Best of the Blog 2021

Here are some of your most-read posts from 2021. Whether you’re a regular visitor 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.


3 Steps to Finding Your Org’s Core Values

When you are clear on your core values as an organization, decisions become easier, and strategies and tactics become more obvious. Ready to create or refine yours? This 3-meeting exercise will get you off to a great start. Read the blog.

Research: Are Sleepovers & Field Trips Good for Dogs?

Lisa Gunter, PhD, MA, CBCC-KA studied the impact of doggie sleepovers and short day trips at shelters all around the country, and here’s what she found. (Spoiler alert: They’re both worth it.)  Read the blog.

Solving the Veterinary Shortage: 3 Ideas for Long-Term Impact

The shortage is real. Here are some strategic approaches to reversing it. Read the blog.

5 Steps to Psychological Safety in the Workplace

How to ensure your team is safe to both make honest mistakes and ask for help without fear of being punished. Read the blog.

Member Spotlight: Get to Know Kate Meghji

Geeking out (and loving it) with predictive spreadsheets, what stats are worth a deeper dive, and the most inspirational quote from Shirley Chisholm… Read the blog and meet this visionary Florida CEO.

Tip of the Week: Mind If We Freshen Up a Bit?

In this Extreme Makeover-worthy transformation, a little-used bathroom becomes a Shy Cat Colony room. Read the blog.

39 Things Your Shelter Can Do Right Now To Reunite Lost Pets

Whether your organization does managed intake or whether you are responsible for taking in every animal who comes your way, we’ve got some ideas for you. Read the blog.

7 Ideas for Employee Appreciation Day

Customized cookies, a bonus on payday… Here’s what else your colleagues around the country did to thank staff.

Research: What’s The Impact of Community Veterinary Medicine Programs?

It’s all about creating a positive experience for your clients, and the studies prove it. Read the blog.

New Blog Series: Rural Challenges in Animal Welfare

Cole Wakefield, Animal Services Director for Good Shepherd Humane Society, explores human resources, fostering, and animal services through a rural lens. Read the blog.


What would you like to read on The Association’s blog in 2022? Leave a comment and share your thoughts.

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