On July 31st, respected animal rights leader Nathan Winograd will return to Washington, D.C. to host the “No Kill Conference: A New Day Dawns,” uniting animals advocates from around the country to learn more about lifesaving opportunities. This two-day conference, hosted at George Washington University (GWU), will cover an expansive curriculum exploring new practices in animal advocacy, sheltering, and legislation. Local animal activists hope that the return of so many advocacy trailblazers will influence the D.C. Metropolitan shelters to embrace the solutions presented, which will result in an increase in their success of saving animal’s lives.
“This conference is for anyone who cares about the plight of homeless animals in shelters,” states Winograd. Utilizing the most compelling speakers from last year’s event and supplementing with new topics of discussion, the conference offers both a sheltering and legal track to add a targeted focus to attendees. New subjects include the use of technology to promote adoptions and finding lost pets, shelter design to dramatically reduce the spread of shelter illnesses, several seminars on defending dangerous dogs and challenging breed specific legislation, and kennel enrichment to help place pets who pose a challenge to adopt out in the community. These new focuses combined with the testimonies of No Kill leaders from around the country will offer local and national animal advocates the information needed to create new programs and programs to save the lives of more homeless animals in their communities.
“Having the conference in DC and at GWU raises awareness of both the problem of the needless killing of homeless animals as well as the plan for saving their lives,” states Joan Schaffner, Associate Professor of Law and the Director of the Animal Law Program at George Washington University. “The conference focuses the public and political leaders on the need to devote time and resources to saving the lives of homeless animals and educates them on how best to accomplish that.”
With many local shelters producing dismal save rates, hosting this conference locally will benefit our local shelter leadership in offering them step-by-step instructions on how to save more animal lives in our community. “The fact remains that D.C. is not a No Kill community and still has some way to go to achieving it,” states Winograd. “It is making progress… but until we save all the lives at risk, more can and should be done.”
Schaffner adds, “DC has the capacity to achieve no kill status. The Conference will bring together the top experts in the field who will share their recipes for success and will energize the attendees. It is then up to us to educate and energize the general public, and community and political leaders, to implement the no kill equation and save the lives of our homeless animals.”
Registration for the No Kill Conference 2010 is now open. Last year this conference sold out months beforehand, so early registration is recommended. Registration is $100 before April 30th and $150 afterwards. For more information and to register, please visit www.nokillconference.org.