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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Episode 16 – Veterinarian Suicide and Challenges with Dr. Ponsness

Dr. Ponsness practices at the Pend O’reille Vet Clinic in Ponderay, ID. She enjoys working closely with clients to meet the needs of their dogs, cats and small mammals. Her special interests include oncology, surgery, preventative care and specialty care of the geriatric family pet. She completed her undergraduate education at Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA prior to attending veterinary school at Washington State University. When she is not at the clinic, Chrissy and her family enjoy most things outdoors; such as boating, fishing, hiking, camping, skiing and snowboarding.

Dr. Ponsness joins Mandy today to discuss the challenges veterinarians face and how that can lead to veterinarian suicide.

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Episode 15 – Pet Rehoming with Home To Home™

People Are Animals Too podcast host, Mandy Evans, created Home To Home™ as an online pet rehoming tool to keep pets in homes and out of shelters.  Mandy has the Home To Home national program coordinator, Joya Blair, as a guest on today’s podcast to discuss the program and the Kickstarter campaign.

Home To Home™: home-home.org

Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/hometohome/home-to-hometm

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