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United Pet Rescuers of Montgomery County

2017 Pet Rescue Conference

Learning • Networking • Exploring Resources

Please join us in Uniting Pet Rescuers of Montgomery County's Pet Rescue Conference! The two day conference is $20 in advance or $25 at the door. It is FREE to Lone Star College Students and shelter employees!

Friday, February 3, 2017 from 1-7 p.m.
Keynote Speaker:
Charles Jackson, MCAS Director
Join Friday's session to learn more about the basics of animal healthcare.

Saturday, February 4, 2017 at 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday's sessions will focuses on education and networking within the animal welfare community.

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2017 Pet Rescue Conference

Conference Speakers

Keynote Speaker
Charles Jackson

The new director of the Montgomery County Animal Shelter. He comes to our community from Houston's BARC where he served as Deputy Assistant Director, implementing innovative strategies to increase pet adoptions and saving thousands of animals’ lives.  He will provide the keynote address at 6 p.m. on Friday, in the G-102 Teaching Theater.  

Brent ToellnerPartnering between Shelters & Rescues
with Brent Toellner

Brent Toellner is a Regional Director, Great Plains & South Central Regions for Best Friends Animal Society. Prior to joining Best Friends, Toellner was the president and co-founder of the Kansas City Pet Project (KCPP). In July 2011, he and several others formed KCPP to bid on the contract to run the Kansas City, Missouri, pound — a place where, for decades, more animals died than were saved. Since KCPP took over in January 2012, adoptions have increased by more than 100%. KCPP has had a live release rate of more than 90% for more than two years while remaining an open-admission shelter, making KCPP the third largest open-admission, no-kill shelter in the U.S.


Myths of No-Kill
with Tawny Hammond

Chief of Austin Animal Service. For five years, Austin Animal Services has been a leader for municipal shelters around the country, saving more than 90 percent of the more than 18,000 animals that come through the doors each year. This past year, Austin reached a new milestone, achieving live outcomes for nearly 95 percent of those animals. Austin is the largest no-kill city in the nation.

Life Saving Animal Control Policies
with April Moore

April Moore has served as Animal Protection Supervisor with the Field Services Unit based at the Austin Animal Center for over 10 years.  She played an integral role in helping the Animal Services Office become the nation’s largest no-kill open intake animal shelter by developing community policies and programs that promote lifesaving and connect community members with the resources needed to keep their pets safe and healthy.  The Field Services Unit serves over 1 million residents in the Austin and Travis County area through response to over 30,000 calls for service, emergency response, neighborhood canvassing and outreach events.

LindholmCreating and Growing A Dog Foster Network to Save Lives
with Ann Lindholm

Began volunteering with Austin Pets Alive! in 2008. In three years of managing the dog foster program it grew to a network of more than 1200 approved foster parents, fostering more than 3,300 dogs, key in making Austin a no-kill community. In 2014, Ann returned to Co-manage the Dog Foster program. Ann has provided on-site foster program consultation and presented at several workshops including Best Friends Animal Society and Houston Pets Alive!

The Little Shelter that Could…and DID!  
with Sgt. Karl Bailey

Police officer for 25 years. In January of 2011, the City of Seagoville decided to move management of Animal Services from Code Enforcement to the Police Department and assigned Sgt. Bailey to manage the division. With no experience in shelter management he took the animal shelter from killing over 50 animals per month to over 97% live release rate the first year.  

The Williamson County Transformation: Changing the Shelter from Within 
with Cheryl Schneider

Cheryl was a nurse/paramedic for 32 years and has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Resource Management. She has always had a love for animals and moved into animal welfare in 1999 as co-founder of Lockhart Cause for Paws, Inc. After retiring from the EMS profession, Cheryl began work at the Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter in 2007 as the Director of Animal Services.

ShuttlesworthFriends for Life Community Cat Program
with Salise Shuttlesworth, J.D.

Founder and executive director of Friends For Life, the only LEED-certified no-kill shelter in Houston. She began Friends for Life to offer a No Kill alternative to the traditionally run shelter facilities in Houston. The shelter features spacious dog rooms with sniff holes, cageless cat rooms with built –in climbers, and skylights for natural light. 75% of the animals adopted through Friends For Life are deemed “unadoptable at other shelters.

ShenefielLife Saving Animal Control Policies
with Lee Ann Shenefiel

Deputy Chief Animal Services Officer at the Austin Animal Center where she oversees animal protection, outreach and prevention programming, and the center’s volunteer program.  A recognized leader in no-kill animal sheltering, the Austin Animal Center saves over 94% of the almost 18,000 animals it takes in each year.  Community-focused programs serve thousands of area residents and help keep pets with their families.

KropikCPR and Basic Pet Emergency Care
with Teri Kropik

Founder of Wags to Whiskers, has worked with animals most of her life. Although she loves dogs, her specialty is with cats.  With a medical background, she loves caring for ill and special needs kittens.

VassAdvocating for Fort Bend Animals
with Claudine Vass

Founder of Fort Bend Pets Alive! and has been a leading voice in the fight for no-kill shelters in Fort Bend.

SiedlerSaving Lives with Social Media
with Pam Siedler

When Pam began her volunteer work at the Harris County Animal Shelter in 2015, the shelter wasn't allowed to have a Facebook page. She co-founded the Facebook Page Harris County Animal Shelter Pets - Houston to help network the dogs in need.  The page currently has over 37,000 followers and of the animals they capture on film, 83 - 94% are saved each month. Previously, Pam volunteered with the Kansas City Pet Project, a non profit that runs the city shelter with an open admission policy. KCPP has become the third largest open intake no kill shelter in the country.

Dogs, Cats, Animal Rescue and the Bible
with Kevin Sumrall

Kevin Sumrall is a professor at Lone Star College-Montgomery for 20 years where he has taught courses in ethics, religion, philosophy and psychology. He and his family also foster dogs with Operation Pets Alive. Take an intriguing look at what one of the world’s most beloved books has to say about our most beloved animals, and those who come to their rescue.

"Ask the Vet" and Shelter Medicine
with Gerryl Hall, D.V.M. 

Veterinarian, Dr. Hall has over 30 years experience in the animal care field. Friday’s presentation will be “Ask the Vet,” followed by Shelter Medicine on Saturday.

Legislative Update
with Judi Robertson

Judi Robertson, of the Texas Humane Legislation Network will provide an update on legislative issues and review liability concerns for rescues.

Conference Details

Check back often for more information regarding presenters, topics of interest and schedule. We have an exciting line-up!

U-PROM Conference Schedule

All sessions will be held in the General Academic Building (Bldg. G) on the Lone Star College-Montgomery campus. Please consult the schedule upon arrival as speakers and times may vary.

Friday, February 3

Time Presentation Topic
1 p.m. CPR & Basic Emergency Pet Care with Teri Kropik
Concurrent Sessions: 
2 p.m. Community Cats & TNR with Deanna Sellens
  Dogs, Cats, Pet Rescuers and the Bible with Kevin Sumrall
3 p.m. “Ask the Vet” with Dr. Thompson
4 p.m. Growing a Foster Network to Save Lives with Ann Lindholm
5 p.m. Dinner 
6 p.m. Keynote Speaker, Charles Jackson, MCAS Director

Lone Star College has graciously offered conference rooms at 7 p.m. on Friday evening after Mr. Jackson speaks.  If you would like to book a private meeting room to network with other rescue partners or to have a private meeting with your volunteers, please contact Deana at dsellens@texaslittercontrol.org, so we can make arrangements.

Saturday, February 4

Time Presentation Topic
9 a.m. Life Saving Animal Control Policies with Lee Ann Shenefiel & April Moore
Concurrent Sessions:
10 a.m. Friends for Life Community Cat Program with Salise Shuttlesworth
  “The Little Shelter That Could…and DID” with Sgt. Karl Bailey
11 a.m. Myths of No-Kill with Tawny Hammond
12 p.m. Lunch
12:30 p.m. Partnering between Shelters & Rescues with Brent Toellner
Concurrent Sessions:
2 p.m. Williamson County Transformation: Changing a Shelter from Within with Cheryl Schneider
  Legislative Update & Liability Issues for Rescues with Judi Robertson
Concurrent Sessions:
3 p.m.  Saving Lives with Social Media with Pam Siedler
  Advocating for Fort Bend Animals with Claudine Vass
4 p.m. Shelter Medicine Video Conference with Dr. Gerryl Hall

We hope this will be the first of many conferences to come.  We have an excellent community of rescuers and we will be successful by working together!

If you cannot afford the conference fee, scholarships are available on a first come first serve basis.  Contact Deana at dsellens@texaslittercontrol.org if you would like to apply.