Calendar of Compassion

By on March 18, 2008 with 0 Comments By Wayne Pacelle

If you are part of The HSUS, we want you to do more than just make regular donations. We want you to be a participant in a collective effort to achieve societal change for animals. That will only happen when we have a mass movement of people demanding political, corporate, and cultural reforms. More specifically, we want to you be involved as a political advocate, a humane consumer, and an ambassador of our ideals, spreading awareness about animal cruelty and urging others to join our movement.

One tremendous way to know that you are part of a larger movement, and also to build your awareness and your skills, is to attend and participate in some of our major events. The Humane Society of the United States conducts a series of events every year that engage and train thousands of people and recognize talented individuals for their work for animals. These events provide a variety of opportunities to join us, meet our staff, network with others who care about animals, celebrate the role of animals in our lives, and learn how to make an even bigger difference for animals. I hope you’ll make plans to join me at one of these extraordinary events in the coming months.

Upcoming Events

The Genesis Awards
March 29

Animal Care Expo 2008
May 14-17

National Conference on Animals in Disaster
June 3-6

Taking Action for Animals
July 19-21

For more information about any of these events, email

The Genesis Awards
The Genesis Awards, held March 29 at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, pays tribute to outstanding works in television, film, print and the arts for raising public understanding of animal issues. The star-studded ceremony draws representatives from the media, entertainment, social, business and humane communities and bestows awards by a host of celebrity presenters. The event is taped for broadcast to expose millions of viewers, and has a celebratory theme—showcasing people who use their talents to make change.

“CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” the TV documentary “Planet in Peril,” and National Geographic magazine are among this year’s nominees. And Hayden Panettiere, star of NBC’s “Heroes,” will be honored with the Wyler Award (named after Genesis Awards founder Gretchen Wyler, who passed away last year) for drawing worldwide attention to Japan’s whale and dolphin slaughter. Tickets for the event, which start at $300, can still be purchased through next Monday, March 24.

Animal Care Expo 2008
The biggest animal protection conference in the nation, Animal Care Expo trains, empowers and motivates people who work in animal sheltering, care, control, and rescue. More than 1,500 professional animal workers and volunteers from coast to coast and six continents attend Expo annually in search of new ways to help animals in need.

This year’s conference will be held May 14-17 at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort at Walt Disney World® Resort, Florida in Orlando. We’re offering 48 educational sessions on everything from improving pit bull adoptions to reuniting lost pets to implementing spay/neuter programs. I’ll be kicking off the event with a look at the state of animal protection, followed by keynote addresses from Patrick McDonnell, HSUS board member and creator of the Mutts® comic strip, and Berkeley Breathed, Pulitzer Prize-winning creator of the Bloom County comic strip and author of the book “Flawed Dogs.”

National Conference on Animals in Disaster
Hurricane Katrina underscored the need for every community to have plans for animals in disaster. But The HSUS has been hosting the National Conference on Animals in Disaster long before Katrina struck the Gulf Coast. The conference—held this year from June 3-6 in Sacramento, Calif.—is designed to improve future disaster preparedness and response. The event provides an invaluable opportunity to speak with leaders in the animal disaster response and planning community, learn how to become a National Disaster Animal Response Team (NDART) volunteer, and gain ideas for implementing disaster plans for animals in your own community.

Taking Action for Animals

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Network with other advocates at Taking Action for Animals.

Taking Action for Animals is an exciting educational conference designed to motivate, inform and inspire anyone who’d like to make a difference for animals. The annual event brings together seasoned animal activists, along with those just beginning their journey into the world of animal protection. You can learn the latest ideas and tactics from dozens of presenters on a range of issues, meet hundreds of other advocates, and leave with the tools you’ll need to take action back home.

This year’s conference will be held July 19-21 in Arlington, Va. Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) will provide the keynote address, while the musical political satire group Capitol Steps and comedian Carol Leifer, writer for "Seinfeld,” "The Larry Sanders Show," and "Saturday Night Live,” will provide entertainment at the banquet dinner.

Please think about coming to these events, and recruit others to come. We know you won’t be disappointed—and these events just might change your life.

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