Ellen Jefferson, DVM, is the Executive Director for both Austin Pets Alive! and American Pets Alive!, as well as an instructor for the Maddie's® Lifesaving Academy.
Dr. Jefferson graduated veterinary school in 1997 and started her career in private practice. In 1999, in response to an 85% death rate at the city shelter, she started EmanciPET, a low cost and free spay/neuter clinic in an effort to decrease the number of homeless animals. In 2008, still not satisfied with how fast the city of Austin was moving towards No Kill status, she stepped in as Executive Director of Austin Pets Alive! Since 2008, Austin Pets Alive! has been the driving force to bring the entire city of Austin to a greater than 90% save rate and the largest No Kill city in the US, and to redefine what No Kill means, as Austin's save rate now approaches 98%.
In 2012, Dr. Jefferson linked with San Antonio Pets Alive to implement the No Kill programs that were proven successful in Austin and helped drive the live release rate from 30% to 80% in 12 months. She is married to a horse veterinarian and they share guardianship of 2 dogs, 3 cats, and a bird. Dr. Jefferson was unanimously chosen as the first recipient of the Avanzino Leadership award, named for the father of No Kill and given for her outstanding contribution to the No Kill movement.
This opening session is designed to give you context about the obstacles, the challenges, the successes and the strategies that made Austin, TX the largest truly No Kill shelter and how they apply to everyone everywhere.
A step-by-step tutorial on focusing your work so that it is additive, not duplicative or worse yet inconsequential.
Join us and learn fundraising fundamentals for scrappy shelters.
Participants will leave understanding what resources they need in place to save the large breed dogs.
Participants will be able to identify tools to use to combat the pressure to kill in crisis situations.
In this interactive session, we will discuss why it is important to engage activists and how to work with them to reach the community's goals.
Join Faith Wright, Dr. Ellen Jefferson and Jordana Moerbe of Austin Pets Alive! as they discuss the first 72 hours: model intake and animal flow process which aids in disease prevention and thereby make pets more adoptable, fosterable and transferable.
Dr. Jefferson will share the cutting edge process Austin developed to combat distemper.
Learn how to use your data effectively to help you achieve success and get results. This session will cover how to assign responsibility, how to use data as measurable success, and how to plan to get the resources you need.
Join Dr. Jefferson and Lee Ann Shenefiel to learn how to use your data for strategic planning and how it can help you achieve your goals.
Participants will have the opportunity to connect with successful shelter leaders to learn pearls of wisdom and specific strategies.