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Bennett Simonsen

Community Programs Manager at Pima Animal Care Center

Bennett Simonsen is the community programs manager at Pima Animal Care Center. He came to PACC as an animal protection supervisor in 2017. He is developing a network of pet support programs designed to keep pets in their homes, including efforts to directly provide support to pet owners facing homelessness and owners who are possibly facing citations due to a lack of resources. Previously, he served as the community outreach and Pets for Life manager at the Humane Society of Charlotte, North Carolina. A former teacher, Bennett is passionate about the intersections of animals, race, and class, and is dedicated to providing resources to those who have traditionally been excluded from animal welfare opportunities.

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Mon. February 4th

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 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 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.


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