New Webinars from PetSmart Charities

Watch + learn to strengthen your animal welfare efforts

October 28, 2011

This  November PetSmart Charities is offering a series of animal-welfare focused webinars. All webinars are free of charge but  advance registration is required. For dates/times and to register go to:

Four-Part Disaster Preparedness Series

Part 1: Disaster Preparedness 101: Protecting Your Rescue Animals From Disaster-It Takes Pre-planning and Preparedness
Presented by Karen Brown, Program Director, RedRover

Part 2: Disaster Preparedness 101: How to Set Up and Manage a Collocated Emergency Animal Shelter
Presented by Tracy Reis, Program Manager-Emergency Services, American Humane and Diane Robinson, Emergency Services Training Manager, American Humane

Part 3: Disaster Preparedness 101: Best Practices and Lessons Learned from the Joplin Tornado (May 2011)
Presented by Tim Rickey, Senior Director, Field Investigations and Response, Anti-Cruelty Group, ASPCA

Part 4: Disaster Preparedness 101: Understanding Your Key Role in Managing Animal Issues When Your Community is Affected by Disaster
Presented by Tim Rickey, Senior Director, Field Investigations and Response, Anti-Cruelty Group, ASPCA

Planning for the Possibility that Pets Outlive Their Human Companions
Presented by Amy Shever, Director of 2nd Chance 4 Pets

Thousands of pets end up at animal shelters each year simply because they outlived pet owners who had not planned for their continued care. Typically "orphaned" pets do not do well in the shelter environment; they may become despondent, they won't eat and are labeled "unadoptable". This webinar will outline what options are available to ensure "lifetime care" for pets and how your organization can help pet owners in your community plan for the possibility that their pets might outlive them. The mission of Second Chance 4 Pets is to reduce the number of pets unnecessarily euthanized each year due to the death or incapacity of the human companions who care for them. Second Chance 4 Pets is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, all-volunteer organization. The volunteers work nationwide to provide pet owners with comprehensive information and lifetime care solutions. For more information please visit

What Happened to the Puppy in the Window Feeling? Stress Management for the Animal Welfare Employee
Presented by Miguel Abi-hassan, Executive Director, Halifax Humane Society

Mismanaged stress is amongst the many occupational hazards of animal welfare work. However, it does not have to consume our lives and affect our ability to save others. Historically, stress prevention has focused on compassion fatigue, turnover and burnout. Though these are detrimental consequences of mismanaged stress, they focus on the end point. This seminar will take employees back to square one, understanding positive and negative stress. It will refocus energies on building resiliency via a proactive stress prevention and mitigation plan, one that breaks down common everyday stressors and discusses documented alternatives for dealing with them.

This stress management program differs from others in that it was designed in great part by animal welfare employees. Research methods include questionnaire responses and anecdotal submissions of more than1,400 animal welfare employees. Sampled organizations ranged in size and scope from large-scale municipal shelters to foster networks and volunteer groups. Sampled participants were also contacted after seminars to track progress and their success managing and mitigating stress.This class is recommended for rescue groups, shelter and animal control agencies of all sizes.

Foster for Success
Presented by Linda Reider, Director of Animal Welfare and Chrissy Schmoock, Foster Program Coordinator, Michigan Humane Society

Is your foster program functioning as efficiently as possible? This webinar will help you improve your foster program or get started on the right paw with a new one. Learn about setting goals and measuring efficiency; choosing which animals to send into foster care; the costs of foster programs; the supplies needed; the foster database and necessary forms; foster caregiver recruitment, training and management, and finding fostered animals homes. This webinar will help you run the best foster program possible, to save more animals' lives and help you achieve your mission.