The 2021 Animal Care Conference will feature 4 learning tracks, 20+ education sessions, over 30 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.

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

The 2021 Conference features 4 Exceptional Education Tracks.

 Our unique content will be California-centric.

View the 2021 Education Session Line-up here!

Disaster Response

Our teams have been in the thick of it again this year. Be sure to check out these new sessions to learn how our peers have managed and collaborated on their emergency and disaster responses.  Eligible for CE Credits.


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 and Animal Control Officer CE Credits.

Shelter Medicine
Always one of our most popular tracks. Eligible for CE Credits.
Thank you to Western University for sponsoring this track!

Sheltering & Outreach
Gain an understanding of sheltering and outreach best practices. Eligible for CE Credits.


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 four tracks: Disaster Response, Law Enforcement & Field Services, Shelter Medicine, and Sheltering & Outreach.

Attendees may choose from sessions which provide shelter-specific training, expose them to new theories and best management practices, or expand their understanding of community outreach 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.


No Travel Needed!

We plan to make your virtual Animal Care Conference the best you've experienced! Imagine how many of your colleagues can now attend without arranging travel and accommodations. We can't wait to see you!


Many social networking opportunities, early and late.

Join us once again in person in 2022 at the Hilton Long Beach. We will return to Sacramento in 2023.




Wednesday, April 7

10:00am -10:30am - Early Virtual Networking Lounge

10:30am - 11:15am - Opening Keynote
11:30am - 12:30pm - Breakout Education Block (4 concurrent sessions)
12:30pm - 1:30pm - EXPO & Virtual Lunch
1:30pm - 2:30pm -  Breakout Education Block (4 concurrent sessions)
2:30pm - 3:00pm - EXPO
3:00pm - 4:00pm - Breakout Education Block (4 concurrent sessions)
4:00pm - 4:30pm - Virtual Happy Hour -
It's National Beer Day!!

Thursday, April 8

10:00am -10:30am - Early Virtual Networking Lounge

10:30am - 11:15am - General Session
11:30am - 12:30pm - Breakout Education Block (4 concurrent sessions)
12:30pm - 1:30pm -  EXPO & Virtual Lunch
1:30pm - 2:30pm - Breakout Education Block (4 concurrent sessions)
2:30pm - 3:00pm - EXPO
3:00pm - 4:00pm General Session: Legislative Roundtable (Q&A)

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Everyone is welcome!

Your organization does not need to be a member to attend.

Members: $100

Non-Members: $150

Save $25 - Extra Early Bird Discount until 12/31/2020

 or Save $15 1/1-2/28/2021

Attendee Registration Page

*Staff/volunteers of our member organizations receive discounted conference rates and other benefits.

SIGN-IN HERE (or at the top of the Registration Page), before registering, to apply member rates.

Email for sub-account assistance.

Check here to see if your organization is a current member.


Approved Continuing Education Credits are available for Veterinarians, RVTs, Humane and Animal Control Officers, and CAWAs.


Veterinarians and Registered Veterinary Technicians may receive several hours of CEUs during the conference.


Many of the sessions are designed to provide the education and training required of Humane Officers under Corporations Code

section 14502, and  California Certified Animal Control Officers (CACO).

Certified Animal Welfare Administrator (CAWA) 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

PO Box 249

Penn Valley, CA 95946


Sponsor & Exhibitor Information

 (571) 215-2584

Registration Information




Exhibitors & Sponsors

The Animal Care Conference 2021 offers a variety of sponsorship opportunities suitable for small and large organizations alike. Sponsors of ACC 2021 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

Don't miss out! The 2020 Animal Care Conference sold out prior to our planned event. Reserve your spot today!

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

Two great ways to help California's animals

California Pet Lover's License Plate
California Tax Checkoff - Prevention of Animal Homelessness & Cruelty

Mailing Address

PO Box 249 | Penn Valley, CA 95946

510.525.2744 |

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California's animal care and control agencies, SPCAs, and humane societies are not directly affiliated with any of the national animal welfare organizations, such as Humane Society of the United States and American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.  Read more here.