Fear, anxiety, stress and frustration are usually high in shelter animals and impact their ability to adapt to a new environment. When animals can learn to what to expect, have the ability to shield themselves from unpleasant stimuli, and are afforded creature comforts, suffering is relieved and they are set up for success while in the shelter as well as in their future foster and adoptive homes. This session will look at the concepts behind the Fear Free initiative; review low-cost, practical strategies to implement this program in any shelter; and familiarize you with the resources available through a complimentary Fear Free sheltering course.

Presenters

  • Marty Becker | DVM, Veterinarian, Fear Free, LLC
  • Brenda Griffin, DVM | MS, DACVIM, DABVP, Adjunct Associate Professor, Maddie's Shelter Medicine Program, University of Florida, Author and Advisory Committee Member, Fear Free, LLC

Saturday, May 9 | 8:30 to 10am Behavior Standard

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