Best Friends Summit: Baton Rouge

Join Best Friends Animal Society and local animal welfare leaders for a Best Friends Summit in Baton Rouge, LA. This event is geared toward shelter staff and volunteers, animal rescue groups, spay/neuter organizations and other groups looking to support their community’s pets (and the people who love them). The summit is free* but please RSVP if you’d like to attend.

January 31, 2020
Capitol Park Welcome Center:
702 N. River Road, Baton Rouge, LA 70802

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*Although the summit is free to attend, lunch will be on your own and, if you drive, there will be a free parking lot available. More details will be sent to you after you register.

Schedule
8:30 - 9:00 a.m. Registration check-in
9:00 - 9:30 a.m. Welcome
9:30 - 10:20 a.m. Don’t Trust Your Gut: Using Data for Shelter Goal-Setting
10:25 – 11:15 p.m. A Small But Mighty Budget: Doing a Lot with a Little 
  Snip, Tip and Rebound: Transforming Your Shelter, One Cat at a Time
11:20 – 12:10 p.m. Diversion Programs: Innovative Approaches That Keep Animals Out of Shelters
  Communications 101: Telling Your Organization’s Story 
12:10 – 1:20 p.m. Lunch
1:20 – 2:10 p.m. “Can Do” Attitude: Medical Services on a Shoestring Budget
2:15 – 3:05 p.m. The First 72: Maintaining Healthy Shelter Populations 
  Build Programs to Last: Development and Sustainability
3:10 – 4:10 p.m.

A Role for Everyone: Engaging Your Community to Save Pets

4:10 – 4:30 p.m. Closing remarks

 

Regional Summit Sessions

Don’t Trust Your Gut: Using Data for Shelter Goal-Setting
When evaluating and planning programs, you don’t want to just trust your gut. Using the right data can help you track animals in the shelter system, analyze resource efficiency and develop new goals strategically. Learn how to read and use available data to help you communicate needs, progress and priorities.

A Small But Mighty Budget: Doing a Lot with a Little
You don’t need a multimillion-dollar budget to save pets’ lives. Michelle Brignac from St. Martin Parish Animal Shelter will tell us how she and her team made a lifesaving impact on a small budget. She’ll also talk about some of the transformative changes her organization has made, and how St. Martin Parish has structured operations and programs for long-term sustainability.

Snip, Tip and Rebound: Transforming Your Shelter, One Cat at a Time
Community cat programs can have a tremendous impact on lifesaving, but creating a sustainable program that works takes some effort. Find out how to utilize community support, partnerships with spay/neuter providers, animal control, shelter staff, advocates and ordinances to build an effective program for saving stray, free-roaming and other outdoor cats.

Diversion Programs: Innovative Approaches That Keep Animals Out of Shelters
What in the world is diversion programming? It involves finding alternatives to dogs and cats entering shelters. In this session, we’ll discuss shelter-based and community-based diversion programs, plus ways to increase your community’s capacity, so that your organization can focus on using resources for the animals most in need. Find out how to implement diversion tactics in your community, along with how to set and evaluate your goals.

Communications 101: Telling Your Organization’s Story
Good storytelling can save pets’ lives, and there’s no shortage of amazing, memorable animals and people to choose from in every organization. Find out how to use social media and local news media to get your story out. You’ll also receive tips for coherent messaging and compelling calls to action that can build support for the animals.

“Can Do” Attitude: Medical Services on a Shoestring Budget
When Austin Pets Alive! set out to save all the animals on the euthanasia list, the organization did not realize how many were being killed despite treatable and manageable medical issues. Find out how Austin Pets Alive! saved lives by utilizing foster volunteers, donated supplies and strategic thinking. This session will also cover medical protocols, effective treatment options for common diseases and ways to manage community expectations.

The First 72: Maintaining Healthy Shelter Populations
Join Faith Wright of American Pets Alive! as she discusses the first 72 hours of shelter intake. Learn about model intake and animal flow processes, and find out how they can make pets more able to be adopted, fostered and transferred. Faith will also talk about best practices for treating an outbreak of distemper.

Build Programs to Last: Development and Sustainability
Passion and grit alone aren’t enough for an effective animal welfare program. It also takes good planning, a solid base of stakeholder support and reliable funding to bring your organization’s goals to fruition. Southern Pines Humane Society’s executive director, Ginny Sims, will talk about how she is building sustainable programs for her small, nonprofit, contracted shelter.

A Role for Everyone: Engaging Your Community to Save Pets
There’s no need to go it alone! By engaging your community, you can maximize your base of support to help save animals’ lives. Learn about effective engagement strategies to mobilize your community around meeting specific shelter needs, overcome fears of negative public reaction with transparency, and find animal-loving advocates where you least expect.