Hilton Long Beach Long Beach, CA

April 11-13, 2021

Pre-Conference Workshops: Saturday, April 10, 2021



The Animal Care Conference is proudly supported by the following Premiere Sponsors:






The 2021 Conference features 2 top-notch Pre-Conference Workshops and

5 Exceptional Education Tracks

View the 2020 Education Session Line-up here! We expect to have a similar line-up, plus current relevant topics at the 2021 Conference.

Pre-Conference Workshops*
Saturday, April 10 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. 

Thank you to Petco Foundation for sponsoring this track!

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.

Thank you to PetFirst Insurance for sponsoring this track!
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. 

Thank you to IDEXX for sponsoring this track!

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 March 8, 2021 to get the Group Rate!

Stay tuned for online booking link.

Where to Fly

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



Saturday, April 10


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, April 11


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, April 12


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, April 13


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


Early Bird Deadline will be March 5, 2021.

Registration will open eventually!!

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*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 2021 Sponsor & Exhibitor Prospectus

View the previous  2020 Exhibit Hall Floor-plan! and stay tuned for the updated 2021 version.


To reserve your spot for next year be sure to email

Why Sponsor?

Here are some of the reasons to sponsor ACC 2021:

  • 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 2021:

  • Your presence at ACC 2021 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
Animal Care Equipment and Services, LLC
Animal Keepers
Animal Place's Food for Thought Program
Animal Welfare Organization Insurance Program
Animals First
Avid Identification Systems Inc.
Best Friends Animal Society LA
Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health
California Truck Equipment Co.
Companion Protect™
Custom Fiberglass Coaches
Health Technology Professional Products, Inc.
Hill's Pet Nutrition
Humane Network
Indigo I Hammond & Playle Architects, LLP
Kaizen Systems Inc.
Mason Company
Michelson Found Animals Registry
PermaTek Coatings
PetHealth Inc.
PetSmart Charities
Provecta Advanced
San Diego Humane Society
Shelter Planners of America
Shelter Pro Software
UC Davis Shelter Medicine - The Doctor is In


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 Animal Furensics and DNA.


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.

CE Opportunities: 

  • ​CAWA: Pre-conf workshops 8, Sunday 4.75, Monday 5.75, Tuesday 4.5 

  • Humane Officer: Pre-conf workshop 8, Sunday 4.75, Monday 5.75, Tuesday 4.5 

  • Veterinary CEs: Pre-conf workshop (Animal Furensics and DNA) 7, Sunday 4.5, Monday 4.5, Tuesday 0 


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 2021 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.

2021 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