People Are Animals Too, Darnit!
To truly help animals, we need to understand the complexity of the human condition. Learn from experts in animal welfare, doctors of human and veterinary medicine and social leaders as they share their thoughts on the human-animal bond.
info_outline E55 - Foster Studies with Dr. Lisa Gunter and Emily Blade 11/27/2021
E55 - Foster Studies with Dr. Lisa Gunter and Emily Blade Emily Blade is the Travel and Implementation Coordinator for the ASU/VT Maddie's Fund Nationwide Fostering Study. In this role, she consults with animal shelter staff on program development and implementation, with a focus on identifying barriers to success, trialing solutions, and streamlining processes. Emily has been working in and with shelters for nearly ten years and draws on lessons learned from shelter operations, management, veterinary care and community-directed programs to assist shelters in designing progressive programs; most recently, Safety Net Fostering programs to provide temporary care for owned pets. Lisa Gunter, PhD, CBCC-KA is the Maddie's Fund Research Fellow at Arizona State University in the Department of Psychology and conducts her research in the Canine Science Collaboratory. She currently coordinates the ASU/VT Maddie’s Nationwide Fostering Study. The goal of Lisa's research is to better the lives of companion animals and their owners. To this aim, she has investigated the breed labeling of shelter dogs, their breed heritage, shelter housing and social interactions, temporary fostering, short-term outings, behavioral indicators of welfare, post-adoption interventions focused on owner retention - and more recently, fostering during the pandemic and safety net programs to help keep people and their pets together. She has published her research in scientific journals, presented her findings at numerous conferences, and received national and international media attention for her work.
info_outline Episode 54 - Disaster Relief in Animal Welfare with Diane Robinson 06/21/2021
Episode 54 - Disaster Relief in Animal Welfare with Diane Robinson Diane Robinson of the HSUS joins Mandy to discuss disaster response and relief as it relates to animal welfare. Contact Diane: [email protected]
info_outline Episode 52 - Compassion Fatigue with Jen Blough 06/15/2021
Episode 52 - Compassion Fatigue with Jen Blough Jennifer Blough (rhymes with plow) is a licensed professional counselor who is certified in compassion fatigue, pet loss grief, and trauma. She is the owner of Deepwater Counseling and The Compassion Fatigue Couch. Jennifer is also the author of . As a vegan and former shelter worker and animal control officer, Jen has an extensive background in animal welfare and animal rights, and is passionate about helping those who love, care for, and work to protect animals. Contact info: [email protected]
info_outline Episode 53 - Homelessness and Animal Welfare with Dr. Jon Geller 05/18/2021
Episode 53 - Homelessness and Animal Welfare with Dr. Jon Geller Dr. Geller is a graduate of Colorado State College of Veterinary Medicine. After graduating in 1995, he became an emergency veterinarian in Colorado for 20 years, and started up 4 emergency clinics. He became Board Certified as Veterinary Practitioner in Canine and Feline Medicine in 2010. In 2015 he founded The Street Dog Coalition, a non-profit charity, which currently has teams in around 50 US cities across the US providing free medical care to pets of the homeless. Currently he is working on setting up a One Health Mobile Outreach program to provide free veterinary and health care services to at-risk pet owners, and their pets, in underserved areas of Eastern Colorado. He was named Veterinarian of the Year by the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association for 2020. Thestreetdogcoalition.org
info_outline Episode 51 - Community Cat Programs with Brittany Sundell 04/13/2021
Episode 51 - Community Cat Programs with Brittany Sundell Brittany is a New England native who has spent the last 12 years getting involved in the shelter/rescue community all throughout New England, the Midwest and now Pacific Northwest. Starting out her career in higher education, Brittany takes her experience in Social Sciences and her Masters of Organizational Leadership to implement sound research practices into the program development for under-resourced shelters and rescues. Brittany serves West Valley Humane Society as the Development and Education Coordinator. Her role encompasses development of shelter programs, research, community outreach, humane education and grant writing. Her passion areas include: community cat programs and initiatives, bully breed advocacy, humane education, and low income animal services.
info_outline Episode 50 - Outside-The-Box Solutions Can Bring Positive Change with Spencer Conover 03/19/2021
Episode 50 - Outside-The-Box Solutions Can Bring Positive Change with Spencer Conover From Spencer: "I have dedicated my life to positive, servant leadership at some of the top animal welfare organizations across the country including, the Dumb Friends League, Best Friends Animal Society, the Humane Society of Utah and Pasco County Animal Services. I am proud to lead a team of people, dedicated to creating, nurturing and preserving the human-animal bond for the people and pets in our community. I am a graduate of the Best Friends Animal Society Executive Leadership Certification Program, the Pasco County Leadership Development Program and the Strategic Government Solutions Servant Leadership Certification. I (will soon) have a Masters of Interdisciplinary Studies from Southern Utah University in Contemporary Animal Services Leadership. I am a certified Green Belt in Lean Six Sigma and an avid teacher of the Enneagram personality typing system for professional growth. I have a passion for integrating statistics and data driven decision making in lifesaving shelter operations and future planning." Spencer joins Mandy to share how thinking outside the box brought huge results for Pasco County Animal Services.
info_outline Episode 48 - The Ins and Outs of Shelter / Funder Relations Part II 02/17/2021
Episode 48 - The Ins and Outs of Shelter / Funder Relations Part II Jessica Martin has dedicated nearly three decades to helping children, families, and animals in need. She has become exceptionally skilled in organizational planning, philanthropic strategy and system development, nonprofit policy, technical writing, grants management, and major gifts programs. For many years, Jessica served as the Director of Foundation Giving and Major Gifts at one of the nation’s largest children’s hospitals. With her leadership, the department achieved a historical $118 million in philanthropic revenue with nearly $36 million in new grants. Her experience also includes directing the fund development efforts of a nationwide nonprofit dedicated to victims of child abuse and neglect, as well as an organizational restructure. There, she secured national public, private and government funding, successfully increasing revenue by 300% in her first two years. Jessica joins Mandy to discuss shelter / funder relations in this two-part series.
info_outline Episode 47 - The Ins and Outs of Shelter/Funder Relations with Jessica Martin, Part I 01/29/2021
Episode 47 - The Ins and Outs of Shelter/Funder Relations with Jessica Martin, Part I Jessica Martin has dedicated nearly three decades to helping children, families, and animals in need. She has become exceptionally skilled in organizational planning, philanthropic strategy and system development, nonprofit policy, technical writing, grants management, and major gifts programs. For many years, Jessica served as the Director of Foundation Giving and Major Gifts at one of the nation’s largest children’s hospitals. With her leadership, the department achieved a historical $118 million in philanthropic revenue with nearly $36 million in new grants. Her experience also includes directing the fund development efforts of a nationwide nonprofit dedicated to victims of child abuse and neglect, as well as an organizational restructure. There, she secured national public, private and government funding, successfully increasing revenue by 300% in her first two years. Jessica joins Mandy to discuss shelter / funder relations in this two-part series.
info_outline Episode 46 - Rebranding: Better Together Animal Alliance 01/25/2021
Episode 46 - Rebranding: Better Together Animal Alliance People Are Animals Too Darnit host, Mandy Evans, is the executive director of an animal shelter in north Idaho. The animal shelter just launched a rebrand campaign to Better Together Animal Alliance. Mandy talks with Lisa Gerber of Big Leap Creative about the rebranding effort and the purpose of it. bettertogetheranimalalliance.org
info_outline Episode 45 - The Culture of Philanthropy in Animal Welfare with Brian Daugherty of San Diego Humane Society 12/09/2020
Episode 45 - The Culture of Philanthropy in Animal Welfare with Brian Daugherty of San Diego Humane Society 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 Compassion" in our community. Brian’s work experience includes notable organizations such as the Baltimore Symphony; the Baltimore Zoo; the University of Baltimore; the University of California, San Diego; and San Diego State University. He has served as the fundraising chair for several nonprofit organizations and is a frequent presenter to such organizations as the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), the Annual Giving Professionals Network (AGPN) and Academic Impressions. Brian graduated from the University of South Florida with a bachelor’s degree in finance. He also holds a master’s degree in nonprofit management and leadership from the University of San Diego. He currently lives in San Diego with his wife, Kathleen, their three children and his devoted companions, Sherman the Dorgi (dachshund and corgi mix) and Henry the Harrier. Brian joins Mandy to discuss philanthropy in animal welfare.
info_outline Episode 44 - Cat Policy for Animal Shelters 11/24/2020
Episode 44 - Cat Policy for Animal Shelters 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 quantitative and qualitative data. Peter joins Mandy to discuss cat policy and best practices for animal shelters. Kittens, Community, and You video link:
info_outline Episode 43 - Commnuity-Based Programs in Animal Welfare 11/16/2020
Episode 43 - Commnuity-Based Programs in Animal Welfare 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 certified animal control office and animal cruelty investigator. She has a Master’s degree in Economics from Rutgers University and worked in both financial and social economics before devoting her career to cause advancement. She has served on the boards of regional organizations, animal shelters and a marine mammal stranding center. She is a frequent speaker at regional and national conferences. She is currently a Program Ambassador with Project Coyote and the Vice President of her local shelter’s board of directors. She and her husband share their Colorado mountain home with beloved adopted pets Roger, Sunny, Cato & Polly. When not working, she can be found gardening in a geodesic greenhouse or out in the woods marveling at nature. Heather joins Mandy today to discuss community-based programs in animal welfare.
info_outline Episode 42 - Animal Shelters' Response to COVID-19 11/07/2020
Episode 42 - Animal Shelters' Response to COVID-19 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 managed the Traffic Safety Department for AAA in Northern California and has trained thousands of law enforcement officers, nurses and public health workers in highway safety issues. In 2016, Melanie was recognized with the TriValley Hero Community Spirit Award for her dedication to helping others. Melanie joins Mandy to discuss shelters' response to COVID-19.
info_outline Episode 41 - Housekeeping and Episode 1 Rewind 10/23/2020
Episode 41 - Housekeeping and Episode 1 Rewind 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.
info_outline Episode 40 - Direct Marketing and Fundraising for Animal Shelters with Meghan Thorne of One & All 10/17/2020
Episode 40 - Direct Marketing and Fundraising for Animal Shelters with Meghan Thorne of One & All 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 taking a hard look at where she wanted her future self to be. Knowing that, more than anything else, she wanted to do good in the world, she applied for, and was accepted in, the University of Georgia’s graduate program for Nonprofit Business Management. Upon graduating, she found that working for One & All would give her the best of the world she came from, and the world she wanted to be a part of. In her spare time, she can be found running the trails of the North Georgia mountains with her five year old pit mix, “Puppy Dog”.
info_outline Episode 39 - The Importance of the Human-Animal Bond with Dr. Hoy-Gerlach 10/10/2020
Episode 39 - The Importance of the Human-Animal Bond with Dr. Hoy-Gerlach 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:
info_outline Episode 38, Part 2 - Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Animal Welfare with Kim Wolf 10/02/2020
Episode 38, Part 2 - Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Animal Welfare with Kim Wolf 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.
info_outline Episode 38 - Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Animal Welfare with Kim Wolf 09/25/2020
Episode 38 - Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Animal Welfare with Kim Wolf Social worker and animal welfare expert Kim Wolf joins Mandy to discuss diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) within animal welfare.
info_outline Episode 37 - Animal Shelter Acquisitions with Anne Reed of Wisconsin Humane 09/11/2020
Episode 37 - Animal Shelter Acquisitions with Anne Reed of Wisconsin Humane 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 welfare organization in five Wisconsin counties, serving one third of Wisconsin’s animals and families and dedicated to making a difference for animals and the people who love them. Anne joins Mandy to discuss animal shelters acquisitions of other entities.
info_outline Episode 36 - Access to Veterinary Care: A New Model with Dr. Sara Pizano and Aimee St. Arnaud 09/04/2020
Episode 36 - Access to Veterinary Care: A New Model with Dr. Sara Pizano and Aimee St. Arnaud Dr. Pizano from Team Shelter USA is considered a leading expert in shelter reform with unprecedented results. As an accomplished public speaker and influencer, in particular with municipal leaders, she is a positive force helping organizations reach their potential. As the Director of National Veterinary Outreach for Best Friends Animal Society, Aimee St. Arnaud focuses on how to increase access to spay/neuter and veterinary care in underserved communities to help reach the goal of achieving no-kill nationwide by 2025. Dr. Pizano and Aimee join Mandy to discuss vet care access.
info_outline Episode 35 - Knowledge is Power - Don't let "No Pets Allowed" Hold You Back from Renting 08/28/2020
Episode 35 - Knowledge is Power - Don't let "No Pets Allowed" Hold You Back from Renting Abby Volin founded Opening Doors, which advocates for tenants with pet-related housing issues and helps housing providers manage pets on properties. She is a nationally recognized expert on animal accommodation law and frequently holds lectures for landlords, attorneys, animal welfare advocates, and healthcare providers. Prior to starting Opening Doors, Abby worked as a policy specialist at The Humane Society of the United States and began her career as a litigator. Abby earned her JD from Loyola University Chicago School of Law and BA from Tufts University. She has volunteered with numerous shelters and rescue groups throughout the years and fostered countless pets (much to the chagrin of the resident cats). Abby joins Mandy to discuss how to can help keep families together. one-pager explanation and sample verification letters:
info_outline Episode 34 - Pet-Friendly Housing with Todd Cramer and Heather Schechter 08/21/2020
Episode 34 - Pet-Friendly Housing with Todd Cramer and Heather Schechter Todd Cramer is the former President & CEO at the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society (MHHS) in New York’s Capital District. Prior to joining MHHS, he was the Senior Vice President of Community Engagement & Chief of Staff at St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center in New Jersey. Todd has also served as the Senior Program Manager, Adoptions at PetSmart Charities and Director of Community Initiatives at the ASPCA. During his time at St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center, Todd led the Pets Are Welcome, pet friendly housing initiative, pilot program working to encourage rental property owners to go beyond just allowing pet residents and make them truly welcome by eliminating breed, type and size restrictions and providing the tools necessary for pet guardians and their pets to live successfully in rental communities. Under his leadership, the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society successfully partnered with the Sunrise Management & Consultants to create Pets Are Welcome communities. Todd has written for Animal Sheltering Magazine and has been a popular speaker delivering workshops on animal welfare topics at regional and national conferences including Best Friend’s National Conference and the Humane Society of the United States Animal Care Expo. Heather Schechter, Director of Marketing and Business Development, is responsible for identifying and developing new business opportunities and building and expanding the public presence of the company and its clients. She oversees the marketing of multiple apartment communities, including branding, advertising, public relations, and communications functions. Heather brings to Sunrise her experience in marketing in Albany and New York City. She is currently the Past President and Membership Chair of the Capital Region Public Relations Society of America. Heather is Accredited in Public Relations and a licensed New York State Real Estate Salesperson. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Columbia College and a Master of Science degree in Education from the Sage Colleges.
info_outline Episode 33 - Barriers to Accessible Housing with Shannon Glenn of My Pitbull Is Family 08/14/2020
Episode 33 - Barriers to Accessible Housing with Shannon Glenn of My Pitbull Is Family Shannon Glenn started with My Pit Bull is Family in 2014 and quickly became an expert in housing policy and surrender prevention for the animal welfare community. She has an extensive professional background in grassroots campaigns, voter outreach, community outreach, fundraising, homeless advocacy and policy creation. Shannon holds a Master’s in Advocacy and Political Leadership where she centered her degree program around drafting policies to end housing and insurance discrimination for families with large dogs. She lives in Minneapolis, MN with her partner, Anthony, their two dogs Charlotte and Wilbur and cat Max. Shannon currently is the Shelter Supervisor for the only pet friendly emergency homeless shelter in the state of Minnesota. You can usually find Shannon spending her free time updating our database, volunteering at Minneapolis Animal Care and Control, or enjoying the outdoors with her family. Shannon joins Mandy to discuss breed discrimination and barriers to accessible housing.
info_outline Episode 32 - Does That Cat Really Need Us? How Shelters Can Reduce Cat Euthanasia with Cameron Moore 08/07/2020
Episode 32 - Does That Cat Really Need Us? How Shelters Can Reduce Cat Euthanasia with Cameron Moore Cameron Moore oversees shelter engagement for the Million Cat Challenge, a joint project of Maddie’s Fund®, the Maddie’s® Shelter Medicine Program at the Univerity of Florida, the UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program, and the ASPCA® designed to save the lives of 1 million more shelter cats over five years.
info_outline Episode 31 - The Eviction Crisis: What's Coming and How to Prepare with Abby Volin 07/29/2020
Episode 31 - The Eviction Crisis: What's Coming and How to Prepare with Abby Volin Abby Volin founded Opening Doors, which advocates for tenants with pet-related housing issues and helps housing providers manage pets on properties. She is a nationally recognized expert on animal accommodation law and frequently holds lectures for landlords, attorneys, animal welfare advocates, and healthcare providers.
info_outline Episode 30 - Municipal Shelter Operations with Ed Jamison of Dallas Animal Services 07/24/2020
Episode 30 - Municipal Shelter Operations with Ed Jamison of Dallas Animal Services Ed Jamison became the Director of Dallas Animal Services (DAS) in October of 2017. The animal situation in Dallas has been the center of scrutiny over the years due to large roaming dog populations, high profile dog attacks, and low positive save rates from the shelter. With over 39,000 dogs and cats entering DAS’ care last year, Dallas is the 3rd largest intake in the United States.
info_outline Episode 29 - PR and Branding with Melanie Sadek 07/17/2020
Episode 29 - PR and Branding with Melanie Sadek Melanie Sadek, identical twin sister of host Mandy Evans, has been the executive director of Valley Humane Society in Pleasanton for the 9 years. 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.Melanie joins Mandy to discuss PR (external communications) and shelter branding.
info_outline Episode 28 - Pets For Life with Amanda Arrington 07/10/2020
Episode 28 - Pets For Life with Amanda Arrington Amanda Arrington is the Senior Director of the groundbreaking Pets for Life (PFL) program at the Humane Society of the United States. Amanda guides a social justice-driven approach to create equity in and access to pet resources and information for people in underserved communities. Under her leadership the program has been implemented in over 50 markets across the country and is working to make companion animal welfare a more just and inclusive movement.
info_outline Episode 27 - Removing Barriers to Pet Adoptions with Best Friends Animal Society 07/03/2020
Episode 27 - Removing Barriers to Pet Adoptions with Best Friends Animal Society 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.