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May 21

Online Event – 5/21/24 – All Call: Advocating for Funding with the HASS Budget Calculator – California for All Animals

May 21 @ 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM PDT

All Call

On May 21, Dr. Ellen Jefferson and Maggie Lynch will join the call to introduce the new HASS budget calculator, which was created to address the persistent underfunding of animal services. This workshop will cover how to use the calculator tool and its results to advocate for budgets appropriate to meet the public’s expectations around humane care and shelter lifesaving. Bring your questions and data inputs, and we’ll work through examples together!

The All Call is a twice-monthly, California community call for animal well-being professionals that occurs on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday. The one-hour call is a dedicated space to share and learn from each other. Popular topics include initiatives that create a more inclusive culture for both staff and community, programs that keep pets with their people, industry trends, research studies, as well as the hard stuff, like what’s not working or what is particularly difficult during times of scarcity. The call is a mix of presentations, storytelling, open discussion, and Q&A time.

The All Call is hosted by California for All co-leaders Allison Cardona and Nadia Oseguera and is enriched by rotating facilitators. You only need to register one time. Calls are sometimes recorded; recap emails with supplemental resources are sent post-call.

About the Presenters

Dr. Ellen Jefferson, DVM, is the President and CEO of Austin Pets Alive! (APA!) and leads APA!’s national outreach arm, American Pets Alive!. In 2020, at the start of the COVID pandemic, Dr. Jefferson responded to the urgent need to keep pets out of shelters and with people by launching Human Animal Support Services (HASS), a collaborative movement to transform animal services to support the bond between pets and peopleDr. Jefferson has received multiple national awards for her work, including the first-ever Rich Avanzino Leadership Award and the Maddie’s® Fund Inaugural Hero Award. She serves on the Mars Advisory Board for the Global Index to End Pet Homelessness and the Shelter Advisory Council for Pedigree Foundation.

Maggie Lynch, Senior Director of Research and Development, oversees the strategy for meeting the research and data needs of Austin Pets Alive!, including for the Human Animal Support Services (HASS) project. Maggie has been a leader at APA! since 2015, first as the head of the philanthropy team and moving to R&D leadership in 2022. She brings a background in academic research, performance measurement, program budgeting, and executive management to her R&D role, along with a talent for telling the story of the “why” of social change and for translating research and data into tools for bringing about substantial change in animal welfare.

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