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Virtual Great Lakes Animal Welfare Conference

March 8 @ 9:00 am - March 9 @ 5:00 pm

Great Lakes Animal Welfare Conference

The 2021 Great Lakes Animal Welfare Conference (GLAWC) is moving online March 8-9 to keep everyone safe. Just because you can’t gather with all of your animal welfare industry peers doesn’t mean the sharing of knowledge stops.

GLAWC 2021 will feature two days full of virtual sessions hosted by the brightest minds in our industry.

GLAWC 2021 Keynote Speaker: Lisa LaFontaine

Lisa LaFontaine

We’re proud to announce Humane Rescue Alliance president and CEO Lisa LaFontaine as our keynote speaker! As the keynote speaker at GLAWC, Lisa will be speaking about how COVID-19 has changed animal welfare organizations’ relationship with our communities. From her unique perspective as the President and CEO of the first regional, community-based, multi-state animal welfare organization in the nation, Lisa will discuss how COVID-19 took us from daily operations to helping fill the gap in services left by the necessary restrictions established in the early days of the pandemic.

Animal welfare organizations have gone through a lot this year.  Lisa will kick off our conference by helping us reflect on lessons learned and how we should be forging ahead.

What’s to Expect at GLAWC 2021

Our excellent keynote will kick off two days of dynamic, educational programming full of “news you can use” – information you can put to use in your own organization right away! We’re bringing back our “Ask the Experts” sessions, where you can ask national leaders in behavior, like Pam Hill, and shelter medicine, like Dr. Jeanette O’Quin, YOUR questions.

Steve Kaufman, CAWA, from PetSmart Charities will talk about the past, present, and future of adoptions, and we’ll have breakout sessions on setting cat adopters up for success and about barriers to adoption. Hilary Hager, a Senior Director from HSUS, will give an interactive two-part session on resilience/compassion fatigue, which is critically important during these challenging times, and she will also talk about making the most of your volunteer power.

As a special feature, Michigan Humane’s behaviorist, Katelin Thomas, will provide a three-part session on dog behavior, covering common behavior problems from causes to treatment and also addressing how to assess dogs with behavior issues for adoption.


March 8 @ 9:00 am
March 9 @ 5:00 pm
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