Conference Sessions Schedule

Focus Day

General Session

Field Services

Leadership

Shelter Operations

Focus Day – September 15, 2021

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9:00am – 10:30am

Summit Ballroom

Lesley Irvine

DR. LESLEY IRVINE

Focus Day

Lessons Learned from Homeless Pet Owners

Life on the street poses unique challenges for pet owners.

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10:45am – 12:15pm

Summit Ballroom

Dr. Jon Geller

Jon Geller, DVM

Focus Day

Three Dog Night: Caring for the Pets of the Unsheltered

Homelessness is widespread in the United States and those who choose to have pets face many additional barriers to an already difficult life.

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1:45pm – 3:15pm

Summit Ballroom

Dr. Jon Geller

Kim Wolf

Focus Day

Creating Successful Human-Animal Service Partnerships

Learn how innovative programs are effectively using partnerships with human services agencies to protect the human-animal bond.

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3:30pm – 5:00pm

Summit Ballroom

Dr. Michael Blackwell

DR. Michael Blackwell

Focus Day

Access to Veterinary Care: A National Family Crisis

Pets have become an integral part of our families, however, more than one in four pet owners report they cannot afford veterinary care.

Day 2 – September 16, 2021

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9:00am – 10:30am

Summit Ballroom

Dr. Nita Mosby Tyler

Dr. Nita Mosby Tyler

General Session

Igniting the Power of Us: Exploring Our Roles in the Important Work of Equity

This presentation takes participants on a journey of deconstructing the real meaning of equity, inclusivity, and diversity.

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10:45am – 12:15pm

Summit Ballroom

Shelter Operations

Be Vaccine Safe

Presentation by Jeff Wells, DVM,  of Boehringer-Ingelheim

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10:45am – 12:15pm

9th Floor

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Dr. Katrina Zwolinski

Field Services

Partnering With Your Veterinarian for a Successful Prosecution

Learn how animal care officers can make the most of a veterinarian’s professional knowledge.

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10:45am – 12:15pm

10th Floor

Elizabeth Waetzig

Anitra Lesser

Leadership

Leading Through Courageous Conversations During Times of Challenge and Change

Healthy dialogue and emapathy are key to generating desired outcomes.

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1:45pm – 3:15pm

Summit Ballroom

Mariah Mcculley

Mariah Mcculley

Shelter Operations

Socializing The Snarky

We will focus on approaches that can be taken in foster care with younger animals and touch on some helpful ideas for animals in the shelter environment.

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1:45pm – 3:15pm

9th Floor

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Dr. Katrina Zwolinski

Field Services

A Team Approach to Neglect and Hoarding Cases

Learn how  involving a veterinarian before you visit a property can help you develop and prosecute a fully supported legal case.

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1:45pm – 3:15pm

10th Floor

Dr. Nita Mosby Tyler

Dr. Nita Mosby Tyler

Leadership

Navigating the Complexities of DE&I in the Workplace

Participants will be taken on a journey of deconstructing the real meaning of equity. This session inspires participants to leverage their skills as leaders and colleagues.

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3:30PM-5PM

9th Floor

Dr Melinda Merck

Diane Balkin

Field Services

Preparing for Trial: Overcoming the Presumption of Innocence

Trial preparation is among the most critical stages of an animal cruelty case.

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3:30pm – 4:10pm

Summit Ballroom

Saskia Chiesa

Saskia Chiesa

Shelter Operations

Know Your Guinea Pigs! With Saskia Chiesa, the Guinea Pig Whisperer

Chiesa will be covering the basics you will need to know when Guinea pigs come into your shelter, proper food requirements, bedding and cage requirements.

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4:20pm – 5:00pm

Summit Ballroom

Robyn Levy

Robyn Levy

Shelter Operations

Bunny Basics and Beyond

Rabbits are complex and often confusing animals.

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3:30pm – 5:00pm

10th Floor

Gina Knepp

Anitra Lesser

Leadership

Neuroscience of Stress and Our Stress Response

In this science based and awareness-driven session, participants gain insights and accessible understanding about what causes the human stress response and why knowing the mechanics of our responses helps to begin building sustainable habits towards stress-reduction.

Day 3 – September 17, 2021

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9:15am – 10:30am

Summit Ballroom

Dr Sarah Wooten

Dr. Sarah Wooten

General Session

Rubber Not Glue: Awakening the Resilience Within You

Resilience is defined as the capacity to recover quickly from difficult situations. How much of it you have will dictate how you respond to the inevitable challenges of life that are thrown your way.

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10:45am – 12:15pm

Summit Ballroom

Marissa Martino

Marissa Martino

Shelter Operations

Best Practices that Support Productive Conversations Around Humane Euthanasia

Making euthanasia decisions is a hard part of working in animal welfare. Nothing prepares staff members or even some organizations to do this task well.

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10:45am – 12:15pm

9th Floor

Marissa Martino

Diane Balkin

Field Services

Expert Witnesses in Animal Cruelty Cases

This session will cover the who, what, when, why, and how of expert testimony.

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10:45am – 12:15pm

10th Floor

Jennifer Schwartz

Jennifer Schwartz

Marissa Martino

Ray Killough

Marissa Martino

Alice Nightengale

Leadership

HR Basics: What Every Shelter Needs

Jennifer Schwartz has served as the director of human resources for the Humane Society of Boulder Valley since 2015.

Ray Killough has been the HR Manager at the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region since March 2015.

Alice Nightengale has been the director of Denver Animal Protection since April 2013 and has helped transform the way the city addresses animal welfare.

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1:45pm – 3:15pm

Summit Ballroom

April Huntsman

April Huntsman

Shelter Operations

Understanding Pet Supply and Adopter Demand Through the Lens of Online Pet Searches

Adopt-A-Pet is North America’s largest nonprofit pet adoption website. The pandemic changed the face of animal welfare in 2020 and we have been collecting data on the trends of our users all throughout the pandemic.

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1:45pm – 3:15pm

9th Floor

April Huntsman

Stephanie Garcia

April Huntsman

Lindsey Vigna

Field Services

Animal Hoarding: Case Review

Two representatives of the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region will review animal hoarding cases and their effects on animal control officers, shelters, and communities.

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1:45pm – 3:15pm

10th Floor

Gina Knepp

Ali Eccleston

Gina Knepp

Sarah Swanty

Leadership

The “M” Word – Merger

Using Animal House and Fort Collins Cat Rescue as a case study for Unified Operations and Strengthening Service to the Community.

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