Amidst this unprecedented, ever-changing situation, the animal sheltering field is showing resilience, flexibility and innovation—and the response from our communities has been overwhelming. Read on to learn how two organizations on opposite sides of the country adapted their foster programs in order to meet the current needs of the animals and people we serve—proving no matter the coast, working together matters most.
“One thing is clear,” reveal The Association’s Jim Tedford and Trish Dewald of Phoenix Innovate in their recent blog. “For organizations to remain true to their missions, active fundraising must continue.
Written for the COVID-19 Shelter Kit by Katherine Shenar and Kim Alboum Keeping your supporters in the know is one of the most important roles you can play in this ever-changing situation. They need to hear from you what you are doing to keep the community’s animals safe, and what they can do to help.
What’s one of the best ways shelters and rescues can prepare for supporting the community during this time of uncertainty? As The Association’s executive vice president, Katherine Shenar, explains in the blog she co-authored with The HSUS’ shelter outreach and policy engagement director, Kim Alboum, the answer lies in expanding your foster network. Need inspo on where to begin? Here’s a brilliant marketing campaign that one of your colleagues came up with to meet the challenge.
Stronger Together, More Important Than Ever: Earlier this week we sprung into action with our colleagues at The Humane Society of the United States and several other organizations to make sure you are aware of new developments and critical information surrounding COVID-19. If you haven’t yet seen the resources for supporting your community, employees and volunteers, head to AnimalSheltering.
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.
Big shout outs to all our friends who participated in World Spay Day, officially celebrated this past Tuesday. That includes the Spayathon team for hitting the 50,000th surgery milestone in Puerto Rico! (And way to go, ViDAS, for spaying, neutering, and vaccinating 778—no, that’s not a typo!—cats and dogs in a single day.
Welcome to our new regular feature, where we’ll be rounding up the latest news from the field. A quick two-minute read to keep you up-to-date! – Earlier this week, we shared the great news that the City of Denver voted to reform its ban on pit bulls, wishing a heart-felt congratulations to all who helped make it happen.
This year, let’s focus not on the bile around us, but on our resilience – both personally and organizationally – and our ability to overcome adversity and build support..
“In a disaster, you can expect that communications systems will be down, animal records will be destroyed, and there will be mingling of healthy and sick animals,” says Cameron Moore, UF Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program..