Spring Conference for Animal Welfare Day 1: 5 Key Takeaways

We admit to having been a little nervous about going virtual for the Spring Conference for Animal Welfare…but wow. Just wow. The speakers, exhibitors, sponsors and 925 attendees really rose to the occasion. Thank you all for making Day 1 so incredible. And yes, these 5 tips are just a tease—we will dig into the inspo and info shared in many of the sessions in future blogs and webinars. Stay tuned!

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”

Sage words from Gandhi, by way of Jim Tedford during his Welcome and Opening Remarks

-“Our pets are only as healthy as the communities they live in.”
-“Look internally & ask—how do policies that we advocate for affect black and brown people?”
-“If you truly care, it’s going to be an action—not what you say.”
-“We all need to do the work internally before we engage community”

Just a few provocative highlights from Johnny Jenkins, Gabrielle Chapman, Ed Jamison and Jose Sandoval, respectively, from “Commitment to Action: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Animal Welfare.” Watch this blog and your inbox for next steps on the hard work we’ll be undertaking as a field.

“If it’s not written, it did not happen!”

Maria Sabio-Solacito, DVM, and Alison Wazmer, CTC, CDBS, CPDT-KA, of the County of Los Angeles, Department of Animal Care and Control, shared the importance of accurate records in their session, “Treating the Entire Animal through Medical and Behavior Coordination.” It’s crucial to have all information and observations documented, including from vet staff, cleaning/care teams and volunteers. This info also assists in communication between team members to help with decisions for medical, behavior and placement.

“You don’t have to know all the details to share a story on Facebook”

Has your agency just been called to assist in a cruelty situation or other breaking news? As Stephanie Filer shared in her session, “Facebook Fundraising: Why We Ran Towards It while Other Shelters Ran from It,” it can be a smart strategy to share with followers what you do know, while being transparent about what you don’t know. This can help build trust, and lets people know your agency is on the case taking care of the community’s animals (And P.S., you’ll build even more trust when you follow up with deets.)


Dr. Sara Wooten, “Rubber Not Glue: Awakening the Resilience Within You”

What else? Please leave a comment and let us know of your Day 1 aha! moments.

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'Spring Conference for Animal Welfare Day 1: 5 Key Takeaways' have 2 comments

  1. July 8, 2020 @ 3:39 pm Shannon Hemminger

    How do I go about getting a copy of the session recording for “Facebook Fundraising” Why We Ran Toward it While Others Ran from it.

  2. July 9, 2020 @ 12:27 pm Valerie Sheppard

    Hi Shannon. In order to access that session, you’ll need to purchase the Spring Conference for Animal Welfare 2020 Recording Package via https://learning.theaawa.org/products/spring-conference-for-animal-welfare-2020-recording-package. I’ll send you an email so you can reply back that way if you have questions. Thanks, Valerie Sheppard, Director of Professional Development & Credentialing

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