The Roundtable: Supporting Equines Through Adoption & Safety Net Programming

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Includes a Live Event on 08/19/2021 at 5:00 PM (EDT)

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While many animal welfare organizations have made great advancements for dog and cat adoption and safety net programming, in general, equines have received less attention and resources. The ASPCA has been collecting data and collaborating with shelters and the equine industry with the aim of increasing support and decreasing risk for equines in potential need of sheltering and rehoming. If there are equines at risk in your community, join us for a conversation about elevating equines in the sheltering world. 

Moderated by Katherine, Shenar, CAWA, Executive Vice President, The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement

The Roundtable Guests:

  • Emily Weiss, Ph.D., Vice President of Equine Welfare, ASPCA
  • Matt Levien, Director of Shelter Operations, Animal Rescue League of Iowa
  • Ellen Rawlins, Vice President of Operations, Humane Society of North Texas
  • Lori Redmon, President and CEO, Kentucky Humane Society

Note the special time: Thursday at 5pm Eastern.

This roundtable has been pre-approved for 1 Certified Animal Welfare Administrator continuing education credit.

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Emily Weiss, Ph.D. 

Vice President of Equine Welfare, ASPCA

Emily Weiss, Ph.D. leads the efforts at the ASPCA to achieve the goal of all equines have good welfare. The work aims squarely on increasing the rehoming of horses, the development of effective safety net programming and a third focus of effective law enforcement response to cruelty and neglect. A nationally recognized speaker, Dr. Weiss has published extensively on topics related to applied animal behavior.   She also served as the ASPCA’s VP of Research & Development, overseeing groundbreaking research related to the animal sheltering field and developing assessment tools for shelter animals.

Matt Levien

Director of Shelter Operations, Animal Rescue League of Iowa

Matt Levien started working animal welfare in Colorado 2005, moving from the zoo field previously.  He started as an animal care technician and is now Director of Shelter Operations for the Animal Rescue League of Iowa where the horse program intake has expanded to help owner surrenders as well as transfers.

Ellen Rawlins

Vice President of Operations, Humane Society of North Texas

Ellen Rawlins has worked in animal welfare for over 12 years; from California to Florida and now in Texas. Ellen has a Bachelor of Arts and a Post Baccalaureate in Nonprofit Management. Ellen is a master of connecting people in the animal welfare field to each other and prides herself in hiring the strongest candidates for the shelter which houses equines, dogs, cats, and small animals. 

Lori Redmon

President and CEO, Kentucky Humane Society

Lori Redmon is President and CEO of the Kentucky Humane Society. She has a B.S. in Zoology from Michigan State University and has 30 years experience in the animal welfare industry.  In addition to leading high volume sheltering agencies, Lori has extensive equine experience and launched the Equine C.A.R.E. program at the Kentucky Humane Society. Redmon is also a past board member of the Kentucky Horse Council where she chaired the equine health and welfare committee. Lori is a past member of the board of directors for The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement. 

Katherine Shenar, CAWA

Executive Vice President, The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement

Katherine Shenar brings 25 years of experience to her role as executive vice president for The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement. She has served as CEO for two animal welfare organizations and held leadership roles with four others. Katherine became a Certified Animal Welfare Administrator (CAWA) in 2020.

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