Webinar: How animal shelters can save lives and lower costs with low- and no-fee cat adoptions

June 15, 2017

How would you like to save more cats’ lives, do more adoptions, and cut costs at your animal shelter? This webinar shows you how!

In just one year, Iowa’s Dubuque Regional Humane Society decreased cat euthanasia by 82 percent and increased the cat adoption rate by 40 percent. By shortening length of stay, cat care costs were cut by over $100,000.

The primary success factor was a permanent decrease in cat adoption fees. More cats were adopted, with no increase in returns or adopted cats admitted as strays.

Please join us on Thursday, July 6, 2017, for Saving Lives and Reducing Expenses through Low- and No-Fee Cat Adoptions, a free Million Cat Challenge webinar with Maria Benham and Aimee Heinrich of the Dubuque Regional Humane Society.

This webinar will cover:

  • How cats were adopted into homes and lives saved
  • How approval was obtained from the board of directors
  • How length of stay and associated expenses decreased
  • How concerns in the community were addressed
  • Other benefits experienced from this change

Registration for Saving Lives and Reducing Expenses through Low- and No-Fee Cat Adoptions is open now:


If you’re able to attend the live presentation on Thursday, July 6, at noon Pacific/3 PM Eastern, you’ll have the opportunity to ask questions. However, if you can’t be there that afternoon, sign up any way, as you’ll get a notice when the on-demand archived version of the presentation is available.

About the Presenters

Benham_Maria1Maria Benham

Maria Benham has been president and CEO of the Dubuque Regional Humane Society since October 2013.

She has a bachelor’s degree in marketing, an MBA, and over 20 years of nonprofit management experience.

Working at the DRHS pairs two of her greatest passions – animal welfare and nonprofit excellence. Maria shares her homes with six children – two human, three canine and one snake.

Heinrich_AimeeAimee Heinrich

Aimee Heinrich is director of operations at the Dubuque Regional Humane Society. She has held every animal care position in the nine years she’s worked at the DRHS. Aimee’s compassion, creativity and ability to change has led to an 80 percent decrease in dog and cat euthanasia in two years.

Aimee and her husband share their home with six dogs and two cats.








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  1. How can I register?

    Comment by Danette — June 15, 2017 @ 11:24 pm

  2. Danette, the “Register” link in the post will take you there, or you can just go here: https://event.on24.com/eventRegistration/EventLobbyServlet?target=reg20.jsp&referrer=http%3A%2F%2Fblog.millioncatchallenge.org%2Fwebinar-how-animal-shelters-can-save-lives-and-lower-costs-with-low-and-no-fee-cat-adoptions%2F&eventid=1442684&sessionid=1&key=637CFD5417371D58B79FAD5009444321&regTag=&sourcepage=register

    Comment by mccadmin — June 15, 2017 @ 11:54 pm

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