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Professional Education

  

St. Hubert's Shelter Partner Workshop Professional Education series and other hosted training opportunities bring valuable educational opportunities to shelter/rescue personnel at convenient and rock-bottom cost to participants.  The sessions are designed to fit into the busy schedules of shelter staff and provide excellent networking opportunities.  Workshops are generally scheduled September through May and break for the summer.

-----UPCOMING SESSIONS---- 

                  

 ENRICHMENT ON A DIME II
More, New, Still Cheap Items/Activities for Dogs, Cats, Small animals

Presented by Becky Burton, Shelter Manager and Deployment Team Member

Wednesday, January 14, 2015     10:30 am-2:00 pm 

575 Woodland Avenue      $10 includes lunch

JP enjoying low-impact exercise to increase his strength.

 

Come join the fun and leave armed with great ideas to make time in the shelter the best it can be for the animals in your care.  Becky will share and demonstrate a whole new array of enrichment items and activities garnered from her travels, networking and experimenting that just about every organization can use.  It can all be accomplished by you--and your volunteers--at next to nothing.  BONUS: Every participating organization will leave with the BEST EVER "ready to go" door prize and instructions for making more.

 

This course has been pre-approved for Certified Animal Welfare Administrator continuing education credits (3.00 CPD credits).  


Register with Nora Parker at nparker@sthuberts.org or 973-377-7094 Ext 226. 

 

 

 

ASSESS, ADDRESS, ADOPT

Evaluating and Prescribing Behavior Modification Plans to Prepare Dogs for Adoption

Presented by Pia Silvani, CPDT-KA, CCBC-KA, Behavior Consultant for St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center

Wednesday, February 11, 2015       10:30am-2:30pm
St. Hubert's Community Room: 575 Woodland Ave., Madison, NJ JP enjoying low-impact exercise to increase his strength.

 Learn or brush up on the “hows and whys” to conduct meaningful, accurate behavior assessments in the shelter in order to give the dogs in your care the best possible options for adoption.  Pia will delve into some of the most common behaviors—resource guarding, leash biting, reactivity to situations, “over the top” and undersocialized behaviors—and present effective rehab exercises that can be incorporated into a shelter’s busy schedule.   She’ll also provide instruction on how responsible volunteers, like dog walkers and care assistants can get involved in certain exercises.    

Register with Nora Parker at nparker@sthuberts.org or 973-377-7094 Ext 226.

 

 

 

 

STRATEGIES FOR LOST PET RECOVERY

Evaluating and Prescribing Behavior Modification Plans to Prepare Dogs for Adoption

Presented by Pet Detective Kat Albrecht, Founder of Missing Pet Partnershiip and K-9 Pet Trackers 

Wednesday, March 4, 2015       10am-4pm
St. Hubert's Community Room: 575 Woodland Ave., Madison, NJ 

The moment that a dog or cat escapes from the care of its owner/guardian is the moment he becomes a “stray" and contributes to the overcrowding of our animal shelters. Families who come to shelters searching for their lost pet quickly become discouraged. Kat Albrecht, founder of Missing Pet Partnership and the pet detective academy K-9 Pet Trackers, provides proven strategies for shelter and rescue team lost pet recovery programs that save animals lives. Topics covered in this 8-hour workshop include:
JP enjoying low-impact exercise to increase his strength.

  • How pets behave when lost, how far they travel, and the most effective techniques to use based on the species and temperament
  • Why many cat owners fail to show up at shelters to reclaim their lost cats
  • The difference between an outdoor-access cat that suddenly vanishes and the indoor-only cat that escapes outside
  • How innovative services can reduce shelter euthanasia rates of unclaimed strays
  • How the fear of coyotes kills more pets than coyotes actually do
  • How to coach owners to use out-of-the-box recovery techniques for lost cats
  • How to coach owners to use out-of-the-box recovery techniques for lost dogs
  • How behavior (human and animal) influences the chances that a lost pet will be recovered
  • Search dogs and how effective they are in finding lost pets
  • Missing Pet Partnership’s revolutionary pilot program (in Kent, WA) that used shelter volunteers to offer hands-on assistance to help families recover lost pets 

Register with Nora Parker at nparker@sthuberts.org or 973-377-7094 Ext 226.

 

 

 

-----PREVIOUSLY PRESENTED SESSIONS---- 

 

 

CANADA GOOSE EGG ADDLING TRAINING WORKSHOP

Wednesday, February 19, 2013       Noon-2 pm or 6-8 pm

Humane & Effective Resolution to Conflicts with Canada Geese

 

Goose droppings in your neighborhood, recreation area or workplace creating uproar?  The problem    CAN be resolved without harming the geese and you can lead the way in your community.

Garner the tools you need to assist in undertaking the humane approach:

·        How to use egg addling to limit population growth

·        Proper techniques/timing for nonlethal harassment to discourage geese from an area

·        Everything you need to comply with U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service registration/data-keeping.

 

ST. HUBERT’S COMMUNITY ROOM   575 WOODLAND AVENUE, MADISON

$10 Registration includes refreshment/handouts

Presented by Lynsey White-Dasher, Director, Human Wildlife Conflict Resolution

Humane Society of the United States

 

REGISTER:  email nparker@sthuberts.org or telephone Nora 973-377-7094 Ext. 226                              mail--with check payable to St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center, P.O. Box 159, Madison, NJ 07940

Please indicate session noon-2pm or 6-8pm

CANADA GOOSE EGG ADDLING TRAINING WORKSHOP

Wednesday, February 19, 2013       Noon-2 pm or 6-8 pm

Humane & Effective Resolution to Conflicts with Canada Geese

 

Goose droppings in your neighborhood, recreation area or workplace creating uproar?  The problem    CAN be resolved without harming the geese and you can lead the way in your community.

Garner the tools you need to assist in undertaking the humane approach:

·        How to use egg addling to limit population growth

·        Proper techniques/timing for nonlethal harassment to discourage geese from an area

·        Everything you need to comply with U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service registration/data-keeping.

 

ST. HUBERT’S COMMUNITY ROOM   575 WOODLAND AVENUE, MADISON

$10 Registration includes refreshment/handouts

Presented by Lynsey White-Dasher, Director, Human Wildlife Conflict Resolution

Humane Society of the United States

 

REGISTER:  email nparker@sthuberts.org or telephone Nora 973-377-7094 Ext. 226                              mail--with check payable to St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center, P.O. Box 159, Madison, NJ 07940

Please indicate session noon-2pm or 6-8pm

CANADA GOOSE EGG ADDLING TRAINING WORKSHOP

Wednesday, February 19, 2013       Noon-2 pm or 6-8 pm

Humane & Effective Resolution to Conflicts with Canada Geese

 

Goose droppings in your neighborhood, recreation area or workplace creating uproar?  The problem    CAN be resolved without harming the geese and you can lead the way in your community.

Garner the tools you need to assist in undertaking the humane approach:

·        How to use egg addling to limit population growth

·        Proper techniques/timing for nonlethal harassment to discourage geese from an area

·        Everything you need to comply with U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service registration/data-keeping.

 

ST. HUBERT’S COMMUNITY ROOM   575 WOODLAND AVENUE, MADISON

$10 Registration includes refreshment/handouts

Presented by Lynsey White-Dasher, Director, Human Wildlife Conflict Resolution

Humane Society of the United States

 

REGISTER:  email nparker@sthuberts.org or telephone Nora 973-377-7094 Ext. 226                              mail--with check payable to St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center, P.O. Box 159, Madison, NJ 07940

Please indicate session noon-2pm or 6-8pm

CANADA GOOSE EGG ADDLING TRAINING WORKSHOP

Wednesday, February 19, 2013       Noon-2 pm or 6-8 pm

Humane & Effective Resolution to Conflicts with Canada Geese

 

Goose droppings in your neighborhood, recreation area or workplace creating uproar?  The problem    CAN be resolved without harming the geese and you can lead the way in your community.

Garner the tools you need to assist in undertaking the humane approach:

·        How to use egg addling to limit population growth

·        Proper techniques/timing for nonlethal harassment to discourage geese from an area

·        Everything you need to comply with U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service registration/data-keeping.

 

ST. HUBERT’S COMMUNITY ROOM   575 WOODLAND AVENUE, MADISON

$10 Registration includes refreshment/handouts

Presented by Lynsey White-Dasher, Director, Human Wildlife Conflict Resolution

Humane Society of the United States

 

REGISTER:  email nparker@sthuberts.org or telephone Nora 973-377-7094 Ext. 226                              mail--with check payable to St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center, P.O. Box 159, Madison, NJ 07940

Please indicate session noon-2pm or 6-8pm

 

Adoption options 2014

October 10, 2014

Petfinder's multi-city, full-day animal welfare workshop tour across North America brings nationally recognized speakers to local venues at no cost to the registrants. Petfinder's popular free one-day seminar series came to St. Hubert's this year!  Timely topics include USING SOCIAL MEDIA TO RAISE MONEY, RECRUIT VOLUNTEERS AND SAVE MORE LIVES, SHELTER MEDICINE 101 and TRAINING SHELTER DOGS.  The session included vegetarian lunch and networking time.   About 100 animal welfare/rescue personnel from the tri-state area attended.

 

free tnr workshop

September 26, 2014

Presented by Valerie Wilson, People for Animals, in St. Hubert's Community Room.  Together we can do more for community cats--reducing births and lowering euthanasia rates.  Participants learned the most up-to-date information on TNR --"how to, do and don't."  Valuable information for shelter/rescue personnel and community members on starting trap banks, loaning traps, funding targeted TNR projects and obtaining low cost services, as well as garnering community support and involvement .   Time and guidance for networking among participants was included. 

 

improving outreach to Spanish-speaking communities

September 5, 2014

Presented by Mary Saavedra, Community Outreach Assistant, in St. Hubert's Community Room, this interactive session helped participants better provide the community outreach services offered in Spanish-speaking communities.  Fluent in both Spanish and English, Mary provided a crash course on the most important things participants need to be able to communicate well- in the way that real conversation actually occurs.    Discussion topics included:

  • Cultural practices that should influence your approach to general pet care and spay/neuter conversations and recommendations
  • Why the way you present yourself, including even the way you are dressed, can influence the reception you’ll receive
  • How to identify the existing community resources this population already trusts and effective ways to partner with them 
  • Make sure your recorded messages aren’t missing a segment of the community that really needs your help.  
  • Increasing your reach by engaging key clients to join your team

a second chance for fearful dogs

May 21, 2014

Presenter Kristen Collins, Director, Anti-Cruelty Behavior Rehabilitation, ASPCA Behavioral Rehabilitation Center at St. Hubert's, explored and explained problematic behaviors commonly seen in fearful, severely undersocialized  dogs and how to recognize and implement the behavior modification protocols appropriate for individuals.    She shared the treatment programs and research underway at the ASPCA® Behavioral Rehabilitation Center and discussed some of the Center’s discoveries that can benefit these neediest of homeless dogs.   

basic animal sheltering and management

October 16, 17, 21, 2013

Some of the most experienced experts on animal sheltering in New Jersey covered NJ statutes & regulations related to shelters, pet shops, kennels, pounds, rescues, pet owners, feral cat caretakers, adoptions, spay/neuter requirements, exotics and more.  Participants learned about best practices in care and sanitation, interacting with NJ agencies and organizations, animal behavior, safe animals handling, disease recognition and prevention and a host of other pertinent topics for anyone working in the animal care field.      

Pressing reset: rethinking your role in disaster

October 19, 2013

Some of the most experienced experts on animal sheltering in New Jersey covered NJ statutes & regulations related to shelters, pet shops, kennels, pounds, rescues, pet owners, feral cat caretakers, adoptions, spay/neuter requirements, exotics and more.  Participants learned about best practices in care and sanitation, interacting with NJ agencies and organizations, animal behavior, safe animals handling, disease recognition and prevention and a host of other pertinent topics for anyone working in the animal care field.  Presenters included: Tim Rickey, VP of Field Investigations and Disaster Response, ASPCA; Joel Lopez, Director of Planning and Field Operations, ASPCA; Diane Robinson, Consultant and Trainer, Disaster Animal Shelter Education and Reponse, LLC; Erika Mathews, VP of Development, St. Hubert's; Jenny Coffey, Program Coordinator, Mayor's Alliance for NYC's Animals

novel approaches to community cat management

September 23, 2013

Shelter and rescue personnel representing organizations in NJ, NY, PA and DE were inspired by Dr. Kate Hurley, Koret Shelter Medicine Center, UC Davis.  The group was informed and challenged to institute some innovative practices to elevate care and increase adoptions.  

RESOURCE GUARDING

February 27, 2013

Thirty-seven animal welfare professionals, representing St. Hubert’s and 12 other organizations, gathered in the Community Room for “Resource Guarding” presented by VP of Training and Behavior Pia Silvani.  Through oral presentation, video and hands on demonstrations with shelter dogs the group got sound, usable instruction on helping dogs in their care overcome behaviors that could hinder adoption.  So many animals will benefit from this one session.

 
 
 
 
 

3-day Basic Certificated Course for NJ Animal Facility Staff & Volunteers

May 17, 2013

 

St. Hubert's Community Room - Certificates awarded to 30 grads of the 3-day Basic Certified Course for NJ Animal Facility Staff - the only course of its kind in our State.  President/CEO Heather Cammisa was one of the instructors and four of our own-Shelter Ops. Director Colleen Harrington, Shelter Managers Becky Burton and Cliff Brescia and VP Vanda Angelillo-were among the graduates.

 

 

SHELTER ENRICHMENT ON A DIME

January 29, 2013

Thirty-two participants representing seven animal welfare organizations attended our first Shelter Partner Professional Education workshop of 2013, held in our Community Room.  Shelter Manager Becky Burton shared--including hands-on construction by the attendees--many innovative and inexpensive ways in which we can all ensure the physical and mental health of the pets depending on us.  Participants left with materials and ideas that can be put to immediate use in their facilities.

3-day Basic Certificated Course for NJ Animal Facility Staff

March 25, 2013

St. Hubert's Community Room--President Heather Cammisa and Career Development Institute's John Saccenti congratulate the 16 grads of the 3-day Basic Certificated Course for NJ Animal Facility Staff. Heather Cammisa was one of the instructors and our own Mary Saavedra was among those who earned a certificate. CONGRATS TO ALL!

FOCUS ON ALL THINGS PIT BULL!

November 15, 2011

St. Hubert's was proud to host the experts from Animal Farm Foundation, Inc. for a riveting, three part presentation entitled: Breaking The Cycle of Discrimination, KennelEnrichment and Handling and Turbo-Charging Pit Bull Adoptions. There were close to 70 representatives from private and municipal shelters, rescue groups, and our entire St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Staff.  We learned about the history of breed discrimination, simple low or no cost ideas for enrichment and handling common, but unappealing, kennel behaviors.  And most importantly, the experts at Animal Farm Foundation taught us super easy (and cheap!) ways to shamelessly market our pit bull dogs!  A wonderful day for New Jersey’s animal welfare field and pit bull type dogs throughout the state!

Animal Facility Management

June 10, 2011

St. Hubert's is proud to announce that 41 animal care professionals, health officers, and volunteers completed the inaugural Basic Course in Animal Facility management. The main focal points were on how to effectively manage and how to best deal with the challenges in an animal facility setting. The 3-day course was an exciting and rewarding experience for all those who continue to strive to help all animals in need!

Behavior Modification Training

March 31, 2011

Our own, Pia Silvani held a workshop about resource guarding and techniques for modifying the behavior for all breeds. There were 8 different shelters represented at the workshop and left with a better understanding on behavior modification. With a great mix of lecture, video, and hands on demonstrations; everyone had a chance to get in on the fun. The various techniques displayed emphasized how effective and important behavior modification is for all dogs!

Customer Service and Shelter Facility Review

March 2, 2011

Todd Cramer, Executive Director of Noah's Ark Animal Welfare Association delivered a special "two in one" workshop entitled Customer Service and Shelter Facility Review. St. Hubert's was honored to host the workshop and thoroughly enjoyed Todd's dynamic and interactive presentation. All in attendance certainly appreciated his emphasis on the true value of great customer service. The workshop also provided a profound look into a shelters need for self examination and the importance of properly representing itself to the community.

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575 Woodland Ave.
P.O. Box 159
Madison, NJ  07940
(973) 377-2295  

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3201 Route 22 East
P.O. Box 5281
North Branch, NJ  08876
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575 Woodland Ave.
P.O. Box 159
Madison, NJ  07940
(973) 377-0116

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