Upcoming Learning Opportunities in Animal Welfare

I know I haven’t written much lately – just been too busy.  But I need to make time, and there are a number of great educational/training events coming up you need to know about, so here goes –

  • Next week is the HSUS Cats Workshop in Austin sponsored by PetSmart Charities.  It is called “Rethinking the Cat Symposium” and it is from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm, Thursday, July 31st at the Radisson.  There are two tracks – Community Cats and Adoptable Cats. Admission is free.  See the agenda here, and register here.
  • August 22 and 23rd, the Dallas Companion Animal Project is hosting two day-long Lost Pet Workshops, 1 for rescuers and 1 for shelter staff.  “Crucial Strategies for Lost Pet Recovery” will be held at the Latino Cultural Center in Dallas. The speaker will be Kat Albrecht, founder of Missing Pet Partnership and a nationally recognized expert on reuniting lost pets.  She is a former police officer, field training officer, police detective, and K9 (police bloodhounds and cadaver dogs) trainer, has published several books on the subject, and has spoken at numerous local and national animal welfare conferences.  Admission is free, and the event runs from 8:30 to 4:30 either day.   Find out more here, and register here.


  • Also, in Austin, August 14-17, PetSmart Charities and Found Animals are hosting the 3-day North American Spay Neuter Conference at our favorite hotel, the Austin Renaissance.  There are two tracks, a veterinary track, and a management/operations track, as well as pre-conference wet labs for vets and techs.  Conference registration is $185 and wet labs are an additional $95 each.Find out more and register here.


  • Texas Humane Legislation Network’s 6th Annual Animal Advocacy Conference will be held September 5-6 at the Hotel Palomar in Dallas. Animal rescue and shelter workers, animal control officers, animal law attorneys, animal protection organization volunteers, students, veterinarians, and citizens who care about the welfare of animals are all invited to attend.  Early bird registration (before August 9th) is $130.  Find out more here, and register here.


  • The big one – the Society of Animal Welfare Administrators Conference finally comes to Dallas November 10-12, 2014.  The event will be held at the Hyatt Regency downtown.  SAWA recently announced that the National Council on Pet Population will hold its second Research Symposium in conjunction with the SAWA 2014 Annual Conference.  Registration opens in August.  Find out more here.


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