“Innovation in Animal Welfare: The Next Big Thing” session notes

Top 10 observations on emerging trends and ideas about future directions that surfaced during this session at HSUS Animal Care Expo (aggregated from my live tweets):

1) More outreach to faith-based grps to advance humane ed, expand adoption & foster base

2) “Connecting the dots” in communities to be a central resource for all pet-related needs

3) Streamlining adoption requirements/processes to get more pets out the door

4) Using peer-to-peer map software to help shelters around the US manage pet supply/demand

5) Greater use of non-surgical sterilization to address pet overpopulation

6) Outreach to social entrpreneurs to advance animal welfare outside the nonprofit sector

7) Maximizing resources & leveraging efforts among orgs via mergers and/or partnerships

8) Orienting towards serving and benefitting PEOPLE as well as animals

9) Making shelter medicine a more attractive pursuit for vets & veterinary students

10) Using Big Data to drive change by aggregating animal metrics from shelter software pkgs

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