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2022 Best Friends National Conference speaking proposals

Thank you for your interest in speaking at the Best Friends National Conference. More than 950 dogs and cats are dying every day in our nation’s animal shelters just because they don’t have safe places to call home. By working collaboratively with shelters, other animal welfare organizations and entire communities, our goal is to make the country no-kill by 2025.

The Best Friends National Conference brings together animal welfare leaders from around the country to share information on how to reach that goal. In 2022, the conference will take place July 7-9 in Raleigh, North Carolina. We are building the conference schedule to feature a wide variety of topics, such as ways to increase live outcomes for cats and dogs, community-supported sheltering, fundraising through social media, community cat programs, breed-specific legislation and much more.

We welcome seasoned presenters and senior industry leaders, but we also encourage first-time presenters, front-line workers and volunteers to submit speaking proposals. If you have any questions, please reach out to the conference team at

To be considered as a speaker at the Best Friends National Conference, start by visiting the speaker submissions information page. Then, when you’re ready, complete the speaker submission process by November 19.

Submit proposal here