FREE No-Kill Florida Training Opportunities

20 Jun 2019 9:36 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Training opportunities for shelters seeking to move towards No-Kill status are being offered by Jacksonville Humane Society (JHS). Training is free and funds may be available to assist with travel costs. Trainings takes place at  JHS or can be scheduled onsite for requesting agencies as available. There are no specific dates set, trainings will be scheduled upon request.

To schedule your training, contact Denise Deisler, CEO Jacksonville Humane Society at 904.493.4613 or


Topics- Managing Animals In

Community Cats
Explore the options of “Trap Neuter Return” and “Return to Field”. Learn how and why these humane solutions can create live outcomes for cats in your community.

Spay and Neuter
Find new ways to increase the rate of altered pets in your community by providing accessible options and using a targeted approach. 

Managed Admissions
Discover new methods to lower your intake of animals, improve staff moral and serve your community with a managed admission process.

Pet Retention
Learn how to keep pets healthy and in their homes with a pet retention program, by examining alternatives to surrender in the field and at the shelter to achieve your no kill goal.

Understand the different options for transfers via a public-private relationship, working with rescues and sending animals out of state.

Topics- Managing Animals Out*

Open Adoptions
Explore the many facets of an open adoption program and learn how removing barriers and embracing the community will increase your adoptions and save lives. Learn how to make changes to your existing program, train staff, offer more to the public and find homes for harder-to-place animals.

Understand the necessary elements for a successful adoption event at your shelter or at an off-site location. Learn the ins and outs of everything from one-day events to mega adoption events.

Take your messaging to the next level by setting strategic goals to use transparency and data to engage the public with creative content. Learn how each social media channel can increase your lifesaving and why having a digital strategy is necessary for all shelters.

Behavior and Enrichments
Discover new ways to provide in-and-out of kennel enrichment for dogs and cats in your shelter that are cost effective and life changing. Evaluate your current behavior protocols and learn new methods for lifesaving.

Learn the many ways that increasing opportunities for volunteers can benefit your organization and help you achieve the no kill goal. Discover new ways to recruit qualified individuals, work with groups, and increase your volunteer retention rate.

Explore how changes to your foster program can increase live outcomes for the most at-risk animals in your shelter. Learn new ways to recruit, train, support and retain foster parents, particularly when approaching kitten season.

*Managing Animals Out lessons also include a self-assessment to help participants evaluate their programs and help shape their shadowing experience at JHS.

All lessons include discussion on how to create buy-in with your stakeholders, staff, volunteers, and community by using an easy-to-follow method of rhetorical devices.

All lessons include a list of online resources for each topic, comprised of academic studies, how-to guides, blogs and additional reading from the leading organizations in animal welfare.



Model Ordinances
Get the proper guidance to working with local government to establish ordinances that will increase live outcomes in your community.

Board vs. Staff
Learn the different roles that a board and staff should play within your organization, from building your board to writing bylaws and setting financial policies

Discover the best use of resources for your department and staffing to aid your no kill mission.

Learn ways to increase monetary donations, in-kind gifts, grants and bequests with your new no kill goal in mind.

Community Engagement
Uncover new ways to celebrate your community’s unique traits with creative messaging and calls to action.

Partnerships and Collaborations
Evaluate your capacity to save more lives with increased partnerships and collaborations.

Preparing for Disasters
Learn the do’s and don’ts of hurricane response, and understand how JHS’ procedure can make you a lifesaver before, during and after storms.

Best Practices and Standards
Update your protocols and procedures with guidance from JHS on animal welfare’s best practices in behavior, cleaning, medical and more.

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