Dispelling Myths in Animal Welfare

Skirball Cultural Center, Sunday, November 11, 2012
Registration begins at 2:30PM, Event at 3:30PM

The Found Animals Forum is an annual event that brings together leaders in animal welfare and their perspectives to our Los Angeles animal welfare community. During this event attendees observe presentations from local and national experts in their respective fields and participate in a panel discussion on this year’s selected topic of Dispelling Myths in Animal Welfare. The Forum serves as a chance to provide the Los Angeles community with information and resources through a constructive, collaborative, community building event.

Please join us and our keynote speakers as they dispel common misconceptions faced everyday by municipal and private animal welfare organizations, uncovering the truths behind these myths. Whether you are an individual or a group, large or small, private or public, rescue or shelter – there will be relevant ideas you can implement to boost adoptions, reduce euthanasia and save more lives.

Early Bird Registration before October 19, 2012 for $20
Municipal Shelter Employees are FREE

(normally $30)

Featured Speakers

Jackson Galaxy

Cat Behavior Consultant
Host of Animal Planet’s My Cat From Hell

Emily Weiss, Ph.D, CAAB

Vice President
Shelter Research and Development

More Speakers To Be Announced Soon!

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Presentations will include:

  • Jackson Galaxy is a cat behavior consultant with over 17 years of experience. His in-home practice has been highlighted over 3 seasons of Animal Planet’s My Cat From Hell. He developed his craft over 9 years at the Humane Society of Boulder Valley and still considers shelter/rescue work the cornerstone of his basic approach to and mission for cats. In his presentation he will show the basics of “Cat Mojo,” his term which describes the life force and driving needs of cats and how rescuers and shelters can identify and enrich feline behavior in the not-yet forever home. Attendees will learn how to identify signs of stress and how to take steps to resolve them, specific roles of comfort and challenge in the rescue/shelter environment, tips on making hard-to-place cats “more adoptable” and more! This session is appropriate for all levels of cat knowledge. Whether you are a cat guardian, foster parent or working in a shelter or rescue facility you can always use a bit of the mojo!
  • Dr. Emily Weiss is the Vice President of Research and Development at ASPCA. A native of Long Island, N.Y., Dr. Weiss has focused her professional and personal life on improving welfare for animals. She is a section editor of the Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science, and has published extensively in the field of applied behavior. She has traveled across North America lecturing on various areas of applied animal behavior, and has been featured nationally on radio, TV and print. She directed the development and use of the ASPCA Animal Stats Dashboard, the tool used by the ASPCA to measure progress in shelters and S/N clinics. Recently, Dr. Weiss’ work has focused on developing program and process to increase the Live Release Rate in shelters around the country. She designs a variety of research in sheltering and spay/neuter environments. She will speak on several myth-based topics including fee-based adoptions and the human-animal bond as well as the philosophical shift from a myth-based shelterer to a fact based re-homer and how it can save more lives in your shelter.
  • Found Animals Microchip Division will discuss how shelters can increase unifications, improve live release rates and save time and money by learning a few simple truths about the microchip landscape.
  • Q&A with our keynote speakers, Jackson Galaxy and Dr. Emily Weiss, joined by Aimee Gilbreath Executive Director of the Found Animals Foundation.

A networking reception featuring vegetarian and vegan food and an open bar (beer and wine only) will follow the presentations

Municipal Employee Tickets

Municipal Employee Tickets are FREE and include parking, automatic entry for door prize drawing, general admission to event and networking reception. Must be verified employee of a municipal shelter agency (limited number available). The Municipal Shelter Agency with the most employees in attendance will win a free catered lunch for their facility courtesy of Found Animals.

Early Bird Tickets

Early Bird Tickets are $20 and include parking, automatic entry for door prize drawing, general admission to event and networking reception. Must be purchased by October 19, 2012. Limited number of tickets available, so act fast!

General Admission

General Admission Tickets are $30 and include parking, general admission to event and networking reception.


Winning tickets will be randomly drawn at our networking reception. Ticket holders must be present to win. General Admission ticket holders will have the opportunity to enter the drawing at the forum.  Municipal Shelter Employees and Early Bird ticket holders will have additional opportunities as well. Register early for more chances to win!

Contest rules and restrictions

Raffle ticket holders must check in at the Forum by 3:15 p.m. and be present at the networking reception following the Forum to win.

* Event Check-In starts at 2:30 p.m. the day of the event.  It is recommended that attendees arrive early to avoid lines and guarantee best seating. Download the FREE mobile Eventbrite App to quickly access your eventbrite tickets and information, and go paperless. You may cancel your ticket for a full refund up to 72 hours before the event by emailing info@foundanimals.org No refund will be offered if you fail to cancel your ticket 72 hours in advance of the event.