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Share this content with your staff, board, and volunteers at staff meetings or lunch 'n learns! Or watch on your own anytime. This series will add sessions throughout Fall 2020 so check back.

  • Families First

    Product not yet rated Recorded On: 08/26/2020

    ​Learn about how a Bring Your Child to Work Program is supporting staff and find out how you can set one up in your organization.

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    When the pandemic first hit, Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando regularly asked staff what they needed and how they were doing. Their top 3 concerns? Their safety, their paycheck, and their families. In order to fully support employees who needed a safe space for their children to finish up the school year remotely, the Florida agency set up a Bring Your Child to Work Program. Learn about the program and how you can set one up in your organization.

    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.

    Read blogs about Innovation Bank sessions.

    Fraily Rodriguez

    Vice President of Operations, Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando

    Fraily Rodriguez started in animal welfare as a Humane Educator in 2006. Through the years, he has fallen in love with the work at Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando, and has led the agency in an amazing transformation. He played a huge role in starting summer camps, increasing volunteer hours, starting a customer care center and increasing the save rate of an 80 year old agency. He currently oversees the operations including 2 shelters, 3 clinics, outreach, volunteer management, strategic planning, Customer Care Center, IT and much more. He has guided the agency into a 21st-century leader in animal welfare. He is a seasoned professional with over 20 years of experience in nonprofit management and possesses a B.S. Degree in Counseling. His professional affiliations include Chairman, Westside Tech Veterinary Advisory Board, Graduate of Leadership Orlando Class 80, and a volunteer in several nonprofits throughout the area

  • Where Will I Live? (Creating Rental Communities that Accept All Dogs)

    Product not yet rated Recorded On: 08/05/2020

    Learn how the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando's Pet Apartment Registry offers housing options to owners of large breed dogs who request to surrender them because of residential/ landlord challenges.

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    In 2017, the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando (PAGO) launched a Pet Apartment Registry to offer housing options to owners of large breed dogs who request to surrender them because of residential/ landlord challenges.

    Learn how to set up a similar apartment registry in their community and how to define it to meet the needs of their shelter.  Hear about some of PAGO’s successes, lessons learned, and challenges of creating an apartment registry.

    This session is best suited to organizations that shelter large breed dogs.  Those in shelter/facility administration as well as board members of sheltering organizations will benefit from watching this recording and gaining ideas for program development. 

    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.

    Read blogs about Innovation Bank sessions.

    Stephen Bardy

    Executive Director, Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando

    Stephen Bardy is the Executive Director of Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando (PAGO) which services the community through two shelters, three veterinary clinics, and 18 offsite adoption partnerships.  Prior to joining PAGO, he served Florida’s abused and neglected children in the nonprofit and governmental sector for 25 years. Steve is the past President of the Florida Association of Animal Welfare Organizations. He serves as a foster parent for nursing canines and is blessed with three family dogs, Minnie, Milo and Molly. The alliteration was unintended.

  • The Forgotten Pets of Domestic Violence

    Product not yet rated Recorded On: 01/14/2020

    RedRover will show you how your shelter can support your local domestic violence shelter and create life-saving partnerships for both people and their animals.

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    Your shelter (and you!) are a resource for your community. Animal sheltering is very much a social service that is expanding to meet the different needs of the public. In this session RedRover will explain our mission to protect the pets of domestic violence.  You will learn how your shelter can support your local domestic violence shelter and create life-saving partnerships for both people and their animals. We’ll focus on creating strong community relationships and how to get creative with your shelter space to accommodate the most vulnerable of pets.

    Intended audience: Frontline Staff, Middle Management, Senior Management/CEO, Board Members, Volunteers

    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.

    Read blogs about Innovation Bank sessions.

    Devon Krusko

    Field Services & Outreach Coordinator, RedRover

    Devon Krusko is the Field Services & Outreach Coordinator for RedRover. Her work in animal welfare spans 10+ years and encompasses shelter management, emergency response, and animal control. She has spoken throughout New England on shelter enrichment, animal behavior, and best transport practices. She is passionate about strong community partnerships and progressive programs that keep pets with their people.

  • Emergency Animal Sheltering

    Product not yet rated Recorded On: 06/09/2020

    Oregon Humane Society shows you how to grow a team of staff and volunteers trained to assist in protective custody sheltering and emergency response.

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    Oregon Humane Society will provide you with the information you need to replicate their emergency sheltering certification programs in your shelter and grow a team of staff and volunteers trained to assist in protective custody sheltering and emergency response. We will explain how staff and volunteers qualify to participate, the web-based and FEMA trainings they must complete and, as a final step to certification, how we conceptualize and conduct mock emergency drill scenarios. We will share our processes for announcing emergency deployment, team selection, and travel planning, as well as examples of how these deployments create valuable media and development opportunities.

    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.

    Read the blog:  Tips for Growing a Robust Emergency Animal Sheltering Team

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    Jennifer Barta, CVA

    Volunteer Resources and Humane Education, Sr. Manager, Oregon Humane Society

    With over 20 years of experience in education, animal welfare and volunteer management, Jennifer is currently responsible for a variety of programs that engage more than 6,000 volunteers annually. During her time at the Oregon Humane Society, she formalized the Second Chance program that now transfers nearly 8,000 at-risk pets annually from partner shelters to OHS for a second chance at a loving home. 

    Working in collaboration with the OHS Investigations team, she helped develop a curriculum to train and certify staff and volunteers in Emergency Animal Sheltering, EAS. The group now includes 125 members who are among the first to be called during disasters and to assist with large scale rescues in Oregon led by the OHS Investigations team. OHS’s EAS team is frequently recruited by national and international partners to help during disasters and ongoing rescues. Under Jennifer’s leadership, 56 teams have deployed in the past four years to assist during Hurricanes Maria, Florence, Harvey and Irma, plus the recent Camp Fire in California.

    Lila Obeng, CPES

    Investigations Coordinator, Oregon Humane Society

    Lila has been with the Oregon Humane Society for over 13 years and in her current position as an Investigations Coordinator since March 2012. Since beginning her position in the Humane Investigations Department, Lila has been the liaison between the Oregon Humane Society Technical Animal Rescue Team (OHSTAR) and Humane Investigations. Lila became a Certified Property and Evidence Specialist in 2015 and is currently one of two evidence technicians for the department.

    Throughout her time with the OHS Humane Investigations Department, Lila has helped create and implement dozens of training opportunities for not only OHS staff and volunteers, but also for other law enforcement agencies, veterinary practices, law students, legal professionals, and animal welfare organizations. Topics that Lila has been involved in the training and certification for are Criminal Justice Information Systems (CJIS), Law Enforcement Database System (LEDS), confidentiality, evidence handling and processing, chain of custody, large scale animal seizure, search warrants, trial testimony, veterinary forensics, crime reporting and others.  Lila has been an OHS certified Emergency Animal Shelter (EAS) staff member since February 2013 and involved evidence collection and chain of custody documentation for several OHS criminal case EAS operations. 

  • Dog Day Foster and Field Trip Programs

    Product not yet rated Recorded On: 03/30/2020

    Maddie's Fund will show you how field trip programs affect dogs’ well-being and how your organization can start and run your own program.

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    Animal welfare organizations are increasingly using field trip programs to engage with their communities, find adopters and foster caregivers, and enrich the lives of the dogs in their care. In this webinar, you’ll learn how field trip programs affect dogs’ well-being and how your organization can start and run your own program. 

    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.


    Read blogs about Innovation Bank sessions.

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    Kelly Duer

    Foster Care Specialist, Maddie's Fund

    As Foster Care Specialist for Maddie’s Fund, Kelly's focus is on helping shelters and rescue organizations increase lifesaving through the implementation of robust foster care programs. Her role includes creating and providing training for organizations and their foster coordinators, writing, assisting with research on foster care and consulting with shelters. Her work with foster care and marketing has been featured in many national publications, websites and networks, including Animal Sheltering magazine, the Huffington Post, Best Friends magazine, BarkPost, Catster Magazine, iheartdogs.com, HuffPost Live and Fox News.