Registration for the 2024 Annual Training Conference The Next Generation is still open so there is still time to join us! 2024 Conference Schedule

FAPAA Member Rates Non-Member Rates
Full Conference – Friday through Sunday. Includes all meals , Saturday Award Banquet, and after party $395  $425 
Friday Only – Includes Breakfast and Lunch $200  $225 
Saturday Only – Includes Breakfast $175  $200 
Sunday Only – Includes Breakfast $65  $75 
Onsite Registration at Conference (Meals not Included) $225 per day $225 per day

2024 Educational Conference Keynote speaker – Dr. Josh Fisher, President of the National Care and Control Association and Director for City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County 

“Navigating the Next Generation of Animal Control – Striking the Harmony Between Compliance and Compassion” – In this dynamic session, we delve into the evolving landscape of animal control, exploring innovative strategies for the next generation. Discover the delicate equilibrium between regulatory compliance and unwavering compassion in our approach to animal welfare. Our speaker will share insights on modern practices, cutting-edge technologies, and community-centric initiatives that redefine the role of animal care and control agencies. Join us as we envision a future where regulatory adherence seamlessly integrates with a profound commitment to compassion, fostering a harmonious and progressive era for animal control.


With three tracks, there is something for all animal protection and welfare professionals.  Current schedule with session description and speaker bios  HERE

Friday, February 23rd, 2024

Enforcement Track Shelter Track Leadership Track
8:30-9:15 De-escalation in Animal Services – Alexander “AJ” Caldwell, Senior Specialist, Best Friends Animal Society An ED’s Case for Getting Back to Basics – Chelsea Staley, Director of Lifesaving, Petco Love Beyond Labels: Rethinking Breed and Reshaping Sheltering – Nicole Juchem, Manager of Operations and Public Policy, Animal Farm Foundation
9:30-11:00 Bird Rescue Basics. How it Applies to Animal Control – Cameron Grant, Animal Services Officer, Orange County Animal Services Back to Basics – Animal Sheltering Fundamentals – Karen Walsh, Senior Director, Animal Relocation, ASPCA Who You Gonna Call? (Hint: it’s not Ghostbusters) – Keegan Spera, Disaster Assessment Coordinator & Data Specialist, Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Florida
11:15-12:00 FWC’s Response to Human-Pet/livestock-Wildlife Interactions – Jayne Johnston, Senior Wildlife Assistance Biologist, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission The Power of Collaborative Partnerships – Gina Botticello, Community Partnerships and Programs Supervisor, Pasco County Animal Services and Danielle Giroux, Founder and CEO Runaways Animal Rescue Root and Bones: A New Look at Animal Control – Spencer Conover, Assistant Director, Pasco County Animal Services
1:00-2:00 Barking Dog Programs: Time for Change – Don Noll, Animal Warden, Cook County Animal Control When Things Get Hairy: In-Shelter Handling of Dogs with Challenging Behaviors – Kodi Sadler, Director of Los Angeles Programming, Dogs Playing for Life Legislative Update: A Panel Discussion 
2:15-4:15 Testifying About Animal Crimes: Considerations for Florida Enforcement Officers – Justin Wyatt, Captain, The Humane Society of the United States Shelter Flow – Get Everyone Involved – Emily Wood, Director, Broward County Animal Care Back Away from Behavior – Aimee Sadler, Founder & CEO, Dogs Playing for Life
4:30-5:30 Live Animal Documentation on Large Scale Seizures – Alison Kennedy-Benson, Forensic Veterinary Technician (CVT), ASPCA Effect of Quiet Time of Dog Behavior – Spencer Conover, Assistant Director, Pasco County Animal Services Strategies for Staying Afloat When Resources are Scarce – Cameron Moore, Maddie’s Shelter Strategy and Operations Consultant, University of Florida Shelter Medicine Program

FAPAA is partnering with Florida State Animal Response Coalition to offer their Small Animal Sheltering Course, Awareness Level (Level 1) on Friday, February 23rd from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  The certificate course is included in the cost of the conference registration.  Participants must complete all eight (8) hours to receive certificate of completion, Florida SARC uniform t-shirt, and pet evacuation information bag.  Advanced registration also required on Florida SARC website after registering for conference.  This course requires a minimum of 15 participants to offer it at the conference.  Please register for the course no later than January 31st, 2024.  Please visit Florida SARC website to register HERE 

Saturday, February 24th, 2024

Enforcement Track Shelter Track Leadership Track
8:00-9:45 Annual Member Meeting followed immediately by:

Keynote Speaker – Dr. Josh Fisher, President of the National Care and Control Association, Director for City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County 

10:00-12:00 Trial By Triage – Dr. Tamara Downs, Shelter Veterinarian, Orange County Animal Services Stranger Danger! Expanding and Progressing Your Wary-of-Strangers Dogs – Aimee Sadler, Founder & CEO, Dogs Playing for Life Media – The Good, the Bad, and the Downright Frustrating – Karen Frick, Public Information Specialist and Robert Hoel, Senior Animal Control Officer, Lee County Domestic Animal Services
1:00-2:00 Community Engagement: The Lifesaving Philosophy – Nick Walton, Senior Manager of National Shelter Support, Best Friends Animal Society Enforcement Press Pause on the Parvo Panic! Preventing a Case from Becoming an Outbreak – Dr. Brian DiGangi, Clinical Associate Professor, University of Florida How To Write A Terrible Adoption Contract! – Brian Chase, General Counsel, Michelson Found Animals Foundation
2:15-3:15 The Emaciated Animal: Starvation vs. Cachexia – Adam Stern, Professor of Forensic Pathology, University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine The Best Outcome for Every Cat: Implementing the Cat Superhighway – Julie Levy, Fran Marino Endowed Distinguished Professor of Shelter Medicine Education, University of Florida Shelter Medicine Program Expanding Your Operation-Leveraging Volunteers to Broaden Your Reach – Sarah Sukhram, Volunteer & Foster Care Coordinator, Pasco County Animal Services
3:30-4:30 Veterinary Forensic Evidence – Dr. Ashley Saver, Forensic Veterinarian, ASPCA Testicle Talk and Other Difficult Customer Service Conversations – Gina Kenpp, National Shelter Engagement Director, Michelson Found Animals Animal Cruelty and Interpersonal Violence: Protecting People and their Pets – Claire Coughlin, Coordinator, Animals and Interpersonal Violence Program, Animal Welfare Institute
4:45-5:30 Bats, Pets, and People – Lauren Barth, Wildlife Assistance Biologist, FWC and Dr. Daniel Stanek, State Public Health Veterinarian, Florida Department of Health Thinking Outside the Kennel: How to Maximize Your Life Saving Impact with Petco Adoptions Don’t Lose Sight – Alexander “AJ” Caldwell, Senior Specialist, Best Friends Animal Society

Sunday, February 25th, 2023

Enforcement Track Shelter Track General Track
8:00-12:00 From Foe to Friend: Using Body Language and Behavior in the Field to Improve Safety, Minimize Fear and Stress for the Animals, and Achieve Positive Outcomes – Jenna Jones, Behavior and Training Manager and Philip Goen, Field Supervisor, Broward County Animal Care **It’s more than just fun and games; playgroups save lives – Dogs Playing for Life Workshop – All attendees who wish to receive a certificate for participation must attend the 3 ½ hour class session followed by the 3-hour hands-on session at Orange County Animal Services.  **Euthanasia Refresher Course – Dr. Rachel Barton, Chief Veterinarian, Tallahassee Animal Services
12:30-3:30 Dogs Playing for Life hands-on workshop at Orange County Animal Services

**Preregistration required for Dogs Playing for Life workshop and Euthanasia Refresher.  Attendees will receive separate certificates of completion for these two courses in addition to the conference certificate of attendance. 

 Register for Dogs Playing for Life workshop or Euthanasia Refresher course  HERE

Cancellation/Refund Policy

Cancellations on or before January 19th will receive a full refund. Cancellations between January 20th and January 29th will receive a 50% refund. No refunds will be issued after January 29th.

 By registering for the conference, attendees’ consent to be photographed, filmed, and/or otherwise recorded.  Photographs and video may be used by Florida Animal Protection and Advocacy Association and/or Florida Animal Protection Foundation for use on their newsletters, website, social media, and promotional materials.  By attending the event, you waive and release any claims you may have related to the use of media of you at the event, including, without limitation, any right to inspect or approve the photo, video or audio recording of you, any claims for invasion of privacy, violation of the right of publicity, defamation, and copyright infringement or for any fees for use of such record media.

You understand that all photography, filming and/or recording will be done with this consent. If you do not agree to the foregoing, please do not enter the event premises.

 No audio or video recording of sessions allowed by attendees without prior approval of the Florida Animal Protection and Advocacy Association (FAPAA) and Florida Animal Protection Foundation (FAPF). FAPAA and FAPF provide these workshops for informational purposes only, and the views expressed in these workshops are not necessarily the views of FAPAA or FAPF.  FAPAA and FAPF do not endorse nor recommend specific protocols or procedures provided during this seminar.

Attendees may be eligible for the following Continuing Education Units (CEU):

  • Florida Certified Animal Control Officers
  • National Animal Care and Control Association (NACA) – This conference has been approved for Continuing Education Units by the National Animal Care & Control Association (NACA). National certificate holders can submit for credit consistent with the NACA CEU policy located https://
  • Certified Animal Welfare Administrator (CAWA) – FACA is an approved provider of content which enhances professional competence and aligns with the CAWA Exam specifications. To learn more about what qualifies for CAWA CE, please click HERE  

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