NYC Policies, Programs, and Partnerships in Animals and Social Work

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About this talk

The newly formed NYC Mayor’s Office of Animal Welfare extends the de Blasio Administration’s framework for being “the fairest big city in America” to the City’s animals, animal advocates, and animal caregivers. To this end, the City of New York collaborates with various nonprofit partners to develop and implement programs that address certain principles of veterinary social work. Major policy and programming areas include pet retention efforts to help lower income populations keep their companion animals, pet-accessible housing, veterinary mental health, animal hoarding, equity and inclusion in the animal advocacy movement, and disaster animal response in vulnerable communities. The workshop session will be a panel presentation which showcases real world examples of how policy makers and practitioners effectively work together to create macro-level changes for people and animals.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe how macro level policies and programs are anticipated to impact the human-animal bond on a citywide scale in NYC.

  2. Describe how direct service organizations in NYC effectively advocated for policy change.

Joyce Friedman MSW

Joyce Friedman, Community Pets Program Manager at Animal Care Centers of NYC, and a former clinical social worker, has worked in the animal welfare field for over 20 years with a specialty in pet surrender prevention.

Colleen Parker

BSW, Virginia Commonwealth University MS, Animals and Public Policy, Tufts University

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