10/02/19 Come Together: Why & How We Need to Think About Mergers and Consolidations

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Recorded On: 10/02/2019

The animal welfare field has been fragmented from its very beginnings. Sheltering organizations have been providing separate services for so long that we don’t notice that we’re doing it, or wonder whether there is another choice. In fact, especially in today’s world, our separateness has dramatic negative impact on our work, and places all our organizations at risk. The Wisconsin Humane Society today is the combination of five previously separate organizations. We’ll discuss why we think it is so important to consider combining organizations in this way; how we’ve done it; and what the impact has been.

This webinar recording 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

Anne Reed

President & CEO, Wisconsin Humane Society

Anne Reed became the Executive Director of the Wisconsin Humane Society in January of 2010. Before joining WHS, Anne spent almost three decades as a corporate litigator at the Milwaukee law firm of Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren SC. 

At the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS), Anne stepped into the leadership of Wisconsin’s oldest, largest, and most recognized animal welfare organization. For more than 130 years, WHS has been saving the lives of animals in need, and carrying out its mission to build a community where people value animals and treat them with respect and kindness. WHS helped to pioneer the idea that every animal available for adoption in a shelter could be free of time limits, taking as long as needed to be adopted. WHS operates shelters in Milwaukee, Saukville and Racine. 

Anne serves on the board of directors of the National Federation of Humane Societies (NFHS), Wisconsin Federated Humane Societies, and Shelter Animals Count, a national database initiative. She also chairs NFHS’s 2020 Vision Initiative. Anne also served as president of Meta House’s board of directors from 2005 to 2007 and served on the board from 2001 to 2010. As a lawyer, she was named one of the Wisconsin Law Journal’s “Women In The Law;” was named to the list of “Wisconsin Superlawyers,” and authored a law blog which was twice named one of the 100 best in the country by the American Bar Association’s ABA Journal.

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