Hilton Long Beach Long Beach, CA March 22-24, 2020

Pre-Conference Workshops: Saturday, March 21, 2020




The 2020 Conference features 2 top-notch Pre-Conference Workshops and

5 Exceptional Education Tracks

View the full Education Session Line-up here!

Pre-Conference Workshops*
Saturday, March 21 from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
*separate registration fee applies

  • Cat Symposium
    The full day program will be segmented into five sections led by knowledgeable content leaders and facilitated by Dr. Kate Hurley and Dr. Cindi Delany from the UC Davis Shelter Medicine Program. 

  • Animal Furensics and DNA - The Whats, Whys, and Hows of Animal Cruelty Investigations
    Learn from experts Christina Lindquist, MSFS, Associate Director of Forensics, UC Davis, and Jennifer Woolf, DVM, MS, Woolf Veterinary Forensics Consulting, Inc. on how to manage, understand and tackle animal cruelty investigations.

Behavior & Training
Explore various topics related to behavior and training in the shelter environment. 

Sessions Include:

Feeling Good in the Shelter. The Five Freedom Model in Action *Joint Session*
Reading Dog & Cat Body Language 
Practical Approaches to Shelter Dog Behavior Challenges 
Enrichment for Shelter Animals 
Training Shelter Dogs for Adoption 
Tiny Lion Taming™ - Socializing Feral Kittens in a Shelter Environment 


Law Enforcement & Field Services
Get an in-depth look into the complex work of criminal investigations, engaging with the public, safely capturing animals, depredation, and in-depth case studies. These sessions are specifically designed for: Animal Cruelty Investigators, Humane Officers, Animal Control Officers, Prosecutors, Police/Sheriff Officers, Deputies and Detectives, as well as all Local, State, or Federal Agents/Officers responsible for investigating animal-related crimes.

Eligible for Humane Officer CE Credits.

Sessions Include:
Cultural Awareness *Joint session with Sheltering & Outreach*
Mission Impossumible – Case Study: DNA Links Convicted Felon to Tortured Opossum
Changing Perceptions of Animal Control Officers using Humane Education Techniques 
Animal Hoarding - Case Review: Multi-Agency Response 
Strategies, Logistics and Techniques for Safe Capture of Animals Running at Large
Depredation Investigation -Protocols: Animal Damage and Human Attacks 


Leaders must be experts on so many topics! From managing staff, hiring, fundraising, utilizing data, and avoiding common mistakes, we have you covered.

All conference content eligible for CAWA CE Credits.

Sessions Include:
Volunteer & Staff Appreciation: Applying Dr. Paul White's Research 
Fundraising for Public Shelters and the 501c3s that support them. 
Workplace Safety and Your Bottom Line 
Hiring Outside the Box 
Your Data Counts - Ideas and Tools to Activate Data
A Peek Behind the Curtain - A Shelter Evaluator Reveals Common Mistakes 


Sheltering & Outreach
Gain an understanding of sheltering and outreach best practices. 

Sessions Include:
Cultural Awareness *Joint session with Law Enforcement & Field Services*
Volunteer Toxicity: Restoring Joy and Connection 
Supporting your Community with a Pet Safety Net 
Optimizing Rescue Relationships 
There's No Place Like Home - Marin Humane's Private Rehoming Program 
Bridging the Gap: Understanding Adopter Expectations, Perception and Reality 


Shelter Medicine
Following the full-day, CE eligible workshop on Veterinary Forensics, stick around for super interesting shelter medicine sessions. 

Thank you to Western University for sponsoring this track!

Sessions Include:
Population Management & Daily Rounds 
Putting the Cat Back: Best Interest of the Community? The Shelter? Or the Cats?
Building Collaboration in the Workplace – What’s a Vet to do?!
Fear Free for Shelters and Veterinary Clinics
Pediatric Spay/Neuter (Down to 1.5 pounds!) 
Feeling Good in the Shelter: The 5 Freedoms Model in Action *Joint Session*


Presented by CalAnimals (the California Animal Welfare Association), the ACC brings together all types of professionals who work in California’s shelters to share issues and experiences, network and learn from one another.

The ACC program is structured to allow each attendee to select educational sessions that are pertinent to their role in the animal shelter profession. Unique to the ACC, the conference offers five tracks: Behavior and Training, Law Enforcement & Field Services, Shelter Medicine, Sheltering & Outreach, and Leadership.

Attendees may choose from sessions which provide shelter-specific training, expose them to new theories and best management practices, or expand their understanding of animal behavior and veterinary medical treatment.

ACC presenters are experts in their fields and attendees will leave each session with practical information on how to address their communities’ animal issues. The ACC is the one essential conference for animal shelter professionals, from intake specialists to veterinarians.


Hilton Long Beach
701 W. Ocean Blvd
Long Beach, CA 90831

Group Rate: $175 (+ 15.4% taxes/fees)

Book by February 17, 2020 to get the Group Rate!


Where to Fly

Hilton Long Beach is just 10 miles from Long Beach Airport (LGB)

Ground Transportation

Karmel Shuttle Service is offering a special shuttle discount for Animal Care Conference attendees.

Attendees receive $8 off round-trip adult transfers, per adult.

Reservations are required - and are quick and easy to book.

Check out Extreme Tours to various sites and attractions in Southern California. Learn more!

Remember to use the promo code ACC2020.


View the full listing of education sessions here!

Saturday, March 21


8:00 am – 9:00 am        Pre-Conference Registration & Breakfast 

9:00 am - 5:00 pm        Pre-Conference Workshops (separate fee)

12:00 – 6:00 pm            Conference & Exhibitor Registration 

12:00 pm – 6:00 pm     Exhibitor Set-Up 

Sunday, March 22


8:00 am – 5:00 pm      Registration Open

8:00 am – 9:00 am      Exhibit Hall Open

9:00 – 10:00 am          Welcome Breakfast & Opening Session

10:00 – 10:30 am        Break in Exhibit Hall

10:30 – 11:45 am        Education Sessions

11:45 am – 12:45 pm  Lunch in the Exhibit Hall

1:00 pm – 2:15 pm      Education Sessions

2:15 pm – 2:45 pm      Break in Exhibit Hall

2:45 pm – 4:00 pm      Education Sessions

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm      Networking Reception in Exhibit Hall

Monday, March 23


8:00 am – 4:00 pm       Registration Open

8:00 am – 9:00 am        Exhibit Hall Open

9:00 – 10:00 am            Breakfast and Keynote

10:00 – 10:30 am          Break in Exhibit Hall

10:30 – 11:45 am          Education Sessions

11:45 am – 12:45 pm   Lunch in Exhibit Hall

1:00 – 2:15 pm              Education Sessions

2:15 – 2:45 pm              Break in Exhibit Hall

2:45 – 4:00 pm              Education Sessions

4:15 – 5:15 pm              Legislative Roundtable

Tuesday, March 24


8:30 am – 12:00 pm     Breakfast & Plenary Session



Register today to save!

Early bird rates expire on Feb 7, 2020!

*Staff/volunteers of our member organizations receive discounted conference rates and other benefits. You must be logged-in to apply member rates. Request a Sub-Account invitation link from your CEO/Director or email for assistance.


Everyone is welcome! Your organization does not need to be a member to attend but members will save $50.


The Animal Care Conference 2020 offers a variety of sponsorship opportunities suitable for small and large organizations alike. Sponsors of ACC 2020 will gain visibility for their organizations, demonstrate their support of California’s animal-sheltering and veterinary community, and contribute to the overall success of the conference. Interested in a customized sponsorship? Please contact us to discuss!


View the 2020 Sponsor & Exhibitor Prospectus

View the current 2020 Exhibit Hall Floor-plan

10 booths left. Don't wait to book yours!


Why Sponsor?

Here are some of the reasons to sponsor ACC 2020:

  • Gain increased visibility and exposure with new clients and customers within your target audience.


  • Build positive brand awareness to enhance the overall attendee experience.


  • Generate strong leads and deliver a great ROI for your company.


Why Exhibit?

Here are some of the reasons to exhibit at ACC 2020:

  • Your presence at ACC 2020 will place you among other companies and organizations dedicated to serving California’s animal-sheltering and veterinary community.



  • Exhibiting provides a powerful face-to-face marketing medium, which allows greater depth in your communication with current and prospective customers and beneficiaries.


  • Exhibiting is one of the most time-efficient and cost-effective marketing tools available.


To learn more about how you can join us at ACC 2020, please contact us by email or phone us at 571-215-2584.


Thank You to the 2020 Exhibitors & Sponsors!

AKC Reunite
Avid Identification Systems Inc.
Best Friends Animal Society LA
Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health
Health Technology Professional Products, Inc.
Hill's Pet Nutrition
Indigo I Hammond & Playle Architects, LLP
Maddie's Fund
Mason Company
McNeil & Company / AnimalKeepers
PermaTek Coatings
Petfirst Pet Insurance
PetSmart Charities
San Diego Humane Society
UC Davis Shelter Medicine - The Doctor is In
VCA Animal Hospitals



Approved CE for Veterinarians, RVTs, Humane Officers and CAWAs


Veterinarians and Registered Veterinary Technicians may receive several hours of CEUs during the main conference. Veterinarians and technicians may potentially also receive CEUs during the pre-conference session titled # AlltheCats Kitten Summit.


Many of the sessions are designed to provide the education and training required of humane officers under Corporations Code

section 14502.

Certified Animal Welfare Administrator CE credits are pre-approved for the conference content as well.


Appropriate attendance and documentation will be required for all CE Credits to be approved.


CalAnimals Animal Care Conference

c/o Marcia Mayeda
5898 Cherry Ave
Long Beach, CA 90805


Sponsor & Exhibitor Information


Phone: (571) 215-2584

Registration Information




The 2020 Animal Care Conference will feature 2 pre-conference workshops, 5 learning tracks, 35+ education sessions, over 50 knowledgeable speakers, and 2 days of exhibitors showcasing the latest industry products.

This yearly event brings together animal control officers, humane officers, animal care attendants, behaviorists, humane educators, shelter directors, veterinarians, RVTS, customer service representatives, all law enforcement personnel, and other animal-sheltering professionals.

2020 Featured Speakers

Gina Knepp, National Shelter Engagement Director, Michelson Found Animals Foundation

Teo Alfero, CEO & Founder, Wolf Connection

Behavior & Training • Law Enforcement & Field Services • Shelter Medicine • Sheltering & Outreach      • Leadership