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In humane education and animal welfare, just as in any industry, professional development is a critical part of the growth of an organization.  Providing new perspectives on everyday issues, providing guidance for quality decision making and offering solutions to issues that sometimes feel overwhelming give staff the tools to improve their performance and the overall operations of your organization.  Just as important to building on skills is helping staff realize they are not alone.  Often in animal welfare employees feel isolated in their work and begin to feel overwhelmed.  Having presenters that have had similar experiences, have felt the same emotions and have worked with hundreds of others in the same environments helps staff to feel more connected and part of national solutions.  Validating concerns and worries and offering tools to deal with the difficult tasks of animal shelters and rescue organizations can reinvigorate your team and help them to see the value in their collective work. 

The team at Jane Greco Deming & Associates consulting firm has many years of practical experience and are nationally respected for the work they do.  They are sought after presenters and workshop directors and they are often thanked for bringing new perspectives to staff and leadership on issues that can feel overwhelming.  The focus of the work is on team building and building better relationships with clients, the community and sponsors. 

Our team will work with your team to improve work standards, communication and operations.  We take pride in forming long-term relationships with our partners and clients.  We encourage your organization leadership to call on us for help with professional development.  The benefits are too numerous to measure.  We will even tailor a program to suit your needs.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us for information and pricing.  


                                                   Jane's article in the Winter 2019 issue of the Latham Letter!


On November 16th I had the honor of presenting two professional development workshops at the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary School of Shelter Medicine.  It was so exciting to meet so many who were interested in exploring ways to incorporate Humane Education into their work in animal shelters.  

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Professional Development Programs

J G Deming and Associates is pleased to offer a unique selection of presentations targeted to a wide range of audiences. Presentations take place in-person at your facility or a venue you choose.  Additionally, professional development opportunities can always be tailored to suit your group, which may include the following:

  • Animal Welfare Professionals

  • Humane Educators

  • Education Professionals

  • Home-School Providers

  • High school and college students

  • Civic Organizations

  • Expectant parent groups

  • And many others

Teachable Moments for Humane Educators 

Humane Education describes a broad range of opportunities to convey accurate, appropriate information about living things to a diverse audience. This could inlcude providing school kids an opportunity for enrichment and listen to a fun speaker, or speaking to a group of adults at a community event, or listening to a local animal professional presentation, or even visiting with an unusual animal or the opportunity to earn a patch in scouting. Humane education is a unique opportunity to get an audience thinking about what “humane” means, as well as empathy, kindness and responsibility for living things.

Participants in this workshop will learn techniques for creating programs and lesson plans for kids and adults that are fun, affordable and interactive and filled with age-appropriate information. Many of the ideas shared in this workshop can be easily duplicated or used as a model for your own programs. 

 90 minute presentation, includes support materials, hand-outs and demonstrations  

Empowering for Compassion:  Specially designed for Shelter administrators/managers new to the Industry

It has become a growing trend in animal welfare to hire professionals with a strong knowledge of finance, fundraising, and management, but not necessarily a background in the animal industry.  Although this decision makes sense in terms of funding, getting a new administrator up-to-speed with all of the nuisances of the animal welfare movement can be baptism by fire.  This workshop provides a real-world look into the animal sheltering and animal welfare industries. Empowering for Compassion is designed to help the participant learn about the humane movement, humane education, animal sheltering, and various issues surrounding companion animals. Attendees will receive quality, balanced information about animal welfare that is especially designed to get the novice up-to-speed on many of the issues and information particular to Animal Sheltering and Rescue.  The workshop Can be either one-on-one or as a group such as administrators and boards. 

Can also be tailored for  High School & College Students

So often when students are challenged to do a community service or service learning project, their first thought is something to help animals an/or the environment.  The question is always, where do they go for quality information?  Who do we truly want to help?  What are the real issues facing society today? This program will answer all of those questions and more!


Length of workshop tailored to the needs of individual audiences. Feel free to contact us  for details. Includes support materials, hand-outs and demonstrations   

Teachable Moments for Animal Shelter Professionals: Earning the Respect You Deserve

Often we don’t realize how small things in our operations influence the public’s perception of what we do and our level of professionalism. Every nuance of your day-to-day routine delivers subtle messages, both positive and negative. Simple questions such as: Are we easy to find? Does our facility smell? Do we appear organized? Does our staff look professional? Being aware of what to do to help your public image is important to your success. Animal shelter staff, volunteers, board members and everyone connected to your organization can take part in improving your organization’s public image and community popularity. Remember, having a quality public image leads to a supportive community!

90-minute presentation includes support materials, hand-outs and demonstrations

Culture of Excellence 

Animal Welfare is a field that offers many opportunities to those who are looking to serve animals that are abandoned, neglected, homeless, abused, abandoned or simply in need of intervention and special care.  It is not a career for the faint of heart. Whenever you combine animal welfare and people the emotional aspect of the work can be very divisive and sometimes upsetting. When tensions rise so do tempers and sometimes the environment becomes toxic and uneasy. During these times productivity is reduced and tension permeates.

This program is designed to help you and your staff to get on the same page regarding the value and satisfaction of their work, find ways to resolve differences, and work together as a team. This requires getting everyone in the organization on the same page, including the Executive Director, the staff, the board and volunteers.

This workshop reminds everyone how important and rewarding the work can be and how keeping their eye on the prize is the way to being the most productive. Reminding all that serving those innocents who have no control over the future is the most important element of their work.  This altruistic goal requires cooperation and dedication and anything short of that takes time and energy away from the mission and the goals of the organization.

This workshop takes about 1 hour, but typically begins dialog that could go on for another 30 to 60 minutes  

Rich with Enrichment

Excessive stress is unhealthy for everyone, and animals are no excpeption. Emotional, behavioral, and health problems can all stem from stress. Learn how shelters are inherent sources of stress, how stress impacts animals, how to spot stress, and suggestions for stress reduction gleaned from scientific research. Learn easy, affordable tips for shelters to reduce animal stress, which is the ideal way to increase the quality of life and chances of adoption for the animals in your care. At the same time, facilitate an opportunity to improve staff satisfaction, volunteer retention, and public support.

90-minute presentation includes support materials, hand-outs and demonstrations

Grant Writing for the Novice

Don’t let the grant process scare you! This workshop will walk attendees through the steps every grant writer must take to prepare for and complete a grant for submission. Topics include grant research, timing strategies, networking and collaborations. Anyone with common sense, decent writing skills and a passion for this work has the potential to research national and local funding opportunities and write a proposal to get the funds an organization needs to fulfill its mission.

This workshop takes the fear out of grant research and application. Too many people feel nervous about grant applications and just don’t try. This presentation covers the nuances of grant making, finding appropriate funders, networking, working toward deadlines and approaching an organization for the first time.

90-minute presentation, includes support materials, hand-outs and demonstrations

Introducing Pets to Baby

For anyone expecting a new baby through birth or adoption, foster homes, or loved ones who will soon be providing daycare services this workshop will properly prepare you. Whether the new arrival is a baby or a child, this workshop will help facilitate a safe introduction to a dog, cat, rabbit, reptile, rodent, or bird. It is critically important to prepare well to avoid any issues when the baby arrives.  Our goal is to keep pets in the household and have a child that will be safe and learn to be proper, safe behavior around all pets.

90-minute presentation includes support materials, hand-outs and demonstrations

Captivating Kids with Character Lessons: A Presentation for Education Professionals

Since the 1600s, educators and philosophers have known there is a connection between teaching children kindness to animals and kids learning to be kind to each other. We have all witnessed that children are naturally interested in any subject that incorporates animals.  With the growing concern about bullying and the sense that children are not learning common courtesy and respect, there is a national movement to bring lessons of character into weekly classroom activities. In some cases school departments are mandating character education starting in kindergarten. 

 This workshop will teach education professionals the importance of and ‘how tos’ for incorporating animals and animal topics into lessons to not only captivate students but also deliver a clear message about the pillars of character. This presentation inspires educators to engage in animal-related curricula and activities while meeting the need to provide character education in the classroom. This practice is a stepping stone toward creating a more humane society.

 90 minute presentation, includes support materials, hand-outs and demonstrations

Compassion Fatigue

In the animal welfare industry there is much stressIt comes in many shapes and sizes, from financial burdens to life and death decisions to the suffering and sometimes really difficult decisions.  Let's face it, every day can be a struggle when working with many opinions, people, animals, pressure from the community and the media.  Everyone entering this industry says they came into this business to save lives and provide services to the innocent animals that fill our shelters.  They want to change the world and help animals.  The fact is we cannot save them all.  Also, when working in a sometimes emotional environments, nerves can be on edge and clashes are not unusual.  The fact is you can not help the animals or the organization if compassion fatigue is present.  This workshop is designed to help staff cope with those stresses while taking good care of themselves, It is about finding balance.

This is a one hour training!  We try to leave plenty of time at the end for discussion and questions.

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