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Episode 9 – Dr. Sara Pizano on Embracing the Community as Partners

Dr. Sara Pizano has 30 years experience in animal welfare that includes work as a shelter veterinarian and surgeon, management in both non-profits and government shelter and is a sought after public speaker on the national stage. As an Animal Shelter Consultant, Dr. Pizano helps organizations establish responsible public policy, community programs and implement Best Practice standards in a cost effective way that ends the use of euthanasia as population control. Dr. Pizano has served on the Companion Animal Council for the Humane Society of the United States and currently serves as an advisor for both the Million Cat Challenge and Best Friends Animal Society. Consulting work ranges from hourly to project/workshops and community/shelter assessments to longer term retainer projects.

Dr. Pizano joins Mandy on this episode to discuss engaging the community as partners and other aspects to animal welfare from a sheltering perspective.

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Episode 8 – Mirror Neurons

According to Wikipedia, a mirror neuron is a neuron that fires both when an animal acts and when the animal observes the same action performed by another. Thus, the neuron “mirrors” the behavior of the other, as though the observer were itself acting. Such neurons have been directly observed in primate species.

Mandy takes the mirror neuron concept and uses it as an example of how our attitude can impact others.  

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Episode 7 – What it Means to be Authentic

Being authentic doesn’t mean you get to be rude to someone else just because it is how you’re really feeling. Being authentic is identifying your feelings and moving past them if they are negative or unhelpful emotions. Mandy talks about what being authentic really means in this podcast.

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Episode 6 – Technology in Animal Welfare

Mandy talks about the advancements in technology in animal welfare, specifically animal sheltering.  There are many people/businesses that are trying to make sheltering and the lives of those working in shelters and the lives of pets who live in shelters easier.  Mandy highlights some of those advancements.

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Episode 5 – Vet Clinics vs. Shelter Medicine

Historically, there has been ongoing conflict between veterinarian clinics and veterinarian care being provided in and by animal shelters.  They are very different beasts with different purposes but as animal shelters transition to being more of a community pet resource center rather than strictly a shelter, there is potential for toe-stepping.  Mandy discusses the issues and offers solutions for working together and finding common ground.

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Episode 4 – Fear

Fears. We all have them. Do we allow those fears to control us? Lets own them and deal with them.

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Episode 3 – Brain Bullies

We all have voices in our heads.  These voices (of fear, doubt, negativity, etc.) can control our decisions and behavior.  Mandy identifies the various voices and encourages the listeners to better manage their “brain bullies”.  


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Episode 2 – Veterinarian Suicide

Veterinarian suicide is a growing problem in the animal-welfare industry.  Mandy looks into the “why” and discusses her thoughts on the issue.


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