Southeast Summit

Join Best Friends Animal Society and local animal welfare leaders in Orlando, Florida. You can choose from two learning tracks to discover the tools needed to save more animal lives and help make the country no-kill by 2025.

January 25, 2019
Rosen Shingle Creek
Orlando, Florida

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Lodging

As an attendee, you can reserve a room at a special rate. To reserve a room, please click here or call 866-996-6338 and request the group rate for "Best Friends Animal Society January 2019 Event." Rooms must be booked by January 10 in order to guarantee discount.

Address

Rosen Shingle Creek Orlando
9939 Universal Boulevard
Orlando, Florida 32819

Parking

There is free self-parking at the hotel. Please let the parking attendant know when leaving that you are with the Best Friends Animal Society meeting.

Dining

There are a variety of lunch dining options at the hotel. As an attendee, you’ll receive a 10% discount on food and nonalcoholic beverages at Café Osceola, A Land Remembered, Cala Bella, Tobias Burgers & Brews, Mi Casa Tequila and Taqueria, and Banrai Sushi. To receive the discount, please let your server know you are with the Best Friends Animal Society meeting.

Summit schedule

(Please note that the summit is free, but lunch and drinks are not provided.)

Check-in opens: 8:00 - 8:45 a.m.

Time

Field Operations Track**

Operations and Leadership Track

8:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Engaging Your Community

Engaging Your Community

10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

Break (Attendees will split up into one of two tracks - field services or operations and leadership.)

Break (Attendees will split up into one of two tracks - field services or operations and leadership.)

10:15 a.m. – 11:15 p.m.

Strategic Field Operations

Getting Real about Adoptions and Client Service to Save Lives

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Problem-Oriented Response

Diversion Programs: Innovative Approaches that Keep Animals Out of Shelters

12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Lunch on your own

Lunch on your own

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Reading and Interpreting Laws

It’s Raining Community Cats: Coordinating Effective Community Cat Programs

3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Break (Attendees will reconvene for the remainder of the day.)

Break (Attendees will reconvene for the remainder of the day.)

3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Community Cat Conflict Mitigation

Community Cat Conflict Mitigation

4:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Closing remarks

Closing remarks

4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Special group session: Ask an Expert

Special group session: Ask an Expert

5:30 p.m.

Conclusion

Conclusion

**Each jurisdiction maintains the authority to approve or deny whether or not these workshops can be applied to the continuing education requirements under Florida chapter 828.27 (4)(a)(3). Best Friends believes that the intent of the requirements are to improve the ability of officers to more effectively perform their duties by staying up-to-date on national trends and practices, which these workshops are designed to do.

Session topics

Group sessions

Engaging Your Community

There are many types of communities throughout the country, and to end the killing of dogs and cats in shelters, it’s important that we engage and serve all of them. Through true community engagement and mobilization of animal lovers from all communities, we will lead the country to no-kill by 2025. To Save Them All, we must reach them all.

Speaker: Kenny Lamberti, Southeast regional director, Best Friends Animal Society

Community Cat Conflict Mitigation

Not everyone wants community cats on their property, but there are ways to keep everyone (including the cats) happy and healthy. During this session, you’ll hear about real-life situations that were positively resolved for both the public and community cats. And you’ll learn how to respond to folks in your neighborhood who have complaints about community cats.

Speakers: Scott Giacoppo, director of national shelter outreach, Best Friends Animal Society

Ask the Expert Panel

Need more information about a program not discussed or want more in-depth details about one of the sessions? Join us for the Ask the Expert Panel and bring along all your burning animal welfare questions. The panel is made up of shelter and field professionals from the day’s sessions.

Moderator: Emily Park, Southeast regional specialist, Best Friends Animal Society  

Operations and leadership track

Getting Real about Adoptions and Client Service to Save Lives

Outdated adoption policies can mean bad news for homeless pets and for the people who want to adopt them. During this session, learn about the benefits of open adoption policies, how to make your adoption policies more open and how your policies can positively impact your community and the lives of homeless pets.

Speakers: Emily Park, Southeast regional specialist, Best Friends Animal Society; and Nikki Harris, chief operating officer, Jacksonville Humane Society

Diversion Programs: Innovative Approaches That Keep Animals Out of Shelters

What’s better than saving the lives of pets in shelters? Preventing them from entering shelters in the first place! In this session, you’ll closely examine the concept of diversion and learn about the benefits of finding alternatives that keep pets out of shelters. You’ll discover more about shelter-based and community-based diversion programs and find ways to successfully implement diversion tactics for homeless pets in your community.

Speaker: Nikki Harris, chief operating officer, Jacksonville Humane Society

It’s Raining Community Cats: Coordinating Effective Community Cat Programs

In 2016, Florida shelters took in nearly 250,000 cats, and only 42 percent of them left those shelters alive. Community cat programs are the most effective way to control community cat populations and help save lives. Plus, community cat programs are good for public health and they are fiscally responsible. In this session — designed to benefit everyone in animal welfare, including animal control officers — you’ll learn how to speak to shelter management, elected officials and members of the public about the benefits of sterilizing and vaccinating ownerless, free-roaming cats. And you’ll learn the nuts and bolts of how to fund and coordinate these programs to save the most lives.

Speaker: Carrie Ducote, senior manager, Best Friends Animal Society

Field operations track

Strategic Field Operation

Even if your group has limited resources, you can still save a lot of lives. In this session, you’ll find out how to use community outreach and data tracking to better allocate your resources and help save more animal lives.

Speaker: Scott Giacoppo, director of national shelter outreach, Best Friends Animal Society; and Nick Lippincot, senior animal services officer, Orange County Animal Services

Problem-Oriented Response

Tired of calls and complaints about the same problem over and over again? This session can help you. In this session, you’ll learn how to respond to problems in your community, using collaboration and available resources to get to the root of those problems.

Speaker: Scott Giacoppo, director of national shelter outreach, Best Friends Animal Society  

Reading and Interpreting Laws

Interpreting the laws where you live isn’t always easy, but this session can help. Learn how to drill down and fully understand local, state and federal laws, and find out how to bring departments together to interpret laws in a consistent way.

Speaker: Richard Angelo, legislative attorney, Best Friends Animal Society; and Scott Giacoppo, director of national shelter outreach, Best Friends Animal Society