The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement Learning Center
9-27-23 Keeping People and Pets Housed
Animal welfare advocates are on the front lines and able to provide information, guidance, and resources to people with pets facing housing challenges. This session will provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to provide compassionate and effective case management for any program working with vulnerable pets. You will also learn how to collaborate with the human services sector in your community to improve outcomes in keeping people and pets together.
Additionally, we will discuss laws that help tenants combat being denied housing due to their pets. Keeping pets housed requires keeping people housed. In 2022, the Humane Society of the United States launched its first pet-inclusive housing mentorship with the Cleveland Animal Protective League and Richmond SPCA. Attendees will see examples of geographic information system (GIS) mapping to identify areas of need in their communities and learn how to use a combination of data, policy change, and safety net programming to help families maintain or secure pet-inclusive housing.
- Sharon Harvey, President & CEO, Cleveland Animal Protective League
- Garrett Parsons, Pet Support Supervisor, Found House Interfaith Housing Network
- Dianne Prado, Founder & Director, Housing Equity & Advocacy Resource Team (HEART LA)
This webinar has been pre-approved for:
- 1 Certified Animal Welfare Administrator continuing education credit
- 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)
President & CEO, Cleveland Animal Protective League (APL)
Sharon Harvey is the president & CEO of the Cleveland Animal Protective League (APL), a private, nonprofit humane society in Ohio, where she and her team are working to reduce access to pet care and housing barriers that are faced by families living in an impoverished, under-resourced community. Sharon also regularly lobbies and testifies for stronger animal welfare laws in Ohio. Sharon currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for both Shelter Animal Count (the
national database for animal welfare), President of the Board of the Ohio Animal Welfare Federation and is a member of the Hill’s Shelter Advisory Board. She is a past board member for the Association for Animal Welfare Advancement.
Pet Support Supervisor, Found House Interfaith Housing Network
Garrett Parsons is the Pet Support Supervisor at Found House Interfaith Housing Network in Cincinnati, Ohio. For the past 6 years and with the help of many volunteers, he has established/grown a shelter program for pets whose owners are in crisis with the goal of keeping families together and out of animal shelters. Since 2016, the Pet Support Program has kept several hundred animals with their owners through various crises such as homelessness, rehabilitation, and hospitalization. As a Licensed Social Worker, Garrett is a big proponent of pet inclusive social work practice and ensuring that the entire family is served during a crisis or transition. In addition to his work with Found House, Garrett serves on the Board of Directors for Cliftondeer.org, a non-profit white-tailed deer sterilization project, where he serves as the Vice President of Field Operations.
Founder and Executive Director, Housing Equity & Advocacy Resource Team (HEART LA)
Dianne Prado is the Founder and Executive Director of the Housing Equity & Advocacy Resource Team (HEART LA), a legal non-profit that helps ensure people and their pets remain together & housed. Dianne is an appointed public member of the CA Veterinary Medical Board, trainer and consultant for the Stay Housed Los Angeles (SHLA) eviction defense program, and Lecturer in Law for UCLA Law School teaching Los Angeles Housing Law and Policy.
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