Length: 1 hour, 13 minutes
This was my presentation at HSUS Expo, May 2013, in Nashville. It was part of a 3-hour intensive workshop titled, "Moving Beyond Breed," that included me, Stephanie Shain (Washington Humane Society), and Mark Kumpf (Animal Resource Center).
The workshop description was: "Why do some people believe that breed-specific policies are needed in shelters? Is messaging from the animal protection community effective, or is it causing a backlash? Is talking about dogs primarily in terms of breed helpful to animal welfare goals, or are we unwittingly reinforcing stereotypes and preventing successful adoption matches? Hear from groups that have taken a fresh look at their own programs, and learn how to be more effective in communicating about adoptions and outreach."
Our session was sponsored by Animal Sheltering (http://www.animalsheltering.org/) and overseen by KC Theisen, Director of Pet Care Issues for HSUS.
For additional information and ideas, visit my website, Beyond Breed, at http://www.beyondbreed.com.