Mar 1 Sun
Texas Federation of Animal Care Societies Conference @ T-Bar M Resort in New Braunfels, TX
8:00 am – March 3, 2015 @ 6:00 pm
Mar 3 Tue
Creative Captures for Animal Control Officers and Lost Pet Recovery Teams @ St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center
9:00 am – 2:00 pm

For Animal Control Officers and lost pet recovery teams, locating stray dogs and cats is only half of the battle.  Conducting a safe capture often requires out-of-the-box techniques. Kat Albrecht, Founder of Missing Pet Partnership, has over 15 years of experience in recovering skittish, hart-to-catch dogs and cats.  As a former police officer/search-and-rescue dog handler, Kat has used her knowledge of lost pet behaviors, Calming Signals, scent dispersal, and high-tech equipment to train “pet detectives”  how to help families recover their skittish lost pets.  Kat is now available to teach these same techniques to the men and women in the front line of capturing dogs and cats:  ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICERS.  In this 4-hour workshop, attendees will learn:

  • Panicked dog and cat behaviors
  • Calming signals and how NOT to call a stray dog
  • Missing cat vs. displaced cat behaviors
  • House-As-Trap, Garage-As-Trap, and Car-As-Trap recovery methods
  • TAR (trap-and-reunite) services and techniques
  • Kennel Traps, Clam Traps, Drop Traps, Drop Nets, and other homemade dog traps
  • Magnet dog/Snappy Snare recovery techniques
  • Smudging your bait, scent luring and scent dispersal strategies
  • Digital wildlife cameras, driveway alarms, drones, and FLIR technology for I-Phones
  • Professional Pet Detectives, K9 Pet Detectives and emerging volunteer “MAR” teams

This course has been pre-approved for Certified Animal Welfare Administrator continuing education credits (4.00 CPD credits).  

Mar 4 Wed
Strategies For Lost Pet Recovery @ St. Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center
8:30 am – 4:30 pm

The moment that a dog or cat escapes from the care of its owner/guardian is the moment he becomes a “stray” and contributes to the overcrowding of our animal shelters. Families who come to shelters searching for their lost pet quickly become discouraged. Kat Albrecht, founder of Missing Pet Partnership and the pet detective academy K-9 Pet Trackers, provides proven strategies for shelter and rescue team lost pet recovery programs that save animals lives. Topics covered in this 8-hourworkshop include:

  • How pets behave when lost, how far they travel, and the most effective techniques to use based on the species and temperament
  • Why many cat owners fail to show up at shelters to reclaim their lost cats
  • The difference between an outdoor-access cat that suddenly vanishes and the indoor-only cat that escapes outside
  • How innovative services can reduce shelter euthanasia rates of unclaimed strays
  • How the fear of coyotes kills more pets than coyotes actually do
  • How to coach owners to use out-of-the-box recovery techniques for lost cats
  • How to coach owners to use out-of-the-box recovery techniques for lost dogs
  • How behavior (human and animal) influences the chances that a lost pet will be recovered
  • Search dogs and how effective they are in finding lost pets
  • Missing Pet Partnership’s revolutionary pilot program (in Kent, WA) that used shelter volunteers to offer hands-on assistance to help families recover lost pets

This course has been pre-approved for Certified Animal Welfare Administrator continuing education credits (6.00 CPD credits).  

Mar 5 Thu
Georgia Animal Control Association Conference @ Macon, GA
9:00 am – March 6, 2015 @ 6:00 pm
Mar 8 Sun
Animal Care Conference 2015 @ Sheraton Grand Sacramento, CA
8:00 am – March 10, 2015 @ 6:00 pm

Animal Care Conference (ACC) is a collaborative conference between the California Animal Control Directors Association (CACDA), the California Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA), and the State Humane Association of California (SHAC). The ACC brings together all types of professionals who work in California’s shelters to share issues and experiences, network and learn from one another. The ACC program is structured to allow each attendee to select educational sessions that are pertinent to their role in the animal shelter profession. Unique to the ACC, the conference offers four tracks: Behavior and Training, Field Services, Shelter Management, and Shelter Medicine. Attendees may choose from sessions which provide shelter-specific training, expose them to new theories and best management practices, or expand their understanding of animal behavior and veterinary medical treatment. Acc presenters are experts in their fields and attendees will leave each session with practical information on how to address their communities’ animal issues. The ACC is the one essential conference for animal shelter professionals, from intake specialists to veterinarians.

Mar 18 Wed
MPAW VISIT/SHARE/LEARN DAYS @ Michigan Humane Society, Rochester Hills Animal Care Center
9:00 am – 3:45 pm

This small group workshop will provide six hours of MDARD-approved training on:

Intake by appointment process

Intake exams for dogs and cats

Canine Personality Assessment Test

Phone counseling for animal owners or finders

Plus: Networking and sharing ideas and successes!

You MUST register to attend this seminar

Mar 19 Thu
VFHS Annual Conference @ Fredericksburg, VA
8:00 am – March 21, 2015 @ 6:00 pm

Please join us at the 2015 VFHS Annual Conference in Fredericksburg, Virginia. This is an opportunity to get together with animal welfare professionals, volunteers and people who simply care about animals and who want to learn more about animals or how to make a difference during this dynamic three-day conference. This is a great chance to benefit from workshops given by experts in the field as well as to share ideas, information and plans while visiting one of Virginia’s historic cities!

Mar 22 Sun
Whole Cat Workshop @ Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in Grafton, MA
9:00 am – 3:00 pm

This year’s meeting will focus on TNR and will move the conversation beyond the basics.  Attendees will learn about taming feral kittens for adoption, discuss improving sometimes challenging neighborhood relations for feral cat caretakers, learn about advanced trapping techniques and examine factors in determining best timing for release times for feral cats.

Mar 25 Wed
Kentucky Animal Care and Control Association Conference @ Lexington, KY
9:00 am – March 27, 2015 @ 6:00 pm
Mar 28 Sat
Business of Saving Lives presented by Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation @ Walnut Creek, CA
9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Join ARF for the Business of Saving Lives, a professional, affordable one-day conference offering workshops on cat and dog behavior, shelter wellness, and business and program practices for effective animal welfare operations. This year marks our 11th annual conference, and we are pleased announce the following speakers that will share their expertise at this exciting event.