Do you dread putting a found dog on Instagram because the public will declare that you have him on death row? Do you struggle to respond to cranky questions about your agency in public forums? Do you find yourself on pins and needles when making a tough decision on a cat who is a Facebook favorite? Learn new approaches to dealing with abusive language, primarily in social media situations. This session will offer you guidance on constructive public messaging on sensitive industry topics and help you turn the page on keyboard warriors.
Behavioral assessments performed in the shelter are used to evaluate an animals’ behavior in various circumstances for specific purposes. These purposes may be to evaluate the predictability of an animal’s reaction to a number of situations. Recent insight has indicated that the evaluations in the shelter do not reliably predict how the pet is going to behave in the home. Many of the assessments lead to false positive results, meaning a pet can be labeled as being aggressive when it is not. We will review some of the assessments currently used and discuss a different approach to performing behavioral assessments of shelter pets.
This session is part of the Shelter Medicine series, a collaboration between the Association of Shelter Veterinarians and The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement.
This program (both live and recorded) has been APPROVED for:
- 1 Certified Animal Welfare Administrator continuing education credit.
- 1 hour of continuing education credit in jurisdictions which recognize RACE approval.
- 1 CEU for behavior consultants by The International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC).
- 1 CE by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) for Texas Animal Control Officers
What does it mean to be foster centric? What are the Seven Guiding Principles of foster care? Hear from the people who have elevated foster care from a sideline shelter program to a best practice. Presented by Dr. Sheila Segurson, Kelly Duer, and Kristen Hassen-Auerbach, this webinar will lead you through each of the guiding principles, to help you move forward in creating an organization where animals are housed in homes, and out of the shelter.
During this 60-minute webcast, you’ll learn what the research says about the best ways to support and retain foster caregivers, and what successful strategies shelters and rescues are using to do just this. From training to communication to getting feedback on what your foster caregivers need, this webcast will teach you how to support your fosters and keep them coming back for more!
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As a result of COVID-19, your shelter or rescue may be expecting to receive an influx of undersocialized kittens in the coming months. Want to know how to help these undersocialized kittens get adopted? Join us as we cover how the ASPCA Adoption Center and Kitten Nursery have leveraged their foster volunteer pool and trained them to work with fearful kittens using scientifically proven techniques. This webinar will take a deep dive into the “Lion Tamers” program with a spotlight on behavior best practices. We will also provide tools and resources for how to provide training, support and guidance to foster volunteers.
• Foster network management strategies and protocols to mitigate disease risks
• How to effectively place fearful kittens in foster homes
• How to effectively train foster volunteers to care for fearful kittens while providing tools, resources and support
• Behavior best practices for working with undersocialized kittens and effectively placing them into loving homes
Animal shelter staff, behavior staff, foster volunteers
Foster On Deck is a tool that allows foster parents to indicate when they are able to foster and provide information about the age and populations of animals they are able to care for. Foster parents are in complete control of all of their information and are able to edit as necessary. Giving foster staff up-to-date information on who is able to be matched with what animal.
This webinar will cover the following topics:
• how we helped foster families switch to a new system of indicating availability to foster
• how to implement an on deck system
• the logistics of on deck implementation
• the benefits of using an on deck system
• troubleshooting user issues
• how on deck can help during emergencies
Trying to catch the last cat in your colony who isn’t fixed? Got a wily feral who just won’t go into a box trap, no matter how much you spend on roasted chicken? How about catching a litter of kittens all at once—with their mom? All these tough trapping situations and more can be solved if you know how to use a drop trap! Join Neighborhood Cats, co-designers of the first commercially available drop trap, as they discuss how to use this invaluable tool. Plus tips and tricks for advanced drop trappers, too.
It’s no secret that our nation is deeply divided along political and social lines. This is especially true right now. These divisions make it increasingly difficult for animal welfare organizations to develop messages that appeal to people on both sides of the divide.
While most organizations have missions that should appeal to liberals, conservatives, and everyone in between, it’s easy for messages to be delivered in a way that appeals to one side and not the other.
Join us for a session that will equip your organization with the tools your staff, volunteers, and board need to listen thoughtfully and communicate effectively with supporters who span the political and social spectrum. Participants will learn how to:
Identify and speak to the shared values of internal and external audiences, including potential supporters, regardless of their political or social ideology
Assess your existing communications to find language and imagery that turns off those on either side of the ideological divide
Eliminate jargon and develop direct, accessible communications that connect with shared values
Reach key audiences who are either unaware of or turned off by your existing messaging
This webinar has been pre-approved for 1 Certified Animal Welfare Administrator continuing education credit.
In this session we will jump into a hands-on approach to using the Michelson Found Animals free registry to manage the animals you foster, or pull from local shelters. Shelter personnel that oversees rescue and foster networks will also benefit from this.