Saturday, June 13, 2015

Animal welfare opportunities

Lachie, now a senior dog, was given a second chance when he was adopted from the pound at twelve months old. He hasn't looked back.
This weekend SAT HQ has moved interstate yet again for an ultrasound workshop (we like to really shake it up on the weekend) but we’ve got some animal welfare opportunities we wanted to share.

Want to learn more about humane farming of animals? The RSPCA in Queensland is hosting its World Farm Animal Day Symposium entitled “Meat. Supply & Demand” on Friday October 9.

For more information click here.

This is Lachie making his sad eyes at anyone who opens the fridge...a trait labs are particularly known for.
If you’re 35 years or under, you are eligible to apply for the RSPCA’s Hugh Wirth Future Leader in Animal Welfare Award. You’ve got until November to write an award winning speech describing how we can give animals a life worth living, and document your commitment to animal welfare. If this sounds like something you can do, click here for more information.

Registrations for the 2015 Getting to Zero summit, to be held in September this year, are now open. The theme is “Reaching out to thecommunity”.

Lachie's expression changes when the probability of procuring a snack increases.
This year’s summit features a line-up of excellent speakers, as well as some phenomenal workshops. Trish McMillan-Loehr will host a Shelter Animal Behaviour Workshop covering defensive dog and cat handling, canine playgroups and introductions, recognition of early behavioural indicators for cats and dogs and criteria setting. Dr Cynthia Karsten will run a shelter medicine workshop dispelling common shelter management myths and covering data collection and metrics, shelter animal housing research updates, intake diversion strategies and return to owner strategies.

Todd Stosuy and Jon Cicerelli will hold an animal management workshop outlining animal control in the USA, data collection and metrics, community safety and engagement and communication

Then there’s the daylong organisational management workshop with Jan McHugh-Smith and Betsy McFarland covering organisational leadership, community leadership, community engagement, the human animal and animal management contracts and animal welfare services.

Some of the workshops are repeated so if you can’t make one day there’s a 
second chance. More info available here.