An estimated 30-40 million renters could be at risk of eviction in the coming months due to exacerbated challenges from COVID-19—and with 72% of renters owning pets, the numbers of animals displaced with their people could be catastrophic. Together, we in the animal sheltering world can do our part to minimize the trauma and devastation caused by the eviction crisis.
The Association is the only international society of leaders actively leading and managing community animal shelters/animal control agencies.
Matt Pepper and Tom Varitek, CEO and Communications VP, respectively, of Michigan Humane—formerly Michigan Humane Society—recently sat down with The Association’s Katherine Shenar to discuss what goes into the reinvigoration of a brand that’s been around, since, oh, just the 1800s. Following are some highlights from the convo.
VETgirl recently hosted a free YouTube LIVE event with Jeannine Moga, MA, MSW, LCSW, and Chief Happiness Officer at VETgirl. With more than 17 years working with veterinary teams, Moga shared a wealth of start-right-now tips in her 30-minute presentation, “Taming anxiety in veterinary medicine: Biohacks to reduce overwhelm in an overwhelming time.
Good Shepherd Humane Society’s Cole Wakefield is a new member of The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement—yet already he’s distinguished himself as a thoughtful leader who asks important questions, sees the big picture, and helped lower his agency’s LOS from years to a month. Name: Cole WakefieldMember of The Association For Animal Welfare Advancement since: 2020Organization: Good Shepherd Humane SocietyTitle: Director of Animal Services Q&A with Cole Wakefield The Association: What do you want other members to know about your organization? Cole Wakefield: We….
With restrictions on large in-person gatherings still in place, you may have recently made the decision to take this year’s auction online. Many of your colleagues have been successfully hosting virtual auctions on various platforms.
Spoiler alert: Even more portals for even more cats! Back in early May, Million Cat Challenge (MCC), founded in 2014 with a gift from Maddie’s Fund, launched the Portalmania 2020 giveaway with a goal of providing 1,500 portals to shelters when animal inventory in North America was at an all-time low. The lifesaving (and roomier digs for shelter kitties!) continues, thanks to the generous support of industry partners.
Your community misses you—and wants to know about the services you are currently offering and the good work you are doing. While they may not be able to volunteer or attend events or training in person, you can make your supporters and the community at large feel like they’re a part of your organization through a virtual video tour.
Medical, Behavior, & Operations working together—yassss! You can see it in action at the 7 centers run by County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care & Control, thanks to a cohesive program and inclusive decision-making process created by Senior Veterinarian, Dr. Maria Solacito, and Allie Waszmer, CTC, CDBC, Behavior Division Manager.
We know this much is true about the animal welfare field—we’re resilient, we’re innovative, and we bring communities together. Case in point: When COVID-19 restrictions on large group events threatened to cancel Sacramento SPCA’s largest community event and fundraiser, they went virtual.