No experience necessary! Whether you are just getting started, or you have been operating a neonatal kitten nursery or foster program for years, there are always questions before the season hits.
This year, more than ever, we need to be prepared for the most vulnerable population who enter our shelters and rescues by the hundreds.
Submit your questions ahead of time at firstname.lastname@example.org, or ask them live.
Maddie’s Fund Weekly COVID-19 Zoom Call
- You’re invited: Weekly Zoom call to talk about emerging issues, get advice and hear updates.
- Who: Animal shelter professionals at every level, paid or unpaid
- When: Monday mornings (starting this Monday and continuing once a week) at 7 a.m. PST/10 a.m. EST
- Where: Maddie’s Fund Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/607482466
- Why: Because talking helps us come up with brilliant ideas, feel more supported and less isolated, gives us information about things that are working, and helps us deal with the emerging waves of crises that are part of our daily lives.
NOTE: Calendar invites will NOT be sent. Take the zoom link and put it in your own calendar for every Monday at 7 a.m. PST for the next two months. That way, you’ll always remember!
Especially in animal welfare organizations, resilience is a key component of a productive and healthy team. Does your organization’s culture support your people in the face of constant emotional toll? This webinar will focus on building personal resilience. Attendees will learn how to recognize and address compassion fatigue triggers in their animal care work, build support and coping skills, and create a meaningful self-care plan through a variety of evidence-based resources. Send your staff and volunteers to this important session (perfect for a staff meeting)!
Bottle-baby kittens are already arriving in many parts of our country – and in some places, the kitten season never stops! Kittens under 4 weeks of age or ‘bottle-baby kittens’ need trained fosters to save their lives. Have you thought about fostering kittens? Have you fostered already, but would like to know more? Learn what to expect and how to prepare for fostering kittens less than 4 weeks old, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can save lives!
How can animal shelters support keeping pets with their people through COVID-19? How have programs at one of the largest No Kill shelters in the country pivoted to keep the community and pets safe through this trying time? What has been learned that we will keep doing? Where is there still room for growth and improvement?
Get the down and dirty basics about diarrhea in kittens. Understand the causes, know what you can do to provide supportive care, and learn about treatment options to address a variety of diarrhea causes. As always, the webinar will include a wealth of information, and there will also be time for Q & A.
Response to the COVID-19 pandemic has brought the animal welfare community together in an unprecedented way to assess the services we provide to our community and to evaluate our protocols and processes. This need for assessment and evaluation was particularly important for our intake and care decisions for neonatal kittens. We will review the existing best practices that provide a consistent foundation for success in neonatal kitten care as well as discuss which practices adopted during the pandemic response are likely to withstand the test of time.
– Strategies to keep kittens healthy in foster homes
– Keeping resident pets safe
– Recognize disease in foster kittens
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.