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The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement is back with another episode of The Intake. Jim Tedford, the President and CEO of The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement, interviewed Steve Zeidman, Senior Vice President, Software Solutions from Pethealth Inc. and the 2020 recipients of the Diane & Bob Hoover Annual Innovation Award, Adan Parra and Michele Anderson from El Paso Animal Services.

Though El Paso Animal Services have multiple worthy initiatives, their focus on using technology to reunite more pets with their loving families was inspiring. Fueled by the creation of Lost and Found pet reports, El Paso’s Pet Finder Map is an interactive and comprehensive tool. It’s become a central location for the community to post a photo of their lost pet or view pets found.

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Animal shelters had headstart toward healthier buildings

Rick BaconHow we occupy and move through spaces have been altered by our need to adapt our lives to controlling the spread of COVID-19. It’s now routine to drop-off and pick-up your pooch through the window of your car while waiting in the veterinary hospital’s parking lot. We suspect that many shelters have already adapted operations by, for example, moving some adoption processes on-line, limiting how many potential adopters can be in the lobby at one time, or making your people-traffic go in one direction with separate entrance and exit doors and floor-mapping flow through animal housing.

There are several design techniques that were already prevalent in the animal sheltering world that others now realize will help make all buildings safer to use and occupy during our time of COVID-19 and afterward. Those in the animal care community already know that air quality, flow and filtration help control the spread of airborne pathogens. Compartmentalizing animal housing into smaller spaces makes it easier to contain a disease outbreak and sanitize a space more rapidly. Automatic door openers make it easier to bring crated and non-crated animals through the doorway and provide a touchless entry. 

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Year In Review

Across the industry, 2020 was an unprecedented year requiring transformation. We at 24Pet understood as a result of COVID-19, our shelter partners may have experienced heightened levels of stress as they continued to care for animals in need and may still be experiencing that. Our industry pivoted to a new normal and we committed to supporting animal welfare and our shelter partners through challenging times. Despite 2020’s challenges, together, we were able to help advance many aspects of your organization’s practices through initiatives that include:  

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FAAWO Members now receive 50% off their annual dues with The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement

Beginning January 1, 2021, all FAAWO member organizations (and any staff members associated with that organization) are eligible for 50% off your annual AAWA membership dues! This partnership aims to bring animal welfare professionals the most thorough and up-to-date training and resources from both a local and national level. 

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Helping lost pets get home - a message from Pethealth, Inc.

Lost dog on train tracksWhile our goal in the animal welfare industry is to find pets their forever home, part of that involves reuniting lost pets with their families. Early 2020, Pethealth and PetCo Foundation conducted a study of 1400 shelters in North America to learn more about the number of pets being reunited the previous year.

Here are some highlights:

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Humane Society of NCFL to pay pet fees for people in transitional housing

Video play buttonCombating homelessness or a domestic violence situation is a cause that the Humane Society of North Central Florida says some shouldn’t deal with alone.

“And they will not leave that situation if they cannot take their pet with them,” mentioned Margot DeConna the Director of Advancement at the non-profit.

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Pet stores aren’t the place for furry friends, says Sam Killebrew bill


Courtesy of Florida Politics


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Humane Society of Tampa Bay Celebrates Grand Opening of New Shelter

New Shelter at HSTBOn November 12, 2020, nothing could dampen the excitement at Humane Society of Tampa Bay (HSTB), not even a tropical storm. Though Eta pounded the Tampa Bay area with wind and rain during the early hours of Thursday morning, by afternoon the clouds had broken, and HSTB staff and volunteers were busy preparing for the Grand Opening of the long-awaited DeBartolo Family Animal Shelter. That evening, HSTB donors, friends, volunteers, staff and Tampa celebrities such as Mayor Jane Castor and Titus O’Neil gathered under the stars in the Lasher Family Courtyard to celebrate. The new shelter not only offers increased space for events, a recently launched Humane Education Program, and fully equipped surgical suites and intake areas, but it doubles the capacity for animal housing and will allow HSTB to save twice as many animals each year.

For more than 70 years, the Society operated from the ramshackle building at 3607 N Armenia Avenue, making the best of limited space, no climate control for animals, and structures crumbling from age. Despite the antiquated facility, HSTB placed thousands of animals each year by using space efficiently and creatively and maintaining a cheerful, happy environment for the people and animals who visited.

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SPCA of Brevard Highlights Borrowed Buddies Program to give dogs a break from the shelter

Borrowed Buddies allows individuals and families to "check out a dog for the day" to go on adventures, release some energy and have good old fashioned fun! It's a great way for people to get to know potential new family members and to encourage safe socialization during the pandemic. Check out the video below for more information:

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Furry Friends Adoption, Clinic & Ranch nominated for three Hats Off Nonprofit Awards

Pat DeShong and dogFurry Friends Adoption, Clinic & Ranch (Humane Society of Greater Jupiter/Tequesta) has been nominated for three 2020 Hats Off Nonprofit Awards:

  • Nonprofit Executive Of The Year: Pat Deshong (pictured left)
  • Nonprofit Of The Year
  • Community Collaborator of the Year: for their relationship with the Renewal Coalition through their Shelter to Service Dog Program

The awards ceremony will take place virtually on December 7th. We wish Ms. Deshong and Furry Friends the very best of luck and congratulate them on the hard work and dedication that led to these nominations.

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Cat Adoptions Get REAL at Southeast Volusia Humane Society

In September, Southeast Volusia Humane Society put a fancy twist on cat adoptions with their Real Housecats Adoption Promotion. For the entire month, adoption fees for cats featured in the event were just $20! Volunteers with the Society got creative with wardrobe and accessories giving these cats all the bling with NONE of the [email protected]!ch often seen on the popular Real Housewives TV series. The promotion was loads of fun and a huge success for cats (all found homes!) and adopters alike.

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Children Go to Work at Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando

child "working" at animal shelterStory and photo courtesy of The Association of Animal Welfare Advancement

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. 

Here are the key components that made the program such a success:

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331 Animals Find Homes During Countdown 2 Zero Virtual Event

picture of couple with adopted dogPhotos and information courtesy of Peggy Adams Animal Rescue League

Each year, dozens of local animal rescue groups join together for the Countdown 2 Zero (C2Z) Adoption Event - Palm Beach County’s largest one-day adoption event- in an effort to save the lives of hundreds of animals. Due to COVID-19, the 7th Annual Countdown 2 Zero Adoption Event was held as a virtual event and took place for one-week, instead of one-day. 

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Flagler Humane Society helps affect legislative change to protect animals

Article featured in The New Barker Dog Magazine

Cowering dogAs our nation responds to the COVID- 19 pandemic, reports of increasing rates of domestic violence have surfaced across the country, including Florida. Thankfully, a new lifesaving law (SB 1082), signed by Governor DeSantis, went into effect on July 1, 2020.

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Pensacola Humane's Help Team saves lives amid pandemic

Pensacola staff pose with animalsCourtesy of Pensacola Humane Society

COVID-19 drastically changed how animal shelters operated around the country. As state stay-home mandates went into effect many shelters, Pensacola Humane Society included, scrambled to figure out how to keep animals safe and cared for while maneuvering the ever-changing rules and regulations that the global pandemic brought. One of the positive things to come out of it all was the way it brought together animal shelters around the nation with regular zoom calls keeping people in the loop, offering advice and being a sounding board as we all tried to make the best decisions. Another positive that came out of all the changes caused by COVID-19 was the forming of our Help Team. The Help Team was created to offer support, advice and help to the community of Pensacola by way of phone calls and emails, regularly communicating with the community remotely. 

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Decreasing Waits, Increasing Experience

Courtesy of SPCA Tampa Bay

SPCA Tampa Bay has been innovating a lot these past couple of months. With those new innovations, inevitably come new pitfalls. Our team is currently struggling with some of the consequences of moving our veterinary center to curbside and drop-off pick-up. We’ve asked clients to call to check-in but it’s clogging up our phone lines. Clients give vague descriptions of their cars which leaves our staff searching the parking lot for longer than they should. Additionally, some local facilities around us have closed and subsequently increased the number of clients we get seeking treatment.  

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Florida Governor Signs Bill to Protect Domestic Violence Survivors and their Pets

Courtesy of the ASPCA Media Team

Under normal circumstances, adults, children, and pets living in an abusive home can face major obstacles to escape harm’s way. In this time of quarantine, the necessity of staying at home to prevent the spread of COVID-19 has made domestic abuse situations substantially more dangerous for both people and pets. As our nation responds to this pandemic, reports of increasing rates of domestic violence have surfaced in many areas, including Florida. 

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2020 Hurricane/Disaster Response

Hurricane Season 2020

2020 is predicted to be an active hurricane season. FAAWO will be monitoring and assisting with information and resources before, during and after a storm makes landfall.  Here is some helpful information to assist you with your readiness:

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ATTN 2019 Florida Animal Friends Grant Recipients

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its effect on your activities, the Board of Directors of FL Animal Friend has extended the deadline for completion of your project and your report.

Instead of filing no later than September 1, your final report is now due no later than 5 PM on November 1, 2020.

 

STUDY CONFIRMS CATS CAN BECOME INFECTED WITH AND MAY TRANSMIT COVID-19 TO OTHER CATS

Here is the press release describing the important points from a new study that was just published. The study was conducted by a premier infectious disease research group at the Wisconsin veterinary school and demonstrated that cats are susceptible to infection by COVID virus from people and infected cats can spread the virus to other cats housed in close association (same housing unit). Infected cats shed virus from the respiratory tract (not the gastrointestinal tract) for 6 days.

The importance of these findings are highlighted near the bottom of the press release, including for shelter cats.

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