Before resuming animal relocation programs amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, it's essential to consider whether it is legally permissible to resume, confirm that the benefits outweigh the risks, and evaluate the scope and readiness of the program in order to mitigate both human and animal disease transmission. This webinar will introduce attendees to a guide that was created to help organizations assess their program's preparedness in resuming animal relocation operations.
Brian DiGangi works for the ASPCA as a Senior Director of Shelter Medicine. He received his DVM from University of Florida and completed a residency in shelter medicine, and spent several years on faculty at UF before coming to the ASPCA. Brian is board certified in both Canine and Feline Practice and Shelter Medicine Practice by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners. He is a past president of the Association of Shelter Veterinarians and currently serves as the Editor for the American Heartworm Society.
Karen S Walsh, CAWA, LVMT, CFE is the Senior Director of Animal Relocation for the ASPCA and the former executive director of the McKamey Animal Center in Chattanooga, TN. She graduated from Blue Ridge in Virginia with a degree in veterinary technology and has achieved designations as a Certified Animal Welfare Administrator and a Certified Compassion Fatigue Educator. Karen has held leadership positions in both veterinary and animal welfare organizations and was appointed to serve on the Tennessee state Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners. Karen lives in Tennessee with her husband, Tom, their four children, and a menagerie of furry and feathered family members on their small, but beautiful farm.
Vice President of State Affairs, ASPCA
Kevin O'Neill is the Vice President of State Affairs for the ASPCA. For over twenty years, Kevin has worked in the field of policymaking, beginning his career in the California State Legislature, where he developed a robust bipartisan reputation and eventually became Chief of Staff to two different legislators. During this time, Kevin helped establish the bi-partisan Animal Protection Caucus and worked on numerous animal welfare bills. In 2012, Kevin was hired by the ASPCA as their Senior Legislative Director-Western Region, which includes CA, NV, OR, and WA. Kevin fought for and enacted legislation to increase transparency in puppy imports into California, remove outdated euthanasia policies, and banned horse tripping in Nevada. Since becoming Vice President of State Affairs, Kevin has expanded the state team's influence into several new geographies and worked to focus efforts on groundbreaking policies aimed at eliminating puppy mills, removing barriers to pets in housing, increasing humane farming practices, and improving the ability for law enforcement to fight cruelty. Kevin and his family reside in the Greater Sacramento, CA area.