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    HASS Toolkit Information -Supported Self-Rehoming

    My name is Lucy Fernandez and I'm the lead for the Supported Self-Rehoming Working Group! My current position is with Austin Pets Alive! as the PASS (Positive Alternatives to Shelter Surrender) Program Coordinator. Supported self-rehoming is a way for animal shelters to help people rehome their pets, without those pets needing to enter the physical shelter. In most cases, supported self-rehoming is more humane for people and pets because it allows the original caretaker to help select, and potentially stay in touch with the new care taker and reduces the number of family pets who have to live in a kennel. Here's a link to the toolkit: https://forum.maddiesfund.org/viewdocument/hass-toolkit-supported-self-rehom?CommunityKey=afce7f7a-fd5a-431e-9f2a-aaedc46a03d6&tab=librarydocuments&LibraryFolderKey=1f5e2d26-3b0b-4ec6-afa8-40c1dae50a01&DefaultView=folder Feel free to ask questions, comments, or give feedback to help us improve the lives of animals and humans! Extreme thanks to the remarkable team that has made this paw-sible: Angela Marcus April Huntsman Kaycey Adair Mandy Evans Melissa Smith #Rehoming ------------------------------ Lucy Fernandez Austin Pets Alive 5125605464 ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    Hip Tips about RTH!

    Those of us working in the business totally understand the importance of pet identification and currently registered microchips, but most pet owners really don't. If they do, it doesn't often stick. So, how do we get through to them so that we leave a lasting impression? Here's one that I wish I could take credit for but have to admit I stole it from El Paso, Texas. Personally, I think it's brilliant. An animal is just adopted or returned to its family, and you are discussing the microchip and how it works. A cool conversation to consider is suggesting that they create a contact in their phone with the pet's name and the microchip number as the phone number. That way, if the animal ever goes missing, they don't have to hunt for the paperwork to find the chip number. I would also suggest they add the phone number for the chip company and the website. Make this a fun conversation and you will leave a lasting impression! Heck, have them do it right there at the front counter with you. They can even add a photo of their animal so it pops up in case they ever call! My animals are in my phone, are yours? If anyone has a hip tip to share, here's the place to do it! #ReturntoHome(LostPetReunification) ------------------------------ Gina Knepp National Shelter Engagement Director Michelson Found Animals Foundation Los Angeles, California 916-230-4533 Return to Home Specialist ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Case Management and Community Partnerships Go Hand in Hand

    Thank you so much for this post, @Carrie Nydick Finch ! I am looking to ramp up case management efforts through our safety net foster program and really appreciate this insight to your approach!​​ ------------------------------ Lauren Rogers Community Initiatives Specialist San Diego Humane Society ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Pet Registration

    Is there proof or research somewhere that licensing promotes safety? Why have some municipalities dropped "licensing and moved to other public safety practices? See Albuquerque . How much does "licensing" cost gov vs intake? What about other methods like rabies vacc and registration enforcement? Which methods gain in voluntary compliance vs others? ------------------------------ Augusta Farley ------------------------------ View Discussion

  • You know I would say the only other thing I can think of is that the emailed notifications don't preview all that well in my in-box. When they appear, the messages don't show up in the window, and I have to scroll to the right. No biggie, just a little nitpicky, just an extra step. I use an open source platform (Libre Office) so I'm probably the only weirdo this is happening to. ------------------------------ Rene Agredano Tripawds ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Welcome to Maddie's Pet Forum!

    Welcome Natalie! It's good to have you here. I'm learning a lot from being part of this community and I know you will too! ------------------------------ Rene Agredano Tripawds ------------------------------ View Discussion

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  • Thanks to everyone who helped us test the poll functionality in the forum last week. It worked so well, we've added a new one! Please take a second to answer the new poll question the next time you're in the forum. It's on the forum home page above the latest discussions. Here's a screenshot showing it's location: And remember -- all polls are anonymous! Thanks in advance! #Diversity,Equity,InclusionandJustice ------------------------------ Kim Domerofski (she/her) Community Manager Maddie's Fund ------------------------------ View Discussion

  • We are in the process of starting this. Our behavior team falls under the watchful eye of our part time Enrichment Coordinator (a volunteer), who works with all our dogs. She and her team of volunteers help identify dogs that may extra help because of behaviors developing, mostly our longer term dogs. Our dog walkers and enrichment volunteers give us feedback based on what they see. This information then goes to our behavior team, also part time volunteers who have completed specific training (dog body language, overview and more specific enrichment training, and tools to work with challenging dogs). We are still working out a lot of structure and organization for this, but I think we’re heading in the right direction! --------------------------------- Natalie Moser K9 Stray Rescue League --------------------------------- View Discussion

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    RE: Welcome to Maddie's Pet Forum!

    I’m from K9 Stray Rescue League in Oxford, MI. I’m the Volunteer Coordinator. We’re a smaller dog only rescue , so my role is jam packed with responsibilities that I (mostly) love! If I could be any animal…so hard to choose! Either a horse or elephant. Both are social and loving animals that form strong bonds with others. --------------------------------- Natalie Moser K9 Stray Rescue League --------------------------------- View Discussion

  • Thanks for your feedback, Rene! So happy to hear that it's intuitive and you like the photo uploading feature. When we launched the forum initially four years ago, we worked with developers to build our own forum platform. After a few years, we realized that going with an out of the box platform was a better option and migrated to Higher Logic last September. Thanks again! If you think of anything else or have any more feedback, please share it anytime! ------------------------------ Kim Domerofski (she/her) Community Manager Maddie's Fund ------------------------------ View Discussion

  • Well hoppy anniversary! That's awesome. I don't know what the old forums look like, so have nothing to compare this format to. But as someone who runs forums for our own community, I can say that I really like the functionality here. Everything is pretty intuitive for me, and your photo uploading feature is super cool and easy (much easier than my own system's photo uploading method). Can I ask what program you are using for these forums? ------------------------------ Rene Agredano Tripawds ------------------------------ View Discussion

  • Join us on Wednesday, October 27 at 12n Pacific (60-minutes) The changes you can make to maximize the potential for making emotional connections between pets and potential adopters and fosters are simple but powerful. This webcast will make the case for the separation of marketing and adoption counseling through reviewing the science behind how we form relationships and why warning labels work to keep consumers from taking products home. You'll learn the difference between marketing and adoption counseling, what a "stop sign" is and how you can avoid them, and how to ensure that adopters and fosters are given full transparency about a pet's history before they take them home. This webinar will be recorded and has been pre-approved for 1.0 Certified Animal Welfare Administrator continuing education credits by The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement and by the National Animal Care & Control Association. Register here : https://maddiesfund-org.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_n-0uMnY4SkCu5PSOUMELZA Presented by Kelly Duer, Foster Care Specialist, Maddie's Fund As Foster Care Specialist for Maddie's Fund, Kelly's focus is on helping shelters and rescue organizations increase pet welfare through the implementation of robust foster care programs. Her role includes creating and providing training for organizations and their foster coordinators, writing, assisting with research on foster care and consulting with shelters. Her work with foster care ... View Discussion

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    RE: Pet Registration

    Hi Annette, Thanks for your response. Yes, I am referring to licensing and rabies management. And, yes, you are correct, the city doesn't do much with compliance but do consider it a source of revenue. I believe we could greatly increase compliance which would improve safety and revenue. The tough part is just getting the conversation going. I met with the Mayor back in March, but nothing has moved forward since then. He is coming to our fundraiser in October though, so I plan on bringing it to his attention again. Thanks so much! ------------------------------ brandon mustful ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Animal Control Boards?

    Hi @stephanie kendrick , we have Hearing Examiners that hear dangerous animal cases and appeals are heard by our Board of Commissioners. Our process works very well and it is used for both Dangerous Animals and Barking Dogs. For a Dangerous Animal the Hearing Examiner may issue a new license with Terms and Conditions, revoke the license so the animal has to be removed from within the City limits and can not own a dog for a period of three years, or declare the animal dangerous. Below is our municipal code section related to hearings. SEC. 53.18.5. HEARING PROCEDURES AND LICENSE REVOCATIONS. (Added by Ord. No. 162,538, Eff. 8/27/87; Title Amended by Ord. No. 181,930, Eff. 12/11/11.) This section shall govern hearing procedures for barking dog complaints, the revocation of dog licenses and related matters. For purposes of this section the term "dog" includes the plural and the term "owner" means the owner or person having charge, care or custody of a dog. (Amended by Ord. No. 181,930, Eff. 12/11/11.) (a) Hearing. A hearing pursuant to this Section shall be held to issue or reissue a dog license upon terms, conditions and restrictions. A hearing shall also be held to revoke a dog license that has previously been issued or reissued upon terms, conditions or restrictions where the owner has either failed to comply with the terms, conditions or restrictions or the violation continues to exist or reoccurs. ... View Discussion

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  • As a small nonprofit serving pets and their guardians, we try to have fairly firm boundaries around case management. For example, we provide physical pet care assistance, vet care coordination and funding, pet pantry, and emergency foster care. While our programs provide a fairly holistic approach to pet care, there are so many other challenges our clients are facing as members of under-resourced communities. We pride ourselves on being able to connect our clients to resources for anything that we can't directly assist with. Some examples include home health care, mental health care, medical care, housing assistance, disability accommodations, and the list goes on. As a result, we work tirelessly to make sure we have a huge resource and referral list. The document is a living thing, constantly changing with new information and contacts. It is vital that our resources and referrals are up to date . We always strive for "active referrals", making the connection directly for the client, and ensuring that we have accurate information on what services are provided by who. As we all know, in the nonprofit world, service models change constantly and something offered last week might be an entirely new program with new eligibility this week. I try to tackle this by constantly checking in with our community partners. Explaining to them that giving me regular updates will, in the end, benefit them as well since they will not get referrals for situations they are unable to help ... View Discussion

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    RE: Pet Registration

    Hi Brandon, by pet registration are you referring to license and rabies management? Have you looked into the ordinances to see what the requirements on the registration are? Most municipalities don't do a lot of enforcement when it comes to registration but do consider it a source of revenue. If you can show that you can increase their compliance with licensing and rabies control you would both be increasing revenue and public safety which most jurisdictions will find beneficial. ------------------------------ Annette G. Ramirez Assistant General Manager Los Angeles Animal Services 213-482-9558 ------- Field Services and Public Safety & Laws and Public Policy Specialist ------------------------------ View Discussion

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  • Today marks one year on our new forum platform 🎉 so it's a perfect time to check in with YOU, our forum members! What do you like about Maddie's Pet Forum? What frustrates you? What do you wish we would change? Please be honest. We really want to know! We are a mighty MPF team of two ( @Charlotte Otero and I) and our sole purpose is to build a tool that helps YOU. We've been fortunate to have @Amber Freiwald working on a special project in MPF over the past couple of months too! We regularly make updates to the forum and need your input to give you what you want and need. Is navigation confusing? Tell us! Is login frustrating? Tell us! Do you have suggestions for improvements? Tell us! Nothing is off-limits. What keeps you coming back? What drives you crazy and makes you never want to return?​ This is a safe space and we're completely open to your feedback. We'd love to be able to follow up with you if we have additional questions about your comments but if you feel more comfortable giving constructive criticism anonymously just check the "Post anonymously" box on your reply. Thanks for being a forum member. We're looking forward to hearing your feedback on the forum -- the good, the bad, and the ugly! ​​​​​​ #DataandTechnology ------------------------------ Kim Domerofski, MPF Community Manager & Charlotte Otero, MPF Community Strategist ------------------------------ View Discussion

  • Hi @stephanie kendrick ! Thank you for your question and for working on behalf of animals in your community. Speaking personally, I see numerous layers to touch upon here, but I will respond briefly now. In a nutshell, I agree that is possible to protect animals through the legal system while addressing the needs and barriers that residents face. I know that tethering can often be a hot topic issue in communities, and one that I have experience with both in terms of drafting language regulating tethering and working to prevent tethering in the first place through community collaboration. One successful program that I once volunteered for involved identifying tethered dogs and delivering bales of hay and dog houses during the cold winter months, and providing ways to allow people to be in compliance with the local laws while keeping their animals protected and providing long-term solutions, like fencing. Another benefit of this program was the reduced likelihood of nuisance complaints (which risked the tenant's eviction and/or the dog winding up in a shelter) and thus potential longer-term housing security. Resources were also freed up for animal control to take care of true emergencies, neglect and cruelty. And people who had concerns with tethering were able to use their resources and skills to come up with a good alternative, creating a win-win for everyone. Perhaps some of the people who are in conflict have some of these skills or resources? ALDF also offers ... View Discussion

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  • Good to see you on the forum, Dr. Sara! I know the 7-day hold has been a concern of yours. Tom shared a link with our current work/legislative priorities. Though I do not believe we are working on hold times directly, we do accept legal assistance requests from the public that may have the effect of mitigating such hold times. In other words, we accept requests from those with companion animals who are in jeopardy of being subject to unnecessary impoundment (and by extension, stray holds) due to difficult circumstances they are facing (i.e. illness, domestic violence, and other life disruptions). Here's one example of how these issues can wind up in an unnecessary strayhold: A few years ago, I knew of a case where a friend of mine who lived in a state with a very low live release rate had to be in the hospital for an extended period of time. Though she had chronic health issues, this particular stay was unexpected. Having no money for boarding and no family nearby, the only option she saw was to leave the dog (whom she had cared for, for 13 years) in the care of an elderly neighbor, who accidentally let the dog out without the ability to pursue the dog, and without transportation to get to the shelter, which I believe had a five-day hold. The friend put out an appeal on social media and within 48 hours we were able to get her alternative care at no cost. There is a misconception that estate planning is only for those who are wealthy and of advanced age. But in ... View Discussion

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  • See response, below. Thank you! ​​ View Discussion

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  • That was fantastic and much too short! Akisha, my job includes working on local animal laws in Honolulu and Hawaii state laws as well. I have so many things I'd love to follow up with you about if you have time for an email exchange, skendrick@hawaiianhumane.org. I wanted to share a recent story for your feedback as others on the thread might be interested as well. We recently, after 7 years of trying, strengthened our tethering statute. The biggest barrier to success was an inter-animal welfare fight with dog advocates who wanted to ban tethering outright. Hawaii has some of the highest home prices in the country. Many of our pet owners, especially BIPOC pet owners, are renters and have limited choices when it comes to keeping their animals safe when they are not at home. Our organization's position has always been that we want to make sure that animals are safe, period. But we don't want people to have to give up their pets because they don't have the choices, such as the ability to house them inside, that we wish they had. I'm happy with the language we finally passed and with the relationships and understandings we built along the way. My question is, how do you get past the attitude of so many in animal welfare that people are failing animals if they aren't caring for them exactly the way the observer thinks they should be cared for? We run into this constantly with our support for homeless pet owners. Thank you so much for your amazing insights! Steph ------------------------------ ... View Discussion

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  • What a GREAT program!! We will post the on-demand recording here later today. Meanwhile, we didn't get to a couple of questions/comments during the live show: From Sara Pizano Hi Akisha-so great to see you! I know the ALDF does a lot of work outside of sheltering but is anyone working to make responsible state laws on behalf of shelter pets? One serious issue is those states with a 7 day stray hold for dogs that negatively impacts shelters. From Tom Linney Great questions and information Akisha! To save Akisha from having to type it in the chat room while speaking, you can also learn more about federal and state animal protection laws at https://aldf.org/article/laws-that-protect-animals /. ------------------------------ alison gibson ------------------------------ View Discussion

  • Hello. My name is Faith Wright. I am the Maddie's Animal Shelter Management Advisor. I am also currently the Acting Director of Palm Valley Animal Society. I am the reporting lead for the Intake to Placement Working Group. The Intake to Placement working group wanted to solve the following problem: In the traditional sheltering model, animals enter the shelter and are placed in kennels where they may wait days or weeks to move through the system toward a placement. The traditional process may increase the number of animals housed in kennels, result in sickness, mental health decline and stress, shelter crowding, and needless animal deaths in shelters. The traditional process is also expensive, requires unnecessary daily shelter care, and feeding for animals that could be cared for outside the shelter. The working group spent a lot of time gathering documents that are being utilized by other organizations as well as creating goal timelines for animals moving through a shelter. You can find the Intake to Placement Toolkit at https://www.humananimalsupportservices.org/toolkit/intake-to-placement/ If you have any questions, comments, etc. about this toolkit please contact us through this thread. Thank you to the hardworking members of the Intake to Placement Working Group, the City of El Paso, KC Pet Project, Pima Animal Care Center, Lifeline, Fredericksburg SPCA, and Lollypop Farms for providing sample documents shared in the toolkit. #AdmissionsandIntake(includingIntake-to-placement) ... View Discussion

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  • Thanks to everyone who joined the Shelter & Rescue Support call yesterday. The post has been updated with the video recording , agenda and resources shared during the call. I've also attached Becca Britton's presentation deck on Neighborhood Pets . ​ ------------------------------ Kim Domerofski (she/her) Community Manager Maddie's Fund ------------------------------ View Discussion

  • Hi Aaron, Would be willing to share those documents and checklists you mentioned? This is something our organization struggles with as well. Thanks, Emily ------------------------------ emily spurgeon ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: "No-Kill" Shelters Handling Unprovoked Biting Dogs

    Aaron, Could you share the checklist and documents here in the forum so others can access them too? ------------------------------ Kim Domerofski (she/her) Community Manager Maddie's Fund ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    Let's talk about CARE Centers

    Do you know about CARE Centers? www.careawo.org/care-centers CARE Centers are all about community wisdom and community solutions. We support , invest in, and help to create sustainable solutions within communities to create sustainable change. One of the proximate leaders that we're investing in and supporting now is Tim Freeman. Tim is an amazing community advocate and dog trainer in Atlanta, Georgia. His new organization, Braveheart Pets', goal is to help connect people in his community with resources for their pets. With his extensive knowledge of dog behavior and training, one of his first initiatives is going to be to hold FREE weekly training classes for community members. www.braveheartpets.org Another example would be Awanook Bratvold and her organization Awesiinyag Are Loved. Awanook was on her way to work one frigid day in Minnesota, when she saw two dogs in a backyard, huddled together for warmth. This image stuck with her the entire day. At lunch, she shared the story with her co-workers. They all pitched in for hay and one co-worker had a dog house he wasn't using that he wanted to donate as well. After helping those two dogs, Awanook kept helping more and more. Today she's helped hundreds! We're now supporting her and her organization to help even more pets and people in her community. They actually held their first FREE spay, neuter, and wellness clinic. www.aaloved.org The CARE CENTER model will not always include a Building . Some CARE CENTER ... View Discussion

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    RE: HASS Toolkit Information- The Foster-Centric Model

    Yes-- there are a lot of HASS shelters running safety net foster programs that assist owners with temporary care, while ultimately reuniting them with their pets. Information on these programs is in the Keeping Families Together toolkit: https://www.humananimalsupportservices.org/resources/temporary-placement/#Temporary-Foster You can find a video on Souris Valley Humane Society's program at https://youtu.be/aRdvpW6LONI The foster working group has a few short presentations on other programs lined up this month as well. You can find additional templates and tools here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1FW8cHQkYRcnFXeeYkGXq2YeXrzK0fMFs?usp=sharing ------------------------------ Kelly Duer Maddie's Fund ------------------------------ View Discussion

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  • Unfortunately , he was transferred from another shelter and they don't always divulge all the information. ------------------------------ Sherry Mansfield ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: How do you educate adopters about heartworm + dogs?

    Love this brochure, thank you Alexis! I will share your protocol with our vet team to get their feedback. Appreciate your help. ------------------------------ Shelly Simmons, CAWA Greenville County Animal Care 864.467.3953 ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Eviction Crisis - Call to Action

    Luckily, the vast majority of PAWS NY clients are recipients of social security and therefore have some rent security. I am, however, extremely concerned about NYC community residents as a whole. NYC set up a tenant resource center to try to help, only time will tell how many people actually do get evicted. https://www1.nyc.gov/site/hpd/services-and-information/eviction-prevention.page ------------------------------ Carrie Nydick Finch, MS, LCSW Deputy Director of Programs and Strategy PAWS NY ---- Case Management & Community Partnerships Specialist ------------------------------ View Discussion

  • This is so impressive, thanks for doing this work! Do you have any partners that foster and then reunite the pets with their guardian? Or is this mainly from foster-to-adopt organizations? Cheers! ------------------------------ Carrie Nydick Finch, MS, LCSW Deputy Director of Programs and Strategy PAWS NY ---- Case Management & Community Partnerships Specialist ------------------------------ View Discussion

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  • This is fabulous, thank you so much for sharing. ------------------------------ Carrie Nydick Finch, MS, LCSW Deputy Director of Programs and Strategy PAWS NY ---- Case Management & Community Partnerships Specialist ------------------------------ View Discussion

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  • Thank you everyone for sharing your feedback and ideas! I'd love to see as many of these programs as possible. Keeping families together is our top priority. ------------------------------ Carrie Nydick Finch, MS, LCSW Deputy Director of Programs and Strategy PAWS NY ---- Case Management & Community Partnerships Specialist ------------------------------ View Discussion

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  • I'd love to take a look! If just to make sure we've covered all the same bases. Thanks! ------------------------------ Carrie Nydick Finch, MS, LCSW Deputy Director of Programs and Strategy PAWS NY ---- Case Management & Community Partnerships Specialist ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: "No-Kill" Shelters Handling Unprovoked Biting Dogs

    I agree with Kristen as well and would be more than willing to provide some feedback and assistance in reviewing the case as well as providing some checklist and documents that we have used at Austin Pets Alive! to assess these types of situations. Feel free to reach out to me at aaron.caldwell@amerianpetsalive.org and hopefully we can set up a time to talk virtually. ------------------------------ Aaron Caldwell American Pets Alive ------------------------------ View Discussion

  • Are you trying to provide more resources for owned pets but having difficulty getting the funding needed to pay for the programming? Whether you work at a municipal shelter and are asking for more tax dollars to fund the work, or are donor-funded and need to make a case to donors and granting agencies, the key is to know your data! Here at Memphis Animal Services, I calculated our average cost of care per animal by taking total shelter operating costs (minus field expenses, although you could keep that in depending on the case you are making) and dividing that by the average number of pets that came through our doors over the past several years. That brought me to the number $309/ animal. Using that math, I can make the case that any assistance we provide is a cost-savings to taxpayers if it is less than$300 for that animal. So it is a more effective use of tax or donor dollars to, for example, temporarily board a pet for someone at an off-site boarding facility, get it up to date medically, and return the pet to its owner that to do a traditional intake if that costs is less than $300. Another great metric to look at is how many pets you are helping with pet support services in addition to traditional impounds. For example, using our Shelterluv Community Services portal (free for SL users and non-SL users), we were able to determine the following: 2019 Intake Jan-May: 4383 2021 Intake+ PRC Jan-May: 4686 (3274 + 1412) 7% increase in pets/ families helped Obviously ... View Discussion

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  • Hi Cathy!! I would be happy to help! I will email you offline! Thank you for reaching out for wanting to change the language and help the kitties! Jerrica ------------------------------ Jerrica owen NACA ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    HASS Toolkit Information- The Foster-Centric Model

    Hi everyone! I am Kelly Duer, Foster Care Specialist for Maddie's Fund and co-lead for Human Animal Support Services' Foster working group. We've been learning from shelters running high-volume foster care and compiling resources, strategies, templates and more into this toolkit. If you have been searching for resources on how to get started with expanding foster care at your organization, recruiting new fosters, reallocating staff toward foster care, caring for 50% or more of your pets in foster homes and more, look no further! View our The Foster-Centric Model Toolkit created by Human Animal Support Services in collaboration with The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement and The Humane Society of the United States to learn more. Even in the best circumstances, animal shelters are stressful places for pets. Animals housed in kennels are susceptible to catching contagious illnesses and experiencing kennel stress and behavioral decline. Additionally, housing animals in kennels for weeks or months is expensive and time consuming for staff and volunteers. A foster home is the ultimate, low-stress environment in which to care for shelter pets. Foster care saves lives, eliminates euthanasia due to lack of space and capacity issues, and gets more animals out of the system alive. Please use this thread to share feedback on the toolkit and ask any questions you have. If we missed something important, please let us know so we can work on including it-- the ... View Discussion

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    RE: HASS Toolkit Information - Field Services and Public Safety

    Hi Jerrica, I am trying to change language for cats in Seminole county, Florida to get support for TNVR. They do not support TNVR and will pick up eartipped cats. I spoke at the advisory board meeting this week and they are planning to change language for dangerous dog cases and remove Greyhound language so this is a window of opportunity to change cat language. What tips and advice can you share to make this happen? ------------------------------ Cathy Houde Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    HASS Toolkit Information: Pet Support Services

    If you're looking for ways to support your community and help keep people and pets together, the Pet Support Services Toolkit from Human Animal Support Services (HASS) is packed with helpful templates, FAQs, and provides a step by step guide on how to launch these services at your organization. Some of the most common reasons animals are surrendered to shelters include issues with housing, lack of access to affordable veterinary care, and the need for behavioral support. Other reasons include financial strain making it difficult to access pet food and supplies, fencing demands, and a variety of human-related factors such as allergies, divorce, and illness. These challenges are often the reasons pets are separated from their families, but this amazing toolkit provides solutions you can utilize immediately to better support the people and pets in your community. Feel free to reply with your thoughts, questions, comments, would love to hear what you all think: Pet Support Services Toolkit #AccesstoCare #EducationandTraining #PetSupportServices* #AccesstoCare #EducationandTraining #PetSupportServices* #PetSupportServices* ------------------------------ Clare Callison American Pets Alive ------------------------------ View Discussion

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  • Hi everyone, I am Jerrica Owen, the Director of Partnerships and Program with the National Animal Care and Control Association, I am also the lead for the Field Services Working group with HASS! Traditionally field services roles were primarily dedicated to impounding animals, tackling cruelty and neglect, getting unsafe animals off the streets, and issuing citations to people violating animal statutes. More recently, these roles have been expanded to include countless other services, including outreach/education, providing supplies and food, helping pet owners access veterinary services, and getting lost pets home quickly and safely! HASS is all about building safe, humane communities. HASS embraces a One Health approach which means the health of animals is tied to the health of people and the environment. When animal services focus on addressing root causes that lead to public safety issues, provide resources to keep dogs safely in their yards, and put a high priority on swiftly resolving situations that put people and animals in danger, the community will be safer. Additionally, when communities implement the HASS elements effectively, more animals will be sterilized, vaccinated and identified and pet related problems will be resolved before they become dangerous to health and safety. You can access the TOOL KIT here! Field Services and Public Safety | HASS (humananimalsupportservices.org) Our group would love to hear from YOU! Use this thread to ask questions, ... View Discussion

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  • Absolutely. -- Rain Jordan, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA, KPA CTP Fearful Dogs Specialist CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE: This email communication contains confidential information that is legally privileged. Any disclosure, copying, dissemination, distribution, or the taking of any action in reliance on the contents of this email except its direct delivery to the intended recipient is strictly prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that your receipt of this email and/or any included attachments was not intended by the sender and that your possession, use, and/or sharing of this information is prohibited. If you have received this email in error, please notify us immediately by telephone at ( 831)239-9417 and destroy all copies of the email and any attachments. View Discussion

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    RE: "No-Kill" Shelters Handling Unprovoked Biting Dogs

    This is also why obtaining as much behavioral history as possible upon surrender is important along with previous medical records. This information can help us with pathway planning and informed outcome decisions. ------------------------------ Christine D. Calder DVM Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Behaviorists Calder Veterinary Behavior Services www.caldervbs.com Veterinary Behaviorist Behavior Specialist, MPF ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: You don't have to walk your dog 😮

    Same here. Walks are super distressing for many fearful and other dogs. They also don't provide as much aerobic / other exercise as play does, except maybe for the littles. And since many folks don't allow much sniffing/wandering on leash walks, there isn't always a lot of enrichment involved either. -- Rain Jordan, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KA, KPA CTP Fearful Dogs Specialist A 501(c)(3) non profit, animal welfare charity specialized in anti-aversives education and training. Our mission is to protect & elevate the lives of companion animals. We believe that, as animal welfare professionals, it is our duty to do our best to protect them, from the moment we have the capability. Visit our website for our complete vision statement. Protect Them All www.ProtectThemAll.org CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE: This email communication contains confidential information that is legally privileged. Any disclosure, copying, dissemination, distribution, or the taking of any action in reliance on the contents of this email except its direct delivery to the intended recipient is strictly prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that your receipt of this email and/or any included attachments was not intended by the sender and that your possession, use, and/or sharing of this information is prohibited. If you have received this email in error, please notify us immediately by telephone at ( 831)239-9417 ... View Discussion

  • Hi Christine! Thanks for responding! I agree with you on the main issue (BI). Where I have concern is 1) with the idea that only a certain level of fear/anxiety is acceptable; since we know that pet dogs are under our control as essentially captive animals with little choice or real freedom, including freedom to escape threats/danger, and they don't necessarily understand what is happening to them via us, I don't think that we are properly judging what is a mental disorder for a dog. It would be more fair to allow them a wider range of emotional variation from individual to individual. I would encourage us to reconsider the idea of "dysregulation" in emotional response before applying/when related to animals who are not free, especially since habitats (environment) and handling play a large part in how they feel and respond, and 2) I believe there is a difference between fear/anxiety (i.e., reduction in feeling safe & the self-defense response) and the guarding of resources (implies concern about competition for things that generally have nothing to do with the urgency that feeling unsafe/in danger involves). Also, I think we need to update our terms and definitions as we learn more, which we all are always doing! I think ethological considerations are as important as applied behavior considerations. Thus, the terms and definitions on which I rely take from each field (and will probably evolve as the field of canine cognition grows too) : Fear-based behavior ... View Discussion

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    RE: "No-Kill" Shelters Handling Unprovoked Biting Dogs

    Hello Rain, I agree in that aggression can be a normal response and any dog has the potential to bite, if a perceived threat is present however, with the degree of human injury described in this situation, it would appear the response from each dog was abnormal indicating a dysregulation in the emotional response with excessive arousal. These dogs did not feel safe for whatever reason and the response appears to be disproportionate to the actual threat. Yes- as humans we do tend to be deficient in our ability to recognize and respond to the body language cues which I agree needs to be addressed but in these particular situations the level of aggression and poor bite inhibition would be indicative of a medical condition or primary mental disorder (behavior problem). The primary behavior problem being anxiety, excessive fear for his or her personal safety or resources. ------------------------------ Christine D. Calder DVM Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Behaviorists Calder Veterinary Behavior Services www.caldervbs.com Veterinary Behaviorist Behavior Specialist, MPF ------------------------------ View Discussion

  • Hi there, While I agree with a lot of what's been said so far, I do not agree with the "fear and anxiety" comments as they risk misleading people. To assume that fear was the cause of a high level bite is really missing the bigger picture. Many times, dogs, including dogs with no bite history, bite because they are cornered or otherwise feel threatened and their earlier signs of feeling threatened/trying to create space are not noticed or ignored. These kinds of bites are typically a self-defense response (survival instinct based, which we all have) to a stimulus that appeared or was threatening. Instead of viewing behavior as caused by "fear" or "anxiety" we need to consider antecedents and consequences in addition to the other factors (e.g., artificial selection, learning history, current conditions, etc). One of the biggest misconceptions I work to get people to avoid implying is that fear "causes" aggression. While there are always going to be a few exceptions (e.g., dog has brain tumor that affects his behavior, dog has a habit of aggressing to remove competition rather than threat), it's very important to avoid implying that fear causes bites as this is imprecise. Instead, generally we understand behavior from the perspective of antecedents, consequences, and motivation/function/prediction. I'm not saying that the bites are okay; I'm saying to be careful how we speak about situations so that we don't accidentally lead people to view fearful and anxious dogs ... View Discussion

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  • Updated 9/14 at 10:55am PDT - Recording now available, full agenda and resources added below. Agenda Welcome – Bobby Mann bobby.mann@americanpetsalive.org Mary's Motivation – Tune in to tomorrow’s Candid Conversation with animal welfare attorney, Akisha Townsend Eaton; HASS Fundraising webinar and toolkit ; CBS News 60 Minutes story on 9/11 firefighters : what makes people want to lean in when others back up? What makes people face life-threatening situations? Everyone here on this call is showing each other is that there is a better way to do the work we do – that we can’t just focus on the animals, but also on the people who care for the animals. If you are feeling like you are overwhelmed, please reach out to Mary at smith@maddiesfund.org Becca Britton , Executive Director, Neighborhood Pets– their mission and the work they are doing to support people and pets. Motto: “Take Care of Each Other” Brian Daugherty, Senior Vice President and Chief Philanthropy & Communications Officer, San Diego Humane Society; Stephanie Sullens, Chief Development Officer, KC Pet Project, Tami Gosheff, Corporate and Donor Engagement Manager, Baltimore Animal Rescue & Care Shelter, Inc. (BARCS) - Culture of Philanthropy and how every staff member plays a par List of resources referenced during today's call Maddie’s Candid Conversation with animal welfare attorney Akisha Townsend Eaton, Tuesday, September 14 at 12n Pacific / 3pm Eastern ... View Discussion

  • Thanks to all 199 attendees on this morning's call! The post has been updated with the call recording , agenda and shared resources. I've also attached a copy of the chat log. Have a wonderful weekend! ------------------------------ Kim Domerofski (she/her) Community Manager Maddie's Fund ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Welcome to Maddie's Pet Forum!

    Hi all! I am a regional humane educator with the British Columbia Society for the Prevention of Animals, based in the Kootenays region. If I could be any animal, I think I would love to be a loved rescue cat. They live the good life, napping in a sunny chair, having food on demand and someone to clean up all their messes. 🐈 https://www.facebook.com/groups/bcspcalearnathome ------------------------------ Stephenie Campbell BCSPCA ------------------------------ View Discussion

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  • Good morning @Kristen Hassen , Can you recommend a euthanasia policy for a no-kill shelter? When I started we were "told" the dog needed to be assessed by a vet and a trainer. What are the most common procedures? I would appreciate any help you can offer. PS I saw you speak in Austin. I thought you were great. I even told you so! :) ------------------------------ Sherry Mansfield ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    New! Community Cats Podcast group on forum

    Hey there! We're very excited to let you all know that we've created a whole community on the Maddie's Forum just for Community Cats Podcast content and conversations. Catch all our podcast, blogs, and virtual events. Join us over at https://forum.maddiesfund.org/communities/community-home?CommunityKey=4bb4e4b5-b264-429b-b0b4-245539199e6a. We look forward to chatting with you! #Conferences,WorkshopsandSeminars #EducationandTraining ------------------------------ Brianna Lovell Myers Community Cats Podcast ------------------------------ View Discussion

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  • Very helpful! Thank you so much! ------------------------------ aly martinez ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    HASS Toolkit Information - External Facing Medical Care

    How do you help keep families together when a pet has a loving home, but the family cannot afford to treat a medical condition? This is a problem that has plagued our industry for years. While we may routinely offer free or low-cost wellness services now, what do we do when disaster strikes? No one wants to see a pet lose their home over a treatable condition simply because of finances. There is usually no option for low-cost, free, or incremental full-service medicine due to laws, vet associations, and lack of willing providers. This is also complicated by the lack of data to help understand how to target a solution to an affordable level while preventing 100% of owned (but wanted) medical shelter intake. As the Maddie's Director of Feline Lifesaving, I have witnessed too many cats -- very loved cats -- be surrendered to shelters simply because their family could not obtain medical care. I know you have, too. GOOD NEWS: We have a toolkit for that! The External Facing Medical Care Toolkit includes in-shelter support care program information, how to utilize existing veterinary practices to provide external-facing medical care, and how to start a facility from scratch. Let's use this thread to provide feedback, ask questions, and make this toolkit the solution to needless shelter surrenders due to solvable medical conditions. This is a living document and your experience and feedback make a difference in the lives of pets, and the people who love them. I look forward ... View Discussion

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    RE: Finding Transfer Partner For Large Behavior Dogs

    This is amazing! Thanks @Clare Callison ​ ------------------------------ Thank you all for all you do! Amber Freiwald Maddie's Fund ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: "No-Kill" Shelters Handling Unprovoked Biting Dogs

    Hello Anonymous- These situations are tough. Both bites show poor bite inhibition by the level of trauma to the human. These are dogs that I would be very uncomfortable releasing out into the community. I don't have all the information but it sounds like these dogs may have a high level of anxiety and fear driving their behavior. I am assuming their stress level is high in the current environment. Foster may be an option but it would take a very special foster for these dogs. Unfortunately, since these dogs have already defaulted to biting and caused damage. They are likely to do it again in the future. I do think an examination by the veterinarian is important to look for underlying medical causes especially pain. I am not sure a trainer assessment will provide much more information. These dogs have mental disease and not training issues. I guess it would depend on the skill set of your trainers and their credentials. ------------------------------ Christine D. Calder DVM Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Behaviorists Calder Veterinary Behavior Services www.caldervbs.com Veterinary Behaviorist Behavior Specialist, MPF ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Behavior Cats

    Hi Stephanie, It would be wonderful if you could do behavior consults with potential adopters! There are several studies looking at clicker training in cats resulting in a decrease in LOS and an increase in adoptability. We clicker trained our cats to take medications on a mat and targeting. Environmental enrichment is also key. I do not have any ready made SOP's but others on here may. The first step that I recommend is getting as much information from the person surrendering that cat as you can not only about problem behaviors but normal behaviors as well. What are the cats likes and dislikes? Are there special toys they enjoy? Are they lap cats? Do they like to be pet? Questions along those lines. You can then use that information for enrichment and behavior modification. Also- make sure you are getting the veterinary records (if possible) these sometimes hold a wealth of information on how long certain behaviors have been going on and what has been done to diagnose and treat. For instance, many cat urinary behaviors (not marking) have a medical origin or component to them along with the environmental influence on behavior. When screening for adopters, we would have them fill out a pre-adoption survey. This would help us pair up potential adopters with the cats we had in the shelter. This can be helpful as well to make sure expectations are met and everyone is on the same page. These are very helpful for adoption counselors to be better match makers. ------------------------------ ... View Discussion

  • I will be in touch very soon Sent from my iPhone On Sep 9, 2021, at 9:27 PM, Sheila Segurson via Maddie's Pet Forum <Mail@maddiesfund.org> wrote:  Hi, I agree with what Kristen said. I'd be happy to provide feedback on them if you want to share detailed info and you think my input might... Animal Welfare Professionals Post New Discussion Post New Discussion via Email Manage Account Information Re: "No-Kill" Shelters Handling Unprovoked Biting Dogs Reply to Discussion Reply to Discussion via Email Reply Privately to Author Reply Privately to Author via Email Sep 9, 2021 6:25 PM Sheila Segurson Hi, I agree with what Kristen said. I'd be happy to provide feedback on them if you want to share detailed info and you think my input might help. However, without any info its very unlikely that i'd be recommending adoption of any dog with a level 4 bite history (which sounds like both these dogs have). Note that this comment doesn't meant there is NO chance that the adoption successful, but means i wouldn't be willing to assume the risk of putting a dog out with a history of a bite of that severity. Sheila ------------------------------ Sheila Segurson, DVM Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Behaviorists Maddie's Fund 9258608284 ------------------------------ ... View Discussion

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    RE: "No-Kill" Shelters Handling Unprovoked Biting Dogs

    Hi, I agree with what Kristen said. I'd be happy to provide feedback on them if you want to share detailed info and you think my input might help. However, without any info its very unlikely that i'd be recommending adoption of any dog with a level 4 bite history (which sounds like both these dogs have). Note that this comment doesn't meant there is NO chance that the adoption successful, but means i wouldn't be willing to assume the risk of putting a dog out with a history of a bite of that severity. Sheila ------------------------------ Sheila Segurson, DVM Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Behaviorists Maddie's Fund 9258608284 ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Behavior Cats

    Hi, I have experience in dog behavior departments of a shelter, so I was thinking if and how to do behavior consults with potential adopters for cats who have significant behavioral concerns. My goal with SOPs is behavioral modification and management to help these cats get adopted, including talking points for adoption counselors that don't focus on the negative and turn away potential adopters. Thank you!!! ------------------------------ Stephanie Cohen Humane Society of Pinellas ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Behavior Cats

    Thank you!!! ------------------------------ Stephanie Cohen Humane Society of Pinellas ------------------------------ View Discussion

  • Updated 9/10 at 12:50pm Pacific - Recording now available, full agenda and resources added below. Agenda Welcome – Kristen Hassen, Director, American Pets Alive! - hassen@americanpetsalive.org bobby.mann@americanpetsalive.org QOTD: What is your perfect weekend morning? Mary's Motivation – family takes on so many different forms and we think about that especially with the 20 th anniversary of 9/11, COVID, fire, and floods. So many people have been responsible for keeping us safe – and you all have been doing such an incredible job in spite of negative comments. You continue to help the animals and each other people in your community. A recent comment said that shelters are where people go to adopt, not where staff should be happy – but Mary says shelters are places where people staff should be valued and feel happy. Tammi Barrick’s FaceBook page: positive quotes on FB – It’s not what happens to you, it’s how you react to it is what matters. Tammi’s FB page https://www.facebook.com/Tamsluv4dogs New folks! Brent Toellner, Senior Director of National Programs, Best Friends Animal Society - results of the Best Friends 2020 national dataset / analysis and five-year trend of total data and specific types of intake and outcomes. @Alexis Pugh , Director, Memphis Animal Service - Shelterluv’s free Field and Community Services platform https://www.shelterluv.com/product/field-services/ List of resources referenced ... View Discussion

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    RE: Behavior Cats

    Monica, hi. I've bookmarked this class to take! We have long-stay cats at our shelter, and perhaps your course will give me ideas on how to help then! Allison ------------------------------ Allison Hunter-Frederick Cat Behavior Consultant & Trainer https://allisonhelpscats.wordpress.com/ ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Behavior Cats

    Stephanie, hi. I am a cat behavior consultant, trainer, and educator. Most of my work is with clients in their homes, but I also volunteer with the challenging cats in our local cat shelter. A few resources that I offer are free: * educational blog with lots of articles on cat behavior: https://lincolnpetculture.wordpress.com/ * YouTube account with lots of videos about cat behavior, enrichment, and training: Allison Helps Cats YouTube * monthly cat behavior chat: https://forms.gle/Nyp7BNqfoNYLNw9EA * behavior checklists (available when you sign up for my newsletter): https://allisonhelpscats.com/subscribetonewsletter/ Some of my resources aren't free such as my webinars and online classes but they are discounted for animal welfare groups. Check them out at my website: https://allisonhelpscats.com/ Allison ------------------------------ Allison Hunter-Frederick Cat Behavior Consultant & Trainer https://allisonhelpscats.wordpress.com/ ------------------------------ View Discussion

  • Hey @Shelly Simmons, CAWA .... so we actually changed our protocol where we provide the HW injection meds to the adopters private vet clinic instead of us doing the injections here at the shelter for continuity of care. If someone cannot afford the injection fees at their vet, we will help with that with one of our partner clinics. With that being said, when someone wants to adopt a HW positive dog, ​they are given a brochure to review (see attached) and a supervisor is paged to the lobby to provide a brief heartworm counseling after they read the brochure. We tell them they will get the doxy when they take the pet home, and they will get a form to give to their vet to request the remaining medication from us directly. From there our part of the process is complete. ------------------------------ Alexis Pugh Director, Memphis Animal Services www.memphisanimalservices.com Organizational Management & Pet Support Services Specialist ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Providing Emergency Foster Care for the Community

    Adding some resources here in case they can be helpful: You can find template foster agreements and other documents from organizations running all types of safety net foster programs here . Kristina Pulsipher of Ruff Haven Crisis Sheltering discusses their program in this call. Dr. Lisa Gunter discusses preliminary findings from a nationwide study that includes safety net fostering here. Shelbi Waters of Souris Valley Humane Society talks about their program here . ------------------------------ Kelly Duer Maddie's Fund ------------------------------ View Discussion

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  • Hi @aly martinez - I know you asked for someone who has added a behavior staffer or team, but I thought it might be helpful to tell you what we do without one: We don't have a behavior team due to staffing constraints- so we consider our entire staff to be our behavior team! All staff including officers are trained on fear-free techniques, and our clinic is completely fear free in its operations. Our animal care staff has all been trained on Dogs Playing for Life play group methodology. Our shelter supervisor is a CPDT so she, in addition to her population management role, helps implement enrichment protocols (things like lunchtime lights out where for the hour before we open to the public at 12pm, all lights are turned out for quiet time, daily peanut butter in kong distribution, one on one out of kennel time for dogs with high FAS , food puzzles, etc.) that are completed by the ACTs as part of their daily work. In terms of documenting behavior concerns, we do not use formal assessments. We use documented behavior both in and out of the shelter. Things like play group notes, staff and volunteer interactions etc., are our primary sources, and then we try to get as many as possible out to foster field trips or for longer fostering so we can get more real world perspective. Hope that helps! ------------------------------ Alexis Pugh Director, Memphis Animal Services www.memphisanimalservices.com Organizational Management & Pet Support Services Specialist ---- ... View Discussion

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    How do you educate adopters about heartworm + dogs?

    Posting this on behalf of @Shelly Simmons, CAWA and hoping you all can share how you handle this in your organization: We are struggling with the best way to educate people that adopt a heartworm positive dog without information overload. We treat adopted heartworm positive dogs for free at our clinic after they are adopted into the home. If you have a stellar method of educating without overloading and a fail-safe way to get adopters to show up to HW consults, exams, injections, follow ups, etc. please share!!! We are in a high HW+ region so it's not unusual for us to adopt one or more HW positive dogs every day! ​​​ Shelly Simmons, CAWA Division Manager, Greenville County Animal Services Thanks for your help! #AccesstoCare #AdoptionsandAdoptionPrograms #Medicine,SurgeryandSterilization ------------------------------ Kim Domerofski (she/her) Community Manager Maddie's Fund ------------------------------ View Discussion

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  • Posting on behalf of @aly martinez at Pensacola Humane Of those of you that have a behavior team or program within your shelter, can you tell me more about it? Does the behavior team assess every animal upon intake? Do they only handle certain cases? Is it a full time job? Is it staff, a group of volunteers, or a professional organization that does it? I'm trying to get this started with my organization as I feel we really really need it, but would like more information from those of you who have had success and benefitted from adding this position. Please also share any SOP's or training plans you've created for this. Thank you all SO much! Aly ​ #Behavior,TrainingandEnrichment #OrganizationalManagement #AdmissionsandIntake(includingIntake-to-placement) ​​​ View Discussion

  • Thank you, Kristen. Trying to find a behavior foster or volunteer worries me that he will do it again. I want to always give the dog the benefit of the doubt but at what point do we draw the line. We can get training maybe? I am not sure. ------------------------------ Sherry Mansfield ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: "No-Kill" Shelters Handling Unprovoked Biting Dogs

    This level of human injury may be cause for euthanasia even in a No Kill shelter. We currently use a pretty imperfect system but Dunbar bites 4 and above, unless there is a very good reason, were generally a reason for euth at the NK shelter where I worked last. However, you may consider (with full disclosure and if you believe exceptional circumstances were in play) pleading to you volunteers before you euthanize so they have a chance to find a viable solution. ------------------------------ Kristen Hassen American Pets Alive! ------------------------------ View Discussion

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  • ALL WELCOME! Our next Monthly Behavior Collaborative (now called the Behavior Job-Alike) discussion is scheduled for Thursday, September 23, 12 pm ET. This meeting will focus on Recruiting Behavior Fosters. DM me if you'd like to be added to the monthly google invite! Join Zoom Meeting ID: 3729937025 Passcode: Maddie ‪(US) +1 301-715-8592‬ Passcode: 476010 We'd love to hear from everyone in the meeting about what's working well and what's not with regard to their recruitment efforts. #Behavior,TrainingandEnrichment #FosterPrograms ------------------------------ Thank you all for all you do! Amber Freiwald Maddie's Fund ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    "No-Kill" Shelters Handling Unprovoked Biting Dogs

    This message was posted by a user wishing to remain anonymous I've been a shelter director for 6 years and never, fortunately, encountered this until recently. We are a private non-profit no-kill shelter. To make a long story short, One dog attacked an adopter as he was getting in their car. The woman had to have plastic surgery on her face. He was returned to the county shelter for quarantine and assessment. Yesterday one of our dogs attacked a staff member unprovoked. She required stitches in her stomach and arm. He has also shown aggression in other incidences but was in his kennel. We have a policy to have an assessment by a trainer and vet before any decisions are made for his future. What is your policy for this type of situation? I would appreciate your advice. We are frustrated.. #Behavior,TrainingandEnrichment View Discussion

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    September 19 - National Kitten Coalition Veterinary Conference

    The National Kitten Coalition invites veterinary professionals to attend the kitten-focused NKC Veterinary Conference! Join colleagues online to learn about the latest information and approaches in caring for your youngest feline patients. Together we can increase the survival rates of kittens! This conference program has been approved by the AAVSB for 5.5 hours of continuing education credit in jurisdictions that recognize RACE® CE approval. Check out the conference program for info on sessions. There's ringworm, nutrition, spay/neuter, and more! #Conferences,WorkshopsandSeminars ------------------------------ Monica Frenden-Tarant Maddie's® Director of Feline Lifesaving American Pets Alive! ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    State of U.S. Animal Sheltering, 2020

    The State of U.S. Animal Sheltering, 2020 , shares the top-line results of the Best Friends 2020 national dataset and analysis. In this newly updated report, we include key findings, a five-year trend analysis, and specifics by state, region, human population and species. Download the full report on the Best Friends Network website: https://network.bestfriends.org/tools-and-information/research/state-us-animal-sheltering-2020 Best Friends Animal Society The State of U.S. Animal Sheltering, 2020 | Network Partners The year 2020 brought significant changes for the animal welfare industry. The COVID-19 pandemic changed the way our nation's shelters operated, resulting in an unexpected large leap forward in progress with more shelter than ever reaching the no-kill benchmark of a 90% save rate. View this on Best Friends Animal Society > #AdmissionsandIntake(includingIntake-to-placement) #AdoptionsandAdoptionPrograms #DataandTechnology #FosterPrograms ------------------------------ raya greenbaum ------------------------------ View Discussion

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  • Please add me. Augusta@ducielrouge.com ------------------------------ Augusta Farley ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Behavior Cats

    Hi Stephanie, I have a self-guided course available online on the feline behavior program at Austin Pets Alive! you can take for free at any time. It gets into marketing quite a bit, but as Dr. Calder noted, also talks at length about how such a program keeps cats in their homes and helps both existing owners and new adopters work through these issues without shelter surrender. I think it'll give you a bunch of ideas. Feel free to reach out if you view it and let me know if you have questions or feedback! ------------------------------ Monica Frenden American Pets Alive ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    HASS Toolkit Information - Case Management

    Hello! My name is Jamie Case, the Maddie's HASS Project Manager. I have been leading the Human Animal Support Services Ecosystem Working Group since May 2020. Our goal was to outline the Ideal Ecosystem for communities. Outlining what the ideal human animal support system (ecosystem) is has helped organizations determine what programs and services exist (and find gaps). When we know what exists, we can provide better information to the community to keep families together. Using a Case Management model to support families, treats every animal and situation individually. Your community's ecosystem can be utilized when working with families on a case by case basis. Hope you can use the Case Management Toolkit in your organization to give your families individual support! The toolkit will walk you through the tools needed to implement a Case Management model. Please utilize this thread to ask questions or share ideas! #CaseManagement* ------------------------------ Jamie Case American Pets Alive! ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Behavior Cats

    Hi Stephanie, Who are you wishing to consult with? What are your specific goals with SOP's? If your looking at marketing behavior consults then I would start with those calling to surrender cats. Have a conversations with them. We had all behavior surrenders fill out a pre-surrender form before they could schedule an appointment to surrender. This allowed us to offer help and reduce surrenders. Many didn't even know help was out there. ------------------------------ Christine D. Calder DVM Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Behaviorists Calder Veterinary Behavior Services www.caldervbs.com Veterinary Behaviorist Behavior Specialist, MPF ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Looking for example by-laws for spay/neutering non-profit

    I am happy to chat with you about your ideas on how to help the community. Email me at tfisher@utk.edu and we can set up a time to chat. It's way easier to discuss than it is to type. ;-) T' Fisher ------------------------------ T' Fisher AlignCare 8658032182 ------------------------------ View Discussion

  • I would be interested in attending in the future! My email is scohen@humanepinellas.org Thank you! ------------------------------ Stephanie Cohen Humane Society of Pinellas ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    Behavior Cats

    Hi, I am the new Behavior and Training Coordinator at Humane Society of Pinellas! Does anyone have resources, SOPs, behavioral consults, etc for behavior cats? Or ideas for helping to market them? Thank you! #Behavior,TrainingandEnrichment ------------------------------ Stephanie Cohen Humane Society of Pinellas ------------------------------ View Discussion

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  • The second Unicorn Foster Squad Implementation Bootcamp Cohort #2 is open for applications! This program is key in learning how to place your behavior dogs into foster and adoption homes. It is free to participate in and there are grants you can win each week for your organization! Signup at https://gatewaypets.org/unicorn-foster-squad.../ #AdoptionsandAdoptionPrograms #Behavior,TrainingandEnrichment #Conferences,WorkshopsandSeminars #DataandTechnology #EducationandTraining #FosterPrograms #FundraisingandDevelopment #MarketingandSocialMedia ------------------------------ Brittany Fleming Gateway Pet Guardians ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    Please help us test the new Poll function in MPF

    Hi everyone, Would you mind helping us test the new poll feature in MPF? It's a Yes or No question so it should be super quick! It closes on 9/13/21 so please login before then to answer the poll. The Latest Poll is displayed above the Latest Discussions section on the home page. I've included a screenshot here: After you answer the poll, the poll results will be displayed in the same location (above the Latest Discussions section on the home page). I know the polls don't really stand out right now so we'll be working on improving the design in the future. If you have any other feedback about polls or have a poll question you'd love to see asked, please reply to this post and let me know. Thanks in advance! #AdoptionsandAdoptionPrograms ------------------------------ Kim Domerofski (she/her) Community Manager Maddie's Fund ------------------------------ View Discussion

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  • Hey everybody- so I am so excited that we are about to start doing community vaccine and microchipping clinics again, but wanted to see what's the newest and greatest in terms of documentation for owners? I was thinking, now that we have all been exposed to it, of creating a card like we got for COVID vaccines that have vaccine/ microchip stickers right on them, instead of a piece of paper. What is everyone else finding that works? Also, does anyone have good authorization/ liability waiver templates they are using they could share? Any printed materials you use- please share! Or any tips/ tricks that you have found to make the process go more smoothly. It's been so long... I feel rusty!! :) #AccesstoCare #CommunityPartnerships* #PetSupportServices* ------------------------------ Alexis Pugh Director, Memphis Animal Services www.memphisanimalservices.com Organizational Management & Pet Support Services Specialist ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    HASS Toolkit Information - Keeping Families Together Eviction Response

    Hello everyone! I am Eliza Torres, the Administrative Assistant for American Pets Alive! and Human Animal Support Services and reporting lead for the Keeping Families Together working group. As the country continues to suffer the effects of COVID-19, the animal welfare field is evolving the way we respond to crisis and offer community support. Housing insecurity, although not new, has been exacerbated by the pandemic. The economic hardship faced by so many people will severely impact families and evictions are the next obstacle in the national crisis. If you have been searching for resources on how to get started with keeping families together programming, providing support services to your community, temporary animal placement, case management, and more, look no further! View our Keeping Families Together Eviction Response Toolkit created by Human Animal Support Services in collaboration with The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement and The Humane Society of the United States to learn more. Please use this thread to share feedback on the tool kit and ask any questions! If we missed something important, please let us know so we can work to include it. We can't wait to hear from you! View Discussion

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  • Looking for everything you ever possibly wanted to know about improving your return to home (return to owner) rates? Look no more! In case you missed it, the HASS (Human Animal Support Services) Lost and Found Working Group has spent months compiling incredible information related to loss pet prevention, strategies for successful reunification and important post reunification efforts your organization can and should be implementing. Historically, our profession focused minimal efforts on this topic. Today, all of that has changed! The Lost and Found Tool Kit ( https://forum.maddiesfund.org/ viewdocument/hass-toolkit- lost-pet-reunificati? CommunityKey=afce7f7a-fd5a- 431e-9f2a-aaedc46a03d6&tab= librarydocuments& LibraryFolderKey=1f5e2d26- 3b0b-4ec6-afa8-40c1dae50a01& DefaultView=folder ) is by far the most comprehensive resource currently available. Improving lost animal reunification is by far the least costly and easiest approach to increase lifesaving. Getting lost animals back home where they already have a name, a couch and a family that loves them is undoubtedly one of the most rewarding aspects of our work. Please use this thread to share feedback on the tool kit. If we missed something important, please let us know, it is definitely a living document. If there are any questions, we'd love the opportunity to connect with you! #ReturntoHome(LostPetReunification) ------------------------------ Gina Knepp National Shelter Engagement Director Michelson Found ... View Discussion

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  • Unfortunately, we do not have a Spanish version, but that is a great idea! ------------------------------ Gina Knepp National Shelter Engagement Director Michelson Found Animals Foundation Los Angeles, California 916-230-4533 Return to Home Specialist ------------------------------ View Discussion

  • We have some great marketing resources for talking to your community about lost pet reunification, including some graphics and storytelling ideas. If anyone is looking for some easy to share materials, you can find them here: https://www.humananimalsupportservices.org/toolkit/marketing-toolkit-lost-pet-reunification/ ------------------------------ Sara Miller American Pets Alive! ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Finding Transfer Partner For Large Behavior Dogs

    Hi Donell- You're definitely not alone in this, many groups find it tricky to find receiving partners out of their region to take dogs in with behavior issues because of their similar local requests. As a result, some groups have taken the approach of ramping up local adoption efforts with 'unicorn' campaigns to seek out people that are looking for an only dog and homes that don't have kids, cats, etc if those are concerns. Also, piloting new foster programs, partnering with local trainers if applicable, and using creative marketing to try to find local outlets can help as well. When it comes to transport, it can help to try to send a variety of dogs, as it can be difficult for rescues to take all dogs that may need behavior support- so for every 1, 2 dogs that may need behavior support, sending a couple of dogs that most likely do not- can be a good pitch to a partner. (I haven't had much luck asking groups to take a full transport of dogs that need behavior support). Not trying to discourage you at all! Below are some resources that may help with general outreach but some other tips to try if you want to look at the transport route: - Rescue Incentives (maybe this can come from pledges/donations) for rescues that may be able to pull some of your longer stay dogs or ones that need behavior support. - Diversifying your rescue partnerships- build more rescue outlets with groups that may be lower volume but have a niche and a specialty - groups that like the shy/scaredies, ... View Discussion

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  • I'm a private boarding kennel who also houses a non-profit adoption org with a resource center. We work mostly with social service who refers but have taken call ins. Mostly expect short term boarding can turn into long term and occasionally abandonment. We don't use fostering safety-net which will have a different set of liability issues that I don't think have been resolved yet. Have they? ------------------------------ Augusta Farley ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: Webinar: Saving Lives in Animal Shelters with Dr. Pizano

    This is going to be great. Thank you, Dr. Pizano! ------------------------------ Monica Frenden American Pets Alive ------------------------------ View Discussion

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    RE: You don't have to walk your dog 😮

    Thank you for sharing. I actually recommend not walking the dog for many of my behavior patients. Walks can be overwhelming for many reactive and fearful dogs. There are many other ways to provide mental enrichment and burn calories like scent work, puzzle toys, and playing with a flirt pole that doesn't require you to leave the yard. ------------------------------ Christine D. Calder DVM Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Behaviorists Calder Veterinary Behavior Services www.caldervbs.com Veterinary Behaviorist Behavior Specialist, MPF ------------------------------ View Discussion

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