An open letter to white leadership in animal welfare As national uprising against racial inequity continues, employers across the United States are urgently looking to find ways to create cultures of inclusion. Oftentimes this begins with the implementation of a task force or working committee dedicated to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI).
Katherine Shenar brings 25 years of experience to her role as executive vice president for The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement. She has served as CEO for two animal welfare organizations and held leadership roles with four others. She frequently speaks on topics including leadership development, organization culture, coalition building, marketing communications, fundraising, and emerging trends in animal welfare. She is the author of the book Coalition Building for Animal Care Organizations, a how-to guide for animal advocates to work collaboratively in communities.
This three-part blog is the result of a conversation between The Association’s Katherine Shenar, Ed Jamison of Dallas Animal Services, and PetHealth’s Steve Zeidman. Each offers a unique view on a complex topic that’s more relevant than ever—adoption policies, and how they can reflect biases against underserved and marginalized communities.
With communities rallying to help their local organizations, animal shelters are expanding their impact far beyond brick-and-mortar. The Association’s Katherine Shenar and HSUS’ Kim Alboum ponder what this might mean for disaster response.
“Our new normal should be collaboration and sharing of expertise.” Wise words from the one and only Katherine Shenar, who shares an incredible story of what can happen when you forget to mute yourself in a Zoom call with leadership from animal welfare organizations all across the country.
Help your most vulnerable populations and the pets they love Originally published on AnimalSheltering.org, March 12, 2020, and written by Katherine Shenar and Kim Alboum With the World Health Organization officially declaring the new coronavirus a pandemic, there remains little doubt animal shelters and rescues will be impacted by COVID-19.
With social media constantly changing, it’s hard to anticipate what’s next and what your shelter can do to succeed in this space. Katherine Shenar, our executive vice president, recently spoke at the Florida Animal Control Association Conference in Orlando, FL, about the important social media trends of 2020.