03/27/19 Completing the Adoption, Post-adoption & Returns

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Recorded On: 03/27/2019

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Join us for a conversation about finalizing adoptions and maintaining relationships with adopters after the animal has gone home. Staff or volunteers with organizations that conduct adoptions will benefit from this third and final part of the Adoption Best Practices webinar series. Topics covered will include:

Completing the adoption:

  • Writing a comprehensive and specific adoption agreement
  • Building a bundle of animal-specific information and resources to send home with adopters
  • Making final preparations to transport the animal home


  • Continuing the adopter relationship through appropriate and routine follow up
  • Ensuring adoption success by providing ongoing support
  • Welcoming returns
  • The benefits of proper animal tracking

This webinar has been pre-approved for 1 Certified Animal Welfare Administrator continuing education credit and 1 CE  by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) for Texas Animal Control Officers.

Lauren Lipsey

Vice President of Community Programs, Humane Rescue Alliance, DC

Lauren Lipsey is the Vice President of Community Programs with the Humane Rescue Alliance, where she drives the strategic direction of the foster, volunteer, humane education, and community cat programs, in addition to expanding the organization’s community outreach program called Help Out Partner and Engage (HOPE). She is the project administrator for the DC Cat Count, a collaboration between animal welfare organizations and wildlife scientists that endeavors to count the number of cats in Washington, D.C. in order to support practical, humane solutions to conflicts between cats, wildlife, and people in our communities. She joined HRA’s legacy organization, the Washington Humane Society, as the Director of Rehoming in 2014 and has been in her current position since early 2017. Prior to joining HRA, Lauren worked at the Humane Society of the United States, the Smithsonian Institution, and other animal welfare organizations.

Brad Shear, CAWA

Executive Director, Potter League for Animals

Brad Shear is the Executive Director of the Potter League for Animals.  Brad is one of two Certified Animal Welfare Administrators (CAWA) in the state of Rhode Island.  In addition to his work at the Potter League, Brad serves on the board of The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement, chairing their Best Practices and Emerging Trends Committee for The Association and representing The Association on the board of the National Animal Rescue and Sheltering Coalition.  Brad also serves on the Hill’s Pet Nutrition Shelter Advisory Council, and the board of the Ocean State Animal Coalition.  Brad was a founder of the New York State Animal Protection Federation where he served as Board President for 7 years and continues to serve as the President of the Federation’s education foundation.  He previously served on the board of Community Works of New York State and is a past chair of the Tech Valley Nonprofit Business Council. Prior to leading the Potter League, Brad served for ten years as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society in Albany New York.  Brad was the Director of Operations for the Atlanta Humane Society, managed the Brooklyn Shelter for New York City Animal Care and Control, and began his animal protection career at the Humane Society of Boulder Valley in Colorado. 

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