Animal Enrichment Best Practices

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Recorded On: 01/10/2018

A strong shelter enrichment program will help give your animals more freedom from discomfort, freedom to express normal behavior and freedom from fear and distress. The Association recruited subject matter experts on animal behavior to develop a best practices document on animal enrichment in shelters. This webinar is the first in a four-part series to dig into that document and answer your questions.

Participants will walk away understanding:

  • What animal enrichment is and its limitations
  • Why enrichment is important
  • How enrichment helps increase adoptions and save lives
  • The distinction between enrichment and behavior modification

The 4-part series will benefit any animal shelter professional interested in understanding how enrichment can enhance and maintain behavioral health.

Approved for 1 Certified Animal Welfare Administrator continuing education credit. (No certificate of completion offered for this recording.)

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. 

Allison Hartlage

Manager of Animal Training & Behavior, Humane Society of Boulder Valley

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