Schedule

Date

Track

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Fri. February 1st

12:30 pm - 6:00 pm Map Icon APA! TLAC, APA! Tarrytown, Austin Animal Center

Facility Tours at APA! and AAC

Tours will be held on Friday, February 1 and Tuesday, February 5. Most tour groups are capped, so sign up today to reserve your space! Specific times listed on registration page. Tour attendees must be registered for the conference.

Registration Required

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Map Icon AT&T Hotel & Conference Center, Tejas Dining Room

Welcome Reception


Sat. February 2nd

8:30 am - 9:30 am Map Icon Zlotnik Family Ballroom

AmPA! Fundamentals: Becoming No Kill

Join attorney Ryan Clinton, founder of Fix Austin, as he kicks off the conference by sharing the obstacles, challenges, successes, and strategies that Austin faced on their journey to No Kill.

Speakers
Ryan Clinton

9:50 am - 10:30 am Map Icon Zlotnik Family Ballroom

AmPA! Fundamentals: The 12 Ingredients Required to Reach >90%

Join Dr. Ellen Jefferson, Executive Director of Austin Pets Alive!and American Pets Alive!, as she guides you step by step through what are considered Best Practice metrics in outcomes, intakes, and the 12 programmatic ingredients of lifesaving.


10:50 am - 12:05 pm Map Icon Salon 1-2

How to Be the Boss of Your Organization's Save Rate

In this session, you will learn what the Shelter Director’s role is in stopping unnecessary death in the shelter, how to do it, and how to be successful.


4:45 pm - 5:45 pm Map Icon Salon 3

Cat Medical Care on a Shoestring Budget

Austin Pets Alive! Medical Clinic treats thousands of these cats a year on a shoestring budget. In this session, you will have the chance to learn how to save these cats on a tight budget from national experts.


10:50 am - 12:05 pm Map Icon Salon 4

Save Lives in Space Crises

When space is tight how do you prevent killing the animals in your facility? Come to this action-driven session to learn how to outsmart and overcome the impulse to kill in a space crisis.


10:50 am - 12:05 pm Map Icon Salon 5-6

Combatting Anti-No Kill Extremism

Anti No Kill extremism exists and it can put a damper on your hopes, dreams and strategic plans. Come to this presentation to learn what Anti No Kill extremism looks like and how to cope with it.


10:50 am - 12:05 pm Map Icon Amphitheater Level M2 204

Create Marketing Momentum with Your No Kill Brand

Expert No Kill marketing gurus come together to help you identify the steps it takes to create and market a successful No Kill brand to get the community to help you reach your goals.


12:05 pm - 1:35 pm Map Icon Grand Ballroom Level M3

Luncheon: Texas Initiatives

The number of animals dying in Texas outweighs every other state in the nation. Attend this interactive brainstorming luncheon and let’s take Texas from the worst to the best!


12:05 pm - 1:35 pm Map Icon Tejas Dining Room

FeLV Lunch and Learn

Bring your tough questions about the pros and cons of testing shelter cats for FeLV, making sense of test results, and developing life-saving programs for the felvies.


1:35 pm - 2:50 pm Map Icon Salon 1-2

Every Life Matters: Using Past Data to Plan Better Outcomes

Data is a key piece of the lifesaving puzzle, but how do we use it to save the lives of the animals in our care? This session will teach you how to look at your data, animal by animal of those that didn’t make it out alive , and how to use this information to increase live outcomes in the future.

Speakers
Monica Frenden

1:35 pm - 2:50 pm Map Icon Salon 3

Bottle Baby 101

Part one of this two-part presentation will teach you how to start a volunteer-run bottle baby nursery and how to build it to become to be one of the most engaging and lifesaving programs in your community.


1:35 pm - 2:50 pm Map Icon Salon 4

Contagious Diseases: Euthanasia is Not the Answer

Real shelter veterinarians who practice No Kill disease management will teach you cutting-edge information not taught anywhere else.


1:35 pm - 2:50 pm Map Icon Salon 5-6

Fundraising Fundamentals for Scrappy Organizations Part 1

Join us and learn fundraising fundamentals for scrappy shelters.


1:35 pm - 2:50 pm Map Icon Amphitheater Level M2 204

Transport Programs: Get Pets to Safety

Do you live and work in an area that has more homeless dogs than can be adopted back into your community? Clare Callison of Austin Pets Alive! will take you on her journey, from walking the euthanasia list to finding ways to transport dozens of dogs per month.

Speakers
Clare Callison

3:10 pm - 4:25 pm Map Icon Salon 1-2

Get More Staff without Spending More Money

In this interactive session, you will learn how to draw your organizational chart, evaluate your organization, and compare your data to other organizations so you can set achievable goals.

Speakers
Kristen Auerbach

3:10 pm - 4:25 pm Map Icon Salon 3

Bottle Baby 102

Part two of this two-part presentation will teach you everything you need to know to create, train, and retain a foster network for neonates.


3:10 pm - 4:25 pm Map Icon Salon 4

Why Are Big Dogs So Hard to Save? Identifying and Maintaining Adequate Capacity

Participants will leave understanding what resources they need in place to save large breed dogs.


3:10 pm - 4:25 pm Map Icon Salon 5-6

Lifesaving in the Deep South

Come hear the heartwarming and touching tales from two incredible leaders who have transformed seemingly impossible parts of the US into true lifesaving communities.


3:10 pm - 4:25 pm Map Icon Amphitheater Level M2 204

Know the Law: Liability in Shelters and Rescues

Learn how shelters and rescue groups can implement strategies to limit their liability for saving lives. Topics will include risk reduction, lawsuits, insurance, and policy protocols. Your lawyer will thank you for attending.

Speakers
Ryan Clinton

10:50 am - 12:00 pm Map Icon Salon 3

FeLV: What You Need to Know For Shelter Decision Making

Learn from shelter medicine expert, Dr. Levy, and leading cat advocates Monica Frenden and Natascha Hamman about the most current research and best practices for rehoming this vulnerable cat population.


4:45 pm - 5:45 pm Map Icon Salon 4

Saving Dogs with Behavioral Challenges

Participants will learn about cutting edge ways to solve non-shelter created behavior problems in shelter dogs.


4:45 pm - 5:45 pm Map Icon Salon 5-6

Save Rate: Exceed the 50% Benchmark

Attendees will learn about the experiences of people who successfully broached 50% and beyond save rates.


4:45 pm - 5:45 pm Map Icon Amphitheater Level M2 204

Social Science-Informed Animal Welfare

Speakers
Katy Loughney

4:45 pm - 5:45 pm Map Icon Amphitheater Level M2 2014

Build Team Resistance

Leaders from difficult municipalities have got to be tough – and so do their teams. Come learn tips from leaders who have built strong teams around them. No one should have to be in this alone.



Sun. February 3rd

8:30 am - 9:20 am Map Icon Zlotnik Ballroom

AmPA! Fundamentals: Enlightened Leadership, Daily Decision Making and Beyond Panel

Join us for this panel discussion and discover how to make decisions that affect the live outcomes on a daily basis.


9:40 am - 10:30 am Map Icon Zlotnik Ballroom

AmPA! Fundamentals: The Transparent Shelter, Building Trust with your Community

What does it mean for a shelter to be truly transparent? In this session, No Kill leader, Kristen Auerbach, will tackle two separate but important topics in order for you to be one with your community.

Speakers
Kristen Auerbach

10:45 am - 12:00 pm Map Icon Salon 1-2

Combat the Pressure to Kill: Leading with Resilience in Extreme Crisis Panel

Participants will be able to identify tools to use to combat the pressure to kill in crisis situations.


10:45 pm - 12:00 pm Map Icon Salon 3

Saving All the Community Cats: Live Outcome Options for All Healthy, Outdoor Cats

Often considered unadoptable and overlooked for rescue, feral and fractious cats can be saved through a Shelter-Neuter-Return program as well as a progressive Barn Placement Program.


10:45 am - 12:00 pm Map Icon Salon 4

How to Run a Sustainable, Low Budget, No Kill Municipal Shelter

Successful shelter leaders will share their knowledge on how to run a No Kill organization even when you have a very limited budget.


10:45 am - 12:00 pm Map Icon Salon 5-6

No Kill Political Advocacy: How to Gain and Keep Political Support

Learn how animal advocates in Austin, Texas put No Kill on the city's public policy agenda, and how you can do the same for your community.

Speakers
Ryan Clinton

10:45 am - 12:00 pm Map Icon Amphitheater M2 204

Proactive Return to Owner Programs

Learn about how two very large shelters reached higher live release rates by attaining Return to Owner rates over 25% - way above best practice!


12:00 pm - 1:15 pm Map Icon Grand Ballroom Level M3

Luncheon with Special Guest Lisa Barden: "The Paradox of Food Waste and Food Insecurity: One Organization’s Attempt to Curb Both"

Hear from the executive director of Keep Austin Fed, Lisa Barden, whose passion and dedication to minimizing food insecurity in Austin has allowed this organization to remain sustainable despite the many challenges this mission comes with.

Speakers
Lisa Barden

1:15 pm - 2:30 pm Map Icon Salon 1-2

Get Them on Your Team: Engaging and Leveraging Activists to Reach Your Goals

Two of No Kill’s most prominent shelter leaders, Dr Ellen Jefferson and Kristen Auerbach come together to discuss the importance of engaging and working with local activists, even when you feel attacked, to achieve your community’s No Kill goals.


1:15 pm - 2:30 pm Map Icon Salon 1-2

Animal Protection Officers: Using a Community-Based Approach to Measurably Reduce Intake in the Field

Gone are the days of animal control officers rounding up people’s pets to achieve higher shelter intake numbers. Today, Austin’s Animal Protection Program works in tandem with shelter programming to help create and maintain the city’s No Kill status.


1:15 pm - 2:30 pm Map Icon Salon 4

Dog Medical Care on a Shoestring Budget

Veterinarians Dr. Alexis Bardzinski of Austin Pets Alive! and Dr. Jennifer Wilcox of Pima Animal Center, will teach you how to spend the least amount of money possible, to spread the meager wealth of medical resources, and save more dog lives.


1:15 pm - 2:30 pm Map Icon Salon 5-6

Effective Negotiation Skills and Techniques to Achieve Lifesaving

Negotiation is an important part of any change. Know when to stand your ground, when to compromise, and most importantly, how to communicate effectively so that people want to help you achieve your goals.


1:15 pm - 2:30 pm Map Icon Amphitheater M2 204

Proactive Adoptions: Moving Pets on a Large Scale

If you save them, they have all got to go to homes. Come learn how to move pets on a large scale, apply best practices, and save a ton of lives.


2:45 pm - 4:00 pm Map Icon Salon 1-2

Fundraising Fundamentals for Scrappy Organizations Part 2

In Part 1 of this workshop, you learned the fundraising basics and how to build a strong fundraising foundation. In the second part of this workshop, you will learn fundraising strategies specific to animal welfare and how they differ from other nonprofit sectors and what you need to make the leap every year of more lives saved.

Speakers
Maggie Lynch

2:45 pm - 4:00 pm Map Icon Salon 3

The First 72 Hours: A Model Intake and Animal Flow Process for Disease Prevention

Finally, an intake and animal flow process designed to help you prevent outbreaks and ensure live outcomes!


2:45 pm - 4:00 pm Map Icon Salon 5-6

Conquer Fear and Doubt: Managing Your Team Through Change and Controversy

In this session you will learn how to be a motivating people manager and help your team reach their goals – even through change and controversy.


2:45 pm - 4:00 pm Map Icon Amphitheater M2 204

Scrutinize and Market the Euthanasia List

This session explores why it is important to understand exactly which animals are dying in your municipal shelter and let people help you to get them out alive. Clare Callison will discuss strategies that have helped save thousands of lives in San Antonio. Yes, it is scary, but yes, it needs to be done.

Speakers
Clare Callison

2:45 pm - 4:00 pm Map Icon Salon 5-6

State Level No Kill Advocacy

This session discussion will revolve around states in the US that have had state-wide efforts to transform to No Kill.


4:15 pm - 5:15 pm Map Icon Amphitheater M2 204

Maddie's® Lifesaving Academy: How Austin is Shaping Tomorrow's Leaders

Hear success stories from students of Maddie's® Lifesaving Academy and how apprenticeships are helping shape tomorrow's animal welfare leaders.


4:15 pm - 5:15 pm Map Icon Salon 1-2

Municipal Shelter Leadership: Getting and Starting the Job

At the end of this session, attendees will understand how to apply for and start a leadership job at a municipal animal shelter.


4:15 pm - 5:15 pm Map Icon Salon 3

Distemper is Not a Death Sentence

Join this session to learn about the process that Austin Pets Alive! developed to combat distemper without hoarding or culling them.


4:15 am - 5:15 pm Map Icon Salon 4

High Volume Foster Programs for Cats and Dogs

Join us and learn how to rethink foster in terms of capacity, expand the concept of what animals should be considered for foster, and how to increase lifesaving when you offer at-risk pets for foster who are not transferred in yet.


4:15 am - 5:15 pm Map Icon Salon 5-6

Save Rate: Exceed the 80% Benchmark

Attendees will learn about the experiences of people who successfully broached 80% and beyond save rates.


6:00 pm - 10:00 pm Map Icon

Tail Gate Pawty!


Mon. February 4th

8:30 am - 9:30 am Map Icon Zlotnik Ballroom

AmPA! Fundamentals: Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)- Resources, Responsibility, and Results

Learn how to use your data effectively to help you achieve success and get results. This session will cover how to assign responsibility, how to use data as measurable success, and how to plan to get the resources you need.


9:50 am - 11:20 am Map Icon Salon 1-2

Momentum in Texas Sheltering Communities

Join this group of mini presentations by Texas shelter leaders, who are dedicated to reaching No Kill, as they share where they are on their journeys in attaining a No Kill Texas.


9:50 am - 11:20 am Map Icon Salon 1-2

Using YOUR Data for Strategic Planning

Join Maddie’s Fund’s CIO Lars Rabbe and Austin leaders, Dr. Ellen Jefferson and Lee Ann Shenefiel, as they explain how you can use your data to set achievable lifesaving goals in your organization.


9:50 am - 11:20 am Map Icon Salon 2

Solutions for the Top Five Reasons Dogs are Dying in Shelters

Learn solutions for the top five reasons dogs are dying in shelters.


9:50 am - 11:20 am Map Icon Salon 4

Nuts and Bolts of Large Scale Cat and Dog Foster Programs

Dive down into the nuts and bolts of how to set up and implement a large scale foster program.


9:50 am - 11:20 am Map Icon Salon 5-6

Demystifying No Kill Laws: The Nuts & Bolts of Ordinances

Participants will learn the nuts and bolts of various animal welfare ordinances, including stray holds, caretakers, and Austin's No Kill plan.

Speakers
Ryan Clinton

11:30 am - 1:00 pm Map Icon Grand Ballroom Level M3

Maddie's® Fund Luncheon


1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Map Icon Salon 1-2

Create Leaders from Within: Build a Succession Plan

Learn how to to build a succession plan and identify innovative ways to manage your staff to achieve No Kill.


1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Map Icon Salon 3

Analyzing Length of Stay: Make Your Animals Ready and Move Them Fast

This session will explore how to beat the clock from intake to outcome. Learn how to get your animals ready and move them out fast!


1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Map Icon Salon 4

Building No Kill Culture Throughout Your Organization

In this panel discussion, animal welfare leaders will share their expertise on how to build a No Kill culture in your organization.


1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Map Icon Salon 5-6

Legislative Advocacy: Influence Laws and Ordinances

This session will teach you how to move legislation towards supporting lifesaving efforts.


1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Map Icon Amphitheater M2 204

The Modern Municipal Animal Agency: Targeted Neighborhood Programs to Improve Public Safety and Serve the Community

Learn how modern shelters develop targeted neighborhood programs that serve the larger community's desire to be No Kill while allowing them to serve the public safety needs of specific areas.


2:20 pm - 4:20 pm Map Icon Salon 1-2

Leadership Roundtables

Participants will have the opportunity to connect with some of the nation’s most successful No Kill shelter leaders. Don’t miss the opportunity to interface, ask specific questions and talk with your animal welfare heroes!


2:20 pm - 4:20 pm Map Icon Salon 3

Cat Lifesaving Masterclass

Got this far and still have specific questions you want to ask the No Kill cat experts? In this two hour session, you will be given an opportunity to lead the conversation and ask questions.


2:20 pm - 4:20 pm Map Icon Salon 4

Dog Lifesaving Masterclass

This unique opportunity is only offered at the American Pets Alive! Conference and allows for you to come face to face with No Kill shelter dog experts. In this two hour session, you will be given an opportunity to lead the conversation and ask questions to some of the most influential No Kill industry leaders working on dog lifesaving.


2:20 pm - 4:20 pm Map Icon Salon 5-6

Get Your Government's Attention: Political Masterclass

This unique opportunity is only offered at the American Pets Alive Conference and allows for you to come face to face with No Kill city council members, animal advisory commission members, political advisors, lobbyists and political nonprofit leaders.


2:20 pm - 4:20 pm Map Icon Amphitheater M2 204

Animal Control/Animal Protection/Public Safety Masterclass

Work with experts in the field to do a deep dive into the nuts and bolts of addressing your community's public safety concerns as well as addressing the needs of the animals.


4:40 pm - 5:55 pm Map Icon Salon 1-2

Managing Staff to Ensure Accountability

Join this stimulating panel discussion and get the tools to manage staff to ensure accountability.


4:40 pm - 5:55 pm Map Icon Salon 3

Valuable Volunteer Programs: Successful Programs Proven to Work

Austin Pets Alive! And Sacremento’s Front Street Animal Shelter couldn’t run without volunteers. How do you create a volunteer program that works to the specific needs of your rescue, shelter or community? Join volunteer leaders to learn how to rethink volunteers and reach your goals together and as a united front.


4:40 pm - 5:55 pm Map Icon Salon 4

The Pet Resource Center: A Better Alternative to Intake Department

Animal welfare leaders will share how the modern "The Pet Resource Center" model is a successful alternative to a traditional Intake Center in serving the public as well as improving sheltering in general.


4:40 pm - 5:55 pm Map Icon Salon 5-6

Shelter Data: How to Get It, Read It, and Use It to Influence Change

Rory Adams, Executive Director at Tucson Pets Alive!, will give an in depth presentation on shelter data – how to get it, read it, and use it to influence change.

Speakers
Rory Adams

4:40 pm - 5:55 pm Map Icon

Maddie's Fund Innovation Grants: the power of innovation to save lives

Come hear how Maddie's grants have moved the needle all over the country and about some of the amazing innovations that you can employ in your shelter too. This will be a fun session with lots of pearls of wisdom!

Speakers
Shelly Thompson

Tues February 5th

9:30 am - 4:00 pm Map Icon APA! TLAC, APA! Tarrytown, Austin Animal Center

Facility Tours at APA! and AAC

Tours will be held on Friday, February 1 and Tuesday, February 5. Most tour groups are capped, so sign up today to reserve your space! Specific times listed on registration page. Tour attendees must be registered for the conference.

Registration Required

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