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Sheltering isn’t just about good intentions. It’s about planning and developing programs that have a good chance of keeping animals healthy and happy, as well as maximizing adoptions and lifesaving.
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The Dollars and Sense of Sheltering: A Tool for Financially Evaluating Your Shelter’s Programs

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Sheltering isn’t just about good intentions. It’s about planning and developing programs that have a good chance of keeping animals healthy and happy, as well as maximizing adoptions and lifesaving.

To make that happen, shelter directors and managers need to have a solid understanding of the practical and financial aspects of their programs. They also need to be able to analyze their results to determine if a program is achieving its goals, and what its real costs are.

These are daunting prospects for many in the shelter world. Many organizations see their best ideas go untried, or fizzle out in the early stages because they lack the financial expertise to adequately lay the financial and management groundwork for them.

Fortunately, Dr. Nicole Olynk Widmar has developed a shelter financial management tool that can be used to analyze financial outcomes for shelter programs under different management strategies.

Please join Dr. Widmar as Maddie’s InstituteSM presents The Dollars and Sense of Sheltering: A Tool for Financially Evaluating your Shelter’s Programs on Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 9 PM Eastern.

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In this free webcast, the information presented by Dr. Widmar will include:
  • An introduction to shelter economics.
  • Review of basics including fixed and variable costs/expenses and revenue/income streams.
  • The ins and outs of balance sheets, income statements, and cash flow statements.
  • How to identify and understand risk, and manage its financial aspects.
  • Management decisions illustrated with shelter financial tool.

The Dollars and Sense of Sheltering: A Tool for Financially Evaluating your Shelter’s Programs is part of an ongoing series of educational programs from Maddie’s Institute, the academic division of Maddie’s Fund®, providing the most innovative animal welfare information to shelter staff, veterinarians, rescue groups and community members to increase the lifesaving of homeless dogs and cats community-wide.

This program has been submitted (but not yet approved) for 1 hour of continuing education credit in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB RACE approval; however participants should be aware that some boards have limitations on the number of hours accepted in certain categories and/or restrictions on certain methods of delivery of continuing education. Call Maddie’s Fund at 925-310-5450 for further information.

This course has been submitted (but not yet approved) for Certified Animal Welfare Administrator continuing education credits.

About the Presenter:

Nicole Olynk Widmar, PhD
Nicole Olynk Widmar, PhD
Dr. Nicole Olynk Widmar is an agricultural economist specializing in farm business management and decision-making. In addition to her focus on agriculture, she has worked to adapt economic and management concepts for use in shelters, ranging from managing flow-through to assessing how alternative practices impact overall shelter performance. Dr. Widmar’s research program includes assessments of people’s affinity for, and beliefs about the treatment of, companion animals, livestock and wildlife.

She received her A.A.S. from Alfred State College in Animal Science, B.S. from Cornell University in Animal Science, and M.S. and Ph.D. from Michigan State University in Agricultural Economics.


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Interested in titer tests and whether they tell you if a dog or cat exposed to an infectious disease is immune or not? Are titer test results something you can rely on in shelters and veterinary practices? The opportunity to get free RACE CE credit for Saving Lives With Antibody Titer Tests with Dr. Ronald Schultz will expire in September 2013.
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