Animal Care Expo 2020

After an exhaustive process of due diligence conversations and staff preparation efforts regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, we have come to the difficult decision to cancel Animal Care Expo 2020 on May 6-9 in San Antonio, TX. We know this message is not the one many of you were hoping to receive. For others, it may be the challenging and difficult decision you hoped the HSUS might reach. Please know that all of you reading this message are in our thoughts.

It is with deep regret that we must make this unfortunate announcement, and we invite you to click the button below to read on and learn more about the decision to cancel and next steps.

Fear, anxiety, stress and frustration are usually high in shelter animals and impact their ability to adapt to a new environment. When animals can learn to what to expect, have the ability to shield themselves from unpleasant stimuli, and are afforded creature comforts, suffering is relieved and they are set up for success while in the shelter as well as in their future foster and adoptive homes. This session will look at the concepts behind the Fear Free initiative; review low-cost, practical strategies to implement this program in any shelter; and familiarize you with the resources available through a complimentary Fear Free sheltering course.

Continuing Education

This program has been approved for 1.5 hours of continuing education credit for both veterinarians and veterinary technicians in jurisdictions which recognize RACE approval.

This program has been approved for 1.5 hours of continuing education credit for NACA members.


  • Marty Becker | DVM, Veterinarian, Fear Free, LLC
  • Brenda Griffin, DVM | MS, DACVIM, DABVP, Adjunct Associate Professor, Maddie's Shelter Medicine Program, University of Florida, Author and Advisory Committee Member, Fear Free, LLC

Saturday, May 9 | 8:30 to 10am Behavior Standard

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