Note: These videos are recordings from Animal Care Expo Online 2021 and are no longer interactive.

After COVID-19: Programs and policies to keep people and pets housed

There is no state in the U.S. with sufficient affordable, pet-friendly housing. Our movement must consider programs and policies to keep people and pets together beyond the immediate crisis of COVID-19. Attendees will learn about the animal welfare movement’s role in work addressing the affordable housing crisis, programs to better serve those without housing, and how they can become stronger advocates for policies that protect the families most at risk of experiencing housing insecurity.

 


Bridging racial divides in TNR: How to deal with feral humans

Sterling “TrapKing” Davis will provide tips and tricks on trapping in communities where the people don’t look like you. He wants to change the stereotype of men in cat rescue and bridge the gap in communication between Black and Brown communities and predominantly white animal welfare organizations. He’ll share how to approach people of color about TNR and address cultural bias and how to be more in tune with your own. Discover the compassionate way to save cats and forge new relationships with your fellow feral humans.

 


Building local support for progressive community cat policy

Shelters and rescue groups often find that progressive strategies for humanely managing community cats are met with resistance, particularly from local officials. Policymakers may be skeptical, while residents may hold different expectations of the shelter’s role in helping outdoor cats. In this session, we will present strategies and ideas for building support for community cat programs among various stakeholders in order to both enact and maintain effective policy for cats.

 


Integrating shelter animals into homes with pets

Participants will learn how to responsibly place shelter dogs and cats into homes with other pets. As shelter populations change and organizations increasingly become a safety net for animals who may have behavioral challenges, we see an increase in animals restricted from living with other pets, causing lengths of stay to rise to months or even years while we search for these elusive placements. Seventy-seven percent of families already have at least one pet at home, which means finding an adoptive or foster home without other animals is exceedingly rare. Preventing restrictions will result in more animals integrated successfully into homes.

 


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