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New Webinars from the PetSmart Charities EDUcation Team

Watch and learn to strengthen your animal welfare efforts

April 30, 2012

PetSmart Charities has you covered! From feral cat care to humane ed to marketing plans for more powerful adoption programs, the PetSmart Charities EDUcation Team's new series of animal focused webinars has info everyone can use. 

Let the Cat Out of the Bag!
Marketing and Promoting Cats and Kittens for Adoption

Presented by: Sharon Harvey, President, Cleveland Animal Protective League
Date: Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Starting time: 3:00 pm (EST)
Duration: 1 hour

This engaging, entertaining and practical session will rekindle your creative spirit, provocatively challenge thinking and provide you with a wealth of real life, "outside the box" strategies that you can use to capture the attention of potential adopters in your community and help you to save more cats.  Adoption staff and volunteers, foster volunteers, and marketing and public relations personnel will all benefit from this session.

Enhancing Humane Education for Underserved Youth
Presented by: Stephanie Itle-Clark M.S. Ed, CHES, Humane Society University
Date: Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Starting time: 3:00 pm, (EST)
Duration: 1 hour

In this workshop learn about barriers which may impede humane education in low socio-economic areas, review important interpersonal, educational and animal welfare issues in these communities and discover best practices for working with underserved youth.

Saving Lives Through Fostering Pets!
Presented by: Linda Reider, Executive Director, Michigan Humane Society
Date: Thursday, May 17, 2012
Starting time: 2:00 pm (EST)
Duration: 15 minutes

Want to help shelters and rescue groups in your community by providing a foster home for pets until they're ready for adoption? In this webinar you'll learn about the types of pets needing foster care, choosing the right animal welfare group, preparing your home, providing health and supportive care, integrating foster pets with your family, getting foster pets seen and adopted and more!

Building a Foster Network that Saves Lives
Presented by: Ann Lindholm, Dog Foster Manager, Austin Pets Alive!
Date: Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Starting time: 1:00 pm (EST)
Duration: 1 hour

With a viable foster program it's possible to begin saving lives even if you don't have a shelter. In this webinar you will learn how a one-person position grew into a dog foster program of more than 35 volunteers who support a network of over 1,400 approved dog foster parents! This webinar will provide step by step guidelines and protocols to help you replicate these results. Although the workshop is based on the success of the dog foster model the structure and lessons learned are applicable to any foster program.

Open Adoption Philosophy
Presented by: Heather Herrera, OK Humane Mega-Adoption Event Coordinator-Mentor
Date: Friday, June 1, 2012
Starting time: 1:00 pm (EST)
Duration: 1 hour

This webinar will offer an explanation and discussion of the open adoption philosophy. The focus will be on exploring ways to best communicate, engage and create lasting relationships with adopters. The use of surveys and questionnaires, rather than pass/fail applications will be examined.

Conflict Management in Organizations
Presented by: Kelley Y. Durham, CAWA
Date: Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Starting time: 1:00 pm (EST)
Duration: 1 hour

Conflict is inevitable within all organizations - but how it is handled can mean the difference between a high-performing group and one mired in turmoil, or even legal battles. This webinar seeks to show staff at all levels how to recognize and analyze conflict, and to help management create tools to mitigate problems as the arise.

Winter Colony Care 101
Presented by: Jenny Schlueter, TNR Program Manager, Treehouse Humane Society
Date: Saturday, June 16, 2012
Starting time: 3:00 pm (EST)
Duration: 1 hour

Community cats are very resilient but extreme weather can make their lives much more difficult and can endanger their health. Luckliy there are some simple and economical thngs caretakers can do to help. This webinar will cover proven tips and smart tricks for successful winter colony care.

Eco-Friendly Animal Shelters
Presented by: Heather Lewis, AIA, NCARB, Animal Arts
Date: Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Starting time: 12:00 pm (EST)
Duration: 1 hour

This webinar will discuss building materials that are environmentally-friendly and healthier for animals in shelters and the people who care for them. Learn how energy-efficient materials and practices can be effectively used in shelters. The webinar will also touch on LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) guidelines and showcase animal shelters that have been LEED certified.