Best of the Blog 2020

After a bit of a hiatus, The Association’s blog is back! Here are some of your most-read posts from this year. Whether you’re revisiting or reading for the first time, feel free to leave us a comment on any of these posts, and let us know what you think.


5 Things 2020 Has Taught Us About Animal Welfare Marketing

Caitlin Quinn shares great insights on Facebook, when it’s okay to be funny, and how to be more inclusive in your communications. Read the blog.

4 Steps to Planning a More Effective Remote Meeting

Finding that virtual meetings can be less-than-productive? Dr. Steven Rogelberg says it’s all in the planning. Read the blog.

Spotlight On: Tree House Humane’s FeLV+ Adoptions Program

Do you now or are you currently considering adopting out FeLV+ kitties at your agency? Danielle Case passes on what they’ve learned along the way. Read the blog.

4 Ways to Care for Your Heart During COVID-19

Your heart is your powerhouse—and it’s been working overtime this year. Jessica Dolce offers up some powerful self-care suggestions. Read the blog.

Hot Stats: 2019 Compensation & Benefits Survey Highlights

The Association launched this digital survey last year, and have compiled data received from animal welfare organizations all across the United States, Canada, and beyond. How do salary and benefits at your agency compare with those in other regions and of similar budget size? Read the blog.

5 Tips & Tools for Interacting with Increasingly Diverse Communities

Resources you can start using now from Jace Huggins, Chief ACO at Front Street Animal Shelter, and Sergeant Michele Gigante of the Sacramento Police Department, with an emphasis on the LGBTQI+ community. P.S. This one’s a real heart- and eye-opener. Read the blog.

Open Letter from Dr. Julie Levy: Why We Must Suspend S/N Now

We’re back to safely spaying/neutering, but in the beginning of the pandemic, Dr. Levy urged shelters and s/n groups to make the most humane—at the time—choice. “The urgency of this unprecedented pandemic calls for radical action to protect human lives, and as a consequence of that, to protect animal lives,” she wrote. “Of utmost importance is to support our healthcare system, which is close to the breaking point.” Read the blog.

If Your Adoption Policies Put Up Barriers, You’re Part Of The Problem

This blog came out of a conversation between The Association’s Katherine Shenar, Ed Jamison of Dallas Animal Services, and PetHealth’s Steve Zeidman. Each offers a unique view on a complex topic that’s more relevant than ever—adoption policies, and how they can reflect biases against underserved and marginalized communities. Read the blog.

Get Them Home and Help Them Stay There: Disaster Response & Radical RTO

Kim Alboum takes a hard look at the situation and suggests an important paradigm shift. Read the blog.

The Forgotten Pets of Domestic Violence: 3 Things to Think About

Red Rover’s Devon Krusko sheds light of and solutions for this especially important, unfortunately overlooked issueRead the blog.


What would you like to see on The Association’s blog in 2021? Leave a comment and share your thoughts.


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