Sep
20
10:00 AM10:00

Fundraising 101

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Learn how to create and manage a practical and manageable fundraising program with limited staff and resources.

Erika Mathews works closely with the Nonhuman Rights Project donors nationally in crafting their philanthropic gifts. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English and Journalism from Rutgers University. Erika brings 20 years of experience working for animal protection organizations. Prior to her work at the Nonhuman Rights Project, Erika worked for Farm Sanctuary, the Animal Legal Defense Fund and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. She has worked in all aspects of development, including direct mail, major gifts, planned giving, capital campaigns, foundation and corporate gifts as well as events and publicity. Past experiences include VP of Development and Communications at St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center, Development Director of the Marine Mammal Stranding Center and Liberty Humane Society in New Jersey, and she served on the board of The Grey Muzzle Organization and the Animal Welfare Federation of New Jersey.

Erika oversees the humane goose management program at several lakes in New Jersey. She is a passionate advocate for a ban on New York’s horse-drawn carriage industry and for providing hospice care for homeless dogs and cats. Erika is most grateful for the friends she has made along the way, especially her dogs Potter, Fern and Trixie, three audacious cats, daughter Willow, and a very patient husband who puts up with it all.

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Oct
24
10:00 AM10:00

Assessing and Modifying Dog Behavior in the Shelter Setting

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Behavior problems are still the number one reason dogs are surrendered to animal shelters and rescues. In this workshop we will explore common concerns, and share simple ways to change behavior. We will explain how using an assessment as a tool is preferable to older pass/fail models, and how to use those assessments to build a behavior plan. There will be discussion about which behavior problems are the toughest to modify, and how some dogs that seem the most difficult may not be so difficult after all.

Note: This course has been pre-approved for Certified Animal Welfare Administrator continuing education credits.

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Adrienne Carson has been a professional dog trainer and behavior consultant for 22 years. She is certified by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers, and by the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. She also holds a counseling certificate from the SFSPCA’s Academy for Dog Trainers. For the past 18 years she has worked as a Shelter Behavior Consultant for many organizations including St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center, ASPCA, and PSPCA where she has been pleased to work with both animals and people.

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Nov
14
10:00 AM10:00

Shelter Medicine 101

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This workshop is designed to benefit everyone from the volunteer to the shelter veterinarian, and will provide shelters and rescues with tips and tools for improving the health and welfare of the animals on their care. Best practices of animal care will be discussed from a practical viewpoint, including vaccination protocols, intake procedures, health exams, sanitation procedures, disease transmission and much more. Questions and discussion is encouraged throughout the workshop to ensure attendees fully understand the material. 

Note: This course has been pre-approved for Certified Animal Welfare Administrator continuing education credits.

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Karen Dashfield DVM has been involved in animal sheltering for over 40 years, with 27 years experience as a veterinarian with a special interest in Shelter Medicine. Feeling strongly that sharing knowledge is the key to improving animal welfare, she has presented seminars and workshops locally, nationally, and internationally. Locally she runs a Housecall Practice and works with St. Hubert's Animal Welfare, Liberty Humane Society, People for Animals, BARKS, and Best Friends Animal Society. She currently shares her home with Princess her cat, and Sadie and Tadpole her dogs. 

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Dec
6
10:00 AM10:00

Personnel Satisfaction – Managing Compassion Stress

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The importance of a great team of qualified staff and institutional knowledge cannot be denied; yet, constant turnover plagues animal welfare organizations.  Take the time to test your stress level and learn how to control burnout through caring for self, staff and team!

A daily challenge for animal welfare organizations is creating and keeping a productive team of staff and volunteers.  Constant turnover damages the integrity of the organization as highly trained individuals burnout and are replaced over and over. Learning to assess and identify the symptoms of compassion stress in self and others is a crucial management tool.  Recognizing compassion fatigue triggers and early warning signs is crucial so that intervention is possible before another valued team member is lost. Creating organizational rituals that build and support coping skills plays a key role in creating a culture of compassion satisfaction.  During this session attendees will learn how to measure the negative and positive effects of working in a mission driven caring profession. Utilizing the PROQOL (Professional Quality of Life) as the measurement tool for both short term and long term well-being assessment, the attendee will learn how to balance work and play to help themselves and their team become healthy, productive and effective.

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Karen S Walsh, CAWA, LVMT, CFE is the Director of the Animal Relocation Initiative for the ASPCA.  Her previous positions were as Program Manager with the PetSmart Charities Rescue Waggin’ and as the former executive director of the McKamey Animal Center in Chattanooga, TN. She graduated from Blue Ridge in Virginia with a degree in veterinary technology and has achieved designations as a Certified Animal Welfare Administrator and a Certified Compassion Fatigue Educator. Karen has held leadership positions in both veterinary and animal welfare organizations and was appointed by Governor Haslam to serve on the Tennessee state Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners.   Karen lives in Tennessee with her husband, Tom, their four children, and a menagerie of furry and feathered family members on their small, but beautiful farm.

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May
2
10:30 AM10:30

Pets for Life - The Next Generation of Companion Animal Welfare

Pets for Life - The Next Generation of Companion Animal Welfare

Danny Burke, Senior Program Manager of Pets for Life, HSUS

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Companion animal welfare is so much more than sheltering and adoptions.  Hear from Pets for Life on how the field is changing and what you should be thinking about to take your organization into the future. From generating new revenue streams to tailoring services based on community needs, you will leave this workshop excited about and prepared to dive deep into community outreach.

Note: This course has been pre-approved for Certified Animal Welfare Administrator continuing education credits.

Danny Burke is the Senior Program Manager of Pets for Life at The Humane Society of the United States, helping to lead the effort to ensure people and pets in underserved communities across the country have access to pet care services and information.  A veteran of the food justice movement, Danny has made it his mission to make tomatoes, and now pet care, more accessible. He has many passions on this planet, the most important among them being the 2016 World Series Champion Chicago Cubs, raspberries, running, his dog Medgar, and cat Catuli.

Questions? Contact Matt Wildman, [email protected]

 

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Apr
19
3:00 PM15:00

In it for the Long Haul: Thriving in a Challenging Work Environment (PM Session)

In it for the Long Haul: Thriving in a Challenging Work Environment

(3-7pm Session)

Hilary Anne Hager, Senior Director of Volunteer Engagement, HSUS

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This workshop will provide attendees with the tools needed to stay resilient as they face the day-to-day challenges of their work in the animal protection field. The workshop will provide participants with a shared language and understanding of the causes and symptoms of Compassion Fatigue as well as a suite of skills that can be used to build and maintain a healthy and intentional culture of skillful communication, openness, and personal responsibility. Participants will also have the opportunity to create a personal plan of action.

Note: This course has been pre-approved for Certified Animal Welfare Administrator continuing education credits.

Hilary Anne Hager has spent the last seventeen years managing volunteers in animal welfare environments and currently serves as the Senior Director of Volunteer Engagement at The Humane Society of the United States. Engaging volunteers in meaningful work to make the world a more humane place is Hilary’s passion and life’s work. She teaches compassion fatigue workshops around the country to help provide members of the animal protection community the support and resources to maintain their own well-being while working in a challenging and emotionally-charged environment.

In addition to managing volunteers in shelters, Hilary has been a volunteer herself at a wildlife rehabilitation center in Washington State, and served on the board of directors for a chimpanzee sanctuary, the Washington State Federation of Animal Care and Control Agencies, and a “friends-of” non-profit group supporting the work of a municipally-operated shelter. Hilary holds a master’s degree in Nonprofit Leadership from Seattle University.

Questions? Contact Matt Wildman, [email protected]

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Apr
19
10:00 AM10:00

In it for the Long Haul: Thriving in a Challenging Work Environment (AM Session)

In it for the Long Haul: Thriving in a Challenging Work Environment

(10am-2pm session)

Hilary Anne Hager, Senior Director of Volunteer Engagement, HSUS

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This workshop will provide attendees with the tools needed to stay resilient as they face the day-to-day challenges of their work in the animal protection field. The workshop will provide participants with a shared language and understanding of the causes and symptoms of Compassion Fatigue as well as a suite of skills that can be used to build and maintain a healthy and intentional culture of skillful communication, openness, and personal responsibility. Participants will also have the opportunity to create a personal plan of action.

Note: This course has been pre-approved for Certified Animal Welfare Administrator continuing education credits.

Hilary Anne Hager has spent the last seventeen years managing volunteers in animal welfare environments and currently serves as the Senior Director of Volunteer Engagement at The Humane Society of the United States. Engaging volunteers in meaningful work to make the world a more humane place is Hilary’s passion and life’s work. She teaches compassion fatigue workshops around the country to help provide members of the animal protection community the support and resources to maintain their own well-being while working in a challenging and emotionally-charged environment.

In addition to managing volunteers in shelters, Hilary has been a volunteer herself at a wildlife rehabilitation center in Washington State, and served on the board of directors for a chimpanzee sanctuary, the Washington State Federation of Animal Care and Control Agencies, and a “friends-of” non-profit group supporting the work of a municipally-operated shelter. Hilary holds a master’s degree in Nonprofit Leadership from Seattle University.

Questions? Contact Matt Wildman, [email protected]

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Apr
10
11:00 AM11:00

Advancing Animal Welfare through the Legislative Process in New Jersey

Advancing Animal Welfare through the Legislative Process in New Jersey

Brian Hackett, New Jersey State Director for the Humane Society of the United States

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One of the key ways to help animals is to lobby for them in the halls of our state legislature -- better laws to protect animals and advance their welfare are integral to preventing cruelty. In this presentation, learn about what key laws NJ has passed and which ones are on the docket for consideration this year and hear how and why your organization should position itself as a resource center for the community on a variety of animal issues. Your shelter or rescue can be a voice for the voiceless in the legislative process and can help achieve extraordinary successes for animals.

Note: This course has been pre-approved for Certified Animal Welfare Administrator continuing education credits.

As New Jersey State Director for the Humane Society of the United States, the largest animal protection organization in the country, Brian Hackett has worked to advance the organization’s animal protection priorities on the state level. Working on all levels of government—local, county, and in Trenton at the Capitol—Hackett has placed an emphasis on effective collaboration with many different stakeholders to advance policies better protecting animals. On the local level, he has played a leading role in advancing the most local anti-puppy mill measures of any state in the nation, with 116 NJ municipalities and 9 counties recognizing the problem puppy mills pose to consumers and animals. A key priority is protection of our nation’s millions of community cats, so Hackett has worked to advance support for humane management through Trap-Neuter-Vaccinate-Return (TNVR) policies with our counties and municipalities.

On the state level, Hackett has continued and build lasting relationships with key legislators in Trenton, who have either passed or introduced a plethora of bills on puppy mills, humane law enforcement reform, strengthening animal cruelty penalties, ending circus cruelty, banning the shark fin sales trade, and cutting off NJ markets to animal trophies. With NJ’s two-year contiguous legislative session, he is actively lobbying Trenton throughout the year, testifying and representing animals and their advocates in committee testimony, policy meetings, grassroots organizing, and coalition building.

Hackett is a magna cum laude graduate of The College of New Jersey (TCNJ), graduating with a bachelor’s degree in political science with a concentration in public policy management. Prior to joining HSUS as state director, Hackett was a political campaign operative and strategized for a number of campaigns on the local, state, and national levels. He briefly served in local government as a town council member before joining HSUS and moving to Burlington County, where he currently resides.

Questions? Contact Matt Wildman, [email protected]

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Mar
28
10:00 AM10:00

Implementing a Humane Egg Addling Program

Implementing a Humane Egg Addling Program

Nora Parker, Goodwill Ambassador & Assistant to President, St. Hubert's

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Rounding up and killing entire flocks of geese has become an all-too-common (and temporary) fix in many communities. Besides being inhumane, it also leaves room for a new flock to move in. Learn how you can help minimize human-goose conflicts by implementing a humane egg addling program to keep Canada goose populations down.

Nora Parker is St. Hubert’s Goodwill Ambassador and Asst. to the CEO. She has been on board since 1977 in a variety of programmatic roles and has enjoyed being a part of the organization’s evolution to the forefront of life-saving initiatives and the development of community outreach services. She has taken the Egg Addling training and is an egg-addling coach. She’s guided both staff members and municipal employees through the relatively easy process of implementing addling as the humane approach to living in harmony with Canada Geese.   

Questions? Contact Matt Wildman, [email protected]

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Feb
28
10:30 AM10:30

TNR - What's Working Across the State

TNR - What's Working Across the State

Jane Guillaume, President & Executive Director, People for Animals

There is still room available for this workshop, please pay $10 at the door. Thank you!

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Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) is at the forefront of progressive animal welfare policy in NJ and no group is more responsible for this than People for Animals (PFA). Hear from Jane Guillaume, PFA's Executive Director, about current and pending county resolutions and municipal ordinances in effect as well as state laws and policies that work in favor of TNR. Learn about model shelter policies that support/promote TNR among their contracted municipalities and how to effectively advocate for TNR in your community by soliciting public support, and engaging elected officials, and responding to opposition. And learn about TNR in practice and how to negotiate challenging situations and raise public awareness. Model TNR ordinances will be provided to attendees. 

Note: This course has been pre-approved for Certified Animal Welfare Administrator continuing education credits.

Jane Guillaume entered animal welfare in 2007 after having been a nurse (in human medicine) for 30 years. As Executive Director of People for Animals, Inc., she has worked to tear down barriers to spay/neuter wherever she finds them. By adding two additional stationary clinics (Robbinsville and Clayton) to the original Hillside clinic, and adding a Mobile Surgical program, Jane has helped PFA increase capacity from 6,000 surgeries annually in 2007 to over 22,000 in 2016. Jane enjoys advocating for animals at the municipal and County levels, especially for humane public policy including feral cat population control programs. 

Questions? Contact Matt Wildman, [email protected]

There is still room available for this workshop, please pay $10 at the door. Thank you!

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Jan
31
10:00 AM10:00

What Garbage Dumps Tell Us About The Natural History Of Domestic Dogs

David Muriello, CPDT-KA, Director

CATCH Canine Trainers Academy

GARBAGE DUMPS

Back in 2009 David journeyed into the garbage dumps of Mexico City with a small group of dog trainers led by renowned animal behavior expert Dr. Ray Coppinger.  The team was there to study the behavior of dogs living among people in the "villages" of the landfill.  This eye-opening experience gave them a glimpse into the process by which wolves likely evolved into dogs.  David will share photos, videos and research from one of the most unique places he’s ever had the opportunity to study dogs.  The essence of our beloved pets can be seen in the freedom enjoyed, and challenges faced, by the dogs in the dump and the information enhances our understanding of our canine friends.

GREETINGS=PLAY OR CONFLICT 

When two dogs greet you can expect one of three basic outcomes:  play, conflict, or disinterest.  Why are greeting skills so important and what determines which direction the interaction will go in?  In this session, you’ll study the signals and behaviors that dogs exchange when they first meet.  Being able to handle dogs and read their behavior in the moment of greeting can be a hugely helpful skill for all shelter staff who want to learn more about the social skills of the dogs in their care.  With video and live dog-to-dog interaction we will take our understanding of dog-to-dog interactions to the next level—invaluable tools for introducing dogs being considered for adoption to existing canine

David Muriello is a longtime Professional Member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) and has been certified by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers since 2004.  He is also a national speaker for Petfinder and Petco, as well as a member of the education Advisory Group for the APDT.  David is the curriculum designer and lead instructor for a collaborate initiative with St. Hubert’s—providing humane-based instruction for dog trainers in the shelter environment.

 

 

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