2013 Animal Welfare Conference Overview

In September, people from Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta and Saskatchewan joined us for our 2013 Animal Welfare Conference in Saskatoon. The following summary of conference topics includes links to the presentations by our great speakers.

Friday, Sept. 20, 2013

  1. The History of the Humane Movement – Barb Cartwright, CEO of the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies examined the growth and evolution of the humane movement. PowerPoint presentation:  History of the Humane Movement

  2. Media Matters – Every media loves cats and dogs, so you already have your foot in the door. David Kirton of CKOM News Talk Radio offered tips on making the most of this opportunity. PowerPoint presentation:  Media Matters

  3. The Cruelty Connection:  Animal Cruelty, Domestic Violence and Child Abuse – Many victims of domestic violence remain in an abusive situation out of concern for the safety of their pets. Tim Battle of the Alberta SPCA discussed the cruelty connection and helps identify solutions for pet-owning victims of domestic violence. PowerPoint presentation:  The Cruelty Connection

  4. Dog Wellness Initiatives for First Nation Communities:  How We All Can Help – Kelly Phipps revealed how Canine Action Project is making a difference in First Nation communities through spay and neuter initiatives, culturally sensitive humane education and dog wellness programs. PowerPoint presentation:  Canine Action Project

Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013

  1. Updating Codes of Practice for Livestock – Dr. Joe Stookey explained the process for the development of new practical, science-based codes of practice for responsible farm animal care.

  2. The Cat Overpopulation Crisis – Each year in Canada, hundreds of thousands of companion animals enter shelters and the vast majority are cats. Barb Cartwright of the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies discussed workable solutions to the cat overpopulation crisis. PowerPoint presentation:  Cat Overpopulation pdf

  3. Handle with Care: Humane Livestock Handling – Owners, producers, caregivers, transporters, receivers and even trailer manufacturers play critical roles in ensuring the welfare of animals during transport. Livestock handling specialist Jennifer Woods outlined best practices in the transportation of livestock.

  4. Pet Loss Support – Anyone who has ever loved and lost an animal companion knows the incredible pain and feeling of emptiness that follows. Bob Tait discussed ways to cope with the loss of an animal friend.

  5. Who You Gonna Call – What should you do if you are aware of an animal that is abused, neglected, stray, dangerous or injured? Kaley Pugh explained the mandate of the Saskatchewan SPCA and the roles that government, the RCMP, veterinarians and other organizations play in situations where there are concerns about animal welfare. PowerPoint presentation:  Who you gonna call

Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013:  Wet lab (hands on training sessions)

  1. Trapping and Management of Feral Cats – Linda Gubbe, SCAT Street Cat Rescue … This session explored the preparation and setting of traps, holding procedures and other helpful hints for humane trapping. PowerPoint presentation:  Feral Cat Trapping and Management

  2. Body Condition Scoring Equines – Dr. Kate Robinson, WCVM … Dr. Robinson demonstrated the use of Body Condition Scoring (BCS) as a health assessment tool.

  3. Health Assessment of Dogs and Cats – Dr. Sandra Neumann, Arlington Animal Hospital … Participants learned how to examine a dog or cat and detect the most common medical conditions in small animals.


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