Behavior Management on a Budget: Solutions for Cash-Strapped Shelters

Every shelter has expectations about what they want and hope to accomplish. But, too often, staff members in shelters become discouraged or fail to succeed because of a wide range of factors. There may not be staff members with an understanding of behavior, the number of animals can be overwhelming, and/or the number of problems is so large that staff members are focused on “putting out fires.” All of these challenges can derail the many great hopes and plans that people have for the shelter.

Many shelters have difficulty throwing organizational budget and time behind behavior management, for example. Frequently it’s left on the “nice to have if we had budget and time” wish list.

Lindsay Wood Brown has experience building and managing behavior-management programming successfully in two very different parts of the country with two quite different budgets. As a result, she has two quite valuable insights: she understands how to succeed on a tight budget, and she knows what success looks like.

Lindsay will use these experiences to help you understand how to build behavior-management programming on a limited budget and expand the program over time. She’ll share the common challenges she has seen, and the solutions she believes will help cash-strapped shelters implement useful, practical, behavior-management programming. Let’s get going!

Lindsay Wood Brown

Lindsay Wood Brown,  is a board-certified applied animal behaviorist (ACAAB) and a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA CTP) with a master's degree in psychology and a concentration in animal behavior from Hunter College. Lindsay works at Karen Pryor Academy  as a Course Developer and has been a member of the  KPA faculty member since 2012. She specializes in resolving behavior conditions and consults for animal shelters on the design and implementation of behavior programs, effective modification methods for a range of behavior conditions, and development of robust operational strategies to achieve behavioral health within the shelter.

Lindsay served as the Director of Operations for Lynchburg Humane Society (LHS), an open-admissions animal shelter located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Her role at Lynchburg Humane included the oversight of all shelter operations, with a strong focus on behavior and behavior modification to increase the number of animal lives saved and rehomed successfully.

Prior to her role as Director of Operations in Virginia, Lindsay served as the Director of Animal Training and Behavior for the Humane Society of Boulder Valley in Boulder, Colorado. She developed Boulder Humane's Training and Behavior Department, including the curriculum for a wide array of positive reinforcement, clicker training classes for community members. Lindsay also developed the organization's comprehensive behavior modification program, which focuses on rehabilitating dogs with specific concerns, including food-guarding, fearful behavior, body-handling sensitivities, separation anxiety, and dog-dog aggression.