Breed labeling is a hot topic. We know by now that it is often inaccurate, and that a breed label assigned to a dog may impact its potential for a successful adoption. A session at Michigan Pet Fund Alliance’s “Getting to the Goal” Conference in Flint, Mich., on Sept. 15-16, 2016 will focus on breed labels presented by Tawny Hammond, Director of Animal Services for the City of Austin, TX.
Join us for:
Breed Labels and Language – The dog comes in the door, has a kind of a square head, not real muscular but… we think it is a pit bull. So what is on the intake card for breed – pit bull? We have come a long way in busting the myths of breed discrimination, but there is a lot of misinformation and education to be done and by simply marking “pit bull” you have eliminated adopters from some communities, put a potential adopter in jeopardy of losing their home insurance, and limited the number of potential adopters. We certainly can’t perform DNA tests on all incoming shelter dogs, but there are things that every shelter can and should be doing concerning identifying the breed of dog on intake.
Meet the presenter:
Tawny Hammond, the Chief of Animal Services for the City of Austin, Texas, has spent the last 29 years working in the public service arena, creating and implementing programs and services for people and their animals. For five years, Austin Animal Services has been a leader for municipal shelters in the nation, saving more than 90% of the more than 18,000 animals that come through the doors each year. Austin is the largest No Kill city in the nation.
Chief Hammond has a proven track record of success, serving for more than 25 years in municipal government in Fairfax County, Virginia and bringing the Fairfax County Animal Shelter to No Kill in less than three years. Austin reached a new milestone, achieving live outcomes for nearly 95% of the more than 18,000 animals who came through its doors this past year.
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