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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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Is it time for a new goal?

If a shelter is aiming to achieve no euthanasia or 100% live release and they’re doing everything right…guess what? When I step into the future and see communities who have...
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Tip of the Week: Animal Welfare Turnover Rate

How do your organization’s numbers stack up against the profession as a whole? When a member of The Association inquired in our online community about the average employee turnover rate...
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Tip of the Week: Keeping Families Safe

The ultimate toolkit for supporting women who are experiencing gender-based violence Many gender-based violence shelters do not take in animals, and survivors are often faced with the impossible choice of...
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Word on the Street with Lily Yap, MBA

Deep thoughts, good advice and tough talk on hot topics Welcome to our new column featuring brief, power-packed statements and sentiments from your colleagues in the animal welfare profession. Members,...
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Tip of the Week: Mental Health Resources

Tools for discussing and promoting mental health in the workplace As Mental Health Awareness Month comes to a close, this week’s tip serves as a reminder that discussing and promoting...
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Tip of the Week: Reach for the Low-Hanging Fruit

Simple adjustments to hiring & recruitment efforts can result in big DEI gains While we know the lasting systemic changes we’re working toward are best described as a marathon and...
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Tip of the Week: Ring Their Bell (and then some)

How do you celebrate adoptions? Listen to what your colleagues are doing Inquiring minds in our online member community want to know: Since adoption is our ultimate goal for every...
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Tip of the Week: Benefits Benchmarks

Want to offer your employees better benes? See what other nonprofits are doing We recently came across PPI Benefit Solutions’ Nonprofit Employee Benefits Survey Report from 2023. Knowing how much...
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Shelterer or Rehomer?

Which one are you? There is one shift that can make all the difference for increasing live outcomes and supporting more at-risk animals.  It is a philosophical shift from keeping...
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Tip of the Week: Guide for Hiring with a DEI Lens

Are you addressing and mitigating implicit biases in hiring? This 25-page guide can help Created especially for leaders and managers, the newly published Guide for Hiring with a Diversity, Equity,...
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Rethinking RTO: 3 Ideas to Stop Judging and Start Strategizing

In the latest episode of The Intake podcast, experts discuss a need for a paradigm shift surrounding lost pets While it’s true that intake numbers are still below pre-pandemic 2019,...
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