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

Watch Recording Here

  • 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 
Mary’s recommendations: 
Maddie’s® Candid Conversation with Dr Jyothi Robertson 
Tuesday, May 25 at 12pm PST /3pm EST 
Domestic Violence and Pets: Breaking Barriers to Safety and Healing Wednesday, May 26 at 2:00pm ET 
Upcoming virtual conferences 
June 8-10, 2021: The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement Spring Conference 
June 17, 2021: Humane Canada’s Mini Event - The Future of Sheltering 
June 23-24, 2021: Best Friends National Conference 
July 9-11, 2021: The ASPCA® Cornell Maddie’s® 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 
Monica can be reached at - feel free to reach out. We are working on a national response crew for Comment Cat PR crises 
Mental Illness resources 
Melanie Sadek 
Bobby Mann shared this training: 
Kelly Cunningham – article “There’s a name for the blah you’re feeling: It’s called languishing 
Danielle Bays shared a free course 
Jeff Okazaki and Gina Knepp shared National Association of Mental illness   
Kathy Duncan shared International Critical Incident Stress Foundation 
Emily Gelb shared this training (ECPR) 
Bill Ganley shared May is 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 
The Dogs, People, and Housing Insurance Project 
Contact info Jessica Simpson (; Ledy Vankavage (; Grace Lopes ( 
Link to the white paper 
Kelly Cunningham (AAWA) Two blogs with Ledy Van Kavage 
Kristen – Pima AZ report that tracks risk management claims related to dogs 
Gateway Pet Guardians Unicorn Foster Program 
Gateway cohorts to support training 
Brittany Fleming’s email 
Community Cats Podcast 
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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