Hi everyone! I’m Stacy Thurman, the intake supervisor here at Willamette Humane Society and I wanted to take a moment to share a little bit about our wonderful partnership with the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®). We have been building this partnership since February of 2015 when we received our first transfer of dogs from over-crowded shelters in California through the Los Angeles Animal Relocation Program. We are thrilled to tell you that we now take bi-monthly transfers of dogs from over-crowded shelters in California through the program, funded by the ASPCA.
I’m Stacy Thurman, the intake supervisor here at Willamette Humane Society and I wanted to take a moment to share a little bit about our wonderful partnership with the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®). Continue reading
ASPCA funds trip to Animal Care Expo
I’m Stacy Thurman, the intake supervisor here at Willamette Humane Society and I wanted to take a moment to share a little bit about our wonderful partnership with the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®). Continue readingRead More
These transfers are coordinated by shelter staff through the ASPCA and the wonderful individuals who work there. Because of this incredible ongoing relationship, the ASPCA gave Willamete Humane Society a scholarship to send a member of our staff to the HSUS Animal care Expo in Las Vegas. I am so fortunate that I was selected to represent Willamette Humane Society. To say it was one of the most unbelievable experiences of my professional life would be a vast understatement.
The Animal Care Expo is a yearly convention where the best and most respected individuals in the field of animal welfare come together to teach and share experiences and ideas with animal care workers from all over the world. I attended multiple seminars on a wide variety of topics and I got something incredible out of each and every one of them.
One of the most impactful seminars I attended was “Doing the most with the least in humane housing.” A lot of the strategies we touched on here are already in place at our facility but there were steps to improve our weekly leadership meetings I was able to take and utilize moving forward.
Another incredible class was called “Strengthening Compassion Resilience.” The way I relate to customers and animals as individuals with complex stories and journeys has been forever changed by this. It is a change I try to pass on to those I supervise.
There was also a class I attended called“Successful pet retention models.” This gave me an incredible foundation for even more training and programs that strive to keep more pets in their homes and out of shelters all together. It is all about keeping families together, furry family members included.
Removing breed labels is something else I learned about that I have become extremely passionate about. We could have an incredibly positive impact on adoptions by treating animals as individuals rather than labeling their characteristics based on breed guesses. I also learned the finer points of handling shy and fearful dogs in this seminar, which is my greatest passion in my work with the intake department. Understanding what the animals are telling us and knowing how to listen and respect what they are asking of us is extremely important for the comfort of animals in the shelter, and can have a big impact on how a pet is placed for adoption.
Connecting with countless individuals from all different walks of life who share a common passion is an unparalleled feeling.
Animal welfare is all about radical changes occurring very slowly. Growing requires change and we are always looking to grow and develop as an organization within our community.
These seminars have given us valuable information and ideas for how to continually improve our standards of sheltering in order to save more animals each year.
Keep an eye on WHS over the next couple of years to see how your support is creating these radical changes over time.
Thank you to the ASPCA for this important opportunity for Willamette Humane Society to learn and grow.