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Morning Session: 9:30 am – 11:30 am

The Emotional Impact of the Animal Care & Control Profession

Instructors: Rob Leinberger and Cherylann Fernandes

We’ve come a long way with spay/neuter, open adoptions, foster programs, microchipping and TNR. We get better at sharing information and collecting statistics that improve our ability to help. Reducing euthanasia. Returning pets to and keeping them in their forever homes. Keeping feral animals healthy and balanced in their environments. Doing more with less. But the recipe seems to be one that leads to the inevitable burnout. How to we turn that daily dedication and emotional exhaustion of ‘never enough’, into healthy sustainability? This interactive Q & A class will include current self-care strategies and suggestions that can help both individuals and teams stay sane, positive, focused and successful. This session will take you beyond the ‘routine’ and turn fatigue into satisfaction. Come prepared to have some fun!

 Afternoon Sessions:

1)      Animal Enrichment for Shelters – 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Instructor: Elizabeth Overcash

The animal enrichment course is designed to educate and inform animal sheltering professionals about the use of animal enrichment in shelters, including the need for enrichment, types of enrichment, and how to implement an animal enrichment program in a shelter environment.  

2)      Professionalism in Animal Care & Control – 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Instructors: Rob Leinberger and Tim Deck

Let’s take a look at what the word “Professionalism” means to the animal care and control world.  This class takes each letter of the word “professionalism” and discusses how this topic is important to the modern animal care & control officer.  Personality and respect are two examples of the traits of a professional ACO.  We’ll dissect the whole word in this class!