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Common Tools for a Common Mission

During the Society of Animal Welfare Administrators’ conference in November, we focused on a mission that all shelter staff have in common: the drive to find permanent loving homes for our furry, hairy, feathery, or scaly companions. Although the animal welfare field is made up of agencies and organizations of diverse sizes and strategies, shelters share similar needs and therefore benefit from many of the same tools. We invited members from around the country who partner with us on a variety of initiatives to share information we could all find beneficial in a popular session called “Saving More Lives … A Toolkit for Local Shelters.”

Our presenters included Bert Troughton, MSW, vice president of ProLearning at the ASPCA; Susana Della Maddalena, vice president and executive director of PetSmart Charities; and Rich Avanzino, president of Maddie’s Fund. Their session focused on useful tools that shelters sometimes overlook, including grant opportunities, current research studies and recent research findings, ways to increase spay/neuter and adoption, and transfer programs. Below are some of the highlights from the session.

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