Monday, March 30, 2015 - Concurrent Breakout Sessions
10:15 a.m. to 11:25 a.m.
In Native Country: Uncontrolled stray dog and wild horse populations on tribal lands present a major health, safety, and economic crisis for Native American communities. This presentation will explore best practices, learnings, and strategies to implement animal population management technologies that present an opportunity to better serve the needs of Native communities.
Speakers: Diana Webster, President, Native America Humane Society; Ruth Steinberger, Executive Director, SpayFirst!
Stockmanship and Stewardship: Expert stockman Curt Pate presents this discussion on grazing animals’ role in sustainability of environment, and the responsible management of grazing animals in regards to animal welfare and consumer satisfaction. Pate shows the real needs of grazing animals from the point of view of a stockman who looks at animal needs from years of practical experience, training, and observing. Pate’s main focus is “using Mother Nature as a model to create and maintain environmental stability and content animals.”
Speaker: Curt Pate, Expert Stockman and Horseman
Love Me Tender: The Essential Connection Between Animals and Children and Furthering that Bond Through Humane Education. Why learning about animals matters to children and communities; how humane education benefits from a shift of focus to empathy and other 21st Century Skills children need; and strategies to build empathy from the RedRover Readers program.
Speakers: Nicole Forsyth, President and CEO of RedRover; Ragan Fletcher, Muttigrees Ambassador; introduced by Jenny Dunning, Founder of Keystone Adventure School and Farm
1:15 p.m. to 2:25 p.m.
Anima: Interfaith Discussion on the Souls of Animals: This colloquium examines the different religious traditions and historic view of animals and the existence of their souls.
Speakers: Reverend George Back, retired Episcopalian dean; Vint Virga, DVM; Rabbi Vered Harris, Temple B’Nai Israel; Madanjit Singh, representing Sikhism; moderated by Allan Hendrickson
The Black Beauty Story: Sanctuary, Adoption, and the Current State of Affairs for Horses in America
Speakers: Ben Callison, Executive Director, Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch; Vicki Spears, Equine Specialist, Black Beauty Ranch
Know Thy Funder: A Panel with Animal Grantmakers: Finding a new grant opportunity and having a grant application approved is an exciting event for any organization. In an era of austerity, accountability, and transparency, grants are a vital source of support for nonprofit organizations. The grant-writing process is an excellent exercise for fine-tuning programs and articulating projects that can strengthen an organization’s profile.
Speakers: Paulette Black, Program Officer, Kirkpatrick Foundation; Melanie Anderson, Animal Protection Program Director, Summerlee Foundation; Roger Haston, President and CEO of Animal Assistance Foundation; Terese Stevenson, Senior Program Officer, Rees-Jones Foundation; moderated by Lucille DiDomenico, Executive Director, Philanthropy Southwest
2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Emergency Preparedness: Developing the Best Rescue and Disaster Plan for Animals
Speakers: Robin Ganzert, PhD, President and CEO of American Humane Association; Janet Olson, DVM, President and Founder of Basic Animal Rescue Training, Inc.; Rod Hall, DVM, State Veterinarian, Oklahoma Department of Food, Forestry, and Agriculture
The Big Shift: Building Public Will: How have public views changed so dramatically on diverse social issues like animal testing, seat belts, and smoke-free environments? Public will was built. Through a blend of grassroots outreach and mass media, this approach raises awareness and increases understanding by connecting an issue to the existing, closely held values people have. When enough community members and thought leaders have taken action and galvanized around an issue, a new norm takes root. Learn more about the process of building public will in this session, and join the discussion on how this approach can benefit the well-being of animals.
Speakers: Christie McElhinney, Principal, Third Sector Communication Strategies
The LINK: Animal Abuse as an Indicator and Predictor: The “dark side” of the human-animal bond is animal abuse, which is often linked with domestic violence and child and elder abuse. By treating animal abuse as an indicator and predictor of individual and community safety, we can create humane communities. This presentation will review current research, policy and programs addressing “The LINK” between animal abuse and human violence.
Speaker: Phil Arkow, National Coordinator of the National Link Coalition; introduced by Paul Needham
Tuesday, March 31, 2015 - Concurrent Breakout Sessions
10:15 a.m. to 11:25 a.m.
Safe & Humane: The Oklahoma Animal Wellbeing Study
This session will present the overall methodology, process, and executive summary of this two-year research project, undertaken by the Kirkpatrick Foundation.
Speakers: Kristy Wicker, M.S., Principal Investigator; Manda Shank, Program Associate and Editor
Farm Animal Welfare: Solutions for the Conscientious Consumer
Consumers are understandably confused by the cacophony of food labels. Animal Welfare Approved is widely recognized as the leading certifier of high-welfare, sustainable, independent family farms raising animals for food. In this session, we'll learn how the challenges of industrial food animal production are creating opportunities for farmers-and driving solutions for conscientious consumers.
Speaker: Andrew Gunther from Animal Welfare Approved
In Search of the Peaceable Kingdom
Animal abuse is an important risk factor in children. Research suggests that it is related to adverse childhood experiences, including maltreatment and is an early marker for conduct disorder. Anyone working with children should be aware of animal abuse as a risk factor and prepare to observe and ask questions about animal-related experiences. The workshop will address what we know about childhood animal abuse and approaches to assessment and treatment of children who have abused animals. We will also discuss animal-assited interventions for youth who are at risk for abusing animals and engaging in other anti-social behavior.
Speaker: Lisa Lunghoffer, PhD Program Director, Animals and Society Institute
1:15 p.m. to 2:25 p.m.
Part 2: Safe & Humane: From Here to 2032
What will 2032 look like for animals across the country? What can we do to be ahead of the curve? How can we work across state and municipal sectors in wildlife, companion, agriculture, research, and law to make Oklahoma the best place to be an animal? If you want to be a part of the vision, be sure to attend this strategy session. We’ll gather ideas from the conference message boards to envision and identify the care and legal standards required to achieve this goal.
Facilitated by Christie McElhinney, Principal, Third Sector Communication Strategies
The Power of Collaboration in Saving More Lives
Communities around the country struggle with high shelter-intake levels, a public desire to see high save rates, and a culture of competition between local animal welfare organizations. The most effective communities are those that have strong collaborations and a “community goal” for saving the lives of homeless pets.
Speakers: Sue Della Maddelana, CEO/President of Central Oklahoma Humane Society; Julie Bank, Director, City of Oklahoma City Animal Welfare Division; and Roger Haston, President and CEO of Animal Assistance Foundation
Animals and Public Health: How Treating Animals Well is Essential for Human Welfare “What’s good for animals is also good for humans,” says Dr. Akhtar, who will explore diverse topics including infectious disease epidemics like Ebola, medical research, and the health consequences of factory farming. She will explain how many of our most urgent and pressing public health threats are connected with how animals are treated.
Speaker: Aysha Akhtar, MD, MPH