Socially Conscious Sheltering

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Socially conscious sheltering is a purely positive articulation of the incredible work that progressive shelters are doing every day. It is a commitment to creating best outcomes for animals that we are entrusted with, while owning our responsibility to keep our communities safe. We will discuss the entire community network that must work together to be a part of the solutions to animal welfare challenges. Come hear about this national movement that began in Colorado and determine if your organization wants to be a part of it.

This 75-minute panel session is one of four recordings filmed at The Association's Fall 2019 Conference in Houston. The conference was proudly sponsored by Hill’s Pet Nutrition, ASPCA, IDEXX, Maddie’s Fund, PetSmart Charities, and RKD Group.

Katie Parker, CAWA

Executive Director, Animal Assistance Foundation

Katie Parker, CAWA, is the Executive Director for the Animal Assistance Foundation. Previously, Katie was an animal welfare inspector with the Colorado Department of Agriculture’s Pet Animal Care Facilities. She currently serves on the board of directors for The Grey Muzzle Organization and the Colorado Pet Overpopulation Fund.

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. 

Dr. Apryl Steele

President & CEO, Dumb Friends League

Dr. Apryl Steele is President and CEO of the Dumb Friends League and Colorado Humane Society & SPCA (a program of the DFL). Apryl was a practicing veterinarian in Denver for 18 years. She is a past president of the Denver Area Veterinary Medical Society, the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association, and the Animal Assistance Foundation. Apryl is currently the Board Chairwoman of the American Association  of Feline Practitioners, serves in the American Veterinary Medical Association House of Delegates, is a member of Hill’s Shelter Advisory Board, the Colorado Governor’s P.A.W. Committee, and the Cat Friendly Council.

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