MONDAY, MAY 14th
4:00 PM Welcome Session, sponsored by Petfinder
What are "diversity, equity and inclusion" (DEI) and why are they so important—and so often misunderstood? How does DEI, an issue that impacts human beings, also impact the effectiveness of animal advocacy? How do some animal advocacy workplaces unintentionally create a less inclusive climate for racial minorities? And what return-on-investment can be expected from a properly implemented DEI initiative? Dr. Breeze Harper, a diversity strategist and analyst with Critical Diversity Solutions, will answer these questions and more.
TUESDAY, MAY 15th
8:00 AM – 9:30 AM: Town Hall and Future of Animal Welfare Breakfast
Join us for breakfast and a town hall-style forum where The Humane Society of the United States’ acting President & CEO, Kitty Block, will answer attendee questions. Then hear Roger Haston, Chief of Analytics for Petsmart Charities talk about the future of animal welfare followed by Steven Feldman, Executive Director of the Human Animal Bond Research Institute who will discuss the human/animal bond and show some inspiring short videos that you won’t want to miss.
Animal Care Expo first-timers, join other newbies at one of the first-timers' tables. Look for the bright yellow signs!
8:00 PM – Movie Screening: Life in the Doghouse
The movie, Life in the Doghouse tells the inspiring life stories of Danny Robertshaw and Ron Danta and the remarkable work they do at Danny & Ron’s Rescue. Ten years and 10,000 dogs later, their unique approach to life and dog rescue will capture hearts and inspire millions to make the right choices when it comes to man’s best friend.
WEDNESDAY, May 16th
8:00 AM – 10:00 AM: Round Table Discussions and Breakfast
Enjoy breakfast and a chance to sit with a small group of peers and a host, to dive deep into conversation on topics from the field of animal sheltering and rescue. We will have two (2) 40-minute sessions in which you can choose from the topics and table hosts below. Seats at the tables are first come first served. The topics and hosts for the round table discussion and breakfast are posted here.
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM: Innovation Showdown
The 2018 Innovation Showdown is a collaborative project bringing the nation’s top animal welfare organizations together to invest $350,000 in lifesaving innovation. Three finalists have been selected to pitch live on stage at Animal Care Expo to the Innovation Investors representing the country's top animal welfare organizations. Modeled after Shark Tank, the critically-acclaimed reality show that has reinvigorated entrepreneurship in America, the Innovation Showdown is designed to spark lifesaving creativity in the animal welfare community.
8:00 PM – 12:00 AM: Expo Party, sponsored by Companion Protect
The annual Expo Party is the perfect way to relax, unwind and enjoy interacting with old friends and new ones. You won’t want to miss it!