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Industry Update: Recommendations for Animal Transport
July 27, 2022, Katherine M. Shenar, CAWA
We’ve seen the stories – shelters all across the country are full, close to or beyond capacity. And we have the data to back that up. Recent reports from Shelter...
39 Things Your Shelter Can Do Right Now to Reunite Lost Pets
August 4, 2021, Katherine M. Shenar, CAWA
Lately we’ve been hearing chatter and concern from shelters struggling to move their animal populations as quickly as possible, resulting in increased length of stay. This is a red flag:...
Hurting Someone You Love: My Ignorance Cut Deep When A Friend Told Me They Are Transgender
March 17, 2021, Katherine M. Shenar, CAWA
By Katherine M. Shenar (She/Her), CAWA Around six years ago I went to dinner with a friend who I hadn’t seen in months. So, I was excited to spend one-on-one...
Your Workplace Activism Playbook: Winning Moves for Employees and Managers
January 7, 2021, Katherine M. Shenar, CAWA
An article in the Winter 2021 issue of the Stanford Social Innovation Review—“Business Disruption from the Inside Out: A playbook for Employee Activists and advice for leaders”—is causing a stir with our...
Are You Expecting Your BIPOC Employees To Educate You?
September 11, 2020, Katherine M. Shenar, CAWA
An open letter to white leadership in animal welfare As national uprising against racial inequity continues, employers across the United States are urgently looking to find ways to create cultures...
Workplace Culture Agreements: 4 Quick Q&As
July 23, 2020, Katherine M. Shenar, CAWA
Your organization likely has a mission statement, vision statement and core values. And as a leader (or aspiring leader), you may have been involved in their creation, revision and/or implementation....
If Your Adoption Policies Put Up Barriers, You’re Part Of The Problem
July 6, 2020, Katherine M. Shenar, CAWA
This three-part blog is the result of a conversation between The Association’s Katherine Shenar, Ed Jamison of Dallas Animal Services, and PetHealth’s Steve Zeidman. Each offers a unique view on...
Are You Ready For Disaster Response In A COVID-19 World?
April 23, 2020, Katherine M. Shenar, CAWA
With communities rallying to help their local organizations, animal shelters are expanding their impact far beyond brick-and-mortar. The Association’s Katherine Shenar and HSUS’ Kim Alboum ponder what this might mean...
COVID-19 Leadership Lessons: Together We Are All One
April 19, 2020, Katherine M. Shenar, CAWA
“Our new normal should be collaboration and sharing of expertise.” Wise words from the one and only Katherine Shenar, who shares an incredible story of what can happen when you...
Expand Your Foster Network To Combat COVID-19
March 16, 2020, Katherine M. Shenar, CAWA
Help your most vulnerable populations and the pets they love Originally published on AnimalSheltering.org, March 12, 2020, and written by Katherine Shenar and Kim Alboum With the World Health Organization...
5 Social Media Trends You Need to Know for 2020
March 2, 2020, Katherine M. Shenar, CAWA
With social media constantly changing, it’s hard to anticipate what’s next and what your shelter can do to succeed in this space. Katherine Shenar, our executive vice president, recently spoke...
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