Last week, The Association’s President & CEO, Jim Tedford, urged you to take action toward making our sector more equitable and diverse. The Association DEI Committee’s first-of-its-kind survey is launching on June 1, and we need to hear from everyone in animal welfare to help us establish a baseline and understand the current state of DEI.
Dear Friends & Colleagues, We know how invested you are in making animal welfare a more equitable and diverse profession. We are right there with you.
Haven’t registered yet for the Virtual Spring Conference for Animal Welfare Advancement? Here’s why you need to, per your colleague Carmine DiCenso, Dakin Humane Society’s Executive Director and member of The Association’s Board of Directors. “The theme of the conference is inclusion,” says DiCenso, “and that’s something that we need to get better at as a field.
The animal welfare sector is great at storytelling… but are we telling just one story? Do your marketing and fundraising materials inspire your entire community? This June 8, at The Spring Conference for Animal Welfare Advancement, join Heather Friedman, Lifeline Animal Project’s Chief Marketing Officer, and Christina Hill of Atlanta Humane Society’s community engagement team, and learn how two different organizations in the same city are approaching diversity and inclusion in their messaging. Here’s more of what you can expect from this….
For this week’s Innovation Bank, we wanna shout out East Bay SPCA’s innovative model for collaborating with social services to help community members in crisis. Watch the 30-minute webinar here, and read on for the California agency’s tips starting your own program.
Earlier this year, we announced a new initiative to end breed discrimination in the homeowners insurance industry. Along with major animal welfare groups including Best Friends, the Humane Society of the United States, Animal Legal Defense Fund, and Humane Rescue Alliance, The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement signed on to a new white paper calling for the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) to investigate the use of breed discrimination lists.
By Katherine M. Shenar (She/Her), CAWA Around six years ago I went to dinner with a friend who I hadn’t seen in months.