Posted January 04, 2020 at 11:06 AM Under "Conferences, Workshops, & Seminars"
Animal Sheltering Conferences

Is there a comprehensive list of conferences around the US? Would you be willing to share which conferences you attend? I'm aware of The Association's, Best Friends, and Expo.

  • January 06, 2020 at 09:34 AM
    Best Answer

    Here's a list to start - there are likely more regional ones out there:

    Utah Animal Control Officers Conference
    American Pets Alive! Conference
    Florida Animal Control Association (FACA) Conference
    Animal Care Conference (CA)
    Virginia Federation of Humane Societies Conference
    New England Federation of Humane Societies
    Texas Unites for Animals
    HSUS Animal Care Expo
    IAWF Prairie States Animal Welfare Conference
    SAWA Management
    Best Friends National Conference
    Southeastern Animal Control Association (SACA) Conference
    ASPCA Cornell Maddie's Shelter Medicine Conference
    Colorado Animal Welfare Conference
    National Animal Control Association (NACA) Annual Training Summit
    Great Lakes Animal Welfare Conference/ Michigan Partnership for Animal Welfare (MPAW)
    North Carolina Animal and Rabies Control Association Conference
    Carolinas Unite Animal Welfare Professionals Conference
    Georgia Companion Animal Conference
    Texas Animal Control Association (TACA) Conference
    SAWA Annual

    • January 06, 2020 at 12:24 PM

      I hadn't heard of half of these - thank you!

  • January 17, 2020 at 09:09 AM

    The date for The University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine's 12th Annual Shelter Medicine Symposium has just been announced...

    SUNDAY, FEB 9TH, 8A-4P

    No charge to attend, includes breakfast, lunch, vendor swag. Speakers tbd, but usually includes variety of worthwhile topics. CE credit available for fee. If you are within a couple of hours from Athens, GA, I recommend it.

  • January 16, 2020 at 10:43 AM

    I recently attended the Best Friends Southeast regional Summit. One of the resources provided was this Humane Animal Control Manual. Very comprehensive...might be useful for talking points, local instruction & validation of concepts. It can be downloaded from their website (but use search engine because link printed on cover doesn't seem to work yet). E-version attached.

  • January 07, 2020 at 06:44 AM

    American Pets Alive! also has an annual conference in Austin. Coming up soon at the end of February.

  • January 06, 2020 at 08:56 AM

    I also do not know about a comprehensive list, so following to learn more!

    What region are you in? I know there are a lot of smaller, regional conferences that might not get as much "publicity" as the national events but can have excellent content. We host a small, local/regional conference every year here in New Mexico (the New Mexico Humane Conference). And in our region, the other events I know about (although have not gotten to go to yet) include Texas Unites for Animals ( and the Colorado Animal Welfare Conference ( NACA also hosts events in our region frequently, and their annual conference moves and is in Reno this year.

    I've attended Expo, which was awesome. Mostly, though, have been to topical conferences for Humane Education and behavior/training.