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Compassion, innovation and common sense: Interview with Mitch Schneider

Mitch Schneiderof WCRAS is a 2010 Henry Bergh Leadership Award winner.
Mitch Schneiderof WCRAS is a 2010 Henry Bergh Leadership Award winner.
Nathan Winograd

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    Thomas Cole 4 years ago

    Mitch stated, "Just that with the economy the way it is, society needs us to choose collaboration over competition and work together."

    So why are there still so many separate rescue groups and shelters in Washoe County? Why can't they come under one umbrella and "work together" as a group? Lots of egos at work, aren't there?

    It all sounds nice but not until Americans can set aside their petty little differences and egos will this problem be solved. Animal rescue is not an "industry," and it's not a place for division or competition.

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    Valerie Hayes 4 years ago

    What is wrong with having a number of separate groups working together? I see diversity as a source of strength and subsuming all groups "under one umbrella" as the road to bureaucracy. I really don't see why merging all groups into one would be desirable or advantageous.

    One of the things Mitch Schneider emphasized was the importance of collaboration and of people setting aside their egos to Washoe County's No Kill success. Given that they have one of the highest rates of lifesaving in the country, I'd say that their system is succeeding and that it is *not* an example of "lots of egos at work".

  • Diane 4 years ago

    Wonderful interview; intelligent questions asked leading to a better understanding of Mr. Schneider's philosophy. That man is beautiful, btw, and the award well deserved.

  • Karen Fishler 4 years ago

    Terrific interview. So appreciative that you are talking with all the Henry Bergh Leadership Award winners -- each of their perspectives is interesting and unique. Congratulations to Mr. Schneider.

    Though I live in another part of the country, I was curious how Washoe County Animal Services communicates with their community -- such a well-done, friendly, open site. Also, a link at the bottom of one of their pages led to the curriculum for the upcoming National Animal Control Association training summit, to be held in Reno in May. Both Mr. Schneider and Bonney Brown will be presenting workshops.

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    Valerie Hayes 4 years ago

    Thanks Diane and Karen. I'm really enjoying doing this interview series and learning a lot. Each leader's perspective has enriched my thinking on this subject and I'm glad to be able to share it with others.

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