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Your Workplace Activism Playbook: Winning Moves for Employees and Managers

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...
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Master These 4 Skills to Become a Compassionate Badass

December 14, 2020, The Association
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Jessica Dolce, MS Certified Compassion Fatigue Educator, shared skills for “Practicing Compassionate Badassery” and coping with COVID-19 during The Fall Virtual Conference on December 2. In case you missed it—or...
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Member Spotlight: Get To Know Amy-Jo Sites

For the first time in 17 years, Animal Care and Control of Fort Wayne has gone 10 months without euthanizing a cat or kitten for space. And when Amy-Jo Sites...
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Member Spotlight: Get To Know Phil Nichols

It’s not every day you meet a Chief Operating Officer who’s an RVT, too. Oh, and a CAWA. Read on to learn how Toronto Humane Society’s Phil Nichols combines all...
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3 Ways to Help Elevate BIPOC Voices

In our latest podcast, guest host Jorge Ortega, Director, Guilford County Animal Services, hosts CARE President James Evans and Best Friends’ José Ocaño, Senior Director of People and Culture, in...
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Best Practices: What’s Your Veterinary Decision-Making Process?

When making veterinary decisions, how do you balance the needs of the individual animal, the shelter population, the community, and your organization’s resources? Dr. Graham Brayshaw, Director of Animal Services at Animal...
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Want to Build Stronger Work Relationships? Here Are 3 Things to Avoid

Important truth about leadership: It’s virtually impossible to achieve goals without teamwork. How to keep those collaborative relationships strong and productive? The author, Brett Cooper of Integris Performance Advisors, shares...
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DEI Roundtable: 4 Top Takeaways

Last Thursday, animal services and TNR leaders who are guiding their cities through difficult climates sat down to share challenges and insights. The Roundtable on Community Relations During a Time of...
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Member Spotlight: Get To Know Kathleen M. Olson, CAWA

The first shelter Kathleen M. Olson worked at reached 90% positive outcomes for dogs within 3 years under her leadership. As ED of Purrfect Pals Cat Sanctuary and Adoption Center, she...
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DEI: 4 Quick Tips to Get Your Org Started

As national uprising against racial inequity continues, employers across the United States are urgently looking to find ways to create cultures of inclusion. This often begins with the implementation of...
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Leading Remotely: 5 Ways to Build Team Cohesion

September 28, 2020, Brett Cooper
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Productive, cohesive, emotionally intelligent, and engaged… sound like the perfect team? The author shares insight (and actionable, practical tips!) that can help you get there. The pandemic-related changes to shift...
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4 Questions with Dr. Michael J. Blackwell

The animal welfare field is lucky to have forward thinkers, those who are ahead of the curve on recognizing challenges and identifying innovative solutions. One such forward thinker is Dr....
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