Many kind humans have stepped up to foster animals, eliminating the burden from shelter workers while we’re all stuck at home, sheltering in place. While sharing your home with a pet can provide emotional comfort and entertainment during this strange time, bringing a new animal into your house isn’t without challenges!
Some homeless pets have never lived in a home before. Your new foster feline friend may not be litterbox trained. Or, they may be fearful and struggling to adjust. That’s where we come in.
After this webinar you will:
- Be able to set up a safe space so your new cat can decompress
- Understand what your cat is saying to you
- Be able to prevent the new cat from urinating inappropriately, scratching your furniture, and running around your home like a nascar driver.
- Know how to introduce your current pets to your new cat, safely and without stress
- Utilize multiple tips and tricks so you can handle anything that comes up
Dr. Vanessa Spano, DVM
Dr. Spano received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology at Barnard College of Columbia University in 2013 and her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the Atlantic Veterinary College of the University of Prince Edward Island in 2017. While in veterinary school, she was President of the Shelter Medicine Club, Teaching Animal Enrichment Club, and Animal Welfare Club. Through these programs she was able to organize positive reinforcement training sessions with students and local animal shelters in addition to developing symposiums for the public about pertinent behavioral and welfare issues. Dr. Spano served as the only student representative on the University’s Animal Care Committee, ensuring that all animals used for teaching purposes were given the proper behavioral enrichment. She also provided behavioral management for a local goat farm where two of her own rescue goats are relocated, and have since been successfully clicker trained!
After veterinary school, Dr. Spano completed a Small Animal Medical and Surgical Rotating Internship at the ASPCA Animal Hospital of NYC where she worked closely alongside behavioral counselors and trainers for both the adoptions animals and victims of cruelty and hoarding cases. She has seen hundreds of primary care, behavior, and emergency patients.
Dr. Spano currently provides veterinary support for the ASPCA adoption animals and victims of animal cruelty and hoarding. She provides educational sessions and symposia for veterinary students and shelters on science-based training, animal welfare, and behavior disorders and is available for all media inquiries. Dr. Spano holds active veterinary licenses in New York and Colorado and is a member of the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior (AVSAB) and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).
Lauren Novack, ACBDC, KPA-CTP, FPPE, Behavior Consultant
Lauren Novack, an Associate Certified Dog Behavior Consultant, Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner, and Family Paws Parent Educator, is also certified in Canine First Aid and CPR. She is currently pursuing both an Applied Behavior Analysis Masters of Science and Animal Behavior and Conservation Masters of Arts at Hunter College.
Through her work with private clients in the overwhelming NYC environment, she developed unique training procedures aimed at preventing and modifying problem behavior by teaching animals emotional regulation in order to deal with stress appropriately.