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Humane Society Academy Webinars: Shelter & Rescue

Free webinars for shelters and rescues

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Managing Public and Free-Roaming Feline Health Concerns
Disease issues can take center stage when the topic of community cats is brought up. Newspaper headlines regularly strike fear in the hearts of citizens and can mire your community cat program in debate about health concerns for both people and cats. Public health veterinarian Dr. Sandra Norman will address these concerns and show how effective programs can help not just the cats themselves, but the community as a whole.

Curious about Catios?
Enclosed outdoor cat patios are gaining popularity around the country--with a growing number of cities even hosting home and garden style catio tours. Learn about the benefits of these spaces for both cats and the community, why they are important to sheltering and rescue organizations and how they can build bridges with wildlife advocates. You'll get the basic principles of catio design and tips on how to start a catio tour in your community from those on the forefront of this growing movement.

Pets for Life

Pets for Life: The Impact of Poverty on Pets
With 1 in 6 Americans living in poverty and 60% of Americans having at least one pet, poverty has a large impact on dogs and cats every day. Develop a better understanding of what this means for companion animals in your community and learn how to best provide information and resources to this audience of pet owners.

Pets for Life: Building Capacity and Infrastructure for Program Success
Partner identification and engagement is critical when creating and implementing a community outreach program. Learn how to connect with other organizations, veterinarians, volunteers, donors and more to make your work effective and sustainable.

Pets for Life: Strategic Community Outreach
Discover how community outreach can be part of your organization and how reaching out to underserved areas and building positive relationships with pet owners can improve your work and the quality of life for pets in your community. We’ll share ideas and techniques on how to be focused, purposeful and effective in incorporating community outreach into your work.

Keeping Cats in Homes

Each webinar in this series has been pre-approved for Certified Animal Welfare Administrator continuing education credit.

Understanding Cat Behavior: Five Big Ideas about Cats (Download Related Resource)

How to Be an Effective Cat Behavior Counselor
Cat behavior counseling is a proven resource that keeps cats in their homes, and yet it is an underutilized resource in the sheltering world. Building off of the first webinar in this series, this session will provide detailed and practical information on how to become a successful cat behavior counselor, in terms of how to effectively communicate with clients and properly assess cat behavior issues. These webinars will inspire you and your organization to embrace cat behavior counseling as an invaluable resource for your community.

Retention through Resolution and Recovery: Strategies That Work!
St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center has been proactively keeping cats out of their shelters by providing free, behavior based counsel to not only resolve issues in the home, but to also help reunite owners with their missing cats! Learn how their Pet Helpline is successfully reaching cats and their owners in need of practical advice before it’s too late.

Five Steps Shelters Can Take to Increase Cat Reclaims
Did you know that each year only 2-5% of lost cats in shelters are reclaimed by their owners? Fortunately, there are proven strategies to improve the odds of happy reunions, in some cases, up to three times the national average! this webinar will examine both human and feline behaviors that prevent lost cats from returning home. Shelter professional will learn five steps they can today to improve cat reclaims and decrease intake.

Cat Behavior in the Community
Good information on basic cat behavior and care can be hard to find, especially when cat owners may not be aware of what they don't understand. Learn how the PAWS () program is keeping more cats in their homes by sharing expert information and practical advice through a comprehensive online library, behavior helpdesk and extremely popular, in-house Cat Behavior 101 and 201 trainings.

Starting Small, Going Big! Setting Up a Cat Behavior Helpline, Adoption Follow-up and More
Prevention programs play a crucial part of keeping pets in their homes, but oftentimes organizations think that they’re too busy treading water to divert resources to new tools. That’s not the case. Creating a prevention program is within reach for every organization – no matter it’s size or budget.

Adopters Welcome

Gain practical tips that you can put in place now to achieve greater adoption success! Sign up for this free webinar series to find, engage and support more adopters in your community. Each of five webinars builds on the resources provided in Adopters Welcome, a new manual developed by The HSUS for shelters and rescue groups. Participants will learn the philosophy, research and practical implementation tips behind this exciting new approach to increasing adoptions. Each webinar in this series has been pre-approved for Certified Animal Welfare Administrator continuing education credit.

Introducing "Adopters Welcome" Approach: Finding, Engaging and Supporting Adopters
Learn how approaching adoptions from a fresh perspective can help you increase happy matches. Walk away with an optimistic and research based perspective on potential homes and learn the importance of the adopter's perspective.

Adopters Welcome Policies: Remove Barriers and Increase Options for Pets in Your Program
Do your adoption policies help you attract potential adopters? Discover how your policies can support more good homes or work against your goal of increased adoptions.

Adopters Welcome Counseling: Preparing Your Team to Engage and Support Adopters
Conversation-based adoption counseling combines customer service and matchmaking. Hear from experts in the field to learn how to set the groundwork for conversation-based adoption counseling and to find the right fit between adopters and animals.

Adopters Welcome Counseling: Practicing the Conversation
A basic conversation can be transformed into one that builds a relationship between your agency and adopters. This session will provide tips and tricks you can use when implementing a conversation-based adoption program that you can use immediately.

Adopters Welcome Marketing: Find and Attract More Adopters
Uncover barriers to adoption that can be overcome with strategic marketing.

Shelter & Rescue

All About Bunnies! Improving the Lives of Rabbits at Your Shelter

Making an Impact: Strategies for Building Successful Shelter Partnerships
Gain insight and access to a blueprint for building a successful partnership with a needful shelter in your community to make sustainable change. In this webinar, you will learn about the huge successes achieved through the San Francisco SPCA’s Sister Shelter Program. Stockton, California was one of the cities hit hardest by the recession. The municipal shelter was operating with a skeletal staff, dated policies, rampant disease, low adoptions, and dwindling transfers. The SF SPCA partnered with the shelter to help them with protocols, staffing, volunteer management, IT, marketing, fundraising, and partnerships. In just 2 years, the shelter has gone from a 70%+ euthanasia rate to a 70%+ live release rate. Hear from two leaders of the SF SPCA about how they did it, what they would do differently, and where the program is going now.

Orphaned Kitten Care
Learn the necessary daily steps associated with overseeing a program focused on orphaned kittens to assure that each kitten's physiological and behavioral needs are met. Take away innovative development and implementation plans for a kitten nursery program, including life saving tips on how to successfully hand-rear orphans. All early life stages, including neonatal (0-14 days), transitional (2-4 weeks), and socialization (4-8 weeks) groups will be reviewed. The webinar will wrap up with a review of the challenges that may be associated to this type of program.

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