The Best Friends National Conference in Houston may be over, but our work to save the lives of pets never ends. Join us for this year's conference July 11-13, 2024 in Orlando!

At last year's Best Friends National Conference, attendees learned how to make an impact in their communities from presenters from different backgrounds and organization types, including leaders in animal welfare, marketing, DE&I, government relations, and more — and all while having fun! 

Now it's time to take what we learned to save pets in our communities.

Attendees heard from leading experts in animal welfare

Last year’s exciting lineup of speakers spoke about the latest and most thought-provoking innovations.

Chumkee Aziz Oliver Lacosta Jerrica Owen Paula Powell Mike Wheeler Faith Wright    

Here's a look at some of our engaging and informative speakers from 2023: 

Chumkee Aziz, Outreach Veterinarian at University of California-Davis 

Oliver Lacosta, Feline Foster Program Coordinator at Contra Costa Animal Services

Jerrica Owen, Executive Director at National Animal Care Association 

Paula Powell, Senior Manager South Central Region at Best Friends Animal Society 

Mike Wheeler, Director of Community Services at Cabot Animal Support Services

Faith Wright, Director of Operations at Palm Valley Animal Society      

Learn more about the Best Friends National Conference

Ready to be inspired to join us at the next conference, happening July 11-13 in Orlando, Florida?

We invite you to watch some of the most inspirational and thought-provoking session recordings from our 2023 conference by visiting our conference YouTube page. Whether you’re a veteran conference attendee or new to the workforce, you’ll hear from leading industry experts who presented crucial lifesaving information about fundraising, communicating with elected officials, building relationships with the media, and so much more. 

Looking for the general sessions? You can find them here.

We're so grateful for our volunteers

Thank you to our volunteers who helped out at this year's conference!

Volunteers at the Best Friends National Conference had fun while making a difference! Our volunteers gave a helping hand to conference attendees and assisted in so many other ways.