Innovative Approaches to Helping People and Pets: Bringing It All Together


Dr. Roger Haston, Chief Analytical Officer, PetSmart Charities

Much of the animal sheltering world has been focused on how to improve the lives of pets that end up in shelters. In this session, we will look at some of the key trends impacting animal welfare and veterinary medicine. We will then delve into some of the innovative approaches that are reaching out beyond the shelter walls and into the communities to help not only pet homelessness but really find ways to preserve, improve and grow the bond between people and pets. This will include a look at how animal welfare groups and veterinarians, both for-profit and not-for-profit, can benefit from each other. We will also examine the importance of animals in the human sector and look at how concepts like "One Health" will become more and more important when talking about the future of animal welfare.


  1. Large-scale trends in animal welfare and how they impact the future.
  2. A view of successful community-based programs that can be modeled for a variety of communities.
  3. An understanding of the potential that is untapped in the relationship between animal welfare and veterinary medicine.

Dr. Haston received a PhD in geophysics from the University of California Santa Barbara and a MBA in finance from Rice University. He has worked in the oil and gas industry and started and owned several successful businesses. In 2012, he dedicated himself full-time to animal welfare and now is the Chief Analytical Officer for PetSmart Charities. He also serves on the Boards of Emancipet, Animal Grant Makers, National Council on Pet Population and Shelter Animals Count.

Read our interview with Dr. Roger Haston here.