The effectiveness of animal welfare programming is increasingly contingent upon its ability to serve all pets, not just those who end up at a shelter. Incorporating social work best practices can address unjust systems and policies, particularly for low-income and BIPOC communities. This session will include a discussion of how implementing social work best practices can support the field in working toward a more equitable system for people and their pets.


  • Sloane Hawes | Research Associate, Institute for Human-Animal Connection, University of Denver
  • Tess Hupe | Research Fellow, Institute for Human-Animal Connection, Graduate School of Social Work, University of Denver

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