50 Ways to Keep Pets Out of the Shelter (or maybe 100)

April 2020 by Michael Greenberg, DVM, Director of Outreach Programs, Maddie's Fund® and Lisa Ward, Director of Education, Maddie's Fund

Audience: Executive Leadership, Public, Shelter/Rescue Staff & Volunteers, Veterinary Team

Video Length: 10:35

All over the country, shelters have come up with amazing ways to serve the people and pets in their communities in ways other than simply taking them into the shelter. We've listed several of the most common reasons people relinquish pets and invite you and your team to come up with ideas for alternatives to intake. Play along as Dr. Mike Greenberg and Lisa Ward from Maddie's Fund lead this fun, interactive workshop.

This presentation was recorded by Maddie's Fund® at the 2020 American Pets Alive! Conference.

About Dr. Mike Greenberg

Prior to joining the team at Maddie's Fund, Dr. Mike served as program director for Target Zero, helping communities across the US achieve 90% or greater live release rates from their animal shelter systems through implementation of best practice strategies.

Following veterinary school, Mike worked in rural private practice. It was there that he began volunteering with shelters and working with shelter staff and leaders to address community issues to increase lifesaving. Having caught "the bug," Mike took the plunge into the sheltering world and completed his training in shelter medicine with the Maddie's® Shelter Medicine Program at Cornell's College of Veterinary Medicine in 2011. Since that time, he has worked clinically and as a consultant for multiple public and private animal shelters throughout the United States. He is based in Nashville, TN where he helped to start Pet Community Center, a shelter intake prevention organization.


About Lisa Ward

As Director of Education, Lisa works closely with the Executive Leadership Team (ELT) and manages the day-to-day activities of Maddie's® University and other educational programs. She has 30 years of experience as an educator in the San Ramon Valley Unified School District where she served in positions from teacher, middle school principal and as the Director of Student Services.

Lisa holds two master's degrees, one in Educational Leadership and one in Athletic Administration, along with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Health, Physical Education and Recreation - all from Saint Mary's College, Moraga, California. During her undergraduate time at Saint Mary's College, Lisa also competed in Intercollegiate athletics and has been named into the Saint Mary's College Hall of Fame.


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