Can you believe it’s been 3 weeks since we were together for The Fall Virtual Conference for Animal Welfare? Here are 4 reminders of how much fun we had—and 4 ways to keep that momentum going into the New Year. Cheers! Cue up the Conference Playlist From “Who Let the Dogs Out?” and “Respect” to “Can’t Hold Us Down”….
For the first time in 17 years, Animal Care and Control of Fort Wayne has gone 10 months without euthanizing a cat or kitten for space. And when Amy-Jo Sites was recently called upon to present to the City Council on proposed cuts to the agency’s budget, her thoughtful presentation fully flipped the vote.
Going into The Fall Virtual Conference for Animal Welfare, we brought with us some learnings and experience from the spring conference—but WHOA. The attendees—all record-breaking 1,170 of you!—really took our 3 days to the next level with your engagement and participation.
“I stepped away from my desk/makeshift studio this morning for 2 minutes and came back to this,” laughs The Association’s Jim Tedford about the scene in the above photo. “And, she had turned off my computer!” Although Jim’s pup Riffle had other ideas for Day 2 of the Fall Virtual Conference for Animal Welfare, the 1,156 attendees dug deep into a day of learning and networking.
Sure, we knew a little about what to expect based on the Spring Conference for Animal Welfare. But after The Association’s President & CEO Jim Tedford announced that we’d shattered the record for conference attendance with 1,156 registrants, it’s clear the ceiling can’t hold us!! Thank you to the speakers, attendees, sponsors, and exhibitors for helping us to kick off Day 1.
Dear Colleagues, As we in the United States find ourselves amidst a racial reckoning, I will tell you that my vision for animal welfare has never been clearer: The animal welfare mission needs to be fueled by opportunity for and access to all. Our shared calling must equally represent the well-being of all the people who comprise animal welfare – our employees, peers, volunteers, adopters, donors, partners, sponsors, clients and all citizens of our communities.
As we enter into the season of gratitude and giving, we in animal welfare bring many strengths, including our resilience, our can-do attitudes, and our spirit of collaboration that’s truly gone into overdrive this year. Earlier this week we asked members of The Association’s Facebook groups who or what they’re thankful for, and we’re sharing some of the responses here.
Let’s get pumped up for The Fall Virtual Conference on December 1-3! We’ve created a set of digital badges you can use for your social media profiles, share as posts on all your social channels and add to your website homepage and email communications. Join over 1,000 of your colleagues in this collaborative and collective shout out – on December 1-3 you’ll be hanging with the fiercest and finest group of leaders and leaders-in-training in the industry.
Dear Friends & Colleagues, I’ll start with a riddle of sorts. When combined, what are the two most powerful words in the English language? “Thank” and “you,” of course! I don’t know anyone who doesn’t enjoy a good healthy dose of gratitude, whether receiving it or giving it to someone else.
We’re 10 days out from the start of the Fall Virtual Conference, and we want to PUMP YOU UP for the learning and networking we’ll be engaged in from December 1-3. To that end, we asked our presenters and sponsors to help us create an official conference playlist that highlights the conference theme of collaboration.