With more shelters opening up to visitors, you're likely placing more cats in new homes, and some of these cats may need some extra help with the transition. Join the ASPCA Learning Lab and colleagues in the field for a roundtable discussion where your questions will be answered via live Q&A. During this session, you'll have the opportunity to engage with experts on methods that will help your shy and fearful feline friends feel at home wherever they are.
Setting up a welcoming space at your shelter
Safely transitioning from the shelter to their new home
Best practices when creating a welcoming and safe environment in their new home
Animal behavior and shelter professionals
This presentation has been approved for 0.5 CEUs for trainers and 0.5 CEUs for behavior consultants by the CCPDT.
MS, PhD, CAAB, Director of Behavior, SPCA of Texas
Ph.D., CAAB, Senior Director, ASPCA Learning Lab
MS, CPDT-KA, Animal Behavior Counselor, ASPCA Behavioral Sciences Team
DVM, MBA, Medical Director, Auburn Valley Humane Society
Emily is a Pacific Northwest native but has traveled and worked across the US. She is currently the Director of Veterinary Services for Auburn Valley Humane Society, a private non-profit shelter with animal control contracts and low-cost public spay & neuter clinic. Emily obtained her veterinary degree from Washington State University and followed with a small animal rotating internship at the University of Tennessee. From there, Emily navigated small animal private practice for about five years as both a small animal practitioner and relief veterinarian. Feeling absolutely disenchanted with her work, Emily volunteered for the newly formed Auburn Valley Humane Society board of directors. Shortly after they opened in 2013, she realized a true passion for animal welfare and shelter medicine, stepped down from the board and took a full-time staff position. In 2020, Emily earned her MBA from the University of Washington in an effort to narrow the communication divide between medical and executive functions at the shelter level. She’s passionate about doing more with less through strategic operational strategies and team building for a productive and vested organizational culture.