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Animal Welfare Leadership Roundup (Fridays) - Shared screen with speaker view
Kathy Duncan
27:35
Happy Friday!!!!!!
Johanna Humbert
29:07
I had a guinea pig named Jeremy, after the Bobby Sherman character on Here Come the Brides.
Chalan Lowry
29:20
I talked to all strangers even at 3years
Rebecca Marsh
29:31
I spent a lot of time a ‘Lollipop Farm’ as a child in upstate New York
Kay Stout
29:40
My dog, Tippy, had his tonsils removed - - and everyhone thought we were out to lunch
Lindsay Hamrick
29:41
I ran a fake help line where fake people called and asked me facts about dolphins and anteaters and I read them answers from my National Geographic cards.
Mary Ippoliti-Smith
29:46
I thought I was related to everyone who lived in Steubenville, Ohio.
Emily Sprong, SAFe Rescue
29:51
my parents wouldn't let me talk to dogs on walks because when I did they would always follow us home.
Joy Smith
29:53
I grew up on a farm in New Jersey and never learned to ride a bike (even to this day) because I always rode ponies and horses.
Alison Gibson
29:56
my hamster ran away but came back 16 months later
Elizabeth Berliner
29:56
I collected poor turtles in a giant tractor tire in my very rural backyard and tried to make them my friends
Sharon Fletcher
30:02
I grew up in a Vaudeville theater from age 12-22.
April Huntsman Adopt-a-Pet.com
30:06
My dad dug dinosaur bones when I was little so I grew up with Allosaurus femurs in the living room and Brontosaurus teeth on the kitchen table.
Sarah Aguilar
30:11
We had a golden chain tree in our backyard that I used to hang out under all the time and I've never seen another one in person
Hilary Shurtleff
30:13
One of my first words was pickle and I would bang on the fridge until I would get one
Todd Cramer
30:21
I grew up in an environment where the dog lived chained to a dog house outside, we had constant litters of kittens because outdoor cats were the norm and not altered. Interesting I landed in this work.
Monica Frenden
30:34
I wrote a “magazine” called “Cat Tales” based on neighborhood pets and distributed it to the neighbors every month. I still have some…
Annette Ramirez
30:57
As a toddler I would crawl out the doggy door to hang out in the back yard with the dog...
Erika Leckington
30:59
@April - you are SOOO lucky!!
Shelly (she/her), Maddie's Fund
31:19
I used to catch blue-bellied lizards in my front yard and pet them
Emily Wood
31:31
Me too, Shelly!
Sharon Fletcher
31:32
Wow @April. My husband is a geologist, so as a gift while we were dating I got a fossil.
Tasha Haug
31:35
My family raised Nubian goats, and every spring was baby goat season!
Sarah Aguilar
31:36
We had a chicken with a broken leg that my mom had casted at the vet, and she would pick it up every morning and place her in the sun, then place her back in her coop every evening.
Kathy Duncan
32:16
Oh yes, and anytime anyone suggested I would grow up and get married and have children (you know, I was a girl and that’s what girls did). I was always quick to correct them and say “No, I’m going to have puppies!!”
Erika Leckington
32:24
Where are they now April? Still in the family?
BJ Andersen
32:32
I walked with dogs and our cats in our arboretum. Knocked on neighbors doors to invite their dogs out for a walk with me.
Stephanie Miller
32:44
I had a pet red eared slider that was sick (80's) and remember sitting in the vet waiting room with my turtle bowl on my lap. Vet had no idea how to treat it but at least they tried.
April Huntsman Adopt-a-Pet.com
32:46
Some of them are and some of them are in museums and the Smithsonian.
Sharon Fletcher
32:49
BJ - so cool
BJ Andersen
32:58
Wonderful question!
Geraldine D'Silva
33:05
Growing up in India I had a street dog I named Poppins that was ‘my dog’. He would pop in and pop out of my house for many years and followed me everywhere.
Audra Michael
33:22
The only pet we had growing up was a hamster because my father didn't like pets. lol
Elizabeth Berliner
33:28
100%
Victoria Cowper
33:37
On Sunday nights at the end of Lassie I was about 4 and would cry that I would never see Lassie again and try to pet Lassie
Sharon Fletcher
34:20
Poppins is a great name
Jamie Case
34:30
We always had a dog in a pen outside for most of childhood. When my husband and I got married, we took her from my mom and evil step dad (wouldn’t allow dogs in the house). She was 15 and lived her last year of life spoiled in a loft in downtown STL. It still makes me sad that I didn’t take her in sooner.
Sharon Fletcher
34:33
So sweet @Geraldine
Sharon Fletcher
35:28
Oh Sarah - that is so sweet!
Alison Gibson
36:20
Join Mary with Ariel Zhang of The Animal Foundation - Tuesday, April 27 at 12n PT / 3pm ET.Register https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYtcOihrzkrHNSjsaIaYZ3jbFSWGqg48lmqAriel and her pup Cricket want to meet you!
Erika Leckington
36:31
@Jamie So many of us have parents that treated pets not as we would have! I grew up with crazy sheltie breeders.
Sarah Javier
36:47
@Jamie, we had dogs who lived outside in our fenced in backyard throughout my childhood, as well. As an adult, I have always felt so much guilt for that even though I know I shouldn't. In my rural Kansas area, that was the norm.
Alison Gibson
37:01
Animal Care Expo April 21-23, 2021 registrationhttps://humanepro.org/expo/registration/advance
Sarah Aguilar
38:19
Encourage your volunteers or team members who aren't attending Expo to get inspired and celebrate volunteers! AmPA! is hosting a series of volunteer focused discussions.https://www.facebook.com/events/459527605160193/
Kathy Duncan
38:22
We have 14 staff going!!!! #ThankstoMaddie for 3 of them.
Alison Gibson
40:37
Alienare AVMA article https://www.avma.org/javma-news/2019-09-01/aligncare-starting-line
Alison Gibson
42:24
Aligncare on FaceBook https://www.facebook.com/aligncarehealth/
Christi Metropole Stray Cat Alliance
42:56
Amazing. How do community cats fit in to this model?
T' Fisher
43:13
AlignCare LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/company/67520715/
kristen hassen
43:21
https://www.humananimalsupportservices.org/toolkit/the-new-work-of-animal-welfare/
Alison Gibson
43:30
Join Mary with Ariel Zhang of The Animal Foundation - Tuesday, April 27 at 12n PT / 3pm ET.Register https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYtcOihrzkrHNSjsaIaYZ3jbFSWGqg48lmqAriel and her pup Cricket want to meet you!
ellen jefferson
43:49
Looking forward to it!
Alison Gibson
44:19
AmPA is hosting 8 unique calls to discuss a variety of volunteer related programs with several organizations. Register once and pick which calls you'd like to attend!https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcvduqrqz8qGtwXr4G9DQpfULoHQ9UTbnxO
Alison Gibson
45:06
Animal Care Expo April 21-23, 2021 registrationhttps://humanepro.org/expo/registration/advance
Shelly (she/her), Maddie's Fund
45:51
That’s great news, Jan!
Katy Hansen
45:54
How can we give feedback about the new community matrix?
Alison Gibson
45:59
Shelter Animals Count https://www.shelteranimalscount.org/
Alison Gibson
46:07
Humane Canada Violence Link Conference – apply to speakhttps://humanecanada.ca/our-work/criminal-justice-system/events/violence-link-conference/
Jan McHugh-Smith
46:08
The Community Service Matrix is up on www.shelteranimalscount.org, please take a look. We are in the pilot phase.
Bobby Mann
46:49
https://www.humananimalsupportservices.org/toolkit/the-new-work-of-animal-welfare/
Sarah Billigmeier
48:35
Hello, I am Sarah, I am the Feline Shelter Director of the Humane Society of Greater Kansas City. We are a low - cost vet center and a shelter and we have a contract with our local Animal control
Alison Gibson
48:48
https://www.laanimalservices.com/july4petsafety/
Bill Ganley he/him San Diego Humane
48:53
Don't forget this week is National Animal Control Officer Appreciation Week & National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week! Say ty to your field officers/agents & dispatchers!
Alison Gibson
49:05
https://www.laanimalservices.com/fourth-of-july-foster/
Alison Gibson
50:09
To volunteer to foster, print your application at LAAnimalServices.com/foster or go to the City animal shelter nearest you and ask for a Foster Volunteer application. Take your completed form to the shelter and we’ll get you fostering a pet right away.
Jessica Des Lauriers
54:15
WoW! That is impressive. Congratulations LA!!!
Alison Gibson
54:34
Annette Ramirez, Director of Field Operations Lifesaving at Los Angeles Department of Animal Services
Debra Fair
54:40
Amazing work Annette!
Rebecca Marsh
54:52
Neighborhood microchip sites-awesome idea
Annette Ramirez
54:59
Annette.ramirez@lacity.org
Alison Gibson
56:48
April Huntsman, Director of Animal Welfare Insights, Adopt-a-pet Rehome
Sharon Fletcher
57:46
Thank you Annette!
Lisa Wolkind
59:28
April- Do you have a special section for special medical needs cats on rehome?
Aaron Klein
01:00:11
This is Aaron from Rehome - We do have a tag you can place on the pet to identify them as special needs and can explain more in the pet story
Aaron Klein
01:00:31
Special medical needs*
Lisa Wolkind
01:01:57
Thank you very much Aaron! I often have special needs fosters that come in through TNR and this could be a great option! Is there a way to reach out to you if I have questions when trying to tag?
Aaron Klein
01:02:22
Yes you can email me and April - aaron@adoptapet.com and april@adoptapet.com and we can help you.
Irene Borngraeber
01:03:14
Within this national data have you been able to see any regional changes for length of stay or other major application differences?
Jen Brause
01:03:22
Can you repeat what the timeframe for these stats are?
Lisa Wolkind
01:03:58
Excellent! Listening to April I am so excited about sharing this in the community for life circumstances challenges
Aaron Klein
01:04:10
Irene we have looked at data regionally I do not have the info on the top of my head but feel free to email us.
Irene Borngraeber
01:04:31
Thanks!
Aaron Klein
01:04:54
@Jen these stats in some slides were over the last 3 years but there may be some data specific to the last year.
Jen Brause
01:05:19
Thanks Aaron
Aaron Klein
01:05:22
The survey data being viewed now was from a recent survey of people who Rehomed.
Brent Toellner
01:05:23
We've seen the same thing in regards to seeing little change due to the Pandemic...
Ann Guion
01:05:57
that’s awesome April!!
Shelly Simmons
01:05:59
We've already started doing the survey!
Paige Mcgowan
01:07:41
Hi everyone, Mandy is planning to present on the April 26th call, and not today. She'll be highlighting the Home To Home data (which will be fresh off the press). As of our last survey, shelters who use the program experience an avg. of 26% reduction in owner surrender intake and 98% said the community loves the program. When Mandy presents, she will share about the new Peer To Peer fostering platform and our recruitment of pilot shelters who would like to help us test it. We are particularly interested in shelters who are in communities who are most impacted by the housing crisis and/or are an emergency relief shelter for natural disasters.
Johanna Humbert
01:10:10
Our owner surrenders are up by over 33% in the first quarter of this year. "Can't afford care" is the top reason.
Katy Hansen
01:11:20
I agree Brent
Irene Borngraeber
01:11:24
Agreed Brent. Housing instability is our number one driver.
Lisa Wolkind
01:11:29
That's very sad Johanna
Lisa Krummen
01:11:47
For us, the pandemic allowed us to start doing managed intake and we aren't taking every animal right when the person decides to bring it to us. We give resources and schedule an appointment and the majority then rehome themselves rather than bring to the Shelter.
Melanie Coulter
01:11:56
Johanna, we have found the same. Intake of healthy strays is WAY down but we are getting the sick surrenders that people can’t rehome. Or the surrenders that eat small children who also can’t be rehomed. We have joked that a friendly, healthy dog less than 5 years old is as rare as a unicorn these days…
Augusta Farley
01:12:25
I run a boarding kennel business. I'm full with people traveling. I'm never full in the spring even before covid. Some people must be keeping pets in their homes.
Brent Toellner
01:12:26
Here is the research Best Friends did on the reason for Owner Surrender:https://network.bestfriends.org/tools-and-information/research/owner-surrender-acquisition-source-analysis
Christopher Fitzgerald
01:13:41
Agree, Melissa and Lisa. We are bringing in the most at-risk and challenging animals and many pets are staying with owners or being rehomed directly.
Johanna Humbert
01:13:42
Melanie, we are also seeing more veterinary need among the pets we take in. I would say that probably many of the people don't even realize that the pet has an issue -- they haven't been to the vet in so long. But we take them on and get them fixed.
Shelly Simmons
01:14:21
We also have seen an increased percentage in owner surrenders this year despite having a very robust supported self-rehoming program and using both Rehome and Home-to-Home while having a dedicated person to support people who need to rehome their pets. Unable to find housing that accepts their pet is one of the top reasons we're seeing this year.
Ann Guion
01:14:32
lindsay hamrick, we need your multiple pet home video!
Stacy LeBaron
01:14:38
With the inter-pet conflict I am holding Online Behavior Day tomorrow and recordings will be available too so feel free to check it out. https://www.communitycatspodcast.com/online-behavior-day-2021/
Aleisha Swartz
01:15:12
If length of stay goes down then the number of animals in care at any time will also decrease. The question is if the total number over time is down or if it is just the number available per month? Number available per month wouldn’t mean less overall pets rehomed. Especially since many shelters had a population decrease/reset over the pandemic so without any other changes doing that could decrease length of stay.
Mindy Tiner
01:15:15
I'd say 50% or higher of our owner surrender requests this year list aggression and/or biting as the reason to surrender.
Irene Borngraeber
01:15:18
Agreeing that a healthy, behaviorally sound dog is a unicorn for us as well. Nearly all of our stray pets have significant challenges.
Brent Toellner
01:15:43
Dr. Blackwell -- we've heard similar feedback from communities that didn't shut shelters at all or otherwise change operations and still saw a substantial decrease in intake
Stacy LeBaron
01:16:24
Dr. Blackwell did you ask if folks are feeding community cats and how many?
Brent Toellner
01:17:07
Don't everyone speak at once!
Elisabeth Manwiller
01:17:37
Behavior is our number one issue. It has been really challenging and heartbreaking for our team. We have a community that keeps their pets isolated and it just causes so many behavior problems.
Allison Hunter-Frederick
01:18:59
Just from my personal experience, whenever I do a behavior consult with a pet owner that has several pets, aggression is the reason I'm contacted. I see homes where people have 6, 7, 8 pets. The people don't really want to relinquish, but they're dealing with constant aggression, and it's tough for them to provide adequate resources for that many pets in one home.
Stacy LeBaron
01:19:56
I am organizing a Return to Home Day with the Community Cats Podcast for Sept 12. If anyone is interested in presenting or suggesting topic ideas feel free to reach out to me at stacy@communitycatspodcast.com
Connie Howard
01:20:07
I think it is time to call it conflict behavior. Words are powerful and too many animals are euthanized for "aggression" when it can be resolved with resources.
Erika Leckington
01:20:15
Almost every surrender for us in the last three weeks has been due to landlord issues - all have been bully mixes. And the vast majority of our applicants are renters that can't have bullies. We have binders of approved applicants awaiting non-bullies.
Gary Weitzman
01:20:20
Thank you Connie. Thjat
Nancy McKenney, Marin Humane
01:20:25
It would be interesting to see where the guardians acquired their aggressive animal too...
Lindsay Hamrick
01:20:35
And for human aggression, folks may be euthanizing through their veterinary clinic rather than trying to rehome on their own.
April Huntsman Adopt-a-Pet.com
01:20:54
@nancy I can look at that.
Irene Borngraeber
01:21:15
Yes BJ. That is it exactly.
Lisa Krummen
01:21:22
Yes, totally agree.
Jessica Schleder
01:21:27
That’s interesting, BJ
Carmine DiCenso
01:21:31
Totally agree
Erika Leckington
01:21:32
@ Nancy ...other shelters, FB and CL.
Katy Hansen
01:22:10
AGREE SHELLY
Jan McHugh-Smith
01:22:23
Kelly that has been our experience too.
Nancy McKenney, Marin Humane
01:22:29
Maybe some help in how we ask for reasons for surrender to have more consistency?
Melanie Sadek
01:22:53
We are seeing the success of rehoming through Home to Home being exactly the same as shelter adoptions. The animals with issues are harder to place.
April Huntsman Adopt-a-Pet.com
01:23:29
@melanie We see that same on Rehome.
Jones Cheryl
01:24:27
In the south we have already seen an increase in surrenders because of people moving and not finding pet friendly housing.
Jan McHugh-Smith
01:24:29
We are seeing a drop in commercial real estate leasing and construction.
Alison Gibson
01:24:51
Recordings of these meetings are on Maddie’s Fund’s COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS webpage: https://www.maddiesfund.org/community-conversations.htm
April Huntsman Adopt-a-Pet.com
01:24:58
Thanks for having me! My email address is april@adoptapet.com
Melanie Sadek
01:25:49
I am SO interested to see how the programs that reduce public shelter intake will impact private shelters and rescues. How do we want people to acquire pets?
Melanie Sadek
01:26:24
Great job, April! Thank you for all the info!
Alison Gibson
01:26:35
Beyond Cages by Justin Marceau (guest on 4/23)https://www.amazon.com/Beyond-Cages-Animal-Criminal-Punishment/dp/1108405452
Elisabeth Manwiller
01:27:22
We are able to help more transport dogs because our local dogs are not coming in droves anymore. Just the behavior issues.
Elisabeth Manwiller
01:27:32
We love this!!! please continiue!