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 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.
– Continuing Education (CE) credits for attendees with CAWA certification*

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!

Please be sure to register 10 days before the event to ensure enough materials for everyone.

Questions? Email for more information.

*Did you know Adoption Options are approved for continuing education credits through The Society of Animal Welfare Administrators (SAWA)? Our courses have been pre-approved for Certified Animal Welfare Administrator continuing education credits. If you would like written verification you attended the Adoption Options, or if you have questions, please email adoptionoptions@petfinder.com


Nashville, TN

WHEN: Wednesday, April 22, 2015 @ 9:30 am – 5:00 pm

WHERE: Williamson County Parks and Rec, Franklin Recreation Complex
1120 Hillsboro Rd.
Franklin, TN 37064

REGISTER: Attendees must register for FREE Adoption Options tickets HERE

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

 


Detroit, MI

WHEN: Friday, May 1, 2015 @ 9:30 am – 5:00 pm

WHERE: Diamond Center at Suburban Collection Showplace
46100 Grand River Avenue
Novi, Michigan 48374

REGISTER: Attendees must register for FREE Adoption Options tickets HERE

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

 


Montgomery, AL

WHEN: Friday, May 15, 2015 @ 9:30 am – 5:00 pm

WHERE: Alabama Activity Center
201 Dexter Avenue
Montgomery, AL 36104

REGISTER: Attendees must register for FREE Adoption Options tickets HERE

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

 


St. Louis, MO

WHEN: Wednesday, June 10, 2015 @ 9:30 am – 5:00 pm

WHERE: Purina Farms
200 Checkerboard Dr.
Gray Summit, MO 63039

REGISTER: Attendees must register for FREE Adoption Options tickets HERE

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN: View the full list of workshops and speaker schedule for St. Louis HERE

 


Reno, NV

WHEN: Thursday, July 9, 2015 @ 9:30 am – 5:00 pm

WHERE: Atlantis Casino Resort Spa
3800 S. Virginia Street
Reno, NV 89502

REGISTER: Attendees must register for FREE Adoption Options tickets HERE

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

 


Denver, CO

WHEN: Monday, July 20, 2015 @ 9:30 am – 5:00 pm

REGISTER: Registration link coming soon!

 


San Antonio, TX

WHEN: Monday, August 10, 2015 @ 9:30 am – 5:00 pm

REGISTER: Registration link coming soon!

 


Allentown, PA

WHEN: Tuesday, August 25, 2015 @ 9:30 am – 5:00 pm

REGISTER: Registration link coming soon!

 


Rutland, VT

WHEN: Monday, September 14, 2015 @ 9:30 am – 5:00 pm

REGISTER: Registration link coming soon!

 


Vancouver, BC

WHEN: Wednesday, October 7, 2015 @ 9:30 am – 5:00 pm

REGISTER: Registration link coming soon!

 


Oklahoma City, OK

WHEN: Monday, October 19, 2015 @ 9:30 am – 5:00 pm

REGISTER: Registration link coming soon!

 


 alt=Dubuque, IA

WHEN: Wednesday, November 4, 2015 @ 9:30 am – 5:00 pm

REGISTER: Registration link coming soon!

 


Tucson, AZ

WHEN: Tuesday, November 10, 2015 @ 9:30 am – 5:00 pm

REGISTER: Registration link coming soon!

 

 

Highlighted Speakers

Linda Reider, Michigan Humane Society
Linda Reider is the director of statewide initiatives for the Michigan Humane Society, which operates three open-admission adoption centers and full-service veterinary centers, one satellite adoption center and three offsite cat centers in the greater Detroit area. She works to better connect animal shelters and rescue groups statewide through the Michigan Partnership for Animal Welfare (MPAW) state federation. Linda travels the state, visiting and advising animal shelters and rescue groups, represents MHS on state-level committees, is a founding board member of the Michigan State Animal Response Team and works on pet-related legislation. Linda holds B.S. and M.S. degrees, plus a certificate in nonprofit business and management, and has held various positions in the animal welfare field for the past 30 years. She lives with her son’s two hairy cats.

Dr. Karen Dashfield
Dr. Karen Dashfield is a shelter veterinarian with 24 years of experience designing disease control programs for shelters, kennels, and wildlife rehabilitators throughout New Jersey. As director of the Sussex County Animal Response Team (CART), she initiated and ran a shelter for Hurricane Katrina Dogs in 2005/2006 that received, re-homed, and reunited over 200 animals. As a house-call veterinarian, Dr. Dashfield provides regular consultation with shelter and rescue groups and is the full-time medical director at Antler Ridge Wildlife Sanctuary. She prepares future animal control officers, shelter workers, and wildlife rehabilitators through her teaching for Career Development Institute, and at local and regional conferences. Karen shares her home with her five dogs, Red, Dusty, Bella, Sadie and Pollywog, and a cat named Princess.

 

Karen Owens, Charlotte Mecklenburg Animal Care and Control
Karen Owens brings 16 years of professional dog training experience to her work with shelter dogs. She is the head trainer at Charlotte Mecklenburg Animal Care and Control where she has successfully implemented Train To Adopt, environmental enrichment and behavior evaluation programs as well as leading additional outreach programs within the shelter community. Prior to working with shelter dogs, Karen ran her own business and volunteered for paws4people, training and placing service dogs for individuals affected with PTSD.

  • Indianapolis, IN

    WHEN: November 14, 2014

    Keep the discussion going! Visit the Indianapolis Facebook thread

    Download presentations and workshop materials here!

    Did you attend this Adoption Options? We’d love to hear your thoughts! Please take a moment and fill out the Washington Adoption Options evaluation form.

  • Madison, NJ

    WHEN: October 10, 2014

    Keep the discussion going! Visit the Madison Facebook thread

    Download presentations and workshop materials here!

    Did you attend this Adoption Options? We’d love to hear your thoughts! Please take a moment and fill out the Madison Adoption Options evaluation form.

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    *By participating in Adoption Options, you voluntarily consent, on your behalf and on behalf of any minor participating with you, to be photographed or recorded.  You grant permission to Petfinder and its affiliates to use photographs of your appearance in connection with Adoption Options, or any portion thereof, in any manner in print, electronic and/or in any other media, in all markets, worldwide, in perpetuity.  You waive any claims you may have against Petfinder based upon the above actions or uses, including, without limitation, any claims for invasion of privacy, violation of the right of publicity, libel and copyright infringement.