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See Beyond the Stereotypes webinarSee Beyond the Stereotypes of Pit Bull Terrier-Like Dogs to Save Them All

Ledy VanKavage, Esq., Senior Legislative Attorney, Best Friends Animal Society 

We all want safe and humane communities. Scientific studies have proven that pit bull terriers are just as safe and gentle as any other dog. In fact, they have ranked better than golden retrievers or border collies on temperament tests, according to the American Temperament Test Society. Best Friends Animal Society hired Luntz Global to hold a focus group to learn how to fight breed discrimination and market pit bull terriers. Join us and learn how to change perceptions to Save Them All. Click to watch the webinar. To download the pdf of this presentation, click here.

 

Helping Pets by Supporting PeopleHelping Pets by Supporting People: A Comprehensive Approach to Community Welfare

Kim Wolf, Founder of Beyondbreed.com

In every community certain pets are more "at risk" for entering the shelter system and less likely to leave through the front door. But the animals are just one part of this story: for every pet that ends up in the shelter, there is a human component as well. This webinar will take a holistic approach to helping "at risk" animals by understanding the challenges and barriers facing people in our communities, especially those that threaten the human-animal bond. I will show how a multidisciplinary approach can more accurately assess risk factors and identify opportunities for improvement. I will draw upon social work, economics, marketing, and public policy to help attendees assess their community's strengths and challenges, and I will share best practices from results-oriented groups around the country. By moving our discussions beyond animal welfare to community welfare as a whole, we can implement a comprehensive approach that benefits people and pets alike. Click to watch the webinar. To download the pdf of this presentation, click here.

 

Saving Lives with Behavior Programs

Saving Lives with Behavior Programs

Kim Melanson, CPDT-KA 

The implementation of behavior programs plays an important part in saving the lives of shelter dogs. This 60 minute webinar will provide an overview of tools, techniques and methods to improve the welfare of shelter dogs and how to find the best dog-adopter matches. Click to watch the webinar. To download the pdf of this presentation, click here.

 

 



Pet Retention webinarPet Retention: Keeping Pets in Their Homes - A Primer for Shelters and Rescues

Sam Wike, CPDT-KA

We all want to ensure the best outcome possible for dogs in our shelters. We will examine what is done during the time an adoptable dog is in a shelter or foster environment, through the follow-up with adopters.  In addition to sharing procedures for working toward a solution to prevent pet relinquishment, we will discuss pairing the right adoptable pet with a potential adopter to create an initial bond and a longstanding relationship, hopefully preventing these relinquishments in the future. Click to watch the webinar. To download the pdf of this presentation, click here

 

 

 

Behavior Modification for Cats in a Shelter Environment

Behavior Modification for Cats in a Shelter Environment

Kerrie McKeon, Feline Behavior Consultant 

Cats in a shelter or foster environment face unique environmental and behavioral challenges. Sometimes, despite our best efforts, these cats develop behavior problems that limit their adoptability. Others come to us with pre-existing handling or sociability issues that present their own unique challenges.

This workshop will offer simple and effective behavior modification plans for the most common of these problems.  Each protocol is designed to be user friendly with the needs of the future adopter in mind! Click to watch the webinar. To download the pdf of this presentation, click here.

 

Best Friends Banfield webinarObtaining a Banfield Charitable Trust Grant to Keep Pets in Their Homes and Out of Your Shelter 

Dianne McGill, Executive Director & CEO, Banfield Charitable Trust 

Since 2004, Banfield Charitable Trust (BCT) has been working to keep the most vulnerable populations together with their pet companions.  For many in this group such as financially-challenged families, seniors, terminally ill, disabled, and the homeless, pets are often sole companions and sometimes represent their reason for getting up each day. 

Among the leading national animal assistance nonprofits, BCT is the only organization exclusively focused on preventing circumstances leading to surrender or separation. Most BCT grants are awarded to local organizations helping people facing situations that might force them to surrender their pets.  Surrendering a cherished pet can have dramatic, negative effects on pet and humans’ lives, and places a burden on public and private shelters. Watch this informative webinar to learn how to start or obtain funding for your community support programs designed to keep pets in their homes. Click to watch the webinar. To download the pdf of this presentation, click here.

Rebuilding a Fizzled Volunteer ProgramRebuilding a Fizzled Volunteer Program 

Corey Roscoe, Volunteer and Education Coordinator for Cat Depot

This webinar deals with helping to rebuild a fizzled volunteer program by first assessing your current volunteer program. Once you know what you are working with, you can begin to rebuild by reviewing the basics of what should be included in an effective volunteer program such as: volunteer job descriptions, volunteer orientation sessions, service hours reporting, recognition and saying “Thank You”, using multiple communication paths, and getting paid employees on board with volunteers. Click to watch the webinar. To download the pdf version of this presentation, click here

 

Spring Cleaning WebinarSpring Cleaning: Disease Transmission and Fomite Control

Elise Gingrich, DVM, MPH, MS, DACVPM- Supervising Veterinarian at Larimer Humane Society

The webinar focused on a review of modes of disease in transmission in the shelter setting and provided suggestions for fomite control. Click to watch the webinar. To download the pdf version of this presentation, click here




Grant Writing in Today's Time WebinarGrant Writing in Today's Time

Susan Rosenberg, National Grants and Disaster Relief Manager for Petco Foundation

Learn how intuitive and simple it is to apply for support through the Petco Foundation for animal welfare organizations. You will be shown tips and tricks on how to answer the questions to your group's maximum benefit. Lots of the information you will learn in this seminar can be useful in applying to other granting organizations also. Click to watch the webinar. To download the pdf version of this presentation, click here.

 

  

Fostering Success 102 webinar

 

Fostering 102 

Deb Edwards, Administrative Director for St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Behavior and Training Center

A well-run foster program requires a solid base to build on. In our Fostering 102 session, as a follow up to Fostering 101, we went over creative ways to recruit foster into your organization, the importance of training and evaluating new fosters and once you have them, how to retain them year after year. Click to watch the webinar. To download the pdf version of this presentation, click here.

 

Fostering Success snapshot

Fostering 101 

Deb Edwards, Administrative Director for St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Behavior and Training Center

A well-run foster program requires a solid base to build on. In Fostering 101, we focused on evaluating your organizations needs, creating a network of professional contacts for sharing of information, websites that provide excellent information on creating and maintaining a successful foster program and the importance of doing it yourself. We discussed the importance of making sure you and your organization are covered should an unforeseen accident occurs and give you tips on where to find out what kind of coverage you and you organization need. Click to watch the webinar. To download the pdf version of this presentation, click here.

 

Photographing Adoptable Animals webinar

 Photographing Adoptable Pets

Teresa Berg, Professional Photographer

Teresa Berg is a professional photographer and author who has received international acclaim for her efforts which nearly doubled the adoption rates for several Dallas area rescue groups. She shares case studies of how she and others have saved thousands of animals by taking pictures that give dogs a better chance of getting adopted. Learn how to find resources to help achieve similar results, and receive tips on how you can make pets appear ready for a forever home. Click to watch the webinar - In order to watch the entire presentation, you may need to click "Download" near the top, right side of the page.


Enrichment on a Dime Enrichment for Dogs, Cats, and Small Animals

Becky Burton, Shelter Manager for St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center

"Enrichment on a Dime" demonstrates smart, creative, and economical methods to provide behavioral enrichment for the animals in our care. We will discuss and demonstrate ways that behavioral enrichment and stress reduction will directly impact the length of stay. Optimizing enrichment activities will not only enhance the animals' wellbeing efficiently and effectively but produces behavior and attributes attractive to potential adopters. Click to watch the webinar - In order to see the entire presentation, you will need to click "Download" near the top, right side of the page. To download the pdf version of this presentation, click here.        

 

Overlooked Pets WebinarOverlooked Pets

Linda Reider, Director of Animal Welfare for Michigan Humane Society

Are there animals who have been waiting too long for adoption in your shelter or rescue program?  Learn how to track and identify longtime pets, get the message out about them regularly to staff and volunteers, and put in place simple, effective tools to help overlooked pets get adopted. Click to watch the webinar - In order to see the entire presentation, you will need to click "Download" near the top, right side of the page.  To download the pdf version of this presentation, click here.

 

                                                                

FB 201 Webinar

Facebook 201 for Shelters and Rescues

Jane Harrell, Associate Producer for Petfinder.com

Learn the latest tools and advanced best practices for increasing adoptions, fundraising, and   awareness with your Facebook page. This is a session for organizations already active on Facebook who want to increase their impact. Session will explore detailed ways how animal welfare organizations can benefit from strategic posting, tools for measuring results, and ways to make you stand out to your following.  Click to watch the webinar - In order to see the entire presentation, you will need to click "Download" near the top, right side of the page.  To download the pdf version of this presentation, click here.

 

Strut to Success: How to Raise More Funds for Your CauseSYM 2012

Tami Simon, Best Friends Animal Society

Learn how to make the most of Strut Your Mutt by learning how to raise more funds, how to use social media, marketing tools, and more.  Click to watch the webinar.  To download the PowerPoint of this presentation, click here.

 

  

 

 

 Social Media Webinar 7.2012Social Media 101 for Shelters and Rescue Groups

Jane Harrell, Associate Producer for Petfinder.com

 Learn the basics of each of the big social media outlets, how your organization can use the tools available to promote your group and what kind of messaging works best on each platform.  Click to watch the webinar - In order to see the entire presentation, you will need to click "Download" near the top, right side of the page.  Length  60 minutes.  To download the PowerPoint of this presentation, click here. To download the pdf version of this presentation, click here.

 

  

Dr Sheila Segurson D'ArpinoOptimizing Canine Welfare in Shelters

Dr. Sheila Segurson D’Arpino,Center for Shelter Dogs at the Animal Rescue League of Boston 

You will learn about tools and techniques to maximize canine welfare while in shelters including information about playgroups, play with people, quiet time and enrichment training. Click to watch the webinar.  Length 60 minutes.  To download handouts from this webinar click here.

 

 

 

  

Tips and Tricks to Increase Adoptions
Anna Friedman, Petfinder Shelter Outreach Specialist

Increase adoptions and decrease length of stay! Millions of potential adopters visit Petfinder each month. Thousands of shelters and rescue groups post their pets to Petfinder. How can your pets stand out and make the most of the exposure Petfinder brings to them? After a brief review of Petfinder's available resources, you will learn quick, easy and free ways you can use the internet to promote your adoptable pets in the best light possible to find them great new homes faster. Click to watch the webinar. Length 60 minutes.



 

Petfinder and Best Friends Animal Society have joined forces in order to offer you these educational webinars on a host of critical issues in animal welfare.