Funding Available for High Impact Spay/Neuter

7/16 webinar offers a guide to successful grant applications

July 9, 2012

The next application cycle for PetSmart Charities' high impact spay/neuter grants opens Sunday, July 15. To maximize your group's chances of receiving funds, don't miss their upcoming webinar, PetSmart Charities High Impact Spay/Neuter Grants: What Are We Looking For? It's a comprehensive guide to the application process that can help you prepare the best proposal possible. 

Other animal-focused July webinars from the PetSmart Charities EDUcation Team cover topics from more effective marketing of adoptable animals to eco-friendly pet housing. It's info everyone can use! 

All webinars are 1 hour in duration. Webinars are free but advance registration is required.

PetSmart Charities' High Impact Spay/Neuter Grants: 
What Are We Looking For?

Presented by: Bryan Kortis, Program Manager, PetSmart Charities
Date: Monday, July 16, 2012
Starting time: 5:00 pm (EST)

PetSmart Charities offers funding for high-impact spay/neuter grant projects under two categories: targeted (primarily owned cats and/or dogs) and free-roaming cats (primarily TNR projects). This webinar, instructed by PetSmart Charities' Program Manager Bryan Kortis, will explain the high impact grant guidelines and offer examples of projects funded in the past. The session will explore what is meant by the requirements in both grant categories of "targeting", "target area" and "measurable impact," and the tools and methods needed to reduce the overpopulation of cats or dogs in your community using a high impact grant. After viewing this webinar, you'll have all the information you need to design a proposal with the best chance of success.

Promoting Adoptable Animals with Video

Presented by: Sarah Beans, President, Rescue Me New Mexico
& Amada Buffalow, Vice President & Treasurer, Recue Me New Mexico
Date: Monday, July 9, 2012
Starting time: 3:00 pm (EST)

This session will cover filming adoptable animals beginning with what to do before filming starts: obtaining permissions, which animals to film and what to bring to your shoot. Other topics include decorating the set area, what qualities to capture, getting the animals comfortable for the camera, uploading pictures and videos to your computer, tips when editing/making videos such as music, length and dead space and making a slideshow video. The session will conclude with a Q & A.

Eco-Friendly Animal Shelters

Presented by: Heather Lewis, AIA, NCARB, Animal Arts
Date: Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Starting time: 12:00 pm (EST)

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. This course has been pre-approved for Certified Animal Welfare Administrator continuing education credits.

Targeting Risk: Preparing to Use GIS to Save More Lives
Presented by: Emily Weiss, PhD, CAAB, Vice President, Shelter Research & Development, ASPCA,
Greg Miller, GISP, AICP, GIS Analyst, Shelter Research & Development, ASPCA 
& Meg Allison, GIS Data Manager, Shelter Research & Development, ASPCA
Date: Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Starting time: 3:00 pm (EST)

Do you know how geographic information systems (GIS) can be used to save lives in your shelter and community? GIS is an exciting new tool for mapping, literally, the geographic location of animals coming into shelters. These maps allow you to see where your most at-risk animals are coming from and target those hotspots with intervention programs. Learn about the possibilities and find out how to organize a GIS program in your community. The ASPCA's Research & Development department staff will share their GIS tips and GIS how-to tools for preparing your data. Shelter staff and leaders, local government officials, community leaders, s/n clinic staff and anyone who is interested in mapping their data or learning more about the potentials of GIS should attend.

How to Promote Your Adoptable Animals Using Social Media
Presented by: Sarah Beans, President, Rescue Me New Mexico,
Amada Buffalow, Vice President & Treasurer, Recue Me New Mexico
& Renee Candelaria, Corporate Secretary, Rescue Me New Mexico
Date: Monday, July 16, 2012
Starting time: 3:00 pm (EST)

This webinar will go over social media aspects such as starting accounts (specifically Facebook, Twitter and YouTube) and the difference between a personal page and business/rescue page, adding administrators/users to a page, starting your own YouTube channel, how to use the sites and upload videos, best videos and pictures to use on social sites, using the sites to make contacts and connections and how to use these social channels to the advantage of shelters and animals.

Pets for Life
Presented by: Amanda Arrington, Director, HSUS
& Kenny Lamberti, Program Manager, HSUS
Date: Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Starting time: 2:00 pm (EST)

Outreach to underserved communities is an important and often overlooked aspect of animal welfare work. It requires a genuine understanding of how to assess your target audience, effectively engage, build trust and create partnerships. The right approch can make a huge difference in elevating the human-animal bond, increasing spay/neuter rates and reducing suffering for companion animals. In this webinar learn how to implement community based work into your organization to start having a greater impact and creating long-term, sustainable change.

Getting the Most out of Charitable Contributions
Presented by: Lester Thompson, CPA
Date: Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Starting time: 2:00 pm (EST)

In this session the tax requirement of charitable contributions, including the rules applicable to personal deductions will be reviewed, as well as issues and opportunities for charities. In particular, the webinar will focus on obtaining tax deductions for efforts performed as a volunteer. The approach will be practical and no tax law knowledge is required.