Video Length: 19 minutes
Animal welfare organizations come in many shapes and sizes, each with its own mission, approach to addressing animal welfare issues, and varying resources. Undoubtedly, there will be differing opinions about sheltering practices and population management, and with such polarizing subjects, feelings often become charged. As a result, it sometimes seems like there's more criticism and competition between organizations than there is collaboration and cooperation. Instead of focusing on our differences, what if we focused on what we have in common and how we might work together to accomplish what should be shared goals? This workshop gives real-life examples, tips and strategies on how to redirect time and energy from condemnation and criticism towards bridging gaps and helping each other out. This presentation was recorded at the 2017 ASPCA-Cornell Maddie's Shelter Medicine Conference.
Tom Geroy is Executive Director of the Chemung County Humane Society in Elmira, New York. He has worked professionally in animal welfare for over a decade, serving in a variety of roles including Animal Control Officer, Euthanasia Technician, Kennel Supervisor, Shelter Manager, and Director of Operations. Prior to becoming involved in animal welfare, Tom worked as a litigation paralegal for a multinational specialty materials manufacturer. His current interests include developing community safety net programs to reduce owner-surrenders, and the impact of non-traditional partnerships on expanding the reach of animal welfare efforts.