Animal Welfare Leaders to Participate in Unprecedented Community-Building Event

January 31, 2010

Inaugural Found Animals® Forum, “Leading Perspectives in Animal Welfare,” Will Explore Topics Ranging From Rescue Adoption to Responsible Pet Ownership

LOS ANGELES (February 1, 2010) - Found Animals® Foundation’s inaugural forum, entitled “Leading Perspectives in Animal Welfare,” will take place on February 6, 2010 at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. The constructive, community-building event will feature several leaders in animal welfare and will explore various topics including shelter and rescue adoption, the four principles of responsible pet ownership, and bringing animal welfare into the 21st century.

The three panelists will include (in no particular order) Michael Arms, president of Helen Woodward Animal Center, a unique, private, non-profit organization that for more than 30 years has provided humane care and adoption for orphaned animals as well as animal-centered educational and therapeutic programs for people; Rich Avanzino, president of Maddie’s Fund, a family foundation established in 1999 that has awarded animal welfare organizations and universities $71.6 million to save dog and cat lives; and Bill Bruce, director of Animal & Bylaw Services in Calgary, whose mission is to encourage a safe, healthy, vibrant community for people and their pets through the development, education, and compliance of bylaws that reflect community values.

The topics explored in the forum and panel discussion will include the following.

  • Public attitudes towards shelter and rescue adoption.
  • The 4 principles of responsible pet ownership.
  • Creative campaigns, message, design, and reach.
  • Desirable outcomes of low kill rates, high return to owner rates, and low aggressive animal rates.
  • The next steps to becoming a true “no more homeless pet community.”
  • Removing barriers to responsible pet ownership.
  • Shelter impact and engagement.
  • Bringing animal welfare into the 21st century.

“We are very excited to bring our inaugural Found Animals® Forum to Los Angeles,” noted Aimee Gilbreath, Executive Director of Found Animals®. “This unprecedented event will shed light on important animal welfare issues and inspire discussions that could lead to meaningful changes in our communities. Our panelists are some of the most renowned national and international leaders in animal welfare, from both private and public institutions, and we look forward to hearing their insights and recommendations,” she added.

Panelist presentations will run from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., with a Q&A session and networking reception to follow. Tickets will be $25 per person and will include one free drink ticket redeemable during the networking event.

To learn more about the “Leading Perspectives in Animal Welfare” forum or about Found Animals®, please contact Michael Gilman at

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About Found Animals®
The Found Animals® Foundation ( is a privately funded Los Angeles-based non-profit organization dedicated to animal welfare issues and led by business and medical professionals. The Found Animals® team works directly within the animal welfare community to improve animal shelter processes, fund pet sterilization research, promote effective animal welfare policy, and provide funding to area shelters and spay/neutering clinics. The organization also sponsors and promotes pet adoption, spay/neutering, micro-chipping programs, and various animal and pet-related events.