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**Please note: CalAnimals webinars and trainings are for informational purposes only. Please check with your own municipality, legal counsel, and/or veterinarian to determine which activities are appropriate for your agency.**

Executive Leadership Program 2024 Presentations

Friday, June 21
12:00-3:00pm PDT
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Executive Leadership Program 2024 Cohort

Join us to hear from the 2024 Executive Leadership cohort! We extend our heartfelt gratitude to Maddie’s Fund, Michelson Found Animals, and Wallis Annenberg PetSpace for their generous sponsorship of this program.

Participation in this program is free for all attendees. We look forward to your presence and support!

Schedule of Events
12:00 pm to 12:05 pm - Introductions and Welcome
12:05 pm to 12:25 pm - Group 1: Community Engagement
12:25 pm to 12:45 pm - Group 2: Public Speaking
12:45 pm to 1:15 pm - Group 3: Capacity for Care
1:15 pm to 1:30 pm – 15 minute break
1:30 pm to 2:00 pm - Group 4: Data Analysis
2:00 pm to 2:20 pm - Group 5: Staff Development & Workplace Culture
2:25 pm to 2:50 pm - Group 6: Fundraising & Financial Management
2:50 pm to 3:00 pm - Final Comments and Wrap Up

Data Driven Information on
Recruiting and Retaining Shelter Veterinarians

Tuesday, June 25
9:30 to 10:30am PDT

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Jennifer Scarlett, DVM, San Francisco SPCA
Kate Hurley, DVM, UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program

As follow up to the 2023 Access to Veterinary Care in CA Shelters survey, which documented the degree and impact of the veterinary shortage on shelter welfare and lifesaving, Drs. Hurley and Scarlett conducted a follow up survey to understand what factors attract (and repel) veterinarians from working in shelters. In this webinar, information from both state and national studies will be presented that highlight factors important to shelter veterinarians and provide shelter leaders with actions to improve their ability to recruit and retain veterinary professionals.

Animal Disaster Response & Preparedness: An Overview

Thursday, June 27
10-11am PDT

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Ryan Soulsby, Disaster Program Manager, CalAnimals
John Peaveler, Principal Consultant, Humane Innovations

Disasters come in a variety of forms and can have wide-ranging implications for the communities we serve. Taught by CalAnimals Disaster Program Manager Ryan Soulsby and Principal Consultant John Peaveler of Humane Innovations, this course provides an overview of preparedness and response, including the unique challenges faced by Animal Care and Control Professionals.

Organizational Disaster Checklist Update and Review

Tuesday, July 9     
10AM-11am PDT

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Ryan Soulsby, Disaster Program Manager, CalAnimals
John Pevealer, Principal Consultant, Humane Innovations

The CalAnimals Emergency Management Committee created a terrific resource called the Organizational Disaster Preparedness Checklist, sponsored by Hills. CalAnimals has added some useful sections and updated current information and links. Please join us as we take a refreshing look at the Checklist and drive into the updates. The Checklist is designed to help local animal welfare agencies by providing ideas for protocols, contracts, networking, and support during a disaster. Taught by CalAnimals Disaster Program Manager Ryan Soulsby and Principal Consultant John Peaveler of Humane Innovations.

If you missed the original webinar in 2021, here is the link:
This training will give a brief overview of the original Checklist, but primarily focus on the new sections and updates.

Check back soon for more FREE Live Webinars!

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View Previously Recorded Webinars:


Amy Auch, DVM, CCFP

*Click "SLIDES" link for RACE

California Rabies Challenge


Bruce Wagman, Attorney, San Francisco SPCA Shelter PALS Program
Jill Tucker, CEO, California Animal Welfare Association

Q&A: Click the Gold Dog Bone

Rescue Organization Essentials: California Laws, Resources, and More!


Bruce Wagman, Attorney
Dr. Cindi Delany, DVM

DEA and Premise Permits: Shelter Implications


Executive Leadership Program
Final Presentations
SLIDES, if available


Angelina Martin
Online Media Solutions

Social Media Marketing Strategies for Animal Shelters


Grant Goodwin, DocuPet

49 More Communities Switched to DocuPet in 2022 - Key Pet Licensing Performance in CA
SLIDES, if available


Angelina Martin

Social Media During Disasters or Emergencies for Animal Welfare Organizations
SLIDES, if available


Rebecca Dmytryk, Wildlife Emergency Services

Responding to Wildlife Emergencies


Grant Goodwin, Docupet

Your Pet Licensing Report Card
SLIDES, if available


Jen Adkins and Alesha Davidson

Managed and Diverted Intake
SLIDES, if available


Micheal Hildebrandt

Saving Lives Using Maps
SLIDES, if available


Brandy Kuentzel
Bruce Wagman

Shelter Law - Holding Periods, Shelter PALS CA


Brandy Kuentzel
Bruce Wagman

Shelter Law - Community Cats, Shelter PALS CA


Melanie Sadek

The Ins & Outs of Perception: Crafting the Culture and Brand of your Organization
SLIDES, if available


Jessica Mielke

Mitigating Risk: Common Claims Against Shelters, Dog Bites, Foster Liability, and More
SLIDES, if available


Cindi Delaney, DVM

Fear Free for Shelters & Veterinary Clinics (Part 2 of 2)
SLIDES, if available


Bruce Wagman, Attorney
San Francisco SPCA Shelter PALS Program

Community Cats 2024:
Saving Free-Roaming
Cats' Lives in the Most
Humane Way Possible


Bruce Wagman, Attorney
Cindi Delany, DVM

Telemedicine & Vaccine Clinics in CA- What Shelters Need to Know About Legislative Updates for 2024
SLIDES, if available


Kristen Hassan
Outcomes Consulting

Follow-Up Q&A
Animal Shelter Safety: Proven Strategies to Reduce Serious Bites and Other Risks
SLIDES, if available


Dr. Kate Hurley
Nadia Oseguera
Ivy Ruiz
UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program

Increase Summer Adoptions & Return to Home
SLIDES, if available


Mike Greenberg, DVM
Jennifer Scarlett, DVM
Gary Weitzman, DVM

Survey Results: Access to Vet Care in California Shelters
SLIDES, if available


Allie Mayer, CPDT-KA & Morgan Rivera, CPDT-KA, GoodPup

Reducing Return Rates Through Early Dog Training


Grant Goodwin and Joseph Messmer, Docupet

3 Ways to Boost Your Pet License Sales After Covid-19
SLIDES, if available


Bruce Wagman, Attorney, and Cindi Delany, DVM

Finder to Foster to Adoption: Keeping Found Animals in the Community


Alesha Davidson and Jenn Stone

Cat Handling & Behavior
SLIDES, if available


Jen Adkins and Jenn Stone

Community Cat Program, Intake, Eligibility, and Returns
SLIDES, if available


Shelby L. Clark, Esq.

Service Dogs and the Law


Ryan Soulsby
John Peaveler

Preparing for Disasters
SLIDES, if available


Staci Hurley
Ryan Hinderman

Humane at Home - Virtualizing Engagement
& Lost2Found Texting
SLIDES, if available


Darlene Blackman
Kaitlynn Navarro

Pet Safety Net


Mandy Evans

Rehoming Programs
SLIDES, if available


Brenton Minish
Andrew Gillies
Julie Ryan-Johnson, DVM

PetPro Connect - Telemedicine Platform from BI
SLIDES, if available


Katherine Wetherbee & James Stover
Syntech Group

Cyber Security: A Leadership Perspective
SLIDES, if available


David Denniston, Director of Risk Management, McNeil and Company
Damien Zillas, Compliance Coverage Counsel, Nonprofits Insurance Alliance

The Roundtable:
Liability Insurance Challenges
SLIDES, if available


Kristen Hassan
Outcomes Consulting

Animal Shelter Safety: Proven Strategies to Reduce Serious Bites and Other Risks


Eleanor Smith
Legs on Dreams Leadership Coaching

Preventing Burnout for Yourself and Your Team


Jen Blough, LPC

Combatting Compassion Fatigue


Julianna Tetlow, Director of Government Relations for San Diego Humane Society

Find Success Working with Elected Officials


Bruce Wagman, Attorney, and Cindi Delany, DVM

Intake & Holding Periods - Everything You Ever Wanted to Know


Henry Brzezinski, Bryan Bray, Brian Whipple, Ryan Soulsby, Cindy Machado

Responding to Disasters: Lessons Learned


Susie Aguilar and Leah Long

Kitten Intake Diversion
SLIDES, if available


Lisa Martin & Allie Mayer

Click Logo to Sign Up your shelter!



Gina Knepp
Julie Bank
Rebecca Guinn
Shelly Simmons
Shyanne Schull

Return to Home


Sarah Aguilar
Rory Adams

Turning Data Into Insight
SLIDES, if available


Jace Huggans
Michael Hildebrandt

Interacting with Diverse Communities: Cultural Beliefs
SLIDES, if available


Kate Hurley, DVM
Cindi Delaney, DVM

Putting the Cat Back


Jim Houpt
Gina Knepp

Fundraising for Public Shelters and the 501(c)(3)s that Support Them
SLIDES, if available


Sara Kent

Your Data Counts - Ideas and Tools to Activate Data
SLIDES, if available


Kristen Hassen
Outcomes Consulting

Communicate on Your Own Terms:
A Training for Animal Shelter and Rescue Leaders


Bruce Wagman, Attorney
Cindi Delany, DVM

Legal Meets Best Practices:
Parts 1 and 2
SLIDES, if available


Kristen Hassen
Outcomes Consulting

Outcomes Protocol for At-Risk Dogs


Gina Knepp
Michelson Found Animals

Customer Service: It's Not About Please and Thank You


Bruce Wagman, Attorney, and Dr. Cindi Delany

Shelter PALS – Veterinary Care in Shelters: Who can legally do what?


Bruce Wagman, Attorney, and Cindi Delany, DVM

Shelter PALS CA Shelter Law: Community Cats


Dr. Michael Blackwell, DVM, MPH and Rick Ducharme

AlignCare - Program for Pet Health Equity
SLIDES, if available


Chantalle Little
Available Free for a Limited Time

Open Adoptions & Adoption Counseling Essentials
SLIDES, if available


Jenn Stone and Susie Aguilar

Community Cat Complaint Mitigation
SLIDES, if available


Grant Goodwin, CEO, Docupet

So What is Docupet Anyway?
SLIDES, if available


Grant Goodwin, DocuPet

Licensing Best Practices - Increase Revenue & Compliance


Brandy Kuentzel
Bruce Wagman

Shelter Law - Shelter Intake, Shelter PALS CA


Bobby Mann
Ellen Jefferson, DVM
Brenda Barnette
Gina Knepp
Gary Weitzman, DVM
Ann Dunn

Humane Animal Social Services (HASS)
SLIDES, if available


Cristie Kamiya, DVM

Pediatric Spay & Neuter: Down to 1.5 lbs


Cindi Delaney, DVM

Fear Free for Shelters & Veterinary Clinics (Part 1 of 2)
SLIDES, if available


April Harris, CAWA

Bridging the Gap: Understanding Adopter Expectations, Perception and Reality
SLIDES, if available

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