Looking Back to Look Forward: Why Fear and Bias Have Weakened the Animal Welfare Movement

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Recorded On: 12/08/2020

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Part of the Petfinder Pro Adoption Options Series:

Looking Back to Look Forward: Why Fear and Bias Have Weakened the Animal Welfare Movement -- and How We Can Seize This Opportunity To Change That

The animal welfare field is fueled by compassionate individuals who share a deep love of animals. At the same time, that compassion has not always been extended to the other side of the leash. Fear and bias have created structural barriers to adoption, unequal access to pet care resources, and missed opportunities to accomplish our lifesaving goals. Together, we will learn how to identify outdated practices and policies while addressing the underlying, well-intentioned concerns that have kept them in place. 

Attendees will hear how peer organizations throughout the United States have embraced a fresh and more equitable approach to supporting the bond between pets and the diverse range of people who love them. The future of animal welfare is bright and we have an unprecedented opportunity to make positive change! 

This webinar has been pre-approved for:

  • 1 Certified Animal Welfare Administrator continuing education credit
  • 1 NACA CE
  • 1 CE towards ACO CE requirements per Ch. 829 of the Texas Health and Safety Code by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS)

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Kim Wolf

Executive Director, Beyond Breed

Kim Wolf is a graduate student at the University of Georgia, where she is pursuing a Master of Social Work ('21) and a Master of Public Health in Gerontology ('21). Kim has nearly two decades of experience working in the human service and animal welfare sectors. She held positions at AARP, the Vera Institute of Justice, the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging, and the Jewish Association Serving the Aging (JASA). Her professional experience in animal welfare includes positions at the Pennsylvania SPCA, Animal Farm Foundation, the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, and the Animal Rescue League of Iowa. In 2013 Kim founded Beyond Breed, a non-profit dedicated to supporting the human-animal bond. As the Executive Director, she oversees the organization's training/education programs for animal welfare and human service professionals, direct service programs for pet owners in need, and various special projects. In 2019, Kim was appointed to serve on the National Association of Social Workers' Specialty Practice Committee on Aging (through June 2021). 

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