animals were rats, mice, guinea pigs, rabbits, and other small animals, many of whom were pregnant. After finally getting custody of the animals in June, we have been working diligently to place these animals in homes and looking for transport partners outside of our area to help with placement. We currently have around 900 mice and over 100 rats we are still trying to rehome, along with a few other species, and we have connected with some shelters and rescues that are willing to take some to place in their communities. We just need to get them there! Any recommendations would be so helpful! #TransfersandTransport ------------------------------ Adrienne McHargue, she/her VP & COO Lollypop Farm, Humane Society of Greater Rochester Fairport, NY www.lollypop.org ------------------------------ View Discussion

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  • One of the most important functions of an Animal Control/Field Services Officer is getting pets back to their homes. The attached "ACO Field Services Return to Owner Checklist" created by Human Animal Support Services serves as a helpful guide to do that. ------------------------------ Charlotte Otero Community Strategist at Maddie's Fund she/her ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: August Resource Drive: Field Services and Public Safety Resources

    Here is a really good webinar about field services and community engagement. Lots of great ideas and resources, https://network.bestfriends.org/proven-strategies/operations/field-services-return-owner/community-engagement ------------------------------ Erin Ellis Community Engagement Director Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe --------- Foster Program & Volunteer Management Specialist ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Friends of Groups...

    Hi Katie, I was on the board of our local shelter's Friends group a few years back and I'm happy to share what I learned. My main advice would be, keep an open mind and work on building trust first. Meet with the county government about how your organization can help them, but put the focus mainly on them. Ask them what their priorities are and what their ideas are for how your org can help them. They may be comfortable agreeing to, for example, let you fund surgeries for pets with medical needs, but not some other project that you're really passionate about. That's okay. Once you build trust through the project you agree on, they'll likely be a lot more open to your ideas. One thing that might be helpful is to create a strong Memorandum of Understanding that outlines both groups' responsibilities. I have one and will see if I can dig it up. I have governing documents (bylaws, articles of incorporation, etc.) for several non-profits if you need any to use as templates--email me at duer@maddiesfund.org if you're interested. A friend of mine wrote a little guide for getting 501c3, so I'm attaching it-- it was created in 2016 though, so I'm not sure if any of the steps have changed. ------------------------------ Kelly Duer Senior Outreach Specialist Maddie's Fund ------------------------------ View Discussion

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

    Hi, I am from BUNS, Bunnies Urgently Needing Shelter in Santa Barbara CA. I have volunteered since 1992, am a member of the Board, have a certificate Applied Animal Behavior, am a clicker trainer, pre covid taught classes in rabbit and guinea pig care, and rabbit training. I would like to be a buddhist monk so that I could be more peaceful about the many unresolved issues in the animal care community. ------------------------------ Jean Silva Director Bunnies Urgently Needing Shelter (BUNS) ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: What does it take to have the manager take responsibility for the welfare of the animals?

    One rule in problem solving, is to offer a solution when you present a problem. Shelter/rescue staffing is experiencing the same high vacancy rates as other concerns in this economy. The rescue "owner" may not see any implementable solutions to solve the problem. Worse, their solution may not be acceptable to you. So the first step in presenting a problem is to have a solution clearly thought out and ready to present along with the problem. If that does not work you can try the following: Your city or county animal control agency will do welfare checks if a situation is reported. I would suggest that a few photos showing conditions be taken prior to making the report. The usual standard for agency intervention is: lack of water, lack of food, poor sanitation. Generally the agency will council and make several follow up visits to assure that there has been improvement. The minimum standard of care is pretty low, so don't expect large changes unless the animals are standing on feces, have untreated medical conditions and you can see their ribs. Also, the agency will be bound by confidentiality, so they will not tell you what they are doing. If you have photos that show poor conditions and a number of volunteers willing to step forward, going to your local news service is another option. This can be quicker to show results, but usually means that you are barred from the facility going forward. Also, if the rescue "owner" does not have a good solution to the problem, ... View Discussion

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    RE: Software programs for foster-only rescue?

    HI, We are not foster-based, but we do use Asana as a supplemental database of our animals for our volunteers to use. I would be happy to show you how we use it and some ideas on how you could use it to keep track of things. If you are interested, just email me at mharmon@fultonanimalservices.com. ------------------------------ Michelle Harmon Foster and Behavior Programs Manager LifeLine Animal Project At Fulton County Animal Services ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Software programs for foster-only rescue?

    Hi Kristen I would love to show you Animals First Software. We have features designed specifically for Foster based rescues. You can manage all your fosters and animals in one location with robust reporting. We also have a stand alone mobile Foster application that you can invite your fosters to that will allow them to manage any animal data you give them permission to see or edit. Please reach out if you would like a demo. Thanks Gerald Owens CEO - Animals First View Discussion

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    RE: Software programs for foster-only rescue?

    Hi Kristin. You should check out Doobert.com. On our Forever Free plan you can use our FosterSpace module for 100% free. Doobert is the ONLY software that allows two way texting right from the platform. Here's a short video on FosterSpace and also our Companion Case Management module in case you're interested: https://vimeo.com/737630835/37d04631f4 Check out our features for organizations and volunteers! View Discussion

  • This message was posted by a user wishing to remain anonymous Our state and I'm assuming every one would has a federated abuse hotline number you can call to report, contact ASPCA, every state should have some form of laws around rescue organizations, kennels, etc that you can call to report. Have as many facts, dates, details, witnesses that you can have to help build and support case. Have local news anchor drop in unannounced under cover, our news agencies do many undercover in situations just like this. Whatever you do, do something, you're the voice for these animals! View Discussion

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    RE: Software programs for foster-only rescue?

    Hello! Also a foster based rescue and I honestly just use excel workbook where you can use top row to input name, available, active, pets, etc. It's free to use and can be emailed to other board members easily! ------------------------------ Tracy Hanson Ellie's Legacy Pet Rescue ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    Diabetic Health in Pets!

    Diabetes is now more of a common disease in pets. It is definitely life-changing. But having said that, you could make your pet lead a healthy life following the specific routines. Dogs and cats with diabetes usually require lifelong treatment with special diets, a good fitness regimen and, particularly in dogs, daily insulin injections . The key to managing diabetic pets is to keep your pet's blood sugar near normal levels and avoid too-high or too-low levels that can be life-threatening. Just to stay updated. There are two types of diabetes found in pets: Diabetes is a metabolic (glandular) disease involving hormones that regulate water balance and blood glucose (sugar) levels. There are two primary types of diabetes: Insipidus and Mellitus. Diabetes insipidus less commonly affects pets and mainly involves hormones that help to regulate water retention and excretion. Diabetes mellitus (Type I or II) is more common and results from the lack of or insufficient production of insulin from the pancreas. To prevent or cure diabetes, we should be very precise and focused on what we feed, exercise time, and the behaviour of our pets. What are your views on this? #AccesstoCare ------------------------------ Ankit Gondaliya CEO FirmPet ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    Software programs for foster-only rescue?

    Hi-we do not have a physical shelter-our rescue is entirely foster based. Keeping track of the foster parents is so complicated, and we need an easy way to know who is available, whether they have cats/dogs/kids, and any other preferences and details. Would appreciate any feedback on what has worked for others in foster-based rescues. Must be easy to learn and use, and budget-friendly. #DataandTechnology #FosterPrograms #PeopleManagement(includingVolunteerIntegration) ------------------------------ kristin gee foster coordinator ------------------------------ View Discussion

  • Thanks to the 330 people to who joined us live for today's call! The recording is now available to watch on-demand. Attached to this comment is a copy of the resources and chat file so you don't miss out on any of the information shared. Be sure to enter to win a grant from Maddie's Fund when you attend any of our weekly calls live or after watching the recording: https://www.maddiesfund.org/weekly-community-conversations-aug22-giveaway.htm Today's Call Hosted By: @Ed Jamison , Chief Executive Officer, Operation Kindness https://www.operationkindness.org/ed-jamison-chief-executive-officer/ @Clare Callison , Maddie's® Director of National Pet Supply and Demand, American Pets Alive! and Human Animal Support Services, https://americanpetsalive.org/maddies-learning-academy/clare-callison National Updates Season Two Premiere of Maddie's Candid Conversation features Elijah-Brice-Middleton, Director of Plainfield Area Humane Society in New Jersey – Wednesday, August 24 at 12n Pacific/3pm Eastern. Register here: https://maddies.fund/candidconvoElijahBriceMiddleton Using Care Pathways to Manage Your Shelter Behavior Program - webcast with Dr. Sheila Segurson on Wednesday, August 31 - Register: https://maddiesfund-org.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_b1uGR2fRSMWolVFpQ1NckQ National public awareness campaign Share the Care: informational call on August 12 at 11am PST Register https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIsfuGqrz4jEtzKsHl7LVfmu6iAg3DvEkwj ... View Discussion

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    RE: Pet-friendly emergency shelters

    Hi Stephanie. My Dog Is My Home's most recent conference had a panel discussion on co-sheltering people and pets in disasters. Panelists were American Red Cross, NYC Emergency Management, and ASPCA. Let me know if you'd like the link to view the video recording. I'll have to send it to you privately, so please email me at christine@mydogismyhome.org. ------------------------------ Christine Kim My Dog Is My Home ------------------------------ View Discussion

  • This message was posted by a user wishing to remain anonymous At the rescue shelter where I volunteer, animal safety and basic needs are being neglected. What does it take to have the manager take responsibility for the welfare of the animals? It has been reported many times that an employee is neglecting the duties of basic care for animals. Requests have been made to replace this person with another staff person or volunteers who are willing to do the shifts appropriately. These requests are only ignored by the manager. Staff and volunteer have voiced their concerns for several weeks in person and by email to the manager but the situation only gets worse almost daily. The animals are deprived of safety and often basic needs. The owner of the rescue shelter agrees the situation is unacceptable but no changes are enforced. The manager just makes excuses for not addressing the problem despite all the people informing many times. How can a few volunteers make an impact to influence the manager to take action and replace the negligent employee and protect these animals? Thank you in advance for any advice on how to handle this situation. #Medicine,SurgeryandSterilization #OrganizationalManagement #PeopleManagement(includingVolunteerIntegration) View Discussion

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    RE: Community Conversations - 8/8/22 - Identifying and Developing Future Leaders

    Thank you all for sharing your time with us today! I hope these articles and books are as helpful to you as they were to us. ------------------------------ Taylor Sharp Executive Director Wenatchee Valley Humane Society ------------------------------ View Discussion

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

    I'm from Carrollton VA and I work for Navy Federal Credit Union. If I could be any animal it would be an axolotl. They are cute and weird and always look like they are smiling. I like that! ------------------------------ Jennifer Sanders MSR Navy Federal Credit Union ------------------------------ View Discussion

  • I volunteer in a tiny Balkan country called Montenegro, which has never had any sort of ACOs or professional staff for animals apart from veterinarians. There is an Animal Welfare Law, but no actual enforcement mechanism. There is a growing call among Montenegrins for "Animal Police", and a sense that this will quickly solve the problems of abandonment, neglect and abuse. As a volunteer in Montenegro, I try to provide information and resources that would not otherwise be considered on a variety of topics related to animal welfare. I would love to learn how communities have developed the roles and job descriptions of ACO's, to include the variety of duties we all know they perform, and the nuances of effective practice other than writing tickets. I know there are a ton of resources already available, but I'm looking for things that address the creation of the jobs, (or maybe the reimagining of the jobs) what was done right, painful lessons not to repeat, etc. Also, are there any communities in the US where animal control does NOT fall under a law enforcement agency? Does that affect the function of your CSO's? Thanks for any help! I look forward to learning more. ------------------------------ April King Volunteer and Board Member Kotor Kitties +1 206 407 5336 http://www.kotorkitties.org ------------------------------ View Discussion

  • That's amazing, Alexis!! ------------------------------ Shelly Thompson Director of Operations Maddie's Fund ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    BF Conference & SUU Partnership

    A couple weeks ago I attended the Best Friends National Conference. Not only was it the first Best Friends Conference back in person since the start of COVID, but it was also just a week after my dad passed away unexpectedly. It was a rollercoaster of a week full of networking, learning, laughter, tears (a lot of tears) and delicious vegan food. Since attending the conference, I've had the opportunity to slow down and dissect everything that I learned through attending the Best Friends Conference Course with Southern Utah University. The course has allowed me to continue to network with other professionals in the industry and have the chance to learn and grown from each other. Though I originally got into the industry to save animals, I'm looking forward to implementing more strategies to keep pets out of the shelter to begin with, and providing resources for those that want to keep pets in the home with them. "I cannot do all the good that the world needs, but the world needs all the good that I can do." -Jana Stanfield Jessica Roper #Conferences,WorkshopsandWebcasts ------------------------------ Katie Corbett Director of Shelter Operations Humane Society of Northeast Georgia ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    Friends of Groups...

    Is anybody with a municipal shelter that has a "Friends of" group, or part of a group themselves? I am leaving my current job at a municipal shelter because of so many arbitrary barriers that prevent being able to effectively save lives. I still feel an allegiance and pull towards this organization and this community and want to be able to help them in the future. Just brainstorming, I thought that they may be able to benefit from a "Friends of" group (for context, staff can't advertise any animals on their social media, we can't fundraise for medical needs, there is very little intake diversion, etc.). Any advice for how to best support an org that has a very strong County government hold on it? #FundraisingandDevelopment #MarketingandSocialMedia #OrganizationalManagement #PeopleManagement(includingVolunteerIntegration) ------------------------------ Katie Corbett Director of Shelter Operations Humane Society of Northeast Georgia ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    BF Conference 2022

    Here's my first post on Linkedin in years! I'm here to share my experience of attending the Best Friends National Conference 2022 last month in Raleigh, N.C., and my current studies in a class based on the conference. Since I had nothing to compare attending the conference to, I had to rely on YouTube videos of past conferences to get the flavor of what the week was going to be like. Even so, nothing could have prepared me for the 1600+ attendees, dozens of speakers, lots of Best Friend notables, and a few familiar faces from classes I've taken over the past few years from Best Friends and SUU that I saw there. #BFNC Jessica Roper #Conferences,WorkshopsandWebcasts ------------------------------ Cherie Erwin Student Southern Utah University ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    BF 2022 Conference

    What a wonderful coming together for BF Annual Conference in Raleigh! I was there visiting Maddie's booth...1600+ of us . Happy to be working with all of you! ------------------------------ Cherie Erwin Student Southern Utah University ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Request: New Foster Recruitment Resources

    Kelly, thank you so much for sharing all this! I cannot wait to dig in. Thanks for all you're doing. I was really so impressed and moved by your presentations at #BFNC. Gave me lots to think about. ​ ------------------------------ Jennifer Salan volunteer AWLA ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Tracking Foster Volunteer Hours

    Great! Thank y so much for your input. Seeing how others do do this makes it easier. Thanks again! Ann ------------------------------ ann traynor-plowman ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Tracking Foster Volunteer Hours

    Great! Thank you for your feedback. This sounds reasonable. ------------------------------ ann traynor-plowman ------------------------------ View Discussion

  • I absolutely love this story! Go Memphis! Engaging our staff in the process and allowing them to be part of the magic is what keeps programs like this moving forward. #strongwork ​ ------------------------------ Gina Knepp National Shelter Engagement Director Michelson Found Animals Foundation Los Angeles, California 916-230-4533 ------------------------------ View Discussion

  • Updated 8/8/22 at 4pm PT - Recording now available to watch on-demand! After watching in the month of August, complete this form to enter to win a grant from Maddie's Fund: https://www.maddiesfund.org/weekly-community-conversations-aug22-giveaway.htm Please note: All views expressed on Community Conversations calls are not necessarily endorsed by Maddie’s Fund. We hope to see you at the next Weekly Community Conversations call! As a reminder, the former Monday and Friday calls have now been combined into this ONE (50 minute) weekly call that will take place every Monday at a NEW time : 11AM PT/2PM ET. If you haven't already done so, register now . Monday, August 8 at 11AM Pacific/2PM Eastern Join Rachel Williams, Operations and Public Programs Manager with Los Angeles County Animal Care and Control and Taylor Sharp, Executive Director of Wenatchee Valley Humane Society, as they present on identifying future leaders. This presentation is geared for people working at any organizational level and will focus on how to set yourself up for a long and sustained career in animal welfare, as well as how you can help develop other future leaders in your organization. Additionally, Maddie's Fund will be giving away up to $10,000 in grants each month! You can enter to win each time you attend a call or watch it on demand during the month by completing the giveaway drawing entry forms that will be shared in the chat during the calls. Quick Reminder: You can ... View Discussion

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  • Hi everyone- I wanted to share an amazing strategy my team employed this week to get two dogs back to their owner, one that was doing very poorly in the shelter and was scheduled for euthanasia! So we found out that the owner of these two dogs had commented on a post on a lost pet page that these were her dogs, but no one was able to get her to respond back to them on that page (probably because some people were being really mean to her!). So knowing these dogs had an owner, our supervisors asked all of our technicians in morning meeting to get out their phones and see if they had any mutual friends with this person. Sure enough- two of our staff members did, and so they reached out and sent a friend request. A few minutes later, it was accepted and our staff member connected the owner to our Pet Reunification Specialist, who processed the reclaim remotely for $0. The dogs are being fixed today and then are headed back home. Lesson learned- your staff does not just work at your shelter- they are part of your community and can help increase your connections and make contact with people. Use them! #OrganizationalManagement #PeopleManagement(includingVolunteerIntegration) #ReturntoHome(LostPetReunification) ------------------------------ Alexis Pugh Director, Memphis Animal Services www.memphisanimalservices.com Organizational Management & Pet Support Services Specialist ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    Kitten Program Apprenticeship Opportunities

    Hello everyone - We have been working hard at the Animal Welfare League of Arlington in Arlington, VA to assist others develop and sustain their kitten programs in any way that we can. We offer two Apprentice Programs that are listed on the attached flyer and do weekly training calls for both fosters and shelter staff. We have two in house apprenticeships scheduled for September 16 & October 21. You can learn more here: https://www.awla.org/programs/kitten-college/apprenticeship/ Animal Welfare League of Arlington Kitten College Apprenticeship - Animal Welfare League of Arlington Are you interested in learning how AWLA's Kitten College went from saving just 92 kittens a year with 28 foster families, to saving more than 1,500 kittens a year with... View this on Animal Welfare League of Arlington > Also, please feel free to contact me anytime at: mruss@awla.org Thank you! Marnie Russ Animal Welfare League of Arlington #Conferences,WorkshopsandWebcasts ------------------------------ Marnie Russ National Kitten College Program Manager Animal Welfare League of Arlington ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    Easy Idea to Highlight a Pet with a Long Stay

    I was just looking at PVAS's website, and when I clicked on Adoptable Dogs, this pop-up appeared, introducing one of their dogs with a longer shelter stay. So simple and so brilliant! https://www.pvastx.org/dogs I'd love to hear your tips & tricks! #AdoptionsandAdoptionPrograms #FosterPrograms ------------------------------ Kelly Duer Maddie's Fund ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Tracking Foster Volunteer Hours

    At San Diego Humane Society, we use 3 hours per day per animal with a max of 10 hours per day. ------------------------------ Stacey Zeitlin San Diego Humane Society ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Tracking Foster Volunteer Hours

    We also use Volgistics for tracking volunteer hours. For every day an animal is in foster, the volunteer logs two hours of volunteer service. If they are fostering multiple animals (like a litter of kittens) or an animal with extensive medical needs, they log three volunteer hours. We also give fosters the option of logging their hours daily or once each week. Hope this helps! ------------------------------ Caryn Fugatt Pope Memorial Humane Society - Cocheco Valley ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Tracking Foster Volunteer Hours

    We discussed this and decided to have fosters add hours for care-feeding, cleaning, socializing, etc each day View Discussion

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    RE: Tracking Foster Volunteer Hours

    Thank you for the info! Do yall distinguish volunteer hours by activity? We have all volunteer in Volgistics by activity. ie... Cattery, K9 Crew, ect... Thanks! ------------------------------ ann traynor-plowman ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    Setting the stage for strategic intake

    Why your shelter should consider changing the rules around accepting owner surrender animals This week's Best Friends Network program spotlight focuses on how to find positive outcomes for as many animals as possible without them entering your shelter. Known by many names, the strategy behind strategic intake is a critical component to successfully managing owner-surrendered pets. The expertise shared in this spotlight from shelter leaders who implemented strategic intake programming will help ease community concerns. ------------------------------ raya greenbaum Best Friends Animal Society ------------------------------ View Discussion

  • Ever had or worked with cats that have mismatched play styles? Join me to talk about the topic on Saturday, August 20, at 4:00 PM! Fellow cat lovers will share their experiences and insights. Your scenario might be picked as our topic of focus. Reserve your seat early. Only 12 people will be accepted per chat to allow time for everyone's questions to be answered. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/352871567357 Eventbrite Let's Talk Cat Behavior: Mismatched Play Styles Eventbrite - Allison Helps Cats presents Let's Talk Cat Behavior: Mismatched Play Styles - Saturday, August 20, 2022 - Find event and registration information. View this on Eventbrite > #Behavior,TrainingandEnrichment ------------------------------ Allison Hunter-Frederick Cat Behavior Consultant & Trainer https://allisonhelpscats.wordpress.com/ ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    Pet-friendly emergency shelters

    We are the city animal services contractor for our area and assist with disaster preparation and response. We struggle to get volunteers to show up when shelters open and would like to have our county adopt a co-sheltering model so that it is clear pet owners are responsible for caring for their animals. Does anyone have best practice resources for this kind of a co-sheltering model? Mahalo for your help! #DisasterRelief ------------------------------ Steph Kendrick Hawaiian Humane Society ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Tracking Foster Volunteer Hours

    We don't track hours, instead, we track how many animals are in our foster program each month, how many foster homes we are using each month, and we separate out dogs in foster, cats in foster, puppies, and kittens. We also add all that up for the end-of-year board report and annual review. Hopefully, that helps! ------------------------------ Erin Ellis Community Engagement Director Humane Society of Truckee-Tahoe --------- Foster Program & Volunteer Management Specialist ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    Tracking Foster Volunteer Hours

    Hi All: For those of you who utilize fosters, how are you tracking their hours in an online volunteer scheduler? We are utilizing Volgistics for volunteer scheduling and to track volunteer hours (we are small and it works great for our needs), however I'm not sure how many volunteer hours to add to ti