The “ACES” workshop is now called “The Business of Saving Lives”
Animal lovers, animal welfare workers, and humanitarians from around the world have made the ‘pilgrimage’ to Helen Woodward Animal Center in Rancho Santa Fe, California to attend the Center’s free, three-day “The Business of Saving Lives” workshop since 2001.
"We began offering workshops as a way of sharing the success that we’ve experienced here," says Helen Woodward Animal Center President, Mike Arms. "Believe it or not, there are still animal care facilities right here in the United States that are euthanizing orphaned pets every day of the week, including holidays, simply because they have no space, or because the animals have ‘run out of time’. Through our teaching how to run their organizations using a business principled approach, we're helping them to put an end to that."
The workshops teach participants more effective ways to find families for orphaned pets. This is one of the main reasons why animal shelter workers from the United States, Argentina, Canada, China, Egypt, Ethiopia, India, Ireland, Iran, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Romania, and Singapore have traveled to Helen Woodward Animal Center. Whether a shelter director, manager, board member, volunteer or care provider – each have attended and found valuable information to use back at their organizations.
Students learn to increase adoptions and lower euthanasia. Members of Helen Woodward Animal Center ’s management team share tried-and-true techniques to help students improve their fundraising skills, education concepts, volunteer management, public relations, and marketing efforts.
Within weeks after they return to their home shelters, these graduates report amazing results! They place more pets in lifelong homes, generate funds to carry on their programs, and expand their reach in their communities.
Interest in the Center’s workshops has come from as far away as Russia and New Zealand. In 2007 members of the Center’s team traveled to Calgary, Alberta, Canada to present the world’s first, “The Business of Saving Lives” conference for 250 animal welfare leaders from western Canada.
In September 2012 and 2013, the Center expanded to an off-site International conference, called ACES (Animal Center Education Services), where experts in the animal welfare community from around the country were invited to present on various topics in their field. Based on feedback from those participants, a preferred time of year for the International conference would be earlier in the calendar year. Due to the short planning window between now and February, the Center will not offer the International conference in 2014. However, we expect the offsite Helen Woodward Animal Center International conference will return in February 2015.
We are pleased to announce that to fill the needs of interested participants in 2014 the Center will offer two, FREE, “The Business of Saving Lives” workshops at Helen Woodward Animal Center in March and June. Dates of these conferences and registration information can be found here.
Please note that donations made to Helen Woodward Animal Center are not used to fund these workshops. Mike Arms points out that “donations to the Center are used to serve people and animals here in our local area. As we expand our knowledge we share it with other animal shelters and pet rescue organizations to help save more lives."