A huge thank you to Leslie Dalzell and her staff at the Humane Society for Tacoma & Pierce County for hosting our inaugural Shelters After Dark event on April 28th! After the group enjoyed refreshments and some networking, Ann Graves and Kathleen Olson gave brief presentations on WAFED programs and the history of the organization. Then Dr. Jennifer Bennett, Chief Veterinary Officer, Tacoma & Pierce County Humane, gave a timely presentation on the changes in shelter medicine the state has seen, and the history of WAFED advocating for animal welfare since 1908.
The event was well attended, with 21 representatives from a good variety of organizations, including South County Cats, Auburn Valley Humane Society/Northwest Spay Neuter, Feline Friends, Purrfect Pals, Seattle Area Feline Rescue, Community Cat Coalition, Humane Society of Mason County, HSUS, and the ASPCA! Leslie Dalzell and Julia Bonsell led an enjoyable tour of the facility, pointing out the improvements made over the past several years.
Our goal is to make Shelters After Dark a regularly scheduled event. The next Shelters After Dark will be held this fall. Stay tuned for details! These events are a great opportunity to network with attendees from other organizations and also to learn what other shelters are doing. We look forward to seeing everyone at future Shelters After Dark!