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Join us for the 2022 Best Friends National Conference

Presented by Petco Love

July 7–9, 2022, Raleigh, North Carolina

Want to create lasting, lifesaving change for dogs and cats in your community? Join us at the conference, where you’ll learn how to make an impact from some of the top leaders in animal welfare — and all while having fun! Plus, you’ll make meaningful connections with fellow animal welfare volunteers and staff members from across the country.

Register today and get ready to be energized and empowered to save more lives in your community.

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Hear from leading experts in animal welfare

This year’s exciting lineup of speakers, including familiar experts and the newest voices in animal welfare, ensures that you’ll hear about the latest and most thought-provoking innovations. Here’s a sneak peek at our list of engaging and informative speakers:

  • Rene Vasquez, Director of Fort Bend County Animal Services
  • Sloane Hawes, Assistant Director of Research at the Institute for Human-Animal Connections
  • Ellen Jefferson, CEO and President of Austin Pets Alive!
  • Alison Cardona, California State Director for UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program
  • Mia Navedo-Williams, Manager of Multicultural Marketing at Best Friends
  • Leah Long, National Embed Programs Specialist at Best Friends

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Learn how to save more lives in your community

The conference schedule was designed to give you the newest, most advanced lifesaving tips and techniques from animal welfare experts. You can find out how to increase live outcomes, create a community-supported shelter, run more successful fundraising campaigns, end breed-specific legislation and much more.

No matter which sessions you attend, you will discover the animal welfare industry’s most recent advancements and accomplishments.

See the Full Schedule

Volunteer and help save lives

Want to have fun while making a difference? Volunteer at the Best Friends National Conference! As a volunteer, you’ll not only be giving a helping hand, you’ll be able to connect and swap stories with other compassionate animal lovers who are dedicated to saving lives.

Sign Up to Volunteer

Planning your trip

From exclusive lodging rates to travel and parking information, we’ve compiled all the information you need to plan your trip to the conference.

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COVID-19 protocols

See the latest COVID-19 guidelines and find out what we’re doing to keep you safe at the conference.

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Strengthen your brand by becoming an exhibitor

Exhibiting at the Best Friends National Conference gives you the opportunity to interact with attendees face-to-face, generating visibility and credibility for your company. You can showcase your products or services to hundreds of highly passionate animal welfare leaders and gain exposure with leading decision-makers.

Become an Exhibitor

Show your company’s compassion and dedication to saving lives

As a sponsor of the Best Friends National Conference, you’ll boost awareness of your brand among a highly targeted and engaged audience (including leaders in animal welfare) who are ready to share their thoughts and experiences with you.

Become a Sponsor

A special thank-you to our current 2022 sponsors

Presenting sponsor:

Petco Love logo

Impact sponsor:

Thanks to Maddie logo

Supporting partners:

PetSmart Charities  logo     Southern Utah University logo