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Mike Arms to advocate for animals at business school

Mike Arms is advocating for animals a whole new way!
Helen Woodward Animal Center

People all over the world are familiar with Mike Arms, animal advocate and President of Helen Woodward Animal Center (HWAC). This incredible man has created multiple life-saving programs in the world of animal welfare which makes him a regular keynote speaker at animal welfare organizations and veterinary colleges across the globe.

Due to this revolutionary business-focused push in the shelter world, Mr. Arms has been invited to speak at the University of Victoria’s Peter B. Gustavson School of Business. He will conduct this first-rate speech on Thursday, July 31st. Arms certainly has a ‘mind for business!’

This speech will take place in Victoria, British Columbia at the Global Leaders Festival which will take place at the stated University. The university is an internationally accredited organization. It is ranked among the top business schools in Canada. It prides itself on a professional focus of an all-encompassing worldview and a social responsibility to “do the right thing.”

Mike Arms is a natural fit for speaker for the class of 150 undergraduate business students since he has dedicated his entire life to revolutionizing animal welfare. He is known worldwide for his business-focused approach to revamping the shelter system which aims to put an end to unnecessary euthanasia.

University of Victoria’s Peter B. Gustavson School of Business was founded in 1990 with an educational approach relying on four value pillars: international, integrative, innovative and sustainability/social responsibility. These values have been incorporated throughout the school’s program in course content, in teaching style, in developing students' global mindset and in areas of specialization. The school’s vision is to “pioneer business education that creates sustainable value,” and to instruct their students to become “positive agents of change.”

It was a very special decision to invite the Helen Woodward animal Center’s President to speak at the Global Leaders Festival! Arms, who is known for his heartfelt and motivational speeches, has served as the keynote speaker at animal welfare organizations and veterinary colleges across the globe. However, this is the first time a business focused college has approached him for his business mind and Mike feels especially honored to accept the invitation. The President of HWAC is a shining example of Gustavson’s principals as a world renowned pioneer in the animal welfare industry.

Mike Arms is single-handedly responsible for creating the International Pet Adopt-a-thon, the International Home 4 The Holidays program which, in partnership with national animal organizations, has placed over 9.3 million pets in homes since 1999 and, most recently, the International Remember Me Thursday Campaign – holding candle lighting ceremonies across the world for healthy orphan pets who lost their lives to euthanasia.

Arms also began the Business of Saving Lives Workshops at Helen Woodward Animal Center in 2001. The workshops offer quarterly, free, three-day workshops which are taught by Center management team members on the Rancho Santa Fe, California grounds. For more than twelve years, animal lovers, shelter workers, and humanitarians have made the “pilgrimage” to learn more effective ways to increase adoptions and lower euthanasia. The workshops have attracted shelter workers from throughout the United States and as far away as Argentina, China, Ethiopia, India, Ireland, Kenya, Romania, and Singapore. Workshop graduates report sweeping, business-changing results, placing more pets in lifelong homes, generating added funds to carry on their programs, and expanding their reach into their communities.

"The mistake we make is thinking that we need to use our hearts when it is actually our minds that make the difference," stated Arms. "I look forward to meeting this bright group of students. I dedicate my mind to orphan pets every day and every year I see forward movement in the industry. The sky is the limits for these students if they put their minds to making a positive change in the world."

For information on Helen Woodward Animal Center or President and CEO Mike Arms, please go to, call 858-756-4117 or stop by at 6461 El Apajo Road in Rancho Santa Fe.

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