With every step of lifesaving progress we make in sheltering, new opportunities open up and new challenges emerge. In the decade since “capacity for care” was first introduced as a formal concept, we’ve come to recognize the extraordinary impact this management model can have on lifesaving success and staff morale as well as animal health and welfare. At the same time, our field has witnessed dramatic changes in the type and number of animals entering shelters and their pathways out alive. One needs to look only at the “million cat counter,” now well past two million more lives saved, to recognize this truth. Whether incorporating return-to-field into shelter pathway planning, accommodating transport programs spanning long distances, or accounting for an increasingly needy mix of animals admitted to the shelter, we need updated models to measure and manage our populations, identify housing and staffing needs, tell our story to stakeholders, and set our goals for the future. In this presentation, we’ll examine how “capacity for care” has evolved in this new, complex environment and how you can use this standard to sustain success through the next chapter.
This program has been approved for 1.5 hours of continuing education credit for both veterinarians and veterinary technicians in jurisdictions which recognize RACE approval.
This program has been approved for 1.5 hours of continuing education credit for NACA members.
- Kate Hurley, DVM, MPVM, PhD | Director, UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program and Million Cat Challenge Co-Founder
Thursday, May 7 | 3:45 to 5:15pm Shelter Operations Advanced