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PAAW Biannual Meeting Spring 2021

An initiative of CFSA, Pima Alliance for Animal Welfare (PAAW) is working to ensure that all Pima County companion animals have a loving home and humane care.

Please join us for the Spring 2021 PAAW Biannual Community Meeting on March 19, 2021.  This meeting will take place virtually through Zoom from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM. Register here!

PAAW Biannual Meetings convene members of the animal welfare community to network and learn from one another.  These meetings are open to anyone in the community who cares about animals and wants to learn about trends in animal welfare or how to get involved.

Schedule of Events

8:50 – 9:00 AM | Zoom Meeting Room Opens
9:00 – 9:30 AM | Welcome & Introductions
9:35 – 10:10 AM | Community Speaker: Dr. Genie Joseph, PhD

Animals Raise Resilience: What we can Learn from Non-Human Animals
Interacting with animals with respect increases our resilience. This 30 minute workshop explores how animals have a unique purpose. They have opinions and great wisdom to offer their human friends.  We will explore ten simple ways that animals can help you to “come to your senses” by connecting with your animal nature to feel more joy in your life.

10:10 – 10:20 AM | Questions + Answers with Dr. Genie Joseph
10:25 – 10:35 AM | PAAW Workgroup Updates
10:35 – 10:45 AM | Shelter Updates + Questions
10:45 – 11:00 AM | Community Updates + Goodbyes

Please contact Kelly Huber with any questions at

Our Presenter

Genie Joseph, PhD, is the Executive Director of The Human-Animal Connection, a new 501c3 organization dedicated to bringing people and animals together for the benefit of both. The Human-Animal Connection offers free therapy dog visits to veterans, Active Duty, Health Care Providers, and anyone experiencing stress in the field of Service to Others. We also offer free educational classes and zoom sessions to help people deepen their connection to animals, increase empathy, and facilitate cross-species communication. Genie is an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker and creator of The Act Resilient Method and author of the book by that same name. Act Resilient, which works with Therapy Animals, has been presented to over 4,000 Service Members and their families, and for this work, she was given President Obama’s Volunteer Service Award. And her team at Tripler Army Medical Center was given a National Award for Workplace Resilience from the American Psychological Association. She is a volunteer at the Humane Society of Southern Arizona and shares her life with her rescue dog, Sophia, who has brought smiles to many humans.