External Facing Medical Care

To implement external-facing full service free, low cost, or crowd funded care for fostered, owned (at high risk of relinquishment), and found animals in the Tier 1 communities To develop a roadmap for “how” this can be duplicated in more communities.


Dr. Ellen Jefferson holding small tabby cat
Dr. Ellen Jefferson, D.V.M.
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Kathleen Makolinski

Abbie Knudsen
Aimee St. Arnaud
Aleisha Swartz
Amanda Taylor
Audrey Shoemaker
Belinda Bell
Brad Shear
Chumkee Aziz
Elizebeth Berliner
Ellen Jefferson, DVM
Eric Boehm
Erin Katribe
Gary Weitzman
Geraldine D’Silva
J.J. Rawlinson
Jenn Geibel
Jeremy Prupas
Jordana Moerbe
Kathleen Makolinski
Kathryn Lund
Kelley Meyers
Kim Van Syoc
Laurie Peek
Linda Jacobson
Lisa Feder
Lisa Labrecque
Maria Anselmo
Maureen Sosa
Megan McAndrew
Melissa Robinson
Michael Blackwell
Michael Burk
Nipuni Ratnayaka
Pam Runquist
Pamela Krausz
Robert Murtaugh DVM
Sadie Scott, DVM
Staci Kehir DVM
Stephanie Miller
Tanya Firmage
Teresa Johnson
Tiffany Bogart (Dr.)
Wendy Welling
Zarah Hedge


The External Facing Medical Care group is working on providing some easy short term deliverables that will help other organizations develop a process for triaging animals that need medical care or will be surrendered. This working group hopes to hold a summit or webinar to talk through these as well as share decision trees and rudimentary “how to” documents. The group is also discussing piloting a partnership with a veterinary corporation to prevent all medical surrenders. Stay tuned!

The External Facing Medical Care Working Group has created sub-groups; In-Shelter Support, Working with Partners, and Creating a New Model. The sub-groups are creating concise how-to’s to share with the tier shelters on how to implement each, depending on what the shelter and communities resources are. We are also waiting on data from Project 2 so we can help Tier 1 cities understand and plan to meet their goals for helping the public with full service medical care.

After a very productive 1st month of creating guiding principals, a mission statement, and inviting expert guest speakers, the group has created 3 subgroups that will focus on the three different types of medical care that can be provided: in shelter support, partnering with local clinics and NPO’s, and creating a new model.

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