Profile Mike Kaviani

Mike Kaviani

Director of OC Animal Care

Mike Kaviani is now the director of Orange County Animal Care. He began working with shelter animals at the Irvine Animal Care Center in California when he was 18. His “3rd Chance for Pets Program” received national recognition when IACC was given the 2007 Shelter of the Year award primarily due to this program. In 2010, Mike became the Director of Training and Behavior at the Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation. At SASF, he worked under the guidance of Aimee Sadler, and together their work resulted in the shelter consistently reaching one of the highest save rates in the country. Mike has been a Dogs Playing for Life Team Member and part of the program’s development throughout his work with Aimee. In the Spring of 2012, Mike joined forces with Dr. Ellen Jefferson and became the Dog Behavior Program Manager for Austin Pets Alive!. APA! had already achieved a 90% Save Rate for the entire city of Austin, and Mike’s focus was to save the last 10%, which primarily comprises large dogs with behavior issues. The city’s current canine save rate now holds steady at 98%. Mike moved up to Director of Lifesaving Operations at Austin Pets Alive! (APA) and led the organization’s shelter staff, working alongside hundreds of volunteers, in planning and carrying out all of APA!’s programs for cats and dogs.

My Sessions

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Sat. February 2nd

4:45 pm - 5:45 pm Map Icon Salon 4

Saving Dogs with Behavioral Challenges

Participants will learn about cutting edge ways to solve for real (non shelter created) behavior problems in shelter dogs.


Sun. February 3rd

2:45 pm - 4:00 pm Map Icon Salon 5-6

Conquer Fear and Doubt: Managing Your Team Through Change and Controversy

In this session you will learn how to be a motivating people manager and help your team reach their goals-even through change and controversy.


4:15 pm - 5:15 pm Map Icon Salon 1-2

Municipal Shelter Leadership: Getting and Starting the Job

At the end of this session, attendees will understand how to apply for and start a leadership job at a municipal animal shelter.


Mon. February 4th

9:50 am - 11:20 am Map Icon Salon 2

Solutions for the Top Five Reasons Dogs are Dying in Shelters

Learn solutions for the top five reasons dogs are dying in shelters.


2:20 pm - 4:20 pm Map Icon Salon 4

Dog Lifesaving Masterclass

Attendees will work with experts to tackle their obstacles to saving all the dogs.


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