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Episode 27 – Removing Barriers to Pet Adoptions with Best Friends Animal Society

As the Senior Director, National Mission Advancement, Marc Peralta brings together Best Friends’ newest initiatives and aligns all things related to developing the knowledge and capabilities of individuals and organizations involved in lifesaving in order to empower them to achieve no-kill in their own backyard. These initiatives include shelter outreach, mentorship, staff-embedding programs, community cat programs, no-kill leadership training, and emergency response training and operations.
Jessica Gutmann is the Manager of Operations for the Santa Rosa Shelter Embed Program for Best Friends Animal Society. In this role, Jessica is charged with helping the animals of Santa Rosa County Animal Services in Florida, by working with the shelter to achieve a 90% save rate through implementations of programs and systemic change.
 
Jessica, a Wisconsin native, started her journey into the world of animal welfare when she began working as an Adoption Counselor for the Wisconsin Humane Society. Following her passion to serve animals Jessica became a Humane Officer at Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission. While there she created the organization’s first comprehensive volunteer program. Jessica also founded Urban Cat Coalition, Milwaukee, Wisconsin’s first and only TNR organization.
 
Jessica started with Best Friends as a Community Cat Coordinator. During her time in that role, she helped engage with communities by advocating for trap-neuter-return initiatives, and working with shelters to implement return to field programs. Jessica transitioned into the role of Shelter Support Coordinator helping to support shelters in Utah by working with them to maximize their potential for saving lives.
 
Jessica has a permanent residence in Utah and shares her life with her husband, nine cats, and two dogs. She enjoys hiking, being in red-rock country, adventures in her jeep, and is a true-crime enthusiast.

Jessica and Marc join Mandy today to discuss removing barriers to pet adoptions in animal shelters.

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Episode 26 – Changing the Culture of Animal Welfare with UC-Davis’ Dr. Kartston and James Pumphrey

UC Davis’ Dr. Karsten became board certified in Shelter Medicine Practice in November, 2017. Her main areas of interest include population management, infectious disease control, intake diversion/safety net programs, and providing affordable, accessible veterinary care in all communities. Dr. Karsten became board certified in Shelter Medicine Practice in November, 2017. Her main areas of interest include population management, infectious disease control, intake diversion/safety net programs, and providing affordable, accessible veterinary care in all communities.

James Pumphrey has worked in the animal care industry for almost two decades, gaining leadership experience in animal shelters from the east coast to the west coast.  As a seasoned animal welfare leader, James is passionate about advancing conditions that put welfare first for both people and animals. He is committed to developing thriving workplace cultures that allow staff to do their best work as they support the people and animals in our community. Currently working as the Deputy Director for Animal Care of Davis County in Utah, James is known for his ability to offer expertise, guidance, and support to fellow shelter leaders helping them to achieve their goals through collaboration. He has a keen interest in animal (including the human variety) behavior gaining expertise in modifying conditions and emotional responses to circumstances that empowers the individual to succeed. Inspiration comes to James through the emerging role for shelters to offer community support services which keep families together and helps to expand access to care allowing them to flourish. 

Dr. Karston and James join Mandy to discuss changing the culture within animal welfare.

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Episode 25 – Shelters Going Through Hell with Jim Tedford of AAWA

Jim Tedford has been actively engaged in the animal welfare movement for more than 35 years.  He currently serves as President & CEO for The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement (formerly known as the Society of Animal Welfare Administrators), a professional association of leaders in the fields of animal welfare and animal care & control.  Tedford has been CEO for animal welfare organizations in New York, Louisiana and Tennessee.  He served as a regional director for The Humane Society of the United States. He spent a number of years on the for-profit side working with direct response marketing agencies and a pet products manufacturer. Jim has presented at national and regional conferences on various animal welfare issues, organizational development and not-for-profit management.   Tedford received a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from the University of Tennessee.  Jim and his wife, Ann, share their home with two high-energy terriers, a macaw and a 30-year-old quarter horse.

Jim joins Mandy to discuss difficulties in animal sheltering and other animal welfare topics.

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Episode 24 – Dogs Playing for Life (Animal Shelter Playgroup Training Program)

Dogs Playing for Life is an innovative training program that was founded by professional trainer Aimee Sadler. The Program demonstrates both the practical efficiencies of play groups for the rescue organization, as well as the emotional and behavioral benefits for the animals.  Play groups have proven to be a critical enrichment and assessment tool for shelters.

DPFL founder Aimee Sadler and DPFL Chief Innovation Officer Emily Grossheider join Mandy to talk about the program and the impact it has made on the lives of dogs.

 

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Episode 23 – Michaelson Found Animals Foundation with Vince Wong

Michaelson Found Animals Director of Policy and Civic Engagement – Vince Wong –  joins Mandy to discuss the mission and programs offered by the foundation.

 

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Episode 22 – Being Resilient During Difficult Times with Eric Ridgway

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor Eric Ridgway joins Mandy to discuss how to stay resilient and optimistic during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Episode 21 – Animal Social Services and the Human-Animal Bond with Eric Ridgway

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor Eric Ridgway joins Mandy to discuss the culture change necessary for taking sheltering to a full animal social services model.  Eric and Mandy also discuss the importance of the human-animal bond.

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Episode 20 – Animal Shelter Transfers with Dr. Cynthia Karsten

Animal shelter transfers are a popular thing but might lead to some unintended consequences.  Shelter veterinarian Cynthia Karsten joins Mandy to discuss the pros and cons to shelter transfers.

 

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Episode 18 – Managing Fear with Eric Ridgway

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor Eric Ridgway joins Mandy to discuss fear and managing our response to it.

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Episode 17 – Overcoming Barriers to Communication with Eric Ridgeway

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor Eric Ridgeway joins Mandy today to talk about interpersonal relations and how to effectively communicate with others.  

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