All About Dogs Meeting – rescheduled to May 3rd

May 3 MAC “All About Dogs” Meeting: Dogs Gone Crazy

What is happening to some of our dogs in shelters in MA? How do we measure stress levels? When is it simply too much to incarcerate a dog indefinitely in the name of “kindness?” How can we make sure the dogs in our care receive adequate enrichment throughout their shelter stay? This provocative discussion will shine a light on how sometimes the best intentions – saving a life – can backfire and can cause more harm than good. We will also talk about shelter and rescue adoption policies and how they could inadvertently affect a dog’s chance to “get out.” Where is the balance between trusting adopters and making sure you cover due diligence for the best interests/safety of the dogs and your organization?

9:00 to 9:30 Light breakfast and coffee/tea
9:30 Meeting will start
12:00 Lunch (vegetarian and vegan)
2:30 Meeting will end

LOCATION: The meeting will be at the Cummings School for Veterinary Medicine at Tufts in Grafton, MA. The meeting will be held in the Agnes Varis Campus Center. Campus Map

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for only $10 for an individual membership; you will be eligible for member registration (early) and a lower cost registration fee for this meeting.

MORE DETAILS: There will be a small raffle so bring a few bucks to buy tickets!


Kelley Bollen, Owner and Director of Animal Alliances, has a Master’s Degree in Animal Behavior and is a Certified Animal Behavior Consultant (CABC) and a professional member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC). Kelley is the former Director of Behavior Programs for the Shelter Medicine Program at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. Kelley also serves on the Academic Steering Committee for the Shelter Medicine Program at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine and is an instructor in the program courses. Kelley’s goal as a companion animal behavior consultant is to improve the human-animal bond by increasing her client’s understanding of animal behavior and behavior modification. For more info about Kelley please go to

Gary Patronek, VMD, PhD, Veterinary Medicine/Epidemiology. Gary was Vice President for Animal Welfare at the Animal Rescue League of Boston and is Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts University, North Grafton, MA.  As a co-founder of Hoarding Animals Research Consortium (HARC), whose research was instrumental in getting animal hoarding mentioned under the new Hoarding Disorder in DSM-5, and someone who has directly investigated cases as part of humane law enforcement, Gary has a unique perspective about hoarding, particularly as it pertains to those of us who work in this field. For more info about Gary please go to http://localhost:10078/about/board-of-directors and scroll down to the Advisory Council bios.

Mike Keiley is the Director of the Noble Family Animal Care and Adoption Center at the MSPCA at Nevins Farm. He is also the second vice president of the New England Federation of Humane Societies. Mike has been working in the animal welfare field for 20 years and has been actively on the forefront of animal welfare issues and strategies in New England. For more information on MSPCA Nevins Farm go to


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MAC thanks our generous sponsors of the All About Dogs meeting:

  • Petsmart Charities
    The goal of Petsmart Charities is to find a lifelong, loving home for every pet through adoption events and centers, pet rescue programs and support for spay/neuter efforts.
  • How I Met My Dog
    How I Met My Dog will be the first Web-based service to introduce dogs and humans based on behavioral and lifestyle criteria – much like human matching sites.
  • Hopkinton Drug
    Hopkinton Drug is a full service pharmacy and compounding lab with products and services for veterinarians and their animal clients.
  • Animal Legal Defense Fund
    Animal Legal Defense Fund has been leading the fight to protect the lives and advance the interests of animals through the legal system with litigation, legislation and education.
  • The Humane Society of the United States
    The Humane Society of the United States is the nation’s largest and most effective animal protection organization. We and our affiliates provide hands-on care and services to more than 100,000 animals each year, and we professionalize the field through education and training for local organizations. We are the leading animal advocacy organization, seeking a humane world for people and animals alike.