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By The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement
Conversations in Animal Welfare
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Here’s What Successful Fundraisers Do To Improve Results
They invest in themselves! What should fundraisers focus on right now? How do fundraisers commit to professional growth? This conversation explores these ideas and offers reviews on the new fundraising certificate offered through The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement. Whether you're new to fundraising or an experienced veteran, the new, self-paced Fundraising Certificate course helps you enhance your skills and focuses your professional development. Get ready to gain valuable skills on your own timeline. The Executive Fundraising Certificate for senior fundraisers and the Fundraising Certificate for newer professionals is sponsored and made possible by One & All.
January 29, 2021
Why didn't I think of that? Animal Welfare Innovation Award for 2020
The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement and Pethealth Inc. are pleased to announce the 2020 recipient of the Diane & Bob Hoover Annual Innovation Award is Adan Parra and the team at El Paso Animal Services! Though they have multiple worthy initiatives, their focus on using technology to reunite more pets with their loving families was inspiring. Fueled by the creation of Lost and Found pet reports, El Paso’s Pet Finder Map is an interactive and comprehensive tool. It’s become a central location for the community to post a photo of their lost pet or view pets found. Congratulations, El Paso Animal Services! 
January 23, 2021
Will your pet have access to veterinary care in 10 years?
A new study from Banfield Pet Hospital® reveals an estimated 75 million pets in the U.S. may not have access to the veterinary care they need by 2030, with an important factor being a critical shortage of veterinarians. Further, with nearly 90% of veterinary professionals identifying as white according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the need to not only increase the number of veterinary professionals in the U.S. but also diversify the talent pipeline is critical.  Dr. Chumkee Aziz guest hosts this episode of 'the Intake' and interviews Dr. Michael Blackwell of Align Care, a national effort to increase access to care for pets in the United States. 
January 21, 2021
Unicorn Alert: Nonprofit AF with Vu Le
Jim Tedford, CEO for The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement, interviews author and blogger Vu Le who founded the much loved Nonprofit AF blog that serves as a source of comfort and sanity for nonprofit professionals. Vu Le's irreverent humor continues to delight professionals who try to make sense of the strange ecosystem that is the nonprofit.
November 7, 2020
Are You Making Space For BIPOC Voices?
Are you helping amplify BIPOC voices? Not sure how? Guest host Jorge Ortega joins Katherine Shenar in exploring ways the animal welfare profession can elevate BIPOC voices with CARE President James Evans and Best Friends' José Ocaño, Senior Director of People and Culture.
October 22, 2020
Solving The People Problem
Hear from authors Brett Cooper and Evans Kerrigan about their new book "Solving The People Problem" and learn their recommendations so you can have better communication and relationships with your work colleagues, neighbors, friends, and family! A must read for anyone who frequently works or talks to other humans! Learn more about this fantastic book at
September 24, 2020
The Eviction Crisis: What Will We Do With 11 Million Displaced Pets?
Why does the Eviction Crisis matter for animal welfare? 72% of renters own pets and The Humane Society of the United States estimates 11 million pets could be displaced in 2020 without significant intervention. For the last few months of 2020, projections put between 30-40 million American renters will face eviction by the year’s end. Amanda Arrington, Senior Director for Pets for Life, guest hosts this episode of The Intake and talks with attorney Cole Thaler about this housing crisis. Thaler is an attorney who co-directs the Safe & Stable Homes Project at the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation, where he helps low-income Atlanta tenants find free legal representation. Thaler worked at Georgia Legal Services Program and Lambda Legal. He is the co-founder and President of Paws Between Homes, a nonprofit animal rescue organization that provides temporary foster homes to the pets of people who lose their housing. To access the Eviction Response Toolkit referenced in the podcast, visit
August 27, 2020
Embarrassing Epiphanies: What's Your Adoption Philosophy Story?
Chief Operating Officer Stephanie Shain, Vice President of Field Services Chris Schindler, and Vice President of Operations Claudia Roll, open up with Katherine Shenar about personal experiences in animal welfare around adoption denials. These leaders from the Humane Rescue Alliance in Washington, D.C., educate through their vulnerability and offer their recommendations for helping naysayers and laggards embrace open adoptions . 
August 13, 2020
How do you reinvigorate a 143-year-old brand?
Michigan Humane Society was founded in 1877 but 2020 brought an opportunity to reinvigorate the mission and service levels to a more human-centric approach to animal welfare. Not just focusing on the animals in the shelter but looking at the health and wellbeing of pets and their people throughout the community has been Michigan Humane's focus these past three years. Now they have a brand to match their work with and renewed energy. CEO Matt Pepper and Communications VP Tom Varitek tells us how they did it.
August 11, 2020
Should Fostering Be The New Normal For Animal Welfare?
Laura Oliver, founder of Lionel's Legacy Senior Dog Rescue in San Diego, California, guest hosts this episode of The Intake and interviews Kristen Auerbach and Dr. Ellen Jefferson about the role fostering is playing in animal welfare in a COVID-19 world. 
August 5, 2020
Are you ready for Human Animal Support Services?
Guest Host Jorge Ortega interviews Kristen Auerbach and Dr. Ellen Jefferson about the Human Animal Support Services movement and how its impacting shelters across the nation. He even asks them about their superpowers. 
July 17, 2020
Are Rural Animal Shelters Ready For COVID-19 Changes?
The first several months of COVID-19 in America led to incredible collaboration and exploration of programmatic and protocol changes. Dr. Josh Fisher sits down with fellow southern shelter leader Cole Wakefield to further explore how rural shelters are managing COVID-19 and the new social services model for animal welfare.
July 12, 2020
Support Your Team During Change & Uncertainty
Brian August, Chief Operating Officer, and Rhonda Palos, Vice President for Humane Resources, at Oregon Humane Society share how their organization is navigating the sudden changes and employee issues that COVID-19 has brought. You can incorporate their lessons learned for your own team.
June 2, 2020
Texas Animal Services Director Talks COVID-19 and the Tiger King
Dr. Josh Fisher, Animal Services Director for Charlotte-Mecklenburgh, North Carolina, joined our EVP Katherine Shenar for a conversation with Jamey Cantrell, Animal Services Director for Plano, Texas. Jamey shares how his award-winning team is navigating COVID-19 and even recalls his experiences with the infamous Tiger King.
June 2, 2020
Finding Emotional balance during COVID
Hilary Hager and Lindsay Hamrick of The Humane Society of the United States offer some recommendations for leaders to help support their teams through the uncertainty of COVID-19.
May 21, 2020
Animal Services: Report From the Field in COVID-19
Chris Schindler, Vice President for Field Services for the Humane Rescue Alliance in Washington, D.C., shares how his team is social distancing and working with new protocols in the field. With more than 100 calls per day, animal control officers and humane law enforcement are essential service providers in Washington, D.C. Bonus: you also get to meet Beetlejuice in this interview.
May 21, 2020
Leading change in animal welfare during COVID-19
Directing one of the highest intake shelters in the nation, Kristen Auerbach is leading her team at Pima County Animal Center in Tucson, Arizona, through COVID-19 with innovation, determination, and an eye on the future of animal sheltering. Hear her predictions and decide if they make sense for you and your shelter or rescue.
May 21, 2020
Animal Advocacy In The Time Of COVID-19
Elise Traub, Senior Director for Legislation and Advocacy for Best Friends Animal Society, talks about community outreach efforts and helping states like California establish animal care and control personnel as essential workers.
May 21, 2020
Navigate your new role as Teacher, Parent, and Professional
Stay at home orders and social distancing due to COVID-19 has required parents to morph into teachers in addition to working full time from home. For many parents, there is no respite from role leaving many exhausted, anxious, and defeated. Jyothi Robertson, DVM, DABVP, shares her experience and offers practical solutions and support. She also extends an exclusive invitation to parents who could use a boost of confidence and a network of empathetic friends.
May 21, 2020
Top 3 Things You Should Be Doing During COVID-19 For Animal Welfare Fundraising
Phoenix Innovate is a marketing company that works with animal welfare organizations to develop unique fundraising solutions that create increased net revenue and sustainable return on investment by using methods they call Authentic Marketing. Authentic Marketing harnesses a powerful combination of research, data, vision and creativity to build tailored strategies that result in emotionally-engaged lasting relationships between you and your donors.
May 21, 2020
COVID-19 in North Carolina Animal Services
Hear from Jorge Ortega, Animal Services Director for Guildford County, North Carolina, and how he and his team have been making transformative changes in this beautiful North Carolina city even before COVID-19 arrived.
May 21, 2020
Keeping animal welfare advocacy moving forward during COVID-19
We sat down with Andi Bernat of The Humane Society of the United States to learn about how their State Directors worked to classify animal shelter personnel as essential during COVID-19 and how advocacy efforts are continuing for animals in spite of the pandemic.
May 21, 2020
Hear How This Southern Shelter Is Managing COVID-19
This conversation is with Ginny Sims, executive director for Southern Pines Animal Shelter located in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. More than 5,000 animals a year are transported through EMBARK, the organization's lifesaving transport program. What's Ginny and her team doing to manage COVID-19? Find out!
May 21, 2020
the Intake: Animal Rescue group advice for donors, volunteers, and staff
Leah Craig Fieser, executive director for Brother Wolf Animal Rescue in North Carolina, shares insights into how their rescue group is navigating COVID-19. Hosts: Katherine Shenar, The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement and Kim Alboum, The Humane Society of the United States
May 21, 2020