The Animal Care Expo also covers broad topics and more routine details of everyday animal welfare work and offers something for everyone on a wide range of issues. Nataba / iStock.com
After the pandemic has put our patience and determination to the test for more than two years, forcing us to look for new ways to work and socialize, and longing for a normal life, the signs of spring are finally visible – including a return to the Animal Care Expo. in person this year.
We are very excited to bring people back together, especially those who work on the animal welfare front line and who have certainly felt the pain of the epidemic and its ongoing consequences. Be it animal care and inspection officers who respond to public complaints, rescue team volunteers who trap community cats for neutering or neutering, or shelter staff who pair adoptable animals with a potential new family, all face unique challenges in two years. of the COVID protocols. The pandemic has forced the area to adapt: veterinary consultations, behavioral teaching, and humane education sessions have become virtual, shelters have developed volunteer help at home, foster parents have acted to help empty shelter kennels, and so on.
Now that nearly 70% of the U.S. population is fully vaccinated and the number of cases is declining, we are ready to take our own step to return to normal. After a virtual retention for the past two years, our Animal Care Expo is triumphantly returning to a personal conference to mark its 30th anniversary.th anniversary. The event will be held April 19-22 in Orlando, Florida.
Animal Care Expo is the largest international educational conference and trade show for animal welfare professionals and volunteers. More than 1,500 participants are expected to join us in Orlando. Participants from all walks of life gather around the world to learn about the latest programs, share best practices, gain inspiration, and build lasting relationships. As always, an international trade show awaits the exhibitors ’latest pet care products and services.
I join the ceremony and can’t wait to meet and chat with people who do the often underrated but vital animal welfare work. Expo participants include shelter staff, veterinarians and veterinary technicians, animal caregivers and veterinarians, dog trainers, rescue team volunteers, human educators, game rehabilitators and emergency callers. Together, these largely unsung heroes form the backbone of our movement, and they all work to keep animals and communities safe, healthy, and happy.
I am particularly excited to welcome our keynote speaker, “Mother of Shelter Medicine,” Dr. Lila Miller. Dr. Miller, a veterinarian and shelter expert, shares his views on the diversity in the area and the value of accepting change to improve animal and human welfare.
The Animal Care Expo is largely successful because it also covers broad topics and more routine details of everyday animal welfare work and offers something for everyone on a wide range of issues. Looking for tips on gathering evidence in animal torture cases? Keeping people and their pets together in a housing crisis? Develop a treatment protocol for the treatment of canine distemper? Stay positive about negative social media? Fighting puppy mills? Is it better to write grant applications? All of these topics, and more, are on the agenda for our 30sth Anniversary Expo.
Like many other organizations, HSUS places greater emphasis on diversity, equity, and inclusion as we work to make our territory broader and more friendly. I am pleased that the 2022 section of the Animal Care Expo reflects these concerns. Two members of our HSUS family will give a talk on creating a more inclusive animal welfare movement, and other sessions will bring participants together to explore how we can better serve the people who make up our communities and learn from those who do wonderful work in places we don’t always hear about. Amplifying voices that may have been rejected in the past, as well as understanding how different access to care, resources, and information affects our movement, will help us do better for animals and the people who love them.
Beyond educational opportunities, after three years, our first personal Expo offers something just as important: the opportunity for personal connections and face-to-face (or at least mask-to-mask) interactions. I look forward to meeting old acquaintances and making new friends at this year’s event. But if you find you can’t attend in person, please note that Animal Care Expo 2022 is a hybrid event that broadcasts certain sections and general (main stage) sessions live to a virtual audience. The entire career of Humane Society International, which focuses on global issues, will be virtual.
Working for animals can be a lonely and even painful endeavor. You can see that families are cut off from their pets because they can’t find pet-friendly accommodation or access to veterinary care, cope with ever-increasing budgets, and deal with audiences who sometimes don’t understand or appreciate your work. He may be even more isolated because of the epidemic, but meeting and consulting with his peers at the Animal Care Expo can help remind him that he is not alone.
Animal rescue and care, Companion animals