Petfinder Members: Educational Webinars

Petfinder and Best Friends Animal Society have joined forces in order to offer you educational webinars on a host of critical issues in animal welfare.

For additional webinar topics, visit the Center for Shelter Dogs’ Webinar Center, a program of The Animal Rescue League of Boston.

Webinar Title: Building a Foster Network that Saves Lives

Webinar Speaker: Ann Lindholm, Austin Pets Alive

Taping Date: December 7, 2011

Length: 75 minutes

Description: Starting out with no facility and no funds, Austin Pets Alive worked hard to build a huge foster network for homeless pets. Today, the organization has 500 cats and 200 dogs in foster care during its busiest months. Fostering is fun and rewarding, but attracting and keeping foster homes requires marketing and relationship building know how. In this session, Austin Pets Alive’s foster dog coordinator Ann Lindholm will teach you how to start building a lifesaving foster care network in your community. Plus, she’ll cover how to keep fostered animals healthy and happy – and get them adopted into forever homes.

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Webinar Title: Helping Homeless Senior Dogs

Webinar Speaker: Erika Mathews, Grey Muzzle Organization & St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center

Taping Date: November 16, 2011

Length: 60 minutes

Description: Join us to help celebrate Adopt-A-Senior-Pet Month! Do you want to know how to add some enrichment to a senior’s life? Or perhaps what to consider when finding a new home for a senior pet, how to find the perfect adopters, and how to raise funds to help with medical needs? This webinar will answer your questions regarding senior pet adoption, behavior and care.

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Webinar Title: Humane Education Made Easy

Webinar Speaker: Dr. Sandy Byland, Humane Education manager, Best Friends Animal Society

Taping Date: August 17, 2011

Length: 60 minutes

Description: Best Friends Humane Education Department has developed a broad range of resources that are available online for you to use in creating your own humane education programs and outreach. These blueprints can be adapted for use in schools, after school programs, faith groups, youth clubs, scouting or neighborhoods. In order for the ideals of humane education to take hold and grow across the nation, it must happen on a grass-roots level–community by community. You can begin to make that change! Learn how you can help kids and families become involved in compassionate outreach to create a world of no more homeless pets.

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Webinar Title: Building a Team of Champion Volunteers

Webinar Speaker: Patty Hegwood, Director of Visitor and Volunteer Engagement at Best Friends Animal Society

Taping Date: July 29, 2011

Length: 60 minutes

Description: Best Friends wouldn’t be able to care for so many homeless animals at the sanctuary – about 1,700 at any given time – without the strong support of wonderful volunteers! Each year, more than 8,000 volunteers with a wide variety of skills donate their time and talents at Best Friends, providing hands-on care to animals, humane education, administrative support, and more. This presentation will help you with the fundamental tools of building an effective and engaging volunteer support system.

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Webinar Title: Creative Ways to Save America’s Dog: Tools to Battle Breed Discrimination & Increase Pit Bull Terrier Type Dog Adoptions

Webinar Speaker: Ledy Van Kavage, Esq., Senior Legislative Attorney at Best Friends Animal Society

Taping Date: June 15, 2011

Length: 60 minutes

Description: Join Ledy Van Kavage, Esq., Senior Legislative Attorney at Best Friends Animal Society, as she discusses the increase in intake of pit bull terrier type dogs and get tools to help get these pets into homes.

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Webinar Title: Boot Camp for Animal Rescues

Webinar Speaker: Cimeron Morrissey, co-founder of Project Bay Cat

Taping Date: May 20, 2011

Length: 120 minutes

Description: Whether you are just starting out or you have been rescuing animals for decades, this is the place for getting back to basics. Learn how to identify and fix challenges from creating a mission and staying focused on it, to getting exposure, to keeping volunteers happy and productive. You will also learn how easy it can be to set up a marketing campaign.

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Webinar Title: Finding and Keeping Foster Volunteers

Webinar Speaker: Brenda Barnett, General Manager of Los Angeles Department of Animal Services

Taping Date: Dec 03, 2010

Length: 90 minutes

Description:We all know that foster parents/families are worth their weight in gold. Find out how to engage your community to save lives. The fastest, easiest and cheapest way a shelter can save more animals is through a strong foster care program. Brenda Barnette will share her recipe for creating a successful program at Seattle Humane Society, where 4300 dogs and cats benefited from foster care last year. Now head of the Los Angeles Department of Animal Services, she will offer best practices on how to find, train and keep foster volunteers.

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Webinar Title: Animal Hoarding: Curbing the Compulsion Through Legal Intervention

Webinar Speaker: Jami Landry, Senior Humane Law Enforcement Officer, Dutchess County SPCA

Taping Date: Aug 12, 2010

Length: 90 minutes

Description: Hoarding is a compulsive disorder that is becoming increasingly well recognized by law enforcement and members of the public. Arresting hoarders remains controversial in the public eye, largely due to a lack of information about the disorder, and the often misunderstood lack of intent on the part of the offender. This training will address establishing a relationship with offenders, gathering solid evidence and documentation, presenting a case to prosecutors, filing charges and sentencing and plea agreements. Ways to educate the public, ADAs, legislators and judges about hoarding and the necessity of court ordered counseling will be explored.

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Webinar Title: Funding Spay/Neuter in Your Community

Webinar Speaker: Holly Sizemore, Executive Director of No More Homeless Pets in Utah

Taping Date: June 23, 2010

Length: 90 minutes

Description: We all know that spay/neuter is critical to achieving No More Homeless Pets in communities and many of us face similar challenges – finding funding for spay/neuter, creating spay/neuter capacity, filling that capacity once we create it, and targeting our spay/neuter efforts so that we can make the most impact. How do you get started? How do you get to the next level and really make an impact in your community?

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Webinar Title: Putting More WOW in Your Cat Adoption Program!

Webinar Speaker: Sharon Harvey, Executive Director of the Cleveland Animal Protective League

Taping Date: April 16, 2010

Length: 90 minutes

Description: Have you searched your brain for new ideas on how to find adopters for your cats? Do you wonder if people even know you exist? Do you have a marketing budget of $0.00? Discover great promotion ideas that will grab the attention of potential adopters and learn about the supporting data that prove the ideas work u2014 for both you and the cats.

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Webinar Title: The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Fundraisers-Part 1: Create a Community of Fans and Have More Fun Raising Money for the Animals

Webinar Speaker: Susan Daffron, Founder and President, National Association of Pet Rescue Professionals

Taping Date: September 10

Length: 30 minutes

Description: As a preview to the full-length workshop presented at No More Homeless Pets Conference in 2009, you’ll learn what a “money mindset” is, how to apply marketing principles to your organization, how to distinguish it from other organizations in the public eye, and how to do productive planning and create partnerships.

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Webinar Title: The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Fundraisers-Part 2: Create a Community of Fans and Have More Fun Raising Money for the Animals

Webinar Speaker: Susan Daffron, Founder and President, National Association of Pet Rescue Professionals

Taping Date: September 10

Length: 30 minutes

Description: As a preview to the full-length workshop presented at No More Homeless Pets Conference in 2009, you’ll learn what a “money mindset” is, how to apply marketing principles to your organization, how to distinguish it from other organizations in the public eye, and how to do productive planning and create partnerships.

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Webinar Title: Building Your Organization’s Membership to Save Lives: Learn to write better fundraising materials

Webinar Speaker: Elizabeth Doyle, Senior Creative Copywriter, Best Friends Animal Society

Taping Date: September 10

Length: 30 minutes

Description: As a preview to the full-length workshop presented at No More Homeless Pets Conference in 2009, learn how to make your fundraising materials more compelling and more effective.

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Webinar Title: Two Cities That Work for the Animals

Webinar Speaker: Jane Hoffman, President and Chair of the Board, Mayor’s Alliance for NYC’s Animals and Bill Bruce, Director of Animal & Bylaw Services, City of Calgary

Taping Date: September 9

Length: 30 minutes

Description: As a preview to the full-length workshop presented at No More Homeless Pets Conference in 2009, Jane Hoffman and Bill Bruce talk about what’s working in their cities, how they know it’s working, and how it can work in yours too.

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Webinar Title: Risky Business: Liability and Risk Management Facing Animal Shelters and Rescuers

Webinar Speaker: Jill Buckley, Esq., ASPCA

Taping Date: July 15, 2009

Length: 90 minutes

Description: Jill Buckley, Esq. from the ASPCA, teaches us to identify common liability issues and develop preventive measures to protect your organization. Can you adopt a dog with a bite history? Can you implement foster programs, adoption events and other programs? Do you have adequate insurance coverage? Risk management assesses the potential dangers and determines whether you have taken reasonable precautions to protect people from harm.

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Webinar Title: Think Lost, Not Stray

Webinar Speaker: Kat Albrecht, founder of Missing Pet Partnership

Taping Date: March 11, 2009

Length: 90 minutes

Description: Learn what you can do to help save more animals in our shelters by understanding how lost pets impact our shelters. The webinar focuses on how lost pets (also known as “strays”) contribute to higher shelter kill rates, feral cat colonies, and high homeless pet populations. Learn why strays go unclaimed in shelters, the challenges to recovering lost pets, what services shelters and rescue groups can offer, lost pet behaviors and more.

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Webinar Title: How to Help Feral Cats in Your Community: Win Win Solutions

Webinar Speaker: Bryan Kortis, Executive Director of Neighborhood Cats

Taping Date: January 14, 2009

Length: 60 minutes

Description: Hiding behind dumpsters, roaming in warehouse fields, darting across busy streets, in your backyard. Often, if animal control is called in to address the problem, trapping and euthanizing the cats is the standard policy. In addition to being cruel to the cats, this has proven to be an ineffective solution for controlling feral cat populations. But there is a better way! Join us for an introduction to TNR – what it is, how it works, and why it makes sense for the cats, their caretakers and the community, including animal shelters. Trap, Neuter, Return (TNR) programs all over the country are saving lives and receiving accolades for being win-win solutions.

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Webinar Title: Saving Cats in Busy Shelters through Better Handling

Webinar Speaker: Susan Cosby, Executive Director of Animal Welfare Association in Voorhees, NJ

Taping Date: December 5, 2008

Length: 60 minutes

Description: How can you improve your ability to save cats’ lives when faced with a lot of cats and not much of anything else? Sue Cosby shares her story of improving the health and well-being of cats in a busy, urban, animal control shelter. By changing the way cats are handled and viewed by your staff and volunteers, you too can have a dramatic impact on their lives.

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