2/09/2022 No Fake News: 3 Years of Animal Welfare Data & How to Use It

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Includes a Live Event on 02/09/2022 at 3:00 PM (EST)

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You've been collecting your shelter's data, probably even compared your stats with others locally, regionally, and nationally. What do the numbers tell us about the state of animal welfare, and how can you use your data to plan for the future? 

Let’s find out in this review of three years of animal sheltering data compiled by Pethealth's Steve Zeidman, with special guests Brent Toellner from Best Friends Animal Society and Dr. Julie Levy of the University of Florida Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program.

Facilitated by Jim Tedford, CEO for The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement, this roundtable discussion will focus on data trends and how they can be used -- factually and without confusing spin -- to impact animal welfare programming now and into the future.  

This live and recorded roundtable is approved for 1 Certified Animal Welfare Administrator continuing education credit.

Julie Levy, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, DABVP (Shelter Medicine)

Fran Marino Endowed Professor of Shelter Medicine Education, University of Florida

Dr. Julie Levy is a professor of Shelter Medicine at the University of Florida, where she focuses on the health and welfare of animals in shelters, feline infectious diseases, and humane alternatives for cat population control. She founded Operation Catnip, a nonprofit university-based community cat trap-neuter-return program that has spayed, neutered, and vaccinated more than 65,000 cats in Gainesville since 1998. In 2008, she co-founded Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program, and in 2014, she joined Dr. Kate Hurley to launch the Million Cat Challenge, a shelter-based campaign to save millions of cats in shelters across North America.

​Brent Toellner

Senior Director of National Programs, Best Friends Animal Society

Brent Toellner is the Senior Director of National Programs for Best Friends Animal Society. In his role at Best Friends, Brent oversees the work of their regional programs teams in supporting shelters across the nation, their communications to the sheltering audience, and supporting their data driven strategies for the organization. Prior to joining Best Friends, Brent, his wife, Michelle, and a few others co-founded the Kansas City Pet Project to run the municipal shelter in Kansas City, Missouri.  

Steve Zeidman, CAWA

SVP Software Solutions, Pethealth, Inc.

Steve Zeidman, CAWA, has more than 20 years’ industry experience, and is a leading expert in animal welfare technology and shelter operations. He is currently the Senior Vice President, Software Solutions, for Pethealth Inc., where he oversees data management solutions for shelters and rescues under the petpoint brand while also supporting Chameleon users. He is the Board Chair of the Catalyst Council, has served as head of research for Petsmart Charities, and was a founding board member of Shelter Animals Count.

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