This Year Featuring Artist Mark Barone Creator of "An Act of Dog"


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Conference fee is only $35.  Register before 1/31/19 and save $10. The conference is free to all municipal shelter employees and animal control officers.  Continuing education credit is pending currently, but will be offered.

Friday, March 29, 2019

12:00pm - 1:00pm


1:00pm - 2:30pm

Keynote, Mark Barone Creator of "An Act of Dog"

2:30pm - 3:30pm

The Pet Redemption Toolkit, Donna Casamento,   Michelson Found Animals Foundation

Ask the Vet, Nikki Brown, DVM, Lone Star College - Tomball Vet Program

No Cat Left Behind-How to Get Special Needs Cats Adopted, Monica Freeden, Maddie's Director, Austin Pets Alive! 

3:30pm - 5:00pm

Municipal Shelter Panel (City of Houston BARC, City of Humble, Montgomery County Animal Shelter, Harris County Animal Shelter, Conroe Animal Shelter, More TBA)

Dogs, Cats, Animal Rescuers & the Judeo-Christian Tradition:  An exploration of the Judeo-Christian scriptures and ethos of animal husbandry and pet ownership and how those principles guide and dominate animal control and protection today, Kevin Sumrall, Lone Star College

5:00pm - 6:00pm

Beagley Blonde - Legal Myths in Animal Welfare, Brian Chase, Michelson Found Animals Foundation

Using Data to Fill in Shelter Gaps, Ellen Jefferson, Austin Pets Alive!

Creating a Successful Barn Cat Program, Monica Freeden, Austin Pets Alive!

6:00pm - 8:00pm

Dinner and Networking

Saturday, March 30, 2019

9:30am - 10:00am

Registration and Breakfast

10:00am - 11:00am

Creating a Customer Friendly Adoptions Process, Susan Cosby, Petco Foundation

No Kill Coalition 2020, Brent Toellner, Best Friends

Topic TBA, Claudine Vass, Fort Bend Pets Alive!

11:00am - 12:00pm

Marketing and Communicating with the Community to Save Lives, Rick Boeker, Social Marketing Media Specialist Telemundo Houston

Integrating Business Technology into Shelters & Rescues, Susan Cosby, Petco Foundation

Shelter Diversion Programs, Speaker TBA, Best Friends

12:00pm - 1:00pm

Lunch and Networking

1:30pm - 2:30pm

Private Shelter Panel (Rita B Huff Huntsville, Abandoned Animal Rescue Magnolia, More TBA)

Micro-chip Madness:  Legal Misconceptions & Pet Ownership, Brian Chase, Michelson Found Animals Foundation

Disaster Preparedness, Best Friends, Speaker TBA

2:30pm - 3:30pm

Texas Legislative Update, Sheri Soltes and Danielle Baucum, Texas Humane Legislation Network

Give More to Save More:  Bucking Conventional Wisdom to Save more Lives and Dollars, Donna Casamento, Michelson Found Animals Foundation

Volunteer Recruitment, Speaker TBA 

3:30pm - 4:00pm

Snack in Vendor Area

4:00pm - 5:00pm

The No-Kill and the Odyssey:  An adventurous look at the history of pet rescue and the no-kill movement, Kevin Sumrall, Lone Star College

Successful Grant Writing Techniques, Allison Boyd, Boyd Grants

Shelter Medicine Best Practices, Dr. King, DVM, Texas Litter Control


Grand Prize Drawing

Past Speakers and Topics

Past speakers and topics include...grant writing, no kill philosophy, marketing, fund-raising, disaster planning, dog behavior, neonatal kitten care, Petsmart Charities, Best Friends Animal Society, Austin Pets Alive!, and much more.  We hope you follow us while the 2019 schedule develops!