The HSUS organizes most of the animal protection movement’s marquee events. Right now we’re gearing up for our Genesis Awards in Los Angeles, we’ve just opened registration for the Taking Action for Animals conference in Washington, D.C. in July, and we’re working full-tilt to prepare for our Animal Care Expo, April 6-9 in Las Vegas.
I’ve met thousands of dedicated animal care and sheltering professionals and other animal advocates in my years of attending Animal Care Expo and find the event to be inspiring. It’s the animal sheltering and rescue community’s largest educational conference and tradeshow—we’re offering 48 workshops and eight daylong certificate courses this year—and we draw attendees from both the U.S. and abroad. We all gather together with a passion for learning how to best end pet overpopulation and protect animals in our communities. If you want to get involved in animal protection, or if you are already immersed in the cause, you must come to the event.
And this year, for the first time, we've combined forces with our National Conference for Animals in Disaster, so we’ll welcome emergency managers and responders to the mix and offer special courses and workshops just for them to ensure pets are included in community disaster plans. And we've added an international track to address the challenging issues in developing countries.
I’ll speak at the event about our efforts to promote adoption and halt euthanasia of healthy and treatable animals. Richard Avanzino, president of Maddie’s Fund, will join me in introducing our new Ad Council campaign to promote pet adoption. Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson will offer the welcoming address; he’s the international best-selling author of “When Elephants Weep,” “Dogs Never Lie About Love,” and just-released, “The Face on Your Plate: The Truth about Food.” We’ll be joined by two other authors—life coach for dogs Tamar Gellar (“The Loved Dog: The Playful, Nonaggressive Way to Teach Your Dog Good Behavior”) and our own Jennifer Fearing (“Dogs at Work: A Practical Guide to Creating Dog-Friendly Workplaces”)—along with dozens of other top experts in our field.
Make a commitment to get more deeply involved in the cause of protecting animals this year. And there’s no better way to get active than to attend one, two or three of these stellar events. Early registration ends this Saturday, Feb. 28 for Animal Care Expo, and the Genesis Awards occurs on March 28. Don’t miss these deadlines!