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Episode 27 - Removing Barriers to Pet Adoptions with Best Friends Animal Society

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Release Date: 07/03/2020

Episode 45 - The Culture of Philanthropy in Animal Welfare with Brian Daugherty of San Diego Humane Society show art Episode 45 - The Culture of Philanthropy in Animal Welfare with Brian Daugherty of San Diego Humane Society

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Brian Daugherty has extensive experience in leading philanthropy teams to achieve extraordinary results. As senior vice president and chief philanthropy & communications officer, he oversees our philanthropy, marketing and communications efforts and is able to combine his professional experience and passion for animals. Brian and his team are responsible for marketing and communications to promote a vast array of programs and services as well as raising the vital funds necessary to enable San Diego Humane Society to fulfill its mission to take care of homeless animals and "Inspire...

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Peter J. Wolf is a research and policy analyst for Best Friends Animal Society. Peter’s role involves the analysis of science and public policy related to community cat issues, a topic he’s been researching and writing about since 2010 through his blog, Vox Felina. His writing is published regularly on the Best Friends blog, in letters to editor, and in peer-reviewed research articles. Peter holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and master’s degree in industrial design. His professional/industry experience has focused on the acquisition, analysis, and synthesis of...

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Heather Cammisa is a Principal at Adisa Group, a mission driven consultancy. She has twenty-five years of experience in mission leadership, with more than 13 years as the Chief Executive of two animal welfare agencies plus several years with a national welfare agency. An economist before her Yogi Berra fork in the road, Heather is known for innovation, strategic partnerships, financial and operational revitalization and analytics.   She is a Certified Animal Welfare Administrator, holds a graduate certificate in Wildlife Forensics and Conservation from the University of Florida and is a...

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Melanie Sadek, identical twin sister of host Mandy Evans, has been the executive director of Valley Humane Society in Pleasanton for the 9 years. She has established the organization as a well-respected non-profit, helping both animals and people in the Tri-Valley. Melanie serves on the Board of Directors for the California Animal Welfare Association. In this role, she has been active in evaluating and helping pass animal welfare legislation in California. Her passion to make a difference didn’t start with Valley Humane Society. Starting her career in the field of highway safety, Melanie...

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People Are Animals Too podcast editor and producer Dan fills in for Mandy this week and goes over some housekeeping items.  There's also a replay of episode 1 where Mandy introduces herself and the vision for the podcast.

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Episode 40 - Direct Marketing and Fundraising for Animal Shelters with Meghan Thorne of One & All show art Episode 40 - Direct Marketing and Fundraising for Animal Shelters with Meghan Thorne of One & All

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Meghan Thorne of One & All joins Mandy to discuss marketing and development for animal shelters. Meghan has more than two decades of advertising, marketing, and direct response experience.  She has been leading the multichannel fundraising program for Animal Welfare partners at One & All for over ten years, in channels that include TV, radio, outdoor display, digital and direct mail campaigns to acquire and maintain their rich pool of high-value donors and sustainers.     She joined One & All in 2011, after the great recession of 2008 left her unemployed and...

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University of Toledo professor of social work and author of Human-Animal Interactions -Dr. Hoy-Gerlach - joins Mandy to discuss the importance of the human-animal bond and how it impacts social welfare and animal welfare. Get a copy of Dr. Hoy-Gerlach's book here: "Why do we love dogs so much so so much?" article:

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Social worker and animal welfare expert Kim Wolf joins Mandy for part 2  of the discussion on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) within animal welfare.

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Social worker and animal welfare expert Kim Wolf joins Mandy to discuss diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) within animal welfare.

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Episode 37 - Animal Shelter Acquisitions with Anne Reed of Wisconsin Humane show art Episode 37 - Animal Shelter Acquisitions with Anne Reed of Wisconsin Humane

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Anne Reed is president and CEO of the Wisconsin Humane Society.  Before joining WHS, Anne spent almost three decades as a corporate litigator in Milwaukee.Founded in 1879, the Wisconsin Humane Society is Wisconsin’s oldest, largest, and most recognized animal welfare organization. WHS helped to pioneer the idea that every animal available for adoption in a shelter could be free of time limits, taking as long as needed to be adopted. WHS has also led the field in exploring the strength that can be gained from bringing separate organizations together.  WHS is now the primary animal...

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As the Senior Director, National Mission Advancement, Marc Peralta brings together Best Friends’ newest initiatives and aligns all things related to developing the knowledge and capabilities of individuals and organizations involved in lifesaving in order to empower them to achieve no-kill in their own backyard. These initiatives include shelter outreach, mentorship, staff-embedding programs, community cat programs, no-kill leadership training, and emergency response training and operations.
Jessica Gutmann is the Manager of Operations for the Santa Rosa Shelter Embed Program for Best Friends Animal Society. In this role, Jessica is charged with helping the animals of Santa Rosa County Animal Services in Florida, by working with the shelter to achieve a 90% save rate through implementations of programs and systemic change.
 
Jessica, a Wisconsin native, started her journey into the world of animal welfare when she began working as an Adoption Counselor for the Wisconsin Humane Society. Following her passion to serve animals Jessica became a Humane Officer at Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission. While there she created the organization's first comprehensive volunteer program. Jessica also founded Urban Cat Coalition, Milwaukee, Wisconsin's first and only TNR organization.
 
Jessica started with Best Friends as a Community Cat Coordinator. During her time in that role, she helped engage with communities by advocating for trap-neuter-return initiatives, and working with shelters to implement return to field programs. Jessica transitioned into the role of Shelter Support Coordinator helping to support shelters in Utah by working with them to maximize their potential for saving lives.
 
Jessica has a permanent residence in Utah and shares her life with her husband, nine cats, and two dogs. She enjoys hiking, being in red-rock country, adventures in her jeep, and is a true-crime enthusiast.

Jessica and Marc join Mandy today to discuss removing barriers to pet adoptions in animal shelters.