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COVID-19: Making the Case for a New Tomorrow

This COVID-19 Shelter Town Hall focused on municipal shelters making permanent changes to shelter operations and refusing to return to the status-quo.

Moderated by Makena Yarbrough and featuring:

  • Alexis Pugh, director, Memphis Animal Services (TN)
  • Scott Trebatoski, department director, Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center (Tampa, FL)

Click the timestamps below to skip to that portion of the town hall:

  • Intro to Panel- 2:30 
  • Scott Trebatoski, Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center, Tampa- 3:13 
  • Alexis Pugh, Memphis Animal Services- 18:27
  • How do you address community supported shelter programs for those who might be resistant?- 35:18
  • What was your “aha” moment?- 37:54
  • Best Friends Vet Access- 41:25
  • My community feels different than those being discussed. Advice?- 42:35
  • Have you worked with volunteers in new ways?- 45:01
  • Are you anticipating increased intake because of the economic downturn?- 46:25
  • Do you feel that a central call center (such as police dispatch or 311) can accurately assess the need for shelter intake?- 49:49
  • Have you had any push back from staff?- 51:20
  • Do you have any fears around budget cuts?- 52:25
  • What kind of veterinary services do you provide to public citizens to prevent shelter intake?- 55:32

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