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Shelter Medicine Office Hours

Cornell Shelter Medicine Office Hours

(NEW TIME!) Fridays at 4PM EST 

Click here to join: https://cornell.zoom.us/j/98543679429?pwd=TThINWdzb0ZEZXJMV1lpRHJWZkMxUT09

Maddie's@ Shelter Medicine Program at Cornell University will hold weekly Friday sessions to provide updates on the ever-changing field of Shelter Medicine. Led by CUMSMP faculty, this forum is meant to be a place for shelter veterinarians, staff, and volunteers to ask questions and discuss their concerns during this pandemic. Note: This meeting will be recorded. If possible, please email your questions in advance to Sarah Nickerson (Shelter Medicine Program Coordinator) at SN298@cornell.edu so we can prepare to meet your needs and answer your questions efficiently and effectively. We are all in this together! 


Topics & Links

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OCTOBER 2020

10/30 (Upcoming event)

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10/23 (Upcoming event)

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10/16: COVID updates; Diversity, Equity, Inclusion; fundraising training; volunteerds in sheltering; Ontario Shelter Med Conference; feline vaccination guidelines

COVID updates

It’s a hot mess out there in the Southern Tier. Stay home if you can, wear a mask, wash your hands.

Oh and in NYS deer are getting rabies: https://auburnpub.com/news/local/white-tailed-deer-in-cayuga-county-tests-positive-for-rabies/article_45290d64-902b-5622-948c-e1e643bde14f.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=user-share&fbclid=IwAR1DCYZKHY7ToEJxRkmND2GlFzEC0Vh3tYm0XSI5szGJXDkSorC7fC_QZRM

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion

CARE has been working with Harvard's Project Implicit to create an implicit bias test for the animal welfare industry. We will be collecting much needed data that addresses implicit bias with the intention of creating much needed baseline research and data to dismantle biases that create barriers. We are so excited and would be extremely grateful for you to share the test link below.

It's like no other test you have taken (unless you have taken a Project implicit test) which weighs perception, timing, bias and following directions. Please share with everyone and anyone inside the Animal Welfare industry. It is intended for any past or present employees, volunteers and executive leadership. With your help, we can better understand biases in an effort to remove unintentional barriers to life saving. Your anonymous input will become a vital resource in helping us design strategies that better connect the field to people and the animals they love. https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/Launch?study=/user/nicolef/contract.care.3iats//manager.expt.xml

Community Cats Podcast Presents 2020 Fundraising Day

Virtual Conference—Saturday 10/17, 10-5pm ET
Join a full day of tips, tricks, and best practices on raising funds during challenging economic times. You'll hear from animal welfare nonprofit leaders and other fundraising professionals on a range of topics, from engaging donors to fundraising virtually. Register >> (https://www.communitycatspodcast.com/fundraising-day-2020/)

Fund-raising Online Course from Best Friends

Fundraising Fundamentals- Would you take fundraising advice from a talking cat?  If anyone can put the “fun” in fundraising, it’s your feline pal, Chip, who serves as your guide through our interactive, animated course on Fundraising Fundamentals.

You can take the whole eleven-lesson course, created specifically for municipal shelters and nonprofits with government contracts, or check out the table of contents and select individual lessons to meet your specific needs. Reflection worksheets and an action plan template help you apply your learning to your own real-life situations. Share your feedback and ideas for new modules with team2025@bestfriends.orghttps://network.bestfriends.org/tools-and-information/e-learning/fundraising-e-learning

The Future of Volunteers in Sheltering: Part 2

Webinar—Monday 10/19, 2–4 pm ET
Join Adisa for a second session on how to strategically support the critical work of volunteers in shelters nationwide within the changing landscape of the pandemic. This interactive session will provide concrete practical tools and examples to help guide you in your leadership of volunteers. Register >>https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMucO-opzMvH9KvDwh2ES0_DKFGPEvCpXK3

Recruiting Today's Hourly Workers: It's Different. And It's Not. Virtual Conference Session—Tuesday 12/03

COVID-19 has exacerbated employment challenges such as fierce competition for in-demand hourly workers. If you want to address high-volume, high-turnover concerns in your organization, register for The Fall Virtual Conference for Animal Welfare Advancement and participate in this session in the Strategic HR track. Learn more >> (https://theaawa.org/event/fall2020)

Virtual Conference November 7th Ontario Shelter Medicine Association 

Thinking Outside the Shelter: 
Taking Animal Care Into the Community
Registration is open for our ONLINE Fall CPD Day! This will be an all-day event, on Saturday November 7. We'll be addressing the important and highly topical subject of accessible veterinary care and keeping pets with their people. Our speakers include an incredible group of welfare professionals, including Amanda Arrington (Pets for Life), Alison Bressette (Aboriginal Community and Animal Advocacy Connection), Dr. Ellen Jefferson (Human Animal Support Services) and Dr. Michelle Lem (Community Veterinary Outreach). We'll also be featuring shorter sessions presented by leaders in Canadian organizations, outlining what they are doing in this field. Conference is open to everyone and only $39 for non-members. Membership is open to veterinary professionals and students. https://www.ontariosheltermedicine.org/thinking-out-of-the-shelter-taking-animal-care-into-the-community/

Brené Brown with Emily and Amelia Nagoski on Burnout and How to Complete the Stress Cycle

https://brenebrown.com/podcast/brene-with-emily-and-amelia-nagoski-on-burnout-and-how-to-complete-the-stress-cycle/

Dogs Playing for Life Webinar Series for Shelter Staff

https://dogsplayingforlife.com/webinars/#sign-up

Discussion Topics from you today:
Student Presentations
  • Parasite Fun Facts
  • A Case of Wound Management
AAHA/AAFP Feline Vaccination Guidelines

https://www.aaha.org/aaha-guidelines/2020-aahaaafp-feline-vaccination-guidelines/feline-vaccination-home/

10/09: COVID updates; Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion; ASPCA COVID Relief Grant; Nat. Registry Human Support Services in Communities; Dogs Playing for Life Webinar Series; Feline Vaccination Guidelines

COVID updates

https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/ourfocus/animalhealth/sa_one_health/sars-cov-2-animals-us

Still no evidence that SARS-COV2 causes severe illness in companion animals or plays any role in transmission – which is good.

Mink farms are getting hit in the US, like in the Netherlands: https://www.wisn.com/article/coronavirus-hundreds-of-mink-die-at-wisconsin-farm/34317985#

Questions about what to do with surveillance results arise from case to case: PCR = presence, not infectivity; antibodies mean past infection, not current; how does it impact what we do?  Implications for animal welfare – individual level vs. population. 

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion

CARE has been working with Harvard's Project Implicit to create an implicit bias test for the animal welfare industry. We will be collecting much needed data that addresses implicit bias with the intention of creating much needed baseline research and data to dismantle biases that create barriers. We are so excited and would be extremely grateful for you to share the test link below.

It's like no other test you have taken (unless you have taken a Project implicit test) which weighs perception, timing, bias and following directions. Please share with everyone and anyone inside the Animal Welfare industry. It is intended for any past or present employees, volunteers and executive leadership. With your help, we can better understand biases in an effort to remove unintentional barriers to life saving. Your anonymous input will become a vital resource in helping us design strategies that better connect the field to people and the animals they love. https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/Launch?study=/user/nicolef/contract.care.3iats//manager.expt.xml

ASPCA Covid Relief Grant

Oct 5- Oct 12 2020 (2M total)

20-50k grants to orgs

General operating or program expenses

https://www.aspcapro.org/grant/2020/09/24/aspcar-covid-19-emergency-relief-request-proposals

National Registry of Human Support Services in Communities

AuntBertha: www.auntbertha.com

Dogs Playing for Life Webinar Series

https://dogsplayingforlife.com/webinars/#sign-up

AAHA/AAFP Feline Vaccination Guidelines

https://www.aaha.org/aaha-guidelines/2020-aahaaafp-feline-vaccination-guidelines/feline-vaccination-home/

Discussion Topics from you today:

Provision of wellness, preventive, interventional care to owned animals in shelters

Struggles: recruitment, admission, scope, supply and demand, staff training

Tensions between rescues and shelters

10/02: Veterinary Human Support Certificate; Open Door Veterinary Care; Access to care; ASPCA COVID Relief Grant

Veterinary Human Support Certificate Program: https://vetsocialwork.utk.edu/vhscp/

Eligibility

This certificate program is for animal-related professionals who have some form of health related state registration or license (DVM, LVT, etc)

If one does not have a state registration or license, they may apply for the certificate if they meet one of the two criteria below. These applicants will need to have 2 letters of recommendation sent on their behalf on top of the standard application materials.

  • Animal related professional who has an associate or bachelor degree in any field AND has been in animal related field 5+ years
  • Animal related professional with a bachelor degree in animal related field AND has been in animal related field 2+ years

Certificate Overview:

Modules: Online, self-paced, year-round availability

  • Social Work Values, Ethics, and History
  • Compassion Fatigue and Conflict Management 
  • Animal Related Grief and Bereavement 
  • Animal Assisted Interventions 
  • The Link Between Human and Animal Violence
  • Ethics and Moral Stress
  • Advanced Techniques for Human Engagement
  • Advanced Techniques for Human Management 
  • On boarding in Mental Health 
Open Door Veterinary Care Model and Training Program (in development)

Co-owner of two full service, low cost clinics (Ashville, NC and Toledo OH)

Group of Humane Alliance leaders developing the training program for others to follow suit

Online component, then on-site to open such a clinic

Model is a for-profit model – volume and incremental care

Training in efficiencies, budgeting, incremental care, financial options, recruitment and retention

Methods of referral to the low cost clinics:

Safety net partnerships 1. Shelter acts as a point of intervention and referral 2. Private practices provide subsidized care 3. Human health care referrals

Support Both Ends of the Leash Recorded Webcast

Open Door, San Diego Humane, Toledo Humane 

  • Janet Hoy Gerlach, Social Worker at Humane Toledo; Authored a social work guide to support pet owners
  • Derrick Prideau, DVM,SPCA of Texas
  • Geraldine D’Silva, Director of HASS, San Diego Humane
  • Aimee St. Arnaud, Co-Partner of Open Door

https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/play/WH66bntq02FS6sktdjjpnULGDAdggIRuMDS-2YXoA9QqDOoFIMEHNmfWFSyOndLvj9J33xaWsysXXCEp.15k5VOOFVnFKdPAJ?continueMode=true&_x_zm_rtaid=3oAwfMVwSaqxZQrulUD8zw.1601492791250.cab99992d8a134ba6c7d7f17e64ddc0f&_x_zm_rhtaid=717

AAWA Roundtable on Community Relations in the Time of Unrest (recorded)

The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement **"Community Relations During A Time Of Social Unrest" Roundtable at 5 p.m. Eastern with Jim Tedford and Gabrielle Chapman talking with Allison Cardona Jorge Luis Ortega Ed Jamison and Sterling Davis (a/k/a TrapKing) Register for this important conversation at: https://learning.theaawa.org/products/the-roundtable-community-relations-during-a-time-of-unrest

Main topics – reframing/rethinking AC work, from uniforms to activities; discussion about effects of social arrest on staff members professionally and personally; some discussion of how to change facilities as well, in terms of appearance and policies, to be more welcoming of diverse communities; how to recruit diversity to your organization.

Best Friends Town Hall on the navigating hazy lines between lack of access of care/ cruelty/ neglect 

Thursday, October 1, 2020 at 6:00 PM Eastern time. https://bestfriendsorg.zoom.us/webinar/register/7316004435230/WN_3JSFkFTXSJe5wp6aSQpt5w

Best Friends Town Hall https://network.bestfriends.org/tools-and-information/best-friends-town-halls

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion

CARE has been working with Harvard's Project Implicit to create an implicit bias test for the animal welfare industry. We will be collecting much needed data that addresses implicit bias with the intention of creating much needed baseline research and data to dismantle biases that create barriers. We are so excited and would be extremely grateful for you to share the test link below.

It's like no other test you have taken (unless you have taken a Project implicit test) which weighs perception, timing, bias and following directions. Please share with everyone and anyone inside the Animal Welfare industry. It is intended for any past or present employees, volunteers and executive leadership. With your help, we can better understand biases in an effort to remove unintentional barriers to life saving. Your anonymous input will become a vital resource in helping us design strategies that better connect the field to people and the animals they love. https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/Launch?study=/user/nicolef/contract.care.3iats//manager.expt.xml

ASPCA Covid Relief Grant

Oct 5- Oct 12 2020 (2M total)

20-50k grants to orgs

General operating or program expenses

https://www.aspcapro.org/grant/2020/09/24/aspcar-covid-19-emergency-relief-request-proposals

National Registry of Human Support Services in Communities

AuntBertha: www.auntbertha.com

Discussion Topics from you today:

Veterinary supply and demand issues

Tensions between rescues and shelters

SEPTEMBER 2020

09/25: Citations and abstracts for papers discussed by Dr. DeTar (Topics: Dermatophytosis, Hoarding), Cornell Shelter Med Club students seek socially distance outreach activisities with local shelters; requested guidance for quarantining cats after exposure to COVID-19 

1. Gordon E, Idle A, DeTar LG. Descriptive epidemiology of companion animal dermatophytosis in a Canadian Pacific Northwest animal shelter system. Can Vet J. 2020;61(July):763-770.

Abstract — This study investigated the frequency of false positive dermatophyte cultures, dermatophyte prevalence, and dermatophytosis risk factors in an animal sheltering system in British Columbia. Records for 80 471 incoming shelter animals over 3.5 years were accessed retrospectively. For 831 high-risk animals cultured, the false positive rate was 28% [N = 229; 95% confidence interval (CI): 25% to 31%]. Microsporum canis was diagnosed in 201 cases (0.25%, 95% CI: 0.22% to 0.29%) and Trichophyton was diagnosed in 43 cases (0.055%, 95% CI: 0.040% to 0.072%). Microsporum canis cases occurred only in cats and rabbits, but not in dogs. Cats were twice as likely to be diagnosed with Trichophyton as dogs. Puppies and kittens (versus adults) and animals from cruelty investigations (versus other sources) were significantly more likely to be diagnosed with dermatophytosis. Animals seized from 4 cruelty cases with enzootic dermatophytosis did not follow overall prevalence or population risk patterns. Understanding patient and population risk factors can help expedite diagnosis, treatment, and recovery, and reduce contagious risk to humans and animals.

2. Strong S, Federico J, Banks R, Williams C. A Collaborative Model for Managing Animal Hoarding Cases. J Appl Anim Welf Sci. 2019;22(3):267-278. doi:10.1080/10888705.2018.1490183

Companion-animal hoarding is a significant problem in the United States and internationally. Hoarding situations can incubate for years before a case is reported to law enforcement or animal control agencies. According to a survey by Gary Patronek, animal control agencies have estimated there are approximately 3000 reportable cases of animal hoarding annually in the United States. Animal hoarding cases vary in size from fewer than 20 animals to hundreds of animals. Every case of animal hoarding results in suboptimal animal welfare. Wake County, North Carolina, developed a proactive plan for addressing companion-animal hoarding that implemented a team approach to assist animals at risk, hold people accountable, address the mental health component of this problem, and create a more humane community. The plan involved animal control officers, crisis intervention counselors, law enforcement officers, veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and animal rescue partners. This intervention strategy was implemented in 2015, and cases were tracked to document animal out- comes. The conclusion of this experience is that a diverse team approach can best address the animal and human welfare challenges and the environmental concerns associated with animal hoarding.

3. Hill K, Yates D, Dean R, Stavisky J. A novel approach to welfare interventions in problem multi-cat households. BMC Vet Res. 2019;15(1):1-12. doi:10.1186/s12917-019-2183-3

Background: Thousands of injured, stray and relinquished cats are received at the RSPCA Greater Manchester Animal Hospital each year. A significant and challenging proportion of these cats are confiscated from multicat-households by RSPCA Inspectors, due to the owners’ inability to care for them. These households share many characteristics of animal hoarding, including poor owner compliance with suggested welfare improvements and recidivism. The relatively poor adoption potential of animals from such households are a perennial problem for the charity. The aim of this study was to determine if offering female cat neutering assistance to multi-cat owners significantly improved colony welfare. Results: Ten multicat-households with a history of public complaint to the RSPCA were recruited. An RSPCA veterinary surgeon (VS) initially assessed the overall welfare of each household’s cat population, individual cat welfare and the living environment. All entire female cats aged over 8 weeks were neutered and basic animal care education provided. Follow up visits were completed two and 12 months later to reassess welfare parameters and population numbers. The total number of cats was 176 across ten households (range 7–33, median 16). All owners consented to having all entire female cats spayed. At the first visit, mean individual cat welfare scores ranged from 5.4–8.7/ 16 across the 10 households, where 16 represented best possible welfare. Overall household mean welfare scores were significantly improved at both the 2 month and 12 month revisits (p = 0.011 and p = 0.01 respectively) when compared to the initial visits. By the end of the study period, three out of the ten households had voluntarily relinquished all of their cats, and overall there was a 40% reduction in the number of cats. Conclusions: Animal hoarding has previously been an intractable welfare concern with little evidence informing intervention techniques. These results show that positive veterinary engagement on site, focused on preventative care and population control, can yield significant improvement in welfare scoring systems in relatively short timescales. Promptly collecting and neutering all female cats at a site, combined with advice and support, show promise

4. Jacobson LS, Giacinti JA, Robertson J. Medical conditions and outcomes in 371 hoarded cats from 14 sources: a retrospective study (2011–2014). J Feline Med Surg. 2020;22(6):484-491. doi:10.1177/1098612X19854808

Abstract: Objectives The aims of this study were to: (1) describe the source, route of surrender and signalment of hoarded cats relinquished to the Toronto Humane Society (THS); (2) document the prevalence of medical conditions by group (place of origin); (3) compare medical conditions between institutional hoarding (IH) and non-institutional hoarding (NIH) environments; and (4) report length of stay (LOS) and outcomes in hoarded and non-hoarded cats. Methods A retrospective, descriptive epidemiological study was performed using THS records from between July 2011 and June 2014. The prevalence of medical conditions was calculated for the different groups. Univariable logistic regression with a random intercept to account for autocorrelation among animals from the same group was used to examine the influence of IH and NIH environments on selected medical conditions. LOS and outcomes were calculated for hoarded and non-hoarded cats. Results Three hundred and seventy-one hoarded cats from 14 sources were included. The majority (n = 352/371) were surrendered voluntarily, many with the assistance of a community intermediary. Upper respiratory infection (URI) was the most common medical condition (38% of cats), followed by dermatological disease (30%). The prevalence of medical conditions varied substantially between groups. The odds of URI at intake (odds ratio [OR] 4.35, P = 0.044) and chronic URI (OR 23.70, P <0.0001) were significantly greater for IH compared with NIH. Adoption rates, euthanasia rates and LOS were similar for hoarded and non-hoarded cats. Conclusions and relevance The different prevalence of medical conditions in groups of hoarded cats indicates a continuum of harm and severity in animal hoarding. Hoarded cats can have LOS and live release rates comparable with non-hoarded cats. Cats from IH were significantly more likely to have chronic URI. This study highlights the need for a greater focus on IH, as well as the role of community intermediaries and the potential for a harm reduction approach


Students of Cornell Shelter Medicine Club interested in socially distanced outreach actiivities with local shelters

Additionally, and I forgot to mention this on the call, the shelter medicine club at Cornell is interested in doing some outreach activities (socially distanced) that will help local shelters. They’re not really sure what the best way to do that is, so they were wondering if the shelters on our calls/mailing list would be willing to fill out a survey asking about what a bunch of eager vet students could provide (if anything) that was also helping/needed by the shelters. Here’s their survey:  

The survey asking local shelters what they might need and if they want to participate in our Winter gift program: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe3LEW64XPr9wUcKa0O51a6vHHCdHl0MV1C759_I27dINlS0g/viewform?usp=sf_link


Guidance for quarantining cats after exposure to COVID-19 (*Requested by participant)

The guidance from the CDC/USDA/AVMA is to quarantine cats for 14 days after last exposure to COVID, and not to test asymptomatic animals or without consultation with the state vet. If an animal were to test positive, they are safe to be released from isolation 72 hours after their symptoms resolved and 14 days after their last positive test. Additionally, to my knowledge, we haven’t yet had a reported case where a dog or cat died specifically of COVID (outside of a lab)- just cases where the animal died from other causes and also happened to be positive. We also have no specific evidence of cat transmission to humans (the only animal we think has passed COVID to humans so far (besides the original transmission in China) are farmed mink.) The details: https://www.avma.org/resources-tools/animal-health-and-welfare/covid-19/interim-recommendations-intake-companion-animals-households-humans-COVID-19-are-present

09/18: Fear Free materials for shelter staff; upcoming seminars; Points of Care tracking; grant opportunity (technology)

Recorded classes/seminar

Materials from Fear Free Shelters for shelter staff – all Fear Free Shelter Is free to shelter staff.  https://fearfreeshelters.com/bonus-courses/

  • Course I: Intake and Admission 
  • Course 2: Housing and Environment

Body Language and Frustration Scales for Download, as well as a poster on how to scan for a microchip and how to use treats for positive reinforcement. https://fearfreeshelters.com/resources/

Beyond Spay/Neuter: Models for Expanding Access to Veterinary Care - https://www.maddiesfund.org/models-for-expanding-access-to-veterinary-care.htm

Upcoming Seminars

Access to Care: Join us September 23rd at 3pm EST to hear about some innovative approaches to increasing access to care that can be replicated in other communities. Learn how a private veterinary practice is partnering with human health care and social workers in unique ways to support people and their pets. We'll explore how two non-profits are reaching out to their community to help keep pets and their people together using a wide range of services ranging from veterinary care, food assistance, training, pet support guides, outreach events, and more. Geraldine D'Silva from San Diego Humane Society, Dr. Derrick Prioleau from SPCA of Texas, Aimee St.Arnaud from Open Door Veterinary Care/Community Pet Care Clinic/Best Friends Animal Society, and Dr. Janet Hoy, Associate Professor from the University of Toledo School of Social Justice will share what they are doing and answer questions on how your organization can implement some of these programs. https://us02web.zoom.us/.../reg.../WN_soniPtRqTWy06nDR2zi5Qw

HSUS Animal Advocacy Seminar this weekend – lots on policy work

TAFA Registration: ($25) https://web.cvent.com/event/c3b0e6bc-5b5a-4df0-9f95-f24b2d6272c0/summary?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI662x6v7y6wIVz8DACh3JYALvEAAYASAAEgIXf_D_BwE

The ASPCA is hosting another Shelter Behavior Roundtable on 9/29 - Just-in-Time Tune-Ups to Get Animals Adopted. You can register here: https://www.aspcapro.org/training/webinar/shelter-behavior-roundtable-just-time-tune-ups-get-animals-adopted

Free webinars from the Association for Animal Welfare Advancement (AAWA): 

Wednesday, Sept. 23: The Practices of Purposeful Leadership
Discover the science of purpose and meaning, and see how purposeful leaders compel teams and organizations toward their positive potential.

Wednesday, Sept. 30: Effective Internal Communication: The Problem, Some Solutions & The (Virtual) Meeting
Develop a toolkit of techniques to establish effective internal communications, applicable to virtual meetings and day-to-day workplace interactions.

Tuesday, Oct. 6: Looking Back to Look Forward
Learn how fear and bias have weakened the animal welfare movement and how to identify outdated practices and policies. This webinar is part of the Petfinder Pro Adoption Options Series.

Wednesday, Oct. 7: Supporting Families Through Access to Veterinary Care
Dr. Blackwell, Director of the Program for Pet Health Equity at the University of Tennessee, will speak about this national family crisis and AlignCare, a One Health healthcare system to address it. Approved by RACE for CE.

Points of Care Tracking to measure activity and justify budgets

Webinar: You can register here for the webinar on the project: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ZRlwKgbuTy-LmoTGRs5q_w

ShelterLuv Field Services https://www.shelterluv.com/product/field-services/

Grant Opportunity 

The Amazon Web Services (AWS) Imagine Grant program is a public grant opportunity open to registered 501(c) nonprofit organizations in the United States that are using technology to solve the world's most pressing challenges.

As a nonprofit organization, are you ready to submit your application for the 2020 AWS Imagine Grant? The online submission portal is now open through 11:59 PM EDT on September 30, 2020. 

To ensure your proposal is eligible for consideration, complete the required information on the online form and upload your six-page narrative and appendix in separate files. Details on format and acceptable document types are outlined in the AWS Imagine Grant Program Guidelines.

Shelter student presentation topics and discussion for today

Rabies

FIP

09/11: Veterinary shortages; Veterinary Human Support Certificate Program; Open Door Veterinary Care Model and Training Program; Discussion: evaluating feline stomatitis in the shelter

Veterinary Shortages, Access to Care, Spay/Neuter backlog

239 spay neuter clinics in US Jan to August YOY

827,322 in 2019

684,274 in 2020

17% decline in spay/neuter

Money is one factor.  

Most places are reporting a shortage of people to do the work – particularly, trained techs and vets, who can be a major bottleneck in organizations and without them animal welfare is compromised. We don’t anticipate this is going to be a short term problem.  So how do we work differently? How do we recruit more shelter vets, or make more partnerships, or find other ways of practicing? How do we incentivize working in shelters, esp when funds are challenged.

Veterinary Human Support Certificate Program: https://vetsocialwork.utk.edu/vhscp/

Eligibility

This certificate program is for animal-related professionals who have some form of health related state registration or license (DVM, LVT, etc)

If one does not have a state registration or license, they may apply for the certificate if they meet one of the two criteria below. These applicants will need to have 2 letters of recommendation sent on their behalf on top of the standard application materials.

  • Animal related professional who has an associate or bachelor degree in any field AND has been in animal related field 5+ years
  • Animal related professional with a bachelor degree in animal related field AND has been in animal related field 2+ years

Certificate Overview:

Modules: Online, self-paced, year-round availability

  • Social Work Values, Ethics, and History
  • Compassion Fatigue and Conflict Management 
  • Animal Related Grief and Bereavement 
  • Animal Assisted Interventions 
  • The Link Between Human and Animal Violence
  • Ethics and Moral Stress
  • Advanced Techniques for Human Engagement
  • Advanced Techniques for Human Management 
  • On boarding in Mental Health 
Open Door Veterinary Care Model and Training Program (in development)

Co-owner of two full service, low cost clinics (Ashville, NC and Toledo OH)

Group of Humane Alliance leaders developing the training program for others to follow suit

Online component, then on-site to open such a clinic

Model is a for-profit model – volume and incremental care

Training in efficiencies, budgeting, incremental care, financial options, recruitment and retention

Methods of referral to the low cost clinics:

Safety net partnerships 1. Shelter acts as a point of intervention and referral 2. Private practices provide subsidized care 3. Human health care referrals

Discussion Topic today: evaluating feline stomatitis in the shelter

Here is a open source summary article from a specialist regarding diagnosis and treatment: https://todaysveterinarypractice.com/chronic-feline-gingivostamatitis-proven-therapeutic-approaches-new-treatment-optionsce-article/

09/04: COVID vaccine and testing tracking; upcoming webinars; veterinary service demands; food pantry demands

COVID related

Vaccine tracker: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/science/coronavirus-vaccine-tracker.html

Testing tracker: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/us/coronavirus-testing.html

NYS increase in cluster outbreaks with return to campus

  • What is the impact in your community?
  • Is it impacting your activities yet?
Upcoming Webinars of Note

SCALING HIGH QUALITY, HIGH VOLUME FOSTER CARE IN TIMES OF CRISIS with Humane Society Silicon Valley (HSSV)

Click this link to learn more and register: https://theaawa.org/events/eventdetails.aspx?id=1407922 

  • Cristie Kamiya, DVM, MBA,  Chief of Shelter Medicine 
  • Kristen Jahnke, Director of Shelter Operations 
  • Katie Christie, Manager of Foster and Animal Care 

How do you support and scale your foster program during times of crisis? Humane Society Silicon Valley can answer that – they weathered the pandemic storm by pivoting their foster care and adoption processes into safe, no-contact, socially distanced programs. And did we mention they have acquired more than 3,000 new foster families since March’s lock down?

In this session, experts from HSSV will walk you through a few key components to effectively engage volunteers and your community to increase your impact while removing barriers to lifesaving capacity. Participants will walk away with an understanding of:

  • Increasing your medical team’s capacity through the utilization of volunteers and technology 
  • Developing a foster training strategy that takes advantage of current technology 
  • Managing increased foster demand through tailored and strategic communications 
  • Seizing opportunities and seeing the silver lining in our new normal 

SUPPORTING FAMILIES THROUGH ACCESS TO VETERINARY CARE

Click this link to learn more and register: https://theaawa.org/events/eventdetails.aspx?id=1407925

All pets deserve access to veterinary care. But millions of families have limited access to veterinary care, mainly due to insufficient funds. Lack of needed veterinary care negatively impacts the whole family—human and nonhuman—and may lead to relinquishment to shelters. The community this is also at risk from the spread of zoonotic diseases. 

Dr. Blackwell, Director of the Program for Pet Health Equity, University of Tennessee, will speak about this national family crisis and AlignCare®, a One Health healthcare system to address it. AlignCare improves access to veterinary care for families in need by aligning community resources and activities nationally. AlignCare is structured on One Health by:

  • Addressing the financial and emotional needs of pet parents/guardians (people) 
  • Enabling veterinary service providers to help underserved pets (animals) 
  • Controlling and spreading costs to address the impacts of low socioeconomic status (Environment or ecosystem) 

The AlignCare System is the first healthcare model that encompasses human and companion health and wellbeing. As such, the AlignCare infrastructure involves close collaboration between veterinary social work coordinators and veterinary service providers committed to the AlignCare vision of keeping families together. 

Veterinary Service Demand

Demand for vets continues to rise – up 12-30% in most places.

ERs being used as GP services – long wait times, high level of stress

Many clinics scheduled out for months

Use of telemedicine as a more efficient method for some baseline work?

State by state work to relax rules on telemedicine and the VCPR

Best Friends and HSUS are both working on this

Telehealth regulation tracking document from HSUS: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1iRkL6IU7COv9SthGZelfpWyjE7Z6umR9y2WkBLli-Xo/edit?pli=1#gid=1680051414

Food Pantry Demands

Are you seeing an increase? Many are reporting demands are 2-4 times normal.

Many communities are moving to a delivery system? Who does it?

Petpoint Updates Week 24

Comparison to “clear the shelters” last year to this year – overall we have fewer  in shelter animals, but intake/outcome levels are stable and matching.  Difference is 10k cats nationally, 2k dogs from last year – where are these animals? 

Discussion around recruiting organizational leadership

Large demographic shift with retirements, esp those propelled by COVID

Many people in leadership moved from other areas, but there is no real path to leadership or a solid training program

Some industry specific training to executive leadership in animal welfare

AAWA https://learning.theaawa.org/

Maddie’s University https://www.maddiesuniversity.org/

Shelter Med Discussion topics

Managing Panleukopenia in a Feral Cat Colony (Becky T)

Stomatitis in shelter cats

AUGUST 2020

08/28: MSMP Office Hours move to 4PM on Fridays!; eviction response; COVID tracking dashboards; disaster response & transport; spay/neuter training materials for clinics 

MSMP Online Office Hours will be changing time at the start of September  – FRIDAYS 4pm ET (instead of 3pm)! 

Same ZOOM link: https://cornell.zoom.us/j/98543679429?pwd=TThINWdzb0ZEZXJMV1lpRHJWZkMxUT09

COVID Related TOPICS

Eviction Response

COVID Guidance: SPCA Safe Workplaces Guide for Animal Shelters: https://www.aspcapro.org/resource/safe-workplace-playbook-animal-shelters#.X0bRQlBb-zk.facebook

COVID Tracking Dashboards

Disaster Response

Transport Connection for Disasters

APA is acting as a communication hub for one and done transports from disaster zones or other challenged areas.

If you can take animals in the immediate future from this season’s disasters, contact: 

PETCO Foundation does have disaster response grants to help shelters get animals out: https://petcofoundation.fluxx.io

Disaster Response Training Materials for Shelter Staff ASPCApro

Online and In-Classroom Training

National Field Response Webinar Series
This 8-part webinar series presented by the ASPCA National Field Response (NFR) Department will explore issues critical to successful investigations and response for animals in crisis, including animals in natural or man-made disaster situations. Animal welfare professionals, veterinarians, emergency management, law enforcement, public health and other government officials will especially benefit from these free, 90-minute webinars. https://www.aspcapro.org/training-online-courses/national-field-response-online-courses

FEMA Emergency Management Institute (EMI)
Access EMI's wide variety of disaster preparedness and response training (both classroom-based and online), including courses for animal emergency responders. https://training.fema.gov/is/courseoverview.aspx?code=IS-10.a

Free Courses: FEMA EMI Independent Study Program
Are you a professional with emergency management responsibilities? These self-study EMI courses are designed for you.

Spay Neuter Training Materials for Clinics from ASNA: https://www.aspcapro.org/training-site-training-spayneuter-clinic-mentorship/spayneuter-mentorship-materials

08/21: Upcoming MSMP Events: Check out presentations by Dr. Berliner and Dr. DeTar in September 2020 

09/16/2020 Hoarding: A Human-Animal Bond Disorder
Presented by Lena DeTar, DVM, DACVPM, DABVP, Assistant Clinical Professor of Shelter Medicine at Cornell University, in partnership with the Association of Shelter Veterinarians 
Dr. DeTar will explore this multifactorial issue, looking at the role of shelters, private practitioners, animal control, law enforcement, social services and animal welfare organizations. This presentation will include a case study of a shelter in Hawaii that was involved in a hoarding situation. 
During this webinar Dr. DeTar will discuss: 
  • Recognition of potential hoarding situations
  • Who to involve/intervene when suspicious
  • What types of ailments to look for in animal victims
  • Understanding which interventions may be successful, which not
  • Understanding challenges faced by shelters and how to help 
Wednesday, September 16, 2020
8:00pm - 9:00pm EST
This webinar is approved for 1.5 hours of RACE CE credit for both veterinarians and veterinary technicians. 
Registration is FREE for HSVMA and Association of Shelter Veterinarians (ASV) members. 
Click here to register: https://hsvma.zoom.us/we…/register/WN_C6gzf156SjCNx57_pCMZNA
#ThankToMaddie 


09/03/2020 Companion Animal Population Health in the Face of a Pandemic: What we're talking about in shelter medicine practice 2020
Presented by: Elizabeth Berliner, DVM, DABVP, Director of Shelter Medicine at Cornell University
Outcomes for animals entering shelters in the US have changed dramatically in the last two decades. Increased veterinary care for shelter and community animals, decreased euthanasia of homeless pets, and evolving roles of the shelter in the community have all contributed to improved companion animal welfare. This presentation will review and build on shelter medicine principles to explore current practices being employed by shelter veterinarians, particularly in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. 
Thursday, September 3, 2020
7:30-9:30pm EST
*Please note - This is an atypical CE Event night for WRVMA & HVVMS
Free to LIVMA, WRVMA and HVVMS Members
Click here to register: https://www.nysvms.org/events/register.aspx?id=1410353&itemid=aba1a506-f1af-4c46-876e-bc1c07a40f26

08/14: New spay/neuter guidance; surveillance studies; Virtual Care Summit

COVID updates on holds, etc

Cases of SARS-COV2 in Animals in the US: https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/ourfocus/animalhealth/sa_one_health/sars-cov-2-animals-us?fbclid=IwAR04bBZMx4NPlY_ZO16lriFqjVW5OUTNeuoTxlrMn7FFJxiB_SZCGyUwhg4

In the news – surveillance studies
  • Several pending
  • All suggest there is a small percentage of cats and dogs that are acquiring infections from their owners.  No evidence they play any role in transmission. No evidence of severe disease in animals. No evidence of a large-scale problem in pets. 

Texas A and M study of animals in COVID-19 positive homeshttps://www.kbtx.com/2020/08/06/texas-am-research-project-identifies-first-covid-19-positive-cats-in-texas/

Italy: https://www.dailysabah.com/life/science/pets-and-covid-19-humans-can-pass-on-coronavirus-to-dogs-and-cats-study-finds

  • A study by Italian scientists has found that people can transmit the coronavirus, scientifically known as SARS-CoV-2, to their pet cats and dogs.
  • The study tested 540 dogs and 277 cats living in households in northern Italy, particularly in Lombardy, where someone was infected with the virus or in areas where there were many cases. The study, which has not been peer-reviewed yet, found coronavirus antibodies in 3.4% of dogs and 3.9% of cats, indicating they were infected with the virus.
  • Swab tests for active virus infections were negative in all animals, as the virus shedding period ended after two weeks. The tests were conducted between March and May of this year.
Other Learning Opportunities

5-Part Webcast Kitten Care, Thursdays, Aug 6 - Sept 3: 
https://bit.ly/3gEMYEg

  • Million Cat Challenge/Royal Canin webcasts hosted by Maddie’s Fund: 5-part kitten management series – from Julie Levy 

Webcast on Navigating Anesthetic Drug Shortages: https://bit.ly/3gEMYEg
https://www.maddiesfund.org/mcc-navigating-anesthetic-shortages-after-covid.htm

Million Cat Challenge: Navigating Anesthetic Drug Shortages in Shelters After COVID: 
Wednesday at 12n PT / 3pm ET

Behavioral counselor on communication tips: http://peopleareanimalstoo.com/2020/04/episode-17-overcoming-barriers-to-communication-with-eric-ridgeway/

New Spay/Neuter guidance

Helpful article in Animal Sheltering on new age for spay/neuter research:    https://www.animalsheltering.org/magazine/articles/deconstructing-spayneuter-debate

Latest large scale retrospective study on spay/neuter in purebred dogs: https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fvets.2020.00388/full?fbclid=IwAR0DAqpuCGabyQwkbHYxE4evNTbCNz_xfubB7nJcXwY2iFkuS3FVuPIjuNo

"See above article by Dr. Bushby as all the comments still apply to this study, along with sample size and the issues with interpretation with very rare diseases

Assisting Decision-Making on Age of Neutering for 35 Breeds of Dogs: Associated Joint Disorders, Cancers, and Urinary Incontinence (Benjamin L. Hart 1*, Lynette A. Hart 2, Abigail P. Thigpen2 and Neil H. Willits 3) ***This article is attached to this email. ** Dr. Berliner advises that if you read the paper to look at the data set as well and work through a breed or two for how many animals the recommendation is based on before you change your policy.

Virtual Care Summit

August 18, 2020 , 11:00-3:20 ET

https://todaysveterinarybusiness.com/virtual-care-summit-speakers/?dlv-emuid=e6faf5a8-38a0-436c-83f5-e4bd4d948646&dlv-mlid=2344711

  • “Access for All: How Virtual Care Connects to All Who Need It,” with Steve Feldman, Dr. Jason Johnson and Dr. Amanda Landis-Hanna
  • “Building Bonds: Using Virtual Tools to Grow Client Relationships,” with Fia Fasbinder
  • “Applied Learning: Insights from the Frontlines of Human Health,” with Deb Leon, Chris Turner and John Reardon
  • “Heart and Science: Creating a Client Engagement Ecosystem,” with Dr. Ken Rotondo
  • “Tips and Tricks: Unleashing Your Website’s Powerful Potential,” with Adam Greenbaum, Robert Sanchez and Bill Schroeder
  • “Perspectives from a Veterinary Virtual Care Educator,” with Dr. Eleanor Green and Dr. Lori Teller
  • “Connected Compassion: Enhancing Hospice and End of Life Care,” with Dr. Shea Cox and Dr. Dani McVety
  • “Key Issue and Insights: VCPR — A Mystery in the U.S., But Canada Solved It,” with Mark Cushing, Dr. Charlotte Lacroix, Dr. Sharon Quinn and Doug Raven
  • “How-to: Building a Strong Workflow to Optimize Your Virtual Care Team,” with Dr. Hannah Lau, Nicole Rogers and Michael Shirley
  • “Specialty On-Demand: How Teleconsulting Brings Specialty Care In-House,” with Dr. Caitlin DeWilde and Dr. Apryle Horbal
  • “Catalysts: The Vital Impact of Veterinary Technician Through Virtual Care,” with Dr. Pete Bill, Jesse Longo and Serena Pudelski
  • “Dollars and Sense: The Strong Economics of Virtual Care,” with Dr. Beth Fritzler, Dr. Cherice Roth and Dr. Aaron Smiley
  • “Connected Health: Connecting the Dots Through On-Demand Monitoring,” with Paul Koffman and Scott Lyle

Follow ups on Hoarding Presentation

Example program brochure from Marin County

Discussion Topic

What are shelters doing about daily rounds in their shelter during COVID-19?

08/07: Dr. Henry led a discussion on topics in Animal Behavior

Reminder about Fear Free Shelters!www.fearfreeshelters.com

Shelter Playgroup Alliance – conference just passed – but they have free seminars coming up. It is a 4 part series: https://www.shelterdogplay.org/workshop-dates-and-locations

Updates on shelter behavior resources

Webinars 

Shelter behavior roundtable – talks about – one tip, recruiting, onboarding, etc.: https://www.aspcapro.org/training/webinar/shelter-behavior-roundtable-behavioral-support-fosters

ASPCA resources:

ACVB Blog on Cat behavior: https://www.dacvb.org/blogpost/1849878/About-Cats

ACVB Blog on Dog behavior:  https://www.dacvb.org/blogpost/1849871/About-Dogs

July 2020

07/31: COVID numbers in animals; racism in veterinary medicine; access to care issues

Current COVID and Animal updates by the numbers

NAHL 

International numbers

  • 50 positive 
  • 27 c
  • 16 d
  • 4 tiger
  • 3 lions
  • 29 affected mink farms in 9 countries

US numbers only

  • 12 d
  • 10 c
  • 4 tigers and 3 lions

Diagnostic testing for SARs-COV2

32 labs testing, 17 animals only, 12 do animals and humans, 3 humans only

Handling Hoarding Cases in the Time of COVID

Staged interventions with triage system seem to work best:

  • Socialized and adoptable = signed over for adoption
  • Feral, unsocial, unadoptable = treat/ surgerize and return
  • Sick, untreatable, suffering = euthanasia

Enlist help from veterinarians when possible, and engage multiple human service organizations (housing, adult protective services, mental health professionals)

Prevention programs

Can we prevent hoarding from happening?

Probably at the over-whelmed caregiver stage of things…

Red flags with small rescues

  • crowdsourcing for food and other basic supplies
  • Unaltered animals that are breeding
  • Really low adoption rate

Collaboration between larger organizations and smaller rescues may establish a relationship: grant writing, medical services

There are two recent papers about an incremental, collaborative model:

Medical conditions and outcomes in 371 hoarded cats from 14 sources: a retrospective study (2011-2014) https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/31188057/

Social services accessibility plays an important role. Is there already a network of agencies you might be able to enter into?

Finding Rover/ PetCo Partnership

National lost and found pet database

  • Stray intake = 50% of intake nationally; 25% of that is RTO
  • 10M lost pets per year
  • 1/3 of pets lost at some point

Facial recognition technology https://www.petcofoundation.org/for-partners/finding-rover-partner-application/

  • Free to shelters, rescues and the public
  • Integrates with most shelter software
  • Accessible by web browser
  • Provides community reunification 
Racism in Veterinary Medicine

The Multicultural Veterinary Medical Association is a new group committed to increase DEI in veterinary medicine. See their dramatic video launched yesterday. https://www.mcvma.org/wakeup

PSA from CARE on adoption policies: https://careawo.org/narratives/#Welcome

Fundraising for shelters offered by NYSFED August 20th, 11 – 12:30 ET. Keep watching for links – to be sent out by Libby

Access to Care Issues

Veterinary Demand is way up and causing access issues for EVERYONE

NYSVMS survey – two biggest challenges – keeping up with the demand for services, and staff burnout – closely followed by complaints about curbside check-in

  • Ithaca area DVMS – up 50%, some have wellness backups numbering 200 appts.
  • Local referral ER – up 30%
  • UF is up 25-40% in two ERs
  • YOY average revenue nationally 5-15%
  • Daily average up 13%
  • Smaller practices are higher (16%) and larger practices less (9%)
  • Wellness visits up 15% in revenue
  • Top states in terms of invoice $ increases – Georgia, KY, IL

How are things for you in terms of veterinary access? For your shelter? For your clients?

Next week 8/7: Highlights from American College of Veterinary Behavior Conference and other shelter animal behavior fun

Topics raised from the group for discussion on August 14th call:

  • What systems or methods are you using to provide communication between management and staff, and between staff?
  • What methods are you using to provide the best possible customer service in your organization?

07/24: Dr. DeTar gives recap of Best of 2020 HSUS Expo

07/17: MSMP offers support for CNY Regional shelter-owned animals with treatable issues; NYS tools & programs; compassion fatigue and quality of life 

Announcements

Humane Expo Registration for next week https://www.animalsheltering.org/expo

Survey on Access to Care for Shelters/rescues from CO Vet Student: http://colostate.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9YRnrOZEb6HERYp . Contact: rewerth@colostate.edu (my email)

PetCo Grant Opportunity Opening

Feline Leukemia Day Sat, July 18th

https://www.communitycatspodcast.com/online-feline-leukemia-day-2020/

CNY Regional shelter-owned animal support for emergent cases with treatable issues seen at the CUHA or Urgent Care Triage Service
  • Contact eab35@cornell.edu with description of the pet and the condition.
  • Maximum support for cats is $1k.  Dogs can go higher, but must be a highly adoptable dog, behaviorally sound, and have a treatable/curable condition.
Topics/Tools/ Programs

UGA COVID 19 Risk Assessment Tool for event planning by county: https://covid19risk.biosci.gatech.edu/?fbclid=IwAR0OD8rrhXCt8l8eSrca8GmWltTepixNpSpgopUmigSshMU1g_Wdjm0WKZg

NYS Rental Relief Program https://hcr.ny.gov/RRP

  • The COVID Rent Relief Program will provide eligible households with a one-time rental subsidy that will be sent directly to the household’s landlord. Applicants will not need to repay this assistance. The Covid Rent Relief Program is not first come, first served. Applications will be accepted throughout the two-week application period. HCR will prioritize eligible households with “greatest economic and social need” accounting for income, rent burden, percent of income lost and risk of homelessness.
  • The rental assistance payment will cover the difference between the household’s rent burden on March 1, 2020 and the increase in rent burden for the months the households is applying for assistance. Households can apply for up to four months in rental assistance.

NYS Mandatory Mask order for businesses and individuals: https://regs.health.ny.gov/sites/default/files/pdf/emergency_regulations/Enforcement%20of%20Social%20Distancing%20Measures.pdf

  • Penalties: up to 1000k per individual and 10,000k for businesses not enforcing the mandate

"Business Owners, Managers, and Leaders,

On Monday July 13th, New York State officials have issued emergency regulations on COVID requirements including face-coverings (10 NYCRR Subpart 66-3), summarized here in [CAPS] . . . : BUSINESS OPERATORS AND BUILDING OWNERS MUST DENY ENTRY AND REQUIRE OR COMPEL THE REMOVAL OF ANY PERSON WHO FAILS TO COMPLY WITH FACE-COVERING REQUIREMENTS. The wearing of face coverings has proven to be one of the most effective ways to stop the spread of COVID-19, and is in-line with local guidance on reopening from the Tompkins County Health Department.

As a business operator you are now required to enforce compliance with these requirements. Violations of these regulations could result in a maximum fine of $1000 per violation; a willful violation of these regulations is punishable by a fine of up to $10,000. The Environmental Health Division of the Health Department has received complaints throughout the pandemic, and will be issuing notices of violation to non-compliant businesses in response to these new regulations. The Health Department and all local economic development and business support organizations will continue to communicate this guidance with both businesses and the public..."

Cool ideas

Fire Department Scanning Partnership: Equipping fire dept and police with microchip scanners and knowledge to use the scanner and utilize chip registries. Promotional video: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=2570448636601850

Using Home2Home and other rehoming platforms for short term foster care connections for evictions and other public assistance needs, rather than just adoption?

Compassion Fatigue Resources shared from Anne Lindsey, speaker at the conference

ASPCA Cornell Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Conference

Professional Quality of Life Scale (PROQOL) 

On compassion fatigue :

On caregiving:

On veteran PTSD and depression and our society: - many parallels with our work: 

On suicide prevention:

On resilience:

On shame and vulnerability:

Mindfulness meditations:

Books:

Anne Lindsay, M.A., Counseling Psychology, annerlindsay@gmail.com, 978-549-3879

  • Clinical Instructor for Department of Clinical Sciences, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University
  • Animal Care Compassion Fatigue Specialist/Compassion Fatigue Workshop Facilitator
  • Team Building and Mediation Services
  • Coalition Building Consultation
  • Founder/Past President, Massachusetts Animal Coalition, Inc.

07/10: mask mandates; the coming financial crisis; evictions; NYS moratoriums

Mask wearing mandates and culture change
Humane Animal Control Policies
The coming financial crisis, for organizations and individuals
Evictions
NYS moratoriums

JUNE 2020

06/26: COVID re-opening topics

COVID Re-opening Topics

What will you keep from COVID?

Sample document survey for shelter employees reviewed – Dr. Stout in Iowa

New Roles for Municipal facilities and Animal Control?

NACA/BF Community-based Sheltering Platform for Public Services: https://support.bestfriends.org/site/DocServer/NACA_and_Best_Friends_Animal_Society_Community-Supported.pdf?docID=1102&AddInterest=1021

Human Animal Support Services

Adopters Welcome – updated manual: https://www.animalsheltering.org/page/adopters-welcome-manual

Re-opening Webinar from Maddie’s Fund featuring OSMA: https://www.maddiesfund.org/mcc-covid-control-strategies-maintaining-safety.htm?p=0EECED7D-7E3F-4ECB-A2D8-CD9099F21539

Accompanying Toolkit from Ontario Shelter Medicine Association: https://www.ontariosheltermedicine.org/covid-19-recovery-toolkit/

Highlights from AAWA Conference last week: https://learning.theaawa.org/spring-conference

  • Theme was resilience – topics on dealing with online trolls and coping mechanisms. Shelters deal mostly with animals and people in crisis. 

Link to NY Times Article featuring our own Dr. Brennen: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/23/nyregion/coronavirus-pets.html?smid=em-share

06/12: animals and COVID; building anti-racism in animal welfare; vaccine development updates

Registration for our conference is OPENhttps://www.aspcapro.org/splash/aspca-cornell-maddies-fund-shelter-medicine-conference

Animals and COVID

Animals and COVID Graphic “infected not infectious”: https://www.icam-coalition.org/infected-not-infectious-how-dogs-and-cats-have-become-the-victims-of-covid-19/

Nature article on “What’s the risk that animals will spread coronavirus?”: https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-01574-4

Mink depopulation: https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/06/coronavirus-rips-through-dutch-mink-farms-triggering-culls-prevent-human-infections

Building Anti-Racism in Animal Welfare

Harvard’s Implicit Bias Project: Project Implicit: Complete a self-test for implicit bias (15 min)

  • The IAT measures the strength of associations between concepts (e.g., black people, gay people) and evaluations (e.g., good, bad) or stereotypes (e.g., athletic, clumsy). The main idea is that making a response is easier when closely related items share the same response key.

Podcasts

I’m talking with professor Ibram X. Kendi, New York Times bestselling author of How to Be an Antiracist and the Director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University. We talk about racial disparities, policy, and equality, but we really focus on How to Be an Antiracist, which is a groundbreaking approach to understanding uprooting racism and inequality in our society and in ourselves.

Animal welfare specific

The nation is gripped by racial tensions and division exacerbated by the killing of George Floyd, an unarmed African American man in Minneapolis. Days of protests and demonstrations in all fifty states are demanding an end to police brutality, and have underscored conversations about institutionalized racism and the treatment of people of color in American society. Animal welfare and animal services lack diversity and inclusion, both in our staffing and how we relate to the communities we serve. The number of pet-loving people of color is into the tens of millions and addressing this is not only crucial to ending the killing of pets in our nation's shelters it is a moral imperative for all of us. This episode we take the time to listen and try to understand how we can do better and be better moving forward in our lifesaving work.

AAWA Conference June 16-17: https://theaawa.org/page/events
Vaccine Development Updates 

American Public Health Webinar (APHA): https://covid19conversations.org/. Review of the approach, challenges and expectations for developing a vaccine for SARS-COV2

Re-opening Progress and Challenges Discussion – what can we troubleshoot?

Ontario Shelter Medicine Association Resources: https://www.ontariosheltermedicine.org/covid-19-recovery-toolkit/

06/05: grants and funding; animal transport; evaluating implicit bias and racism in your animal welfare organization

Updates on grants and funding

NYS Companion Animal Capital Fund – money for awarded grants is being released!!! 

The Portalmania Awards  -- 82 shelters

Portalmania 2020 results will be announced this week.

#SpayTogether $2M giveaway (NO LONGER ACTIVE)

  • A group of over 25 national organizations have joined forces to launch #SpayTogether, a stimulus fund to help animal shelters and veterinary clinics perform 50,000 lifesaving spay/neuter surgeries in the wake of COVID-19. This collaborative, historic initiative will provide surgery subsidy support grants, on-ground assistance, training in high-quality, high-volume spay/neuter surgeries, and discounted veterinary supplies and services to shelters and veterinary clinics affected by COVID-19.
  • While #SpayTogether will impact every state, the coalition has identified eight key states that have substantial need due to veterinary shortages and/or large amounts of unaltered animals: Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, California, Texas, Nevada, Florida and Oklahoma.
  • Individual shelter animal grants from our program’s partners in the Ithaca surrounding area: review of criteria
Topics for Discussion

Submitted questions

Holding periods for animals entering shelters – review of guidelines

New companion animal cases of COVID-19 in the news

New statements and resources this week

  • NACA Statement on Officer Safety: In this challenging time, we are deeply concerned for the safety of animal control officers around the nation, who continue their work of saving lives and protecting pets and people. In an effort to provide guidance to agencies operating the essential service that is Animal Control, NACA has developed new recommendations. https://cdn.ymaws.com/theaawa.org/resource/resmgr/NACA_statement_on_officer_sa.pdf
Transport Resources

ASPCA's COVID-19 Animal Relocation Preparedness Guide: If you're considering resuming your relocation program, download this guide for recommendations on topics like medical and community preparedness, capacity for care, and transport frequency, plus sample flowcharts and checklists, sample biosecurity measures for drivers, and loading and unloading protocols. https://www.aspcapro.org/reloguide 

Maine’s COVID-19 TRANSPORT PROTOCOL: This document from ME is a good example of a Transport Protocols: The Maine Federation of Humane Societies, in conjunction with the HSUS, developed these protocols for transport, which can serve as a guide when organizations/communities are ready to safely resume transport programs. Review the protocols >> 

Resources provided during the June 4th webinar, “COVID-19: Transport During a Pandemic”, hosted by Best Friends:

Evaluating implicit bias and racism in your animal welfare organization

The sniff blog “Recognizing and dismantling racism in animal rescue” by AJ Albrecht:  http://www.thesniff.com/blm/?fbclid=IwAR23r0D6-Z6c6JOYCCO9zhFSQLVcB1j4X7RiBID3ezjLyP__1Sv3qmhPcz4

CARE ( Companions and Animals for Reform and Equity): https://careawo.org/blog/

Anti-racist organizational change: resources and tools for non-profits: http://communitywise.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/AROC-Resources-and-Tools_web.pdf

Pets for Life Sustainability Guide: has several chapters on racism and equity for shelter programming https://www.animalsheltering.org/sites/default/files/documents/pets-for-life-sustainability-guide.pdf

Pets for Life: Introduction to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Animal Welfare led by Gabbi Chapman, PFL Senior Analyst, Social Justice and Amanda Arrington, Pets for Life Director: https://zoom.us/rec/play/u8UldO6pqWo3TIXH5ASDA6UqW465e62sgXMW-_oEmE_hU3QFNFH1YrZDNLOj64bBU3IkFX1vB0UpP3QGcontinueMode=true&_x_zm_rtaid=YIq57kypTyCsvk5Eo_Mdiw.1591369182331.3ecf8abaade20fe4be3968876f3263b7&_x_zm_rhtaid=282

Free online course in Understanding Institutional Racism: https://culturalsomaticsuniversity.thinkific.com/courses/cultural-somatics-free-5-session-ecourse?fbclid=IwAR1lNYE0ujdWaFjffYW1-PF3MrwRaRI1vgHJmK_A6CCFIykldC9oTt6ikq8

Modeling of Effect of PAUSE on TNR Programs video from ACCD: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bAac78YBk68