Join us for a Community Conversation and learn how you can help make San Antonio a no-kill city.
This free event features Mike Arms and his team from the Helen Woodward Animal Center, who will share their expertise and help San Antonians tailor their campaigns to meet the needs of the community. They understand that no-kill isn't just about animal rescuers or the spay/neuter effort, it is the entire community working together toward the shared goal of becoming a no-kill city.
Join us to learn how you can make a difference in pet overpopulation here in San Antonio.
Mike Arms, Keynote Speaker
Helen Woodward Animal Center President Michael Arms is back in San Antonio this year to help us fine tune our amazing marketing skills that we developed last year while he was here. He is a pioneer in the animal welfare industry and recognized worldwide as the creator of both the International Pet Adoptathon and "Iams Home 4 the Holidays."
Since Mike’s arrival in 1999, the Helen Woodward Animal Center in San Diego, California has grown dramatically. For more than 30 years, the No-Kill Center has provided humane care and animal adoption for orphaned animals, as well as animal-centered educational and therapeutic programs for people. The Center is a dynamic, evolving institution that is an agent of change for the animal welfare world.
Renee Resko, Panel Discussion Topic Expert (Fundraising)
Renee Resko is the Vice President of Development at Helen Woodward Animal Center and has been at the Center for 14 years. She oversees the Center’s Special Events, Major Gifts, Donor Relations, Planned Giving, Public Relations and its new resale store. Renee has traveled with Mike to provide educational workshops to organizations across the country and around the world including Puerto Rico and Orlando, Florida. She has worked in the non-profit field in San Diego for over 20 years, since graduating from University of San Diego. Renee graduated from USD in 1993 with a Major in Political Science and a Minor in History.
Renee has a Master’s Degree in Instructional Leadership from National University and is devoted in her volunteer efforts to helping children and animals. Renee is the founder and former President of Turtleback Education Foundation, sits on the auction committee for Meadowbrook Foundation’s annual fund raising event, and is on the Advisory Board of United Through Reading. She was also a Girl Scout leader for 4 years and a Science Olympiad Coach and Assistant Coach at the middle school level.
Jessica Gercke, Panel Discussion Topic Expert (Marketing)
Jessica Gercke is the Public Relations Manager for the Helen Woodward Center. Before joining the Center, Jessica spent over 14 years as a Radio Advertising Account Executive for Lincoln Financial Media, creating and refining media/publicity campaigns for a wide variety of professional industries. She spent the next 3 years working as a Communication and Outreach Director for a major San Diego Theatre, where her responsibilities included one-on-one interactions with San Diego News media, planning and developing unique publicity events and interacting with high-level financial donors and sponsors.
Through it all, her heart and soul belonged to animals. It has been a true joy for her to put her knowledge of marketing and publicity to work for our furry friends in need of forever homes.
When & Where
Talk About It!
Talk About It!, the Animal No-Kill program of the San Antonio Area Foundation, educates the community on the importance of Care. Adopt. Neuter. to help San Antonio become the largest no-kill city in the nation.
No-kill means any healthy, treatable, or adoptable pet that ends up at the city shelter will not be put down simply because there is no space for them.
Established in 2007, Talk About It! serves as the driving force to bring people together in an effort to make San Antonio a better place for companion pets.