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Monica Frenden

Maddie's Director of Feline Lifesaving for American Pets Alive!

Monica Frenden is the Director of Feline Lifesaving at American Pets Alive!, an instructor for the American Pets Alive!'s Maddie’s® Lifesaving Academy, and a City of Austin Animal Advisory Commissioner. Before teaching the Austin No Kill Model to students, she founded a trap-neuter-return organization in rural Illinois and pioneered one of the nation's first, and largest, working cat programs. In 2012, she joined Austin Pets Alive! where she served as the Cat Program Manager, led her team to an 88 percent growth in cat adoptions and helped Austin achieve a citywide 98 percent live release rate for cats. Monica is a frequent speaker and advisor on innovative ways to save every cat, including cats with feline leukemia, community cats, and shelter cats in need of medical care.

Friday Feb 28th, 2020

Using YOUR Data to Save Lives Workshop

Clock Icon4:20 pm - 5:20 pm
Map Icon Capitol E, Sheraton Austin at the Capitol

Data questions? Look no further, we have answers! If you want the latest data tips, whether you are a board chair, shelter director, program manager, volunteer or advocate, we can help you. Learn how you can use data to achieve YOUR lifesaving goals. By the end of the session, you will be ready to make and implement strategic goals based on your data. If 2020 holds plans for strategic change, you will want to sit in on this session. This can apply to any level of learner because goal setting is important to all of us.

Sunday Mar 1st, 2020

Every Cat! Live Outcome Options for All of Them

Clock Icon11:10 am - 12:00 pm
Map Icon Capitol D, Sheraton Austin at the Capitol

It's a new decade and there are new, and better, ways for shelters to serve cats! Progressive organizations are breaking the molds of past policies and now realize that cats require unique and species-appropriate care, services, and sheltering. In this session, we'll take a look at innovative programs for cats that work, and outdated practices we still need to replace.


Monica Frenden

What Do We Do About Our Long Stays?

Clock Icon2:00 pm - 2:50 pm
Map Icon Capitol F-H, Sheraton Austin at the Capitol

What is the average length of time animals stay in your shelter? Attend this session and learn how to analyze this information and know what to do with it. You will learn how to fast-track animals and save more dogs and cats.

FeLV Roundtables

Clock Icon4:10 pm - 5:10 pm
Map Icon Capitol D, Sheraton Austin at the Capitol

Is FeLV still a reason cats are not being adopted out in your community? Are you unsure what a FeLV diagnosis means? Are FeLV cats being killed in your shelter or rescue? Come 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.

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