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Audra Michael

Director, Pinal County Animal Care and Control

Audra Michael started her career in Animal Care and Control by volunteering. After going on a ride-a-long with an Animal Control Officer, she felt Animal care and Control was her calling. Starting as an Animal Control Officer in 2011, Audra moved up the chain quickly becoming an FTO then a Field Supervisor. In 2015 she was tasked with the job of Interim Director, and was appointed officially 5 months later. In the past 5 years as Director, Audra and her team has brought the live release rate up from 82% to a 94%, and has become more involved with community engagement and helping keep pets in their homes. In 2019 the shelter was able to help over 500 animals stay in their homes through better pet care, building dog houses, micro chipping, vaccines, and free spay/neuter.

Friday Feb 28th, 2020

Keeping Families Together: The Future of Animal Control

Clock Icon5:00 pm - 5:45 pm
Map Icon Capitol D, Sheraton Austin at the Capitol

Join this panel discussion as Marc Peralta leads a discussion with a panel of expert animal protection change-makers. What role does Animal Control play in community lifesaving? Hear how animal protection units around the country are thinking about what's next for animal protection.

Saturday Feb 29th, 2020

We're on the Same Team: ACOs and the Future of Animal Protection

Clock Icon4:45 pm - 5:30 pm
Map Icon Capitol A-C, Sheraton Austin at the Capitol

In order to effectively create change in your organization, you need to manage staff expectations and accountability. This session focuses on how to manage change amongst Animal Control officers. Learn how to build teamwork and camaraderie even when things are different and new and reach your departmental goals.

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