The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement is proud to be part of a new initiative to end breed discrimination in the homeowners insurance industry. Along with major animal welfare groups including Best Friends, HSUS, Animal Legal Defense Fund, and Humane Rescue Alliance, we have signed on to a new white paper calling for the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) to investigate the use of breed discrimination lists.
According to the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM), trends are pointing toward a two-tiered workforce—employees whose positions are suited to remote work, and employees who must still be onsite to do their jobs. “This is requiring organizations to really think hard about meeting employee needs while maintaining consistent organizational culture and policies,” shared Nicole Belyna, SHRM’s Field Services Director, in her session on “Shifting to a Humane Workplace: Leveraging Workplace Flexibility” during our Fall Conference for Animal Welfare.
An article in the Winter 2021 issue of the Stanford Social Innovation Review—“Business Disruption from the Inside Out: A playbook for Employee Activists and advice for leaders”—is causing a stir with our colleagues in the field. Shelly Thompson from Maddie’s Fund originally shared this article with me, and I immediately recognized this as an extremely timely issue for many leaders in the animal welfare sector.
We don’t have to tell you how popular online training has been this past year! Here are 10 of our juiciest, most actionable and thought-provoking webinars to revisit. Let us know if they brought you any aha! moments.
This past summer, The Association’s Katherine Shenar, Dallas Animal Services’ Ed Jamison, and Steve Zeidman of Pethealth, Inc, started an important conversation about systemic racism in animal care and control right here on this blog. “If Your Adoption Policies Put Up Barriers, You’re Part of the Problem” focused on biases against underserved and marginalized communities that had been baked into the industry’s culture.
Okay, so you’re gonna want to grab 12 minutes and listen to this convo between Vu Le, Executive Director of Nonprofit AF, and The Association’s Jim Tedford. If it’s anything like what we can expect during Vu’s keynote address at the Fall Virtual Conference, “Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Hiring Philosophy and Practice,” we’re in for something special.
Fall Conference Superhero Session: “Creating a Culture of Inclusion in the Workplace” with Dr. Gena Yuvette Davis
Can you believe the Virtual Fall Conference is just over three weeks away? We can’t wait to wrap up 2020 with 3 days of reflecting, reconnecting, and restocking our supply of inspo with you. On Thursday, December 3, Gena Yuvette Davis, Psy.
In our latest podcast, guest host Jorge Ortega, Director, Guilford County Animal Services, hosts CARE President James Evans and Best Friends’ José Ocaño, Senior Director of People and Culture, in a conversation exploring ways in which the animal welfare profession can make space for marginalized voices. Here are some top takeaways from that convo—we hope they inspire you to listen to the complete podcast.
Registration for the Virtual Fall Conference is open, and we’re looking forward to the chance to plan and reflect and learn together as a group. One of the most timely issues on the docket is the eviction crisis, which could potentially impact tens of millions of renters.
Last Thursday, animal services and TNR leaders who are guiding their cities through difficult climates sat down to share challenges and insights. The Roundtable on Community Relations During a Time of Unrest specially focused on the needs and experiences of BIPOC officers and staff.