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Tip of the Week: Charting Success

Calling on the hive mind for input on org charts When we noticed great engagement on a recent question in one of our online community groups, we thought we’d share...
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Wagsies Open Now Thru 7/28

It’s really worth entering this year, we promise The submissions window for the 2024 Wagsies Award Program is open now through Sunday, July 28. This year we’re shaking things up—in...
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Member Spotlight: Get to Know Elizabeth Kowal

Meet one of the newest members of The Association, and get excited about the power of the network all over again Name & Title: Elizabeth Kowal, Executive Director, Shiawassee Humane Society...
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“It’s Just Not Supposed To Happen This Way”

Dr. Weiss details the compounding losses that occurred when one shelter adopted out a dog with behavioral concerns. Sarah and Max, my friend’s daughter and her boyfriend, are dream dog...
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Tip of the Week: Systemic Racism Explained

Share this concise and clear four-minute video with staff and volunteers It’s always a good time to go back to the basics of why it’s important to engage in DEI...
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Jobs of the Month—July 2024

Are you looking to spread your professional wings, or know someone who’s ready to fly? Following is a sampling of the latest opportunities from The Association’s Career Center. Hiring managers and HR...
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The Myth of July 4th (and how you can help get Sammy home by dinner)

It’s time once again to pause and reflect on ways we can decrease the need for lost pets to enter the shelter at any time of year There has been...
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Tip of the Week: A Goal Is Not Just a Number

Eight glasses of water, 10,000 steps… While we’re all quite familiar with setting a number-based goal, what if we restructured goals in a different way? What’s a recent goal you...
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Action Needed by Every Animal Welfare Professional: Take the 2024 DEI Survey

Calling ALL members of ALL teams It’s been three years since The Association’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee launched the first-of-its-kind survey in 2021. More than 2,600 of you responded,...
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Three Reasons to Take the DEI Survey Today

Make your voice heard! The deadline for this groundbreaking survey has been extended through July 31 In today’s increasingly dynamic workplace, understanding the perspectives and experiences of your employees is...
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Tip of the Week: Model DEI Policy

Does your organization have a DEI policy? Here’s an example statement of intent from your colleagues in the field According to the 2023 Compensation & Benefits Benchmarking Study, more than...
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Word on the Street with Aiko Okamoto, SPHR

Deep thoughts, good advice and tough talk on hot topics Welcome to the latest installment of our new column featuring brief, power-packed statements, suggestions and sentiments from your colleagues in...
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