Serving the WHOLE Community: How to Use Data as Your Roadmap

Serving the WHOLE Community: How to Use Data as Your Roadmap

Building on the learnings shared during the ASPCA-AAWA Research Forum at the presentation titled "Animal Shelter Services and Community Vulnerability: Are We Taking from the Poor and Giving to the Rich?," this interactive session will explore how animal welfare professionals can apply data to serve their communities more equitably and comprehensively. Do you know where animals entering your shelter are coming from, and why? Are they being adopted out to the same communities--and if not, why not? How can layering human data onto animal data guide our strategies to make the greatest impact on animal welfare while honoring principles of social justice? Most importantly: where to begin? 

Join this session to hear three animal welfare leaders describe how this research inspires them to tailor their own efforts to address disparities in service delivery, both within and beyond shelter walls. The Q&A format of the session will encourage participants to ask their own tough questions about "what next?" and problem-solve in a practical, hands-on way.

Sponsored by The ASPCA

Moderators: Maya Gupta, PhD, ASPCA; Margaret Slater, DVM, PhD, ASPCA

• Amanda Arrington, HSUS
• Matt Pepper, Michigan Humane
• MeLissa Webber, Dallas Animal Services

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)

Amanda Arrington

Senior Director Of Pets For Life, The Humane Society Of The United States

Amanda Arrington is the Senior Director of the groundbreaking Pets for Life (PFL) program at the Humane Society of the United States. With PFL, Amanda guides a social justice-driven approach to create equity in and access to pet resources and information for people in underserved communities. Under her leadership, the program has been implemented in over 50 markets, and is working to make companion animal welfare a more just and inclusive movement. Amanda currently serves as co-chair of The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement’s DEI committee. She received the prestigious American Veterinary Medical Association Humane Award in 2018.

Dr. Maya Gupta

Senior Director of Research, ASPCA

Dr. Maya Gupta is a psychologist specializing in the understanding of animal cruelty, including its connections to other forms of violence. She previously served as the executive director of a statewide organization in Georgia whose mission was to help the human and animal victims of domestic violence reach safety together. As Senior Director of Research at the ASPCA, Dr. Gupta leads a research team focused on developing cutting-edge science about animal cruelty response, policy issues, and community engagement.

Matt Pepper

CEO, Michigan Humane

Matt Pepper is president and CEO of the Michigan Humane. Previously he served in leadership roles in New Mexico, Tennessee, and Louisiana. His career began as an animal cruelty investigator. Matt has served on several boards including NACA, the Michigan Association of Animal Control Officers, and the Louisiana Animal Control Association. He is the incoming Chair of the Board for The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement.

​Dr. Margaret Slater

Vice President of Research, ASPCA

Dr. Margaret Slater earned her DVM and PhD at Cornell University.  She was a professor at Texas A&M University, College of Veterinary Medicine before joining the ASPCA in 2008.  She is currently the ASPCA Vice President of Research, leading a team of 10 working on a broad range of research topics to improve animal welfare.

​MeLissa Webber

Interim Director, Interim Director

MeLissa Webber joined Dallas Animal Services in 2020 as the department’s second Assistant Director and was promoted to Interim Director in 2021. As Interim Director, MeLissa supports a staff of nearly 200. Previously, MeLissa garnered more than a decade of experience overseeing lifesaving field and shelter operations at three of the country’s largest municipal and non-profit animal shelters.  

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