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Inga Fricke

Inga Fricke is Director, Sheltering Initiatives and Outreach, at The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).  She has served on the Board of Shelter Animals Count, a non-profit organization formed to create and share a national database of sheltered animal statistics, and as Chair of the Society of Animal Welfare Administrators’ CAWA Exam Preparatory Resources Committee. Prior to joining The HSUS, Inga served as Administrator of the Wyandot County Humane Society/H.O.P.E. Clinic, helping to found the Wyandot County Equine Rescue, and as Shelter Manager for Loudoun County Animal Care and Control.

Content by Inga Fricke

  • Blog Post

    Words Matter

    The language we use can be just as important as the actions we take, in animal welfare work, and in life.

    Last week, I read Dr. Kate Hurley’s Million Cat Challenge blog, “Turning on a Dime, the Small Price of Change,” and found myself intrigued and inspired.

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    Adopt, don’t shop!

    But only if you’re perfect. Otherwise, don’t even bother trying.

    I’m staring at my “Save a Life—Adopt!” magnet as I type this. I’m sure you all have a similar version of this message displayed somewhere on your car, your refrigerator, your filing cabinet. We in the animal welfare field know the harsh reality: Great pets are dying every day for lack of homes, yet people inexplicably still choose breeders and pet stores over rescues and shelters. When that happens, when someone perfectly capable of adopting chooses to buy a pet instead, we shake our heads, silently—ok, sometimes not so silently!—curse them, and ask, “Why don’t they get it?

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    Raising the bar at Animal Care Expo 2017 and beyond

    Animal Care Expo brings together best and the brightest to collectively share knowledge, expertise and experience in order to elevate our entire profession.

    Inga Fricke shares her Expo experience, from attendee to part of the conference planning committee

    Imagine a world where everyone working in animal welfare knows and implements all of the best practices, is up on the latest trends and is maximizing lifesaving to the greatest extent possible. Where there are no groups left behind, struggling or using outdated policies and procedures. Where all of the organizations around you, in your backyard, your state and your region are working collaboratively and effectively. Where everyone is “on the same page.”

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