2010 Conference

This is the 2010 conference overview with information describing the conference speakers as well as the conference courses.  If you have any questions about any of this information please contact us.

Presented by Mike Monk – Alpha Dog Marketing

Learn how, in direct mail, you need to ask before you can receive a gift, how often you can ask, who to ask, and when to ask.

Presented by Shannon Gramann, Manager of Shelter Research and Development, ASPCA

With important decisions being made about adult dogs in the care of shelters across the country, it’s imperative that science and data supports that decision-making process. The ASPCA’s SAFER assessment is a research based aggression assessment tool developed by Dr. Emily Weiss that serves as one piece of the puzzle when making placement decisions about dogs. This workshop will discuss the research that supports SAFER as a valuable tool to predict the likelihood of future aggression in adult canines. Participants will explore the idea of standardization of their assessment process, which ever assessment they choose to use, as part of due diligence and the community-wide impact that comes with that shift.

Presented by Sandra Newbury, DVM

In 2010, the Association of Shelter Veterinarians will publish a document identifying guidelines for standards of care in animal shelters. Based on extensive review of the scientific literature and expert opinion, the paper highlights optimal practices, identifies unacceptable practices, and makes recommendations to improve or maintain health and welfare that are applicable to a wide variety of sheltering situations in which care for companion animals is delivered in a population setting. This session will provide an overview of this work.

Presented by Jennifer Warner, Director of Shelter Outreach for Adopt-a-Pet.com

How to harness the vast army of animal lovers online who are waiting to help you and your organization! From adoptions to rescue, transportation to fundraising, the top two social networking sites that can help you right now are Facebook & Twitter. Are you a Social Petworking Pro? Do you know the difference between a Facebook profile, page, group, and cause – and how to use all the tools available? Can you tweet and RT, do you follow, and are you being followed? This course will help you with steps for beginner users, and tips for (and from) Facebook and Twitter pros.

Presented by Colleen Dougherty and Bill Velasquez

Part 1: In the first part of this workshop, Colleen will cover the basics of caring for shelter critters using her five-word mantra; “Food, Water, Litter, Bedding and Toys.” She’ll cover rabbits, ferrets, guinea pigs, rats, mice, hamsters, gerbils and chinchillas. Then, referencing first-hand experience, stories from others, and research from books and videos, Colleen will talk about how critters play (with and without you) and some of their fun, fascinating and endearing behaviors. Lastly, she’ll share ideas on how to advocate for critters, including set-up and presentation at the shelter, and how to excite, engage and educate visitors to your shelter, as well as members of your community. You’ll also get a handout covering the basic care info, as well as websites and phone numbers for other helpful organizations and information on critters.

Part 2: In the second part of the workshop, Bill will cover the ins and outs of caring for rabbits in a shelter environment, as well as how to maximize adoptions of shelter rabbits. He’ll go over why rabbits are surrendered, intake procedures, cage set up, ongoing care including feeding, cleaning, toys, socialization, and exercise, and promoting shelter rabbits via posters, educational materials and more in order to maximize adoptions and increase successful adoptions. PDF copy of presentation.

Presented by Andrew Phelps

This type of disaster planning allows your organization the ability to maintain or restart critical operations following a disaster or emergency. A continuity of operations plan, or COOP, outlines steps that an organization will take in the event an emergency or disaster interrupts your day-to-day operations. This presentation will identify trends and best practices in continuity planning and examine COOP case studies, allowing your organization to assess the adequacy of your current continuity plans, the need to develop a COOP, and ways to move forward to ensure your organization can continue to meet it’s critical mission following a disaster, regardless of cause.

Part 2: In the second part of the workshop, Bill will cover the ins and outs of caring for rabbits in a shelter environment, as well as how to maximize adoptions of shelter rabbits. He’ll go over why rabbits are surrendered, intake procedures, cage set up, ongoing care including feeding, cleaning, toys, socialization, and exercise, and promoting shelter rabbits via posters, educational materials and more in order to maximize adoptions and increase successful adoptions.

 Presented by Gerryll G. Hall, DVM

Several organisms are responsible for vomiting and diarrhea in the shelter setting. This presentation will review the various types of canine parvovirus as well as hemorrhagic canine coronavirus and the procedures necessary to decrease movement of these organisms in the environment.

Presented by Kathy Pierce

This course will cover:

The evolution of the domestic cat: differentiating feral from domestic and the significance of the distinction

Managing feral colonies: why we do it, how we do it, and why it works

TNR programs and innovative new stewardship ideas

The rebuttals to TNR and the myths about feral cats

What remains to be done

Presented by Patricia Feeser, DVM

Veterinary forensics is a new and exciting tool for those interested in furthering animal welfare. This presentation will explore what is involved in this field, what it can and can not do at this point, resources available here in New Mexico and in the US and where this field is going.

Presented by Laura Allen, Esq. – Animal Law Coalition

Laura Allen will address legal issues that are important to horse shelters such as zoning and land use laws and rules, other state and local regulations that affect horse shelters and animal cruelty laws. The course will address the issues both from a New Mexico specific angle, and a general legal perspective. Time permitting, other possible topics are wild horse legal issues and anti-slaughter efforts. The course will also include a Question/Answer session so that participants can raise the questions that they’ve been wondering about.

Presented by Tammy Fiebelkorn

The connection between animal abuse and human violence has been documented in numerous psychology, sociology and criminology studies. This presentation will provide an overview of the issues involved in the link, research into this field of study, and collaborative efforts in New Mexico to identify and stop abuse, investigate cases and provide proper treatment for abusers.

Presented by Barbara S. Carr – Executive Director, Erie County SPCA, and Lynne Fridley

This workshop will explore the importance of community collaboration, the application process, and a look at other financial awards available through Maddie’s Fund.

Presented by Beverly Allen, Courtney McBride, and Don Scott

Disaster Preparedness and Response in New Mexico. This presentation from the NM Dept. of Homeland Security/Emergency Management will cover two areas related to animals and disasters. The first presentation will describe the history of pet and livestock emergency rescue efforts in NM. The second topic will cover how to prepare your family and pets in the case of an emergency evacuation from your home.

Presented by Dena J. Fitzgerald, CAWA – Shelter Support Manager, Animal Protection Division, American Human Association

Most important safety and OSHA compliance issues faced by animal welfare, care and control. Understand OSHA regulations, implement required safety measures and achieve OSHA compliance.

Presented by Barbara S. Carr – Executive Director, Erie County SPCA

A good strategic plan for reducing the cat population in your community is essential to success. This workshop will seek to be thought provoking for attendees while examining some of the strategies used by Erie County SPCA , an open admission shelter, that has not euthanized a single healthy cat in over two years.

Presented by Gerryll G. Hall, DVM

Isolation and quarantine are difficult at the best of times, learn how shelters on limited budgets are successfully segregating populations for just pennies a day.

Presented by Susan Simons, MNM, CFRE

We will go over briefly where to find information on what grants are available. Using actual grant applications from Wells Fargo, Sandia Foundation and Albuquerque Community Foundation, we’ll investigate the best ways to answer questions and fulfill requirements. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own, in progress, grant applications to share and discuss.

Presented by Victoria Murphy, Animal Control Program Manager, Town of Edgewood, and Leslie King, Community Programs Manager, Animal Protection of New Mexico/Animal Protection Voters

Do you wish your local animal ordinance could take a bigger bite out of crimes against animals? Would you like to know how to create a new ordinance or improve an existing one? Do you know how your ordinance can protect animals and improve the lives of people, too? This course will answer all your questions and provide the tools you need to ensure that your city and county have all the bases covered when it comes to animal care and control. Through case studies of several New Mexico communities, learn tried and tested methods that resulted in the passage of effective, enforceable ordinances. In short, you will learn how to give your local animal protection laws teeth – allowing you to achieve meaningful results for animals and your community.

Presented by Dawn Hoffman, Mary Martin, and Gary Weddle

The presenters will share their shelter’s experiences with thrift and retail shops and give you tips on how to use these shops to make lots of money for your shelters. They will discuss pros and cons and how to get started, among other related topics.

Presented by Peggy Weigle – Executive Director, Animal Humane | NM

This class will describe the gradual transformation of Animal Humane | New Mexico’s campus and programs to improve adoptions, decrease euthanasia, increase services and donations, one step at a time. (See PowerPoint presentation)

Presented by Gerryll G. Hall, DVM

This presentation will review canine influenza, respiratory coronavirus and canine herpes virus as well as other causes of canine respiratory disease in the shelter setting. The class will include tips on collecting and submitting samples, what to look for in the population and disease management.

Presented by Patricia Feeser, DVM

Normal everyday procedures in veterinary medicine and in shelter take on whole new dimensions when they are involved with animal cruelty cases. How each procedure is done and documented may make or break a case. This presentation will detail the best practices to use when assisting law enforcement with animal cruelty cases.


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