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Sue Cosby, senior director of Lifesaving Centers, Best Friends Animal Society; Michelle Dosson, shelter director, Norfolk Animal Care Center; Makena Yarbrough, Mid-Atlantic and Southeast regional director, Best Friends Animal Society; Bethany Heins, director of operations and strategic projects for national programs, Best Friends Animal Society
The first in a series of COVID-19 Shelter Town Halls focused on lifesaving operations when shelters are closed or modified-open, handling staffing and volunteers during COVID-19, and having a staffing and back-up plan, and organizations supporting one another. Click here to watch.
Kim Kamins, co-founder, Fearless Kitty Rescue; Julie Barger, director of development, Lynchburg Humane Society; Jackie Roach, co-founder, Taysia Blue Rescue; Patricia Tolbert, network partner development strategist, Best Friends Animal Society
The need to shelter-in-place and avoid large gatherings has left many animal welfare organizations struggling with deciding what to do about upcoming fundraising events. Should you cancel your gala entirely, and, if so, how will you possibly make up the loss in dollars? Maybe it makes more sense to have a virtual event, but how do those work? Three Best Friends Network partners who have grappled with these questions and come up with strategies to avoid losing critical funds share their experiences during this recorded live webinar. Click here to watch.
Short-term Fostering Panel
Nikki Harris, chief operating officer, Jacksonville Humane Society; Danielle Rutherford, cat shelter supervisor, Memphis Animal Services; Carina Haro, foster program coordinator, Best Friends Animal Society - Los Angeles; Megan McCloud, Lifesaving Programs Support Lead, Best Friends Animal Society - Salt Lake City
With holiday season upon us, why not try short-term fostering, so all the animals in your care can be home for the holidays? This live-recorded panel-style webinar features Best Friends Network partners who have successfully launched short-term foster programs. Panelists shared how they started their programs, marketed a new program, successes and challenges, and tips for launching one in your community. Click here to watch.
Community Engagement Based Animal Control Programs
Michelle Dosson, national shelter outreach manager, Best Friends Animal Society
Saving the lives of more pets is the collective responsibility of communities, not just the job of shelters and animal control agencies. Everyone needs to get involved. Gaining your community’s trust and inspiring them to support you will lay the groundwork for long-term collaboration and bigger community impact. In this workshop, you'll learn how to reduce animal intake and call volume and save more lives while improving public perception of your department. We'll also talk about the difference between outreach and engagement and discuss how enforcement-based programs fail to provide sustainable solutions for animals and communities. Click here to watch.
Rachael Ray Save Them All & No-Kill Excellence Grants
Jennifer Schrolucke, data & operations coordinator for the Best Friends Network, Best Friends Animal Society, Andie Peart, no-kill communities project manager, Best Friends Animal Society, Nikki Kelley, data scientist, Best Friends Animal Society
Overview of the Rachael Ray Save Them All grants and the new Rachael Ray No-Kill Excellence grants, as well as demos of the gap analysis tool and the community lifesaving dashboard. Click here to watch.
Lifetime Care for Pets: Helping Pet Owners Plan for the Possibility That Their Pets Might Outlive Them
Amy Shever, director, 2nd Chance 4 Pets
Thousands of pets end up at shelters every year simply because they outlived their humans who had not planned for their continued care. Typically “orphaned” pets deteriorate in the shelter environment. This webinar will outline what options and resources are available to ensure “lifetime care” for pets and how your organization can help pet owners plan for the possibility that their pets might outlive them. Click here to watch. To download the PDF of this presentation, click here.
Advocacy: Steering Toward Success
Walter Fenstermacher, senior director of operations, Brandywine Valley SPCA
Making change in an animal shelter can be a formidable task; making lasting change in our communities can present an even greater challenge! In this session, you’ll hear how to encourage community members, local officials, and legislators to support proactive changes to laws, ordinances and best practices. Click here to watch.
Managing Intake 101
Makena Yarbrough, Mid-Atlantic regional director, Best Friends Animal Society
Makena Yarbrough dispels common myths about managed intake and why you should consider it for your organization. Click here to watch.
Fostering Volunteer Independence
Kelly Paul, volunteer manager, Asheville Humane Society
Learn how to create a program with volunteers who are empowered to start helping your organization quickly, including recruitment, engagement and onboarding. Click here to watch.
March Into a Fabulous Foster Program
Kelly Duer, foster program specialist, Maddie's Fund
With kitten season on the way, it's time to develop your foster recruitment strategy! Learn how targeted recruitment efforts paired with effective messaging turns foster prospects into applicants. Our expert speaker guest will cover big-picture ideas for program expansion, outside-the-box ways to recruit fosters, as well as ways foster coordinators can get themselves some help through kitten season. Click here to watch.
Expanding Your Reach through Education
Kimberly Korona, senior program director, HEART
Learn more about HEART, a nonprofit public charity, that is a full-service humane education provider and what digital resources and programming might be helpful to your own organization, no matter where you’re located. In one hour, you will find out why humane education is important, how to get started and make your program valuable to the community, and discover free humane education support service in HEART Network (what it is and how to join). HEART’s mission is to develop a generation of compassionate youth who create positive change for animals, people, and the natural world. Click here to watch.
How Adopt-a-Pet can help you save more lives
April Harris, director of animal welfare insights, Adopt-a-Pet.com
In this overview of Adopt-a-Pet.com, find out how to increase adoptions and quality of pet inquiries, decrease the time and resources needed to publish adoptable pets online, and provide resources to offer pet owners looking to surrender their pets, including New Pet Alerts, tools for animal welfare organizations and the newest service Rehome. Click here to watch.
Lifesaving with Social Experiences as Fundraisers
Stephanie Hong, operations & market manager of Social Impact Experiences, Airbnb
Learn about the easy-to-use Airbnb Social Experience Fundraising platform and social experience fundraisers that have been successful. Click here to watch.
The Importance of No Kill Resolutions
Ledy VanKavage, Esq., Senior Legislative Attorney, Best Friends Animal Society, Jamie Case, Executive Director, Gateway Pet Guardians, Lee Greenwood, Esq., Legislative Attorney, Best Friends Animal Society, Carrie Ducote, Senior Manager, Georgia, Best Friends Animal Society and A.J. Albrecht, Esq., Policy & Communications Analyst, Best Friends Animal Society
You can help save cats and dogs in your community by working with your city council or other legislative body to pass a No-kill Resolution. In this webinar, you will learn the nuts and bolts of how to pass a resolution in your community, and be introduced to valuable resources to rely upon as you begin your advocacy work. Click here to watch.
Ledy VanKavage, Esq., Senior Legislative Attorney, Best Friends Animal Society, Richard Angelo, Esq., Legislative Attorney, Best Friends Animal Society and Elizabeth Oreck, National Manager, Puppy Mill Initiatives, Best Friends Animal Society
Join us for a presentation of the bills currently up in the legislative session as of March 2017. Click here to watch.
We Won! A Sucessful Grant Cycle from Beginning to End
Kelly Cramer, Manager, Foundation Partnerships, Best Friends Animal Society and Stephanie Macgill, Senior Manager of the Grants and Workplace Giving, Best Friends Animal Society
There's more to grants than just writing and winning them. Join us to learn everything you need to know before writing grants (including where to find them), how to make your proposals stronger, and relationship building tips. This webinar will help those newer to the grants process get organized to add grants as a new revenue stream and also help those more seasoned re-evaluate methods to be more effective. Click here to watch the webinar. To download the pdf of this presentation, click here. Please note, in order to watch the entire presentation, you may need to click "Download" near the top, right side of the page.
An Introduction to Canine Body Language
Led by DogTown's Lead Behavior Consultant, Allie Bender.
Using pictures and videos, Allie describes what dogs are trying to tell us with their behavior and body language. Click here to watch the webinar. To download the pdf of this presentation, click here. Please note, in order to watch the entire presentation, you may need to click "Download" near the top, right side of the page.
Shelter and Rescue Group Liability
Ledy VanKavage, Esq., Senior Legislative Attorney, Best Friends Animal Society
Shelters and rescue groups do important life-saving work and need to protect themselves and their organization so their work can continue. This webinar provides basic educational information about how to reduce shelter liability and protect yourself, your organization and the animals you care for. All organizations should consult an attorney licensed to practice law in their state to make sure they are following the local laws and are protected. Together, we can Save Them All. Click to watch the webinar.
See Beyond the Stereotypes of Pit Bull Terrier-Like Dogs to Save Them All
Ledy VanKavage, Esq., Senior Legislative Attorney, Best Friends Animal Society
We all want safe and humane communities. Scientific studies have proven that pit bull terriers are just as safe and gentle as any other dog. In fact, they have ranked better than golden retrievers or border collies on temperament tests, according to the American Temperament Test Society. Best Friends Animal Society hired Luntz Global to hold a focus group to learn how to fight breed discrimination and market pit bull terriers. Join us and learn how to change perceptions to Save Them All. Click to watch the webinar.
Helping Pets by Supporting People: A Comprehensive Approach to Community Welfare
Kim Wolf, Founder of Beyondbreed.com
In every community certain pets are more "at risk" for entering the shelter system and less likely to leave through the front door. But the animals are just one part of this story: for every pet that ends up in the shelter, there is a human component as well. This webinar will take a holistic approach to helping "at risk" animals by understanding the challenges and barriers facing people in our communities, especially those that threaten the human-animal bond. I will show how a multidisciplinary approach can more accurately assess risk factors and identify opportunities for improvement. I will draw upon social work, economics, marketing, and public policy to help attendees assess their community's strengths and challenges, and I will share best practices from results-oriented groups around the country. By moving our discussions beyond animal welfare to community welfare as a whole, we can implement a comprehensive approach that benefits people and pets alike. Click to watch the webinar.
Saving Lives with Behavior Programs
Kim Melanson, CPDT-KA
The implementation of behavior programs plays an important part in saving the lives of shelter dogs. This 60 minute webinar will provide an overview of tools, techniques and methods to improve the welfare of shelter dogs and how to find the best dog-adopter matches. Click to watch the webinar.
Obtaining a Banfield Charitable Trust Grant to Keep Pets in Their Homes and Out of Your Shelter
Dianne McGill, Executive Director & CEO, Banfield Charitable Trust
Since 2004, Banfield Charitable Trust (BCT) has been working to keep the most vulnerable populations together with their pet companions. For many in this group such as financially-challenged families, seniors, terminally ill, disabled, and the homeless, pets are often sole companions and sometimes represent their reason for getting up each day.
Among the leading national animal assistance nonprofits, BCT is the only organization exclusively focused on preventing circumstances leading to surrender or separation. Most BCT grants are awarded to local organizations helping people facing situations that might force them to surrender their pets. Surrendering a cherished pet can have dramatic, negative effects on pet and humans’ lives, and places a burden on public and private shelters. Watch this informative webinar to learn how to start or obtain funding for your community support programs designed to keep pets in their homes. Click to watch the webinar. To download the pdf of this presentation, click here.
Rebuilding a Fizzled Volunteer Program
Corey Roscoe, Volunteer and Education Coordinator for Cat Depot
This webinar deals with helping to rebuild a fizzled volunteer program by first assessing your current volunteer program. Once you know what you are working with, you can begin to rebuild by reviewing the basics of what should be included in an effective volunteer program such as: volunteer job descriptions, volunteer orientation sessions, service hours reporting, recognition and saying “Thank You”, using multiple communication paths, and getting paid employees on board with volunteers. Click to watch the webinar. To download the pdf version of this presentation, click here.
Spring Cleaning: Disease Transmission and Fomite Control
Elise Gingrich, DVM, MPH, MS, DACVPM- Supervising Veterinarian at Larimer Humane Society
The webinar focused on a review of modes of disease in transmission in the shelter setting and provided suggestions for fomite control. Click to watch the webinar. To download the pdf version of this presentation, click here.
Grant Writing in Today's Time
Susan Rosenberg, National Grants and Disaster Relief Manager for Petco Foundation
Learn how intuitive and simple it is to apply for support through the Petco Foundation for animal welfare organizations. You will be shown tips and tricks on how to answer the questions to your group's maximum benefit. Lots of the information you will learn in this seminar can be useful in applying to other granting organizations also. Click to watch the webinar.
Deb Edwards, Administrative Director for St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Behavior and Training Center
A well-run foster program requires a solid base to build on. In Fostering 101, we focused on evaluating your organizations needs, creating a network of professional contacts for sharing of information, websites that provide excellent information on creating and maintaining a successful foster program and the importance of doing it yourself. We discussed the importance of making sure you and your organization are covered should an unforeseen accident occurs and give you tips on where to find out what kind of coverage you and you organization need. Click to watch the webinar. To download the pdf version of this presentation, click here.
Photographing Adoptable Pets
Teresa Berg, Professional Photographer
Teresa Berg is a professional photographer and author who has received international acclaim for her efforts which nearly doubled the adoption rates for several Dallas area rescue groups. She shares case studies of how she and others have saved thousands of animals by taking pictures that give dogs a better chance of getting adopted. Learn how to find resources to help achieve similar results, and receive tips on how you can make pets appear ready for a forever home. Click to watch the webinar - In order to watch the entire presentation, you may need to click "Download" near the top, right side of the page.
Enrichment on a Dime for Dogs, Cats, and Small Animals
Becky Burton, Shelter Manager for St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center
"Enrichment on a Dime" demonstrates smart, creative, and economical methods to provide behavioral enrichment for the animals in our care. We will discuss and demonstrate ways that behavioral enrichment and stress reduction will directly impact the length of stay. Optimizing enrichment activities will not only enhance the animals' wellbeing efficiently and effectively but produces behavior and attributes attractive to potential adopters. Click to watch the webinar - In order to see the entire presentation, you will need to click "Download" near the top, right side of the page. To download the pdf version of this presentation, click here.
Linda Reider, Director of Animal Welfare for Michigan Humane Society
Are there animals who have been waiting too long for adoption in your shelter or rescue program? Learn how to track and identify longtime pets, get the message out about them regularly to staff and volunteers, and put in place simple, effective tools to help overlooked pets get adopted. Click to watch the webinar - In order to see the entire presentation, you will need to click "Download" near the top, right side of the page. To download the pdf version of this presentation, click here.
Facebook 201 for Shelters and Rescues
Jane Harrell, Associate Producer for Petfinder.com
Learn the latest tools and advanced best practices for increasing adoptions, fundraising, and awareness with your Facebook page. This is a session for organizations already active on Facebook who want to increase their impact. Session will explore detailed ways how animal welfare organizations can benefit from strategic posting, tools for measuring results, and ways to make you stand out to your following. To download the pdf version of this presentation, click here.
Social Media 101 for Shelters and Rescue Groups
Jane Harrell, Associate Producer for Petfinder.com
Learn the basics of each of the big social media outlets, how your organization can use the tools available to promote your group and what kind of messaging works best on each platform. To download the PowerPoint of this presentation, click here. To download the pdf version of this presentation, click here.
Optimizing Canine Welfare in Shelters
Dr. Sheila Segurson D’Arpino,Center for Shelter Dogs at the Animal Rescue League of Boston
You will learn about tools and techniques to maximize canine welfare while in shelters including information about playgroups, play with people, quiet time and enrichment training. Click to watch the webinar. Length 60 minutes. To download handouts from this webinar click here.
Tips and Tricks to Increase Adoptions
Anna Friedman, Petfinder Shelter Outreach Specialist
Increase adoptions and decrease length of stay! Millions of potential adopters visit Petfinder each month. Thousands of shelters and rescue groups post their pets to Petfinder. How can your pets stand out and make the most of the exposure Petfinder brings to them? After a brief review of Petfinder's available resources, you will learn quick, easy and free ways you can use the internet to promote your adoptable pets in the best light possible to find them great new homes faster. Click to watch the webinar. Length 60 minutes.