2012 Conference

This is the 2012 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.

Speaker: Austin Gates (Animal Relocation Community Outreach)

 
What is animal relocation? Why relocate animals? Entry level session to learn how EASY it can be for YOUR shelter to participate in an Animal Relocation Program.

Speakers: Bryan Kortis (Petsmart Charities), Shelly Kotter (Best Friends), Peggy Weigle (Animal Humane)

Trap-Neuter-Return is fast becoming the preferred approach throughout the U.S. for managing and reducing free-roaming cat populations. As the method grows, so does our knowledge and experience and we’re learning more everyday about how to successfully implement TNR on a community level. Much of the ground-breaking work is happening right here in Albuquerque. We’ll discuss the new Community Cats Project funded by PetSmart Charities and administered by Best Friends Animal Society and the Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department. The program saves feral cats from euthanasia and TNRs their colonies. Also covered will be targeted TNR projects supported by PetSmart Charities’ Free-roaming Cat Spay/Neuter grants, including the successful effort by Animal Humane Association of New Mexico to target several Albuquerque zip codes. Other exciting developments in the TNR field will also be covered.

Speaker: Lila Miller DVM (ASPCA)

The Association of Shelter Veterinarians released its guidelines for care of shelter animals in 2010. This course will provide a review of the guidelines and some exciting ways they have been used to improve the welfare of shelter animals.

Speakers: Mike Monk (Alpha Dog), Donna Stumpf (Animal Humane), Matthew Landavazo (Express Packaging)

Given the importance of monetary contributions, it is key that organizations develop unique, meaningful and affordable ways to communicate with their donors. In this comprehensive workshop, your instructors will discuss the finer points of: Preparing mail sets and fulfilling solicitations in-house; Utilizing mail fulfillment centers and learning how they can clean and augment your datasets; Writing effective solicitation letters; Recording important donor details and sending prompt acknowledgment letters; Capturing stories that inspire your supporters; and, Developing a comprehensive annual fundraising schedule.

Join Matthew Landavazo, Co-Owner of Express Package and Postal Service, Inc.; Mike Monk, CEO of Alpha Dog Marketing; and Donna M. Stumpf, Senior Director of Development & Marketing at Animal Humane New Mexico, as they provide step-by-step instructions for developing and growing your annual fundraising plan.

Speaker: Heather Mohan-Gibbons (ASPCA)

Have you heard about the ASPCA SAFER® program and wondered if it’s a fit for your organization? This session is an overview of the SAFER aggression assessment. SAFER is a predictive, consistent method for evaluating the probability of canine aggression in dogs over 6 months of age, and the seven-item aggression assessment uses researched items that measure behavior responses to help identify dogs that may need more resources before adoption. The content covered in this workshop is an overview of the program and how it is used in shelters around the country.

Speaker: Dr. Stephanie Janeczko, DVM (ASPCA)

We all want to save as many lives as we can and to get animals into their new homes as quickly as possible. Come to this workshop and learn practical strategies that can help you achieve this goal. We’ll talk about the importance of developing a plan for population management and utilizing a daily rounds process to reduce length of stay, lower the shelter population, identify and address bottle necks, and improve animal health and welfare.

Speaker: Emily Garman (The Social Animal)

Everything changes frequently in social media, and this seminar covers the latest changes on social networks, as well as software and tools that nonprofits need to know about.

This seminar will teach you how to harness the tools and concepts of social media to accomplish your goals and help more animals in your program. This session is great for beginners as well as more advanced users, as it focuses on strategies and ways to use social media rather than just technical specifics.

You’ll see what other animal welfare organizations are doing to literally raise thousands of dollars a month using social media, and to grow their volunteer and foster bases exponentially. You’ll also learn about exclusive, non-publicized tools and resources available only to nonprofits that can make a huge difference in your online effectiveness. You don’t have to be a technical guru or a Twitter expert to attend this seminar–all you need is an open mind!

Speaker: Heather Mohan-Gibbons, MS, RVT, ACAAB (ASPCA)

Increased adoptions, decreased length of stay, enhanced customer interactions – all are possible with the ASPCA’s The Meet Your Match™ Programs! MYM encompass three different research-based adoption programs for puppies, adult dogs, and adult cats. Each program has its own assessment that places the animal’s behaviors into a color coded system and an adopter survey that identifies adopter preferences, expectations, and lifestyle that correspond to characteristics measured in the animal’s assessment. It is a lighthearted and fun program that can be run entirely by volunteers. Shelters using Meet Your Match have seen increases in adoptions and fewer returns, while empowering adoption counselors to have open conversations with adopters to ensure compatible matches. The content covered in this workshop is a brief overview of all 3 programs and how they are used in various shelters around the country.

Speaker: Dr. Stephanie Janeczko, DVM (ASPCA)

In order to keep animals physically and behaviorally healthy it’s critical to have a plan for their care, starting with the moment they come to your doors. During this workshop, we’ll discuss intake protocols including vaccinations and intake examinations as well as how to proceed with your findings.

Speakers: Boni Galarneau (Animal Humane), Meg Allison and Heather Mohan-Gibbs (ASPCA)

Looking for a new way to reach more adopters?  Have you considered adopting dogs directly from foster homes? The ASPCA Adoption Ambassador Program empowers foster parents and volunteers to facilitate the adoption of shelter dogs right from their homes. This innovative program has been researched by the ASPCA, helps identify adopters who might not have come to a shelter, and it has a low return rate!  Learn how to implement this life-saving, low-cost program in your community.  Discover how to get your staff, volunteers, and community to support an Adoption Ambassador program and make it a success.

Speaker: Ellen Schmidt (Animal Humane)

This seminar will provide an overview of how the 505 Pit Crew program was developed, with the aim of passing along some of the tools and experiences we found helpful to assist other shelters and welfare groups in creating programs tailored to fit the needs of their organization and of their community. We will cover the beginning of the 505 Pit Crew, detail how we developed our own training classes and classroom presentations, and discuss some of the successes and challenges we have faced since launching the program.

Speaker: Gerryll Hall (Merck)

Ringworm is a problem in any feline community, whether cats commingle or are housed separately.  This session will review updates in ringworm therapy, potentials for recovery and how to deal with silent shedders.

Speakers: Nina Stively (Española Valley Humane) and Jan Ward (Animal Humane)

This presentation will cover how to make the most out of mobile adoptions including what types of animals to select for mobile events, brief marketing recommendations, and the best types of locations.

Speakers: Joan Lotosky (Albuquerque Animal Welfare Department), Nina Stively (Española Valley Humane), Jayne Sage (Street Cat Companions/New Mexico Animal Friends)

Panel Discussion

Speaker: Suzanne Hetts, PhD, CAAB (Animal Behavior Associates)

Shelters are inherently stressful places for dogs and cats. In addition to improving animal welfare, reducing stress can make animals easier and safer to handle and increase adoptability. The first step in reducing stress is recognizing differences in both the stressors and manifestations of stress for different species, breeds and individuals. Defining stressors, stress behavior, examples of less stressful handling tools and procedures, prioritizing and meeting behavioral needs, and recent research regarding noise levels are just some of the topics we’ll cover in these presentations. Dogs will be our focus in the first session, followed by cats in the second.

Speaker: LeMac’ Morris, DVM, Dipl. ACVPM (Boehringer-Ingelheim)

Providing healthy dogs and cats for adoption is the primary goal of animal shelters.  Sounds simple, but it is not.  Illnesses such as feline upper respiratory disease or canine parvovirus provide a constant threat, making it hard for shelters to keep their animal populations healthy.   

Why do animals in shelters get sick?  Is it bad luck or are there other explanations?  The reality is there are specific actions that increase the risks of contracting an infectious disease, and it is not because of bad luck.  Identify those risks, and infectious diseases in animal shelters can be minimized.    

This presentation discusses the information you need to minimize infectious diseases in your shelter and will cover ways to minimize the risk of exposure to infectious pathogens, proper use of disinfectants and strategic use of vaccines.   

Speaker: Diane Blankenburg (Nevada Humane)

Learn how to vastly increase adoptions through innovative marketing, quality customer service, and comprehensive adoption programs.

Speakers: Vicki Murphy, Patricia Norris, DVM, Rena Distasio

Panel Discussion

Speaker: Gerryll Hall, DVM (Merck)

Respiratory disease is common in animals and people when they are sharing the same ventilation, environment and fomites.  There are more microorganisms involved in the respiratory disease process than ever before.  What are your options to prevent URI in the shelter and what are the options for treatment over the short and long term?

Speakers: Sally Mayer, Vicki Murphy, Viki Harrison

Panel Discussion

Speaker: Suzanne Hetts, PhD, CAAB (Animal Behavior Associates)

Shelters are inherently stressful places for dogs and cats. In addition to improving animal welfare, reducing stress can make animals easier and safer to handle and increase adoptability. The first step in reducing stress is recognizing differences in both the stressors and manifestations of stress for different species, breeds and individuals. Defining stressors, stress behavior, examples of less stressful handling tools and procedures, prioritizing and meeting behavioral needs, and recent research regarding noise levels are just some of the topics we’ll cover in these presentations. Dogs will be our focus in the first session, followed by cats in the second.

Speaker: Lila Miller, DVM (ASPCA)

This workshop will briefly explore the history of dogfighting as an introduction to the law, the characteristics of the dogs, the types of dogfighters and activities associated with dogfighting, training and handling the medical and forensic aspects of an investigation.

Speaker: Colleen Dougherty

Back by popular demand, this workshop is for all shelter, rescue, and animal control personnel. Far from being something to fear, our compassion for animals deserves to be nurtured, protected, and celebrated. This class will help you continue to express the wonderful gift of Compassion you possess, while still managing to survive and stay sane in the often stressful, chaotic, emotionally taxing and ultimately rewarding, world of animal welfare. Come prepared to listen, to laugh, to experience, and to learn. You’ll be glad you did!

Speaker: Jeffrey Clemens (NACA)

The course will cover employee/officer safety; threat assessments; pre-assault Indicators; tactical communication.

Speaker: Dr. Tom Schwarzer (Boehringer-Ingelheim)

Managing diabetes in cats can be challenging enough for owners at home, let alone for staff of a busy shelter environment. This presentation will review the basic concepts around feline diabetes as well as some new insights into monitoring and treating diabetic cats.

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