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 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.
info_outline Episode 26 - Changing the Culture of Animal Welfare with UC-Davis' Dr. Karsten and James Pumphrey 06/26/2020
Episode 26 - Changing the Culture of Animal Welfare with UC-Davis' Dr. Karsten and James Pumphrey Dr. Karston and James join Mandy to discuss changing the culture within animal welfare.
info_outline Episode 25 - Shelters Going Through Hell with Jim Tedford of AAWA 06/19/2020
Episode 25 - Shelters Going Through Hell with Jim Tedford of AAWA Jim Tedford has been actively engaged in the animal welfare movement for more than 35 years. He currently serves as President & CEO for The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement (formerly known as the Society of Animal Welfare Administrators), a professional association of leaders in the fields of animal welfare and animal care & control.
info_outline Episode 24 - Dogs Playing for Life (Animal Shelter Playgroup Training Program) 06/13/2020
Episode 24 - Dogs Playing for Life (Animal Shelter Playgroup Training Program) Dogs Playing for Life is an innovative training program that was founded by professional trainer Aimee Sadler. The Program demonstrates both the practical efficiencies of play groups for the rescue organization, as well as the emotional and behavioral benefits for the animals. Play groups have proven to be a critical enrichment and assessment tool for shelters.
info_outline Episode 23 - Michaelson Found Animals Foundation with Vince Wong 06/08/2020
Episode 23 - Michaelson Found Animals Foundation with Vince Wong Michaelson Found Animals Director of Policy and Civic Engagement - Vince Wong - joins Mandy to discuss the mission and programs offered by the foundation.
info_outline Episode 22 - Being Resilient During Difficult Times with Eric Ridgway 05/29/2020
Episode 22 - Being Resilient During Difficult Times with Eric Ridgway Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor Eric Ridgway joins Mandy to discuss how to stay resilient and optimistic during the COVID-19 pandemic.
info_outline Episode 21 - Animal Social Services and the Human-Animal Bond with Eric Ridgway 05/22/2020
Episode 21 - Animal Social Services and the Human-Animal Bond with Eric Ridgway Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor Eric Ridgway joins Mandy to discuss the culture change necessary for taking sheltering to a full animal social services model. Eric and Mandy also discuss the importance of the human-animal bond.
info_outline Episode 20 - The Underbelly of Transfers with Dr. Cynthia Karsten 05/15/2020
Episode 20 - The Underbelly of Transfers with Dr. Cynthia Karsten Animal shelter transfers are a popular thing but might lead to some unintended consequences. Shelter veterinarian Cynthia Karsten joins Mandy to discuss the pros and cons to shelter transfers.
info_outline Episode 19 - Animal Shelter Community Relations and Municipal Contracts with Dr. Sara Pizano 05/08/2020
Episode 19 - Animal Shelter Community Relations and Municipal Contracts with Dr. Sara Pizano Dr. Sara Pizano has 30 years experience in animal welfare that includes work as a shelter veterinarian and surgeon, management in both non-profits and government shelter and is a sought after public speaker on the national stage.
info_outline Episode 17 - Overcoming Barriers to Communication with Eric Ridgway 04/24/2020
Episode 17 - Overcoming Barriers to Communication with Eric Ridgway Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor Eric Ridgway joins Mandy today to talk about interpersonal relations and how to effectively communicate with others.
info_outline Episode 16 - Veterinarian Suicide and Challenges with Dr. Ponsness 04/17/2020
Episode 16 - Veterinarian Suicide and Challenges with Dr. Ponsness Dr. Ponsness practices at the Pend O'reille Vet Clinic in Ponderay, ID. She enjoys working closely with clients to meet the needs of their dogs, cats and small mammals. Her special interests include oncology, surgery, preventative care and specialty care of the geriatric family pet.
info_outline Episode 15 - Pet Rehoming with Home To Home™ 04/10/2020
Episode 15 - Pet Rehoming with Home To Home™ People Are Animals Too podcast host, Mandy Evans, created Home To Home™ as an online pet rehoming tool to keep pets in homes and out of shelters. Mandy has the Home To Home national program coordinator, Joya Blair, as a guest on today's podcast to discuss the program and the Kickstarter campaign.
info_outline Episode 14 - Changing Animal Shelter Culture with Kensie Drinkwine 04/03/2020
Episode 14 - Changing Animal Shelter Culture with Kensie Drinkwine Dodge County Wisconsin Humane Society Executive Director Kensie Drinkwine joins us today to share the about the cultural change made at her shelter and the dramatic impact it has made.
info_outline Episode 13 - Excellence in Customer Service with Shep Hyken 03/27/2020
Episode 13 - Excellence in Customer Service with Shep Hyken Shep Hyken is a customer service and experience expert and the Chief Amazement Officer of Shepard Presentations. He is a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author and has been inducted into the National Speakers Association Hall of Fame for lifetime achievement in the speaking profession.