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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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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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Member Spotlight: Get to Know Judith Dumont, SHRM-CP

Get inspired. Get very inspired. You’re about to read an interview with Team Purple’s VP of People + Culture Name & Title: Judith Dumont, VP, People + Culture, SPCA of Texas...
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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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Hot Topic: 3 Questions about a Shelter’s Guiding Principles with Joe Elmore

We officially introduced the nine tenets of People & Animals In Community Together (PACT) this week, along with a toolkit of resources to support this initiative. Here’s what one of...
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Tip of the Week: 9 Tenets of PACT

Review the shared beliefs of a movement in sheltering that recognizes the power of community Compassion, transparency, leadership. These are the drivers of People and Animals in Community Together (PACT), a...
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Member Spotlight: Get to Know Anna-Lee Fitzsimmons

Catch Calgary Humane’s PR Director next month at the Summit for Animals. Here’s a sneak preview. Name & Title: Anna-Lee Fitzsimmons, Director, Public Relations, Calgary Humane SocietyMember of The Association for...
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Let’s Get Rid of “Them”

Dr. Weiss encourages us to pull back from assumptions about the folks who come through our doors. They just might be us. In my years and years (damn it…and years)...
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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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Member Spotlight: Get to Know Kathy Powelson

This month we check in with the founder of the small but mighty British Columbia-based Paws for Hope. Catch her in May at Humane Canada’s Summit for Animals. Name &...
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#WHM2024, Part 3: Things Change Quickly

Our three-part series in honor of Women’s History Month wraps up with smart advice and a strong dose of resilience from the Director of Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control....
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#WHM2024, Part 2: Nothing Short of Fearless

Our Women’s History Month series continues with powerful, inspiring words from the dynamic President & CEO of Cleveland APL. I’ve been an animal welfare leader for almost 21 years. Although...
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