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Animal Rescue
Beginning spring, 2001, AHA will offer two new components to its Animal Rescue Program: Water Rescue for Animals and Rope Rescue for Animals. These certification courses teach animal care and control and Fire/EMS/Safety personnel to safely rescue animals in adverse conditions. The Water Rescue for Animals course covers specialized rescue techniques for floods, swiftwater and open water conditions. The Rope Rescue for Animals course covers techniques for high and low angle rescues including rescuer rappelling, lowering and raising animals, and beginning rope systems.

Both classes begin with a one-day lecture covering animal behavior, capture and control along with temporary and long-term sheltering considerations. The Incident Command System is introduced along with basic communication techniques and human and animal safety. Individuals who have successfully completed a TAR course or Water Rescue for Animals do not need to attend the first day of the lecture. These are certification courses and the successful candidate will also receive a certification patch.

Tuition $300

[2001 Animal Rescue Training Schedule]

New! Advanced Issues in Animal Rescue
You must be a successful graduate of either Water Rescue for Animals or Rope Rescue for Animals or a previous TAR Course. This three-day course will focus on advanced rescue techniques including search and rescue operations, night operations, communication systems, Incident Command System, and helicopter operations.

The final day of class will include advanced water rescue conditions including boat handling, tyrolean traverse, and midpoint river drops. Each student, upon successfully completing the course, will be certified with the AHA and receive a certification patch.

Tuition $300

[2001 Animal Rescue Training Schedule]

New! Large Animal Rescue
This two-day course will cover floodwater and high and low incline rescues for large animals with primary emphasis on horses. The Anderson sling and other advanced equine rescue techniques will be covered along with boat handling skills necessary for assisting large animals caught in floodwaters. Basic rope systems will be introduced. Techniques for coordinating helicopter rescue, including choosing and preparing a safe landing zone, signalling helicopter crews, and lifting large animals in a sling will be discussed including triaging, anesthesia, chemical capture, and euthanasia.

Tuition $300

[2001 Animal Rescue Training Schedule]

Cat Behavior in the Animal Shelter
Cats only have one life, but when they enter your shelter, they often seem to have multiple personalities—wide-eyed and docile one minute, and then—bang, they get in a cage and transform into growling, whirling masses of claws. So how can you possibly evaluate them for adoption? What’s their true nature?

Then there’s all those confused and frustrated cat owners in your community who expect you to have all the answers to litter-box, scratching, and aggression problems.

Come to this two-day training and learn to recognize and understand how the shelter environment affects cat behavior. And to help keep your community’s cats in their homes, we’ll tell you the latest solutions and methods for soothing the cat/owner conflicts and misunderstandings that inevitably arise.

Tuition $219. Includes two days of lectures, lunch on both days, and a certificate of completion.

[2001 Dates and Locations]

Chemical Capture
If you’re unsure of what you’re doing, chemical capture can turn into a PR and liability nightmare—for you, the animal, and especially your agency. During this intensive introduction to chemical capture, you’ll discover the latest in equipment and drugs, the situations that do (and don’t) call for this method, the effect on the animal, and all aspects of this specialized capture technique. In addition to learning the Commandments of Chemical Capture, you’ll watch and analyze videos of actual captures and practice with blow pipes, pole syringes, and guns.

Tuition $109. Includes lectures and participatory activities, lunch, and a certificate of completion.

[2001 Dates and Locations]

Compassion Fatigue
One day seminar. Euthanizing the creatures you care about does take its emotional and physical toll on you. This one-day, intimate seminar facilitated by Doug Fakkema reveals what compassion fatigue is and how it unknowingly affects you. Through facilitated small- and large-group discussions, you will discover the often hidden impact that euthanasia has on you and your coworkers, friends, and family. For ETs and non-ETs.

Tuition $109. Includes one day of lectures and participatory activities, lunch, and a certificate of completion.

[2001 Dates and Locations]

The Conference
Held every fall, The Conference attracts more than 600 of your peers from the animal sheltering and care field. Keep up on the latest technology, procedures, and issues on protecting the animals in your community. Attend three days of workshops (with an option for special seminars on a fourth day), visit scores of exhibits, and interact with hundreds of others who do what you do and know the problems you face and the solutions you need.

Tuition includes not only three days of workshops and free access to the Exhibit Hall (and all their give-always), but multiple meals, the Leadership Forum, several receptions, goodies from AHA, and a certificate of completion. Look for your registration packet next spring.

Dog Behavior in the Animal Shelter
He would be a great dog if only… There is always a dog or cat that captures our heart, but leaves us thinking – "is this adoptable?" While not all shelters have the space or time to modify behavior, learning the skills necessary to modify certain behaviors can have a high pay off.

Learning is occurring all the time. Animals (including us) are constantly making associations and modifying their behavior based on those associations. Shelter animals are no exception. In this two-day workshop, you will learn the basics of classical and operant conditioning, and you will learn how to train the dogs in your shelter in basic obedience and manners and as well as work on behavior modification. These skills will potentially lead to a quieter shelter, with calmer, better-adjusted dogs, as well as increasing adoptions. This workshop will involve learning basic theory as well as hands on work applying the theory.

Tuition $219. Includes two days of lectures, lunch on both days, and a certificate of completion.

[2001 Dates and Locations]

Whether you’ve never done it or have years of experience with euthanasia, you should attend this comprehensive, two-day training. Catch up on the latest techniques and drugs, and discover their effect on the animals.

Facilitated by nationally recognized expert Doug Fakkema, this workshop covers anesthetics, legend drugs, anatomy, verification of death, and worker safety. An entire section also deals with the unique stress felt by those who perform euthanasia. And during the hands-on section, you see how to perform intravenous, intraperitoneal and intracardiac injections, as well as gentle and humane restraint methods.

Tuition $219. Includes two days of lectures and hands-on training, lunch on both days, a 52-page notebook containing an outline of the course and charts, illustrations, recommendations, and graphs, plus a certificate of completion upon passing the exam.

[2001 Dates and Locations]

Euthanasia—Beyond Dogs and Cats
Perfect as a refresher for experienced or certified ETs, this intensive one-day course covers techniques for those less-common, but just as crucial, euthanasia situations, such as birds, wildlife, livestock, and fractious dogs and cats. You’ll also be shown the advanced theory on anesthetics, routes of administration, and other aspects of the euthanasia process.

Tuition $109. Includes one day of lectures and participatory activities, lunch, and a certificate of completion.

[2001 Dates and Locations]

Horse Abuse Investigations (Level I & II)
American Humane Association is offering both a Level I and Level II Horse Abuse Investigators School. Each 3-day course, custom-tailored by AHA staff and faculty members, will give you the knowledge and confidence to identify and resolve the horse abuse and neglect cases in your community. Both of these courses are certificate courses which require that you pass a test in order to be issued your certificate of completion. Students should plan on studying in the evenings in preparation for each day’s quiz as well as the final exam.

Level I: This three-day course will cover the following topics: basic identification skills including breeds, color, and markings; basic equipment including how to halter tie and trailer a horse; basic behavior of the horse; basic veterinary issues including nutrition, farrier issues, and teeth.

Level II: This three-day course will cover the following topics: advanced veterinary topics including nutrition, teeth, and farriers; advanced investigative issues including Carriage Horses and Hack stables, and advanced behavior of the horse.

In order to successfully complete Level II, students must demonstrate proficiency in the following areas: catching and haltering a horse; picking up and cleaning a horse’s hooves; leading and trailering a horse; identifying different breeds, colors, and markings; and identifying basic equipment.

Tuition $300 for Level I or Level II. $500 for Level I and Level II. Register for both classes and receive a $100 discount! Includes lectures, hands-on experience, lunches, and a three-ring binder filled with the lecture outlines and handouts.

[2001 Dates and Locations]

Humane Education
Join humane education specialists from around the country for this annual event, where you’ll explore the issues and trends involved in humane education. Take advantage of this chance to exchange ideas, solutions, and phone numbers with dozens of other professionals, and meet the experts who are shaping the field of humane education.

Some of the topics covered in past workshops include age-appropriate education, humane education from a teacher’s perspective, animal behavior, The Link between violence to children and animals, and insights into creating and presenting summer camps and high-school programs.

Tuition $229. Includes two days of lectures and participatory activities, lunch on both days, and a certificate of completion.

[2001 Dates and Locations]

Special session! It's Lonely at the Top!
Every day, shelter managers and directors must juggle the needs of employees, board members, the general public and the animals they shelter. It can be a challenging and lonely job. This two-day class will focus on tools you can use to become a more effective manager and leader.

Topics covered include communications, personnel management, crisis management and other issues unique to the animal shelter environment. In addition, you will have an opportunity to meet and network with your peers. Such contacts can be an invaluable resource for information, guidance and support.

Tuition $209.

New! The Law Enforcement Approach to Animal Care and Control
This one-day course is designed to introduce basic and fundamental information for the beginner and the intermediate animal care and control field officer. The topics presented will cover principle issues surrounding constitutional law, search and seizure, interviewing witnesses and suspects, crime scene investigations, report writing and case preparation necessary for successful animal control violation enforcement and animal cruelty prosecutions. We will discuss officer safety awareness and the equipment and techniques that we feel are essential for the safe capture and handling of animals. Come to this highly informative workshop and learn from law enforcement and animal handling professionals who have years of training and experience in these areas. You will leave with some vital knowledge and skills that you can share with your organization and co-workers. We will supply you with example handouts such as sample search warrant forms and equipment inventories.

Includes lecture, lunch, and a certificate of completion.

[2001 Dates and Locations]

New! Missing Animal Behavior
Recent research has indicated that the physical appearance and the individual temperament of a dog will dictate the distance that it will travel when lost. A mixed breed, skittish dog is going to travel farther and react differently to a rescuer than is a purebred, friendly dog. Environmental factors and the individual temperament will often hold key information as to just why a cat has disappeared. Indoor-only cats that escape outdoors are often cats that are simply hiding nearby whereas an outdoor access cat usually means that "something has happened."

During this two-day seminar, we will discuss the distinct patterns of behavior that have been identified in missing dogs and cats. We will debrief case histories of "missing cat profiling" and how this evolving method has helped to locate several missing cats. Come and learn critical information and new tips that you can pass on to the distraught people who come to your lost pet counter.

Tuition $209. Includes two days of lectures and participatory activities, lunch on both days and a certificate of completion.

[2001 Dates and Locations]

New! National Fundraising Workshop
One thing that animal welfare agencies never have enough of is money. If you are the individual who is responsible for raising money for an organization, come to this new workshop and join experts from all over the country who will offer advice and training. This two-day workshop will focus on: direct mail fundraising, special events, grants, capital campaigns and major donors. Learn new ideas and "tricks of the trade" from experienced professionals who will help you improve your current fundraising system. Please bring samples of your current materials for review and suggestions.

Special Tuition $169 Thanks to the generous support of Grizzard Communications. Includes two days of lectures and participatory activities, lunch on both days, and a certificate of completion.

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Public Relations
No matter what size your staff or your community is, you need the media to spread the word about your services and programs. But once you have their ear (a difficult task in itself), you must be careful how you use it. PR is not something you should learn by trial and error—the errors are too costly. Come to this highly interactive workshop and learn from PR authorities (from the sheltering community!) who have years of experience in reaching and dealing with the often elusive and unpredictable media.

Tuition $229. Includes two days of lectures, lunch on both days, and a certificate of completion.

[2001 Dates and Locations]

Shelter Operations School
Imagine a kennel staff where everyone knows how to properly sanitize cages and kennels, deals well with the public—even on the phone—can identify sick animals, and conscientiously works to prevent disease transmission. If you’re ready to have a staff performing at its fullest potential, then you should be enrolling your employees now in this new training aimed at the backbone of every organization—the kennel staff.

At this school, your staff can learn animal handling techniques; how to use the tools of the trade; dietary needs; the uses, functions and dangers of disinfectants; and how to place an animal in the right home through behavior and breed characteristic assessment.

Tuition $209. Includes lectures and participatory activities, lunch on both days, and a certificate of completion.

[2001 Dates and Locations]

New! Shelter Operations School for Managers
Finally--a class about the business of managing a shelter! An average day in an animal shelter is about crisis management--whether it’s a broken power sprayer or an outbreak of disease in the kennel or a public relations issue--it is a challenge for the most competent manager to find time to get back to the basics of shelter management. This class is designed to do just that--provide Shelter Managers with tools that will help them develop a solid, well-managed foundation for their shelter operations. Topics covered include employee health and safety, personnel management, operational manuals, employee handbooks, and innovative shelter programs that are working for organizations from across the country.

This information packed one-day seminar for Managers is a continuation of the Shelter Operations School (SOS) and the topics covered will build on policies, procedures and programs introduced during the first level. We recommend the Shelter Operations School as a prerequisite for the SOS for Managers.

Tuition $109. Includes lectures and participatory activities, lunch, and a certificate of completion.

[2001 Dates and Locations]

Shelter Planning, Design, & Construction
A new or renovated shelter is the largest single expenditure your agency will ever make. And mistakes, once built into the structure, are horribly expensive to correct. In just two days learn from the errors and successes of others, thus possibly saving you thousands of dollars and weeks of stress.

This two-day course, taught in part by an architect experienced in shelter design and renovation, covers heating, ventilation, air conditioning, filtration, traffic flow, drainage, flooring, surfaces, and space allocation (for the animals and staff). You’ll learn how to communicate with the architect and the contractor, and who holds what authority and what responsibility throughout the entire project. You’ll also hear details on holding a capital campaign, such as what committees work best and who to put on them; how long your campaign should take; and how much money you should expect to raise.

Tuition $209. Includes lectures, participatory activities, and lunch on both days.

Shelter Veterinarian Educational Program
As a veterinarian who works for or volunteers at an animal shelter, you encounter unusual challenges not faced by your private-practice colleagues. At this three-day professional program (held every fall during The Conference), you’ll hear speakers from academic institutions and shelters present the most current information on handling those situations unique to shelters.

Violence to Children and Animals (The Link)
Research shows that a link exists between violence to animals and humans. You can learn about The Link and use it to help prosecute animal-abuse perpetrators by attending this training. You can also help break this cycle of violence by learning to recognize and report child abuse as you perform your investigations.

During this one-day seminar, you’ll hear about the dynamics of child abuse, mandated reporting laws, the structure of the social service system, and how to build coalitions to reduce violence in your community.

Volunteer Management
How can an animal care or control agency effectively and legally interview, screen, and possibly reject potential volunteers? What are new and creative ways of expanding volunteering opportunities at your shelter? Should you have a junior volunteer program? And how do you approach the issue of board-member volunteers with confidence?

Join experienced volunteer program directors for a two-day workshop of lectures, group discussion, and exchange of program practices. Ideal for anyone interested in increasing and improving their existing volunteer program.

Tuition $219. Includes two days of lectures and participatory activities, lunch on both days, and a certificate of completion.

[2001 Dates and Locations]

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