Online Training – November

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What: “Capacity Crisis: Let’s Talk About Solutions”

When: November 14, 2022  12 – 1 p.m. Eastern

Why: Join MPA for a lunch-and-learn roundtable to discuss solutions to the “capacity crisis” being faced by animal shelters across the country. The panel will consist of industry experts sharing their strategic approach to managing this unprecedented challenge. Our experts will review current data to identify some of the causes of the crisis. Additionally, they will discuss tactics to successfully help animals find homes during the adoption slowdown and for keeping animal guests safe and happy for the extended stays many of them are experiencing in shelters. The panel will also answer live questions from the audience. All shelters are invited and encouraged to participate.

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Who: Everyone is welcome. Registration is free.



Dr. Julie Levy, Fran Marino Endowed Distinguished Professor of Shelter Medicine Education, Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program, University of Florida
Dr. Julie Levy is the Fran Marino Distinguished Professor of Shelter Education at the University of Florida, where she focuses on the health and welfare of animals in shelters, feline infectious diseases, and humane alternatives for cat population control. She founded Operation Catnip, an nonprofit university-based community cat trap-neuter-return program that has spayed, neutered, and vaccinated more than 70,000 cats in Gainesville since 1998. In 2008, she joined Dr. Cynda Crawford to found Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program at the College of Veterinary Medicine, an educational and discovery initiative with a global impact on the care of homeless animals. In 2014, she joined Dr. Kate Hurley to launch the Million Cat Challenge, a shelter-based campaign that saved more than 3.5 million cats in shelters across North America. In 2022, she helped launch Maddie’s Million pet Challenge to create transformative “communities in practice” that deliver access to care through humane, community-centric programming – inside and outside of the shelter – to achieve the right outcome for every pet.

Tanya Hilgendorff, President and CEO, Humane Society of Huron Valley and Vice-chair, Michigan Pet Alliance
Tanya Hilgendorf has been leading Humane Society of Huron Valley (HSHV) for more than 10 years. With a Bachelor of Arts in political science from University of Michigan-Dearborn, a Master of Science in social work administration and public policy from Wayne State University and having served as executive director of Ozone House, Tanya’s passion centers on protecting the vulnerable (human and non-human) and transformational leadership that helps failing nonprofit organizations achieve mission success. With an incredible team of staff, volunteers and supporters, HSHV has become a thriving, dynamic, multi-service, animal welfare organization with 100+ employees, 1,700+ volunteers and a 95% save rate, focused on rescuing, healing, saving and protecting. Tanya currently is the proud mom of several fabulous felines and a beautiful teenage human.

Renee Wolfgramm, Midwest Animal Welfare Director, 24Pet
Renee Wolfgramm is the Midwest Animal Welfare Director with 24Pet. After completing a degree in Zoology and working at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Renee shifted gears and started her career in the animal welfare industry at the Humane Society of Huron Valley (HSHV), in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Renee held a variety of leadership positions at HSHV and later at Dane County Humane Society in Madison, Wisconsin. Renee now applies her customer service background and passion for data and technology to help shelters perform at peak efficiency, while positively impacting pets and pet parents.


Gary Evans, Clinic Director, Humane Society of Huron Valley
Gary Evans is an entrepreneurially-minded, operations-focused executive leader with a passion for creating teams and systems that make the world a better place. Having learned his trade in the thriving start-up tech environment in Ann Arbor, MI, he moved to the nonprofit world several years ago, and has dedicated his career to combining the efficiencies of modern business with the focus, passion and mission of nonprofits. He wakes up energized every day by the challenges and opportunities of helping both animals and people.

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