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This Week in Animal Care & Control News Episode 2

This Week in Animal Care & Control News Episode 2

On this episode NACA Executive Director John Thompson joins the podcast to discuss the recent signing of the PACT Act (The Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act). For more information on the PACT Act please view the links provided below:...

Episode 1 – This Week in Animal Care and Control News

Episode 1 – This Week in Animal Care and Control News

I hope that you enjoyed the first episode of This Week in Animal Care and Control News. With you help we will be able to expand the number of news featured in this weekly part of the NACA Podcast. If you have news happening in your community we want to hear about it....

Message From The President

It is with excitement, anticipation and great honor that I now serve you as your President for 2020. A new day begins for NACA as we strengthen our focus on the needs of our membership through better benefits, training, and alliances with state associations, and other...

2019 NACA Awards

2019 NACA Awards

2019 NACA Awards Congratulations to all the 2019 Award Receipients! Agency / Organizational Awards 2019 Outstanding State Association - Colorado Association of Animal Control Officers 2019 Outstanding Animal Care and Control Agency - Albuquerque Animal Welfare...

Dr. Josh Fisher – Bio

Josh Fisher - Bio Dr. Fisher has an educational background in population management/medicine, public health, veterinary sciences, informatics, and healthcare administration. He has been working in the veterinary medical/animal welfare field for over 15 years holding...

2019 NACA Board of Directors Election Results

2019 NACA Board of Directors Election Results

This is the board for the next year. Congratulations to Cindy Walden, Dr. Josh Fisher, Kristen Hassen-Auerbach, Scott Giacoppo and Adam Ricci with their selections in this years process. We hope everyone who attended this years conference had a great time. We are...

NACA Board Member Lauren Bluestone wanted to remind everyone that it’s “okay to not be okay.” This pic was taken in October, a much happier time and it’s of all of our Board members. We echo her thoughts and want you to know we are here to support you. Here’s what she said:

“I am writing this as a NACA board member and an animal care and control director to all of us going through daily adaptations. I am going to set aside the all the position statements, policies, and procedures to address a more emotional side.

I hear every day that this is unprecedented, there are no manuals, or novel if you will, so this leaves us to create solutions and not based on our normal philosophies. We do this by combining the science of what we do and the recommendation of health officials. We adjust and we do it well as we always have in the animal welfare world. Our adaptability is our strength, our creative thinking our sword, and the dedicated people the shield to protect all of us in this climate.

The truth is, I struggle every day with the changes of our response to emergencies only, the unaltered animals leaving the shelter, the fact that because we are in shifts, I don’t get to see most of my staff. I struggle to understand the complexity of this situation, yet I keep telling myself the nature of this is temporary. And I know that if I struggle with this, the members of the public are struggling as well so have patience as we are asking a lot of them..

With that said, we move forward, and we move forward not without tears as this is difficult but knowing that these tears are for doing what we believe is the right thing to do - to serve animals and people during this challenging time. We are not harming the animals that we give our hearts to protect but we are harming our communities if we don’t lead with our hearts open to those around us.

Animal welfare is a community effort, it is successful because of the people we serve, so we must do everything we can to protect them. Remember that the animal population we serve relies on the human compassion to thrive. We should stand strong with the changes made and the changes to come because these changes are saving your community, your loved ones, they are saving your staff or coworkers, and they maybe saving you.

Stand with me to continue our efforts in all aspects of animal welfare no matter how difficult this becomes and your animal welfare community will stand for you.” -Lauren Bluestone, pictured here front and center.

Main takeaways: we need to work together to adapt to change and trust our communities. How have you or your org adapted to change during COVID-19?
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With so much going on in the world of Animal Care & Control we are excited to debut the new NACA Blog! A constantly updating collection of articles and resources. Read the stories, comment & discuss with others, and gain some knowledge to help both you and the animals stay safe. Check it out at nacanet.org/blog ... See MoreSee Less

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