Big Dog Master Class Block 8 - Big Dogs: The Tough Stuff (1 hour 5 minutes total)
Clare Callison, Maddie’s® Director of National Pet Supply and Demand, American Pets Alive!
Kristen Hassen, Founder and Principal Consultant, Outcomes Consulting
There are a number of factors that lead to big dogs facing a particularly precarious situation in animal shelters. While it's no fault of the dogs, size and breed restrictions are particularly detrimental to big dogs, causing them to sit in shelters longer and to be brought to shelters because their owners aren’t allowed to keep them. Behavioral and medical decline, particularly a problem during periods of high intake, can lead to space crises which force shelters to act urgently to avoid euthanizing dogs due to lack of space. Behavioral decline, often caused by the stress of shelter confinement, leads to sheltered dogs being slated for euthanasia when no immediate outcome options are available. These factors can lead to shelter workers and volunteers feeling helpless and demoralized like there is just no answer. Luckily, there are things you can do to save big dogs, even in the hardest of circumstances.
Session 1: Managing Big Dog Space Crises (28 minutes)
In this session, Clare Callison teaches you the proven steps you can take to get dogs into homes during periods of crisis or when dogs are at risk of euthanasia due to behavioral decline or a long length of stay. Students learn to implement easy, low cost or free strategies to get dogs out faster and avoid holding dogs indefinitely, with no solid plan.
Session 2: Lifesaving Protocol for At-Risk Dogs (37 minutes)
Kristen Hassen describes the proven ‘lifesaving protocol for at-risk dogs,’ now taught for more than five years to hundreds of shelters around the nation, and explains the steps to giving the public and rescues the chance to save a dog before it is euthanized due to length of time in a shelter, behavioral decline, or space constraints.
- Learn actionable steps to take to alleviate a big dog space crisis, which includes transfer and transport pleas, intake deferment of non-emergency intakes, emergency foster pleas, innovative adoption pushes, co-housing dogs, emergency marketing, and more
- Implement the proven ‘lifesaving protocol for at-risk dogs,’ now taught for more than five years to hundreds of shelters around the nation.
- Learn the steps to giving the public and rescues the chance to save a dog before it is euthanized due to length of time in a shelter, behavioral decline, or space constraints.
- Learn the factors that lead to the needless euthanasia of dogs, the signs of a stagnated movement process, and how to make small changes to streamline dog movement through the system toward live outcomes.
- Earn 1.0 Certified Animal Welfare Administrator continuing education credits from The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement and from the National Animal Care & Control Association.
- This course has been approved for 1 hour of continuing education credit for each block of presentations until February 14, 2024 in jurisdictions that recognize RACE approval. Pass the quiz with a score of 70% or higher to access your CE certificate and then upload it to https://CEBroker.com. This is the broker that the AAVSB uses to track your continuing education credits.
Keywords: length of stay, adoption marketing, marketing big dogs, Community support, live outcomes, obstacles to outcomes management system for big dogs, animal behavior, big dogs, large dogs, Maximize physical and behavioral health, Animal & Population Management, Strategic & Operational Planning, Policies & Procedures, webcast
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Maddie’s® Director of National Pet Supply and Demand
American Pets Alive!
Clare Callison is the Maddie’s® Director of National Pet Supply and Demand for American Pets Alive! and serves on the Board of Directors for CARE (Companions and Animals for Reform and Equity). She provides guidance and support to help organizations build robust lifesaving programs and improve operations to better serve people and pets. Clare specializes in helping organizations grow their transport relationships and increase their lifesaving through rescue partnerships and open adoption practices. Before joining American Pets Alive!, she was the Director of Operations for San Antonio Pets Alive for 5 years. Because of her heavy involvement, San Antonio has gone from a 28 percent live release rate to a 90 percent live release rate in over three years. Clare enjoys helping others seek lifesaving solutions to common challenges that exist in working in a high-volume, fast-paced animal welfare organization.
Kristen Hassen is the founder and principal consultant of Outcomes Consulting, building safe, humane communities for pets and the people who love them. She also serves on the board of the National Animal Care and Control Association (NACA). Kristen is also the co-founder and former director of the Human Animal Support Services Project. Before this, she was the director at Pima Animal Care Center, the municipal animal shelter in Tucson, Arizona, that took in approximately 20,000 pets annually with a 92% live release rate. Prior to this, Kristen served as the deputy director at Austin Animal Services and the assistant director of the Fairfax County Animal Shelter in Fairfax, Virginia.