A New Model for Preserving the Human-Animal Bond

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Recorded On: 02/07/2020


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The Humane Advocacy (HA) department at East Bay SPCA preserves the human-animal bond by providing financial assistance for veterinary care, pet food, and temporary shelter to underserved communities and people in crisis. By working directly with pet owners and community stakeholders, HA programs sustain the human-animal bond which is critical to the health and well-being of the entire East Bay community.  East Bay SPCA's approach involves comprehensive case management to not only meet immediate needs, but also to build relationships with clients experiencing complex social challenges such as homelessness, mental health crises, domestic violence, and housing and food insecurity. Learn how this innovative program helps community members in crisis and gain ideas for developing a similar program or collaboration in your community.

Read this blog about the program. 


This webinar recording is part of the new Innovation Bank. The Innovation Bank is a collection of bright ideas, innovative programs, and research that your organization can use for inspiration. Recorded sessions will be added to the series throughout Fall 2020.

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​Karalyn Aronow

Vice President of Operations

East Bay SPCA

Karalyn Aronow is the East Bay SPCA’s Vice President of Operations. Karalyn attained Master of Science degrees in biological science and animal behavior. Since joining the East Bay SPCA, Karalyn has been working with an incredible team to create and sustain programs that serve the East Bay community through improving animal welfare, and promoting and preserving the human-animal bond.

​Raquel Bernaldo

Manager of Humane Advocacy

East Bay SPCA

Raquel Bernaldo holds a Masters in Social Welfare and has dedicated her social work career to providing direct service in underserved communities. Since 2016, Raquel has served as the Manager of Humane Advocacy at the East Bay SPCA. Here, she oversees programs that promote the human-animal bond by providing people with the resources they need to care for their companion animals as well as reduce the number of animals surrendered to local shelters.  

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