73rd Annual New England Federation of Humane Societies Conference Held In Nashua
May 05, 2018 06:50AM
● By Theresa Gilman
(Editor's Note: the following information was provided by Crystal Arnott, the Communications & Fundraising Manager of the Lowell Humane Society.)
NASHUA, NH – Animal welfare professionals from across the country
gathered to exchange best practices and build relationships in efforts to
collaboratively tackle the issues facing pets in crisis at the New England
Federation of Humane Societies’ 73rd Annual Conference.
Held at the Radisson in Nashua, NH, the three-day conference took place April 7-9 and drew 363 professionals from animal welfare organizations around New England and from as far away as Arizona and California. Focusing on the overarching theme of “A New Frontier: Listening, Learning, Evolving,” the conference featured presentations across the field of animal welfare and included topics such as behavior, community medicine, fundraising, and data trends. The span of offerings attracted attendees from a diversity of roles in the animal welfare field, including front line staff, executive leadership, board members and volunteers.
With many of the attendees coming from nonprofit organizations with limited resources, the success of the Conference would not be possible for without the investment of The John T. and Jane A. Wiederhold Foundation, whose $16,000 grant provided for 35 attendees who would otherwise not be able to participate in the conference. Reflecting on the impact of the conference, scholarship recipient Sheila Leguire of the Animal Protective Foundation (Scotia, NY) shared,
[The conference] was very important for both my personal and professional growth… The sessions were informative and engaging and allowed me to gain valuable knowledge that I could take back to my shelter and work on implementing some new ideas. The presence of other shelters and their staff opened up a wide variety of conversations... These conversations led to sharing of ideas, experiences and especially for me as a new manager, learning that I am not alone in some of the things I am experiencing was quite comforting. It was wonderful to be able to exchange cards and information and know that you have a colleague, confidante and friend states away who can help if needed.
In addition to the benefactor of its scholarship program, the New England Federation extends a special thanks to Presenting Sponsor PetSmart Charities, Top Dog Sponsors ASPCA, Petco Foundation, Best Friends, St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center, and IDEXX, and Leadership Day Sponsor the Society of Animal Welfare Administrators.
The 74th Annual Conference will be held March 30-April 1, 2019 in Warwick, RI. For more information on the New England Federation of Humane Societies, please visit www.nefhs.org.
The mission of the New England Federation of Humane Societies (NEFHS) is to create a more humane world by providing education, training, information and networking opportunities that support the goals of animal protection organizations in New England. The NEFHS is dedicated to supporting animal welfare colleagues in achieving and maintaining operational excellence and forward thinking policy and programs. www.nefhs.org