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HSWC Seizes Opportunities for Special National Training

Four HSWC staff members have received educational support from local and national sponsors that they will bring back to our animal shelter and community. 

Michael Cestero, Animal Admissions Supervisor, was awarded a scholarship from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) to attend the HSUS Animal Care Expo in Florida, and Lisa Jacobs, Feline Health & Behavior Coordinator, will attend the same conference thanks to a generous airfare sponsorship from a long-time, dedicated shelter volunteer.

Ranee Baker, Registered Veterinary Technician, was awarded a partial stipend to attend the ASPCA Medical Forensics Conference in NYC, and Crista Kowalski, Lead Animal Care Technician, visited the ASPCA Animal Behavior Unit in Ohio.  Ms. Baker paid the balance of her conference expense and Ms. Kowalski paid for her trip in its entirety.

“The HSWC believes strongly in providing the education required for our employees to achieve the utmost professionalism in Animal Welfare, and we cover those costs through our general operating budget,” says Kim Intino, President/CEO. “However, our limited funds do not allow us to pay for the extra classes our most ambitious team members desire, so we all work together to leverage opportunities such as foundation grants, national scholarships, and individual donors.”

Intino further states that the HSWC allows any team member who wishes to pay for or secure free training above and beyond the required curriculum to attend during the regular paid work week, as long as the course content is relevant to the job duties.

In years past, other HSWC staff members have also received conference scholarships from the ASPCA, The Humane Society of the United States, Society of Animal Welfare Administrators, and private donors.