Diarrhea on the Run @ Online Webinar - The National Kitten Coalition
May 18 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Get the down and dirty basics about diarrhea in kittens.  Understand the causes, know what you can do to provide supportive care, and learn about treatment options to address a variety of diarrhea causes.  As always, the webinar will include a wealth of information, and there will also be time for Q & A.

2020 National Animal Welfare Conference @ Online Conference - Humane Canada
May 20 – May 21 all-day

In order to comply with national and provincial health regulations, Humane Canada cancelled the in-person seventh annual National Animal Welfare Conference, which was set to take place in Victoria, BC March 28 – 31.

We didn’t want to miss the opportunity to provide you with a fantastic conference program, and the good news is that we are going to host NAWC online this spring!

Registration will be FREE for anyone who had purchased a registration pass for the conference in Victoria. We will also have a paid registration option for anyone who is interested in participating in our online conference. The online National Animal Welfare Conference welcomes:

  • SPCA, Humane Societies and Shelter/Rescue employees
  • Students in any discipline,
  • Veterinarians and vet techs,
  • Academics,
  • Researchers and scientists,
  • Animal enforcement personnel,
  • Animal care professionals who work with companion animals, farm animals or wildlife, and.
  • People who advocate for animals or those who have an interest in animal welfare.

NOTE: If you had previously registered for the NAWC2020 in-person conference or are a member or associate of Humane Canada please contact for your FREE link to register.

We look forward to “seeing you” online this spring!

Caring for Kittens During COVID-19 and Beyond: Old Strategies and New Lessons @ Online Webinar - ASPCApro
May 20 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Response to the COVID-19 pandemic has brought the animal welfare community together in an unprecedented way to assess the services we provide to our community and to evaluate our protocols and processes. This need for assessment and evaluation was particularly important for our intake and care decisions for neonatal kittens. We will review the existing best practices that provide a consistent foundation for success in neonatal kitten care as well as discuss which practices adopted during the pandemic response are likely to withstand the test of time.

– Strategies to keep kittens healthy in foster homes
– Keeping resident pets safe
– Recognize disease in foster kittens

Hashtags and Hate Mail @ Online Webinar - AAWA
May 20 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Do you dread putting a found dog on Instagram because the public will declare that you have him on death row? Do you struggle to respond to cranky questions about your agency in public forums? Do you find yourself on pins and needles when making a tough decision on a cat who is a Facebook favorite? Learn new approaches to dealing with abusive language, primarily in social media situations.  This session will offer you guidance on constructive public messaging on sensitive industry topics and help you turn the page on keyboard warriors.

Update on Behavioral Assessments in the Shelter @ Online Webinar - AAWA
Jun 3 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Behavioral assessments performed in the shelter are used to evaluate an animals’ behavior in various circumstances for specific purposes. These purposes may be to evaluate the predictability of an animal’s reaction to a number of situations. Recent insight has indicated that the evaluations in the shelter do not reliably predict how the pet is going to behave in the home. Many of the assessments lead to false positive results, meaning a pet can be labeled as being aggressive when it is not. We will review some of the assessments currently used and discuss a different approach to performing behavioral assessments of shelter pets.

This session is part of the Shelter Medicine series, a collaboration between the Association of Shelter Veterinarians and The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement.

This program (both live and recorded) has been APPROVED for:

  • 1 Certified Animal Welfare Administrator continuing education credit.
  • 1 hour of continuing education credit in jurisdictions which recognize RACE approval.
  • 1 CEU for behavior consultants by The International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC).
  • 1 CE  by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) for Texas Animal Control Officers
Foster Centric Sheltering: Seven Guiding Principles @ Online Webinar - American Pets Alive!
Jun 10 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

What does it mean to be foster centric? What are the Seven Guiding Principles of foster care? Hear from the people who have elevated foster care from a sideline shelter program to a best practice. Presented by Dr. Sheila Segurson, Kelly Duer, and Kristen Hassen-Auerbach, this webinar will lead you through each of the guiding principles, to help you move forward in creating an organization where animals are housed in homes, and out of the shelter.

2020 Online Kitten Conference @ Community Cats Podcast - Online Conference
Jun 12 – Jun 14 all-day

A virtual convention for anyone who’d like to create a better future for the smallest felines!

Join us for a kitten-focused event presented by The National Kitten Coalition and The Community Cats Podcast. This three-day virtual gathering will feature presentations by experts on raising and saving kittens, setting up and managing kitten-centered shelter programs, and more.

Since this is a virtual event, you’ll have an opportunity to gain valuable insights and have your questions answered by some of the most knowledgeable leaders in the animal welfare community, without the expense and hassle of traveling. We can’t wait to “see” you there!

AAWA 2020 Spring Conference @ Virtual Conference - AAWA
Jun 16 – Jun 17 all-day

We’ve been through a lot and we’re going to get through this together.

As your professional association, we are committed to supporting you and providing you with vital resources for LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT and continuous PERSONAL IMPROVEMENT.

Our work by its very nature can be emotionally taxing. This conference is designed to help attendees closely examine ways to build resilience, both for themselves and the organizations they represent. Learn how to take better care of yourself as well as the people and animals in your community. LET’S JOIN TOGETHER through workshops, networking, and sharing, to focus on building resilience.

Here are just a few of the sessions being offered:

  • The Real-Time Way to Raise Major Gifts, and How It’s Different Than Five Years Ago
  • Change Laws to Change Lives: Influencing Local Policies to Protect Animals
  • Tiny Patients, Big Challenge: The Science & Practice of Underage Kitten Care
  • Communicating Collectively for Greater Impact During COVID-19
  • Reducing Recidivism: Creating a Responsible Pet Ownership Program
  • Treating the Entire Animal Through Medical and Behavior Coordination

Download the conference brochure to see a full listing of sessions and descriptions

Supporting and Engaging Foster Caregivers During COVID-19 @ Online Webinar - Maddie's Fund
Jun 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

During this 60-minute webcast, you’ll learn what the research says about the best ways to support and retain foster caregivers, and what successful strategies shelters and rescues are using to do just this. From training to communication to getting feedback on what your foster caregivers need, this webcast will teach you how to support your fosters and keep them coming back for more!

De-escalation: Be Victorious Not a Victim @ Online Webinar - AAWA
Jun 24 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Description coming soon!