Day 1 - December 7, 2021

1:00 pm EST - 3:15 pm EST
Welcome; The DC Cat Count; Annual Business Meeting; PSA Awards

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Overview

The DC Cat Count: Establishing Common Ground for Collaboration & Cat Population Management

Join DC Cat Count researchers and administrators to learn about the outcomes of the DC Cat Count and how you can apply them in your community. We adapted techniques from population biology and ecology to produce groundbreaking research quantifying outdoor, owned, and shelter cat populations in Washington, D.C., which generated the most intensive urban cat dataset ever created. Our success is rooted in the diverse group of partners, including community-based and national animal welfare organizations, conservation biologists, and independent researchers, whose complementary expertise facilitated the most accurate total cat estimate ever created, and forged new opportunities to explore the interactions between animals, people, and community. The goal of this project is to help develop humane, data-driven cat population management programs in communities across the nation.

Learn about the free Cat Counting Toolkit which includes valid protocols, tools, and training materials for quantifying cat populations and tracking the impacts of management programs that are suitable for organizations with a wide range of needs and skill sets. By taking a science-based approach to understanding the cat population in your community, you can accurately assess your organization’s impact and provide stakeholder groups with a common foundation for collaboration and data-driven decision making.

Sponsored by Vetoquinol

Moderator: Lisa LaFontaine, Humane Rescue Alliance

Panelists:

  • Dr. John Boone, Great Basin Bird Observatory
  • Dr. Tyler Flockhart, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Appalachian Laboratory
  • Dr. Bill McShea, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
  • Lauren Lipsey

This session, both live and the recording, has been approved for:

  • 1 Certified Animal Welfare Administrator continuing education credit 
  • 1 CFRE CE
  • 1 NACA CE
  • 1 CE towards ACO CE requirements per Ch. 829 of the Texas Health and Safety Code by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS)

3:15 pm EST - 3:30 pm EST
Break

3:30pm EST - 4:30pm EST
Technology: Your Mission’s New BFF

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Technology: Your Mission’s New BFF

Cognitive technologies, big data, digital workforces, and crowdsourcing solutions are already changing work cultures around the globe, so how should animal welfare leaders plan for a future where the ubiquity of technology will drive strategy? How will these technologies change your operations, culture, and workplace dynamics? Join this diverse panel of professionals as they examine how technology will impact the future of the animal welfare workforce and mission. Learn about advancements in technology and data collection that will enable new workstreams to emerge and existing ones to evolve. 

Sponsored by RKD Group

Moderator: Martha Boden, PMP, CAWA, SPCA Tampa Bay
Panelists:

  • Chris Beard, CenterGrid
  • Stephanie Filer, Shelter Animals Count
  • Amy Nichols, Kinship
  • Brett Yates, Michelson Found Animals 

This session, both live and the recording, has been approved for:

  • 1 Certified Animal Welfare Administrator continuing education credit 
  • 1 CFRE CE
  • 1 NACA CE
  • 1 CE towards ACO CE requirements per Ch. 829 of the Texas Health and Safety Code by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS)

4:30pm EST - 4:40pm EST
Break

4:40pm EST - 5:30pm EST
Happy Hour & Unmuted Sessions

Click on the link to join the Zoom meeting:

Happy Hour Sponsored by One & All 
Meeting ID: 874 1109 4914


Unmuted Discussions: 

• Cat Discussion Sponsored by PetSmart Charities
Meeting ID: 880 8304 9051

• Technology Deep Dive: Cybersecurity in Animal Welfare Sponsored by Petfinder 
Meeting ID: 814 3643 6621