Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

Margaret Mead

Animals and Society Institute, Ann Arbor, MI

Good Cause:

The Animals and Society Institute helps improve and expand knowledge about human-animal relationships in order to create safer and more compassionate communities for all. We direct ASI's Human-Animal Program that equips people who are working in the areas of primary, secondary and tertiary prevention and treatment of animal abuse with state-of-the-art resources. We train human service providers to identify, evaluate, and treat individuals who have abused animals. We provide the public and a wide range of professionals with information and resources, including a database of effective and promising human-animal interaction programs and practices, virtual trainings and in-person presentations on children’s relationships with animals, and diversion and intervention programs. Our research-to-practice briefs translate research on human-animal relationships into information that shelter, rescue and other “hands-on” animal agency professionals can use to improve the well-being of animals and people alike.

Great Results:
  • Conceptualizing and implementing a successful fundraising campaign to support scholarships for ASI’s first-ever Summer Institute for human-animal studies scholars, exceeding the fundraising goal by more than 50%.
  • Creating a one-of-a-kind, 16-week intervention/diversion program for animal abuse offenders and a half-day psycho-educational program designed to teach participants how to care responsibly and empathically for companion animals.
  • Developing a conceptual framework (logic model) to integrate multiple program components and guide program development and expansion.
  • Leading a strategic planning effort for a Kansas City coalition that is now working to raise awareness of the relationship between animal cruelty and other forms of violence.
  • Leading a strategic planning effort for the Animals and Society Institute.
  • Writing a case statement to be used for fundraising.
  • Developing communication tools, including elevator speeches, brochures, and a comprehensive messaging grid to support all of ASI’s communication efforts.
  • Writing a successful grant proposal to expand our work in Chicago and Ohio. In both Chicago and Columbus, Ohio we have conducted workshops for juvenile probation officers, prosecutors, judges, and domestic violence service providers on animal abuse, its relevance to their work, and the critical role they play in early identification and intervention. We have also trained mental health professionals in AniCare, the first psychological treatment model for people who abuse animals. As a result of our work, youth who enter the Cook County, IL court system are now regularly screened for exposure to animal abuse as either a witness or a victim, and intervention is provided, as needed.
  • Being invited by Acting Assistant Attorney General Mary Lou Leary to participate in the Department of Justice’s Animal Cruelty—Public Safety Listening Session on April 30, 2013. The purpose of the event was to facilitate a conversation among 20 experts from various fields, including research and practice, about priorities in responding to animal cruelty and the nexus between animal cruelty and public safety. The Department of Justice sought to identify gaps that need to be addressed, explore strategies to address those gaps, and identify promising practices that could be replicated.
Category: Evaluation | Grant Writing | Program Development | Program Management | Strategic Planning | Training


“The content in Lisa’s webinar series on children and animal abuse is cutting edge and invaluable to social work practice. I will be referencing it in my teaching and writing. With the majority of US households having at least one companion animal, and given the empirically-supported connections between violence toward animals and violence toward humans, it is crucial that social workers are able to competently assess and intervene in situations where humans and animals may be at risk. These seminars equip social workers to be able to do so!”

Janet Hoy, Ph.D., L.I.S.W.-S., University of Toledo

Lisa has a unique combination of sophisticated analytic skills and the ability to present information clearly and vividly. Her contributions to the emerging field of human-animal interaction (HAI) have been substantial, e.g., she is responsible for developing an Evaluation Toolkit for the Section on Human-Animal Interaction, Society of Counseling Psychology, American Psychological Association that will provide guidance and resources for evaluating animal-related programs throughout the U.S. This first-of-its-kind resource will help shape programs, policy and professional practice in HAI.

Lisa Lunghofer brings organizations a set of skills dearly needed in the nonprofit sector: critical tools for organizational strategic planning, program design and implementation, and evaluation. Combined with this background, her passion for bettering the lives of both animals and humans–especially through the ways in which animals and humans connect with one another–gives her a keen understanding of the key issues in our field. Her work is helping organizations like the Animals and Society Institute build a bridge between science and practice.

Maya Gupta, Ph.D. - Former Executive Director, Animals and Society Institute, Ann Arbor, Michigan

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