Adoption Options is a FREE multi-city animal welfare workshop tour across North America. Petfinder is proud to bring nationally recognized speakers to local communities. Presented in conjunction with Petco Foundation, each Adoption Options is full of useful information for employees and volunteers of animal shelters and rescue organizations. These single-day workshops cost nothing to attend and cover topics focused around the placement, promotion and behavior of homeless pets.

The mission of Adoption Options is two-fold.

1. We bring nationally recognized speakers to a variety of mid-size and smaller cities.

2. We want to offer a forum for networking amongst animal welfare professionals and volunteers.

Many Adoption Options attendees have not had the opportunity to attend another animal welfare educational conference. By bringing our energizing single-day events to your backyard, we aim to join the local animal welfare community together and drive change that helps you help your community’s pets and people.

Each Adoption Options attendees receives

– Breakfast and lunch
– An Adoption Options tour t-shirt
– Fun freebies to take home
– Copies of each presentation for reference
– A copy of the attendee roster, allowing you to continue networking long after you leave.

Presentation topics may include:

– Shelter medicine (feline URI, disease transmission, controlling ringworm)
– Dog behavior (how to keep your adoptable dogs behaviorally and emotionally healthy while they wait for their new homes)
– Cat behavior (what is Fluffy really trying to tell you and how will this help get her a new home?)
– Creative adoption and fund raising programs that have worked for others–learn the dos and don’ts

And more!

Questions? Email for more information.


    San Juan, PR

    WHEN: January 24, 2014 @ 9:30 am – 5:00 pm

    WHERE: Universidad del Sagrado Corazon (Sacred Heart University)
    Calle Rosales esquina San Antonio
    San Juan, PR 00914

    REGISTERAttendees must register for FREE Adoption Options tickets HERE

    WHAT YOU WILL LEARN: View the full list of workshops and speaker schedule for San Juan HERE

  • Boise, ID

    WHEN: March 14, 2014 @ 9:30 am – 5:00 pm

    WHERE: Holiday Inn – Boise Airport
    2970 W. Elder St.
    Boise, ID 83705

    REGISTER: Attendees must register for FREE Adoption Options tickets HERE

    WHAT YOU WILL LEARN: View the full list of workshops and speaker schedule for Boise, ID HERE

  • Salt Lake City, UT

    WHEN: March 16, 2014 @ 9:30 am – 5:00 pm

    WHERE: DoubleTree Suites by Hilton
    110 West 600 South
    Salt Lake City, UT 84101

    REGISTER: Attendees must register for FREE Adoption Options tickets HERE

    WHAT YOU WILL LEARN: View the workshops and speaker schedule for Salt Lake City, UT HERE!

  • Memphis, TN

    WHEN:  April 7, 2014 @ 9:30 am – 5:00 pm

    WHERE: Holiday Inn and Fogelman Executive Conference Center
    330 Innovation Drive, Suite 206
    Memphis, TN 38152

    REGISTER: Attendees must register for FREE Adoption Options tickets HERE

    WHAT YOU WILL LEARN: View the full list of workshops and speaker schedule for Memphis, TN HERE

  • April 15 – Birmingham, AL
    April 17 –  Atlanta, GA
    April 29 – Charlottesville, VA
    May 1 – Charlotte, NC
    May 8 – St. Cloud, MN
    June 3 – Dallas, TX
    June 5 – Houston, TX
    July 15 – Halifax, NS, Canada
    July 17 – Portland, ME
    August 12 – Seattle, WA
    August 14 – Redmond, OR
    August 19-  Billings, MT
    August 21 – Casper, WY
    September 18 – Wichita, KS
    October 8 – Washington, DC
    October 10 – Madison, NJ
    October 15 – St. Louis, MO
    November 6 – Boston, MA
    November 12 – Parkersburg, WV
    November 14 – Indianapolis, IN
    December 4 – Los Angeles, CA
    December 13 – Tampa, FL
  • Highlighted Speakers


    Dr. Grant Gugisberg

    “Dr. Grant” Grant Gugisberg, D.V.M., is a 1991 graduate of the University of Minnesota.  Licensed in five states, he left his dog and cat practice in 2007 and became owner of Parkview Cat Clinic, located minutes away from the Mall of America. Dr. Grant joined sheltering as one of 19 practices providing care to the local shelter.  He conducted research and participated in national discussions on feline upper respiratory infections. His current interests include behavior and enrichment and internal and geriatric medicine. Along with his wife, Heidi, also a veterinarian, he provides sustenance and love to three cats, one dog, three geese, chickens and a therapy horse. Dr. Grant’s Adoption Options workshops include Cats Are Complex Individuals where he discusses steps to make cats lives better – prior to entering the shelter, while in the shelter and when they arrive in their new home.


    Dr. Stephanie Janeczko

    After receiving her DVM from Cornell in 2004, Dr. Janeczko worked in small animal practice with shelters and rescue groups before returning to Cornell as its first shelter medicine resident. She is board certified in canine and feline practice and is a member of the organizing committee for a board specialty in shelter medicine. She is also a certified animal welfare administrator and president of the Association of Shelter Veterinarians. Dr. Janeczko currently works for the ASPCA as senior director of community outreach shelter medicine programs, working locally in NYC as well as nationally to help shelters and animal welfare groups develop and improve their medical programs. She shares her home with her furry family – four wonderful cats and the two best dogs in the world – along with one very understanding husband! Dr. Stephanie’s Adoption Options workshops include Shelter Medicine 101 where she discusses some of the common challenges shelters and rescue groups face in preventing infectious diseases and keeping the animals in their care healthy.



    Leigh Seigfried, CPDT

    Leigh Siegfried is a certified pet dog trainer (CPDT-KA), a shelter veteran and the owner of Opportunity Barks Behavior & Training, serving Greater Philadelphia and Northern Virginia and offering group training classes, private lessons and behavioral help for dogs and their owners. Shelter pros and shelter dogs have a special place in her heart, and she’s happy to support those that are in the trenches. She was recognized as a Humanitarian Award winner by The American Dog Magazine and welcomes shelter pros and dog owners to pick her brain anytime at or visit Leigh’s Adoption Options workshops include Training Shelter Dogs, where she discusses the importance of achieving and maintaining quality of life for dogs in shelters and covers training, behavior modification programs, and mental, behavioral and emotional stimulation.


  • Miami, FL

    WHEN: December 13, 2013

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    For presentations and workshop materials click HERE

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