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2nd Annual Animal Welfare Summit

August 10 & 11 - Ponce, Puerto Rico

Join us for the 2nd Annual Animal Welfare Summit in Puerto Rico! This free, 2-day, dual-track conference will include classroom instruction for veterinary and shelter/rescue personnel. The conference is free to all. Participants must register for and attend all training sessions.


August 10 - 11, 2019
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


Ponce, Puerto Rico
Ponce Fair Complex
Ave. Rafael Cordero Santiago, Ponce, 00716

Current topics to be covered

  • Community cat and dog caretaking best practices: providing food, water, shelter; sanitation and preventing conflict/nuisances; succession planning; keeping animals healthy
  • Trapping techniques and guidelines: creating a trapping plan, scouting and preparation; trap selection and use; how to trap; tips and tricks for hard to catch animals and special situations; team trapping; mass trapping; safety (animals and people);
  • Veterinary care: accessing spay/neuter; ear-tipping, vaccinations, testing; recovery periods; monitoring health of cats and dogs
  • Community cat and dog program management and monitoring (data collection): setting goals; building animal-friendly communities: public health, threats to wildlife, neighbor concerns; population dynamics; targeting/smart TNR; voluntary colony/caretaker registry; what data to collect and what to do with it; how many animals? collecting baseline information; on-going population monitoring; colony inventory and residency data collection
  • Community outreach: advocating for animals/TNR with residents; building a community/support network, recruiting volunteers; training others in TNR
  • Registration of animals and rabies vaccinations
  • Government initiatives

The Humane State program thanks the following organizations for their support: