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"stacey lebaron" Discussed on The Community Cats Podcast

The Community Cats Podcast

01:45 min | 10 months ago

"stacey lebaron" Discussed on The Community Cats Podcast

"You tuned into the community cats podcast ready. Let's go welcome to the community cats podcast. I'm your host Stacey Lebaron. I've been involved helping homeless cats for over twenty years as with the Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society. The goal of this podcast is to expose you to amazing people who are improving the lives of cats. I hope these interviews will help you learn how you you can turn your passion for cats into action today. We're speaking with will swaggart will is the founder of flatbush cats a five oh one C. three non profit focused on reducing the outdoor cat population in Central Brooklyn through tr and rescue work he began doing trap neuter return in late two thousand and sixteen gene after moving to the Flatbush neighborhood in Brooklyn and discovering cats everywhere. DNR led to fostering friendly's and before you know it he and his partner were over over their heads with mass trappings and Medical Emergencies will formed a nonprofit to better organize their efforts and begin bringing new volunteers into the fold today. Eh Flat Bush cats teaches tr classes and offer support and tools to newly certified volunteers including Trap Bank community foodbank facebook support group mentoring and rescue adoption support for friendlies they also recently launched their first mobile spay neuter clinic pilot program in partnership with the Toby Project to support low income residents and prevent more cats from being born on the street. Their goal is to help solve the outdoor cat population problem in New York by creating a sustainable model for how hyper local grassroots groups can serve.

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"stacey lebaron" Discussed on The Community Cats Podcast

The Community Cats Podcast

02:09 min | 1 year ago

"stacey lebaron" Discussed on The Community Cats Podcast

"The. You turned into the community cats podcast. Ready? Let's cal. Welcome to the community cats podcast. I mayor hosts Stacey lebaron, I've been involved helping homeless cats for over twenty years with the Merrimack river feline rescue society. The goal of this podcast is to expose you to amazing people who are improving the lives of cats. I hope these interviews will help you learn how you can turn your passion for cats into action today. We're speaking with Scott Jacobo, Scott is the director of national shelter outreach for best friends animal society, and oversees the development of life-saving efficacy and sustainability for animal welfare partners across the United States through best friends shelter outreach program. Scott provides leadership and hands on training for strategic shelter partners, conducts professional shelter operations and field assessments and leads. Progressive humane trainings for animal control agencies officers in his current role Scott champions, a collaborative approach to partnership and believes that each animal welfare organization. Along with the community. It serves is unique and deserving of support that speaks to its individual needs prior to joining best friends. Scott was chief of animal field services for the district of Columbia for ten years, overseeing all animal control of cruelty investigations team members for humane rescue alliance. In this role, he designed implemented a number of successful community based programs helped draft and secure critical animal protection legislation and represented the organization as a speaker at various regional and national events. While there he and his team also established a trap neuter return program that garnered citywide support and helped reduce the percentage of stray cats killed from eighty five percent to twelve percent. Scott has been involved in animal protection since nineteen eighty nine when he became an animal caregiver in Minneapolis, he's soon returned to his hometown of Boston, Massachusetts, where he began his career with the Massachusetts society for the prevention of cruelty to animals as the special state police officer for cruelty investigations during this..

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"stacey lebaron" Discussed on The Community Cats Podcast

The Community Cats Podcast

13:27 min | 1 year ago

"stacey lebaron" Discussed on The Community Cats Podcast

"The. You turned into the community cats podcast ready. Let's cal. Welcome to the community cats podcast. I'm your host. Stacey lebaron. I've been involved helping homeless cats for over twenty years with the Meramec river feline rescue society. The goal of this podcast is to expose you to mazing people who are improving the lives of cats. I hope these interviews will help you learn how you can turn your passion for cats into action today. We're speaking with Dave Hanley Dave is the CEO of tomorrow, which offers a free legal will to anyone who wants one one feature is that you can pick out a guardian for your pets and let that person know through the app that way if the unthinkable happens, you'll know your Furby are okay. Dave is the parent of twin sister rescue cats and human parent to four kids. He is a serial entrepreneur who has sold companies to Amazon and Deloitte, now tackling the social need of the fifty million children and eighty million plus cats who don't have guardianship plant in place day. I'd like to welcome you to the show. Thank you for having me on how so you have a packed bio here, and it sounds like you have a full house if you could share with our listeners how you got involved with developing tomorrow as well as how you develop a passion and love for cats. Perfect. Thank you for having me on. Yes. I had a number of ventures that I've been involved with over the years, including building a community for book readers that we sold to Amazon and a social media agency that was acquired by Deloitte, and so when I went to work on my latest venture, I was really looking for something that would have an important impact on society to go solve a bigger problem. And as I had my agency full of young people who are now all very gainfully employed at big consulting firm. They started getting married and having babies, and I realized that none of them had wills and none of them had life insurance. And none of them were doing a few of these things despite being super bright and creative people. And so when. I looked at the data and saw that for young families eighty percent to them. Don't do any of these things. I thought I wanted to solve that. And so we set about to create a completely free legal will that you make on your phone using it up. And then there's features in there that also help your family become more financially sound the first one that we had was the life insurance. And so we have this social visual way to make a will. And as we're building out, the family, your children and your spouse or partner, your family members. Ryobi guardians and other things. We added our pets. And so you can now go in there and actually choose who's who's going to watch my pets, and you can do the same. So in terms of my love for cats. I do have two cats lucky and puppy who are twin sisters. I've no idea. What breed? They are. They look probably the most like Turkish N Gora. But I'm sure that they are probably a drop of every blood of every kind of cat, and they. White. They used to have black Mohawks in those of disappeared overtimes. But my love of cats actually came one Christmas when my sister was just a year old with me all see wanted was a kitty and a grey tiger was brought to her by Santa Claus is tiny tiny little kitten, and we had her, and then she disappeared where where he did she go out the door happened to her, and we looked all around in scavenged, and we didn't know what to do and my sweet parents had little kids. And then we done and said a prayer that we could find this cat and my dad walks right over to a height of it couch and reaches inside of there and felt the for of this little gray tiger. And so I always felt a connection whether it's spiritually or physically two cats, and that's where it all began Kat, your sister's cat or did that can't become your cat. She became a family cat. So my sister loved that still. L has cats always had cats. And so that you know, I didn't try and take over that ownership. But it turns out that the cats really like me, and so they they also like her they like to come and sit on me, and especially with I'm working or reading and whatever it is affected like the sleep on my face, which makes me draw down trees about where they do sleep at night. So reading on your website, a little bit about your own personal background and some of the challenges that you encountered with your parents, not only with the finances, but with their cat, would you be willing to share a little bit about that story up -solutely? So it's now five years ago that my father passed away and all the kids were grown, but they had a couple of cats at home, but he he got sick and then passed away, and then three years later, my mother passed away, and in that time, my mom sorted having dementia type symptoms that wasn't specifically dementia. We had to sell the home we had to move her into like another home that was going to be more vantage -able for her. We hired. My sister to move one of my sisters to move in with her and take care of her. It's just a lot going on as she began to slip even more. I finally pulled out all their state documents which were twenty five years old. And I realized that everything was out of date and our research shows that eighty eight percent of people who have wills those wills are out of date. So it's uncommon, but there was complicated truss structures that run necessary. There were all these things, and I finally had to get a lot of things in line for people who I mean, my father was a fighter pilot an airline pilot bombs college educated they were super together people, but just by being out of date created lots of problems. And so that was one of my learnings is these things to always be updated. They need to be living documents that you can come in and change as life changes. And then when it came to the cats of my mom passed away, we still had one and this cat had always lived in one house, and then was moved to another house and didn't like all that disruption. And then when it came time needing to adopt him out. He. He was very angry. I would send people over to meet this cute cat. You would swipe at their kids trying bite them. And he wasn't going to be a cat that would be easily adopted into a family with kids. And so wonderful sister took him in when my mom was sick. And we went through a whole process of finding the right place for him to go. But it wasn't easy. Now. My mom lived in a senior community with a bunch of Singapore homes for everyone senior, and I'm sure someone there would have loved to take him this. But I didn't know who she was friends with and who knew the cat who'd be willing to help. But I'm sure she did. But it was just never a question that was answered and certainly never anything that went into her will talk about conversations, and I'm dealing right now with my mom who has dementia, and there are a lot of conversations. Now that I really wish I had had with our before she got into this point where I now can't have a conversation with her about certain things and windy, you think that's the time. Time to have those kinds of conversations. Well, we just need to demystify all of these conversations. Right. We have somehow wrapped up that having a plan just like an emergency fire exit to your house, like how how do we get out of our bedrooms? It's not dark. It's just a plan. And so having a plan for the very rare case something would happen doesn't have to be dark. It should be reassuring might youngest boys are nine and eleven and we were having a conversation a work conversation at night while going to bed and talking about life insurance that we do at work, and like do you have life insurance? I said, I do I bought it. When meal was born. It's a couple million dollars. And it's going to make sure that there's always money to take care of you kids, and my Nigel just six miles east, get a half a million dollars. I said, well, you know, it's to make sure that you go to college. There's always money. You know, if anything happened to your mom, and I would go to your Marissa's if they needed to buy a bigger house for everyone. They would buy bigger house, and there would have all these things. And there was just you would. Always be taken care of. And they said, oh, that's great. Little smiles face that go to sleep perfectly calm and collected. And knowing that there's a plan for them. And it really hit home for me that we've made such a big deal out of these things that we need to have conversations right away. And if we don't then we'll end up in the primary case with even human children, which is someone is chosen to be a guardian. If you be that there is a will no one ever tells the guardian it's very rare that they sit down and have the conversation because we wanna make it a big deal going to take them up for dinner and make this big gesture when really the information seems to be known and so tomorrow when you learn the guardian is you start typing in the name on your phone. We pull that person in from the context on your phone and actually t- up a message that you can send to them and says, hey, Stacy getting my act together part of its picking out some potential guardians for byles dean. I think you'd be great. Would you be willing to put yourself on a list of potential guardians for them? And you say, yes, or no. By logging in and we track that all inside tomorrow. That's very cool because that's a little bit less nerve wracking than either not being asked at all. In just finding out after something happens or else being asked, but you're like face to face. And maybe you want to say, no. But you don't know how you can say no there's like a pressure situation to or you feel like you're obligated. I mean, if you're a sibling lot of siblings feel like they have to say us moving, but you really don't have to say. Yes, if you don't feel comfortable, but then there's like all that baggage that goes along with it. Maybe that's a way to be able to have a lighter level conversation before getting into the family dynamic thing. I think you're right in part of it is that these very monolithic documents to yes forever. And so the change for who the primary guarding is for my kids wonderful at Melissa it use actually be my sister, who you know, is a little older and has her kids and vice culturally line, but then Marissa who's the youngest sister is far more culturally line with us. You know, I think how she would finish the raising of I kids with very similar to how I would want it to happen. And she had become a mother as well. And so she was out ready. So before it's like, okay, I got a reading my will. And I gotta go call the lawyer, and I got to spend five hundred dollars to change aim in tomorrow, you literally just like drag and drop people around tweak things how you like it at a couple of new backups in case, you know, Marissa's and able to for some reason, and then you just print out your will. And we tell you how to sign it since talk about cats. Yes. Our listeners own cats, many of them own a couple of cats many of them own couple of dozen cats. And so how would you recommend they provide for those cats in your app? Pull out your Android phone your apple phone. Download the tomorrow app just type in the normal were tomorrow. You'll download it get started. And then go into the family section and at the bottom, you'll see your pets. You can add cats you can twelve cats for each one you decide who's going to watch each cats. So you take a picture of the cat. You write down the name of the cat. You can write things that are special about the cat everything from dietary preferences to wear you adopted her whatever it would be. And then you choose someone you think could be a guardian and you can put a few back. So we always recommend always have three people the main person in two backups, and then they'll be notified through tomorrow. Which is optional that most people do it. And then you can say, hey, would you be willing to do this? And if they say, no, then we know if they said, yes, we let you know. And then all of that gets written right into your will, which is great. If you have twelve cats because it's very hard to find someone who's willing to take twelve cats, and there is a person's waiting to take twelve cats. They're probably listening to this podcast. But wanted a time or two at a time. And then also we live longer than our cats. I've lost many cats in my life. And so this idea of doing a will. And then paying each time. When you adopt a new cat, or maybe a community cat that you were Kathy feed out your backdoor, adding some of this detail in adding and removing cats will make it so that your will. And the wishes are always up to date and your cats always second cash. Trying to catch a pregnant cat in time. Are you after that last cat who isn't fixed in your ten cat colony got a wily feral who just won't go into a box trap? No matter how much you spend on roasted chicken, how about catching a litter of kittens all at once with their mom, all these tough trapping situations and more can be solved if you know how to use a drop drop. Join neighborhood cats co designers of versed mass manufacturer dropped trap on the market as they demonstrate how to best use this trappers best friend, the drop trap trappers best friend is a webinar presented by the community. Cats podcast and neighborhood cats on Saturday, June twenty ninth two thousand nineteen from two to four PM eastern. Standard time to sign up. 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"stacey lebaron" Discussed on The Community Cats Podcast

The Community Cats Podcast

02:00 min | 1 year ago

"stacey lebaron" Discussed on The Community Cats Podcast

"The. You tune into the community cats podcast ready. Let's cal. Welcome to the community cats podcast. I am your host. Stacey lebaron. I've been involved helping homeless cats for over twenty years with the Merrimack river feline rescue society. The goal of this podcast is to expose you to amazing people who are improving the lives of cats. I hope these interviews will help you learn how you can turn your passion for cats into action today. We're speaking with Karen Anderson, award winning animal communicator and afterlife expert, Karen Anderson has been professionally communicating with pets and departed human spirits for over twenty years. Karen, earned the prestigious first place award for the two thousand and thirteen readers choice awards for best animal communicator and the second place award the prior year Karen discovered her special gift as a child and her abilities developed over the years and became particularly significant when she was a deputy sheriff she discovered that animals on crime scenes could provide accurate eyewitness accounts about some. Spects and criminals Herron has written two books, including the number one bestselling and multiple award winning, the amazing afterlife of animals messages and signs from our pets on the other side and the best selling here all creatures the journey of an animal communicator, Karen has also collaborated with Dr Patricia Carrington PHD for her book, the secret inner life of pets, and is a co author for amazing paranormal encounters volume to Karen has appeared on many shows, including coast to coast AM with host George Noory, darkness radio and host Dave Schrader and beyond reality radio with host Jason Hawes founder of taps in lead. Investigator of ghost hunters Karen offers a signature business coaching program for entrepreneurs animal communication, courses and coaching programs and private consultations the inland..

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"stacey lebaron" Discussed on The Community Cats Podcast

The Community Cats Podcast

01:36 min | 1 year ago

"stacey lebaron" Discussed on The Community Cats Podcast

"The. You turned into the community cats podcast ready. Let's cal. Welcome to the community cats podcast. I am your host. Stacey lebaron. I've been involved helping homeless cats for over twenty years with the Merrimack river feline rescue society. The goal of this podcast is to expose you to amazing people are improving the lives of cats. I hope these interviews will help you learn how you can turn your passion for cats into action today. We're speaking with sandy res sandy is the founder of art club. And the chief encouragement officer at get fully funded where she shows passionate nonprofit leaders how to fully fund their big vision. So they can spend their time saving lives instead of worrying about money. She's helped dozens of small animal welfare nonprofits, go from nickel dime fundraising to adding six figures to their bottom line as a trainer she shows her students how to find ideal donors connect with them through authentic messaging and build relationships that stand the test of time. So that fundraising becomes easy and predictable. Sandy is a member of the advisory board. For the homes for horses coalition and the animal legal defense fund, sandy is based in Loudon, Tennessee. Find out more about her fundraising system at WWW dot get fully funded dot com. Sandy, welcome to the show. I am so excited to be here. Thank you for having me sandy has been on the show before. And I urge you to listen to our previous episode. You just go to committee cats podcast dot com. Go.

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"stacey lebaron" Discussed on The Community Cats Podcast

The Community Cats Podcast

01:35 min | 1 year ago

"stacey lebaron" Discussed on The Community Cats Podcast

"The. You tune into the community cats podcast ready. Let's go. Welcome to the community cats podcast. I am your host. Stacey lebaron. I've been involved helping homeless cats for over twenty years with the Miramax river feline rescue society. The goal of this podcast is to expose you to amazing people who are improving the lives of cats. I hope these interviews we'll help you learn how you can turn your passion for cats into action today. We're speaking with Larry tribally, Larry is the owner of pro vet logic pro vet logic was started by Larry and his wife Colleen just nine years ago, they provide educational programs product solutions and emphasizing disease prevention and older control. They provide support consultation of products to a wide range of animal care providers, including animal shelters and rescue organizations throughout the country. There's a lack of disease prevention protocols that were developed specifically for cats and kittens house in the shelter and rescue in. Environment as well as a lack of disinfectants with an efficacy to protect from serious. Diseases such as feline Kalisa virus and see line pan, leucopenia pro vet logic reads the industry and providing protocols and products that help hat care providers control and reduce the spread of infectious agents. They support health IRS and rescue organizations by providing discounted pricing free equipment and financial contributions to help offset medical costs..

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"stacey lebaron" Discussed on The Community Cats Podcast

The Community Cats Podcast

02:33 min | 1 year ago

"stacey lebaron" Discussed on The Community Cats Podcast

"The. You turned into the community cats podcast ready. Let's cal. Welcome to the community cats podcast. I'm your host. Stacey lebaron. I've been involved helping homeless cats for over twenty years with the Merrimack river feline rescue society. The goal of this podcast is to expose you to amazing people who are improving the lives of cats. I hope these interviews will help you learn how you can turn your passion for cats into action. This is going to be the last show in our series of best of for December two thousand eighteen we chose Kim Freeman the professional missing cat finder. She's a real dynamo. She's out there and helping folks be able to find their missing cats. Great tips. Great information. She's got a wonderful e book, I found it to be a fascinating interview and one that I enjoyed so much that I've asked Kim to join us at two thousand nineteen online cat conference January twenty fifth through twenty twenty-seventh. If you have not signed up for it. Please go to online cat conference dot com and join us that weekend too. Learn everything about cats for two and a half days really because we're going to. I'm also coming in on Friday night kick off the event, and then two days of packed meetings. If you can't make all the meetings online. That's okay, they're all recorded. So you can tune in later and check them out. But anyway, back to today's show with Kim Freeman and you'll free as always reach out to me at Stacey. Community cats podcasts dot com. If you ever have any questions comments or suggestions, take care and enjoy the center view. Today. We're speaking with Kim Freeman Cam is a professional missing cat finder with a background working with shelters to solve cat behavior. Issues in home, she's combined her knowledge into a very niche. Specialty lost cat search and rescue. And she's written an educational how to book about it using lost cat. Profiling Kim coaches people all over the world through recovering missing a community cats with extraordinary success her goal. Get missing cats found before they end up in colonies and shelters recently deemed the world expert in lost cat recovery. She solved cases all over the US as well as Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Brazil, Latvia and Switzerland, find out about her own cat who she trained to help her track cats, plus some of her most challenging cases and for.

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"stacey lebaron" Discussed on Pet Life Radio

Pet Life Radio

02:24 min | 2 years ago

"stacey lebaron" Discussed on Pet Life Radio

"A of all. Right let's talk pets every week on demand. Only on pet life radio dot com Radio dot com Your stylish emails Radio Would Arden more this show the teaches you how to have harmony in the household with your. Pets join art travel travels coast to coast to help millions better understand why cats and dogs do what they do get the scoop on famous. Basis they're perfectly pampered pets and who's walking in Tinseltown from famous pedic's birth best selling off his to television and movie. Stars you'll get the latest buzz from wagging tongues entails great pet tips and have a doggone per line one. Time so get ready for the pause and. Applause as we unleash your all behave, hose America's agitator, Arden more Welcome, to the show on. Pipe. Radio I'm your host Ardmore got cat. Or are you one of the countless dedicated people who reach out? The homeless cats in your neighborhood with food care and a chance to enjoy life. You know what we salute you and you're. In for a very special. Treat today because our. Special guests is. One of the world's top experts on cats and animal welfare and like me she. Feels right at home behind a microphone because each week she host the community cats had cast so please join me and giving me alma let's. Welcome to Stacey lebaron hey welcome to the show Stacey thank you so much for having me does that feel weird me. Fielding questions to you because your show how long have you had the committee cats podcast about a year and. A half we had about two hundred and. Thirty episodes that's almost one a day, you're like a vitamin I. Want everybody to know everything they need. To know about community cats you got a girl and we're gonna? Repeat it often enough but give us the website it's WWW dot community cats podcast. Dot com and.

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"stacey lebaron" Discussed on Pet Life Radio

Pet Life Radio

01:53 min | 2 years ago

"stacey lebaron" Discussed on Pet Life Radio

"Oviedo would arden more the show the teaches you how to have harmony household with your pets and she travels coast to coast to help millions better understand why cats and dogs do what they do get the scoop on famous faces they're perfectly pampered pets and who's walking in tinseltown from famous pedic's burton and mess something up to television and movie stars you'll get the latest buzz from wagging tongues entails got a great pet tips and have a dog on line one time so get ready for the pause and applause as we unleash your all behave owes america's agitator arden more welcome to the oh behave show on pet life radio i'm your host ardmore got cats or are you one of the countless dedicated people who reach out the homeless cats in your neighborhood with food care and a chance to enjoy life you know what we salute you and you're in for a very special treat today because our special guests is one of the world's top experts on cats and animal welfare and like me she feels right at home behind a microphone because each week she host the community cats podcast so please join me and giving a miata let's welcome to stacey lebaron hey welcome to the show stacey thank you so much for having me does that feel weird me feeling questions to you because you're show how long have you had the committee cats podcast about a year and a half we've been about two hundred and thirty episodes that's almost one day you're like a vitamin i want everybody to know everything they need to know about community cats you got a girl and we're going to repeat it often enough but give us the website it's www dot community cats podcast dot com.

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"stacey lebaron" Discussed on The Community Cats Podcast

The Community Cats Podcast

02:20 min | 4 years ago

"stacey lebaron" Discussed on The Community Cats Podcast

"The. You into the community cats podcast ready? Let's go. Welcome to the community cats podcast. I am your host. Stacey lebaron. I have been involved helping homeless cats for over twenty years with the Merrimack river feline rescue society. The goal of this podcast is to expose you to amazing people who are improving the lives of cats. I hope these interviews will help you learn how you can turn your passion for cats into action today. We are speaking with Cheryl, and for nana's Cheryl has been working in companion animal welfare for over twenty five years. She received her bachelor of science degree in humane leadership from Duquesne university Sheryl and spent her early professional years lobbying at the state level in Connecticut for improved humane legislation and then spent over a decade serving as an animal control officer much of that time was for the city of Bridgeport, Connecticut's largest urban municipality where she experienced firsthand the true challenges that. Face humane officers and how to handle the day-to-day stressors. She remains a member of the national animal care and control officers association, Charlene, then transitioned into not for profit animal welfare where she served as both shelter director an inhouse staff trainer at a number Phillies in Connecticut and New York, specializing in program development, staff coaching and customer service share LAN has been consulting providing online and in person, compassion, fatigue training and has been a certified compassion fatigue. Instructor for the figley institute since two thousand nine she serves on Connecticut's. Cert team is a published writer, author and is an active volunteer for numerous community related animal welfare programs. She's a board member for the nutmeg spay neuter clinic in Stratford, Connecticut in two thousand thirteen share and decided to take on a new challenge. And today works as pet links regional shelter care Representative offering. Microchip related products and services to shelters and not profit organizations and helps promote proactive compassion satisfication to shelter teams nationwide..

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"stacey lebaron" Discussed on The Community Cats Podcast

The Community Cats Podcast

01:47 min | 4 years ago

"stacey lebaron" Discussed on The Community Cats Podcast

"The. You into the community cats podcast ready? Let's go. Welcome to the community cats podcast. I'm your host. Stacey lebaron. I have been involved helping homeless cats for over twenty years with the Merrimack river feline rescue society. The goal of this podcast is to expose you to amazing people who are improving the lives of cats. I hope these interviews will help you learn how you can turn your passion for cats into action today. We are speaking with Andy cola. Andy was forever impacted after entering an animal shelter as a college student and learning about the millions of cats and dogs euthanized. Each year after graduating with a political science degree from the university of Michigan at Ann Arbor. He held a number of government positions from lobbying to campaigning. But he knew he would not be happy until applying his work experience and passion for animals towards something. He cared deeply about helping cats in two thousand thirteen he began working closely with south Florida. Legislators local shelter management, national animal welfare experts community groups and the public to help roared county pass ordinances start new life saving programs and find funding which directly benefits cats than in two thousand and fifteen he started Lumina less a nonprofit organization strictly dedicated to this life, saving cause their hope is to help shape roared into a model community for cats by advocating for an implementing reasonable sustainable. Commonsense. Lifesaving solutions he's grateful to play leadership role in the success..

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"stacey lebaron" Discussed on The Community Cats Podcast

The Community Cats Podcast

01:34 min | 4 years ago

"stacey lebaron" Discussed on The Community Cats Podcast

"The. You turned into the community cats podcast ready. Let's go. Welcome to the community cats podcast. I mayor host Stacey lebaron. I have been involved helping homeless cats for over twenty years with the Merrimack river feline rescue society. The goal of this podcast is to expose you to mazing people who are improving the lives of cats. I hope these interviews will help you learn how you can turn your passion for cats into action today. We are speaking with manti Geisler Bonnie is the president and founding member of felines and friends foundation a T N VR group in northern Vermont over the past three years. This group has helped more than two thousand cats and has formed strong partnerships with other regional animal welfare groups, she's been involved in animal rescue and welfare for twenty five years volunteering with multiple shelters organizations in New Jersey and Vermont through careful long-term planning Bonnie and her husband were able to retire from fulltime work in the early forties. Prior to retiring, she was. Human resources, professional working in diverse human resources functions from benefits to labor relations with a focus on implementation of all levels anti of compensation programs during her career. She has worked in the financial services and insurance industries at companies, including prudential financial and American International Group as well as other types of businesses, including automatic, data processing.

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"stacey lebaron" Discussed on The Community Cats Podcast

The Community Cats Podcast

01:31 min | 4 years ago

"stacey lebaron" Discussed on The Community Cats Podcast

"The. You turned into the community cats podcast ready. Let's cal. Welcome to the community cats podcast. I am your host. Stacey lebaron. I have been involved helping homeless cats for over twenty years with the Meramec river feline rescue society. The goal of this podcast is to expose you to amazing people were improving the lives of cats. I hope these interviews will help you learn how you can turn your passion for cats into action today. We are speaking with Angela Walters Rockwell Angela for the past five years has been the executive director of the animal shelter assistance program. Asap works in partnership with the Santa Barbara municipal shelter and takes care of approximately a thousand cats and kittens each year, we are extremely innovative and have fully integrated feline behavior considerations into all of our program and service areas most notably are tiny lion tamers program, which is featured in the July, August two thousand sixteen HSS US animal sheltering magazine. Angela has served in many capacities at ASAP over her twelve year relationship with your position, including working in the TR program veterinary and serving as the president of the board of directors for many years before accepting the position as executive director. She's currently serving as an appointed member of the oversight team working to revamp..

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"stacey lebaron" Discussed on The Community Cats Podcast

The Community Cats Podcast

05:21 min | 4 years ago

"stacey lebaron" Discussed on The Community Cats Podcast

"The. You tune into the community cats podcasts ready. Let's cal. Welcome to the community cats podcast. I am your host. Stacey lebaron. I have been involved helping homeless cats for over twenty years with the Merrimack river feline rescue society. The goal of this podcast is to expose you to amazing people or improving the lives of cats. I hope these interviews will help you learn how you can turn your passion for cats into action today. We are speaking with Bryn Rogers Brin currently works as the program manager at the Boston MS adoption center Brin manages the adoption centres events as well as the foster care and volunteer program. Brin also works on spay neuter programs and events at the Bryn her husband beautiful daughter, violet live with a very special cat named. Freddy Bryn, welcome to the show. Hi, thanks for having me. So how did you get started an animal welfare as a young one? Well, I think whenever you're interested in animals, and you'll love animals, the first thing people say, oh, you're gonna be veterinarians and in high school actually interns with my pets veterinarian for a day. And after the fourth time, I'm not joking of passing out watching a space or Drake. Decided that might not be the path. I go down. But he recently there after when I did I took a photo class in high school, and I had a wanted to go to an animal shelter, and I hadn't been to an animal shelter since I was a little kid when we adopted our dog from there. And when I went I just think it's one of those experiences just remember forever. And I just kind of was hit by that juxtaposition of how I viewed Myanamr how important they were to me. And you know, how cherished and pampered. They were to this dog that just was looking at me, and you know, concrete war cage pas on the cage just staring at me barking all the other dogs around me barking. And I just thought how does this happen? And how can I help the stock and all the other dogs and cats in the future? So I knew that where I wanted to take my career path from the very beginning. So that sort of how I I got started. And then volunteer throughout my time. And and high school and college and then after I graduated college that's when I started working in animal shelters. I've forgotten that you had mentioned that you sort of have a bit of a graphic design bent, and you talked about photography. So I think that's really an excellent tool to have going into animal welfare because you're profiling animals so often. Oh, definitely. Yeah. I mean, especially with on the fires that we do and everything being online. Now at helps to really think about the information you're putting out there and making it user friendly and something that catches people's is actually the other night that people know that I helped run the Boston homeless cats meeting, which I know informally you couldn't be there. But people were talking about the way that you profile the Shire cats, sometimes you'll take a big blow up picture of the cat and put their picture in the cage, but not necessarily have them shown directly right out on the floor to be able to get them profiled more actively. So I thought that was a pretty neat idea. That was presented at that meeting. Yeah. That's. Kylie special for those who I can't take credit for that. That was something. I think him and his staff greeted and we immediately stole. And that's there's so many, you know, so many programs that I always say that are being a copycat original because there's so much out there that other shelters are doing and especially with all the webinars and podcasts like these you can learn so much from each other. That's one of the things that we do especially in the slower months like right now are options floors fall, unfortunately. But when we can putting that cardboard out in the cage, it just causes people to really take that double-take. Whereas right now, those printouts are on our front desk and people really don't look at half as much as as they do when they're behind the cages and ask about it. So it was a really neat idea for our catching people's eyes. But that's one of the things that we're looking at now is as our as population changes in the shelter using our foster care program a little bit differently. And one of the things that we struggle with in that we're looking for ways to advertise more as those show. Cats that don't do well in the shelter environment. We can often use our offices. We have some offices upstairs in our shelter where development and programming staff work. So we can send cats into offices and Sommese how much better their quality of life is and how their personality comes out. But it's harder. Because you know, you can't walk into the shelter and physically see them. I think that's something that a lot of rescue struggle with two so advertising on pet finder. Another websites in creative ways to do that something we're always looking at a picture so important, but also the rate ups are important in other ways to sort of cats out there, it's easy to walk your dog with an adoption vest, but it can be a little bit more difficult with cats. Yeah. I have envisioning like a lineup of like nanny Cam monitors up in your area sort of like what you do at the airport when you're arrivals are different nanny, cams all the cats in the foster home room or something to see what they're doing just to try and give them some visibility. No. It's a really good idea. Actually, I might steal that one because we have

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"stacey lebaron" Discussed on The Community Cats Podcast

The Community Cats Podcast

12:28 min | 4 years ago

"stacey lebaron" Discussed on The Community Cats Podcast

"The. You tune into community cats podcast ready. Let's cal. Hello and welcome to the community cats podcast. I'm your guest host Lisa Finkel. I've had the privilege of working with your regular hosts Stacey lebaron since I joined the board of directors of the Merrimack river feeling rescue society three years ago. It's been quite amazing for me to have the opportunity to tab Stacy's, incredible, experience and knowledge of all issues related to cats. I frequently say, she's probably forgotten more about cats than most of us will ever know. So we thought it would be fun to have Stacy as our guest turned the tables and do this periodically. So that our podcast audience has a chance to get their own questions answered and to benefit from her insights, you can always go on our Facebook page to give us questions you'd like Stacey to answer on future shows because we want to be sure you're getting the help and information that you need Stacy thanks for being a guest on your own show. Thank you so much for hosting the show. It's it's my pleasure. My first question for you is is something that. I never asked you. Once you told me about your plans to do this event or thought or inspiration motivated you to start the community cats podcast. Many people have now in that. I was have been involved with and continue to be involved with the mentoring program with the Merrimack river feline rescue society and over the course of the last five years have been able to work with eighty different organizations all across the United States. And I certainly learned a lot about those organizations the people and the passion behind those organizations, and I've had so many fantastic phone calls about their stories about their challenges that I really felt that these stories needed to be shared with others. It's not just the mentoring Bruce stories, but we all have stories, and it's those stories that can be impactful and can empower us to believe that we can do more for the cats in the community. And I wanted to be able to have a venue where we could really share and inspire people to take action to help cats in their own communities their own back. Yards the sharing the amazing network. You have really makes us quite powerful. I know that listening to a number of the podcast. I have learned so much myself. What are some of the things you've heard from your guests, this far that have may be surprised you or caused you to think differently or confirm some things that you felt in new. So when thing the Spain Nuder message is obviously it's very clear in it's out there. I think we all want every cat in need out all across the country that needs to have access to low-cost fate is really a high priority. So that's something that has been very present. In most of our shows, and we have also talked about in several of the show's talked about the importance of targeting. The other thing though, that really has surprised me is how other areas and other niches really play a key and important role with our community cats. So when we had the folks from the national kitten coalition on as well as the missing pet partnership, I found they were really very unique story. And really impactful because those are important components of resources that we need in every community, and it's not just about the sort of spay neuter mantra out there. It's about trying to find lost head to find their homes to treat neonatal kittens. Or how to deal with a litter of kittens that you find a woodshed what's the appropriate approach? So it's sort of that niche stuff that we really have organizations that are diving deeper volunteers that are really diving deep into those areas getting to know, their specialties and are willing to share that and it just adds to that wealth of knowledge that any community volunteer will have in order to help cats in the community. And I just so thrilled the pet food pantry conversation is another one that just gets to me these supportive services that sort of revolve around spay neuter and wellness for cats. It's just a really dynamic package. I think I was going to when you were talking about that. I was thinking about the pet food pantry as well as you know. Refer to something called the feline eco system because you don't need just one kind of rescue or one kind of organization or when kind of effort to support cats really need all of these were in a working in areas where they've developed the expertise. Yeah. And then oftentimes it's organsations as well as individuals that try to think about the the tool kit, you know, that we all have to have. And that for me that tool kit kinda keeps getting heavier and heavier, but yet it's more impactful too. So given that the fact that there are so many different organizations or efforts needed. What do you think are the three biggest priorities right now to make the kind of big picture change you'd like to see for community cats. I am probably gonna cheat. Lisa. And I can't get away with three I have to go to four, but I will package one as I still feel that spay neuter as well as wellness is import we still have many areas of the country that there isn't affordable spay, neuter four cats. So I think we're still building out on that national capacity. I think that's at the top of the list at this point in time for organizations, a nother priority is developing sustainable fundraising to help support the spay neuter programs and the wellness programs. I think fundraising is ever everlasting challenge for many organizations, and I think we need some real dedicated efforts focusing on fundraising, whether it's event fundraising dedicated appeals grant writing that specifically focused for supporting spay neuter oftentimes win some organization starts clinic. They try and really make sure that that clinic. Is always breaking even without necessarily fundraising behind it. And I think we're now at the point where maybe the low hanging spay neuter fruit, so to speak is gone. And we now are at the point where we're going to have to be offering free spay neuters with a twenty pound bag of food and possible transportation offered for that cat in order to get that cat into the clinic and that takes fundraising efforts. I also would like to touch upon a challenge that we have with what I call the hidden population and its population of cats that may not necessarily be truly feral. But yet they may not necessarily be the truly adoptable cats that do well in a large scale humane society environment. And I think that at this point in time, the cat a community is sort of wrestling with what to do with that population. Do we just return them to field out to field or how do we bring them back in to a shelter or how do we adopt them out? That's great list. Stacey I I think that especially the fundraising for larger organizations that have some. Restructure, perhaps, you know, paid marketing folks on staff fundraising is a challenge. But I can't imagine what a challenge it must be for a small grassroots community group. Well, yeah. And they oftentimes don't have any fundraising experience at all. And it's really challenging for them. Just to even ask for donation when you're just starting you're worried about your traps, you're worried about fostering kittens? But then you're also worrying about getting money in the Bank. So there's a lot of new skills that young organizations really need to learn we'll that is a great lead into talking a little bit about the mentoring program that you've oversee for M R F R s that was supported providers by that's March charities and now is going in a slightly different direction. Where actually you worked with a number of community organizations that had to raise funds some of them for the first time will tell us about the secrets or the insights of empowering other people to undertake. New project to help cats in their community. I will describe what our current program is which is called the primer grant program, and you can find that on WWW dot M R F R S dot org under the programs page and you just click on mentoring, and it's called the primer grant program. And it was this year was the first year, we tried it. And basically, we're asking very small group with revenues of under sixty thousand dollars a year to initiate, a new fundraising effort that will hopefully raise them up two thousand dollars or beyond. He certainly don't stop once you hit thousand dollars, and then we coached them on different fundraising techniques, and they put together proposal of what their new technique is going to be. So it could be a letter writing campaign. Several of our groups have never done any sort of a mailing out to their donors. They don't have at donor. L'est others did a appeal to their board of directors as well as doing some fair campaigns and stuff. Stuff. One did a spaghetti dinner, spe Getty dinner and also try to t shirt campaign as well as doing an e card campaign. So it was a it's a way for them to try something new to raise money specifically for spe neuter. And then this private foundation was able to match up two thousand dollars of an additional thousand dollars of spay neuter money. So if you raise a thousand you're going to get double to two thousand dollars of spay neuter dollars, which means a lot for these groups considering during the course of a whole year, they're pulling in less than sixty thousand dollars in one of our groups was pulling in their annual revenues for the year was about sixty five hundred dollars. So for them to get two thousand dollars. That's like game changer for them the thing. That's just hold mentoring. That strikes me is just so awesome. Is we do a lot of our work via conference call. So we have phone calls with six or eight groups on the phone at a time, and it's on done on a regular basis over a three to four month period. And these groups get to know each other, they become friends and even though they? Might be one might be in Wisconsin. And the other one might be in Florida. They all very oftentimes have some of the same challenges and they want to support each other. They become a team a team for success. And so having this relationship is great. So the program is good all of these groups were successful. We actually ended up raising over twenty thousand dollars as a combined effort and then with a matching funds of another ten thousand dollars. So it became over thirty thousand dollars for spay neuter with an investment from this foundation of ten thousand dollars. So it was a really good leveraged opportunity. But at the end of the day, many of these groups when I've been mentoring them the last phone, call is very sad. They don't want the phone calls to end because they want that community to stay together. They want their family the support network to stay together. And so that's another objective of mine at the community cats podcast is to create community. So that we have this feeling of family, and we have that support. And we all don't feel alone out there, and it's just been a pleasure to work with these groups to be able to. To have them make these new friends another thing. I've noticed listening to some of the podcasts is this is much about people as it is about cats. Yeah. Say almost even more. So I find over the twenty plus years that I've been in this business. I've found it very isolating business. They're oftentimes where you feel like you're very much alone. You're very challenged. You don't know how you're going to put your next foot forward? And you feel like you're the only one that is suffering, and we shouldn't be suffering, but we all have hard times, and we all have challenges. And that's where we need our friends. We need our support networks to come through for us and to help us and in Massachusetts. We have a young group called mass cats and in its own way, it provides quite a bit of support for many people who are individuals and very small organizations. It's an outlet that they wouldn't have had twenty odd years ago up -solutely the internet really does help bring us together. And again, the the podcast. Your website and Facebook page will also help create that kind of virtual community. And now, let's take a moment. Listen to a few words from our sponsors flashlight tag was fun when you're a kid, but no one wants to play hide and seek with their trap. Find your traps location quickly and safely even when you visit at night with the reveal wild application for Samsung galaxy HTC one Sony experience and other Android phones or go to tiny. You're L dot com. Forward slash reveal wild.

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"stacey lebaron" Discussed on The Community Cats Podcast

The Community Cats Podcast

05:58 min | 4 years ago

"stacey lebaron" Discussed on The Community Cats Podcast

"The. You turned into the community cats podcast ready. Let's cal. Welcome to the community cats podcast. I'm your host. Stacey lebaron. I've been involved helping homeless cats for over twenty years with the Merrimack river feline rescue society. The goal of this podcast is to expose you to amazing people who are improving the lives of cats. I hope these interviews will help you learn how you can turn your passion for cats into action today. We're speaking with Karen little Karen. And her husband founded alley cat advocates and Louisville Kentucky in nineteen ninety nine her career as a faculty member at the university of Louisville did not stop her from recognizing a tremendous need for trap. Neuter return services in the community and from working hard to fill that need. Navigating the challenges presented by Kentucky community with a nonprofit limited admission shelter an open admission municipal shelter as well as various rescues. Karen, put her public service skills to the test to push for and support the formation of. Strong collaborative safety net programs for community cats and was instrumental in putting in place an ordinance change that mandates TR in the community alley cat advocates has altered over thirty five thousand cats has watched the live release rate for cats reach ninety percent and continues to strive to make Louisville the safest city in the country to be a community cat. Wow. Karen? I want to be a community cat in Louisville based on that description. That's fantastic. I really appreciate you coming on the show today. Well, thank you very much for having me. So you talked a bit about starting alley cat advocates in nineteen ninety nine. Specifically, can you give us a little more detail about how in and how the specifics of how you got started absolutely unhappy too. So I was a member at the university of Louisville, and my home is about king minute walk from the campus. Which of course, I walked every day. This starting in nineteen eighty nine. And I kept finding stray cats a my walk to work and on my walk home from work, and it was pretty frustrating because I very quickly ran out of friends relatives neighbors enemies co workers to find homes for these cats that I can't coming upon. So my husband, and I decided we needed to work in the community to give this problem under control. It was clearly in our mind. It was the Spain neuter problem not really in adoption option problem. So we worked with of foster adoption group in town hoping that they had enough of a spay neuter component to satisfy the needs that we were experiencing first-hand, they didn't really focus as much spay neuter as we had hoped certainly not in the early nineties on trap neuter return. So my husband, and I started attending conferences across the country. To try to figure out how we could best make an affective change stage play in Louisville in this was ninety five through ninety eight proximate -ly at that time, the big pushes in the movement were attracted return and high volume high quality spay neuter clinics. Neither of us were a position at that time to give up our full time careers, so he decided that of high-volume spay neuter clinic while really probably the most effective way. We could move forward that needle was not something that we could pursue. So we landed on the trap neuter return, volunteer based movement and started the group as you said in nineteen ninety nine we spent a whole year from nineteen ninety nine to two thousand just making sure ducts were in a row that we had a logo that we had a newsletter format. We wanted to use basically building the infrastructure volunteers everything that we needed to be successful in. We were hoping that we would have group that we could do ten maybe fifteen phase in is every month starting in October of two thousand and move forward with that what we found was we had absolutely selected an area that the community was very much in need of and the goal of five ten or fifteen surgeries a month was immediately surpassed beyond our wildest rates. So so that was like your first. Endeavor into actually almost a targeted approach. And then the other thing that I think was really fascinating that you were just talking about too is that you had a lot of patients when he first started out. And I think that when many groups start out they rush into things right away. How did you know to sort of take that time to develop your infrastructure is that something that's that's in your background or you just wanted to make sure you had something that was going to last beyond just you and your husband. What were the what was the thought process behind that? Sure. I'm not really sure where or how I develop the notion that long-term vision and careful planning leads to success. But an almost everything that I do that's how I approach it. So we went into the group really with a twenty year plan. Maybe in the next twenty years. We'll be able to change that's really meaningful in our community. And this is the way we're going to do it. And while we were targeted in that are piece of the well animal welfare world was trapped. New to return, we didn't really realize the benefits of mine more micro targeting Intel, quite a few years into our

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"stacey lebaron" Discussed on The Community Cats Podcast

The Community Cats Podcast

04:58 min | 4 years ago

"stacey lebaron" Discussed on The Community Cats Podcast

"The. You turned into the community cats podcast ready. Let's cal. Welcome to the community cats podcast. I'm your host. Stacey lebaron. I've been involved helping homeless cats for over twenty years with the Meramec river feline rescue society. The purpose of this podcast is to expose you to great people were helping cats daily, and hopefully you may learn a little bit more about what you might do in your community for cats today. We're speaking with Mike Kylie, Mike is the director of the noble family animal care and adoption center at the MS at Nevins firm. My Kylie has been working in animal welfare since nineteen Ninety-four all at the at Nevins farm. Mike has been a director there for over twelve years. And during this time has developed outreach and adoption programs to elevate the noble family adoption center to one of the most progressive and successful animal welfare organizations in New England. Mike has also served as board member of the New England federation of human societies since two thousand seven Mike welcome to the show. Having me. So we're going to just kick off with our questions and way way back in nineteen ninety four. How did you get involved in this business? It's funny. Actually, I had no idea what an animal shelter was. And I had always loved animals and decided that I wanted to work with animals for my career. So in high school, my mother decided that I needed to pad my resume for vet school and signed me up to be a volunteer at the embassy at Nevins farm. I got into the shelter. Not knowing anything about it and started as a dog Walker and slowly got addicted to working with animals and started coming instead of one day a week started coming pretty much every day after school, my childhood background is with rabbits. So shortly after I started as a volunteer. The SPCA took in hundred sixty seven rabbits and at the time. No, one knew anything about rabbits. We had to hold them as alarm force case, they were all sick and needed to be Medicated daily. So I helped out with that pretty much every single day and really decided that at some point that a really. Wanted to have a career with animal welfare. And not as veterinarian. I think when I was a kid. I thought the only thing you can do if you wanna work with animals, this to be a veterinarian I decided somewhere along my college career that the SPCA was where I wanted to be long term and have stayed here ever since can you describe a little bit wet the MSP was like that one thousand nine hundred four. Yeah. It was you know, I it's the only shelter that I ever news. I didn't think anything different of it. But it was a pretty bleak place with a big heart in his way. I would describe it the building that we were operating out of was described to me originally as a garage and chicken coop or sorry pigeon coupon top of the garage Nevins farm was never a place that was supposed to be a place where cats dogs are going to be held. It was started as a retirement farm for working horses, but over time horses stopped being the primary mode of transportation took over with police cars instead of police horses and the number of homeless animals started to rise. So that's where that little space got converted into a place to hold GATS dog. At the time. When I first started the cats and dogs all lived in one big room. And that was really all we had been. So every morning we would turn six dogs out into the outside Penn area and give the cats a little bit of a break. But it was a looking back at it. Now, it was a pretty stressful devastating place for animals to be and at some point where he luckily able to get a separate cat rooms while we waited for a new building. And in two thousand four we moved into a brand new state of the art nineteen thousand square foot building that really took into consideration the needs of the animals, so it was a really tough beginning for us. But I think it made us a little bit stronger in hit made us appreciate really where we're at today sell in describing where you are right now. How does that building serve cats, and what sort of programs are you doing to help community cats now? Well, I think the first and foremost our adoption program is become very strong having a building in which the animals stress is focused on right off the bat when the cats come into our shelter. They're able to go into a quiet area. They have sunlight in the back of the cages with a glass Bak cages. So even though they're in cages, they're still getting a little bit more enrichment right off the bat and a little less scary. I experience and then our Dopp shin floor. We have multiple spaces available for cats with different personalities cats like it to be a pie can be in our tall. Townhouse cages gets that need a big wide. Bottom space because they're bigger cats have on the showcase cages that are have good floor space cats like to be with other cats can hang out in our colony rooms. So we have different spaces that accommodate each cats personalities, and I think for community cats one of the things that we've been able to do is we have now a surgical suite. With veterinarians veterinary technicians that are able to do low cost spay neuter surgery right here in our building. And that's been able to allow us to program around the needs of our community and especially with cats. That's

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