2016 Conference

The 2016 New Mexico Humane Conference: Inquiry & Exploration

August 18 & 19 at Embassy Suites – Albuquerque

August 20 – Special Workshops at Animal Humane New Mexico

Keynote speaker Emily Weiss, PhD, CAAB, presenting on “The Two Most Important Questions”

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We are currently still adding to our list of speakers and topics! Check back regularly for updates!

WeissVice President, Research & Development, ASPCA

Dr. Weiss has focused her professional and personal life on improving welfare for animals. Dr. Weiss, a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist, was the Curator of Behavior and Research at the Sedgwick County Zoo. There she developed enrichment and training programs for many different species—from lions and Komodo dragons, to African hunting dogs and giant cassowary birds. She published research focused on decreasing stress and improving welfare in zoos.
During this time, Dr. Weiss also continued to develop assessment tools for shelter animals, first developing the SAFER assessment, a behavior assessment used by shelters throughout the country, and then developing Meet Your Match™ now an ASPCA program. Dr. Weiss, joined the staff of the ASPCA in July of 2005.

She is the Co-Editor of the Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science, and has published extensively in the field of applied behavior including the new textbook she co-edited titled Animal Behavior for Shelter Veterinarians and Staff. She has traveled across North America lecturing on various areas of applied animal behavior, and has been featured nationally on radio, TV, and print.

Recently, Dr. Weiss’ work has focused on researching, publishing and developing program and process to improve animal welfare in shelters and communities.

JBarrerazField Operations Manager/Cruelty Investigator, Odessa Police Animal Control Division

Joe Barreraz has over 10 years’ experience in Animal Control field operations, management and investigations. He was the 2008 recipient of the Animal Control Officer Award for Excellence in region 9/10 and served on the board of advisors with the Texas Adult Protective Services task force. He is an approved instructor for the DSHS and currently the Field Operations Manager and the Local Rabies Control Authority for the city of Odessa.

He is also TCOLE certified in Cruelty investigations, certified in zoonotic disease control with FEMA, and certified in Euthanasia, Basic and Advanced Animal Control through the Texas DSHS.

He has handled several cruelty investigations cases ranging from passive cruelties to hoarding and the aggressive cruelties of torture and confinement. He has taught basic cruelty investigations, advanced cruelty investigations, aggressive animal capture/handling, animal bite investigations, officer safety/field tactics, officer professionalism courses and bite stick training. He is also a certified instructor for Canine Tactics (TCOLE) which is a required course for all law enforcement officers

Erica & Dan Beckwirth with their three dogs, Diego, 11/2, Myles, 31/2 and Ruckus, 8ish at their home on Thursday, July 2, 2015 in Santa Fe, NM. Photos by Jane PhillipsOwner, A Matter of Manners Dog Training

Erica is a graduate of The Academy for Dog Trainers, an esteemed training school founded by Jean Donaldson, where she received a Certificate in Training and Counseling. She is committed to the school’s force-free, science-based methods and principles and aspires to increase the use of rewards-based training in the industry. She is the owner of A Matter of Manners Dog Training in Santa Fe, NM, where she enjoys working with pets and their people on everything from aggression to tricks.

She rediscovered her love for animals while living in South Korea and volunteering at a local dog sanctuary. She soon was a constant face at the sanctuary and spent many hours working with the fearful dogs there. Once back in America, she started working in the behavior department at the Santa Fe Animal Shelter and Humane Society where she evaluated and trained dogs of all breeds and temperaments. She has a passion for shelter dogs and desires to make their stay in a shelter as pleasant and enriching as possible.

MylesChadwickHeadshot2013_highresVice President, Consulting and Training Services, Emancipet

Myles Chadwick has deep experience in supporting both new and established animal welfare organizations and handles all requests from organizations seeking training from Emancipet. Prior to his work at Emancipet he was with the National Spay/Neuter Project at the ASPCA where he coached new clinic directors as they established clinics. His areas of expertise are customer service, spay/neuter implementation, facilities and equipment, clinic management, outreach, and training clinic staff.

GammieEmergency Services Manager, RedRover

Beth Gammie has a Master’s in Counseling, and is the Emergency Services Manager for RedRover, a national animal welfare organization headquartered in Sacramento, California.  In this role, Beth leads the RedRover Responders program which provides trained volunteers and technical expertise in setting up and operating emergency animal shelters in natural disasters and large-scale cruelty seizures.  Prior to this position, she was a volunteer with RedRover and other animal welfare groups.

Brian Galloway-1Foster Care Manager, Animal Humane New Mexico

Brian Galloway became manager of Animal Humane New Mexico’s foster department in November of 2013, since then guiding the program to an unprecedented live release rate of 94.8%. Interdepartmental collaboration with the organization’s veterinary staff, and attention to medical care and intervention techniques, has dramatically increased levels of adoption for neonate puppies and kittens. Brian began his career at Animal Humane in 2011 as an animal care attendant, where his love of cats enabled him to enhance the lives of pet owners and felines alike through socialization and behavior education. Upon realizing a capacity to be more impactful to the issues of animal welfare, he embraced the roles of caregiver, “mama cat,” and “puppy papa” to more than 1,300 pets per year.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANational Programs Director, Neighborhood Cats

Bryan currently manages programs with national impact for Neighborhood Cats. Previously, he served as a grants manager for PetSmart Charities, overseeing over $21 million in TNR and spay/neuter projects during his tenure. He has produced many of the leading educational materials on Trap-Neuter-Return, including award-winning books and videos, and is a frequent presenter on feral cat issues. Bryan has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Cornell University and a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.

Jennie Stella AzaleaBehavior Coordinator, Animal Welfare League of Alexandria

Jennie has been studying animal behavior personally and professionally her entire life. As a child, showing horses and Shar-peis, she often found herself wondering what they were thinking and trying to predict their next move. After becoming a Registered Veterinary Technician in 1993, she became even more interested in behavior, as she strove to understand how to comfort her patients and prevent them from responding aggressively. As a result, she pursued formal education in animal behavior, biology, and psychology at the University of California, Davis and California State University, Sacramento. While in graduate school, she became the technician for the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine Behavior Service. There, she relished immersion in clinical behavior practice and research. During this time, she collected data for her master’s thesis on client compliance in the treatment of canine aggression. For many years, she worked in veterinary practice, focusing on behavior. As she saw the population of Pit Bulls presenting for severe behavior problems grow, she felt called to help this group of dogs more directly. Through work with the ASPCA’s Anti-Cruelty Behavior Team and as a Behavior Coordinator for the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria, this calling has become a reality. Jennie lives in the Washington DC area with: her husband, Kevin; nine and twelve year old boys, Austin and Travis; four cats: Delilah, Mimi, Jack and Mirabelle; a Pit Bull mix named Stella, and Lab/Boxer mix named Tully.

Co-Owner, TEAM Education in Animal Behavior, LLC

Debbie is a licensed veterinary technician in Texas and a Veterinary Technician Specialist in Behavior (VTS-Behavior). Debbie received a Bachelor of Science degree in human ecology from The Ohio State University and an associate of applied science degree in veterinary technology from Columbus State Community College. She has been a full-time registered/licensed veterinary technician since 1996 and worked in private practice for 14 years.  Since 2005 Debbie has been the animal behavior technician for Veterinary Behavior Consultations, LLC. She assists Kenneth Martin, DVM, DACVB during in-home behavior consultations.

Debbie is the co-owner of TEAM Education in Animal Behavior, LLC, a business focused on providing education on humane training and behavior modification and fostering collaboration between various animal behavior professions.

She is a contributing author and co-editor of the textbook, Canine and Feline Behavior for Veterinary Technicians and Nurses by Wiley-Blackwell.  Debbie and Dr. Martin have also written a book on normal development and training for dogs; Puppy Start Right: Foundation Training for the Companion Dog.  They are also the authors of the Karen Pryor Academy course, Puppy Start Right for Instructors.  The course provides not only the thorough knowledge necessary to provide puppy socialization classes, but also a complete curriculum with supplemental materials.

Her combined experience in general practice and behavior specialty has fueled her passion for preventive behavior medicine and the Fear Free℠ initiative. Debbie is honored to be representing veterinary technicians and animal trainers on the Fear Free executive committee.

When she is not seeing clients, writing, or speaking, she enjoys spending time at home with her husband 3 Belgian Malinois and Beagle/Jack Russell mix on their 5 acre property, aptly named the Malamo, in Spicewood, Texas.  She recently took up a new hobby, motorcycles, and is enjoying learning a new skill!

MohanDirector of Applied Research & Behavior, Research and Development, ASPCA

For over twenty years, Heather worked professionally with both wild and domestic species in veterinary clinics, universities, federal and state governments, animal shelters, and an animal behavior consulting business. She earned her Master of Science from Western Illinois University in 2004. In addition, she is a Registered Veterinary Technician and has earned the following certifications:

  • Associate Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist
  • Certified Behavior Consultant (Canine)
  • Certified Dialogue Education Practitioner

Heather has lectured extensively to veterinarians, behaviorists, dog trainers and the general public to improve quality of life for domestic and exotic animals found in homes, shelters and vet clinics. She continues to work with animal shelters and rescues around the country to save more lives of dogs, cats, and horses in their community.  In addition, she has published several journal publications, book chapters [Behavior of Exotic Pets (2010); Shelter Medicine for Veterinarian and Staff (2012)], and was one of the editors for Animal Behavior for Shelter Veterinarians and Staff (2015).

Most importantly, she loves food. She grows heirloom varieties in an edible landscape, is a vegan cook, and manages an organic community garden.

PONeillAnimal Services Manager, City of Midland Animal Services Division

Paul O’Neill has 14 years of experience in the animal welfare field, working at a nonprofit humane society and an open admission municipal animal shelter. He has been the Animal Services Manager for the City of Midland for 9 years.  Prior to this position, he worked at the Brazos Animal Shelter, in Bryan, TX for five years.  An open admission humane society that contracted with two cities and a county to shelter their stray animals, the Brazos shelter also partnered with the Texas A&M School of Veterinary Medicine, exposing Mr. O’Neill to some very unique programs while he was working for the shelter.  The Midland Animal Services Division is a traditional municipal animal shelter, with field officers and shelter staff.

He currently has his Euthanasia and his Basic, Advanced and Administrative Animal Control Officer certifications through the DSHS.  He has completed the FEMA – Professional Development Series, serves as the Animal Control Officer Representative on the state of Texas’ Licensed Breeder Advisory Committee, is an approved CE instructor by the DSHS and graduated from Texas A&M with a Bachelor of Science in 2006.  He is currently an advisory board member for the Midland Humane Coalition, and has served on the boards of the Texas Animal Control Association, and the Texas Federation of Human Societies.  He is currently the Animal Services Manager for the City of Midland.

Almudena Ortiz CueOwner, C.H.A.C.O. Dog Training & Behavior Consulting, LLC

Almudena is a graduate of the renowned San Francisco SPCA Academy for Dog Trainers (CTC), a Certified Professional Dog Trainer by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CPDT), a professional member of The Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) and the owner of C.H.A.C.O. Dog Training & Behavior Consulting LLC, located in the Santa Fe, New Mexico area.

She is also a certified Tellington TTouch® Practitioner for Animal Companions. She was a staff trainer for two years at Tony La Russa Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF) in Walnut Creek, CA. where she worked with under-socialized dogs who had experienced lengthy shelter stays or scored poorly in the SAFER test. Her training was designed both to improve the lives of the dogs while at the shelter and to prepare them for successful adoptions. Ms. Ortiz Cué designed and implemented the shelter’s first Dog Training Internship Program (Dog T.I.P.).

With over 15 years of teaching experience, she loves teaching people as well as dogs. Ms. Ortiz Cué is keenly interested in working with dogs that suffer from emotional issues such as fear, anxiety and aggression as well as working with rowdy adolescents, puppies and everyday problem solving for guardians and their dogs. For more information please visit her website: www.chacodogtraining.com.

Matt PicconeOutreach Strategies Manager, Emancipet

Matt Piccone is adept at reaching pet owners who are not seeking spay/neuter services. Matt came to Emancipet from PAWS of Rochester, which he started in 2012 after working for 11 years as a cable company audit technician responsible for checking residential properties for stolen cable. He saw the harsh conditions local animals endured, and was moved to start a program providing free, insulated dog houses, lightweight tethers, and low-cost veterinary care and spay/neuter to animals in need. His realization that pet owners welcomed his help and were eager to improve their pets’ quality of life continues to drive him today.

Jason_Schipkowski_and_HenryMentorship & Training Coordinator, Pets for Life, The Humane Society of the United States

Jason Schipkowski is a Mentorship & Training Coordinator for the Humane Society of the United States’ Pets for Life program. As part of this role, he provides training support throughout the country to organizations that desire to connect people in underserved communities to information and services for their pets. Prior to joining the Pets for Life team, Jason worked for a rescue and shelter group in St. Louis, Missouri, where he helped to implement the Pets for Life community outreach model and served as Marketing and Development Director. Jason has additional years of experience in marketing, communication, and companion animal medical care.

Owner, Simons Consulting Services

Susan has been working with and for non-profits for over 20 years.  Her experience in fundraising ranges from grant writing to events to annual campaigns.

She has been a Certified Fundraising Professional (CFRE) for over 15 years and received her Masters in Nonprofit Management from Regis University in 2010.

She now owns her own Non-profit consulting business, Simons Consulting Services, where she has worked with Roadrunner Food Bank of New Mexico, Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails, Solace Crisis Treatment Center, Grant County Educational Foundation, United Way of Central New Mexico.  She is finishing a contract with ALSNM as their Interim Executive Director.

MKW & Ares Portrait - WEPOwner, Purrfect Paws Animal Behavior Center, LLC &  Assistant Professor, Canisius College

As the owner of Purrfect Paws Animal Behavior Center, LLC Miranda Workman has over 15 years’ experience in applied animal behavior and training. She is an experienced behavior specialist featured as an expert in her field by the Buffalo News.

In addition to providing consulting services for pet owners, she has spent a large portion of her career working with shelters and rescues. She provides written materials to such organizations, while also providing seminars and workshops on topics such as animal behavior & welfare.

She has served on the Board of Directors of the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers, Inc. (CCPDT); three of those years as President of the Board during which time she was responsible for the creation of the Certified Behavior Consultant – Canine certification exam. She now serves as the Chair of the Cat Division and a founding member of the Shelter Division for the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, Inc. (IAABC). Currently she holds multiple certifications from both international organizations.

Educating the next generation of animal behavior professionals, Miranda is a clinical assistant professor at Canisius College. She teaches classes focused on animal learning, applied animal behavior, anthrozoology and professional career development.

She has been a speaker at various venues including the Humane Society of the United States’ Animal Care Expo, WNY Science Forum, and the Institute for the Study of Human-Animal Relations. Her TED Talk, Collateral Damage in the War Against Animal Homelessness, is available online. She has provided online presentations on various topics from animal behavior and shelter-based topics to anthrozoology through IAABC.

As an anthrozoologist her research focuses on shelter-based issues. Her feline adoption study has been published in the Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science. She successfully defended her master’s thesis: Euthanasia Decisions in the Sheltering Industry – A Critical Inquiry as part of her masters of science degree in Anthrozoology. Her research has been presented at various venues including SUNY Brockport Master’s Research Conference, Living With Animals2 Conference, and the International Association of Anthrozoology Annual Conference.

She and her husband Rick, share their home with three dogs (Sherlock, Athena and Zeus), seven cats (Adara, Aleph, Samantha, Ro-Ro, Gandalf, Maizee & Teagan), and a Leopard gecko (Ragnar). Gone, but never forgotten, are many non-human animals who continue to inspire her from across the Rainbow Bridge.

We are currently still adding to our list of speakers and topics! Check back regularly for updates!

Courses on Thursday, August 18, 2016

Presented by Emily Weiss, PhD, CAAB
Thursday, August 18, 8:30 – 9:30 am

We do lots of stuff in sheltering – tons of stuff in fact. But why? Why limit adoptions to certain people? Why have a landlord check? Why take dogs for long walks? How about that policy of not letting folks pet those cats? Or take in that dog or cat that is being relinquished because the person can’t afford that medical procedure? Do those policies and procedures achieve the goals of decreasing homelessness, increasing adoptions, decreasing suffering? Research from the field would suggest that some of what we do in sheltering can run counter to our goals. We will explore some of those processes and open some doors to save more lives while training your brain to ask these two very important questions… Why… and How do you know it is achieving the goal?

Presented by Paul O’Neill & Joe Barreraz
Thursday, August 18, 10 – 11:30 am, 1:45 – 3:15 pm, 3:45 – 4:45 pm

The Professional Animal Control Officer Series is designed as a two day training for officers currently responding to field calls for any animal control or sheltering organization. Attending officers are encouraged to attend every session in the series to get this most out of this amazing opportunity. 

In this first of four sessions for professional animal control officers, experienced Animal Control managers and investigators Paul O’Neill and Joe Barreraz will introduce attendees to the best techniques for every step of response to animal control calls:

  1. Initial call – how received, phone etiquette, radio etiquette, laptop usage, what information do you get, red flags, ETA (not what you think), how do you drive?
  2. Arrival – vehicle, where you park, tools, scene size up, game plan
  3. Initial Communication – greeting, assess the other person, how do they present themselves (speech, stance), how do you present yourself (speech, stance), positioning, scene awareness.
  4. Action – have we identified the problem, how can we solve the problem, is the problem still on scene, how do you solve the problem (cite, notice to comply, verbal warning, assistance, education, listen, compassion, impound, quarantine, etc).
  5. Completion – did we solve the problem, do we need to follow up, do we need to visit someone else, how do you communicate was you accomplished and what – if anything else needs to be done?
  6. Final Communication – how do you leave the scene, how do you close the call, what information do you enter, what can you learn, and what kind of impression did you make?

Attending officers are asked to wear their daily uniform and to bring the ordinances for the municipality they work for. Officer participation and interaction with the instructors and other officers will be highly encouraged through this dynamic 1 day workshop.

Session 1 will run throughout the day on Thursday, August 18 and will provide 4 hours of education.

Presented by Bryan Kortis, J.D.
Thursday, August 18, 10 – 11:30 am

In recent years, TNR programs have grown in scale from backyards to entire communities. With this growth comes the need to clearly define goals and identify specific ways to evaluate success.  We’ll explore how to set goals for a community TNR program and what metrics are – or should be – available to measure impact.

Presented by Heather Mohan-Gibbons, MS, RVT, ACAAB
Thursday, August 18, 10 – 11:30 am

Are you assessing dogs for food guarding?

Are you making decisions about the dog’s outcome based on that food evaluation?

Come learn what we just discovered from our new research about food guarding behavior in shelter. These “hot-off-the press” findings may surprise you.

Previously published research regarding food-guarding assessments in shelter (from the ASPCA and Center for Shelter Dogs) indicated that the food assessment has little predictive value of food-guarding behavior in the home. The results of those studies were distributed and discussed with the sheltering community, but some shelters still had concerns about food guarding dogs and the safety for staff and volunteers.  They also had concerns about returns for guarding behavior if they no longer assessed for it.

This recent study examined the impact of removing the food guarding assessment from the shelter protocol from nine shelters.  The shelters varied from large government municipal shelters to small humane societies across the US. Those shelters collected baseline data for two months (outcome, length of stay, returns, bites to staff, bites in the home, and more) and then collected the same data for another two months after removing the food guarding assessment.  Those shelters had a combined intake of over 14,000 dogs and identified food guarding in only 5% of those dogs.  The number of bites to staff and volunteers was low (1% of intake) and did not change once the food guarding item was dropped.  Bites in the home and returns from adopters was low and did not change once shelters stopped assessing for food guarding.

Based on previous research, this current research, and the conversations with the pilot shelters, we recommend the removal of food guarding assessments for shelter dogs.  We will share other ways to invest your time and resources to support dogs with food guarding behaviors to a positive live outcome.

Presented by Jason Schipkowski, HSUS
Thursday, August 18, 12:30 – 1:30 pm

Learn the core principles and strategies required to effectively start a community outreach program. This session will focus on how to engage underserved communities in a positive and effective way, as well as the tools you need to hit the ground running when you get home. From conducting a community assessment to knocking on your first door, you will leave this session with a firm foundation and an eagerness to establish a PFL-modeled program in your community.

Presented by Bryan Kortis, J.D.
Thursday, August 18, 1:45 – 3:15 pm

Raccoons eating the cat food? Can’t catch that last female feline? Neighbors complaining about digging in their garden? Managing a colony well takes commitment – and knowledge. Learn the latest tips and techniques for solving common caretaking issues, plus a special section on using a drop trap (often called “a trapper’s best friend!”)

Presented by Miranda K. Workman, MS, CABC, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KSA
Thursday, August 18, 1:45 – 3:15 pm

Through the lens of animal welfare science, this presentation will present effective ways to use training and enrichment to improve the welfare of the cats housed in animal shelters. An overview of The Five Freedoms and the sensory capabilities of cats will provide the foundation for how to use these lenses when designing, implementing and evaluating various training and enrichment programs within an animal shelter. Examples of successful programs will be provided in order to inspire others to find creative ways to improve the lives of sheltered cats.

Presented by Miranda K. Workman, MS, CABC, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KSA
Thursday, August 18, 3:45 – 4:45 pm

Euthanasia decisions occur every day in animal shelters. In order to understand how those decisions are made, this study investigated euthanasia decision making processes in shelters across the United States. Respondents (n=62) to an online survey answered questions about shelter demographics, euthanasia policies, variables for euthanasia candidacy, and specific case studies. Fifty percent (50%) of respondents indicate that medically-based euthanasia decisions are not made by veterinary professionals. Medically-based euthanasia decisions are most likely to be due to terminal medical conditions, not treatable ones. Eighty-three percent (83%) of respondents indicate that behavior-based euthanasia decisions are not made by animal behavior professionals. Behavior-based euthanasia decisions are based primarily on risk assessments and predicting likelihood of future behavior. The tools used to gather the information are neither scientifically validated nor reliably predictive. The ethical perspectives required to contemplate a medically-based euthanasia (Ethic of Care) are very different from that necessary to make a behavior-based euthanasia decision (Utilitarianism/Deontology). In order to improve euthanasia decision-making, each shelter should have a written euthanasia policy, employ medical and behavior professionals to make those decisions, collaborate with researchers to improve data collection leading to creation of better tools for behavioral assessment, and build bridges with other organizations to help save lives.

Presented by Almudena Ortiz Cué, MA, CTC, CPDT-KA, Tellington TTouch Cert.
Thursday, August 18, 3:45 – 4:45 pm

Tellington TTouch® is a method of working with animals that has proven effective in reducing stress, fear, aggression and anxiety; as well as modifying behavior, increasing mobility and—when combined with veterinarian care—aid in recovery. The approach is gentle, yet systematic and can help animals to better cope with different and novel situations. TTouch can support the learning process by improving confidence, attention and curiosity.

TTouch is comprised of gentle touches, body wraps and groundwork (a variety of exercises with simple equipment) that engage the nervous system- which allows the animal to move and experience its environment in novel ways. While TTouch can be employed with any species, my experience with the method has been with dogs, cats – some horses in private settings and shelters.

Via my visual presentation, conference participants will become familiar with the method and its applications. Included within the presentation are case studies of how TTouch has helped dogs with a myriad of challenges in shelters or in their homes. As a result of sharing my experience as a certified Tellington TTouch practitioner, I hope to encourage and inspire shelters to use some (or all) aspects of the method with the animals in their care.

Courses on Friday, August 19, 2016

Presented by Paul O’Neill & Joe Barreraz
Friday, August 19, 8:30 – 9:30 am, 10 – 11:30 am

The Professional Animal Control Officer Series is designed as a two day training for officers currently responding to field calls for any animal control or sheltering organization. Attending officers are encouraged to attend every session in the series to get this most out of this amazing opportunity. 

In the second session in the series, instructors will explore the following issues related to investigating cruelty reports:

  1. How to initiate an investigation
  2. Determining if it is cruelty or not
  3. Prosecute or educate?
  4. Investigative techniques & evidence gathering
  5. Partnering with other agencies, working with legal, what is done with the animals & courtroom etiquette.

Attending officers are encouraged to bring information and be willing to discuss cruelty cases that they have lost and won.  While not every officer may be able or willing to do this, this exercise in case review is a very useful tool for learning.

Session 2 will run during both morning sessions of Friday, August 19 and will provide 2.5 hours of education.

Presented by Brian Galloway
Friday, August 19, 8:30 – 9:30 am

What is your foster program doing for you?  You know what it takes to raise a neonate kitten or puppy to an appropriate age and wellness for spay/neuter and adoption, but you’ve got a thousand of them.  Now what?  Increase adoptions, empower your community, reduce pet homelessness, and save more of the most vulnerable lives in your shelter with an efficient and successful foster program.  We’ll explore some proven tactics you can employ to maximize your efficiency and success with minimal resources.

Presented by Debbie Martin, CPDT-KA, KPA CTP, LVT, VTS (Behavior)
Friday, August 19, 8:30 – 9:30 am

A top behavioral reason why dogs and cats are relinquished is inappropriate elimination. Pet owners do not care if Fido can do a 3 minute down stay on his bed as an adolescent, if he is still urinating and defecating on their family room carpet. Acquire some quick tips for helping pet owners be successful with teaching appropriate elimination habits for dogs and cats.

Presented by Susan Simons, MNM, CFRE
Friday, August 19, 10 – 11:30 am

This 90 minute interactive program will give you real feed-back for your grant writing. Bring a grant that was denied (or one that was fully funded) and we will discuss and/or celebrate. If you would like to have your grant reviewed, please email a copy to [email protected]
We will also work on a spay/neuter grant as a group that you may use for your own shelter.

Presented by Debbie Martin, CPDT-KA, KPA CTP, LVT, VTS (Behavior)
Friday, August 19, 10 – 11:30 am

This session will explore the veterinary hospital from the pet’s point of view and provide suggestions on how to make the environment and social interactions more pet friendly. You can then pass on these practical tips not only in the shelter environment but also with your local veterinary teams help establish or strengthen the behavior healthcare team relationship.

Presented by Paul O’Neill & Joe Barreraz
Friday, August 19, 1 – 2:30 pm

The Professional Animal Control Officer Series is designed as a two day training for officers currently responding to field calls for any animal control or sheltering organization. Attending officers are encouraged to attend every session in the series to get this most out of this amazing opportunity. 

Lessons learned in the previous two sessions will begin to be tied together during this very engaging session.

Using the local laws and officers ordinances and policies, we will put attending officers in scenarios with the entire class to allow them to demonstrate what they have learned and also to be critiqued by the other officers, in order to improve their professionalism and effectiveness in the field.  This type of training is not something you may be familiar with, as it is currently not offered in many (if any) other trainings, offering our attendees a unique interactive experience.

Session 3 will run during the first afternoon session of Friday, August 19 and will provide 1.5 hours of education.

Presented by Almudena Ortiz Cué, MA, CTC, CPDT-KA, Tellington TTouch Cert. & Erica Beckwith, CTC
Friday, August 19, 1 – 2:30 pm

Dog TIP logoThe Dog Training Internship Program (Dog T.I.P.) aims to educate committed volunteers at shelters around the nation so that they can learn the necessary skills to humanely and effectively train and mentally stimulate dogs at their shelters.

The training of volunteers and the program itself is comprised of independent yet related “modules.” The goals of each one of the four modules are:
• To reduce the distress levels of shelter dogs
• To increase their adoptability by teaching them skills that adopters expect of their pet
• To support shelter staff by volunteers as a result of increased knowledge in the areas of animal learning and humane methodologies of animal training
• To provide volunteers with guidelines to aid them in the adoption counseling process and placement protocols

Moreover, we believe that when committed volunteers are part of the solution instead of just doing necessary “tasks” for the shelter, such as cleaning pens or walking dogs, they experience less burn out. Therefore, their commitment and enjoyment as a shelter volunteer increases.

Those of us that have experience working or volunteering at shelters, can attest that a strong and motivated group of volunteers is at the core of saving more lives, more successful adoptions and the reachable possibility of making shelters more humane for the dogs in their care. While we encourage shelters to embrace the full program we understand that at times it is not realistic. However, even implementing some of the fundamental concepts will help in creating a more humane and wellness – based shelter environment.

Our goal for the presentation at the Humane Conference 2016 is to unveil to Conference participants all that our program entails. We expect that shelters will find our program not only provocative but also attainable. During the presentation we will look at the program in some detail, share case studies, as well as discuss the requirements for shelter’s participation in Dog T.I.P.

Dog T.I.P. is a joint project created by professional dog trainers: Almudena Ortiz Cué and Erica Beckwith.

You can help the speakers tailor their program to the needs of interested shelters by completing a simple 5 question survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MHGHYB8

Presented by Jennie Lane, RVT, MA
Friday, August 19, 1 – 2:30 pm

Many shelters face the challenge of limited resources. With a wide array of program ideas competing for physical space, time, talent, and money, some departments may be left to operate without their desired amount of support. Through creativity and organization, many behavioral objectives can be met with minimal staff dedicated to behavior alone. Time saving strategies include: scheduling multi-use areas to maximize their function, collecting a thorough history of transfers and owner surrenders at the beginning of an animal’s stay, advocating for behavior assessments prior to transfer, considering a matrix for euthanasia decisions, collecting behavior information from all areas within the shelter in which an animal is engaged, using office and home-based foster programs to collect behavioral data, allowing telecommuting for some telephone and administrative tasks, and most-importantly, training volunteers and staff from other departments to help in ways that coalesce with their other responsibilities.

Presented by Paul O’Neill & Joe Barreraz
Friday, August 19, 3 – 4:30 pm

The Professional Animal Control Officer Series is designed as a two day training for officers currently responding to field calls for any animal control or sheltering organization. Attending officers are encouraged to attend every session in the series to get this most out of this amazing opportunity. 

This final session in the series will be used as needed to answer questions and receive additional coaching from the instructors.  We encourage the attending officers to network, exchange contact information and instructors will field questions on any animal welfare/animal control question that was not previously covered.

We encourage interaction among the officers and try to tailor training opportunities like this to meet everyone’s needs.  We realize that most animal control officers have a diverse background of education and previous job experience, and do our best to encourage the officers to strive for improvement, no matter what stage of their career they may be at.

Session 4 will run during the final afternoon session of Friday, August 19 and will provide 1.5 hours of education.

Presented by Beth Gammie
Friday, August 19, 3 – 4:30 pm

If you are working in animal welfare, you already possess compassion resilience—the ability to maintain your physical, emotional and mental well-being while responding compassionately to the suffering of animals and people. Resilience is the capacity to move forward in a positive way from negative, traumatic or stressful experiences. How can you strengthen your resilience and maintain your own well-being while helping animals? In this session, you will learn specific ways to grow and strengthen your compassion resilience.

Presented by Jennie Lane, RVT, MA
Friday, August 19, 3 – 4:30 pm

Keeping animals in their homes not only helps prevent broken hearts, but also preserves precious shelter resources. Although sometimes rehoming is the right answer, many strategies exist for uncovering other solutions. Setting up managed surrender appointments can reduce the number of animals that actually get signed over to a shelter. When housing issues threaten to evict an animal, shelter staff can educate people about their housing rights and teach them how to market themselves and their pets to prospective landlords. Offering behavior consultations can be done efficiently, while providing an opportunity to educate pet owners on their treatment options.  If the shelter will provide treatment for behavior problems, planning for compliance challenges in advance can enhance therapeutic success. Understanding different types of certifications and knowing where to find animal behavior professionals is an important component in the consultation process when a referral is indicated. Networking with local providers not only facilitates the referral process but can also lead to more volunteerism. Emphasizing the importance of adult and puppy socialization can support the local training community while safeguarding against relinquishment.

This year we are thrilled to offer one additional day of workshops at Animal Humane New Mexico as part of New Mexico Humane Conference. Tickets to these events must be purchased or reserved in addition to registration for the workshops at Embassy Suites.

Workshops will take place on the campus of
Animal Humane New Mexico
615 Virginia St. SE, Albuquerque, NM 87108.

See additional information below for workshop descriptions and information on how to register.

Presented by Myles Chadwick & Matt Piccone, Emancipet

8:30 am – 4 pm at Animal Humane – 615 Virginia St. SE, Albuquerque, NM 87108

Emancipet is a nonprofit on a mission to make high-quality spay/neuter and veterinary care affordable and accessible to all pet owners. Since 1999, Emancipet has spayed or neutered more than 250,000 dogs and cats and in 2016 will care for more than 100,000 pets. We manage an expanding national network of high-quality, low-cost clinics, offer customized training and consulting programs to animal welfare organizations nationwide, and advocate for strategies and public policy that improve the lives of pets in underserved communities.

Emancipet’s Seminar Series, in partnership with presenting funder PetSmart Charities, is hitting the road this year and coming to Albuquerque!

How to Have “The Talk”  – One of the biggest questions people ask us is “How do you convince people to spay or neuter their pets?” Most often, it’s less about what you say than how you say it! This one-day seminar is for any staff member of an organization who routinely discusses the importance of spay/neuter with pet owners and wants to improve their communication skills and confidence in having “the conversation.” The session will empower attendees by spending time both on WHAT to say, and HOW to say it. Attendees will receive updated, clear, and factual information about:
• current research about pet owners who have not yet altered their pets and what the barriers are;
• the true medical benefits and risks or “myths and facts” about the procedure;
• the facts about pediatric spay/neuter and its benefits; and
• the current state of animal homelessness in the US.
The rest of the seminar will focus on the “how” – communication techniques, effective messaging, non-verbal communication, and forming a connection with pet owners to make space for the conversation. Attendees participate in fun, interactive activities that immediately improve their confidence and ability to discuss this important issue with all kinds of pet owners – from those who already believe in spay/neuter to those who have never sought it out. They will come back to their clinics re-energized about their work, and as more informed spay/neuter advocates and more effective, compassionate communicators overall. This seminar is taught by VP, Consulting and Training Services, Myles Chadwick, and Outreach Strategies Manager, Matt Piccone.

2016 Dates Offered: August 20
Location: Animal Humane New Mexico – 615 Virginia St. SE, Albuquerque, NM 87108
Cost per person: FREE
Who Should Attend: Shelter, Clinic or Rescue Customer Service, Technicians, Outreach, anyone talking to potential clients about spay/neuter

How to Register: Visit the Registration tab of this website and select the FREE “How to Have the Talk” ticket. Registration for this event can be completed in addition to registering for the NMHC 2 day conference OR can be completed without registering for the Thursday and Friday sessions of the conference.

Presented by the RedRovers Responders Team
10 am – 2 pm at Animal Humane – 615 Virginia St. SE, Albuquerque, NM 87108

The RedRover Responders volunteer corps are the backbone of our efforts to provide lifesaving care and sheltering for animal victims of natural disasters, puppy mills, hoarding, and other cases of cruelty and neglect. We welcome volunteers at all levels of experience, from a casual pet-lover to an experienced rescuer or animal care professional.

Our training program consists of attending a four hour in-person workshop and completing IS-100b, an online FEMA class. There is also an optional Self-Paced Online training program that volunteers gain access to after registering.

Facilitated by an experienced RedRover Responders volunteer, the workshop helps you understand what it’s like to deploy with RedRover to a disaster or animal cruelty case. Group work and exercises will guide pre-deployment decision-making and packing, solidify understanding of key Standard Operating Guidelines, and prepare you for the realities of response.

The workshop registration fee of $50 includes a volunteer handbook, the volunteer t-shirt and certificate of completion that are mailed to you after attending the in-person volunteer workshop.

Sign up for the RedRover’s class here: https://my.redrover.org/albuquerque/events/2016-albuquerque-redrover-responders-workshop/e75928

Scroll through the images below to see the daily schedules for Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Every year our conference provides a vital opportunity for animal welfare professionals, veterinary professionals and trainers and behavior professionals to earn continuing education credits. This year, the following credits are available for various fields:

Behavior & Training CEUs

9.5 CEUs are approved for International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC) members.

8.0 CEUs for CPDT-KAs & CBCC-KAs.

Approved courses for behavior/training CEUs:

Thursday, August 18

  • “Saving Dogs who Guard Food in the Shelter,” presented by Heather Mohan-Gibbons, MS, RVT, CBCC-KA, ACAAB
  • “Effective Applications for Training & Enrichment for Shelter Housed Cats,” presented by Miranda Workman, MS, CABC, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KSA (IAABC credits only)
  • “Factors Affecting Euthanasia Decisions in the Sheltering Industry,” presented by Miranda Workman, MS, CABC, CBCC-KA, CPDT-KSA

Friday, August 19

  • “Elimination Happens!” presented by Debbie Martin, LVT, CPDT-KA, KPA CTP, VTS (Behavior)
  • “Creating a Fear Free Veterinary Experience From the Home through the Hospital,” presented by Debbie Martin, LVT, CPDT-KA, KPA CTP, VTS (Behavior)
  • “It Takes a Village: Running a Shelter Behavior Program with Limited Resources,” presented by Jennie Lane, RVT, MA
  • “Keep Them in Their home! Strategies for Preventing Surrender,” presented by Jennie Lane, RVT, MA
  • “The Dog Training Internship (Dog T.I.P.): A Shelter Volunteer Program,” presented by Almudena Ortiz Cué, MA, CTC, CPDT-KA, TTouch Cert. & Erica Beckwith, CTC

Veterinary Medicine CEUs

4.0 are approved for veterinarians and veterinary technicians by the New Mexico Board of Veterinary Medicine for the Thursday and Friday portions of the conference.

Euthanasia Technician CEUs

11.5 hours are approved for the Thursday and Friday portions of the conference at Embassy Suites, and an additional 6.0 hours (for a total of 17.5) are approved for the Saturday workshop “How to Have the Talk” at Animal Humane. Approval is through the New Mexico Animal Sheltering Board.

Department of Public Safety/Law Enforcement Academy CEUs

11.5 hours are approved for the Thursday and Friday portions of the conference at Embassy Suites, and an additional 6.0 hours (for a total of 17.5) are approved for the Saturday workshop “How to Have the Talk” at Animal Humane. Approval is through the Department of Public Safety Law Enforcement Academy.


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