Monday, May 16, 2011

10th Annual Minnesota Shelters Conference - Saving More Lives

10th Annual MN Shelters Conference -
 Saving More Lives
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Best Western Kelly Inn, St. Cloud

$50 registration cost covers all materials, breaks, and lunch.  Deadline to register is May 19, 2011.  Each person attending needs to complete a separate form.  Registration fee is non-refundable after May 19th. Questions? Contact Vicki Davis, conference coordinator, at or phone 320-252-1325.

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8:00 - 8:45              Registration

8:45 Opening comments

9:00 - 10:30 Essentials of Fundraising in an Economic Crunch
Beth M. Krueger, Consultant, Custom Strategies, Austin, Texas
The last 18 months have been financially challenging for animal organizations and you may have had to make some budget cuts while trying to maintain basic resources. But did you know that even in an economic crunch, there are people out there still giving – some even more than normal? You just need to know how to find them. Come learn the secrets to keeping the money flowing while bringing in new supporters to your organization. It's easier than you may think.

10:30 - 10:45 Break

10:45 - 12:15 Capacity Building: Good Foster Programs
Lou Guyton, Senior Director, ASPCA®® Community Initiatives,
Hear about one shelter with a teeny space on how they save thousands of animal lives through foster home development!  We’ll also share some other programs that are working in other communities and facilitate a discussion to help you go home and start planning for the capacity to Save More Lives!

12:15 Lunch

1:00 - 2:30 It's Raining Cats: How to Promote and Increase Cat and Kitten Adoptions
Sharon Harvey, Cleveland Animal Protective League
Do you feel like you need to strap on a helmet just to face the day? Are you so overwhelmed you don’t even know how and where to start? Fear not! This engaging session will rekindle your creative thinking and provide some “think outside the box” strategies that will seize the attention of potential adopters and help you to save more cats. You’ll learn how to create the “buzz” about your cat adoption program, the importance of data in presenting and supporting your need to get creative, how to prepare your staff, volunteers, and others in your community for your new adoption adventures, and how to market and position your fabulous felines themselves!
2:30 Break
2:45 - 4:00 Helping At-Risk Pets Before Admission
Jodi Lytle Buckman, Senior Director, Community Initiatives for the ASPCA
How can we help pets in our community? Too often, our answer to this question defaults to “admission for re-homing.” Who better to shelter and protect that animal than us, right? In many situations, admission may be the perfect next step. But for those animals already in a home where they are loved, or where the caregiver is willing to help find that next fabulous home for a stray – why not keep that pet at home or let that wonderful family who took in a stray help your agency do great work? We’ll spend this session exploring ways other agencies are helping keep pets in their homes, reduce animal admissions and save more lives. Let’s save them BEFORE they require admission!
4:00 - 4:45 The Campaign for Zero: How Duluth saved 93% of homeless pets in 2010 and ended euthanasia of healthy pets.
Linda Baumgarth, Animal Allies.
This workshop explores six key strategies: targeted, high-volume, high-quality, low-cost spay-neuter; high-volume adoption practices; progressive intake management; partnership between high-euthanasia shelter and high-volume adoption center; bold public goal-setting that inspires community support; win-win partnerships. These strategies were utilized in Duluth to successfully open a $3.5 million high-volume adoption center, operate a first-in-the-state spay/neuter clinic serving all of northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin, nearly triple annual adoptions, reduce shelter euthanasia by 64%, eliminate euthanasia of healthy animals, add more than $1 million to their endowment, quadruple the operating budget, and negotiate an agreement to join forces with the City of Superior, Wisconsin and two Superior shelters to build and operate a $2 million new shelter for that community.

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