Best Friends Professional Development Symposium: Reaching New Heights in Contemporary Animal Services

 
 

Presented in partnership with Southern Utah University (SUU)

Ready for exciting, fast-paced learning that will help you save more lives? Best Friends’ symposium presentations are designed to be dynamic and lively, keeping you interested while introducing new ideas and lifesaving solutions. The presentations are about 15 minutes each, and you’ll have access to extended, in-depth bonus sessions after the symposium ends.

* Lifesaving Research

Wednesday, September 16, 2020 (all times are MT)

9:00 – 9:30 a.m.

Making History in Animal Services (Julie Castle, Scott Wyatt)

9:30 – 9:45 a.m.

Benchmarking and Turning Data into Action (Marc Peralta)

9:45 – 10:00 a.m.

Fundraising in Economic Uncertainty (Patricia (Trish) Tolbert)

10:00 – 10:15 a.m.

Dogs on the Move: Factors Impacting Animal Shelter and Rescue Organizations’ Decisions to Accept Dogs from Distant Locations* (Kaitlyn Simmons)

10:15 –10:30 a.m.

Live Main Stage

10:30 – 10:45 a.m.

Break

10:45 – 11:00 a.m.

Measuring Pet Ownership Rates in Four Underserved Urban and Rural Communities in the United States* (Tess Hupe)

11:00 – 11:15 a.m.

Housing Insecurity and Pets (Gina Knepp)

11:15 – 11:30 a.m.

Keeping Pets With Families (Heather Owen)

11:30 – 11:45 a.m.

Live Main Stage

11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Lunch break

12:15 – 1:15 p.m.

The Transformation of American Society and Culture into Pet Nation (Mark Cushing)

1:15 – 1:30 p.m.

Leadership for Lifesaving Change (Alexis Pugh)

1:30 – 1:45 p.m.

Working with Difficult Stakeholders (Denise Deisler)

1:45 – 2:15 p.m.

Achieving No-Kill by 2025: A Look at the Future of Animal Sheltering (Brent Toellner)

2:15 – 2:30 p.m.

Live Main Stage

Thursday, September 17, 2020

9:00 – 9:30 a.m.

Animal Services - A Noble Profession (Tawny Hammond)

9:30 – 9:45 a.m.

Shedding Your Leadership Skin: Reinventing Yourself to Help More Animals (Lisa LaFontaine)

9:45 – 10:00 a.m.

Saving Cats and Transforming Animal Services: A Public Policy Discussion* (Peter Wolf)

10:00 – 10:15 a.m.

What's Up with Cats? (Holly Sizemore)

10:15 – 10:30 a.m.

Live Main Stage

10:30 – 10:45 a.m.

Break

10:45 – 11:00 a.m.

Changing Laws to Increase Lifesaving (Debra Griggs)

11:00 – 11:15 a.m.

Fast-Tracking Pets Through the Shelter System (Dr. Kate Hurley)

11:15 – 11:30 a.m.

Pushing the Boundaries of Lifesaving from a Medical Perspective (Dr. Erin Katribe)

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Lunch break

12:00 – 12:15 p.m.

Investigating the Effects of Canine Housing and Social Interaction in the Animal Shelter* (Dr. Lisa Gunter)

12:15 – 12:30 p.m.

Building Human-Animal Support Services (Kristen Hassen Auerbach)

12:30 – 12:45 p.m.

Tools and Technology to Support Community-Based Sheltering (Bobby Mann)

12:45 – 1:00 p.m.

Lifesaving as a Community Ethic (Dr. Ellen Jefferson)

1:00 – 1:15 p.m.

Break

1:15 – 1:30 p.m.

Practicing Compassionate Badassery: Shifting from Self-Care to 'We-Care' (Jessica Dolce)

1:30 – 1:45 p.m.

Field Services Moving Forward (Ed Jamison)

1:45 – 2:00 p.m.

The Intersectionality of Animal Welfare and Social Justice Movements: Lessons for Improved Lifesaving* (Dr. Kristin Barney)

2:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Reaching New Heights with Marketing by Listening to Diverse Voices (James Evans)

2:30 – 2:45 p.m.

Live Main Stage

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Private post-symposium live event with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson (James Evans)

Details subject to change.

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