Barriers to community engagement aren’t new hurdles for animal services staff, but a global pandemic and social unrest bring added burden. This Thursday, we’re holding the space for an important roundtable discussion with four animal services and TNR leaders who are guiding their cities—Atlanta, Dallas, Greensboro, and Los Angeles—through difficult climates.
“There is so much happening in Los Angeles County,” says Allison Cardona, Deputy Director, Los Angeles County Animal Care and Control, who’ll be participating in the roundtable. “The death of George Floyd and subsequent protests opened up the need for dialogue about systemic racism and inequity. As a county and an animal care and control department, we are looking at our policies and seeing where we need change.” That includes the adoption of an Anti-Racist Policy agenda by Los Angeles County, which, shares Cardona, “acknowledges that racism is a public health issue.”
To hear more about the challenges faces and changes being made by agencies —and specifically, how these agencies are supporting their BIPOC officers and staff—please join us Thursday, October 1, at 5 ET/2 PST for The Roundtable: Community Relations During a Time of Unrest.
The Roundtable Moderators:
• Jim Tedford, President and CEO, The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement
• Gabrielle Chapman, Senior Analyst, Social Justice, Pets for Life, The Humane Society of the United States
The Roundtable Guests:
• Allison Cardona, Deputy Director, Los Angeles County Animal Care and Control, CA
• Sterling “TrapKing” Davis, TrapKing Humane Cat Solutions, Atlanta, GA
• Ed Jamison, Director, Animal Services, Dallas, Texas
• Jorge Ortega, Director, Guilford County Animal Services, NC
If you are interested in engaging your community in conversations of equity and justice, and in providing support with kindness and fairness, this session is going to be key.
We’re looking forward to seeing you there and continuing this important discussion.