Northern Tier refers to the states of Alaska, Idaho, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, Washington, and Wisconsin.
Looking for ways to build or improve local networks to move at-risk animals within your community, region, and the northern tier states? Join us as we engage with relocation expert Karen Walsh of the ASPCA, and Chris Roy, who joins us from Doobert, during this interactive Q&A session. Refresh your understanding of transport and relocation best practices, along with tips for connecting with potential relocation partners.
Discover how local and smaller transports can lead to big lifesaving.
Learn how the Doobert software platform supports connections to help at-risk animals.
Get best-practice tips to revitalize the impact of your transfer program.
Animal shelter professionals and volunteers from Northern Tier states involved with or looking to develop an animal transport program.
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Chris Roy is a technology guy in his "day" job and used his experience to create Doobert.com, an online software platform custom-built for animal rescuers. It's like a combination of Match.com specifically for animal shelters and rescues to find new partners, and then a volunteer Uber for getting the animals where they need to go. Chris enjoys helping provide technology solutions to some of the biggest challenges in animal rescue and is always looking for new ways to help animals and the people that care for them. Chris is supported by his amazing wife Daphne, and together they have 5 furkids: 4 cats and 1 dog.
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.
DVM, Director, Northern Tier Shelter Initiative
Dr. Becky Stuntebeck joined the ASPCA team as a director with the Northern Tier Shelter Initiative in 2021. Her particular areas of interest within shelter medicine include infectious disease prevention and management (especially ringworm), exploring ways to support the bond between community pets and their families, and helping shelters implement systems and protocols that promote population management and optimize welfare and life-saving for shelter animals. She obtained her DVM degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine in 2013. She completed a shelter medicine internship at Dane County Humane Society in 2014 and a shelter medicine residency with the UW Shelter Medicine Program in 2018. She achieved board certification through the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners that fall. She has also led medical programs at two Wisconsin shelters. She lives in Wisconsin with her family and four aging cats.