Animal Welfare Staff, Professionals & Volunteers

Animal Welfare Leadership Call - Friday, 5/21/21 - Unicorn Foster Program & The Dogs, People, and Housing Insurance Project 

11 days ago

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  • Welcome – Kristen HassenDirector, American Pets Alive!  
  • Mary's Motivation 
  • National updates 
  • Kristen: Pulse Check: are you seeing any increases in people who are struggling with mental health issues and are you working with animal control staff on dealing with Mental Health First Aid?   
  • The Dogs, People, and Housing Insurance Project - Jessica Simpson,  Public Policy Specialist, Companion Animals, HSUS
  •  Unicorn Foster Program,  Brittany Fleming,  Adoption and Foster Manager,  Gateway Pet Guardians
  • Close  

List of resources referenced during today’s call 

Kristen’s article recommendation Deadly Fungi Are the Newest Emerging Microbe Threat All Over the World 
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/deadly-fungi-are-the-newest-emerging-microbe-threat-all-over-the-world/ 
 
Mary’s recommendations: 
Maddie’s® Candid Conversation with Dr Jyothi Robertson 
Tuesday, May 25 at 12pm PST /3pm EST 
Register  
https://maddiesfund-org.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYscu-qrj0oHdTfvmmzypVmIwzFVQ39Ak78 
 
Domestic Violence and Pets: Breaking Barriers to Safety and Healing Wednesday, May 26 at 2:00pm ET https://urinyc.org/events/breaking-barriers/ 
 
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 
 
Brian Daugherty, San Diego Humane – thanks to Monica Frendon for rallying reaction to KPBS story on SDHW release of feral (vaccinated/neutered) cats 
https://www.facebook.com/KPBSSanDiego/posts/10158406545206748 
Monica can be reached at monica.frenden@americanpetsalive.org - feel free to reach out. We are working on a national response crew for Comment Cat PR crises 
 
Mental Illness resources 
Melanie Sadek https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/suicide-data-reveal-new-intervention-spots-such-as-motels-and-animal-shelters/ 
 
Bobby Mann shared this training: https://www.emotional-cpr.org/index.htm 
 
Kelly Cunningham – article “There’s a name for the blah you’re feeling: It’s called languishing 
https://indianexpress.com/article/lifestyle/feelings/covid19-pandemic-emotional-state-mental-health-blah-feeling-its-called-languishing-7280945/ 
 
Danielle Bays shared a free course https://www.coursera.org/learn/psychological-first-aid 
 
Jeff Okazaki and Gina Knepp shared National Association of Mental illness 
https://www.nami.org/findsupport   
 
Kathy Duncan shared International Critical Incident Stress Foundation https://icisf.org 
 
Emily Gelb shared this training (ECPR) https://www.emotional-cpr.org 
 
Bill Ganley shared May is Mental Health Awareness Month https://www.nami.org/Get-Involved/Awareness-Events/Mental-Health-Awareness-Month 
 
Sarah Javier shared Behavioral Health Response is a great resource if someone is in immediate crisis. Trained counselors are available 24/7 https://bhrstl.org/ 
 
The Dogs, People, and Housing Insurance Project 
https://dogspeopleandhousinginsurance.org/ 
 
Contact info Jessica Simpson (jsimpson@humanesociety.org); Ledy Vankavage (ledyv@bestfriends.org); Grace Lopes (gracelopes29@comcast.net) 
Link to the white paper https://support.bestfriends.org/site/DocServer/NAIC_Paper-Final01-12-20.pdf 
 
Kelly Cunningham (AAWA) Two blogs with Ledy Van Kavage  
http://blog.theaawa.org/action-needed-breed-discrimination-in-the-homeowners-insurance-industry/ 
 
http://blog.theaawa.org/new-resources-for-fighting-breed-discrimination-in-the-homeowners-insurance-industry/ 
 
Kristen – Pima AZ report that tracks risk management claims related to dogs https://webcms.pima.gov/UserFiles/Servers/Server_6/File/Government/Administration/CHHmemosFor%20Web/2020/May/2019%20Pima%20Animal%20Care%20Center%20-%20Safety%20Report.pdf?fbclid=IwAR2f7SW9viPx8M8ep9Lo9o4yQt6Gq_96TNRJPdpEdh6xmDSRTPGEqPYaeE0 
 
Gateway Pet Guardians Unicorn Foster Program https://gatewaypets.org/how-to-help/foster/unicorn-foster-program/ 
 
Gateway cohorts to support traininghttps://gatewaypets.org/unicorn-foster-squad-implementation-bootcamp/ 
 
Brittany Fleming’s email brittany@gatewaypets.org 
 
Community Cats Podcast http://www.communitycatspodcast.com/ 
June 6 Trapper Certification Webinar 
June 11- 13 The Online Kitten Conference 
June 26 free Webinar “The Drop Trap- A Trapper’s Best Friend”  


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