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Making Every Day Count- Population Management for Animal Shelters

  • 28 Jun 2019
  • 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  • SPCA Tampa Bay, 9099 130th Ave N., Largo, FL 33773


  • Single registration with ability to add guests

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Friday, June 28, 2019, 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM 

SPCA Tampa Bay 

9099 130th Ave N, Largo, FL 33773

This workshop on population management is designed to introduce shelter staff and managers to basic concepts in actively managing the flow of animals through the shelter facility. Master these skills and your shelter will operate more efficiently and provide better care for greater numbers of animals without compromising health and welfare!

Through a combination of lectures, interactive exercises, and discussions, attendees will leave with a solid understanding of the key components of active population management. The impact of length of stay on shelter animals will be discussed along with ways to use length of stay data to influence shelter operations. Key capacity calculations will be reviewed to assist attendees in balancing the number of animals and staff to maximize positive outcomes. Finally, participants will learn how to conduct effective daily rounds and will practice doing so in a virtual shelter. Attendees will leave the workshop with a clear understanding of the options available to care for animals unique to their individual shelter and a clear plan of action to implement daily rounds.


Introduction: The Five Freedoms and the Association of Shelter Veterinarians’ Guidelines for Standards of Care (30 mins.)

Learning Outcomes:

  • Develop familiarity with the Five Freedoms and the ASV Guidelines
  • Understand the link between good animal welfare and active population management

Lesson 1: Length of Stay (1 hr.)

Learning Outcomes:

  •  Describe the impact of length of stay on daily animal census
  • Calculate length of stay for various sub-populations in the shelter
  • Analyze length of stay data to inform operational decisions

Activity: Length of Stay Game

Lesson 2: Capacity Calculations (30 mins.)

Learning Outcomes:

  • Describe the relationship between active population management and operating within your capacity for care
  • Calculate holding capacity, adoption capacity, staffing capacity
  • Use capacity calculations to inform decisions made during Daily Rounds

Lesson 3: Daily Rounds (1.5 hrs.)

Learning Outcomes:

  • Describe the role of Daily Rounds in a population management plan
  • State the goals of Daily Rounds
  • Create a Daily Rounds team for your organization

Activity: Create operational menus (30 mins.)


Activity: Virtual Daily Rounds (45 mins.)

Discussion (30 mins.)

  • Overcoming challenges to implementing Daily Rounds

Action Planning (30 mins.)

  • Participants will work within their organization to talk about the first 4 things to do to upon their return to implement lessons learned.

Closing Discussion (30 mins.)

  • Cementing the lessons and connecting the pieces


Dr. Brian DiGangi is Senior Director of Shelter Medicine at the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. After earning his DVM at the University of Florida in 2006, Dr. DiGangi completed a rotating internship in small animal medicine, surgery, and critical care, a residency in Shelter Animal Medicine, and received his MS in Veterinary Medical Sciences in 2010.

Dr. DiGangi has published research on canine heartworm disease, veterinary field clinics, feline adoption, pregnancy detection and immunology. He is board certified in both Canine and Feline Practice and Shelter Medicine Practice by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners. Dr. DiGangi is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Heartworm Society and served two terms as President of the Association of Shelter Veterinarians from 2015-2016. Prior to joining the ASPCA, Dr. DiGangi was a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Florida.

Ms. Kate Pullen is Senior Director of Special Projects at the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Ms. Pullen joined the staff of the ASPCA in November of 2005 with the specific job of assisting the Louisiana SPCA recover from the effects of hurricane Katrina. In her current role, she works with organizations around the country, helping them find opportunities, grow programs, and solve problems.

Kate has over 26 years of shelter experience and prior to joining the ASPCA she was the Director of Animal Sheltering Issues for the Humane Society of the United States from 2000-2005. Prior to HSUS, Kate was the director of the Humane Society of Baltimore County from 1990 to 1992 and the Director of The Animal Welfare League of Alexandria, VA, from 1993-2000.

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