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Kitten Nurseries and Surrender Prevention: OH MY!

April Harris

DON’T MISS: April Harris from Found Animals Foundation in Los Angeles! April is the Chief Program Officer at Found Animals and she will be presenting two fascinating workshops at the Great Lakes Animal Welfare Conference this fall in Battle Creek, Michigan. April will be speaking on “Starting a Kitten Nursery” and “Surrender Prevention in the Trenches” on Tuesday, October 20. Online earlybird conference registration opens August 1 on www.mpaw.org

SURRENDER PREVENTION: Found Animals and Downtown Dog launched a surrender diversion pilot at the South Los Angeles shelter in 2013. Amazingly, more than 400 intakes were prevented in just the first 60 days! April will walk you through her planning and start-up process, which services she decided to offer, and which clients they are targeting. She’ll share data from the first year of the program – what are the most common reasons for surrender (really)? Which can be avoided most easily, and how? Do our efforts really keep pets in a home? For how long? What about cost effectiveness and sustainability – how much does surrender prevention cost? Is it worth it?

KITTEN NURSERY: Do you wish you could do more for neonatal kittens in your community? So did Found Animals – so they decided to start a kitten nursery! Follow their journey from research to start up, through the results of their first kitten season. Learn about different models, space needs, medical protocols, recruiting fosters and volunteers, getting kittens adopted and much more! Want to try this at home? Budgets, timelines, staffing and many more lessons learned and tips/tricks.

Found Animals Foundation is a nonprofit geared toward reducing euthanasia through sustainable business models. With over ten years’ experience improving outcomes for shelter pets, April has been instrumental in developing and promoting best practices in animal welfare at Salt Lake County Animal Services, Best Friends Animal Society, and other nationally-recognized organizations. Her credits include implementing lifesaving cat, kitten, and pit bull terrier-focused programs, increasing revenue through grants and in-shelter retail, successfully negotiating over 30 animal ordinance updates in local municipalities, and obtaining “no-kill status” for Salt Lake County. Found Animals is a generous Silver Sponsor of the conference, and will have a table in the Exhibit Hall where you can speak with April in person! SEE YOU IN OCTOBER!

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