Conference Schedule
Conference Schedule

Mid-Atlantic Animal Care & Field Services Conference Schedule

IMPORTANT UPDATE - March 13:

Due to the risk posed by the coronavirus (COVID-19) the Humane Rescue Alliance, PAWS, and St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center have decided to cancel this conference for April 8-10. We do plan to reschedule the conference at a later date and will update this website once we have more information.

Refunds for current registration fees will be issued. If you have reserved a hotel room at the Princess Royale Hotel please contact them directly to cancel your reservation.

Thank you for your understanding and patience as we all navigate through this situation together.


Download the full conference schedule which includes descriptions of each session.

Continuing Education Units/Credits available from NACA, AAWA, and VDACS. More details below.

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Registration
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Welcome Reception

Thursday, April 9, 2020

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM   Exhibitor Booths Open
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM   Breakfast & Registration
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM   General Session
Welcome
Patty Crankshaw-Quimby

Building Partnerships to Save More Lives
Reasa Currier, Lee Greenwood, Emily Hovermale, Lauren Lipsey
 
10:45 AM - 11:45 AM   Breakout Session 1
Beyond the Dogcatcher: a Modern View
Robert Leinberger
 
    Breakout Session 2
Customer Service for Animal Sheltering - Must Love People
Maureen Sosa, Stephanie Frommer
 
    Breakout Session 3
No Authority? No Big Deal: Leadership is Practice, Not Position
B.J. Rogers
 
11:45 AM - 1:15 PM   Lunch
    General Session
Building a Culture of Collaboration
Lisa LaFontaine
 
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM   Breakout Session 1
Warranted: When and What to Search
Thomas Ingle
 
    Breakout Session 2
Meeting the Needs of Your Specific Community: tools and tactics for connecting with pet families
Annie Pruitt, Lauren Lipsey
 
    Breakout Session 3
Don't Like the Law? Change It!: Partnering to Pass Humane Legislation
Emily Hovermale, Kristen Tullo
 
2:45 PM - 3:45 PM   Breakout Session 1
Breaking the Sickest Link: Conducting Effective Animal Sexual Abuse Investigations
Chris Schindler
*This session is available for Animal Welfare staff only.

 
    Breakout Session 2
Working with Fosters During an Emergency Shelter Evacuation
Kaitlyn Thomas, Claudia Roll
 
    Breakout Session 3
Outcomes from a Collaborative Statewide Cat Adoption Program: One Month in Maryland!
Jane Brunt, Katie Flory
 
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM   Breakout Session 1
The Emotional Impact of the Animal Care & Welfare World
Robert Leinberger, Stephanie Shain
 
    Breakout Session 2
Using Volunteer Case Managers to Help Foster Parents Succeed
Jennah Billeter, Amanda Hungerford
 
    Breakout Session 3
Communication, Cooperation, Collaboration: Investigations for the Entire Family
April Doherty
 
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM   Reception

Friday, April 10, 2020

8:00 AM - 1:15 PM            Exhibitor Booths Open
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM   Breakfast & Registration
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM   General Session
Compassionate Collaboration on the Front Lines:
How Animal Control Officers Can Work with Human Service Agencies
to Create Safe and Humane Communities for People and Pets
Tina Updegrove, Kim Wolfe
 
10:45 AM - 11:45 AM   Breakout Session 1
The Psychological Effects of Equine Neglect & Abuse
DeEtte Hillman
 
    Breakout Session 2
Sweet Dreams are Made of Cheese: Improving Shelter Dog Quality of Life through Training, Enrichment & Shelter-Wide Communication
Kelly Anderson, Alexandra Dilley, Claudia Roll
 
    Breakout Session 3
How to Broadcast Your Impact and Combat Misinformation
Dani Rizzo, Chad Sisneros, Katy Hanson
 
11:45 AM - 1:15 PM   Lunch
    General Session
Encouraging Collaboration through Grant Funding Opportunities
Steve Kaufman, CAWA

 
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM   Breakout Session 1
Collaborating for Success with Wildlife
Jim Monsma, Lauren Crossed
 
    Breakout Session 2
Fearful Feline: From Hoarding Case to Homeward Bound
Lisa Stemcosky
 
    Breakout Session 3
Using the Power of Story to Develop Empathy and Foster Humane Attitudes
Stephanie Itle-Clark, Debra Duel, Katie Flory
 
2:45 PM - 3:45 PM   Breakout Session 1
FTO for the ACO: Train the Trainer
Tabitha Blewett
 
    Breakout Session 2
Fear Free Shelter Program
Dr. Leslie Sinn, DVM, DACVB
 
    Breakout Session 3
The Benefits of an Animal Control, Animal Shelter, and Community Supported Trap-Neuter-Return Program
Alice Burton, Becky Robinson
 
4:00 PM   Event concludes

Continuing Education Units/Credits

National Animal Care & Control Association (NACA): This conference - all sessions - has been approved for Continuing Education Units (CEUs) by NACA. Each 60-minute session is considered 1 CEU.

The Association of Animal Welfare Advancement (AAWA): This conference - all sessions - has been pre-approved for Certified Animal Welfare Administrator continuing education credits by The Association for Animal Welfare Advancement. Each 60-minute session is approved for 1 CE credit. Each 75 minute General Session is approved for 1.25 CE credits.

Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS): This conference - all sessions - has been approved for Continuing Education Units (CEUs) by VDACS. Each 60-minute session is approved for 1 CEU. Both of the 90-minute 'morning' General Sessions are approved for 1.5 CEUs. Both 90-minutes 'lunch' General Sessions are approved for 1 CEU.