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Mark Sloat

Austin Animal Center Program Manager

Mark Sloat’s career in animal welfare began in 1985 when he took on the operation of a small non-profit rural dog rescue, which he oversaw for 24 years. He also worked as a contract animal control officer for a rural county in Minnesota for 11 of those years. During that time, he learned the value of returning pets to their families. By keeping them together, he had the opportunity to help the owners better care for and appreciate their pets. Mark has now been employed by Austin Animal Center for five years. He started as ACO in the Animal Protection unit and eventually moved up to program manager.

During his time at Austin Animal Center, he's seen the shifting focus from an enforcement-driven model to a community-support model. The animal protection officers now focus on working with families and their pets and on retention. Through this model, overall intake has reduced due to programs such as neighborhood ID, free microchipping, fireworks awareness, and a focus on Return to Owners in the field. One particular achievement is that AAS now microchips in the field. Mark truly believes that the future of saving the lives of pets is to stop the cycle of pet replacement – and Animal Protection can be the most productive tool in that effort.

Friday Feb 28th, 2020

When to Bring Them In: Pets That Truly Need Shelter

Clock Icon3:10 pm - 4:00 pm
Map Icon Sheraton Austin at the Capitol

When should animal control officers bring animals into the shelter? How do you prioritize calls when you get jammed? What role can returning animals in the field play in your organization's drive to save lives?Learn policies and procedures to implement in your organization and take the guesswork out of bringing animals in and streamline and prioritize the safety and wellness of pets and people.


Mark Sloat

Intake Protocol for Animal Control Officers Roundtables

Clock Icon4:20 pm - 5:20 pm
Map Icon Capital A-C, Sheraton Austin at the Capitol

What intake protocols are in place for animal control officers in your organization? Effective ACO intake can streamline shelter flow, mitigate error and lost notes, minimize the spread of disease and save more lives. Learn the best practices for intake protocols and how to effectively implement them in your shelter to keep up with this ever-changing field.

Sunday Mar 1st, 2020

Daily Decision Making and Accountability; Identifying Key Performance Indicators

Clock Icon12:10 pm - 12:50 pm
Map Icon Capitol A-C, Sheraton Austin at the Capitol

Shelter leaders are faced with difficult decisions that affect the live outcomes of animals every day. How are these decisions made? Learn what it means to them to set KPIs and goals to instill an organizational lifesaving philosophy.


Mark Sloat

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