Log in

To promote and protect the health, safety and welfare of animals and people in the state of Tennessee, through proactive education and representation.

Log in

Upcoming events

Reading & Interpreting Laws. Akisha Townsend Eaton & Richard Angelo, Jr., Best Friends Animal Society

Laws were created to be subjective and open to interpretation, however most ACOs never receive training in how to look at the laws they enforce and fully understand how they can be utilized and enforced. This workshop teaches attendees how to drill down and fully understand local, state and federal laws and how to bring departments together in interpreting the laws in a consistent way.

Emotional Intelligence. John Thompson, National Animal Care and Control Association

Emotional intelligence (EI), or the ability to understand and control emotions, is a quality needed by all animal welfare and public service professionals. Study after study shows high EI has been positively correlated with job performance and satisfaction, stress management and social interaction. Many animal welfare professionals are extremely empathetic, experience a range of emotions from fear to anger, and are vulnerable to burnout. Finding ways to prevent absorbing the stressors of the public you serve is key to thriving in this profession. Learning how to harness your emotional intelligence will help you navigate high-stress situations and keep you safe. Attendees will take an EI Assessment.

Understanding Animal Hoarding. Dr. Bethanie Poe, H.A.B.I.T (Humane Animal Bond in TN)

Dr. Poe will be talking about how many animal welfare organizations find themselves faced with horrific cases of animal hoarding. While treating the animals may be fairly straightforward, working with the people involved can be complicated. In this presentation, we will talk about what the latest research says about why animal hoarding happens and review some techniques to use when working with people who hoard.

Living with Wildlife, Officer Safety & TWRA Information.  Rusty Boles, TWRA (Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency)

In this informative session, attendees will learn the "ins and outs" of living with wildlife in urban settings and the "dos and don'ts" the general public should know to keep local wildlife from becoming a nuisance issue. Attendees will also learn the different behaviors of wildlife they may come in contact with to assist them in safe handling. Alternative methods will be discussed for behavior modification to decrease the contact with the animals, and federal and state laws will be discussed for which animals you are allowed to make contact with. There will also be a question/answer period for attendees to discuss their concerns in regard to the regulation of wildlife.

The Center Must Hold: Organizational Culture in Times of Crisis. B.J. Rogers, Emancipet

More than ping pong tables and free lunch, organizational culture represents the way teams behave based on the shared values and beliefs they have. Our culture is the HOW to our WHY – and the health of our organization is hugely dependent on the health of our culture, something we’ll feel more than ever in times of crisis. In this session we’ll discuss the basics of culture, explore a diagnostic tool or two, and list specific strategies to shore up our culture when the chips are down and the pressure is on.

Behavior Modifications for Shelter Dogs.  Rachel Harris, Crossroads Campus

Behavioral problems in the shelter are unavoidable; however, not all behaviors concerns have lead to euthanasia decisions. This session will go over ways to recognize and implement techniques and processes to help address and reduce behavior concerns among shelter dogs. Understanding body language, handling, positive reinforcement, and shelter procedure techniques will help you and your shelter work with dogs to decrease behavior concerns and increase desired behaviors for higher, safer adoptions. 

Elements of an Effective Program.  Karen Little, Alley Cat Advocates

Karen will talk about how successfully managing our community cat problem is the only way to successfully manage our community's animal issues. In implementing robust Trap-Neuter-Return and Return-To-Field programs, lives of cats and dogs are saved and the human community benefits immensely. Come see how the pieces fit together and how you can get started tomorrow.

ACCAT is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

P.O. Box 20124 

Knoxville, TN 37940


Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software