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Networking & Internet Groups

Want to connect with your colleagues in the animal care and control field?  Check out these networking opportunities.

Network Nationally

Animal Care Expo
Animal Care Expo is a world-class educational conference combined with a full-scale international trade show. The goal of this annual event is to help people working in the fields of animal sheltering, care, control, and rescue do the best and most efficient jobs possible.

Society of Animal Welfare Administrators (SAWA) National Conference 
SAWA's goal is to encourage and promote a professional approach to management of animal care and control agencies. The goal of the board of directors is to design its spring and fall meetings in an effort to continually enhance the standards of competence and integrity of its membership, as well as provide a significant benefit to the humane movement. Meetings are designed to stimulate thought on a wide variety of subjects such as animal welfare issues, legislation, administration, finances, personnel and fund development.

Network Locally

State Resources
Use our directory of state humane federations and animal care and control associations to meet other professionals in your state and get connected.

Network Online

Note: Only the Volunteer Management Discussion Group is coordinated by The Humane Society of the United States. 

Volunteer Management Discussion Group
A group for managers of volunteers who work with shelters, breed placement groups, and other animal welfare organizations.

Shelter Trainers Discussion Group
An unmoderated listserv for dog trainers who work in the shelter environment to talk about training, evaluations, curriculum development, behavior and rehabilitation issues, staff and volunteer programs, and education programs.

Sheltercomm Discussion Group
This Yahoo! group provides a place for staff and volunteers at animal shelters, animal services agencies, and rescue groups to discuss our public relations and marketing efforts.

HumaneFundraising Discussion Group
A moderated group for animal care folks to share fundraising ideas. Also check out, a website associated with the discussion group.

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