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California Animal Sheltering during COVID-19 Weekly Call - Shared screen with speaker view
Gina Knepp
28:58
Today's topic is a burning issue for so many of us. I did extend an invite to our HASS friends. Hope that is ok!
Allison Harper
29:09
Yes, we are a HASS tier 2 shelter.
Tracy Mohr
29:53
City of Chico is a HASS Tier 2 shelter.
Donell Randolph
30:36
Oakland animals services is a Hass Tier 1 shelter
Jordana Moerbe
31:21
Jordana Moerbe, AmPA Medical Program Advisor and HASS
Stephanie Miller
32:35
Brampton Animal Shelter, Tier 2 HASS and from Canada :-)
Chris Fitzgerald
33:24
nice analogy
Brenda Barnette
33:26
Los Angeles Animal Services is a HASS Tier 1 shelter
Gina Knepp
33:31
Great analogy, Dr Hurley!
Chris Fitzgerald
33:51
Rochester Animal Services, HASS Tier 2 in NY
Teri Rockhold
34:25
Fresno Humane Tier Number One.
Kate Hurley
52:58
How do we better engage advocates?
Kate Hurley
53:13
What has been successful for others? For your shelter?
Kate Hurley
53:20
Have you turned a critic into a supporter?
Kate Hurley
53:32
Can national groups provide materials that would be helpful?
Kate Hurley
53:41
How can we support each other when targeted?
Tracy Mohr
54:03
By being transparent. Showing your policies are based in facts and what's best for the animals, as a whole and individually.
Phillip Zimmerman
54:43
Thanks Melanie!
Joy Smith
55:22
We have had quite a bit of success turning cat-haters into cat-tolerators. We often are brought into mediate disputes with people vs cats.
Staycee Dains
57:00
Accepting the truth in the negative campaigns and realize there is real pain and suffering we have caused as individuals and as a movement. Acknowledge it, listen, make the work about changing our truth, saving lives and moving forward
Joy Smith
58:38
My favorite self-created quote is "all I wanted to do is save some cats". I use that to bring a little levity to some of the gnarly situations I've been in the middle of.
Leese Johnson
01:00:53
Self reflection can be good.
Joy Smith
01:01:37
I feel like I always learn something from every situation. I try very hard to try and learn something, even to self-assess on what I could do better.
Brenda Barnette
01:03:18
Los Angeles has a reputation for being challenging. After 10 years I believe we have far more supporters than detractors but the detractors are really loud and hateful and difficult to invite to be part of the solution.
Staycee Dains
01:03:37
We get stuck though. We get stuck in the hurt and then begin defending ourselves against real pain and damage. That "stuckness" in our own pain and suffering is real and needs help, support, and healing.
Annette Patton
01:03:52
Melanie is a rock star!
Gina Knepp
01:04:46
It happened to me in 2014 and it was the darkest moment in my professional life. It was the closest I have ever been to committing suicide. The pain, not just for me, but that which was inflicted on staff and volunteers was untenable. During that time, I did find that most of my colleagues steered clear. If we learn from anything from this, it should be that we owe it to one another to render support. Perhaps an even greater, more structured method of doing so will come out of this. Sticking together and lifting one another up is key.
Tracy Mohr
01:05:30
We need to look at it from their perspective and address that first - acknowledge their concerns.
Leese Johnson
01:06:07
That time that Gina speaks of was one of my darker ones as well. Many of the accusations were like a punch to my guts and my foundational beliefs. We all made it out together!
Samantha Burgin
01:06:55
I was also there in 2014 when that happened. It was a VERY dark time for all of us. I still remember that time and how painful it was.
Staycee Dains
01:07:46
SO much hate and viciousness.
Stephanie Miller
01:08:58
In my nearly 25 years in Animal Welfare, I have never seen such collaboration and support as I have during the last 6 months. The tide is shifting, there is strength in numbers!
Samantha Burgin
01:09:04
During that time in 2014 that Leese and Gina speak of, I was scared to even walk to my car at the end of the day.
Leese Johnson
01:10:17
LOL Changing the rules as the day progresses! Perfect analogy!
Melanie Sadek
01:11:55
Assume Positive Intent! We are all trying to do the best job.
Joy Smith
01:12:46
I had to stop my video because I'm about ready to cry. This is so inspiring and so supportive.
Beth Ward
01:16:09
I agree with Stephanie. Years ago the divide between nonprofit and municipal, open door, selective, etc was so strong we could not agree. The "no Kill" phrase added a new layer. Now it feels that the groups are coming together and supporting each other. I love seeing and hearing the care and support this group has for each other. Don't let the loud small groups of critics drown out the great strides we have ALL made in animal welfare!
Leese Johnson
01:16:35
What Beth Said!
Tracy Mohr
01:20:39
Not only do we have to gain the trust of the public, but also the decision makers (city council, shelter boards, etc.)
Melanie Sadek
01:20:40
I do believe that National Groups need to help us get the word out about our work. It legitimizes what we are doing.
Angela Yates
01:21:23
Does anyone have good recommendations for examples of change models and/or resources on leadership through change?
Jordana Moerbe
01:21:23
Yes thank you from Texas! This has been amazing.
Angela Yates
01:21:54
Can we have a follow-up CASCAR to discuss change models and leadership resources?
Amanda Newkirk
01:23:50
http://chewonthis.maddiesfund.org/2020/08/why-its-important-to-encourage-dissent-when-making-changes/ Angela, did you see this one? (It's about the DICE model.)
Joy Smith
01:24:00
Thank you, yes please let's continue. I am really inspired.
Jennifer Hawkins
01:24:47
I love how Allison's advocate changed their mind when they saw the model being promoted in something that they trusted (Best Friends). If we had some tools that were quick graphics that supported this new model, I think that could help. Something that I've heard Dr. Hurley say before is "not a single scared night in a cage". I think folks might be more accepting of new intake policies if they understood that the aim of the shelter is to support the welfare of the animal--sometimes by keeping it OUT of the shelter.
Allison Harper
01:24:56
Will there be a recording of this call available?
Melanie Sadek
01:25:08
Luckily, we have SO many great resources.
Staycee Dains
01:26:07
There are major, deep barriers when leadership insists on results without resources.
Gina Knepp
01:26:22
Thanks everyone, together we can change the world. Key word - together. And Dr. Hurley, I love you, too.
Stephanie Miller
01:27:28
Thank you everyone!
Jennifer Hawkins
01:27:29
Thanks Melanie!!
Phillip Zimmerman
01:27:31
Thank you everyone!
Amanda Newkirk
01:27:33
Thank you, Melanie!
Jill Tucker
01:27:37
Thank you all!!
Teri Rockhold
01:27:40
Thank you!
Jennifer Hawkins
01:27:41
Thanks for sharing your stories!
Leslie Sklena
01:27:41
thank you, I'm going to go ugly cry now :)
Annette Patton
01:27:43
Thank you!
Brandy Kuentzel
01:27:51
Thank you, Melanie and everyone else who shared their story today!
Beth Ward
01:27:52
Thank you to everyone - BIG HUG!
Denyce Gardner
01:27:53
Thanks
Brenda Barnette
01:27:56
Have a safe weekend.