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Upcoming Webinars

Lynsey White
10 / 28 / 2021

Sightings of and conflicts with bears and cougars are becoming more and more common in urban and suburban areas across the U.S. Responding to the public’s concerns about [...]

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Adam Leath
11 / 09 / 2021

Today's Animal Control Officer will be exposed to a variety of critical incidents in their career. Seeing people and pets in perilous situations can cause significant stress on responding officers. [...]

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Erin Aiello
Janette Reever
11 / 11 / 2021

Testifying about animal cruelty cases present a unique set of challenges for law enforcement officers. Approaching these cases from both the perspective of the prosecutor and the officer, this workshop [...]

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Charnita Fox
Marnie Russ
Jennifer Toussaint
12 / 07 / 2021

This webinar will talk about the history of the Community Cat Program at the Animal Welfare League of Arlington (AWLA) in Arlington, Virginia including where we were, where we are [...]

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Recorded Webinars

Josh Fisher

This is the second installment of a two-part webinar series on data-driven decision making for animal welfare organizations. The first course provided guidance on which data to track, the importance [...]

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Josh Fisher

Dataism is deemed as the modern-day ideology. Everything must be backed up by some sort of data to be considered compelling. Some industries however weren’t founded to be data-focused [...]

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Dave Pauli

It’s commonly thought that removing animals from urban areas and releasing them into the wild is humane. However, multiple studies show that this isn’t the truth and that [...]

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David Rosengard

When people think of farmed animals, what comes to mind are chickens, cows, and pigs. Its legal definition however provides specific conditions for an animal to be part of this [...]

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Bryan Harkey

If you love animals, you might have considered work in the animal control field. But what does it really entail to have a successful and fulfilling career in animal welfare [...]

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David Rosengard

Meaningful progress in crime victims’ rights in the US truly shaped criminal justice. The best part, the past decade or so witnessed society’s recognition of the sentience of animals [...]

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John Griffin
Dave Pauli

Protect yourself and others and do no harm – these are the two primary guiding principles for organizations working with wildlife. But what does this exactly mean and look like? This [...]

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Trevor Whipple

People love animals. Sometimes the role of animals for their humans are so valuable that humans depend on them  for daily activities as in the case of service animals and [...]

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Madisen Taylor
Alicia Dease
Adam Leath

Animals are unpredictable, thus the job of an Animal Control Officer (ACOs) takes on the same nature. When expecting the unexpected, it always makes sense to come prepared, and for [...]

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Michelle Welch

When it comes to making the call in terms of charging for animal law crimes, what the statute prescribes is essential, but context also plays a huge part in determining [...]

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David Rosengard

Animals have overlapping statuses in law. They are property, evidence, and victims of crime. Like any property, they cannot just be unlawfully seized or assigned to a different owner. And [...]

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John Griffin

Humans and animals are co-existing knowingly or unknowingly in communities. There is so much that humans must learn about wildlife to be able to interact with them better. Too often, [...]

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Nina Stively

When it comes to combatting crime and cruelty, would want to ensure that offenders are made accountable for the violence or negligence committed. When the victims are helpless and do [...]

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Michelle Welch

Between the lack of legal familiarity within the court, society’s oblivion to the suffering of animals, and the animals’ inability to testify on their experience and plight, proving animal [...]

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Adam Leath

The COVID-19 pandemic truly reshaped how we live and the criminal justice field is just one of the sectors affected by it. The new normal found its way to the [...]

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Dr. Kris Otteman DVM
Linda Fielder
Emily Lewis

The concept of the animal-human bond simply refers to the role that animals play in human’s lives. Veterinarians play a critical role in the animal-human bond with their duty [...]

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Josh Fisher

Budget constraints in the public sector often leave government agencies like animal welfare organizations with limited options when it comes to recruitment. Given the competition in attracting applicants in both [...]

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Adam Leath

Too often, employees come to their bosses for grievances in hopes that they can provide answers to their questions and solutions to their issues. But did it ever occur what [...]

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Beth Gammie

Probably one of the best developments that we’ve seen in the last few years related to critical event and disaster response is how agencies responsible for preparations and rescue [...]

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David Rosengard

Animal law has gone leaps and bounds over the last few years in ensuring that animals are afforded protections from forms of cruelty. There’s still work to be done [...]

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Dave Pauli

The Justice Clearinghouse has provided numerous resources on humane means to handle human-wildlife conflict. While those working in the animal welfare and services organizations have been more and more mindful [...]

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Adam Leath

Animals are technically classified as property, and as such the protections afforded to animals are reliant on the property owner’s rights. It is critical that law enforcement and animal [...]

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Josh Fisher

This is the second installment of a series on animal services intake. The previous webinar tackled the challenges that the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Animal Services Unit struggled with in terms [...]

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Emily Lewis
David Rosengard

Understanding the status of animal in criminal animal cruelty cases may be a little bit more complex for those who are not as versed in this topic. This webinar, however, [...]

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Katie Campbell

This webinar will discuss the importance of cross-sector collaboration in supporting domestic violence survivors and their pets.  It will focus on overcoming barriers to creating pet-friendly programs at shelters and [...]

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Adam Leath

Employee attrition and talent acquisition cost agencies a lot. According to a research, it costs an estimated $5,000 each time an employee leaves and requires to be replaced by another. With [...]

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John Griffin

One of the things that we must all remember is that before humans established any semblance of civilization, animals make up a significant chunk of the ecosystem. Humans displaced animals [...]

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Josh Fisher

Working in animal shelters may seem like the dream job for animal lovers. The reality is it can be a logistical nightmare. Forecasting and planning become remote to what reality [...]

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Jake Kamins

A collaborative approach is seen to be effective in the law enforcement and justice profession. It also highlights that the players’ involvement in a case makes all the difference. Just [...]

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Jessica Lauginiger

Large-scale animal cases that involve seizures may seem like an overwhelming operation. Any law enforcement or animal control officer may find themselves daunted by what it will entail and the [...]

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Martha Smith-Blackmore, DVM
Jessica Rock

There’s been more and more awareness of animal cruelty and its link to human violence and crimes. However, despite this awareness, some agencies still don’t have enough practical [...]

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Adam Leath

When we try to be everything for others is often when we end up delivering a little less than our optimal output. This is particularly true for public agencies where [...]

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Phil Arkow

Efforts to raise awareness on the concept of the Link have been gaining traction over the last few years but there’s still a lot left to be done particularly [...]

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Diane Robinson

Hurricane Dorian is one of the most recent storms that created massive devastation within the west of the Atlantic Ocean.  It struck the Bahamas and other neighboring islands and also [...]

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Andrew Campbell

Webinar Video Clip: More Than Words - The Emotional Maltreatment of Children   There are different types of abuse, but regardless of the type of abuse a victim experiences, the [...]

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Michelle Welch

Numerous studies have established the correlation of animal cruelty to other violent crimes. Collateral crimes linked include family violence, sexual abuse, serial killers and mass shooters, organized crimes, and even [...]

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Audra Houghton

Investigating animal crimes can be a lot of work as it is, but dealing with large animals can make it even more tedious. Past Justice Clearinghouse animal welfare and control [...]

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Madeline Bernstein
Scott Page
Scott Giacoppo
Trevor Whipple

No one was really fully prepared when COVID-19 struck. But it helps to have some level of planning with protocols and policies in place for agencies to maneuver when disasters [...]

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Claudine Wilkins

Dangerous dog cases can be tricky to handle. Lack of awareness on statutes, investigation, and prosecution too often leaves victims without any recourse on the injury and damage inflicted on [...]

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Lynsey White

Animal care and control organizations rarely do have the resources and capacity to respond to all wildlife calls. Educating and empowering the community on dealing with wildlife is one way [...]

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Andrew Campbell

This webinar provides a unique take on domestic violence prevention, identification, and intervention by enabling participants to develop a multi-disciplinary perspective of violence in the home. Results from my national [...]

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Dr. J Tischendorf

A few days ago, the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 a global pandemic. The impact of COVID-19 goes beyond being a medical emergency as many aspects of human life [...]

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Ed Jamison
Scott Giacoppo
Nick Lippincott

The animal care and control field is seeing more and more innovation. Changes in approaches,  technology, and even staffing allow agencies to better serve the communities. This session’s speakers [...]

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Nina Stively

By nature, the public sector is subjected to scrutiny on their decisions and actions, ensuring tax dollars are being spent sensibly. On social media, the criticism is amplified many times [...]

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Amy Taylor
Michelle Welch

As with almost anything in life, preparation makes all the difference. This certainly is the case when it comes to court proceeding, specifically for witness testimonies. To talk about witness [...]

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Claudine Wilkins

Many professionals are involved in dangerous dog cases. Learn how important your role is in the cases. This presentation is ideal for law enforcement, animal control officers, prosecutors, 911 dispatchers, EMTs, [...]

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Jake Kamins

Cases on animal cruelty or neglect can be difficult to investigate or prosecute. Lack of knowledge and education on statutes to use and procedures to do certainly makes these cases [...]

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Adam Leath

Animal welfare agencies face many types of challenges in their work – the limited funding, the need to raise awareness, the lack of manpower and infrastructure, just among others. According to [...]

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Trevor Whipple

Numerous studies have established the link between animal cruelty to other violent crimes. Making a difference requires that this knowledge be made useful by fully understanding its implications and applying [...]

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Michelle Welch

Typically, the topic of bestiality elicits discomfort if not downright disgust. But avoiding the uneasy feeling doesn’t make the issue go away. Animal sexual abuse cases must be addressed [...]

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Claudine Wilkins

The realm of public safety, criminal justice, and animal control protects its personnel by granting some immunities that allow them to perform their duties. However, there are limitations to these [...]

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Dave Pauli

Humans and animals are supposed to coexist but somewhere along human civilization, some of these animals were considered nuisance. Fortunately, innovative and humane practices are being utilized to resolve the [...]

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John Griffin

What used to be woods or fields are being turned into cities to cater to the human population that demand more urban locations to live in. The animals endemic in [...]

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Diane Robinson

Animal cruelty cases go beyond companion animals like dogs and cats, it also includes farm and wild animals. There are millions of horses all over the United States, even more [...]

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Jenny Edwards

Bestiality is one of those things that people don’t want to think or talk about. Avoiding the topic, however, causes more harm than addressing this issue head on. Over [...]

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John Griffin

Much of what most people know about rabies are actually myths. These untruths spawned generalized fear for some wildlife species and even domesticated pets that coexist with humans. This course [...]

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Diane Robinson

When disasters strike, media organizations never fail in providing updates and highlighting the response efforts in the affected communities. These reports are not without a sprinkling of human interests stories [...]

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Jessica Rock

The concept of ‘The Link’ establishes the correlation of animal cruelty to other crimes. Collateral crimes run the gamut from interpersonal violence, gangs to gambling, drugs and even homicide. This [...]

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Adam Leath

Animals of different species showcased on pet stores look appealing to people who want to take these animals home as pets. But there’s a lot going on behind the [...]

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Adam Ricci

In arenas that deal with emergency response and public safety, it is best to be prepared for things not to go as planned. Change can be scary – but it is [...]

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Nick Lippincott
Dan DeSousa

The last time Dan De Sousa and Nick Lippincott was together for a Justice Clearinghouse webinar, they discussed animal law in their respective jurisdictions related to dangerous and vicious dogs. [...]

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Dr. J Tischendorf

Most of the time, animals are a source of joy and love. While they are typically amazing, they can pose risks too by transmitting infectious diseases to humans. On this [...]

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Dr. Peggy Rothbaum

It’s been said that working in public service is a vocation – a higher calling – selflessly giving one’s time and energy to protect and improve other’s lives. But [...]

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Adam Leath

  We live in a world surrounded by social media.  Those who perpetrate animal abuse are all too eager to share information on numerous social media sites. The trained investigator [...]

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Lynsey White

Animal care and control agencies are tasked with responding to issues within communities related to companion animals as well as wildlife. But not every agency practices humane treatment of animals, [...]

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Janee’ Boswell

Back in 2013, Colorado was devastated by a natural disaster that affected 17 counties with lives lost, properties destroyed or damaged, and families and animals displaced – at least $2 billion worth of losses. [...]

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Claudine Wilkins

Over the past few years, more attention is drawn to the gravity of animal cruelty cases and how it often coexists with other link crimes as domestic abuse, fraud, drug [...]

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Michael M. Brown
John Thompson

Animal welfare personnel are some of those in the public sector whose roles are often questioned. It takes character to assert authority without stepping on others’ toes – a little something [...]

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Nick Lippincott

Animals have proven themselves useful to humans for a long time – from assisting with hunting, farming, transport and more recently, as a source of joy, affection, and emotional support. Currently, [...]

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Adam Ricci

Awareness on the importance of taking animal cruelty cases seriously and its link to more heinous crime has greatly improved in the last few years. There are more initiatives towards [...]

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Martha Smith-Blackmore, DVM

Webinar Video Clip: Working with Your Veterinarian to Better Document Animal Maltreatment When people talk about investigations and case, the most common individuals envisioned to be involved in these are [...]

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Nick Lippincott
Dan DeSousa

Videos of dogs doing smart, crazy and stupid things can make one think that they're angels. Most dog owners see their pets as their child or their best friend – the [...]

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Michelle Welch

Various research and numerous cases have substantiated the link between animal abuse to other forms of violent crime.  And for this webinar, Michelle Welch will discuss this phenomenon, providing case [...]

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Jessica Rock

Animal cruelty is now recognized as a legitimate crime and has been gaining more and more support from all concerned sectors. As a relatively novel crime, it is not without [...]

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Michelle Welch

Webinar Video Clip: What Investigators and Prosecutors Need to Know about Building Cases Against Cock Fighting The Justice Clearinghouse has covered a couple of times the subject of animal cruelty [...]

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Martha Smith-Blackmore, DVM

Dogs have proven themselves to be helpful and dependable companions that a selected few are even trained to be part of law enforcement’s K9 unit. Dogs are subject to [...]

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Mary Lou Randour, Ph.D.
Dan DeSousa

Webinar Video Clip: Animal Cruelty Reporting Numerous researches have proven the correlation between animal cruelty and violence to humans. Cases of animal abuse were found to mostly occur in households [...]

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Jessica Rock

Numerous evidence and research points to the correlation between animal cruelty cases to other serious crimes including gambling, drugs, gangs, elder abuse, domestic violence, bestiality, as well as child pornography [...]

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Dr. Melinda Merck

In a past webinar with John Thompson, we were able to deep-dive into the link of animal abuse to human abuse. He detailed the reasons why animal abuse should be [...]

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Articles

Webinar presenter Nina Stively answered a number of your questions after her presentation, Hashtags and Hate Mail. Here are just a few of her responses.   Audience Question: It's in [...]

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Webinar presenter Jake Kamins answered a number of your questions after his presentation, Animals as Victims: Charging and the Law. Here are just a few of his responses, edited for [...]

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Webinar presenter John Griffin answered a number of your questions after his presentation, Urban Wildlife 101. Here are just a few of his responses.   Audience Question: Could you repeat the [...]

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Webinar presenter Jenny Edwards answered a number of your questions after her presentation, Sex, Lies, and Videotape: What Every Law Enforcement Officer Needs to Know about Bestiality. Here are just [...]

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Webinar presenter John Griffin answered a number of your questions after his presentation, Wildlife and Rabies.  Here are just a few of his responses.     Audience Question: Is there [...]

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Webinar presenter Dr. Jay Tischendorf answered a number of your questions after his presentation, The Wild World of Zoonotic Disease.    Here are just a few of his responses.   Audience [...]

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Webinar presenter Janee Boswell answered a number of your questions after her presentation, 2013 Colorado Floods: Boulder's Emergency Animal Air Rescues. A Military and Animal Control Collaboration. Here are just a [...]

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Webinar presenters John Thompson and Mike Brown answered a number of your questions after their presentation, Emotional Intelligence: The Key to Keeping Animal Care and Control Personnel Safe. Here are [...]

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