Join us for a day long training of shelter basics. This session is perfect for staff and volunteers who are new to the field, new to your organization and is a great opportunity for all staff as a refresher on the basics! This workshop will be offered at THREE convenient locations throughout New England.
Registration begins at 8:30am at all locations, class starts at 9am sharp.
A one hour lunch break and lunch will be provided. We are unable to take special dietary requests for this event.
Registration fee is only $20 for this day long educational opportunity and includes lunch. Space is limited, register now to reserve your spot.
Tuesday, October 24th – MSPCA Nevins Farm, Methuen MA
Thursday, November 16th – Upper Valley Humane Society, Enfield, NH
Thursday, January 25th (snow date – February 1st) – Connecticut Humane Society, Newington, CT
Shelter Sanitation: You Can’t Polish a Turd!
Presenter: Dr. Cynthia Barker Cox
From the obvious to the not-so-obvious, we’ll cover the basics of shelter sanitation. Learn the rationale and goals of sanitation, including what, how, and when to clean to keep the animals happy and prevent shelter-acquired disease.
Sneeze-drops on Noses and Ringworm on Kittens: A Few of My Least Favorite Things
Presenter: Dr. Cynthia Barker Cox
This part of the session will look at some of the more common diseases in animals. We will focus on those that are particularly troublesome in a shelter setting—infectious diseases that can be transmitted within the shelter resulting in shelter-acquired disease.
Low-Stress Handling for Dogs and Cats
Presenter: Morgan Katz
A shelter can be a stressful place for even the most well adjusted animal. There are many things you can do as shelter staff to prevent unnecessary stress and help animals be as comfortable as possible from admission to adoption and everywhere in between. This session will cover the basics of body language and low-stress handling for dogs and cats.
Open adoptions 101
MSPCA Nevins Farm on 10/24 Mike Keiley
Upper Valley HS on 11/16 Amy Duskiewicz
Connecticut Humane Society on 1/25 (Snow date 2/1) Carmine DiCenso
If you are new to the Animal Welfare field, doing an adoption can be exciting and nerve wracking at the same time. How do you know you can trust someone to do right by the animal? How do you know a person will be the right match for the animal? We know everyone worries about this awesome responsibility and we also know it’s easy to become overprotective. In this session we will help you understand how to navigate this in the most positive way for both the animal and the people involved. Each of the presenters in this series have decades of experience both directly with open adoption counseling and with guiding new staff through the process of learning and operating in an open adoption system. We will share our experiences (both good and bad!) in hopes to have you excel as an adoption counselor.
Dr. Cynthia Barker Cox
Dr. Cynthia Barker Cox has been a shelter veterinarian since before it was cool to be a shelter veterinarian. After a fun, but not-very-practical academic career as a Northwestern University PhD student and Fulbright scholar in South Asian religions and Sanskritic languages, she graduated from Washington State University’s veterinary school in 1999, where she was one of 2 students in her class to opt for the non-terminal surgery option and was called a “bunny-hugger” by her instructors. Against the advice of her advisor, she initially worked for a large, open-admission shelter in South Carolina in a challenging population setting with no formal training in shelter medicine. In 2001, she became one of the founding members of the Association of Shelter Veterinarians (ASV). She later served on the ASV Board of Directors for 2 terms, during which time she co-authored the Guidelines for Standards of Care in Animal Shelters. In 2010, she joined the Shelter Medicine Organizing Committee, which developed the pathway to board certification in shelter medicine. In 2015, she sat for the first ABVP Shelter Medicine Practice examination, and became one of the first board certified shelter medicine specialists. Since 2004, she has worked for the MSPCA’s Boston Animal Care and Adoption Center, where she is now the Shelter Medical Director.
Morgan Katz, Director of Behavior Services at MSPCA Nevins Farm
Morgan is Director of Behavior Services at the MSPCA at Nevins Farm in Methuen, Massachusetts, Morgan Katz is involved in evaluating all dogs that enter the shelter, creating and carrying out daily enrichment, training, and behavior modification plans for each dog, and providing behavior support and counseling to families before and after adoption. She also leads low-stress animal handling and dog training skills continuing education classes for staff and volunteers.
Morgan earned her Master of Science degree in Behavior Analysis at the University of North Texas. Her research interests included using touch as a reinforcer to teach shelter dogs behaviors that make them more adoptable, and treating problem behaviors related to aggression and separation anxiety. Morgan’s thesis research involved adapting a shaping procedure to teach fearful dogs in shelters to approach and interact with people. Morgan also graduated from the Karen Pryor Academy as a Certified Training Partner (KPA-CTP).
Mike Keiley, Director of Adoption Centers and Programs, MSPCA-Angell
Mike Keiley has been working in Animal Welfare since 1994, all at the MSPCA. In Mike’s current role he oversees the operations of the MSPCA-Angell’s 3 adoption centers in Boston, Cape Cod and both the companion and farm animal centers at Nevins Farm in Methuen. Mike also oversees all of the programs operating out of the adoption centers, like low cost spay/neuter, humane education, equine rescue, pet loss services and community outreach. Prior to this new appointment, Mike has been the Director at the Noble Family Adoption Center at the MSPCA at Nevins Farm for over 12 years and during that time has orchestrated the adoption program as well as the outreach programs at one of New England’s largest and busiest animal welfare organizations.
Carmine DiCenso, Executive Director, Dakin Humane Society
Carmine DiCenso has been working in animal welfare since 1996. He is the executive director at Dakin Humane Society, where he oversees all aspects of the organization’s work at its two locations in Leverett and Springfield, MA. Dakin has more than 50 employees and nearly 800 volunteers who shelter, treat and foster more than 16,000 animals annually.
Amy Duskiewicz, Shelter Director, Animal Protective Foundation
Amy has been working in the Animal Welfare field for over a decade. During that time she has worked in various organizations across New England as well as Louisiana. With these organizations Amy has held almost every position, from kennel worker to veterinary technician, to volunteer coordinator and manager. She enjoys working with her staff to come up with creative solutions to the unique challenges that arise every day.