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Business of Saving Lives Conference
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$40 Early-Bird Registration ends February 21

Saturday, April 18, 2020
8 am - 4 pm

The Business of Saving Lives conference brings together dedicated professionals and volunteers from shelters and rescue groups of all sizes to network, learn, and grow! Located in the heart of the Bay Area, ARF's power-packed daylong conference is the budget-friendly option for discovering best practices and new tools directly from the experts.

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Registration 
Early-Bird registration fee is $40 per person and $50 after February 21, 2020. Registration includes a vegetarian continental breakfast and lunch. Registration closes by April 17 at 2 pm. Please be advised that this event may sell out! Sorry, no refunds. 

Travel & Parking
The conference will be held at Tony La Russa's ARF located at 2890 Mitchell Drive in Walnut Creek, California. Parking onsite and in an adjacent lot is free. Due to construction on ARF's property, carpooling is encouraged. Directions to ARF can be found here

Policies
We are unable to accommodate pets at the conference. Service animals are welcome.

Questions? 
Please contact Sara Bragg at [email protected]

Capacity for Care

Session Description coming soon!  Kate Hurley, DVM, MPVM  is Program Director at the Koret Shelter Medicine Program at UC Davis. George W. Harding IV, MBA, CAWA is Animal Services Manager at Antioch Animal Services. 

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Kate Hurley, DVM, MPVM is Program Director at the Koret Shelter Medicine Program at UC Davis. George W. Harding IV, MBA, CAWA is Animal Services Manager at Antioch Animal Services. 

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Bridging the Gap: Understanding Adopter Expectations, Perception and Reality

Adopt-a-Pet.com is North America's largest non-profit pet adoption website and that means we have millions of potential adopters visiting our website every month. In fact, we had over 50 million visitors in 2018.

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Adopt-a-Pet.com is North America's largest non-profit pet adoption website and that means we have millions of potential adopters visiting our website every month. In fact, we had over 50 million visitors in 2018. We've been collecting lots of data and asking our visitors to provide us with insights into how they think, feel and experience pet adoption. In this session, we will get into all of the data that we have been collecting for the past several years, share specific insights into the adopter experience and explain trends we are seeing with online pet searching. We will also share insights into the gaps between perception and reality and how your organization can boost or break your reputation with potential adopters.

April Harris, CAWA is Director of Shelter Insights for Adopt-a-Pet.com.

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Building Partnerships between Rescues and Shelters

A positive trend in animal welfare is a growing understanding that we can do so much more when shelters and rescue groups work collaboratively.

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A positive trend in animal welfare is a growing understanding that we can do so much more when shelters and rescue groups work collaboratively. This session will share the history of the strong working relationship between Oakland Animal Services and Cat Town, including lessons learned from this nine-year collaboration. Additionally, we will provide strategies for creating or repairing a relationship between a rescue and shelter, focusing on communication around each organization's strengths, weaknesses and needs, and how external communication about our partners can make or break a relationship.

Ann Dunn is the founder of Cat Town and the incoming Director of Oakland Animal Services. Andrew Dorman is the Executive Director of Cat Town. 

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How to Help Jumpy Mouthy Shelter Dogs

Jumpy/mouthy  dog behavior (jumping up and biting at clothing, limbs, or the leash) is a common challenge in animal shelters! This presentation will cover methods for avoiding these behavior problems in a shelter environment, and straightforward t.

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Jumpy/mouthy dog behavior (jumping up and biting at clothing, limbs, or the leash) is a common challenge in animal shelters! This presentation will cover methods for avoiding these behavior problems in a shelter environment, and straightforward training plans using positive reinforcement to teach jumpy/mouthy dogs behaviors we like better. We'll look at videos of management and training plans being applied in shelter settings, and then dig into some case studies. 

Kelly Lee, PhD, CTC is the Owner and Founder of Dogkind LLC. 

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Easy Fundraising for Busy Shelters

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Stephanie Chew is Development Director at Tony La Russa's ARF. 

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Stephanie Chew is Development Director at Tony La Russa's ARF. 

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Uniting Staff and Volunteers

Does your staff say they don't have time for volunteers?  Do they think volunteers make things harder?  Or, that volunteers won't follow rules, or they aren't dependable?  If your staff is resistant to working with volunteers – i.

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Does your staff say they don't have time for volunteers?  Do they think volunteers make things harder?  Or, that volunteers won't follow rules, or they aren't dependable?  If your staff is resistant to working with volunteers – it doesn't have to be that way.  We'll dive deep into some critical things you can design that support volunteers' AND employees' needs, values, interests and gets them working better together.

Jaime Allen is Director of Education and Volunteer Programs at Humane Society Silicon Valley.

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Home is Where the Pets Are: When, How, and Why to Intervene in Surrender

An affordable housing crisis and the rising cost of care are cited as primary factors contributing to shelter surrender in the Bay Area.

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An affordable housing crisis and the rising cost of care are cited as primary factors contributing to shelter surrender in the Bay Area. When families from all economic backgrounds struggle for resources, it's often their (loved and wanted) pets who slip through the cracks...and right into shelters. What now? In this panel-style presentation, meet three different local program facilitators with the same goals and discover their keys to providing social work and safety nets to keep families of all species together. 

Raquel Bernardo is Humane Advocacy Manager at East Bay SPCA. Erin Kerley is Community Program Manager at Fix Our Ferals. Laura Jean Schuhriemen is Community Programs Coordinator at Tony La Russa's ARF.

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