Diversity, Equity & Inclusion


Save The Date: Registration for Open Arms Challenge Opens Monday

Get ready! How does opening doors to new adopters and volunteers AND a chance at $200K in grant prizes sound? The Association, along with 14 other organizations, is thrilled to announced that registration for the Open Arms Challenge begins Monday, August 23. The Challenge, funded by Maddie’s Fund and Michelson Found Animals Foundation, encourages shelters and rescues to pilot new approaches that increase inclusivity through customer service, marketing and communications, organizational culture and partnership with other organizations.


2 Resources to Help You Advocate for Flex-Time & Remote Training Tools

At last year’s Fall Conference for Animal Welfare, Nicole Belyna of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) shared current research pointing toward a two-tiered workforce—employees whose positions are suited to remote work, and those who must be onsite to do their jobs. You can read the top takeaways from her session here.


Tip of the Week: Which Communities Most Need Resources? There’s a Map for That

Welcome to Tip of the Week! Every Monday, we’ll be passing along tools, time-savers, and just-plain-genius ideas that your colleagues and members of the Association have suggested and tested. If you’ve got a helpful how-to that’s easy to grok and even easier to implement, leave a comment and tell us all about it.


DEI Survey: Sample messaging for recruiting boards and management teams

10 tips for encouraging participation in this first-of-its-kind survey, and sample messaging you can copy and paste to get staff and board involved You may have noticed we’ve been talking a lot about the DEI Survey—and that’s because it’s really important.  So far, 2,100+ of you have participated, and we need as many voices as possible in order to best assess the current state of DEI in animal welfare.

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