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) with a master's degree in animal behavior. Lindsay is a Karen Pryor Academy (KPA) course developer and has served as a KPA faculty member since 2012. Lindsay’s goal is to help behavior consultants and shelter professionals apply behavior-change science to their everyday professional lives. Her focus is on stripping labels, flipping prevailing ideas on their sides for a better view, and honing in on systematic ways to advance strategies.

Lindsay consults for animal shelters across the country and provides 1:1 mentorship opportunities for behavior consultants. She previously served as the Director of Operations for Lynchburg Humane Society in Virginia and as the Director of Animal Training and Behavior for the Humane Society of Boulder Valley in Boulder, Colorado.