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

At the Best Friends National Conference presented by Petco Love from August 10–12, 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

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

Chumkee AzizOliver LacostaJerrica OwenPaula PowellMike WheelerFaith Wright    

Here’s a look at some of our engaging and informative speakers: 

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      

See the agenda »

Smiling volunteer holding a sign that says "How can I help?"

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. 

Group of smiling people standing at a conference exhibitor booth

A special thank-you to our 2023 sponsors

Presented by: 

With additional support from:

Smiling people at the Best Friends National Conference
Locations icon

Save the lives of pets near you

This year’s conference has come to an end, but there are so many other ways you can continue to create a better world for homeless pets and their communities. 

Find a Best Friends Network partner near you 

The Best Friends Network is made up of thousands of public and private shelters, rescue groups, spay/neuter organizations, and other animal welfare groups, all working to save the lives of dogs and cats in communities like yours across the country. 

Each and every one of our network partners needs caring people like you to adopt, foster, donate, volunteer, and advocate to help save the lives of pets where you live. 

Find a network partner near you today:

Search by City/State/Zip
Units: Miles
Address, City, Zip-Code, Country, ...

Let’s be friends! 

Connect with us on social media to stay in the loop about the lifesaving progress we’re making together.   

Facebook logo    Instagram logo    icon