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Keeping Up with COVID-19, 3/23: 10 Essential Online Learning Opportunities

March 23, 2020, The Association

Are you or your team working from home? This short list of online learning opportunities will give you ideas and inspiration on how to handle a variety of personal and COVID-19 sheltering needs in these unprecedented times. They are all self-paced elearning—most of them are free, and many come with supporting materials. Take good notes of key takeaways to share with your colleagues!

Attract More Fosters via Online Orientation, On-Deck System (ASPCA)
Discover how the ASPCA’s Los Angeles Pee Wee Foster Program used online orientation to train more than 400 foster volunteers to care for nearly 3,000 kittens in two years.

Compassion in Balance: Coping with Stress During COVID-19 (Jessica Dolce)
Learn and practice a few simple strategies that can help you feel less stressed and more calm, while you take care of your community during this challenging time.

COVID-19: What it Means for Animals and Animal Care Professionals (NACA)
This session focuses on the importance of protecting not just ourselves, but our pets and animals from infectious diseases.

Determining National Emergency Veterinary Response Capabilities (ASPCA)
The results from the National Emergency Veterinary Response Capabilities survey will give you insights into the emergency veterinary capabilities in your area.

Internal Communications: Informing and Engaging Your Staff & Board (The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement)
Your external communications will get out much quicker and easier with consistent, frequent, and transparent internal communications. Here’s how.

Million Cat Challenge: Outsourcing Neonatal Kitten Rearing for Life-Saving Success
Learn how Placer County Animal Services outsourced their neonates to fosters–the timing is right as we head into kitten season.

Shelter Sanitation: Part 1 (ASPCA)
A review of the risk factors in shelters that contribute to infectious disease transmission

Veterinary Decision Making in Animal Welfare (The Association)
A step-by-step look at making veterinary decisions in a way that balances the needs of the individual animal, the shelter population, the community, and the organization’s resources.

Online course: Introduction to Emergency Management in the U.S. (MindEdge, training partner of The Association)
This 10-hour course will teach you the components of a successful emergency management program.

Online course: Building Balance: Combating Empathic Distress in Animal Welfare (Academy of Prosocial Learning)
This comprehensive 9-hour course explores the signs and symptoms of compassion stress, fatigue, and burnout, and provides a variety of sustainable tools and strategies for self-help. Take 40% the tuition with code SELFCARE

What webinars or online courses have you found helpful? Please add a comment or email us at

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