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Even if you've viewed all the Animal Care Expo Online sessions there is still reason to come back - we're adding three new bonus sessions and a series of corresponding virtual happy hours just for Expo attendees! If you aren't registered there is still time, and all Expo content is available through November 1.

First, view the sessions listed below (two current sessions and three new sessions), and then join us for corresponding happy hours featuring Animal Care Expo Online speakers, who will answer questions related to their topic. We want these events to be fun, informative and interactive. All happy hours will be from 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. EDT.

Submit your questions in advance for the speakers here.

Links to join the Zoom happy hours will be posted in the Animal Care Expo Online happy hour room at 6:15 p.m. EDT, 15 minutes before the happy hour start time. You must be registered for Animal Care Expo Online and log in to access the happy hour room and Zoom links.

Session and Happy Hour Schedules

The community cat pyramid = success

Gain an in-depth understanding of the “community cat pyramid” and how it can help your community reduce cat overpopulation. Community Cats podcaster, Stacy LeBaron, will break down in detail how she developed the “community cat pyramid” and why it makes sense to have this tool handy while making strategic decisions in your organization. She will present case studies of communities in Massachusetts that have used this tool to create successful programs. Stacy will tackle the big budget and finance questions around how to fund all of the work needed. Attendees will walk away with their own action plan for success and information on how they can receive future mentoring to help improve their programs. 

Speaker: Stacy LeBaron, Head Cat, Community Cats Podcast

This current Animal Care Expo Online session can be viewed here

Corresponding happy hour: August 27, 2020, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. EDT (interactive and including trivia and possibly a few bad cat jokes with host Danielle Bays and guest Stacy LeBaron)


New session: Affordable housing and eviction crisis: responding to the disaster of poverty

Affordable housing shortages existed for renters in every state in the country before the pandemic. Now millions of renters are estimated to be at risk of eviction in the coming months due to exacerbated challenges from COVID-19. Hear from leaders across the country on how to implement housing and eviction support programs, and learn how you can assist your community with advocacy surrounding rental assistance, support services that keep pets with their families, and temporary foster efforts.

Speakers: Kim Alboum, former Director Shelter Outreach and Policy Engagement, The Humane Society of the United States; Amanda Arrington, Senior Director Pets for Life, The Humane Society of the United States; Gabrielle Chapman, Senior Analyst Social Justice, The Humane Society of the United States; Sloane Hawes, MSW, Research Associate, Institute for Human-Animal Connection, Graduate School of Social Work, University of Denver; Lauren Loney, Texas State Director, The Humane Society of the United States; Cole Thaler, Co-Director, Safe and Stable Homes Project, Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation

This new session can be viewed in the Animal Care Expo Online breakout rooms.

Corresponding happy hour: September 10, 2020, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. EDT


New session: Adopters Welcome in 2020

HSUS’ Adopters Welcome program was launched over 6 six years ago with a goal to place more adoptable animals into homes by removing common barriers to adoption. Many organizations embraced their communities and watched as more animals transitioned to loving homes. In this discussion, we’ll review the tenets of Adopters Welcome and discuss how new and hidden barriers have prevented animal shelters and rescues from reaching everyone in their community. With a critical eye and open dialogue we’ll discuss how organizations are working to build a more inclusive culture for all.

Speakers: Mandy Evans, Executive Director, Panhandle Animal Shelter; Danielle Harris, Shelter Manager, Pima Animal Care Center; Lindsay Hamrick, Director, Public Policy Companion Animals, The Humane Society of the United States

This new session can be viewed in the Animal Care Expo Online breakout rooms.

Corresponding happy hour: September 24, 2020, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. EDT


New session: Radical return-to-owner: Innovative programming to keep families together

While adoption rates have improved substantially in recent years, nationwide there has been minimal improvement in return-to-owner statistics. Shelters will always be necessary safe havens for pets who truly do not have a home, but inflexible policies and expensive fees still leave too many animals branded as “homeless” even when they have an owner. Hear from shelter leaders about how they are using innovative strategies to drive positive outcomes and reunite pets with the people who love them.

Speakers: Amanda Arrington, Senior Director Pets for Life, The Humane Society of the United States; Mandy Evans, Executive Director, Panhandle Animal Shelter; Chris Fitzgerald, Director of Animal Services, City of Rochester; Gina Knepp, National Shelter Engagement Director, Michelson Found Animals; Jorge Ortega, Animal Services Director, Guilford County Animal Shelter

This new session can be viewed in the Animal Care Expo Online breakout rooms.

Corresponding happy hour: October 8, 2020, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. EDT


Why access to pet resources is a social justice issue

Pet ownership crosses all geographic, racial and socioeconomic boundaries, but access to information and services does not. Institutional bias and systemic inequality have impacted pets in ways you may not realize and there is a great need in our field to understand and deepen the connection between social, racial, and economic justice and animal welfare. Discover what this could mean in your community and how it should inform your organization’s programming. 

Speakers: Amanda Arrington, Senior Director, Pets for Life, The Humane Society of the United States; Gabrielle Chapman, Senior Analyst, Social Justice, Pets for Life, The Humane Society of the United States; Lori Hensley, Director of Operations, Beyond Fences

This current Animal Care Expo Online session can be viewed here

Corresponding happy hour: October 22, 2020, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. EDT

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