American Pets Alive! 2019
In February 2019, national animal welfare leaders traveled to Austin, Texas for the American Pets Alive! Conference to exchange ideas, tool and solutions that will help the United States get to no-kill. As a major sponsor of the event, Maddie's Fund presents 56 talks in three categories that will help you and your organization reach your lifesaving goals: Advocating, Implementing and Strategizing. Also available are the five keynote speeches that will spark new ways of thinking and acting to save even more lives.
Analyzing Length of Stay: Make Your Animals Ready and Move Them Fast
Time wasted means animal lives lost, leave this session with a plan to move animals through your shelter more quickly.
Animal Protection Officers: Using a Community-based Approach to Measurably Reduce Intake in the Field
This session will teach approaches that value the human-animal bond, redefine 'animals in need,' and engage community members, shelter staff, and volunteers to solve problems together.
Join attorney Ryan Clinton, founder of Fix Austin, as he kicks off the conference by sharing the obstacles, challenges, successes, and strategies that Austin faced on their journey to no-kill.
Blueprint to a Successful No-kill Journey
Join Dr. Ellen Jefferson as she guides you step-by-step through what are considered Best Practice metrics in outcomes, intakes, and the 12 programmatic ingredients of lifesaving.
Bottle Baby 101 (Part 1 of 2)
This presentation will teach you how to start a volunteer-run bottle baby nursery and how to build it to become to be one of the most engaging and lifesaving programs in your community.
Bottle Baby 102 (Part 2 of 2)
This presentation will teach you everything you need to know to create, train, and retain a foster network for neonates.
Build Team Resilience - panel
Join this presentation and get the insider tips on how to cultivate a team of resilience and how to build strong teams that will rally around you.
Building No-kill Culture Throughout Your Organization - panel
In this panel discussion, animal welfare leaders discuss how to instill a positive, no-kill culture in our shelters, rescues, and service centers.
Cat Medical Care on a Shoestring Budget
In this session, you will have the chance to learn how to save cats with medical conditions on a tight budget from national leading cat experts.
Combatting Anti-No Kill Extremism
Watch this presentation to learn what anti no-kill extremism looks like and how to cope with it.
Conquer Fear and Doubt: Managing Your Team Through Change and Controversy - panel
Learn how to be a motivating people manager and help your team reach their goals - even through change and controversy.
Contagious Diseases: Euthanasia is Not the Answer
In this session, two veterinary experts will discuss how to handle disease outbreaks medically, handle the PR, and handle the operations that must continue.
Create Leaders from Within: Build a Succession Plan
So, you're a no-kill shelter leader, but what will happen in your community if the next shelter director who takes your place is not?
Demystifying No-kill Laws: The Nuts and Bolts of Ordinances
Viewers will learn the nuts and bolts of various animal welfare ordinances, including stray holds, caretakers, and Austin's No Kill plan.
Distemper is Not a Death Sentence
Join this session to learn about the process that Austin Pets Alive! developed to combat distemper without hoarding or culling them.
Dog Medical Care on a Shoestring Budget
How to spend the least amount of money as possible so that your medical resources can be spread among all those pets that need you.
Effective Negotiation Skills and Techniques to Achieve Lifesaving
Know when to stand your ground, when to compromise, and most importantly, how to communicate effectively so that people want to help you achieve your goals.
Enlightened Leadership: Daily Decisions and Beyond
Join us in this panel discussion as some of the most integral no-kill leaders share what it means to them to lead with a no-kill philosophy.
Every Life Matters: Using Past Data to Plan Better Outcomes
Data is a key piece of the lifesaving puzzle, but how do we use it to save the lives of the animals in our care?
FeLV: What You Need to Know for Shelter Decision Making
Come learn from shelter medicine expert, Dr. Levy, and leading cat advocates Monica Frenden and Natascha Hamman about the most current research and best practices for rehoming this vulnerable FeLV cat population.
Fundraising Fundamentals for Scrappy Organizations, Part 1
Join fundraising innovator, Maggie Lynch, and APA! Executive Director, Dr. Ellen Jefferson, to learn how to raise money and how to get scrappy when you need to!
Fundraising Fundamentals for Scrappy Organizations, Part 2
What do you need to raise funds effectively as you grow your organization?
Get More Staff Without Spending More Money
No-kill leader Kristen Auerbach will teach you how to increase staff productivity, without increasing your budget.
Get Them on Your Team: Engaging and Leveraging Activists to Reach Your Goals
This session will teach you skills to help you view activists as partners and to inspire them to work with you, not against you.
High Volume Foster Programs for Cats and Dogs
Learn how to rethink foster care in terms of capacity and expand the concept of what animals should be considered for foster.
How to Be the Boss of Your Organization's Save Rate
In this session, you will learn what the Shelter Director's role is in stopping unnecessary death in the shelter, how to do it, and how to be successful.
How to Run A Sustainable, Low Budget, No Kill Municipal Shelter
Successful shelter leaders share their knowledge on how to run a no-kill organization even when you have a very limited budget.
Key Performance Indicators: Resources, Responsibility and Results
In this fundamental session, join Dr. Ellen Jefferson and David Meyer as they explain how to prioritize goals and benchmark against them all along the way so that you can achieve success.
Know the Law: Liability in Shelters and Rescues
Learn how shelters and rescue groups can implement strategies to limit their liability for saving lives.
Leading with Resilience in Extreme Crisis
Join an impressive group of experts, who together will teach you the tools needed to save lives even when the deck is stacked against you.
Legislative Advocacy: Influence Laws and Ordinances
This session will teach you how to move legislation towards supporting lifesaving efforts.
Lifesaving in the Deep South
Hear the heartwarming and touching tales from two incredible leaders who have transformed seemingly impossible parts of the U.S. into true lifesaving communities.
Maddie's® Lifesaving Academy: How Austin is Shaping Tomorrow's Leaders
Success stories from students of Maddie's® Lifesaving Academy and how apprenticeships are helping shape tomorrow's animal welfare leaders.
Managing Staff to Ensure Accountability - panel
What does it mean to have an accountable staff and why is this important to no-kill shelter and rescue leaders?
Momentum in Texas Sheltering Communities
Learn from animal welfare experts about how Texas is getting to no-kill status.
Municipal Shelter Leadership: Getting and Starting the Job - panel
March 1, 2019
Join this session for expert tips and tricks and leave with a strong understanding of how to apply for, land and start a leadership position at a municipal shelter.
No-kill Political Advocacy: How to Gain and Keep Political Support
Learn how animal advocates in Austin, Texas put No Kill on the city's public policy agenda and how you can do the same in your community.
Nuts and Bolts of Large-scale Cat and Dog Foster Programs
Learn from experts the details of setting up and implementing a large-scale foster program.
Proactive Return to Owner Programs
Learn about how two very large animal shelters reached higher live release rates by attaining Return to Owner rates over 25% - way above best practice!
Save Lives in Space Crises
Learn how to not end lives due to temporary space shortages by pulling other levers that will decrease the pressure that you feel.
Save Rate: Exceed the 80% Benchmark - panel
Attendees will learn about the experiences of people who successfully broached 80% and beyond save rates.
Save Rate: Upward Bound - Exceed the 50% Benchmark - panel
March 1, 2019
This lively panel discussion will shed light on the experiences of the expert leaders who brought their communities past a 50% live release rate.
Saving All the Cats: Live Outcome Options for All Healthy, Outdoor Cats
Learn how to start a barn program from scratch, including selecting cats, finding quality homes, relocation procedures, and safe handling and sheltering practices.
Saving Dogs with Behavioral Challenges
Viewers will learn about cutting edge ways to solve non-shelter created behavior problems in shelter dogs.
Scrutinize and Market the Euthanasia List
This talk explores why it's important to understand exactly which animals are dying in your municipal shelter and how to let people help you get them out alive.
Shelter Data: How to Get It, Use It and Read It
This is an in-depth presentation on shelter data: how to get it, read it, and use it to influence change.
Social Science: Informed Animal Welfare
This talk covers research aimed at connecting animal welfare policies and programs to human and community health.
Solutions for the Top Five Reasons Dogs are Dying in Shelters
The presentation will provide you with practical and manageable solutions for the top five reasons dogs are dying and being killed in shelters today.
State Level No-kill Advocacy
This discussion revolves around states in the U.S. that have had state-wide efforts to transform to no-kill.
The First 72 Hours: A Model Intake and Animal Flow Process for Disease Prevention
Join American Pets Alive! staff as they discuss an intake and animal flow process designed to help you prevent outbreaks and ensure live outcomes.
The Modern Municipal Animal Agency
Learn how modern shelters develop targeted neighborhood programs that serve the larger community's desire to be no-kill while serving the public safety needs of specific areas.
The Pet Resource Center: A Better Alternative to the Intake Department
How "The Pet Resource Center" is a modern model for a successful alternative to traditional intake centers.
The Transparent Shelter, Building Trust with Your Community
In this session, no-kill leader, Kristen Auerbach, will tackle two separate but important topics in order for you to be one with your community.
Transport Programs: Get Pets to Safety
Hear how your average "Texas brown dogs" are making a big splash in places as far as Oregon, Connecticut, and even Italy!
Using Your Data for Strategic Planning
By the end of the presentation, you will be ready to make and implement strategic goals based on your organization's data.
Valuable Volunteer Programs: Successful Programs Proven to Work
Join volunteer leaders to learn how to rethink volunteers and reach your goals together and as a united front.
Why Are Big Dogs So Hard to Save? Identifying and Maintaining Adequate Capacity
Learn about the essential programs, best practices, and core philosophies needed to start saving big dogs in your communities.
American Pets Alive! 2020
In February 2020, national animal welfare leaders met in Austin, Texas for the American Pets Alive! Conference to exchange ideas, tools and solutions that are helping the United States get to no-kill. As a major sponsor of the event, Maddie's Fund presents 60 talks in five categories that will help you and your organization reach your lifesaving goals.
50 Ways to Keep Pets Out of the Shelter (or maybe 100)
Learn some amazing ways shelters have come up with to serve the people and pets in their communities in ways other than simply taking them into the shelter
A Radical Rethinking of the Role of Animal Welfare
Inspiring thoughts on what animals deserve from animal welfare advocates, workers and volunteers.
ACOs Gone Wild: Handling Fearful and Fractious Wildlife and Companion Animals
Learn animal control officers' tips and tricks for humanely handling even the stickiest situations with fearful and fractious animals.
Adopters Are Out There! Market Your Way Out of Space Crises
Learn how adopters can be your biggest lifesavers when your shelter is experiencing space crises.
Animal Shelter and Rescue Law and Liability
Ryan Clinton teaches the foundations of various animal welfare ordinances and what they mean for your organization.
Behavior Dogs Alive! Solving Eight Common Behaviors that Happen in Shelters
Learn practical and manageable solutions for common canine behaviors and increase your lifesaving immediately.
Build Resilience and Excitement Around Change
Shelly Thompson moderates this panel to help you get the insider tips on how to cultivate a team of resilience and build strong teams that will rally around you.
Building a Foster-centric Organization
What does it mean to be foster centric? Learn from the people who have elevated foster care from a sideline shelter program to a best practice.
But We're Full: Smart Strategies to Increase Capacity for Dogs
Come to this action-driven session to learn how to outsmart and overcome the impulse to kill in a space crisis.
Contagious Disease is Not a Death Sentence: How Communities Overcame Outbreaks without Killing
Leave this session with the knowledge necessary to fight disease outbreak, medically and operationally from veterinarians who have lived through it.
Daily Decision Making and Accountability: Identifying Key Performance Indicators
Learn what it means to set KPIs and goals to instill an organizational lifesaving philosophy.
Data for Activists: Get the Information You Need
Leave this presentation knowing what data you need and how to get it, through the use of public information requests.
Defining No Kill
Want to know what the top-performing shelter directors in the country have to say about the term No Kill? Kristen Hassen-Auerbach moderates this panel with expert voices.
Don't Euthanize That! Building a No Kill Culture in Your Clinic
Learn how to instill a culture in your clinic that requires all staff to treat every animal with the care and treatment we would expect for our own animals.
Empowering Volunteers to Help Solve Every Challenge
Learn how to create a volunteer program that works to the specific needs of your rescue, shelter or community.
Ensuring Accountability Around Life and Death Decisions
Learn how to implement policies that will keep your organization accountable and increase lifesaving across your organization.
Every Cat! Live Outcome Options for All of Them
In this session, we'll take a look at innovative programs for cats that work, and outdated practices we still need to replace.
FeLV: Current Research and Rehoming Practices
Learn from shelter medicine expert, Dr. Levy and leading cat advocates Monica Frenden and Natascha Hamman, about the most current research and best practices for rehoming FeLV cats.
Fundraising for Survival: Lessons for Any Sized Organization, Part 1 of 2
Join fundraising innovator Maggie Lynch and learn how to raise money and how to get scrappy when you need to! (Part 1 of 2)
Fundraising for Survival: Lessons for Any Sized Organization, Part 2 of 2
Join fundraising innovator Maggie Lynch and learn how to raise money and how to get scrappy when you need to! (Part 2 of 2)
Get Your Boss to Say Yes!: Piloting New Programs in Shelters
Follow these steps and be ready to take a new idea to your boss and hear 'yes!'
How to Get Your Story Told: Effective Engagement with Local Media
Learn how to cultivate relationships with news sources and tips and tricks from a marketing director and an Emmy-Award winning newscaster.
How to Use Research to Save Lives
Learn which research is the most important to know about and what it tells us about animal sheltering.
Imagining the Future of Animal Welfare
Hear from some of the most influential voices in animal welfare as they imagine what the future holds for homeless pets.
Increase Return to Owner Rates in Your Organization
Gina Knepp offers solutions and insight into how to start innovative, progressive and proactive programs to increase RTO rates, anywhere.
Innovation and Emerging Practices in Adoption Counseling
Learn the most innovative and creative ways to counsel potential adopters and safely increase adoption in your organization.
Is Managed Intake Humane?
Two animal shelter leaders from sizeable cities present ideas to keep your intake practices focused on serving pets and people.
Keeping Families Together: The Future of Animal Control
Hear how animal protection units around the country are thinking about what's next for animal protection.
Leading Through Relationships: Friends Who Can Effect Change
Learn how to put No Kill on your community's public policy agenda.
Managing Big Dogs: The New Horizon
In this session you will gain a deeper understanding of lifesaving best practices and innovations to increase lifesaving for big dogs.
Marketing the Euthanasia List
This session explores why it is important to understand exactly which animals are dying in your municipal shelter and let people help you to get them out alive.
Model Animal Shelter Hold Period and Rescue Access Laws
Learn how to advocate for implementing model laws to save more homeless pets in your community.
Model Government Reporting Requirements
In 2019, Austin passed the most comprehensive set of lifesaving laws in the country. A decade of work drove Austin to be the safest city in the country for homeless pets. Can Austin be a model for communities all over the country to implement reporting requirements?
Moving Through Adversity
This session will shed light on the last 2 years as Paula Powell fights for animals and the people who love them.
Neonatal Kittens Q & A
Listen in with expert kitten lifesavers as they answer questions about neonatal kitten care, including disease treatment and prevention.
New FeLV Guidelines: 5 Critical Takeaways for Your Shelter
Gain the knowledge and skills you need to tackle the next frontier in cat lifesaving!
No Kill Advocacy
Learn how animal advocates in Austin, Texas, put no-kill on the City's public-policy agenda, and how you can do the same for your community.
No Kill. No Harm. An Ethic for the Future of Lifesaving
Join this presentation and learn how transforming our thinking about animal management and sheltering can lead to more live outcomes, cost-effective solutions for emerging animal management and welfare challenges and a more fully engaged public..
Our Most Vulnerable Creatures: Disease in Puppies and Kittens
Leave this session with the knowledge necessary to fight disease outbreak, without unnecessary deaths or culling of puppies and kittens.
Our Vet Just Quit
Learn how to stretch the resources you do have to save the most lives possible, even in high-stress moments in your shelter or clinic.
Pets are Family: Community Programs to Keep Pets Out of the Shelter
In this presentation, Rebecca Guinn shares innovative ideas for community programs in the country. Leave with ideas to take back to your own community.
Power Up Your Fundraising: Donor Management Systems
This presentation covers why adopting a donor management system is important, when you should get one, how to choose a system that fits your organization's needs and what it can do to help your fundraising take off.
Public Safety and Lifesaving ARE Compatible
Join Marc Peralta and Edward Jamison to hear about the increases and impact they have seen in public safety, when lifesaving takes priority.
Shelter Medicine with a No-Kill Mindset
Learn how to spend the least amount of money possible, to spread the meager wealth of medical resources and save more lives.
Learn from expert advocates as they share their success stories for state-wide efforts to transform to No Kill.
Steal this! Five Free, Easy Foster Strategies to Start Now
Everything you need to know to recruit more foster homes, start new programs and send more pets to foster.
The First 72 Hours: A Model Intake & Animal Flow Process
Join American Pets Alive! as they discuss what should happen within the first 72 hours after an animal enters any sheltering system.
The Future of Animal Shelter Data
As sheltering evolves, we face an evolving set of challenges. Learn what experts in the field of animal shelter data collection are suggesting.
The Leader's Guide to Communicating with Stakeholders: How, When and What
Learn how to own your narrative and communicate your vision with major stakeholders.
The Most Important Lessons Learned after 12 Years in the Largest No Kill City in America
Join Dr. Ellen Jefferson as she guides you through metrics in outcomes, intakes and the 12 programmatic ingredients to propel lifesaving forward in your community.
Top 5 Reasons Animals are Dying in Shelters and How to Save Them
Dr. Ellen Jefferson and the Leadership Alive! group share solutions to start saving the lives of the most vulnerable pets in our care.
Using Technology to Increase Return to Owner
Learn how to increase your organization's RTO and attain a higher return to owner rate through innovative, progressive and proactive programs.
We're on the same team: ACOs and the Future of Animal Protection
This session focuses on how to manage change amongst Animal Control officers and learning how to build teamwork and camaraderie even when things are different and new.
What Do We Do About Our Long Stays?
Learn how to analyze length-of-stay data and know what to do with it.
What If You Can't Return Them? When SNR is Not an Option
Learn how you can safely save all the cats, even when SNR isn't an option.
What Qualities Do Emerging Leaders Need to Succeed?
This presentation outlines a foundation for understanding how to cultivate the leadership abilities that will enable your or your staff to reach their highest potential.
When to Bring Them In: Pets That Truly Need Shelter
Learn policies and procedures to implement in your organization and take the guesswork out of bringing animals in and streamline and prioritize the safety and wellness of pets and people.
Workshop: Marketing and Branding to Engage Your Community
Learn from shelter branding experts how to identify steps to create and market your No Kill brand to your community.
You Just Arrived, Now Go Home! Make Pets Ready for Adoption, Immediately
Learn how to fast-track animals and make them available for adoption, foster and transfer, immediately.
Your Notes are Everything: How Officer Notes Impact Animals and Communities
Learn how to ensure your staff is working to keep accurate & thorough notes to save more animal lives.
The Coming Eviction Crisis Will Affect Pets, Too
With the federal eviction moratorium expiring Saturday July 31, 2021, millions of American families are at risk of losing their homes. The number of animals displaced with their people is likely to be catastrophic.Learn More
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