CalAnimals provides trainings throughout the year for California animal welfare professionals. Our annual Animal Care Conference draws over 500 attendees who gather to learn, network, and develop information and skills to bring back to their work. Our Animal Law Enforcement Training Academies, in partnership with Marin Humane and San Diego Humane Society, are the go-to training programs for animal control officers and humane officers throughout California. Additionally, we provide one-day trainings and webinars.
Below, you will also see euthanasia trainings provided by Renee Harris (Top2Cats Consulting) and Kim Lanham-Snyder (Marin Humane), instructors we have certified.

Animal Care Conference 2018, Long Beach

Animal Care Conference 2020

March 22-24 (Sun-Tue)

(Pre-Conference Workshops on Sat, Mar 21)

Check back soon to attend some conference sessions online!

Hilton Long Beach

Animal Care Conference 2020, Sheltering at Home, CA

Each year, CalAnimals hosts the California Animal Care Conference. Unique to the ACC, the conference offers five tracks: Behavior and Training, Law Enforcement & Field Services, Shelter Medicine, Sheltering & Outreach, and Leadership.

In 2019, we held two all-day pre-conference workshops: #AllTheCats Summit and Advanced Interview & Interrogation Techniques. Sessions in the other tracks included What is a Marginal Dog and What Should We Do With Them?, Multi-disciplinary Effort to Catch a Serial Cat Killer, Treating the Entire Animaland Interacting Wtih increasingly Diverse Communities.  Our plenary session spotlighted the Camp Fire and Other Disasters: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly. 
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. Continuing education for veterinarians, RVTs, and humane officers are provided.

Animal Law Enforcement Training Academy

Marin Humane
San Diego Humane Society

2017 Animal Law Enforcement Training Academy, Marin Humane

Interview & Interrogation

Rescheduling for Fall 2020 - Roseville, CA

The Art and Science of I&I is a Highly Specialized and Perishable Skill

Rescheduling for Fall 2020, 8:00am-5:00pm

New date will be posted soon!

CalAnimals is hosting an exclusive workshop that focuses in‐depth on complex criminal investigations – with Captain Cliff Nannini (see bio), at the Placer SPCA, 200 Tahoe Ave, Roseville, CA, 95678.

Animal cruelty can be a complex crime requiring cross-disciplinary attention, information sharing, and intergovernmental collaboration. Reporting, investigating, and prosecuting animal cruelty may help minimize violent acts toward humans, including terrorism.

Comprehensive training can take years off the learning curve for newer investigators. However, seasoned investigators will benefit from focused training because they can effectively apply new techniques right away.

The Case Study 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.

$125 CalAnimals Member Organization Tuition / $175 non-members

Animal Law Enforcement Training Academy (Advanced)

Marin Humane


The Advanced Law Enforcement Training Academy is an intensive forty-hour study of investigation procedures as they relate to California anti-cruelty and anti-neglect laws.  The Academy includes topics such as search warrants, evidence collection and preservation, crime scene photography, advanced report-writing, court case preparations, and crime scene scenario investigations.  Students should be prepared to conduct an actual investigation, take photographs, write reports, collect evidence, testify, and participate in a mock court hearing and trial. 

The Academy is intended to provide the 40 hours of training in California humane laws related to the powers and duties of a humane officer required for continuing education and training as a humane officer under California Corporations Code section 14502. 

Please note that the final decision as to whether a course satisfies the training requirements for humane officer appointment rests with the superior court charged with confirming the appointment.

@Placer SPCA - Roseville, CA

May 29, 2020 9am-5pm

This one day workshop designed for all levels of shelter staff will cover advice to resolve common dog and cat behavior problems to prevent surrender, a behavior perspective on intake and adoptions, canine behavior evaluations and decisions-making, and behavior modification in the shelter.

$125 CalAnimals Member Organization Tuition / $175 non-members

May 29, 2020, 9am to 5pm – Lunch included!

Placer SPCA - 200 Tahoe Ave, Roseville, CA, 95678

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Various Locations (see below)

Euthanasia Training

When necessary, shelter staff may euthanize animals if they have completed a curriculum of at least eight hours of training as specified in the Euthanasia Training Curriculum published by the State Humane Association of California (SHAC) and the Animal Control Directors Association (CACDA) (now Cal Animals). The training must be provided by a veterinarian, RVT, or instructor certified by CACDA/SHAC (Cal Animals). Class size is limited and pre-registration is required. ​​




Kim Lanham-Snyder, Marin Humane |

Renee Harris, Top2Cats Consulting |


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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.