March 2020 by Stephanie Bilbro, Director, Shelter Lifesaving Operations, Austin Pets Alive! and Kate Mellon, Dog Intake Coordinator, Austin Pets Alive!

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

Video Length: 38:45

When space is tight how do you prevent killing the dogs in your facility? Come to this action-driven session to learn how to outsmart and overcome the impulse to kill in a space crisis. Leave this session with effective strategies to decrease the pressure you feel in these situations, end the practice of killing for temporary space shortages, and learn to instead save more dog lives.

This presentation was recorded at the 2020 American Pets Alive conference.

About Stephanie Bilbro

Stephanie joined Austin Pets Alive! in late 2018 as the director of Shelter Lifesaving Operations. With a professional background in the hospitality industry, Stephanie discovered her passion for animal welfare over ten years ago when she began volunteering in her hometown's animal shelter. Since then, her experience has ranged from shelter behavior and medical work, to managing a rural sanctuary for former laboratory animals, to serving as shelter manager at Wyoming's largest open admission shelter and adoption center.

In 2017, she completed the Humane Network's Animal Shelter Management program at the University of the Pacific, which helped solidify her belief that her efforts belonged in the No Kill movement. Now overseeing the lifesaving animal programs at APA!, Stephanie is responsible for many of the people and processes that ensure the community's most at-risk animals are properly cared for and given a chance at a bright future. Stephanie currently lives in South Austin with her former laboratory dog, Eli, and her rescue cat, Rebel.


About Kate Mellon

After getting her degree in Elementary Education, Katie taught for six years in a variety of school settings. When she moved to Austin in July of 2014, she made sure APA! was one of her first stops. She became an official volunteer a few weeks later. She adopted Vickie, an APA! behavior team alum after fostering her for six months and realizing she was already home. In April of 2016 she transitioned to her current staff role of Dog Intake Coordinator where she ensures APA! is helping as many animals as possible by fielding all of the intake requests from partner shelters, managing kennel space at both adoption locations and working closely with the staff at Austin Animal Center.