Margaret Ann Dimond teaches at Michigan State University, where she serves as an assistant professor and provides instruction in areas such as organizational and nonprofit administration. Outside of her academic career, Margaret Ann Dimond supports the efforts of the Michigan Humane Society.
During the winter months, it is usually not good for pets to be left outside for extended time periods. While some animals can stay outside in near-zero temperatures, the Michigan Humane Society recommends that all pet owners bring their pets inside for the winter. Under state law, pets that are left outside, even during non-winter months, must have access to necessities such as shelter, water, and food.
During the winter months, cats that typically roam around neighborhoods often seek warm places to hide. One popular spot for felines is in car engines, so be sure to check there before starting the car to make sure a cat hasn’t settled in there to stay warm. For family pets that stay outside, make sure their water supply remains unfrozen and check ears as well as paws regularly. If these body parts are pale, the animal may have frostbite and needs to see a veterinarian as soon as possible.
Graduate professor and researcher Margaret Ann Dimond serves as an assistant professor at Michigan State University, where she teaches courses on organizational leadership and nonprofit administration. A longtime dog lover, Margaret Ann Dimond supports the Michigan Humane Society, which publishes an abundance of information related to pet behavior.
Early in life, dogs can display fear corresponding to certain external stimuli or perhaps to a specific person or situation. Rescued animals often exhibit fearful responses when they are in an environment that reminds them of an abusive situation. Once these fears have become manifest, it is important to address them immediately before they exacerbate and become more serious.
Initially, it is important to resist the urge to provide immediate comfort to a dog when it displays fear. It may seem counterintuitive, but by petting the dog, the owner is reinforcing an unhelpful cycle by “rewarding” the animal for being fearful.
Instead, a common method of addressing fear in dogs is by implementing a thorough desensitization process. Owners do this by systematically exposing the dog to smaller versions of its fears while repeating “trick and reward” activities during the exposure. It’s important to start small with this process. Only escalate the desensitization process once the dog has shown it is comfortable with the current level of stimulus.
If a dog has become so fearful of a particular person, or types of people, that it has become aggressive, owners are encouraged to seek the help of a dog behavior professional rather than try to tackle the issue on their own.
Dr. Margaret Ann Dimond is a clinical assistant professor at Michigan State University’s School of Social Work. She holds a PhD from Michigan State University and two master’s degrees: an MPA from the University of Michigan and an MSW from Boston College. Recently, Margaret Ann Dimond began teaching classes for nonprofit leaders with the aim of building an organizational culture that understands and embraces competence and diversity.
There is a surprising gap in minority representation in nonprofit workplaces in the United States. According to a recent study, well over three-quarters of nonprofit employees are white, while only 10 percent are black, 5 percent are Hispanic/Latino, 3 percent identify as Other, and 1 percent are Asian/Pacific Islander. Though a little less than 90 percent of employees think their organization values diversity, over 70 percent say their employer doesn’t do enough to promote it practically.
The consequences for nonprofits with this gap in representation in their communities may include the inability to attract and retain talented job candidates, decreased employee satisfaction, and damage to reputation as they struggle to apply their values. Often nonprofit leaders need help to learn how to build and sustain diversity in their organization. Seeking resources, including workshops, classes, and other forms of continuing education, can aid nonprofit leaders as they take practical strides to answer the call for inclusiveness in their communities.